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Saturate Your Summer!

Wednesday 23 July 2014 - Filed under Bus + Hotel + California + Canada tours + Florida + Tennessee + Universal Studios + Where to go + beaches + boats + bus tickets + cruises + day trip + sightseeing + virginia + warm weather

Let’s start with a blatantly obvious statement: summer is really hot. The word itself evokes images of men and women in bathing suits, lounging on a sandy beach or poolside, while children run around and playfully shout in the shallow waters. Aquatic-based activities – whether they are beach trips, days spent at the pool, water-park excursions, etc. – go as hand-in-hand with summer as the changing of the leaves do to fall. To help you maximize your summer vacation, we have listed the five best water-themed vacations and trip ideas around the United States and Canada.

 

 

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach is one of the most popular tourist beaches in the country, providing an endless supply of summer fun: in addition to the vast amount of activities on the beach, which include swimming and surfing, there are opportunities for kayaking, golfing, and biking. The beach itself is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest stretch of pleasure beach in the world. Stroll down to the three-mile boardwalk, which is constantly packed with entertainment from live music to cafes, as well as being lined with hotels and resorts, so that you will never be without a place to stay.

Virginia Beach

 

Disney World Water Parks (Typhoon Lagoon/Blizzard Beach), Orlando, Florida

The Disney World Parks and Resorts in Orlando are already extremely popular destinations for families, but the summer months are an especially great time to visit what has become one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the world. Disney World has two themed water-parks on its grounds: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Each park has its own background story: the first is designed like a bay that has just been hit by a tropical storm; the second is modeled after a ski resort, with the added twist that all the snow is melting. Plummet down one of the parks’ steep, exhilarating slides, or merely sit back, relax, and float away down the lazy river.

Typhoon Lagoon

 

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

A go-to shooting location for any film or television show that needs a shot of a Los Angeles beach, the beach at Venice has a mile-long boardwalk that serves as a cross-section of local culture. Street artists and performers dot the boardwalk, ready to amaze. Murals stretch across the facades of buildings. The public, outdoor basketball courts are where many professional players honed their skills before they entered the NBA. Then, when you’ve had your fill of the beach, you can explore the interior streets of Venice to find even more entertainment and shopping opportunities.

Venice Beach

 

Whale Watching, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Okay – the summer tends to be all about the beaches. Just about everyone wants to kick back on the sand and in the sun, taking some time to cool off in the water. But the beach is not for everyone; some people find sand annoying, don’t like the crowds, etc. If you’re one of these types, but still desire a perfect vacation (and who doesn’t need that?) centered on aquatic activities, book a trip to Vancouver, BC, and hop on a whale watching tour, which will sail you out onto the cool waters of the northeast Pacific Ocean, where you can relax while you look out across the sea to try to spot one of these massive, beautiful creatures.

Vancouver

 

Mississippi River Cruise, Memphis, Tennessee

The Mighty Mississippi – the largest river in the United States and a region brought to life by Mark Twain, one of America’s greatest men of letters, in his classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this immense body of water stretches from northern Minnesota all the way south through the American heartland before draining into the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. Memphis, TN, sits right on the banks of this iconic river, and visitors during the summer should consider taking a cruise in a classic-style riverboat, much like the one that Twain himself worked on. From Memphis, you can cruise to many of the other cities located on the Mississippi, such as St. Louis and New Orleans.

Mississippi River

 

 

Buses to any of these cities, and more, are available for low prices at GotoBus.com. Don’t forget, there are also further discounts available if you decide to book you bus tickets and hotel stay together – but book soon or else the summer will fly by you.

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Make Your July 4th POP!

Tuesday 17 June 2014 - Filed under Boston + Brooklyn + California + GotoBus + Holidays + Las Vegas + NYC + New York + Seasonal travel + bus tickets + chicago + new york bus + vacation + warm weather

July 4 fireworks

While many American holidays come packaged with visions of barbecues and beers with family and friends, only the Fourth of July brings to mind so clearly one word: FIREWORKS. Around the country, towns and cities will be lighting up the night sky with those festive explosives we all know and love.

In celebration of America’s birthday and the explosive fun that comes along with it, we’ve taken inventory of the firework shows in some of the largest US cities.

