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Emergency Travel Supply List

Wednesday 27 January 2016 - Filed under Bus + Hotel + GotoBus + bus tickets


At, customer safety is our #1 priority, and we understand that emergencies happen! This is why we wanted to give you some ideas of things to start gathering for an emergency travel supply kit. Head to the store and get a container to put everything inside. Here are some things to get started:

  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Mini/waterproof radio
  • First-aid kit
  • Road flares if you traveling by car
  • Waterproof matches
  • Extra set of house and car keys
  • Back up phone battery – we’ve heard great things about the Mophie brand!
  • Everyone traveling with you should have their own identification with them (driver’s licenses, state ID’s or passports), as well as photo copies of their ID’s safely stored somewhere in a ziplock bag for backup and safekeeping. You should also have a AAA (or other roadside assistance) card with you, your health insurance card, and any other important documents you think you might need in case of emergency, like emergency contact phone numbers… and no, we don’t mean only the ones stored on your cell phones. Hard copies are important!
  • Don’t forget to bring with you medications that you take on a daily basis – bring a few days extra with you just in case. We also recommend taking Advil or other pain relievers, this also might be in the First Aid kit.
  • Duct tape -you can use it for pretty much anything.. seriously!
  • Non-perishable food (granola bars, etc).
  • Bottled water
  • Water purification tablets are great to have on hand to use if you run out of water; they can be purchased online or in-stores at popular sporting/camping stores.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Extra outfits – we recommend bringing 1-2 changes of clothes just in case. Bring clothes that are easily collapsible and can fight into a tight space.
  • Blankets! Get a regular blanket, and an emergency blanket. If you purchase a first-aid kit that comes with an emergency blanket (they are usually silver-colored), great! If not, we seriously recommend purchasing one separably to include with this kit, as they help to prevent hypothermia.
  • Ponchos- we’ve all poked fun at ponchos before, but when it comes down to it, we would be thankful for having one of we really needed to stay dry!
  • Swiss Army knife or similar type of combination “survival” knife. There are countless possibilities to shop for, and many are customizable depending on what you are purchasing it for. For example, Swiss Army makes special fishing combo knives, hunting knives, and more.
  • Ziplock bags of different size to keep your belongings dry.


As you can from this list, there are many possibilities of what to include in your emergency kit, but the most important thing is to pack only the essentials! We hope you enjoyed our list, and that it will inspire you to get your own emergency travel kit started. Don’t forget to also visit to book your bus tickets to destinations across the U.S. – save even more when you book your bus and hotel stay together!

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Green Travel & Living – Here’s What You Can Do!

Wednesday 13 January 2016 - Filed under GotoBus + bus tickets + green travel

green living

We hope you’ve had a great new year so far! We wanted to try something a little different with this blog, and write about various ways you can be a little more green-friendly. Helping our environment starts with you! Here are some tips on how to live and travel more green!

  • At home, try setting your thermostat a few degrees higher during the summer months and a few degrees lower during the winter months. This will not only save energy, but money as well!
  • Conserve water by taking showers instead of baths and turning the faucet on only as needed when you are brushing your teeth.
  • Instead of using disposable bottled water, purchase a refillable water bottle; they’re extremely convenient to tote between work, school, the gym, and for traveling purposes. Having one also cuts down on the amount of discarded plastic bottles cluttering up your trash/recycle bins.
  • Pack light, leaving unnecessary items at home, and bring refillable shampoo bottles etc. with you, instead of using disposable, store-bought brand bottles. We recommend purchasing refillable bottles in government-approved sizes. Check the Department of Homeland Security’s official website for the latest information on this. Tip: Many of your local stores will even carry TSA-approved bottles that are also dishwasher safe!
  • Respect the environment you are in – don’t try to touch any wild animals (land OR sea) you encounter. Another important rule to follow is to not touch coral when scuba diving or snorkeling. They are sharper than they appear, and can leave you with nasty, infected cuts. Coral is a living animal; when touched, it can get sick, and ultimately.
  • When choosing dining options, consider eating and buying locally to assist the local economy.
  • Staying green should continue as you travel. Please remember your efforts while you are away. A little can go a long way! Clean up after yourself, and please do not leave any trash behind.


Everyone here at is always looking for ways to help keep Mother Earth GREEN! These are just a few suggestions we came up with; there are many, many ways you can help! For other ways you can contribute, including using environmentally friendly transportation, check out our Green Travel Page!

