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Tour Du Jour: Take A Tour in A CityPASS City!
Looking for a new view of your favorite city? Want to get insider information on your next vacation? Or perhaps you just want someone to show you around.
You already know that CityPASS is the great way to get acquainted with many of North America’s most amazing attractions. But to complement your CityPASS experience, you should consider signing up for a tour in the next city on your itinerary. A tour can hook you up with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek that you'd never get on your own.
Here are just a few of the coolest tours taking place in CityPASS cities across the country:
Italian Market Tour
On Friday mornings, around 10 a.m., you can take a tour of Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market with guide Celeste Morello, M.S., M.A., historian and author of The Philadelphia Italian Market Cookbook. The Market, one of the nation’s oldest and largest, runs for approximately ten city blocks of Ninth Street in South Philadelphia. During the three-hour tour, you’ll not only taste the freshest flavors in the market, but also learn how to prepare unique dishes that you can take home from your trip. If Friday doesn’t work for you, you can also arrange a private tour (three or five hours) Tuesday through Sunday.
Anchor Brewery Tour
Free beer tastings? Sign us up! In San Francisco, you’ll receive complimentary samples of the good stuff at Anchor Brewing Company. It’s all part of a one-and-a-half hour tour of this acclaimed brewery. Right now, Anchor only offers two tours per day, and they tend to fill up fast, so you need to make a reservation (they take them up to six months in advance). Reserve your tour for one to ten beer lovers by calling 415-863-8350, ext. 0, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm Pacific Time.
Road Dogs Brewery Tour
There’s gold in the hills of Seattle. Liquid gold! Join other beer lovers or round up a group of your own for a tour of Seattle’s best breweries. Each Road Dog trip provides a tour of three breweries where you might end up sampling an IPA or a dark stout or both. Consider it the best view of the wet stuff in Seattle that doesn’t come out of the clouds. Bonus: you’ll walk away with a good buzz, a new T-shirt and a souvenir pint glass. Private tours can be arranged for as many as 14 imbibers.
Savor Seattle Food Tour
Ever want to taste a city? In Seattle, you can. Savor Seattle Food Tours offers you five different choices, from a trip around the world-famous Pike’s Place Market to the Booze and Bites Tour, which includes six cocktail and wine drinks and a dip down into the bowels of Seattle’s once infamous, naughty and bawdy underground. Bring walking shoes; each tour takes two to three hours.
Chicago Chocolate Tour
San Francisco may have “that” famous chocolatier, but the Windy City has its share of chocolate-makers, too, who are more than happy to share their wares with the public. Each guided walking tour includes far more than just a taste of truffles. Expect to savor the flavor of cupcakes, gelato and other cocoa creations. Speaking of cocoa, now through March, groups can arrange for a Hot Chocolate Tour that spotlights amazing chocolatiers and chefs creating many kinds of rich, delectable hot chocolate to keep you warm this winter.
NBC Studio Tour
CityPASS holders already know how cool the view is from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, aka 30 Rock, in New York City. But did you know you could take a tour of one of Rock Center’s most famous residents: NBC Studios? Since 1933, the NBC Studio Tour has offered a one-of-a-kind historic stroll through the halls and into the studios of NBC's New York City operations. Due to a series of extensive upgrades and renovations at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the NBC Studio Tour will suspend operations from January 1, 2014, through late 2014.
It’s still a bit icy, but by the middle of March, Boston Duck Tours will be back in business. This amphibious, open-air vehicle can take you all over this history-rich city, from the Old State House (just one of various CityPASS stops) to Beacon Hill to the Prudential Tower and many other Boston attractions. And just when you think you might be done with your excursion — KER-splash! — you'll find yourself smack dab in the middle of the Charles River, where you can take in a unique view of both Boston and neighboring Cambridge.
Electric Car Tour
How can you take a 90-minute, 15-mile tour of Atlanta and not burn up a tank of gas? Jump into an electric car! This unique, leisurely and very green tour of the city will take you into some of this southern city’s historic neighborhoods, including Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement and where many of Atlanta’s hottest restaurants and nightclubs reside.