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Dear Winter, We’re Over You!

Friday 27 February 2015 - Filed under California + Chinese New Year + NYC + bus tickets + chicago + chinatown bus

winter

Is it just us here at GotoBus, or does it seem like nothing is going on, anywhere? We’ve reached the end of February, and winter doesn’t look like it’s ready to be over any time soon. Though it’s been nice to spend some time wrapped up like a burrito in our warmest blankets, drinking hot cocoa, and watching Netflix, we’d love to get out and have a good time. So we spent some time searching the internet, trying to find exciting upcoming events in some of the best cities in the country to help you get some ideas for trips and activities so you can enjoy yourself despite the cold weather. All you need to do is head over to GotoBus.com to book bus tickets and hotel packages in any of the cities around the country where we have routes. Don’t forget, booking round-trip bus tickets with the same bus vendor will usually give you additional discounts too!

San Francisco, California

Avengers Assemble! The Marvel Experience live show is currently touring the country, and from February 27th to March 22nd, it will set up shop in lovely San Francisco. Held in a large inflatable dome in the parking lot of AT&T Park – a baseball stadium that sits right on the bay where the Giants play their home games – this event mixes the best elements of a theme park (exciting rides, actors dressed as superheroes) and a comic book convention (interactive exhibits). For a few hours, you’ll get to fight alongside the Avengers, joining Earth’s mightiest heroes like Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk in a struggle with the most notorious super-villains from the Marvel Universe. For more information on this event that is guaranteed to entertain guests young and old, visit the Marvel Experience’s official website. Los Angeles to San Francisco¬†bus tickets start at $35 one-way.

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Chicago, Illinois

If you live in the Midwest, you probably don’t want to spend too much time outside right now. That’s why winter is a perfect time to appreciate fine art. Chicago is blessed to have one of the most prestigious museums in the world, the Art Institute. Fans of classic 80’s teen comedies will remember this museum from a scene in the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when the title character and his friends visit while they skip school. In addition to collections that represent various cultures from around the world – including large wings dedicated to Asian, European, and African-American art – it houses works by many painters who are considered masters of their craft, like Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet, whose iconic Water Lilies is one of the true gems in this facility. Some of the temporary exhibits currently running at the Art Institute include Byzantine-Greek mosaics, paintings from the era of Spanish colonialism in the Andes Mountains region, Islamic art, and much more. Browse the Art Institute’s website for a full list of the permanent collections, temporary exhibits, and all the other information you could need. Be sure to reserve yours soon since, since New York to Chicago bus tickets are as little as $40 one-way!

The Art Institute of Chicago

New York, New York

Chinese New Year is a celebration to mark the end of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year is dedicated to the goat (or ram/sheep). Each animal in the Chinese zodiac is assigned lucky directions, and East is one of those for the goat. New York City, the cultural capital of the East Coast is home to one of the largest, busiest Chinatown districts in the country, and puts on a celebration to match. Though the official date of the New Year was February 19th, the festivities last for over 2 weeks, so you can see marvelous displays of traditional paper lanterns strung above the streets. In this popular Manhattan neighborhood, you will also be able to find some of the best Chinese restaurants in the country, which will drive any foodie crazy with delight. Washington DC to New York City bus tickets start at $21 a ticket.

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GotoBus.com strives to be the top online marketplace for affordable bus travel across the country. We want to provide you with a hassle-free travel experience from the minute you book your tickets to after you’ve checked out of your hotel. Visit our website for a complete list of destinations. Good luck with the rest of winter and stay warm!

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Family Fun for February Break

Friday 13 February 2015 - Filed under Bus + Hotel + California + Florida + Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + bus tickets + day trip

February vacation

Things can get pretty cold in the heart of February, so it’s a good thing that most schools across the country get a well-deserved week of vacation in the middle of the month. This makes February a perfect time for a family vacation. GotoBus.com has hundreds of routes to cities all around the U.S. at low rates, so taking a trip to a new city has never been easier. With the added ability to book great hotel rooms, you just have to select your destination and let GotoBus do the rest. Below, we’ve included a few getaway ideas to some of our favorite family-oriented locations.

