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Best Cities to See 4th of July Fireworks

Best Cities for Fireworks 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 »

Scary Sue Caption Contest

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 in Chicago! 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. read more »

Treading Lightly: Keeping City Travel Sustainable

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 »

Treasure and Angel Islands… little-known adventures in SF’s backyard

While there’s nothing particularly ugly or untoward about Treasure Island or Angel Island, they suffer the same fate as one who poses next to a glamorous movie star. Next to San Francisco and all of its great attractions, they just don’t get noticed very much. But for those willing to get away from the asphalt and the crowded wharf of downtown San Francisco, and who wish to experience something new and different, these islands offer memorable views of the city, relaxation, recreation, wines, picnics and a perfect natural getaway. read more »

Dogpatch: San Francisco's Hottest New Neighborhood

A sunny, industrial enclave by the city’s eastern waterfront, Dogpatch is a historically gritty seaport that has recently evolved into one of San Francisco’s most intriguing and up-and-coming neighborhoods. Converted factories, warehouses and pre-1906-earthquake Victorians now house a concentration of stylish eateries, bars and shops as well as artist studios and galleries. read more »

Let's Get Festive: Five Fun & Funky US Fests

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 »

A Perfect Weekend in San Francisco

There’s a reason San Francisco often appears on the list of most expensive cities in the nation. It’s because so many people want to be there. San Francisco has some of the world’s best chefs, city parks, sports teams, iconic views and landmarks, shopping districts, and waterfronts. It has a modern transportation system and old-school, world-famous cable cars. Plus, SF residents have a live-and-let-live attitude about quirky interests, alternative lifestyles and unabashed eccentricities. In other words, it’s just a fun city to be in. read more »

5 Places to See Spring Bloom

5 Places to See Spring Bloom While it can be wonderful to head to your local public park or enjoy the flowers and freshly cut grass in your own backyard, winter-induced cabin fever may have left you itching for a road trip. Right now, there is no better time to hit the road and see spring burst into bloom! Here are some of our picks for places that will put the “spring” back in your step and bring you in-tune with nature and the new cycle of warmer weather. read more »

'Bike Sharing' Programs Popping Up All Over Cities

Traffic snarls, vague directions and unexpected one-way streets plague many a city traveler, and put a damper on precious vacation time. Instead of succumbing to road rage, take advantage of the public bike programs springing up in CityPASS destinations across North America. For a fee – $5 per day in Toronto, $6 in Boston and $10 in New York – these programs let you borrow bikes from docking stations strategically located throughout the central district. Designed with city cruising in mind, the bikes generally have rugged step-through frames with baskets or luggage racks, upright handle bars, responsive hand brakes, adjustable seats, three speeds, and the appropriate reflectors and safety lamps. read more »

Mardi Gras Celebrations Outside of New Orleans

Mardi Gras outside New OrleansAlthough New Orleans hosts the biggest, most extravagant Mardi Gras celebration in the country, several other U.S. cities have adopted their own Mardi Gras traditions. If you can't get away to fabulous New Orleans, here are a few other spots where you can kick up your heels French Quarter-style without traveling too far from home! read more »

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