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Taken For a Ride in San Francisco: Know Your Muni Options

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 »

Halloween Thrills and Chills in CityPASS Cities

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 »

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 »

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