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LET’S GET FESTIVE: Five More Fun & Funky Fests

Recently CityPASS City Traveler shared five fun and funky fests happening across the U.S. Well, we thought it might be fun (and funky) to offer you five more from five more North American cities. And what better time than now to let you know about all the sunny fun that’s available to you at the many festivals taking place throughout your favorite CityPASS locations? Here are five more fun and funky festivals to enjoy! 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 »

'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 »

5 Easy Ways to be a So Cal Spring Break Hero

Is this the year you’ll do something truly memorable as a family? Thinking back to my youth, few excursions sparked a level of anticipation as high as when my mother and nana took my brother and me to Disneyland®. I still recall the dizzying array of characters and costumes, the rides and, frankly, how CLEAN everything was. It was a huge upgrade from the sketchy carnival barkers and rickety rides at the transient, parking lot fair back home. It was a true, family adventure. read more »

Romantic Rooftop Restaurants Around the U.S.

Romantic Rooftop Restaurants While a respite from the wintery chill is always welcome, one of the best parts of any trip is experiencing fine dining in an unfamiliar setting. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, CityPASS is here to help you uncover some of the most unique and romantic rooftop restaurants in the regions of the U.S. that enjoy moderate weather even in the thick of winter – no “polar vortex” in these parts! read more »

Disneyland Holiday Roundup

One of the best childhood Christmases I can remember was celebrated at Disneyland Resort with my entire family. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and even more special during the holidays when Disneyland is turned into a magical winter wonderland. The season has officially begun at Disneyland, so start planning now for your special vacation if you haven’t already. We’ve compiled some Disneyland Resort’s highlights to enjoy now through January 6. 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 »

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 »

Top 10 Disneyland Faves

My husband and I are definitely Disney enthusiasts. We’ve visited Disneyland over Christmas, Halloween, spring break and Presidents’ Day. We've celebrated birthdays and anniversaries at the Blue Bayou. We flew my parents to Disneyland – and tagged along, of course – for their 50th wedding anniversary. Needless to say, I was psyched when I was asked to list my favorite Disney experiences. It was hard to keep the list to only 10, but here’s what I came up with. read more »

Surf's Up in So Cal

Does surfing call to mind hip youngsters with sun-bleached hair and too much time on their hands? Or big-wave daredevils with an apparently malfunctioning fear factor? Actually, much like mid-life professionals on Harleys, a surprising number of surfers take up the sport long after they’ve left their wild years behind. If the thought of hanging 10 has always appealed to you, Southern California’s more than 300 miles of sunny coastline make the perfect place to bring that dream to life. Anyone who’s reasonably fit and can confidently swim in the ocean can learn to surf. Schools up and down the coast offer instruction for surfers of all ages and abilities, and the wave options range from mildly thrilling to seriously intense. read more »

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