 

 

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Boston, Massachusetts

This unique fireworks/classical music extravaganza is broadcast nationwide and has featured performances by those such as Neil Diamond and Martina McBride. This year, the show over the Charles River gets underway at 8:30pm and runs until 11:00pm. Get to the Esplanade early for a good seat, or just watch from afar in your favorite cozy spot on the river! Check out this video from last year’s spectacle:

 

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Live from the Brooklyn Bridge – New York, New York

Now in its 38th year, Macy’s annual explosive celebration is everything you’d expect a New York City party to be: big, loud, and bright! This star-studded event is hosted by Nick Cannon, and features performances by Enrique Iglesias, Lionel Richie, and Ariana Grande. The event is free to attend, with more than two miles of public viewing space along the Hudson cleared specially for the event. Things kick off at 8:00pm, though it’s recommended to arrive as early as possible for the best views.

 

Fireworks at the Navy Pier – Chicago, Illinois

Weirdly, the city of Chicago doesn’t have an official Independence Day display. Fortunately for those in the Windy City and surrounding areas, the Navy Pier has picked up the slack and now hosts an annual show (in addition to smaller fireworks shows throughout the summer). The big event starts at 9:30pm. For a unique twist on the experience, guests may want to look into taking one of the many fireworks cruises offered for a chance to see the fireworks from the water while enjoying a drink or even dinner!

 

Americafest at the Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California

Southern California’s biggest celebration takes place in Pasadena, CA, about 20 minutes outside central Los Angeles. For nearly a century, the Rose Bowl has hosted an Independence Day party like no other. This year, festivities get started at 2:00pm and run through 9:30pm. There will be motorcycle stunt shows, live musical performances, and, of course, the biggest fireworks show in SoCal. Tickets to the event start at about $17 per person for general admission.

 

Fun on the Fourth at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

From the top of the tower at the Stratosphere, visitors to Las Vegas will be able to see both the hotel’s own show as well as any other fireworks shows that might be going on in Vegas. Things open up at 6:00pm, and the celebrations also feature a concert and pool party (admission for the pool party is 21+). Admission to the Tower for the show is $10 for those staying at the hotel and $28 for non-hotel-guests.

 

 

If you’re looking to get to one of the big bangs this holiday, remember to book your transportation with GotoBus.com! But book soon, as seats for this popular travel weekend are filling up quickly.

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Father’s Day is This Weekend!

Monday 9 June 2014 - Filed under GotoBus + Holidays + bus tickets

Father's Day

Summer is here, and among all of the other wonderful things that means, it also signifies the coming of Father’s Day! In honor of dads everywhere (and the kids who love them), we here at GotoBus have compiled some great budget-friendly gift ideas for Dad, including some of our favorite dad-centric treats!

 

Darth Vader and Son
This adorable comic book by Jeffery Brown asks the question, “What if “Luke, I am your father” was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad?” The adorable illustrations take a unique look at what is means to be a dad to a small child. Perfect for the Star-Wars-Obsessed dad in your life! Here is it on Amazon.

Custom-Made Photobooks
It’s a classic, but for a reason- collecting photos of you and dad out and about is the perfect way to remember how important he is to you. For those who use iOS, Apple offers an easy way to take the pictures you already have and turn them into a professionally-printed photobook! Just select the ones you want to include and the iPeople do the rest.

Shaving and Grooming Goodies
Everyone likes to be well-groomed! If your dad is into nice shaving gear, some new tools or accessories could be the way to go. Here’s a great collection of the best budget-friendly electric razors. If your dad is more of a manual-shaving-type, check out this fancy sharpener! Top things off with some nice cologne.

Dad Is Fat
Jim Gaffigan isn’t for everyone, but his hilarious book lends itself perfectly to Father’s Day! The comic with a unique delivery and penchant for food explores life as the father of five young children in his first book, which has spent 17 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. This hilarious and heartfelt book is perfect for a dad with a sense of humor.

Ties!
Whose dad DOESN’T have a ridiculous collection of novelty neckties? Fun, unique, and personalized ties are a quirky way to show you know Dad. ThinkGeek has prints for everything from binary code to Harry Potter, while the aptly-named Necktie Shop adds cartoon characters, astrology signs, and more into the mix. Maybe your dad has always wanted to glow in the dark. If it exists, it has been put on a tie.

 

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, and remember: if you need help getting from one location to another, don’t forget to check out GotoBus.com to book your bus tickets. Surprise the big man with a trip home for the holiday!

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NYTiger adds new routes from NYC to Virginia Beach!