Nicknamed “the most magical place on earth,” the multiple theme parks, resorts, and entertainment areas that make up Disney World in Orlando are always a top destination for families. The four main parks – Magic Kingdom, MGM Studios, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT – each provide days-worth of activities, form rides and live shows to play areas and big parades, where kids will get to see their favorite Disney characters, new and old. In addition to these larger parks, there are two water-themed areas – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon – where you can cool off in the warm Florida weather. At Downtown Disney, the nighttime entertainment district, children of all ages will have a blast at the Lego Imagination Center, while their parents can relax with a drink at any of the fine restaurants around, like Planet Hollywood, the jungle-themed Rainforest Cafe, or the rocking House of Blues. In addition to the Disney World Parks, Orlando is home to countless other theme parks, like Universal Studios, so there is never a shortage of fun activities and day-trips. Pack your bags and get down there.

Magic Kingdom

Many parts of the country, like the Northeast and the Midwest, are frozen over after recent blizzards raged through the country. Southern California didn’t notice, though, and it’s as sunny as ever in San Diego. Sea World is home to the mighty Shamu, a killer whale who loves performing for crowds. You can see a live show, where this majestic creature will jump high out of the water and perform tricks while you learn fascinating details about the killer whale. Other live shows at Sea World include Bottlenose dolphins, sea lions and otters, and Madagascar, which incorporates live rock music. Also in the city are the San Diego Zoo, one of the most famous in the world and home to rare giant pandas, and the Gaslamp Quarter, the historical downtown area that is home to countless restaurants, shops, and nightclubs.

On Monday, February 16th, the country will celebrate President’s Day, a holiday dedicated to those who have served in office throughout America’s history. What better way to honor those men, past and present, than by visiting Washington, D.C., the nation’s capitol? Here, you will be able to see all the iconic government buildings, like the Capitol, the Supreme Court, and, of course, the White House, where the President and his family live. In addition, you can make stops at famous monuments like the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, and Washington Monument, each dedicated to one of the most influential commanders-in-chief this country has ever seen. After that, you should visit some of the museums that make up the Smithsonian Institute. The National Air and Space Museum is one of the best, where you can see all sorts of planes and aircraft to learn about the history of flight and the role this country had to play in the development of air travel technology. If you end up in town on the 16th, you can stop by the George Washington Birthday Parade from 1-3PM in Old Town Alexandria, which follows some of the same streets that our first president would have walked during his lifetime.

The White House in winter

At GotoBus.com, we want to help you find the perfect getaway at reasonable prices. We know the value of achieving your dream vacation, so we try to make it easy to find bus tickets and hotels in any city around the country. We hope you have a fun and relaxing February break. Happy travels!

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U.S. Cities Prepare for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

Thursday 15 January 2015 - Filed under Boston + Bus + Hotel + California + Los Angeles + Memphis + Tennessee + Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + bus tickets + day trip

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, on the third Monday in January, the United States celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout his life, Dr. King worked tirelessly as a leader of the Civil Rights movement, fighting for the prosperity of African-Americans and people of all races, ethnicities, and creeds in this country. In 1964, he became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy of nonviolent protest. Though this fight still continues today, the efforts and achievements of King and his peers in the civil rights movement were instrumental in bringing such issues to the forefront the American social and political climate. In 1968, he was tragically shot on the balcony of his motel room.

This holiday, though solemn, is meant to rejoice in the life and teachings of a great leader whose message of peace and love was heard throughout the world. Recently, the movie Selma, a biographical film depicting Dr. King’s time spent in Alabama, was given a wide release in U.S. movie theaters and nominated for the Oscar/ Academy Award for Best Picture. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming are offering guests free admission on Monday to explore these marvelous expanses of wilderness. Cities all over the country hold special events to commemorate the day, from parades to memorial brunches. Below, we have included some ideas for activities, arranged by city. Visit GotoBus.com to find bus tickets and hotel deals in the following places and more!

Boston

In 1955, King graduated with a doctoral degree in theology from Boston University. Visitors to the school’s Mugar Memorial Library can look inside the MLK Reading Room, which features a large collection of the man’s writings and letters on display. Elsewhere in the city, the Museum of Fine Arts is giving guests free admission all day. They have scheduled many special events for the day, all dealing with King or the civil rights movement, ranging from the documentary Freedom Summer to the hands-on “Puzzle Peaces,” in which children are encouraged to paint peaceful nature landscapes. Tours will also be available that will highlight the most prominent African American artists and the pieces by them on display in the museum. Check out the museum’s website for a full list of events. Bus tickets to Boston start for as little as $15.