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Thanksgiving Weekend Fun!

Friday 20 November 2015 - Filed under Boston + Bus + Hotel + California + Detroit + Florida + GotoBus + Massachusetts + NYC + New England + New York + Orlando + Where to go + bus tickets + chicago + chinatown bus + east coast + new york bus + west coast

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving is a busy time for travel. A lot of people will be trying to get home to spend time with their loved ones. If you’ll be one of the many weary travelers this year, you should visit, one of the web’s leading marketplaces for affordable bus tickets, to find the route that will get you where you need to go. Thanksgiving dinner tastes great, but it tastes even better when surrounded by those closest to you!

New York

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the most anticipated event on the holiday, and this year, marks the 89th year the parade has been running. Not only do crowds of people line the streets of Manhattan to see floats of their favorite cartoon characters, like Snoopy and Spongebob, but there will also be performances from talented marching bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, and more! This year’s parade will also feature musical performances from crowd favorites like Jordin Sparks, Prince Royce, Train, Andra Day, and Shawn Mendes. Be sure to check out the official website for the complete list! Even though thousands of people line up on the streets of Manhattan to watch the parade in person, even more people tune in on their televisions to watch from all around the US. Be sure to book tickets to New York to see this huge celebration in person before they sell out!


The very first Thanksgiving was held in the Greater Boston Area in Plymouth, MA when the Pilgrims broke bread with the Native Americans who lived in the area. Plimoth Plantation is a living museum (actors will be in costumes and acting out what life was like back then) where you can see a replica of the original community they established in 1620. We can’t think of many better ways to celebrate Thanksgiving than by reliving the history that is behind the holiday. Book bus tickets to Boston for an authentic Turkey Day experience!


New York’s not the only major American city that hosts a parade! Chicago is another huge urban area (and it’s cleaner than NYC!) that knows the best way to get down, hosting the annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade. Beginning on State Street downtown, the parade runs from 8 to 11 AM. Though it’s been held since 1934, McDonald’s became the first title sponsor in 1984. The mascot is Teddy Turkey, a plump, fun-loving bird who goes around spreading holiday cheer. Hang out with Teddy by booking bus tickets to Chicago now!


The Seniors First Turkey Trot 5K has been a Thanksgiving tradition in the Orlando area for the past 25 years. It’s a race around Lake Eola to help benefit the area’s senior citizens. Participants are invited to wear Pilgrim attire or turkey costumes and race to the finish! This is definitely a great opportunity to take some pictures of people in ridiculous outfits! There are also countless theme parks in the Orlando area to help keep your family entertained. Book your bus tickets to Florida now at an unbeatable low rate!

Los Angeles

On November 29th, Los Angeles will host the Hollywood Christmas Parade. OK, we know, it’s not for Thanksgiving, but that seems a little early for Christmas, doesn’t it? This year, magician duo Penn and Teller have been selected as the Grand Marshalls for the parade, so it’s sure to be a magical experience. The parade begins at 5 PM on Hollywood Boulevard. Book your bus tickets to California now!


After a few tough years, it finally seems like Detroit is back on the upswing. This is great news for the automotive capital of the US. You can join the local community in celebrating and show off your patriotism by joining America’s Thanksgiving Parade. It’s the second-oldest parade in the country (after Macy’s), and features similar floats. The climax of the parade is the arrival of Santa Claus, who announces the beginning of the Christmas season. Book tickets to Detroit from cities all around the around the country!

Thanksgiving dinner

These are just a few of the events happening around the US this Thanksgiving. If you don’t want to travel far, you should go online to find parade and events closest to you. With, not only will you have access to affordable bus routes to cities all across the US and parts of Mexico, but you will also be able to book your hotel, so a nice, warm room will be ready for when you get there. Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving!

