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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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Coastal Fall Travel

Tuesday 16 September 2014 - Filed under Boston + California + GotoBus + Los Angeles + Seasonal travel + Where to go + bus tickets + chinatown bus + foliage + san francisco + west coast

Fall in New England

For all of its beauty – the changing leaves, the cool breezes, the ready-to-harvest crops – Fall can be a stressful time. Suddenly, school is back in session, the weather is colder, the days are shorter, and you just can’t shake the feeling that your time to get outdoors and take in the season’s dynamic magnificence is quickly running out.

Here’s what you need to do: grab a pumpkin-spiced latte, sit down at your computer, and head to GotoBus.com, where you will find the best rates on round-trip bus tickets, and choose from the many destinations listed, so you can get a nice, relaxing break amidst the vibrant foliage of Autumn.
 

New England is probably the one region most closely associated with the Autumn season, as it features the most visible changes to its foliage, as well as a long tradition of harvest fairs, Halloween thrills, and various other seasonal celebrations to herald the season. The city of Boston loves to celebrate fall in style with the Head of the Charles Regatta, a two-day rowing race that attracts over 9,000 participants and countless more spectators each year, making it the largest race of its kind in the world. You can watch the boats pass by underneath the leisurely shade on the banks of the Charles River. Another classic New England activity during this season is the month-long Halloween festivities in Salem, MA, the site of the infamous witch trials in colonial times. This small, coastal city, a short train ride from Boston, has retained much of its colonial demeanor. There are numerous “spooky” tours you can choose from; themed museums, haunted houses, and eateries; as well as not one, but several psychics who all promise to see into your future. That’s right – if you don’t like the sound of your fortune, you can just get a new one from a different psychic. Round-trip bus tickets from New York to Boston start at just $36.

Head of the Charles Regatta

 
Another potential idea, for those customers on the West Coast, is exploring one of the absolutely breathtaking parks located in that region. Okay, maybe the mammoth California redwood trees of Muir Woods, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, don’t change colors in the fall, and their humbling size and majesty remain constant year-round. But these trees are each hundreds of years old, and this fact, coupled with the inherent otherworldly atmosphere of Autumn, creates a truly mystical quality in Muir Woods. Even the name of the region itself – “Muir” – seems to come straight from The Lord of the Rings (John Muir was actually a 19th-century environmentalist and early proponent of wilderness preservation). While there will not be a vast number of visual changes to the scenery, for those of you on the West Coast this fall, an excursion to Muir Woods, or any one of California’s many other redwood sanctuaries, makes for an enticing outing. Bring the kids, and let their imaginations run wild in this fantasy landscape! Bus tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco start at just $80.

Muir Woods National Monument

 Don’t let yourself feel all cooped up indoors; get out now to capture the exquisite beauty of Autumn. There is no reason to wait! Visit GotoBus.com and choose your perfect destination now.

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End of Summer Playtime for the Whole Family

Thursday 21 August 2014 - Filed under Boston + Bus + Hotel + California + New York + bus tickets + chinatown bus + day trip + new york bus + san francisco

Summer Fountain Fun

 
Alas! Summer is coming to an end, and, as always, it was too short. Kids are dreading the approach of the school year, and their parents are wishing they had one last opportunity to escape the stresses of work and enjoy the beautiful weather. Fortunately, there is still time to book a perfect family getaway with Gotobus.com! Below, we have listed some of our favorite cities, each with one amazing playground for the kids and a nightlife event for the adults.
  

New York City

Teardrop Park

A section of the larger Tribeca, Manhattan, this is not a traditional playground, with swings and jungle-gyms, although there is a large slide that is sure to leave your kids laughing. Teardrop Park is marked by heaving rock formations that help to hide the surrounding city, giving this place an atmosphere of calm seclusion amid the hustle-and-bustle of the country’s busiest city. Along with the slide, the park features a large sandbox area, a tunnel under one of the rock formations, a reading circle, multiple sitting greens, and the “water rocks,” a fountain built into one of the rocks.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Founded in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan in 1973 to give the city’s large population of Puerto Rican writers a venue to showcase their talents (“Nuyorican” is a term for a New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent), this is one of New York’s best performing arts venues. Striving to give voice to artists who would otherwise be underrepresented in mainstream culture, the Nuyorican hosts a diverse array of events, from theater and music pieces to slam poetry every Friday night.
 

San Francisco

Adventure Playground (Berkeley)

Wow! This is a one-of-a-kind playground, located in Berkeley across the bay from San Francisco, and is sure to make parents envy their children. It features forts, boats, and towers, all designed by children, for children. Kids can go wild on the zip-line, or get in touch with their creative sides by painting. It is recommended to wear sturdy shoes (no sandals or flip-flops!) and clothes that can get wet and dirty. See the park’s website for a full list of rules and other information.

