When 'holiday' becomes synonymous with 'hectic,' you know it's time to take a breather from the shopping, baking, planning and decorating for a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. It’s as if the city of Philadelphia tries to outdo itself year after year with over-the-top, glittering decor, and this time, it has definitely succeeded. Travel from the suburbs or take the train downtown – you won't want to miss the city’s breathtaking holiday displays! 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.
Lurking in the shadows of Philadelphia’s massive skyscrapers sits one of the country’s oldest and spookiest haunted “houses”. This haunted house however, is far different than any Halloween attractions you may have visited before, as it was once home to criminals of all stripes. As the holiday approaches and you begin planning your eerie evenings of trickery, add an extra element of spook to this season’s adventures with a trip to a haunted historical landmark: Eastern State Penitentiary. read more »
Ask any Philadelphia native what they feel best symbolizes the City of Brotherly Love and you’ll get a number of different answers: The Liberty Bell. Independence Hall. Love Park. Cheesesteaks. If you’re planning a trip to Philly, it’s an absolute must to pry yourself away from its landmark historical sites and get your grub on at one of the city’s myriad cheesesteak joints. read more »
Philadelphia's Mural Mile is a bit of a misnomer (walk the whole thing and you will have logged 2.5 miles) but Philadelphia as the “City of Murals” is not. If you're headed to the City of Brotherly Love, you'll see one or more of these famous pieces of public art without much trouble-after all, there are 3,600 of them! That staggering figure reflects the involvement of more than 30,000 students, artists, and former graffiti vandals, an amazing record logged throughout the last three decades.
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 »
On April Fools Day, the Philadelphia Streets Department used mimes and clowns to silently rebuke drivers and pedestrians who ignored safety laws at a major downtown intersection. When I read that Philadelphia used clowns recently to scold texting pedestrians and drivers, I was amused and impressed at the city’s quirky approach to confront these annoying scofflaws. read more »
Holiday travel brings friends and family together to revel in the comfort of familiar surroundings. But it also provides an unmatched opportunity to explore traditions beyond your own family or hometown celebrations. If a CityPASS tour takes you on the road this Christmas season, look for your destination city’s signature holiday happenings and join the festivities. You just might turn some vacation memories into traditions of your own back home. read more »