Memphis

It was at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Dr. King was fatally shot in 1968. The site of the old motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum, which hosts an annual celebration, “Marching to Freedom.” The event features live music performances in a nearby park, as well as recordings of King’s most famous speeches. The museum always tries to make this gathering as charitable as possible, encouraging guests to make donations of canned foods for a discounted admission price of $3 or to donate blood for free entry. Bus tickets to Memphis begin at $76.

Los Angeles

Moving over to the West Coast, the city of Los Angeles hosts the largest parade in the country dedicated to King’s legacy, the Kingdom Day Parade, which uses over 150 floats, marching bands, dance groups, and much more, that all happens in a day-long festival full of food, music, and dancing. After the parade, you can head to the California African American Museum, which shows films, puts on live performances, and organizes art workshops to honor King. Tickets to Los Angeles are available for an incredibly low price of $20. Book now!

Washington D.C.

In 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered a very powerful, moving speech which included the iconic introduction, “I have a dream.” This year, at the same location, the students of local Watkins Elementary School will give a complete recitation of the speech in a moving ceremony. There will also be a wreath-laying at the MLK Memorial while National Park Service Rangers discuss King’s role in the Civil Rights movement. Then, at 11 AM, there will be a parade beginning at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE and Milwaukee Place SE, led by a marching band to keep the rhythm. The holiday is also regarded as a national day of service: everyone is strongly encouraged to either donate to an existing charity or service, or begin raising money for an original cause. Starting at just $21, bus tickets to Washington have never been cheaper!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

As previously stated, MLK Day celebrations and services are held all over the country in honor of such an incredible man, so there is no shortage of events to attend this year. With everything that is happening in the world, it is more important than ever to study and contemplate the words and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. GotoBus.com is here to help you find the best deals on bus and hotel combinations, so head over to our website to book immediately.

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GotoBus Now Offering Miller Transportation Bus Services

Wednesday 24 December 2014 - Filed under Bus Tours + Columbus + Detroit + Memphis + chicago + indianapolis

GotoBus just signed a new partnership with Miller Transportation, enabling many new routes to be listed on GotoBus.com between cities such as Indianapolis, Memphis, and Detroit!

What started as a family business in 1937 when Emmett Miller Sr. purchased a school bus, has grown to a larger family business offering the biggest selection of buses in the Indiana and Kentucky area. Having provided reliable transportation services for over 20 years, Miller Transportation is certainly an exciting addition to the GotoBus team!

For your convenience, we have included links below to help you book your trip! Their buses feature free wireless internet and charging stations for all your iPhones, iPads, and other electronics!

Indianapolis – Detroit

Detroit – Indianapolis

Indianapolis – Memphis

Memphis – Indianapolis

Chicago – Columbus

Columbus – Chicago

Here is a preview of what their buses are like!

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Services from Indianapolis start at $70 one way. Book your tickets today on GotoBus.com!

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3… 2… 1… Happy New Year!

Tuesday 23 December 2014 - Filed under Bus + Hotel + Casino + GotoBus + Holidays + Las Vegas + New Year + New Year's Eve + New York + bus tickets + chinatown bus + discount

2015

Well, not quite yet, but the big night is right around the corner, and GotoBus is here to help you travel to some of the most exciting destinations across the country to close out 2014 with a bang.

As always, New York City will host its annual ball drop in Times Square, the largest New Year’s celebration in the world, which attracts an estimated one million spectators. From 6 PM to midnight, the streets are packed with people ready to turn the page to a new chapter in their lives, making resolutions for self-improvement, and seeking out that special someone for a New Year’s kiss. For decades, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve will host live musical performances. This year will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and feature the boy band One Direction and America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift.

If you’d like to avoid the crowd at the ball drop, there are a vast number of events and parties you can attend. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is already one of the city’s most popular attractions, but on NYE it becomes even more exciting when it hosts a party among its wax figures, letting you “party with the stars.” The party includes a 4-D cinema, an open bar, appetizers, and entertainment that is appropriate for guests of all ages. In the museum, you will have access to the viewing gallery on the 54th floor of the Hyatt Tower, which provides an excellent point-of-view of the ball drop. This will let you enjoy the iconic celebration far above the crowded streets. Bus tickets to New York City start for as little as $20.