After Dark at Exploratorium

Held at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, a facility showcasing “how the world works” through engaging, interactive scientific exhibits, After Dark is a nighttime series for adults only that mixes science, art, cocktails – a winning trio. Each night focuses on a different topic, with names like “Tricks Are Treats” and “Decay.” This show offers it all: live performance, film, music, technology, alcohol, stimulating conversation – there is something for everyone. Visit the Exploratorium website for a full event schedule and list of After Dark themes.
 

Boston – Harvard Square

Alexander W. Kemp Playground

A newly redesigned playground that still retains the look of an older, wooden playground, Kemp Playground, north of Harvard Square, has structures built on small hills and sand that facilitate climbing, swinging, and sliding, with areas suitable for all young ages from toddlers up. The mission of its designers was to create a space that incorporated both playing and learning about the surrounding world.

Oberon

The second stage of Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater (ART), Oberon mixes theatrical performance into a nightclub setting, featuring many shows, both temporary and regular, that usually would not get the same attendance on the ART’s mainstage. Many of these shows are interactive, such as the highly popular “Donkey Show,” a disco-reimagining of William Shakespeare’s beloved play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with divas, roller skates, and glitter, held every Saturday Night. Visit the ART’s website for a full event schedule and other information.

  

Don’t miss out on your chance to be the “cool parent” and book an awesome trip to one of these cities, or any of the other destinations you can find on GotoBus.com, where you can easily book both your bus tickets and hotel stay together to save even more!

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Unique Labor Day Weekend Ideas

Wednesday 13 August 2014 - Filed under Boston + California + Holidays + NYC + New York + Seasonal travel + Where to go + bus tickets + chinatown bus + new york bus + san francisco + vacation

Beach sunset

Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, making it the last chance for many to take advantage of the weather and their time off from work or school. But the traditional vacation itinerary of jetting off to a private, secluded island to drink cocktails on the beach is a little cliche, not to mention out of the average traveler’s budget. There are all sorts of unique events around the country on Labor Day Weekend, and GotoBus.com offers affordable rates to get you wherever you wish to go. Below, we’ve listed some one-of-a-kind cultural events in a few of our favorite cities:

  

Boston, Massachusetts

International Bacon Day (August 31st)

*Sizzle*. Is that the sound of the summer sun burning your skin? No! It’s the sound of succulent strips of bacon cooking on a skillet. International Bacon Day, observed annually on the Saturday before Labor Day, was first established in 2000 by residents of nearby Bedford, MA. While there is no official events commemorating the most delicious holiday, why not take a trip to Boston, the largest city near Bacon Day’s birthplace, and partake in some bacon-filled dishes at any number of the city’s excellent restaurants or food trucks?

Boston Arts Festival

This annual festival, held in Christopher Columbus Park, showcases the best of local visual and performance art. Artists set up kiosks to sell their work, while some kind of performance is always happening. Previous festivals have held exhibits on glassblowing, wood carving, painting, and much more. Many artists also hold workshops on these techniques, allowing visitors to participate and learn firsthand the skills required to, for instance, blow glass. On the second night, the festival is concluded with an impressive fireworks display over Boston Harbor. More information is available on the city of Boston’s website.

 
New York, New York

Labor Day Carnival

New York’s major Labor Day celebration – a.k.a. the West Indian-American Carnival – is an annual festival in Brooklyn that attracts anywhere between one to three million participants each year. The main event is the parade, in which groups representative of the numerous Caribbean Islands (Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, etc.) march down the Eastern Parkway, adorned with splendid, vibrant clothing of their native land. The parade is only part of the overall carnival, with various musical and artistic performances rounding out the bill. You can find the entire schedule for the carnival here.

NYC Unicycle Festival

This has got to be one of the more interesting themes for a festival. Each year on Governor’s Island, participants and spectators gather for two days full of one-wheeled fun. There are races and other competitions, world-famous cyclists giving exhibitions of their tricks, and games of basketball and hockey played entirely on unicycles. While you don’t need to know how to ride a unicycle to enjoy the festival, you will not find a better place to learn how. Find out all you need to know and more about the NYC UniFest from its official website.
 
San Francisco, California

Colorfest

A special feature for Summer 2014 at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, an incredible museum whose goal is to “explain how the world works,” Colorfest is a collection of exhibits that all deal with how the human eye interacts with color. With over thirty exhibits, including laser demonstrations, an examination of color in the Mayan world, and a lecture on color in chemistry, there is no shortage of information to interest you. Colorfest is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about a topic that we generally do not think about too often.

  

Labor Day Weekend is swiftly approaching, so you do not want to miss your chance to experience something new and different. Book tickets through GotoBus.com to find your perfect price and get on your way!

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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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