Thursday 5 June 2014 - Filed under Bus + Hotel + GotoBus + NYC + New York + Seasonal travel + beaches + bus tickets + new york bus + virginia + warm weather

Virginia Beach

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan? The newest route from NY Tiger can get you away to the lovely beaches of the Chesapeake! With 2 departures daily, this convenient service from New York to Virginia Beach is only $35 one-way. Buses are already up and running, so head on over to GotoBus.com to book your transportation ASAP.

If for some reason you need more incentive to visit this beautiful area, here is a selection of some fun Virginia Beach activities going on this summer that you won’t want to miss.

 

 

Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival

Friday, May 30 – Tuesday, June 24

This traditional summer carnival has it all: food, rides, and games for all ages. Admission and parking are free, and wristbands for unlimited ride admission range from $12 to $20, depending on the day. Nothing says summer quite like throwing a dart at a bunch of balloons with attempting to eat funnel cake without covering yourself in powdered sugar. If that sounds like your kind of party, bring the whole family!

Oceana Naval Air Station Tours

Weekdays except July 4 and September 2

This military airport is home to an impressive collection of nearly 300 fighter jets. Guests can get up close to some amazing aircraft that can’t be seen elsewhere. Guided tours of the facility are approximately two-and-a-half hours long from start to finish. Please note that proper photo identification is required to enter for those over the age of 16. Backpacks are not allowed in the building.

Friday Night Hoedown

Fridays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm until October 31

This fun event at the Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market is great for the whole family! Bring a blanket and chairs, strap on your dancing shoes, and enjoy some good live country and bluegrass music! For a complete schedule of the summer Hoedowns, be sure to check out their calendar.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

Opens at 10:00am daily until September 1

Located just 2 miles from Virginia Beach’s oceanfront, this park features more than 16 waterslides, a wave pool, and a dedicated children’s area. It’s the only waterpark in Virginia Beach, so those looking for a little summer thrill should check it out! Admission is $25 for kids under 10 and $33 for adults. Both children under two years and parking are free.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm

With over 800 thousand gallons of sea life, this aquarium is considered one of the best in the country. The two main areas, the Marsh Pavilion and the Bay & Ocean Pavilion, are home to more than 12,000 animals! The aquarium also has exhibits for birds such as the majestic great horned owl and lizards, including a komodo dragon! Admission is $15 for children under 11 and $22 for adults.

Beaches

And of course, you can’t visit Virginia Beach without checking out the many beaches that give the town its name! Lifeguards are on duty through mid-September.

 

 

Already checking your calendar to see when you can escape to Virginia Beach? Don’t forget, you can combine bus and hotel bookings using the GotoBus Package Deal to save an additional 10%. Book your trip today!

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Kick-off Your Summer with Memorial Day Weekend Events!

Tuesday 20 May 2014 - Filed under Boston + GotoBus + NYC + New York + bus tickets + chicago + day trip + new york bus

Memorial Day

This weekend FINALLY marks the unofficial beginning of summer. So get your sunblock ready and your white clothes picked out… let’s get the beach parties and barbeques started!

If you’re looking for a unique Memorial Day adventure, here are some cool things to do this weekend in a few major US cities.

New York

Summer Movie Series: Top Gun | Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum | Friday, May 23, 7:30pm

The USS Intepid’s 6th-annual Summer Movie Series is adding Top Gun to their list of free-to-see movies. Bring a blanket (and bug spray!), chairs, and some snack, and settle in to watch this classic movie under the stars. Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are no admissions after 8:30pm. If you are a museum member, you will be given priority admission in the “members only” line. The museum also encourages guests to take a guided tour while they are waiting at the museum for the movie to start. The tours run at 6:00pm or 6:15pm, and tickets cost between $15 and $20.

Green-Wood’s Memorial Day Concert | 500 25th Street, Brooklyn | Monday, May 26, 2:30pm

This free Memorial Day concert, now in its sixteenth year, features the ISO Symphonic Band, which was founded in 1995 to showcase students throughout New York City. Bring chairs or blankets; food and refreshments will be on sale throughout the day. Tickets are free for this event, but they are encouraging you to RSVP here so they are able to gauge crowd turnout.

Memorial Day Special Trolley Tour | Green-Wood | Monday, May 26, 5:00pm

Directly following the Memorial Day Concert is this special tour, which costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Take a tour of this historic area aboard a trolley! Seating is limited and fills up quickly, so it might be a good idea to reserve your tickets in advance.