Times Square New Years Eve

Las Vegas is the only other city that can boast a New Year’s celebration as wild as New York’s. Celebrities love to join in the festivities here, so you could be sharing a champagne toast with one of your favorite stars! This year boasts some of the best live shows and concerts that Vegas has ever hosted. At the Chelsea, you can see the legendary Tony Bennett duet with the ever-inventive Lady Gaga. Listen to the greatest hits of Britney Spears as the pop-star performs at Planet Hollywood. For a laugh, check out Joel McHale, star of Community and host of The Soup, at the Mirage. Or perhaps, you want to ask the timeless question of “Turn Down for What?” with Lil Jon at Surrender Nightclub.

The point is, there are a near-endless amount of concerts, shows, and parties to choose from. Vegas is the place to be for NYE, baby! But don’t forget the best part: at midnight, the many casinos on the Las Vegas Strip host a synchronized fireworks display, illuminating the dark sky over the desert with a vibrant display of colors. Purchase your bus tickets to Las Vegas from Los Angeles now, for as little as $25.

Las Vegas New Years Eve

On GotoBus.com, we can also help you book hotels (save even more when booking your bus tickets and hotel stay at the same time!), so you can focus on what is really important on New Year’s Eve: partying

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Any Budget

Monday 15 December 2014 - Filed under GotoBus + Holidays + Seasonal travel + bus tickets + chinatown bus + gift certificates + hotels

Holiday gift

The holiday season is here again, a time of festive music, ugly sweaters, and traveling long distances to give presents to family members (and who doesn’t love doing that?). Look – we at GotoBus know that it can be a lot of work to keep up with all that holiday cheer, and travel shouldn’t add to the stress. That is why we make it easy to book bus tickets to destinations all over the country at the best prices, whether you’re trying to meet up with your family or get far, far away from them. Since the holidays are quickly approaching, and it is such a busy time to travel, it’s a good idea to book your tickets early on GotoBus.com to guarantee the best prices and seats.

Once you’ve finalized your travel arrangements, the next big question is what gifts should you get for your family, friends, and coworkers? With each passing year, it feels like the list of people you need to give presents to gets longer and longer. There’s no way you can spend a fortune on each person! Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s the thought that counts?” It means that the quality of a gift cannot be measured by the amount of money spent on it, but rather the care and mindfulness with which it is given. Below, we’ve included some great gift ideas to fit stricter budgets, helping you save some money and bring a smile to someone’s face:

First, let’s start with a basic coffee mug. You can find stores and websites that will print just about anything (names, picture, quotes, etc.) on a mug, so you can personalize it based on who it’s for. But why stop there? You could turn the mug into a tiny gift basket: fill it with a nice blend of coffee or tea for the friend who loves caffeinated drinks, hot cocoa mix for kids who love a warm winter treat, some chocolates for your aunt with the sweet-tooth, or just fill it with a few gift cards to some shops they love.

Christmas coffee mug

Do you know any film-buffs, the kind of person who lives to see the newest Hollywood blockbusters? Get them a book of movie passes. This time of year is known as “awards season”, when many of the dramas that will get nominated for the Golden Globes, Oscars, and more start to get wide releases in theaters. Any die-hard moviegoer will be itching to see these, and you can provide them with the means to do that.

Movie theatre

If you have a friend or relative who has a passion for pen and paper – that is, writing – then there is nothing quite as thrilling for them as the image of a white sheet. To them, blank paper doesn’t feel empty, but rather filled with potential. Get them a new journal so they can jot down their thoughts and musings. Here’s a thought: in addition, throw in some cheap tickets from GotoBus; they could turn into the author of the next great travel novel, and it will have all started with your gift!

Travel journal

The last idea may be the simplest: bake some sweets, like cookies. A plate of cookies won’t last forever, but whoever you give it to will appreciate the time you took to prepare them. And doesn’t food taste better when it’s made by someone who cares about you?

Holiday cookies

Don’t forget to book your tickets now on GotoBus.com. If you’re also looking for hotel accommodations, save even more by booking your bus tickets and hotel at the same time. Happy Holidays and safe travels!