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Veterans Day Happenings

Monday 9 November 2015 - Filed under Boston + California + GotoBus + Holidays + Los Angeles + NYC + New York + Washington DC + bus tickets + chicago + west coast


On Wednesday, November 11, the United States will celebrate Veterans Day, a holiday held in honor of its citizens who served in the Armed Forces. While Memorial Day in May honors those who gave their lives serving their country, Veterans Day is meant to show appreciation for those men and women who are still living. If you are not a veteran yourself, odds are that you know someone who is, whether they are a family member, a friend, a coworker, or even the barista at your local coffee shop. Veterans are all over the place, but when they’re out of uniform, there’s no way to distinguish them from regular civilians. That is why a holiday like this is so important: it gives us a chance to realize that we are surrounded by brave people who are willing to put everything on the line for the safety of our country. So, if you see someone in uniform on Wednesday, make sure to thank them! Below, we’ve included some events and ways to contribute in various cities across the country that will be held in honor of Veterans Day.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the number one place to go if you want to join in the festivities to honor veterans. The main event in D.C. each year is the Concert for Valor, a huge musical event held on the National Mall. The event is always able to book some of the music industry’s biggest names, but this year’s lineup is going to be something special! The performers include indie-rock duo the Black Keys; “the Boss” himself, Bruce Springsteen; former American Idol winners Carrie Underwood; Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson; Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana and current lead singer of the Foo Fighters; superstar rapper Eminem; legendary thrash-metal group Metallica; and, last but not least, Rihanna, a pop sensation and fashion icon. The show starts at 7 PM and is free to attend!

Arlington National Cemetery is a beautiful area to visit at any point during the year, but on Veterans Day, there are several ceremonies held around the grounds. Among them will be the 17th annual Women’s Military Memorial Service, held in honor of the brave women who have served in the military. These days, there are many people who question whether women have a place in the military, so it’s refreshing to see these brave ladies getting the recognition they deserve!

D.C. is also filled with war memorials and monuments, and each one has a different ceremony scheduled to honor its veterans, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the United States Marine Corps Memorial.



Soldier Field is the home of Chicago’s NFL team, the Bears. It was named in honor of the fallen soldiers in World War I. At 11 AM on Veterans Day, there will be a special ceremony at Gate 0. Then after that, head up to Navy Pier, one of the city’s most entertaining areas. There are several restaurants where you can get a delicious bite to eat, a Ferris wheel that offers an amazing view of the city’s skyline, Lake Michigan cruises that leave from the docks, and much more!


New York City

The Big Apple hosts the annual America’s Parade each Veterans Day, the largest celebration of veterans in the country. This event gets a lot of media coverage, and this year, it will be broadcast on television and live streamed on the internet, so you can watch from anywhere in the world as wave after wave of service men and women march up Fifth Avenue. There will be over 250 groups and 20,000 people marching in the parade. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 10 AM near Madison Square Park, and the parade will follow at 11:25.


Los Angeles

The Battleship USS Iowa Museum is located inside a retired Navy vessel in Los Angeles Harbor. The boat itself was an important ship in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Every year, it holds a Veterans Appreciation ceremony that lasts 4 days. Beginning on November 8th, visitors will not only get the chance to honor veterans, but also learn about the history of this famous ship. There will also be a Veterans Day commemoration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, which will include live musical performances, a display of military vehicles, a flyover with real military aircraft, and more. The program begins at 11 AM.



It is a sad truth that after completing their service to the country, many veterans are unable to find jobs as civilians and end up on the streets. If you’re going to be in Beantown on the 11th, please consider volunteering at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans at 17 Court Street, where you will help serve meals to over 250 men and women who found themselves in an unfortunate position after their service. Volunteers must register with the organization ahead of time, so give the NECHV a call or visit their website to fill out the necessary form. This isn’t a once-a-year event, either: the Center does this every day, and it can always use volunteers!


These are only a small sample of the countless Veterans Day parades, ceremonies, and events that are scheduled for November 11th. Whether you live in the biggest of cities or the smallest of towns, there is sure to be an event near you, so head out and show some appreciation for these courageous veterans. And, as always, if you need to make any travel arrangements, visit!

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Horrifying Halloween Traveling

Wednesday 28 October 2015 - Filed under California + Las Vegas + New York + Philadelphia + Salt Lake City + buffalo + new york bus + pennsylvania + utah + warm weather + west coast


It’s said that the unknown is the most frightening thing of all. Maybe that’s why traveling can be so nerve-racking, especially if you’re going somewhere you’ve never been before. It’s appropriate, then, that this weekend is Halloween, a holiday of ghosts and goblins, tricks and treats, and all-around terror. It’s celebrated in just about every city and town in the country, so there are literally thousands of things going on, no matter where you are. Lucky for you, is here to take away some of the terror of traveling. One of the internet’s leading marketplaces for convenient, affordable bus routes all over the country, GotoBus can help you find the perfect destination for your next vacation. Below, we’ve compiled a list of haunted houses and other spooky attractions you can visit this Halloween.

