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...]

Prince Kuhio Day

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What better way to experience Oahu than to engage in a celebration of its rich history and tradition? Locals and tourists alike welcome the holiday each year on March 26th - the birthdate of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniani’ole Piikoi. Prince Kuhio was the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaii who became the 1st Hawaiian delegate to the United States Congress. As delegate, he wrote the first Hawaii Statehood bill in 1919, and won the Hawaiian Homes Act in 1921 - which set aside 200,000 acres of land for Hawaiian Natives. Prince Kuhio Day not only honors the former royal, but it is also a love letter to the individuals and organizations that strive to perpetuate the unique Hawaiian culture and traditions. Make the most of your visit to Oahu attractions this month, and take part in the festivities. All events are free and open to the public!     Prince Kuhio … [Read more...]

Oahu Rainy Day Things To Do!

It is pretty safe to say that if you are spending a vacation on this island, you are going to encounter an Oahu Rainy Day. The excellent thing about rain in Hawaii is that it tends to be a gentler, more tropical rainfall, which often does not thwart your outdoor plans. However, an Oahu rainy day presents the perfect opportunity to experience some of the indoor destinations on the island that are well worth the trip. Iolani Palace and the Honolulu Academy of Arts are located within a mile of each other, giving you a chance to relax, absorb some Hawaiian culture, take a break from the beach, and take advantage of the peaceful rainfall. Iolani Palace is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States. This National Historic Landmark was home to the Hawaiian kingdom's two final monarchs. The palace was built in 1882 by King Kalakaua; his sister and successor, Queen … [Read more...]

Best Summer Tourist Discounts

To experience everything a city has to offer, look no further than the Smart Destinations All-Inclusive Attraction Passes. Save up to 55% on combined admission prices for the top museums, tours, and attractions at some of the most beloved cities in the nation. When you visit a new city, you want to explore all its top-notch attractions, delve into its distinctive history, and experience all the attributes that truly make the city unique, but you may find yourself spending a lot more than you anticipated when you buy individual tickets. The Go City Card is the solution–it’s already saved millions of travelers time and money, and it can do the same for you!  First you select your destination city, and then you decide how many days of sightseeing you’d like to include. We can ship your Go City Card directly to you, you can pick it up in your destination city, or for select … [Read more...]