Christmas Belles at Crown Plaza

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Thanksgiving Travel & Events

Monday 17 November 2014 - Filed under California + Holidays + NYC + New York + Seasonal travel + Thanksgiving + Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + bus tickets + chinatown bus + day trip + holiday tours + new york bus

Thanksgiving

In 1620, the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, after a long, difficult voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from England. After barely surviving their first winter, they feasted after a successful harvest in the following year, sitting down with the local Native Americans who had helped them learn to farm in their new land. This celebration set the foundations for Thanksgiving in the United States, which became a national holiday during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.

While the story of the Pilgrims’ hard journey is an important piece of American history, one thing we can all be thankful for is the vast improvements in transportation since their time. Traveling long distances no longer takes multiple months, but only a few days, at most. This is important because Thanksgiving is such a busy time for traveling, with many people trying get to their families around the country. At GotoBus, we want to make it easy for everyone to travel in a relaxed but timely way. Below, we’ve listed some special Thanksgiving events happening in cities around the country. If you see something you like, head over to our website, and book your bus tickets now!

Presidential Turkey Pardon, Washington, DC

Each year since Harry Truman’s time in office, the president has been gifted a turkey on Thanksgiving. But in 1989, George Bush pardoned his turkey (the president has the power to pardon anyone convicted of a crime, allowing them to go without punishment). This act has been repeated annually on the front steps of the White House. This year’s turkey is still in need of a name, and everyone is encouraged to submit their ideas at this website, where they can also find links to the Ohio Poultry Association’s social media pages that post photos of the turkeys as the grow and prepare for Thanksgiving. In addition to this ceremony, there are plenty of other events in the Washington area. Visiting some of the major monuments and memorials in the city is a great way to show thankfulness for the many proud Americans who have helped make this country great! Bus tickets to Washington DC start around $20.

Obama Thanksgiving turkey Pardon

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City

This annual march through Manhattan has been celebrated since the 1920s, and features giant inflatable balloons depicting beloved cartoon characters and various other floats. Some of the most popular balloons are icons like Snoopy, Pikachu, Spongebob Squarepants, Shrek, and many more. There are performances from notable pop musicians and celebrities, as well as a material from newly released Broadway shows. The parade has become as much of a celebration of American popular culture as it is about Thanksgiving, making it a perfect event for families with younger children, who will be absolutely thrilled and amazed to see giant versions of their favorite characters. It is one thing to watch the parade on television, but it’s another to witness firsthand the immense size of these balloons, many of which require up to 90 handlers. The parade runs for about 3 hours beginning at 9:00am on Thanksgiving morning. Make sure you’re in town for it by booking your bus tickets to New York, which can be found for as little as $18, as soon as possible!

Macy's Thanksgiving day parade

Black Friday in Barstow, California

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, and it is become one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Stores nationwide have special markdown sales on some of their best items, and many open their doors from midnight to midnight. The Tanger Outlets in Barstow, California (about midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas), will open at 6:00am on Friday and have extended hours all weekend. Some of the Tangers’ most popular stores are offering amazing deals, like 50-75% off everything at the Gap Outlet! Visit the website to find an extensive list of the sales, and bus tickets to Barstow are available for around $30.

Black Friday

No matter where you plan on going for Thanksgiving this year, you are sure to find some great events around you. GotoBus.com is always happy to help you get there (and find a hotel, too!), so visit our website and book now. Have a happy and safe holiday!

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Honoring Veterans Around the U.S.

Monday 10 November 2014 - Filed under Bus + Hotel + Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + bus tickets + chinatown bus + day trip

Veterans Day

Veterans Day was founded to celebrate the peace treaty that ended World War I, but has since evolved into a day to honor all the brave men and women who have served in the American military. Because many workers and students get the day off, Veterans Day weekend is a popular time to travel, allowing travelers to get a much-needed break.