Museum of Death, Hollywood, CA

What a pleasant name! This museum in Hollywood began as an art gallery in the 1990s, but soon evolved into the current collection. There’s still plenty of artwork, it just happens to be made by some of the most notorious serial killers in history. There are also old police photographs of some of the most famous crime scenes in history, such as the Manson Family and Black Dahlia murders. On the walls are videos of autopsies, serial killers, cult recruitments, and more. These are all real footage and not reenactments. There’s even a real severed head, because who doesn’t have one of those lying just lying around? Though there are no age restrictions, this museum is best for mature audiences since it has been known to make visitors feel more than a little uncomfortable.


Frightworld, Buffalo, NY

This award-winning “screampark” opens every year to gear up for Halloween. It features five different themed areas, including the new “Night Stalkers,” an interactive flashlight adventure that leads you into a dark basement where – surprise – your flashlight will start to die. Yikes! The other areas include “Condemned,” where you’ll try to escape through the woods from a deranged family wearing animal masks; “Eerie State Asylum,” an after-dark stroll through a psychiatric hospital; and “Insanity,” a group activity that promises to be “the most intense, high tech, mind boggling attraction you have yet to experience.” Sounds like fun, but maybe we’ll sit this one out.

Nightmare on 13th, Salt Lake City, UT

In the 25 years since its opening, Nightmare on 13th has become one of the country’s top haunted houses. It is built off the superstitious idea that buildings don’t have 13th floors, due to the bad luck associated with the number. Built in an old warehouse, Nightmare covers 36,000 square-feet. While you wait to enter, you will watch a fully animated show that provides you with an introduction. Once you’re inside, there are over 45 rooms to navigate, each full of its own, unique terror. Have fun!


Mutter Museum, Philadelphia, PA

The website of this medical museum in Philadelphia asks, “Are you ready to be disturbingly informed?” That’s quite the tagline! This museum definitely lives up to that promise, considered the finest medical history museum in the US. Although this museum has a clear purpose beyond shock and awe, there’s no denying just how creepy some of the exhibits are, such as the Soap Lady, a corpse that is covered by a fatty substance that forms on decomposing bodies in special, airless environments. Also on display are a collection of skulls, the skeleton of a 7′6″ man known as the “American Giant,” the conjoined liver of a pair of Siamese twins, and so many more, equally disgusting, yet informative, exhibits. Seriously – have you ever wanted to see a bunch of jars filled with organs? The Mutter’s got you covered!

Gates of Hell, Las Vegas, NV

Vegas’s Gates of Hell is just one of the components of the city’s Freakling Bros. Trilogy of Terror. On its official website, it is billed as “an experiment in serious, uncompromising, interactive horror.” It is the first R-rated horror attraction in the country, meaning you must be at least 17 years old, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Not much information is given in terms of what goes on once you’re inside, but it promises “a slow and painful descent into cold black nothingness to meet the Prince of Darkness himself.” Umm.. OK, why don’t you go first and we’ll guard the entrance.


Well, there you have it. Five of the most frightening attractions in the US, all in exciting cities that love to go all out for Halloween. On, you can find bus routes to any of the above-mentioned locations, book tickets, and even book hotel stays, meaning you can enjoy your vacation and leave the scary parts to us. Happy haunting!

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New Peter Pan Bus Routes from Boston!

Friday 23 October 2015 - Filed under Boston + Massachusetts + amherst + bus tickets + providence + rhode island + springfield

Peter Pan bus

Since its founding in 1933, Peter Pan has been one of the Northeast’s most trusted and reliable bus lines. Now, and Peter Pan are proud to announce the arrival of three new routes: Boston to Springfield, Boston to Amherst, and Boston to Providence. This is a great opportunity to see another side of New England for a convenient low rate. Whether you’re commuting back to college after a weekend at home or just want to see a new place for a quick and easy weekend trip, check out these great new routes!

