Despite the rain, Seattle seems more connected to its natural environment than any other city in the U.S. Ethereal mountains playing hide-and-go-seek on the horizon, wild blackberry brambles hugging trees on the side of the road, and water, water everywhere give this city a fairytale charm, as if Mother Goose herself built the set. Though she didn’t plan for the notoriously bad traffic, you really don’t have to fear getting caught in the crush. The city comprises more than 100 distinct and comfortably walkable neighborhoods, with those of most interest to tourists clustered around the downtown area. You can park and hoof it (just ignore the rain) to many of the city’s most interesting attractions. read more »
It's the question everyone's trying to answer: "Where should we eat?" Our partners at WhereTraveler make that decision a little easier with their tips on the best dining in 100+ destinations worldwide, including many CityPASS cities. From the swanky to the down-and-dirty-dive-right-in, check out some of these delicious dining options on your next CityPASS adventure.
Seattle may be synonymous with coffee, but at the Seattle International Beerfest, the world’s craft beer brewers will put their idea of alchemy on display. If you’re one who believes the golden liquid really is the elixir of life — or you just enjoy a chilly quaff — you won’t want to miss this hoppy event. read more »
Pacific Northwest native Dale Chihuly couldn’t have picked a better location for Seattle’s newest must-see attraction, Chihuly Garden and Glass, which opened May 21. Located at the base of the Emerald City’s iconic Space Needle, this expansive, colorful collection of Chihuly masterworks gives visitors an opportunity to marvel at creations from every decade of the artist’s storied career.
Cities across the country get festive for Cinco de Mayo and go crazy for half-price Mexican beers, but what exactly are we celebrating? Cinco de Mayo – or the Fifth of May - is a holiday originating in Puebla, Mexico to commemorate the last foreign battle on North American soil. The Mexican army defeated the much larger and better-equipped French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. read more »
The previous 50 years brought Seattle the iconic Space Needle, futuristic symbol of the 1962 World’s Fair, and global recognition as a Pacific Northwest powerhouse in terms of innovation and culture. What will The Next Fifty bring? read more »
Across the United States, and really the whole world, there are aquariums with all sorts of amazing exhibits that capture the imagination and educate us on the beauties and wonders of aquatic life. Whether you're fascinated by coral, sharks, or colorful tropical fish you can be sure to see and learn amazing things at the world's aquariums.
The graphic below shares some facts and figures about some of the accredited aquariums in the world, as well as highlights of some of the most famous aquariums in the US and abroad. In the comments, share with us one of your favorite aquarium adventures!
Spring 2012 marks the 15th anniversary of CityPASS! The idea officially launched back in 1997 after Mike Morey and Mike Gallagher came up with the great idea to bundle a city's attractions and help travelers save money. Now, 15 years later the idea has expanded into 11 North American travel destinations and created over 8,000,000 happy travelers. read more »
I live in the backcountry of Alaska, about 200 miles from the nearest road. This time of year, we are well into winter, and the entire landscape is blanketed in deep snow and solitude. Life is wonderful in the wilds. Shopping for the holidays is severely limited. So, this past weekend my daughter Mandy and I decided to take a local trip -- meaning we only had to fly 3 hours and 1,500 miles -- to explore the holiday festivities of Seattle's colorful Pike Place Market. read more »
Historic waterfronts in many cities transitioned from gritty transportation hubs to dynamic tourist attractions in the latter part of the 20th century. These destinations display their obvious appeal in the summer — gulls squawking overhead, tantalizing food smells, cooling breezes — as the perfect antidote to a sweltering day in the city. But many urban waterfronts deserve a wintertime visit. Though an invigorating bite to the breeze can turn summer’s leisurely stroll into a brisk walk, the crowds thin to congenial proportions and the crisp air makes everything seem more sharply focused.