Oahu July 4th 2014 Attractions

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What could be better than Fourth of July in Hawaii? Once you’ve had the chance to live the experience, we think you’ll be able to answer, “Not much.” America’s newest state has plenty of Independence Day pride, and as the natives are known for their laid back lifestyle, you can imagine that celebrations would ensue. Plus, fireworks add to the already picturesque landscape and Oahu attractions that draw so many visitors. If you’re on the Island of Oahu, known as “the Gathering Place,” you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see 4th of July Fireworks no matter where you are. Take a look at some of the top fireworks extravaganzas on Oahu and decide where you’ll celebrate take your family or friends for the Fourth. Aloha Tower Marketplace Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu likes to extend the Independence Day revelry by celebrating a day early on July 3rd. Their … [Read more...]

Oahu Summer Discounts

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Oahu is full of exciting events throughout the year, but the summer may be the best time of all to visit. The third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is home to some of the biggest summer discounts in the entire state. In addition to the savings that are offered by the Go Oahu Card Attractions Pass, there are a few other ways to save cash during a visit to Hawaii. Instead of spending money on taxis or renting an expensive car, get around in Oahu on the aptly named public transportation system, TheBus. Fares are just $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for kids. If you are going to be staying for an extended period, four-day and monthly passes are available. Use TheBus to get as close as you can to wherever you want to go and then walk the rest of the way. It’s a great way to get exercise and get a look at the local landscape up close. Use the Go Oahu Card Attractions Pass to visit … [Read more...]

Germaine’s Luau: A Hawaiian Tradition

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As the sun sets over Oahu’s Leeward Coast, a slight breeze ripples through palms silhouetted against the ocean. When you hear the sounding of the conch shell, you’ll find yourself in the midst of a native Hawaiian festival – where food, music, dance, and drink cultivate a feeling of ohana (family) you can’t get anywhere else. What is this majestic place? Welcome to Germaine’s Luau, a Hawaiian institution that has been bringing native island culture to visitors for more than 40 years. With your Go Oahu Card attractions pass in your pocket, you’ll be greeted with a traditional shell lei and an enthusiastic “aloha” from your hosts. Germaine’s Luau has been featured on television shows like ABC’s Good Morning America and has been called the best luau in America. Wondering what to expect during this loud, colorful, and community-style celebration? The Feast The … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Cyber Monday Sale

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It’s back! It’s that time of year that us savvy online shoppers anticipate most – Cyber Monday! With the holidays fast-approaching, it’s time to get in the spirit of giving while getting great deals! Whether your loved one is a globe-trotting aficionado or of the staycation variety, Smart Destinations offers attraction passes that provide dazzling new discoveries in some of America's most beloved cities - Boston, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oahu, Orlando, and Miami! So which product is right for your loved one? The Package Deal: Is the person you’re gifting an art enthusiast? A history buff? An adrenaline junkie? With the SmartDestinations Go Select Packages, you can find a set of attractions that can appeal to the travel style of your loved one. Assembled to provide the optimum savings on choice attractions, the Go Select Packages can offer … [Read more...]

Travel Gift Black Friday Sale

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As a passionate traveler, I know that some of the most inspiring and memorable moments in my life were born from exploring a new place. Whether it comes from visiting a nearby museum, getting your adrenaline pumping on thrill rides, learning about the fascinating foundations on historical tours, or just taking in the culture and beauty of a far-away city – these new discoveries illuminate our minds and stand out in our memories.  This holiday season, give the gift that never stops giving. Film & TV Fanatics: While New York and Boston have plenty of TV and Movie Site Tours to offer, the true heart of the entertainment industry lies in the south of California – Los Angeles! With a booming film and television industry, any film and TV fanatic will be dazzled by the iconic sites that await! And with the Go Los Angeles Card, you can provide your loved one with access to all the top … [Read more...]

