Seattle’s best attractions are whipping up some serious holiday fun this next week, but visitors will want to act fast or they’ll miss out on some of the season’s juiciest events. Every resident and out-of-towner must ride up the Space Needle, especially at this time of year. Seattle CityPASS holders can go up twice in 24 hours to capture the daytime sights and nighttime twinkling lights while whooshing skyward 520 feet to the observation deck. Visitors can chill on the Space Needle’s observation deck with the coolest, hippest Claus in town on December 21-24 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Photos can be taken with St. Nick sitting in his spaceship and wearing his flashy Santa suit. There’s also a station where kids can decorate a holiday cookie. 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 »
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 »
For 50-plus years, or about as long as the Space Needle has stretched to the sky high above Seattle, visitors to the Pacific Northwest have enjoyed the interactive dining adventure that is the Tillicum Village Experience, offered by Argosy Cruises. While other cities might have themed-dining establishments that offer up “real” jousting with gelatin shots, The Tillicum Village is an authentic recreation of traditions that have been passed down through the generations of the Coast Salish tribes. In fact, you might even learn a little a bit while chewing on a chunk of salmon cooked in a method thousands of years old on stakes around a fire (did you know that the namesake of Washington state’s largest city, Chief Seattle, was born here?).
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 »
Germaphobes, health freaks and — even-better — people who couldn’t care less, have a new exhibit they won’t forget any time soon: Professor Wellbody's Academy of Health & Wellness at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. Opened last December and included with a Seattle CityPASS admission ticket to the Pacific Science Center, this hands-on monument to health already has visitors squealing and laughing – proving that lessons in proper exercise, diet, sleep and hygiene don’t have to boring to be memorable. read more »
Deep in the heart of downtown Seattle, just a few feet from the waterfront, the Seattle Antiques Market is nestled between the Seattle Aquarium and the Pike Street Hill Climb in a non-descript warehouse on Alaskan Way. It’s pretty easy to find (with the added plus of plenty of parking). You just need to look for the loading dock jam-packed with all sorts of cool stuff on it—and the giant otter. read more »
Holiday travel brings friends and family together to revel in the comfort of familiar surroundings. But it also provides an unmatched opportunity to explore traditions beyond your own family or hometown celebrations. If a CityPASS tour takes you on the road this Christmas season, look for your destination city’s signature holiday happenings and join the festivities. You just might turn some vacation memories into traditions of your own back home. read more »
What a treat it is to visit a Zoo and get a peek at a newly-arrived baby animal - some so tiny you're lucky to catch a glimpse, others larger than many adult humans, but all of them too cute to resist. Here, we highlight some baby animals that were born in Zoos across the U.S. in 2012. read more »