With some of the best prices for bus tickets, GotoBus.com makes it easy for anyone to get around the U.S. For those who love exploring the great outdoors, we have even more good news: all national parks offer free admission on the holiday, Below, we’ve included descriptions of some of the Veterans Day celebrations going on in two of the country’s most historic cities- Washington DC, and Boston:

Washington, DC

Full of memorials and monuments dedicated to its servicemen, there are countless ceremonies dedicated to veterans in the nation’s capital, and the grandest of all is the one at Arlington National Cemetery. Free to the public, the ceremony begins with a wreath-laying at 11:00am, but guests who arrive early will be welcomed by a performance from the United States Marine Band. Smaller ceremonies are held at the other memorials around the city, like the World War II Memorial at 9:00am and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 1:00pm. In the evening, head to the National Mall for the special “Concert for Valor,” a 3-hour live show put on by HBO, which is being hyped as one of the largest live events ever. Will it live up to this billing? With a lineup that includes performances from superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, and the Black Keys, it is hard to imagine the concert being anything less than extraordinary. Be sure to get there early; the Mall is expected to get crowded quickly. Finding the best prices for Washington DC bus tickets is easy, and tickets start at just $15 per person.

Boston

This northeastern city was the birthplace of the American Revolution, and as such has a great deal of pride for anyone who has served in the military. Boston hosts two Veterans Day parades that run back-to-back; the Official Parade marches first, followed by the Veterans for Peace Parade. The reason these parades are separated is because some groups in the first parade did not want to march with the Veterans for Peace. Another activity is happening on Saturday, November 15th, a few days after the holiday itself. A cruise of Boston Harbor and its islands will depart from Long Wharf. The boat sails to Fort Warren on Georges Island, a Civil War-era defensive structure in the harbor. Veterans are welcome to attend free of charge, while all other guests will be charge $5. Bus tickets to Boston will cost you around $20, not a bad deal!

There are many great discount deals offered to veterans no matter where they are in the country, from shopping to dining, and they should check the local event pages online for whatever city they plan to be in during Veterans Day for a detailed list of events and discounts. It is a small way to repay them for their service to this country.

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Halloween Weekend Across America

Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Filed under California + Georgia + Kentucky + Los Angeles + Louisville + Philadelphia + Savannah + Where to go + bus tickets + chinatown bus + day trip + pennsylvania + san francisco

Halloween

Isn’t it a little disappointing when Halloween ends up being on a Wednesday night? Kids have to go to school, adults have to work, and there is hardly any time to really enjoy and celebrate this fun holiday. Good news! Halloween 2014 is a Friday night, giving you the whole weekend to flaunt your creative costume and celebrate the scariest time of year with friends and family. It also means that you can take some time to travel and experience the Halloween festivities in different cities around the country. Check out the following locations, read about their spooky attractions, and then head to GotoBus.com to book bus tickets. Halloween should be frightening, but travel should not.

Savannah, Georgia

Full of historic homes that date to before the Civil War, the quaint city of Savannah loves to show off its many haunted houses. As night falls, the pleasant, colonial charm is overtaken by a thick darkness and heavy silence, decorated with Spanish moss that hangs from the local trees, making the area seem like the perfect plce for creatures of the night. Visitors to the Sorrel Weed House have reported strange activities, like a sense of nausea and shortness of breath in the basement. It is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of the former owners and their poorly treated slaves. For other Halloween events and attractions in the Savannah area, visit the city’s event page.

Savannah, Georgia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Prisons are scary places, even when they are populated by living inmates. Throw in intimidating architecture and the ghosts of countless dead prisoners, who were mainly kept in solitary confinement, and you end up with one bone-chilling facility. Eastern State Penitentiary was once home to the legendary criminal, Al Capone, and you can even visit his cell! Around Halloween, this infamous Philadelphia prison operates the “Terror Behind the Walls,” a haunted house fundraiser, so you can get your pants scared off while supporting the local historical society. More information on this and other Philadelphia Halloween activities can be found here.

Eastern State Penitentiary

San Francisco, California

The energetic atmosphere and nightlife of the Bay Area is only highlighted around Halloween. This site lists some of the major costume parties and themed nights at the local bars leading up to October 31st, a seemingly endless list of exciting events. If you plan to be in the area, you could always check out Queen Anne Hotel. Built towards the end of the 19th century as a boarding school for girls, this Victorian building is said to be haunted by the school’s former headmistress. Room 410 is located where her office once was, and guests in that room have reported waking up to find their clothes unpacked or their blankets tucked around them as they sleep. To be honest, this ghost actually sounds very pleasant. Maybe she’ll make you a cup of tea, if you pass in your homework on time!

