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Enter the CityPASS Vacation Photo Contest

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 »

Lose Yourself in Science at San Francisco's Exploratorium

ExploratoriumPart museum, part education, part art, part science, part R&D – and 100 percent fun. That's the Exploratorium, San Francisco's museum of science, art and human perception. With 600 explore-for-yourself exhibits, the Exploratorium gives children and adults alike countless opportunities to learn through active exploration, play and fun. read more »

How Smartphones Are Changing the Face of Travel

How Smartphones Are Changing the Face of Travel 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 »

Four Fun, Funky, and Freaky Places to See in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to such a diverse array of attractions — and subcultures — that it may be difficult to narrow down just where to go to experience a good chunk of what the city has to offer. To help you pare down your picks, here are a few fun, funky, and (slightly) freaky places to see and things to do in San Francisco. read more »

Point Reyes: The perfect San Francisco day trip

Just an hour north of San Francisco’s main attractions, a world away from clanging streetcars, sightseeing hordes and traffic jams, there’s Point Reyes National Park, where visitors can wander in solitude, view wildlife, feel the ocean’s spray, and get back to nature. Here, guests can spot migrating gray whales in the winter, hear the bugling of mating tule elk in the late summer, and gaze from the Elephant Seal Overlook near Chimney Rock. Plus, there’s no entry fee.

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The Exploratorium Settling Into PIER 15

Since 1969, San Francisco’s Exploratorium (a CityPASS attraction) has been an icon for the inquisitive and a beacon for brainstormers. Known for being one of the world’s top science education centers, The Exploratorium has enthralled millions of visitors over the decades with its hands-on exhibits exploring biology, physics, human interaction and the environment. Founded by famed physicist Frank Oppenheimer, The Exploratorium had been located on the grounds of San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts — an idyllic location with a reflecting pond, swans, walking trails and parks. read more »

The Palace of Fine Arts: A San Francisco Original

Classical, colossal and monumental, The Palace of Fine Arts has stood for 98 years in the Marina District of San Francisco. This Classical Greek and Roman-influenced outdoor structure is one of the more photographed sites in San Francisco, especially as it is reflected in its surrounding pond with swans, ducks, a walking trail and a park with benches. It remains a popular attraction for tourists and locals, and is a favorite location for weddings. read more »

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Newest CityPASS Attraction

Monterey Bay AquariumCityPASS is proud to announce the newest addition to the San Francisco CityPASS program: the Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to sea otters, sharks, penguins, sea dragons and thousands of other marine animals and plants. read more »

Get a Real Feel for the City on Your Next Trip

Have you ever visited a big city and wondered what it would be like to live there? Being a tourist is a blast, and sure, hotels can be nice, but they do lack some of the comforts of a home – your own gourmet kitchen, private patios, board games and books, toys for the kids, and unique neighborhoods, to name a few. On your next trip, whether it's a weekend getaway or an extended vacation, consider getting a real feel for your destination by staying in a vacation rental. read more »

San Francisco Chocolates to Melt Your Heart

There’s no shortage of superlatives to describe San Francisco, but the city’s chocolate tradition definitely deserves a spot at the top of the list. If your travel plans take you to the City by the Bay this Valentine’s Day, indulge yourself and your sweetie with a modern take on this 2,000-year-old treat. The Latin name for the cacao plant translates to the “food of the gods,” a fitting designation for such an ethereal flavor. Chocolate earned its place as a symbol of romance after Hernán Cortés brought it back to Spain following his conquest of the Aztec Empire, and with its reputation as an aphrodisiac, it remains one of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts. read more »

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