Chicago

Wreath-Laying Ceremony & Chicago Memorial Day Parade | Daley Plaza | Saturday, May 24, 11:00am

The wreath-laying ceremony begins at 11:00am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza, and the parade will kick of starting 12:00pm. The parade is one of the largest in the country, and honors current and fallen heroes.

Summer Kick-Off at Howl at the Moon | 26 West Hubbard Street | Sunday, May 25, 7:00pm

Check out this dueling piano bar and dance along to summer-themed hits as you sip Memorial Day drink specials! You may have seen this bar chain in many cities across the US, but Chicago’s location is headquarters, and the party is sure to be wild. Register here for 2-for-1 admission at this 21+ spot.

Boston

Remembering Our Heroes | USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown | All Weekend

Can you think of a better way to honor our heroes than to check out this unique museum? There will be many patriotically-themed activities to participate in, including toasting those who have served. Suggested donations for entrance are appreciated.

Memorial Day Weekend Kids’ S’more Pop Making Activity | Whole Foods Market Charles River Plaza Cafe, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston | Saturday, May 24, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Participate in making what may very well be the #1 summertime treat: s’mores! Though this event is free to attend, advance registration is required.

Honor & Tribute: Boston’s 2nd Annual Memorial Day Concert | Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston | Monday, May 26, 7:30pm

Join Boston and the City of Boston Veterans’ Services in this wonderful musical tribute to honor soldiers. Though this event is free to attend, they recommend you reserve your spot by registering online.

We wouldn’t have Memorial Day Weekend without those who are in service or who have served in the US military, so please: thank a soldier you know or any that you see!

For transportation to and around any of the above mentioned cities, don’t forget to visit GotoBus.com to book your bus tickets!

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Affordable Gift Ideas for Mom

Tuesday 6 May 2014 - Filed under Holidays + bus tickets

Mother's Day

 

This year, Mother’s Day falls on May 11. Though you shouldn’t need an excuse to spoil mom, here are some ideas we’ve come up with to show your appreciation on a budget!

 

Bake Her Something

Here is a wonderful recipe for saltine cracker toffee that happens to be a staff favorite at GotoBus:

Ingredients:

- 40 unsalted saltines

- 1 cup salted butter

- 1 cup packed brown sugar

- 2 cups milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate chips

- 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Line saltine crackers in a single layer on the cookie sheet.

2. In a small pot combine sugar and butter and bring to a boil. Once mixture is at a boil, continue boiling for 3 minutes. Mixture should be a deep caramel color. Immediately pour over saltines and spread to cover crackers completely.

3. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes. It will get all bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top and let sit a couple of minutes to melt.

4. Spread melted chocolate and top with chopped nuts if desired. Cool completely and break into pieces. It may help to melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for about 1 minute before spreading.

Note: You should either use salted butter or salted saltines but not both.

 

Make a Coupon Book

Here’s where you can get really creative. Make her a book filled with coupons of your choosing. Some that we suggest are helping out with specific chores around the house, cooking her favorite meal, letting her pick a movie for family movie night, or even a coupon of her choice! For a family movie night, we also suggest making a “basket” filled with Mom’s favorites: her favorite candy, a bottle of wine, and some chocolates or other snacks. You get the idea!

 

Set Up a Digital Picture Frame

Instead of the “traditional” picture frame, digital picture frames allow you to put together a digital collection of your favorite pictures! One of the best features of this amazing gift is that you can change the pictures as many times as you want.

 

Take Her on a Special Family Outing

What mother doesn’t want to spend time with her family? Pick an activity that she loves, and make it “her” day. Does she love the ocean? Head to your city’s local aquarium. Maybe she wants to check out an art exhibit, or head to another type of museum. We recommend checking out your local newspaper’s event section- they will have the latest on what is going on in your city.

 

Make a Scrapbook

If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can even make mom a scrapbook! You can go to a craft supply store to help you out, but many items can be gathered very easily. Have some pictures from a fun family night out at a restaurant? Arrange the pictures and even use pieces of the restaurant’s take-out menu to add flair to the page. If this is an activity you would rather do with your mother, why don’t you gather all the materials, and you can make it together? She will love the quality time!

 

 

Looking for more suggestions to help make this Mother’s Day the best? Check out Pinterest! If you need help getting from one location to another, don’t forget to check out GotoBus.com to book your bus tickets. Surprise her with a trip home!