San Francisco Halloween

Los Angeles, California

For certain cultures, Halloween is not as important as the following day. November 1st, for Christians, is known as All Saints Day, but in Mexico it is better known as Dia de los Muertas – the Day of the Dead. With its large Mexican community, Los Angeles hosts several colorful festivals and events commemorating this day. One of the largest Day of the Dead celebrations is held in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It is hard to think of a more fitting place for such a festival: the dreariness of the cemetery is erased, because in Mexico, death is seen as a celebration. Instead of mourning, Mexicans dress in a splendid display of colors, sing, dance, and wear traditional masks. This, or any of LA’s other Day of the Dead festivals, offers visitors a unique perspective on how the Halloween season is regarded in other cultures.

Day of the Dead

Louisville, Kentucky

This city puts up plenty of haunted houses, like a “Wacky Clown Asylum,” which sounds like something adapted directly from a nightmare. But there is one location in the Louisville area that tops the rest in terms of its horror: the Waverly Hills Sanitarium, which is only open around this time of year as a haunted house. Considered one of the scariest places on Earth, the building was once a hospital to house tuberculosis patients, before antibiotics made the disease more manageable. An underground tunnel was used to discretely remove the bodies of the deceased. Now, the grounds are totally abandoned, making the building itself look like a ghost, though there are current efforts being made to restore the property.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

As always, GotoBus.com is here to help you reach your destination. It’s no trick – treat yourself to a Halloween weekend getaway, and please, remember to be safe if you’re out at night.

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Columbus Day Celebrations on the East Coast

Tuesday 7 October 2014 - Filed under Boston + GotoBus + Holidays + NYC + New England + New York + Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + bus tickets + chinatown bus + new york bus + vacation

Mayflower

Compared to other holidays, Columbus Day is somewhat low-key. Many people use the long weekend to travel with their families, allowing for a nice break in the middle of fall. Most major cities around the country host a parade to honor Christopher Columbus, who in 1492, discovered what we now know as America. What exciting news will you bring back from your travels? Below, we have described the Columbus Day celebrations going on at some of the most-visited cities in the country, along with other events happening over the course of the weekend.

New York City

New York City’s annual parade gets far less coverage than the much larger St. Patrick’s Day Parade or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and though there are no balloons depicting beloved cartoon characters, this parade is a fun way to experience the city without having to deal with excessive chaos. It begins with a 9:30am mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, before the parade ends at 11:30, marching down the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 44th and 72nd Streets. The parade ends near Central Park, which always provides fun exploration opportunity. If you head to the Flatiron District, bring your kids to the four day grand opening of the brand new Lego Store location. They will be hosting fun activities here all weekend, like building a 20-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty.

New York City Columbus Day Parade

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. does not host a parade on Columbus Day, but it does host a special ceremony each year at the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain, located in Union Station Plaza. Representatives from the embassies of Spain and Italy, as well as members of the public, lay wreathes at the base of the statue in his honor. Members from local chapters of the Knights of Columbus are always in attendance, while many other organizations, such as the US Army and Navy, have also taken part in the past. The statue itself is worth examining for its symbolism. Standing in front of the depiction of Columbus himself is a winged-figure, a depiction of “Discovery,” while two men, an old one and a Native American, are positioned on either side, representing the “old world” and the “new world.” If you’re around DC for Columbus Day weekend, be sure to catch this ceremony. On the 11th and 12th, you should also stop by the Taste of DC, a street festival that takes up five blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, offering local eateries a chance to showcase some of their best-tasting dishes, which lasts from noon to 7pm both days.

Christopher Columbus Fountain - Washington, D.C.

Boston

For those of you heading to Boston this Columbus Day, the North End hosts the liveliest events. Though Columbus sailed for Spain, he was originally born in Genoa, Italy. Because of this, Columbus Day in this country often serves the dual-role of being an Italian-American pride day. Boston’s annual parade runs through the heart of the North End, the city’s historically Italian neighborhood, ending in the appropriately named Christopher Columbus Park, where there will live music, games, and other activities, like a storyteller, magician, and juggler to entertain children. Once the parade is over, head down any one of the narrow streets of the North End to explore one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city, where you will find some of the best restaurants around.

North End, Boston

Wherever you wish to go this Columbus Day weekend, GotoBus is always ready to help you get there! Visit GotoBus.com to find out more information regarding schedules and rates.

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