Boston to Springfield

Springfield is the third-largest city in Massachusetts, located in the western part of the state, near the border with Connecticut. It is most famous for being the birthplace of basketball, the second-most popular sport in the world, invented here by James Naismith in 1891. The city’s biggest attraction is the Basketball Hall of Fame, where visitors can learn about its history and see exhibits on the various athletes, coaches, and other individuals who helped define the sport. The Big E, known as “New England’s Great State Fair,” is held each year in Springfield for two weeks at the end of September. It has become the largest event of its kind on the East Coast of the US. The area around Stearns Square is nicknamed the “Club Quarter” because it has become one of the most popular nightlife districts in western Massachusetts and is a huge hit with the local young adult crowd. Check it out if you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday night! Book your bus tickets from Boston to Springfield starting at $25 per ticket!

Boston to Amherst

Amherst is a hip college town in western Massachusetts. UMASS Amherst, Smith College, Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, and Hampshire College are all located in the area, and together they make up what is known as the Five Colleges Consortium. According to a popular local legend, the characters from the beloved mystery cartoon Scooby-Doo are modeled after the students from these schools. Even though the creators of the show have denied this, it’s still fun to think of that way. Amherst has a small, low-key, but still lively, downtown area with a few good restaurants, shops, and bars. Anyone who has studied American literature will have probably read something by the poet Emily Dickinson. The house where she was born and later lived for the last 30 years of her life is located on Main Street. This route is perfect for students who want to get back and forth from their campus and the city without having to dip too far into their savings account! Book your bus tickets from Boston to Amherst starting at just $32 one-way.

Peter Pan bus

Boston to Providence

Founded in 1636, Providence is one of the oldest cities in the country. It’s also one of the most creative and entertaining, a hidden gem of the Northeast. There are a few highly regarded colleges in the city, most notably the Ivy League’s Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Providence College. Because of this presence, the city has become a popular spot for the young. Downtown is a great place to shop, especially with the huge Providence Place Mall, which covers a total of 1,400,000 square feet and features nine levels. The coolest feature of this mall is that it is built on two sides of the Woonasuatucket River, connected by bridges and a Winter Garden. Parks like the Riverwalk make the city the perfect backdrop for a relaxing walk. There some great theaters to see plays and musical acts. Despite becoming a popular destination, Providence never feels crowded, mixing the entertainment of a larger city with the relaxed feel of a smaller community. Plan to visit and book your bus tickets from Boston to Providence for the fantastic low price of just $14 one-way!

Springfield, Amherst, and Providence might not be the first cities that come to mind when you think of great getaways, but each one has plenty of surprises in store for visitors. For a full list of the routes listed from Peter Pan, please visit Peter Pan’s vendor page on the website. With the convenient, affordable rates you’ll find on GotoBus, you shouldn’t miss your chance to visit! Book your tickets now and have safe travels!

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Discover New Worlds This Columbus Day Weekend!

Wednesday 7 October 2015 - Filed under Boston + Bus + Hotel + Bus Tours + California + Los Angeles + Massachusetts + New York + Washington + Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + Where to go + chicago + new york bus + san francisco + west coast


Every October, cities across the U.S. celebrate Columbus Day in honor of the famous explorer who kicked off the European Age of Exploration in the Renaissance when he sailed from Spain to the Caribbean, establishing a connection between the Americas and Europe. There’s even a catchy rhyme about Columbus’s journey that most of you probably learned in school at a young age: “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” This year, Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 12th, providing many people across the country with a well-deserved day off, making it a popular getaway weekend.

Did you know that Columbus’s “discovery” was an accident? He wasn’t trying to find the Americas, like most people think; he was actually trying to find a faster route to India. Nowadays, mistakes like that could lead to disastrous vacations, throwing your whole travel plans in the loop. Imagine if you were trying to go to New York, but ended up in Seattle? Thanks to modern GPS technology, you don’t have to worry about making a mistake like that. All you have to do is pick a destination, purchase tickets, and board the bus to set off on your very own exploration! On GotoBus, you’ll be able to find routes to cities all across the U.S.A. (and get there in a fraction of the time it took for Columbus to find the New World). Below, we’ve included some tips for what to do in cities around the country this Columbus Day Weekend.


The North End of Boston is the city’s traditionally Italian neighborhood, and since Columbus was originally from Italy, his achievements are a significant source of pride for Italian-Americans. Columbus Park in the North End holds a Fall Festival every year on Columbus Day to commemorate both the explorer and the new season. This family-friendly event kicks off with a kids parade, followed by a special ceremony at the statue of Christopher Columbus. The rest of the day includes games and entertainment, including local performers, storytellers to get your imaginations running wild and even magicians! Given the park’s location between the North End and Faneuil Hall, you’ll be a short walk from some of the best food in the city, so be sure to bring your appetite!

