Ellis Island, the former federal immigration processing center and one of the nation’s most popular and significant historic sites, is up and running again on a limited basis following Hurricane Sandy. The October 2012 storm may have flooded buildings and pummeled the 27.5-acre island in New York Harbor, but my recent visit proved that the place is still as fascinating as ever. read more »
Special exhibit season is in full swing at many museums throughout the country. The holidays are a perfect time to catch an exhibit you’ve heard or read about. Museum hopping, snow falling, hot cocoa sipping, street strolling...there’s something special about this time of year. Add one of these museums and exhibits to your holiday list today. read more »
For over 80 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has started the holiday season off with glorious floats, balloons, music and fun. You may watch the parade every year with friends and loved ones, but do you know the immense history behind one of the most exciting traditions in our country? For those young and old, take a journey with CityPASS as we recollect the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
A trip to New York City isn’t complete without a visit to “the world’s loveliest station” Grand Central Terminal, more affectionately known to most of us as Grand Central Station. In fact, there is a very good chance, if you happened to be traveling in or out of the state of New York over the last 100 years, Grand Central might have been your first stop over in The Big Apple (the station just celebrated its 100th Anniversary!). read more »
There's no question that the massive spectacle known as the ING New York City Marathon is regarded by many to be one of the most exhilarating events of NYC's fall season. After being canceled last year—a first in the marathon’s 40-year-plus history—due to Hurricane Sandy, this year's race, on Sunday, promises to be bigger and better than ever. A record 48,000 runners from around the world—elite marathoners, para-athletes, seasoned amateurs and determined first-timers—will test their mettle on a scenic 26.2-mile course that winds through all five boroughs of the City. read more »
If you live in a CityPASS town, you’ll be happy to learn that many are hailed as the top trick-or-treating cities in America. According to the real estate website Zillow, the number one city for devilish door knocking is San Francisco (which ironically has the least number of kids), followed by Boston, Honolulu, San Jose and Seattle. Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C, Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia. What do we mean by best? The rankings represent cities that will provide the most candy, with the fewest walking and safety risks. That means more full-sized Snickers bars and fewer wormy apples. But for those who feel a little bashful relegating their Halloween celebration to ringing doorbells like a spooky zealot, we offer a few mad pagan celebrations, located in CityPASS cities, for adults and families. read more »
Perhaps your inner photographer is screaming to get out and be recognized. Or maybe you just want to share an amazing photo with other travelers just like YOU! CityPASS is hosting a photo contest right now called: CityPASS Vacation Photo Contest. Submit your best shot from your CityPASS trip. The photo with the most votes wins 2 CityPASS booklets to one of these great cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, or Toronto. CityPASS staff will also choose their favorite photo and the winner will get 2 booklets as well. read more »
In a part of the world best known for tall buildings and bright lights, New Jersey’s Liberty State Park provides a lush oasis for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city. But that doesn’t mean this park, located next to the Jersey City shoreline, isn’t a bright, shiny star all on its very own. read more »
A visit to a major city often inspires wonder at the sight of the impressive skyline and the buildings it comprises. Two of the most beautiful cities in North America, New York and Toronto, boast amazing attractions that allow visitors to see each city from above the clouds: the Empire State Building and the CN Tower. Here is a look at how two of the world’s most amazing structures will grant you a view from the top of two distinctly different, albeit equally beautiful, urban settings on the North American continent.
The travel industry has come a long way in just a few short years. A little over a decade ago, travel meant hopping in the family car with a glove compartment full of maps or boarding a plane for several hours, touching down at a destination with loved ones far from home, phones, and television. The question of “Does our hotel have Wi-Fi?” likely never passed a traveler’s lips -- mostly because Wi-Fi didn’t even exist. read more »