The Bay Bridge, connecting Oakland and San Francisco, has endured since 1936 as the Bay Area’s plain older sister: strong, hard working and taken for granted, while the Golden Gate is celebrated as an orange beauty in the mist — the subject of songs, photographs and hailed as the monument of reaching the West Coast. Although it’s just six months older, is longer and accommodates more traffic, the Bay Bridge has never enjoyed the same place in our nation’s folklore as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Families all over the world have distinctive New Year’s Day traditions that make this holiday so special. Do you plan on partying with friends, imbibing some drinks and watching fireworks as 2013 gives way to 2014? Or do you plan on staying home, getting cozy and watching the ball drop on television? Regardless of what your plans are, CityPASS is going to take a trip around the world to highlight some New Year’s traditions, along with a few regional New Year’s traditions around the U.S.—so buckle up! read more »
San Francisco and Monterey, California are only 110 miles apart. Hardly much of a drive, a little under two hours is all. But you could keep busy for days in this region with activities galore and places to explore. Winter months are some of the best for venturing up and down this stretch of the California coastline. Here are just a few events and places you might want to check out when you find yourself in San Francisco or in the smaller hamlets of Pacifica, Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz. read more »
This assertion may seem a little at odds with itself, but San Francisco not only is one of the world’s most romantic cities, it’s also one of the best places to take kids. In a prior blog, I wrote about spending many summer afternoons watching Willie Mays and Willie McCovey play at Candlestick (yes, I’m that old), while tossing back Ghirardelli’s Flicks chocolates out of a cardboard tube. Another treat always was walking along Fisherman’s Wharf, and touring Ripley’s Believe it Or Not museum, which displays a trove of oddities from around the globe. read more »
With the upcoming Hanukkah holiday in mind, CityPASS would like to show you some of the biggest, brightest, and most festive menorah lighting ceremonies around the U.S. Whether you’re Jewish by faith, by birth, or not at all, the cultural significance of these ceremonies is something that can be enjoyed by all. Happy Hanukkah! 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 »
On a recent business trip to San Francisco I felt kind of silly not knowing the difference between a cable car and a trolley. Which one runs on the overhead wire and which one runs on the track? Which one is the Rice-A-Roni mobile? After pondering these questions with colleagues and getting some expert advice from our friends at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (or “Muni” as it’s known), I have it straight. The next time I’m in San Francisco, beloved for its iconic cable cars, I’ll know what I’m talking about. 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.
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 »
Part 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 »