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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 »

Summering With Your Kids in Sunny Seattle

Your kids are wiggling and giggling, the sun is shining this summer, and there isn’t anything going to stand in your way of enjoying an awesome family vacation in Seattle. There’s so much to love about this city: It’s youthful, energetic and friendly. It has a Super Bowl champion’s swagger (yay, Seahawks!); gentle Puget Sound breezes that stave off the heat; the country’s heartiest coffee; and fresh seafood that will knock your socks off. And that famous rain? Seattle has less rainfall per year than either New York or Washington, D.C. (though it can get eternally gray in the winter). 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 »

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 »

Best Playgrounds in the United States

Best Playgrounds in the United States Springtime -- and the impending end of school days -- brings out the kid in all of us.  For those adults with kids of their own, no family summer vacation trip would be complete without some time to experience life out of doors in the big city. After you’ve scouted out some fun, educational attractions, treat the kids (and yourself) to a visit to some of the most amazing modern playgrounds around the country. While playground staples such as monkey bars, slides, and tire swings are still a part of the mix, there are numerous high-end playgrounds across the country, all boasting something unique. 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 »

Seeing Sights and Staying Warm in Seattle: Indoor Attractions in the Emerald City

Staying Warm in Seattle It may be known for its rainfall, but if you’re planning a trek to Seattle, don’t let that put a damper on your fun! There are plenty of unique Seattle attractions to make your visit to Jet City an enjoyable one. Here are a few of our suggestions for indoor activities that will allow you to stay warm and dry in the Emerald City while letting you experience some of the best of the Northwest. read more »

Seattle: What, When and Where to Visit

Without typecasting it too much, the city of Seattle is known for a lot of things: beer, coffee, music, festivals, seafood, scenery, rain and Pike Place Market…to name just a few. Seattle could be described as a city of surprising contrasts, unpretentiousness, vibrant seasons and natural beauty. Let us give you a few ideas to help you start planning your Seattle vacation today! read more »

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