Hawaii Surf Season Tips

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Many Polynesian traditions stem from their relationship with the ocean, so be sure to bask in its splendors on your Hawaii vacation! Hawaii hosts ideal surfing conditions year-round, with ocean temperatures averaging at 74 degrees F (23 C), with summer months reaching close to 80 degrees. Each season offers swells that are made to suit different levels of surf experience. Surf is at it’s lowest during the summer months, making it an idyllic time to get an introduction to the waves. Rent your surf board or boogie board with Hawaii Oceans Beach Gear – included in your Go Oahu Card – to see if you can tackle some of the most internationally revered surf sites! Winter is a favorite amongst seasoned surfers, as the swells usually rise between 6 and 12 feet, with bigger swells pushing up to 25 feet! The legendary winter waves attract professional surfers who participate in a bevy … [Read more...]

Hawaii Wedding Planning Tips

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Having witnessed my parents renewing their wedding vows in Oahu, I came to appreciate the simple beauty of a traditional Hawaiian wedding ceremony. When planning your Hawaii wedding, you can embrace the modern American style, or you can opt to embrace the local customs for a truly unique ceremony to commemorate this most substantial event! In a traditional Hawaiian ceremony, guests arrive to the jovial sounds of ukulele music. Hawaiian weddings allow for the newlyweds to enjoy the company of their guests before the ceremony begins, instead of being isolated in their respective chambers. The grooms dress in all white with a splash of red or orange in the form of a sash. The bride wears a long, white dress that is meant to flow in the breeze of the Pacific. Brides are adorned with a crown of Hawaiian flowers. Like a traditional processional, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, … [Read more...]

Memorial Day Vacation Deals

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Memorial Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to getaway and log some family time in a brand new city. Considered the unofficial start of summer, it’s time to have some fun in the sun! Make the most of your holiday with excellent discount attraction passes with our Go City Cards – and for a limited time get an added Memorial Day discount of up to 20% off! Not to mention the bevvy of free events, parades, and destination deals that are available in cities nationwide! Ship out to Boston where you can visit the Museum of Fine Arts for an event called “Boston I Love” to honor those who were affected by the Boston Marathon Attacks. Immerse yourself in the glorious past of Boston on the Freedom Trail Walk into History Tour. Next, soak up some sun and discover Boston's most beloved landmarks on the Charles Riverboat Cruise; after all, you’re in the Bay State. These attractions - … [Read more...]

Planning for Summer Vacations and Trips in the US

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Looking for an attraction pass that gives you discounted admission to sights, attractions, tours and the best experiences in multiple US cities? Smart Destinations has the solution! With our affordable All-Inclusive Attractions Passes, you can select your desired attractions for each of your destination cities at one low cost. With discounts of up to 55% on combined admission prices for top museums, tours, and attractions, rest assured that you and your family can make the most of your getaway in the United States! Planning for U.S. summer vacations should never be a stressful process. At Smart Destinations, we've developed strategies on how to make your vacation as enjoyable as possible. Save Time: Skip the ticket line at popular U.S. attractions when you flash your Smart Destinations pass Have Flexibility: Visit any or all of the included attractions, without schedule … [Read more...]

Merrie Monarch Festival

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The reputable, week-long Merrie Monarch Festival of Hawaii is fast-approaching, and locals and tourists alike are excited to marvel at the many spectacles. Returning once more to the Afook Chinen Civic Auditoria, this cultural delight honors King David Kalaukaua, who was called the “Merrie Monarch” for his patronage of the arts. He is recognized for restoring many Hawaiian cultural traditions during his reign, including the hula. Stop by and enjoy several free exhibitions and events for a cultural, entertaining delight! If you are staying in Oahu or any of the other islands, consider getting to Hilo via Hawaiian Airlines for excellent fares on flights between islands! Be sure to leave time in your Hawaii itinerary to explore the festivities:     Ho’olaule’a (Celebration) Sunday, March 31st - Starting at 9:00am on Sunday, stop by the Afook Chinene … [Read more...]