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

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Introducing a New Search Box for Better Booking Experience!

Monday 28 April 2014 - Filed under Bus + Hotel + Company Announcement + Customer Feedback + GotoBus + bus tickets + day trip

GotoBus logo

GotoBus.com has just released a redesigned, more-user-friendly search box to help you book your bus tickets more quickly and easily than ever!

The new search box is now located on top of the webpage, instead of on the left side. It will be visible from every step of the booking experience in case you need to change the inputs for a new search and will have the same functionality as the previous one. There is an upgraded feature that allows you to easily toggle between departure city and arrival city.

For more than 10 years, GotoBus has connected travelers to the largest selection of bus companies in the United States, making it easy to quickly book and compare schedules, prices, and pick-up/drop-off locations for over 300 companies. With the ever-changing travel industry, we are always striving to make your experience better, and truly think you will enjoy the recent changes!

To access our new-and-improved search box and booking experience, please visit http://www.GotoBus.com. If you have any comments or suggestions on this updated feature, please email us at marketing@gotobus.com.

Happy travels!

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Events for DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Friday 21 March 2014 - Filed under Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + bus tickets + day trip

Cherry Blossom

HAPPY SPRING! Winter is finally gone, so why not celebrate by seeing the blooming of gorgeous flowers? Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 20 through April 13, and it is truly the embodiment of everything springtime means. This year, the flowers are expected to bloom from about April 8 to the 12. Take a look at the live blossom cam streaming from Washington Monument for a sneak peak!

Here’s a quick run-down of the best events happening during the festival, but for a complete list you can check out their website or download the official Cherry Blossom Festival app here.

 

  • Cherry Blossomin’ with Art, Wine & a Play: This unique experience includes bottomless wine (yes, bottomless!) for guests ages 21+. Participants are asked to paint sections of stage scenery, which will then be shown to actors who will be put on the spot to act out the play based on the artwork. You will also be allowed to take home your artwork at the end of the night! Tickets are $65 for those participating in the painting and $40 for those who just want to watch the impromptu play and have some wine. March 21 and 22, 6:30 pm, 8:15 pm, and 9:30 pm | March 21: 3047 15th Street NW; March 22: The B Spot- 1123 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

  • Tidal Basin Paddle Boats: Rent a paddle boat and float along the famous tidal basin in full view of both the Cherry Blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial. The cost is $14 per hour for a 2-passenger boat and $22 per hour for a 4-passenger boat. We recommend making a reservation online in advance to save time as well as the hassle of waiting in lines. Please note, life vests are required to be worn at all times and there must be a passenger at least 16 years of age onboard. March 20 through April 13, 10:00am – 5:00pm | 1501 Maine Avenue SW

  • American Art Museum Cherry Blossom Family Celebration: If you’re looking for an excuse to head to a museum, this is it! Celebrate the cherry blossoms by participating in many hands-on activities, such as Japanese screen painting, gardening demonstrations, and scavenger hunts. This event is perfect for adults and kids of all ages, so come along and make learning fun! April 12, 11:30am – 3:00pm | Smithsonian American Art Museum Kogod Courtyard

  • Family Days presented with the National Building Museum: Another free event with great set of hands-on activities for families, this interactive exhibit features activities such as crafting paper cherry blossoms, making your own balloon flowers, origami demonstrations, and more. Additionally, the winners from the Community Art Show will have their artwork on display. For the younger crowd, Cookie Monster will even be making a special appearance! March 22, 10:00am – 4:00pm; March 23, 11:00am – 4:00pm | National Building Museum, 401 F Street
  • Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party: This space was a church in a former life, but it now houses this unique and completely interactive non-traditional art exhibit/dance party combo featuring performance and visual art. If you want to attend, make a reservation now as tickets are expected to sell out! March 29, 7:00pm – 12:00am, $15 entrance fee, 21+ | Blind Whino, 734 1st Street
  • Blossom Kite Festival: Celebrate the arrival of spring by participating in the fourth-annual Blossom Kite Festival. See the kite-flying masters hard at work at features like the Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. You can even register to participate in the contents yourself! Watch the kites fill the air, bring your own, or even let your kids make their own kites. With many areas to enjoy including the Competition and Demonstration field, Family Field, and the Public Field, this event is sure to please everyone. March 29, 10:00am – 4:30pm | Washington Monument Grounds
  • Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival: This rain-or-shine event is free to attend and gives guests more than eight hours of entertainment. Between the music, food, and many family-friendly water activities, there is no reason to not attend! April 5, 1:00pm – 9:00 pm | Southwest Waterfront, 600-900 Water Street

 

Get in the spirit of spring and book your bus tickets to Washington, DC today on GotoBus.com!