Boston, Massachusetts - North End

New York City

While Columbus’s Italian origins are very important to Italian-Americans, his journey to the New World was actually sponsored by the crown of Spain. Because of that, there are many Hispanic-Americans who also celebrate this holiday. In New York City on Sunday, October 11th (the day before Columbus Day), you can see the vibrantly colorful Hispanic Day Parade, which has been held since 1985. The parade marches (and dances) down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue between 44th and 72nd Streets. It features Hispanic communities from across all of the city’s 5 boroughs coming together to showcase various floats they’ve designed, play in marching bands, and dance around in bright costumes that are influenced by the folk traditions of each Latin community represented, whether it is Puerto Rican, Mexican, Dominican, Colombian, Argentine, or one of the many other proud Hispanic nationalities with communities in NYC. The event attracts about 10,000 participants and over one million spectators every year, making for a livelier alternative to the city’s annual Columbus Day Parade. Come out and celebrate Hispanic solidarity!

New York City

Washington, D.C.

On October 10th and 11th, head over to Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th Streets to take part in the Taste of D.C. festival, an absolute must for any foodies out there. Over 70 of the city’s most popular restaurants, food trucks, and other eateries will have stations set up for your dining pleasure, including a Beer Garden and Wine Walk for adults and a Family Zone for kids. On Columbus Day itself, visit the Christopher Columbus statue outside of Union Station to see the annual wreath-laying ceremony. Even the Italian and Spanish embassies get involved.

Washington DC - Columbus statue

Los Angeles

Columbus Day is a much more important holiday on the East Coast than in other parts of the country. This includes Los Angeles, which doesn’t really have any notable celebrations. The advantage to this is that you won’t have to worry about any overcrowded sightseeing in the LA area. Theme parks, like Disneyland, will get a little busier because of the day off, but if you want to stick to the city itself, you can take your time and won’t feel overwhelmed. It’s also a great weekend find some discount shopping deals at some of the local outlet centers.

Los Angeles

San Francisco

In San Francisco, there is an annual Italian Heritage Parade. Though this is one of the few Columbus Day Weekend celebrations in the city, it is still a great deal of fun. In fact, it is the oldest Italian-American pride parade in the country, first held in 1868. During the parade, spectators will see all kinds of floats from community groups, businesses, school clubs, and more. There will be open-air dining and food specials from some of the city’s best Italian restaurants. This year, it is scheduled for 12:30pm on Sunday, October 11th, making its route from Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach.

San Francisco


The Windy City will host its 63rd annual Columbus Day Parade on October 12th. The celebration begins at 9am with a Catholic mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the base of the Columbus statue in Arrigo Park. Then, at 12:30pm, the parade kicks off, traveling down State Street between Wacker and Van Buren. Though Chicago’s Italian community shows up strong, all ethnicities are invited to join. It features over 150 groups of bands, floats, and other kinds of marchers. Also happening in Chicago on Columbus Day weekend is the Midnight Circus, which is a series of circus-style performances held in various parks around the city. “See You Soon, Smith Park” will happen on the 10th and 11th in – you guessed it – Smith Park, scheduled for 2pm and 5pm on both dates. The Midnight Circus is comprised of young, energetic performers who seek to make an intimate, dramatic circus experience that invites audience participation. Though not a big name event, it is a hidden gem in this city that should not be missed!


It looks like there are plenty of cities and events waiting to be explored by someone like you this Columbus Day weekend! Visit for bus tickets to any of the above cities and more, including hotel bookings, providing you with one convenient location for all your travel booking needs.

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Fall Foliage Around the Country

Friday 18 September 2015 - Filed under Boston + Bus Tours + California + Columbus + NYC + New York + Ohio + Seasonal travel + Where to go + chicago + chinatown bus + discount + east coast + new york bus + san francisco + warm weather + west coast

fall foliage

Isn’t fall a wonderful time? There’s a certain magic to the way everything seems to change before your eyes. Yes, we know the science behind why leaves turn from green to red, yellow, and orange, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a truly amazing sight to behold. At GotoBus, we love everything about fall: the changing leaves, the cool breezes, the delicious pies (are you an apple or a pumpkin?). Since the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, we think it’s the perfect time for a weekend getaway to explore the great outdoors and snap some photos of the colorful forests. We have routes to cities all over the country and parts of Mexico at low prices that are good for any budget, and we know the best places to soak up the beauty of fall!

