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How does a nation come to grips with one of the most horrific events in its history? Since the 9/11 Museum
opened on May 21, more than 430,000 people have visited the expansive underground site to witness the stories and artifacts from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Attendance has exceeded expectations of museum officials, even with the $24 adult entry fee. read more »
Since July 4, 1777 -- the first birthday of the United States of America -- fireworks have been a part of our nation’s celebratory fabric. The Congressionally-sponsored fireworks were commissioned to celebrate the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and delivered a rousing light show to the colonists in a patriotic pyrotechnic display. At the conclusion of the very first 4th of July celebration, 13 rocket fireworks were launched into the air -- one for each of the 13 original colonies.
Today, the tradition continues nearly 240 years later. However, what was once 13 colonies has grown to 50 states -- each with their own way of celebrating America’s birthday. Here are our picks for five of the most astounding and entertaining fireworks displays scattered throughout the U.S. read more »
New York City explodes each Independence Day with holiday festivities, with everything from daytime walking tours and historic reenactments to the nation’s largest nighttime fireworks display, which will launch this year from the picturesque Brooklyn Bridge and three barges on the East River. The annual Macy’s fireworks extravaganza is as iconic and anticipated as the Thanksgiving Day Parade and, like the parade, is broadcast nationally and full of star-studded entertainment. This year’s spectacle will be especially festive in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” read more »
Summer is here! Let's get this party started with a Caption Contest! Submit your caption for this photo, taken at the beloved Field Museum
! Make it funny. Keep it clean. The caption with the most votes will get 2 CityPASS booklets to any city, except Southern California. Another pair of booklets will be given to a contestant of CityPASS' choice.
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Time-lapse videos are a great way to capture the energy of cities, especially New York City
. Feel the life of NYC pulsating 24 hours a day in both "Midtown" and "NYC - Mindrelic." We hope you enjoy these 2 amazing videos... And better yet, you'll want to experience the city for yourself! read more »
Whether this is your first visit, or you go every year, there’s nothing quite as invigorating as a trip to New York City
. And now that we’re smack dab in the middle of spring, New York locals and visitors are putting the arduous winter behind them, and bounding outside to have some fun. For your perfect New York weekend, don’t miss your favorite museum or trip to the top of a skyscraper. But to relish the city in this weather, take time to wander fun neighborhoods, explore new eateries, and drink in the city’s vibe. read more »
A good vacation can make you feel revitalized and healthy, and stave off burnout — with thoughtful planning, your trip can do the same for the planet. No longer a marketing catchphrase meant to lure backpackers to underdeveloped locations, eco-friendly tourism today means making every effort to minimize your footprint when you travel, whether you’re headed to the other side of the world or just around the corner. read more »
One of the pleasures of the warm weather months in New York
is a visit to The Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to enjoy the panoramic and sunset views, sip a drink, and take in the current seasonal exhibit. The garden opened this week with its familiar views of Central Park and rising skyscrapers, but there’s a new twist this year. This season’s exhibit, a steel and glass pavilion entitled Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout
, reflects and interprets the skyline and surroundings in magical and unexpected ways. The installation, by American Conceptualist Dan Graham in collaboration with Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt, will charm and entice visitors, whatever their age.
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For all its concrete, bright lights, honking cars and nightlife, New York City
is a wonderful town for kids. From the gigantic, green oasis of Central Park and Broadway’s memorable musicals, to the classic waterfront amusements on Coney Island, there’s frankly too much to do to fit into one trip. read more »
Spring has sprung and summer is not far behind. With the arrival of better weather, now is the time to start letting you know about all the sunny fun that’s available to you at the many festivals taking place in your favorite CityPASS
destinations. Here are five fun and funky festivals to enjoy. We will share more as the season heats up! read more »
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