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Top American St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Thursday 13 March 2014 - Filed under Boston + Georgia + NYC + New York + Philadelphia + Where to go + bus tickets + chicago + day trip + new york bus + pennsylvania

Green Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a day celebrated throughout the world both by those of Irish descent and those who just want to have a good time. Look for the masses of green as March 17 approaches and we guarantee you will find the biggest hotspots around!

If you’re looking to go out and about this St. Patty’s, there’s nothing better than attending a parade! GotoBus is here to provide the trip ideas and information as well as transportation: in addition to letting you know the top parade spots across the U.S., we’ve also included the latest weather reports from The Weather Channel to help on the planning.

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday, March 16, 1:00pm: Between spectators and those watching on television, this parade is seen by nearly one million people every year. The parade starts by West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue in South Boston– known as “Southie” to locals- and loops around the city. For the best map of the parade route, click here.

  • This parade is considered one of the largest in the country, and this year marks its 113th year.
  • Sunday’s weather is predicted to reach 37 degrees with wind gusts at 13 mph, so bring a coat, but don’t bundle up too much.

Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, March 15, 12:00pm: This year’s parade starts on Balbo and Columbus. For a map of the parade, view their parade website.

  • The tradition of River Dyeing has been occurring for over 40 years. According to the parade site, the coloring of the Chicago River starts at 10:00am and “can be best viewed from the East side of the bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive. This is a new location due to construction taking place this year.”
  • Saturday’s Chicago forecast appears to be partly cloudy with a high of 38 degrees, some wind, and a 10% chance of rain. Truly, we are finally headed into spring.

New York, New York

Monday, March 17, 11:00am: Approximately 250,000 march in the parade in front of an estimated crowd of 1 million. The parade route goes down 5th Avenue, starting at 44th Street and ending at 79th Street. If you cannot attend and wish to watch on TV, turn to NBC Channel 4 in New York or watch the live stream here.

  • Considered the oldest parade in the country, the NYC parade started in 1762. 2014 marks its 252nd year.
  • Monday’s weather is expected to hover around 32 degrees, with wind and a chance of rain. Stay warm and dry!

Savannah, Georgia

Monday, March 17, 10:15am: Line up along the parade route or find bleacher seating to participate in the fun! For maps of the routes and how to find the bleachers, please visit the official parade website.

  • This year is the 190th anniversary of this parade.
  • With a 30% chance of rain Monday and wind gusts around 18 mph, the weather forecast is not looking too promising. Bundle up and bring your umbrellas- we guarantee everyone will still be celebrating!

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Saturday, March 15, 11:45am: This parade has around 12,000 participants, and starts on Wyoming Avenue and Mulberry Street. For a map of the parade route, visit their website.

  • Celebrating its 52nd year, the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade started in 1962.
  • Saturday’s weather is predicted to be partly cloudy and reach a “springy” 49 degrees. This parade is looking to be the warmest of the bunch!

 

Whether you’re Irish or not, strap on your green clothing and accessories and join in on the fun. For transportation to any of these fun cities, book your bus tickets today on GotoBus.com!

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Intercalifornias Added to GotoBus.com: Connecting California and Mexico

Tuesday 18 February 2014 - Filed under Bus + Hotel + California + GotoBus + Mexico + bus tickets

Intercalifornias

GotoBus has signed a new partnership with Intercalifornias, who has been providing transportation between cities in California and Mexico for 25 years. Looking for near-the-border shopping & dining experiences or want to see first-hand what Mexico has to offer? Leave the driving to Intercalifornias!

Service from Fresno starts at $32 one-way and buses are already up and running. Book your trip today on GotoBus.com!

Fresno, CA to San Ysidro, CA

Fresno, CA to Tijuana, MEX

Fresno, CA to Los Angeles, CA

Fresno, CA to Mexicali, MEX

San Jose, CA to Los Angeles, CA

San Jose, CA to Tijuana, MEX

San Jose, CA to Mexicali, MEX

San Jose, CA to San Ysidro, CA

Planning your next trip to California? Combine bus and hotel bookings using the GotoBus Package Deal and you can save an additional 10%!

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