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Show Us Your CityPASS Selfie!

Who doesn't like a good selfie contest? Traveling tends to bring out our customers' playfulness, so we thought it would be fun to have a #CityPASSselfie photo contest in support of our loyal fans. On a daily basis we receive CityPASS selfies. Might as well give away 2 CityPASS booklets in the process!

What is a CityPASS selfie? It's a photo of you having fun with your CityPASS booklet in one of our 11 destinations!

#CityPASSselfie Photo Contest

To enter, all you do is send us a CityPASS selfie photo of you and a CityPASS booklet, sign, bus wrap, etc. You can enter the contest through our Facebook Contest Page, or through Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CityPASSselfie. You can submit a photo and vote for your favorite every 24 hours until the end of the day on Sept. 7. CityPASS judges will decide one winner from 5 finalist photos: The two photos with the most votes and three photos of our choice will be considered.

The winner will get 2 CityPASS booklets to the city of their choice, except Southern California. Good luck!

Outdoor Activities in San Francisco

With summer slowly coming to an end, no matter where you’re located in the country, spending time outdoors is an absolute must. From the beach to the mountains to its eclectic city streets, San Francisco is known for its comfortable climate, making it the perfect place to take in the wonderful sights and sounds of Northern California.

Whether you’ve frequented The City by the Bay or it’s your first trip to this seaside metropolis, there’s no shortage of attractions and outdoor activities for all ages. If the kids are lucky enough to tag along for one more weekend adventure before they hit the books, they’ll be thrilled with all of the exciting things to do in San Francisco. Kids or no kids, the eccentric streets and scenic suburbs of the Fog City make for some excellent outdoor adventuring. CityPASS is dedicated to serving you the most enjoyable experiences on your time out of the office, so take a look at some of our favorite outdoor activities in San Francisco.

Cable Car Tour of the City

When the sun is shining and you’re interested in seeing San Francisco from top to bottom, there is no better way to travel the city streets than via cable car. Just a few dollars will buy you various rides throughout the city, giving you a glimpse of a time before buses and cars were available for urban transportation. Taking one of the many cable car tours will allow you to the see everything from the city’s hills to bustling areas of Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and various other districts and neighborhoods that make San Francisco so special.

Travel North to Muir Woods

Although this outdoor activity is nestled about 12 miles north of San Francisco, it is highly recommended for all adventure enthusiasts. Muir Woods is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and provides a scenic and forested park with magnificent redwood trees, extensive hiking trails and magical tree-lined hikes for those looking to take in the sights of Northern California’s most idyllic outdoor cathedral. The national park extends 554 acres, 240 of which is an old-growth coastal redwood forest that remains one of the most special areas within the park. Be sure to follow the map and ask the visitor center for hiking recommendations to avoid getting lost amidst the shadows of the historic redwoods.

Ocean Beach

Get some sand in your shoes by taking a short drive just outside the city to the quaint seaside town of Ocean Beach. The perfect place for surfers, skaters and beach-goers alike, Ocean Beach provides an excellent place to kick back, set up a picnic and take in the Northern California beach scene. Whether you’re looking to take a dip in the ocean, catch a wave or just take a stroll, Ocean Beach is the perfect escape from the more tourist-heavy attractions in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Park

Escape the city’s lively urban core by taking a day trip to Golden Gate Park, one of the largest man-made parks in the world. San Francisco’s most extensive park includes 1,017 acres of public grounds and was created to mirror Central Park in New York City. The park is over three miles long and features various museums, gardens, conservatories and arboretums for your viewing pleasure. If the Northern California sun is shining, Golden Gate Park is the absolute best way to exercise your way around one of the most visually pleasing outdoor establishments in the world.

When life hands you the opportunity to explore the wonderful city of San Francisco, these outdoor activities will ensure that you soak in the Northern California vibes. In addition to exploring all the outdoors has to offer, make sure to check out some of the other attractions in San Francisco offered by CityPASS.

15 of America’s Most Outrageous Foods

CityPASS recently searched out a variety of great restaurants dishing up some of America’s most amazing & outrageous foods. Do you think you could take down the Double Coronary Bypass Burger, stacked high with three servings of bacon and ground beef with two grilled cheese sandwiches for buns? Take a break from exploring some of Atlanta’s attractions and visit the Vortex Bar & Grill in Atlanta, GA to find out!

If you’re in Washington, DC and looking for the ultimate foodie challenge, stop over to the Nationals Park and take a stab at the 8-pound “Strasburger”. Make sure to bring a few friends as this is meant to feed eight people, not to mention the basket of fries and pitcher of soda that accompany the burger! If you don’t have 8 friends to spare, perhaps after visiting Tampa Bay, you can swing over to Orlando to try out the “Dagwood Sandwich” or maybe the 16-ingredient Bloody Mary in Fond Du Lac, WI is more your speed!

A trip to Philadelphia could be topped off by stopping at the Varga Bar for the Jumbo Lump Crab Cheese Fries or at PYT Burger for the “Sarancha Burger”, dripping with a combo of Sriracha, Ranch and Salsa. The graphic below outlines some of the other amazing concoctions and outrageous foods throughout the US. Share your story of a visit to these cities and restaurants in the comments below - we'd love to hear it!

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America's Most Outrageous Food

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So which of these amazing food creations have you tried before? Which outrageous food are you looking forward to trying? Take a break from visiting city attractions and stop by one of these restaurants to dig in. Make sure to bring some friends if you think you’ll have trouble finishing!

What's New at the Space Needle

The Space Needle Observation Deck is more than just a great view. This summer, they've been rolling out a bunch of new features, implementing some of the latest technology to add to the experience. You can download their mobile app for free (iOS, Windows Phone and Android), and with it see the panoramic view you'll get from the Observation Deck. Plus, get more information about some of the landmarks you'll see, like the Museum of History and Industry, the Gates Foundation, the Ballard Locks, the Olympic Sculpture Park and Pike Place Market. read more »

Adventure Aquarium Celebrates Shark Week

What's older than sharks? Almost nothing. Sharks have been swimming in the ocean for more than 400 million years. They predate practically everything that has a spine, including humans and dinosaurs. Here's another fun shark fact: Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the country with a hammerhead shark. In honor of Shark Week 2014, our friends at Adventure Aquarium created this awesome shark graphic below. Don't forget that Adventure Aquarium is one of the attractions in Philadelphia CityPASS and the only one across the river in Camden, NJ. read more »

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