There is no better region to see fall foliage than the Northeast. With so much to do in cool cities like New York and Boston, it’s easy to forget that the rest of the region is filled with mountains and hills that are great for hiking. Even on the drive from The Big Apple to Beantown, you’ll be able to see a vibrant display of New England’s fall colors. If you’ve never been up to Boston in the fall, this is your chance to do it for an unbeatable price! The Middlesex Fells Reservation is a state park located in Medford, just north of the city, and it’s perfect for a daytime hike among the fall foliage. If you want to stay in the city, you can still see the beauty of the changing leaves on the banks of the Charles River. A good opportunity to do this is the Head of the Charles boat race, scheduled this year for the weekend of October 17th and 18th. Another trademark of the fall is Octoberfest, a seasonal celebration that started in Germany in the 1800s. These days, these festivals are held all over the world. It’s a great time to grab a beer and a bratwurst with your friends. While you’re in town to see the fall foliage, head to the Harpoon Brewery, which is celebrating its 26th annual Octoberfest. This year, the event is scheduled for October 2nd from 5:30-11:00pm and the 3rd from 1:00-7:00pm. The brewery is located at 306 Northern Ave in Boston’s Seaport District. With the purchase of a $20 ticket, each guest gets a souvenir pint glass and a free drink ticket. Try their delicious Pumpkin UFO beer, a seasonal specialty! To see the gorgeous fall foliage in the area, book your bus tickets from New York to Boston, starting at just $12 one-way!

New England fall foliage

Just because you’re on the West Coast doesn’t mean you won’t be able to appreciate the beauty of autumn! California is home to breathtaking redwood trees that grow to unbelievable heights. The northern part of the state, especially around the San Francisco area, can be a great place to see these as well as species of tree. This area is also a perfect destination if you want to enjoy the sights of fall, but don’t want to risk it getting too chilly. The weather stays relatively warm and dry, making it an excellent time to visit places like Yosemite National Park, one of the most visited nature reserves in the country, and Muir Woods, where you’ll be able to see those redwoods that we were just talking about. Why not get some camping gear and spend a few nights living in the middle of one of these amazing parks? Some people just aren’t made to sleep outside, though. Not to worry: there’s no shortage of festivals planned in San Francisco for the month of October. Litquake is a showcase of the Bay Area’s local writers, scheduled for October 9-17. You can attend any number of readings, film screenings, literary discussions and more all over the city. Book your bus tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco, which start for as little as $35 one-way.

San Francisco

Chicago is the main hub of the Midwest, making it the perfect access point to see the fall foliage around the Great Lakes. From here, you can get to the region’s hidden gems, like Columbus, Ohio. Though it doesn’t get mentioned as much as a getaway destination, there is so much to do in this under-hyped city. To join in on the fun, you should book your tickets from Chicago to Columbus, since they only start at $62 one-way. They’ve got a bunch of fall festivals planned already, like their own Oktoberfest from September 26th to 28th that celebrates the rich German heritage of the city. If you’re in need of a good laugh, the Columbus Comedy Festival is going to be held on October 23rd to 25th. The city’s local comedy scene is on the rise, so if you’re a fan of sketch, improv, or standup comedy, this is a great way to scout some future talent for cheap! These two festivals aren’t your only options, either; there are plenty of other themes to mach anyone’s interest, so you can browse through a list of all the local Columbus festivals to find the perfect one for you.

Columbus, Ohio

Wherever you want to go, GotoBus can help get you there. On top of that, you’ll be able to book your hotel after purchasing your tickets, making it a convenient one-stop-shop for your most essential travel needs. We know that travel can be stressful, but it really shouldn’t be. That’s why makes it simple and affordable. Wherever you go, have fun and enjoy the season!

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Remembering 9/11

Thursday 10 September 2015 - Filed under New York

New York, New York

On September 11th, people all across the United States, and the world, will solemnly remember the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. This was a moment of great pain, confusion, anger, and sadness for all living in the country at the time, and its impact was felt around the world. Each year, we do our best to honor the memory of the innocent lives lost, especially those of the brave men and women of New York’s police and fire departments who selflessly put their own lives on the line to save as many people as they could.

All over the place, you will see the words “Never Forget” proudly displayed. And Americans have not.

New York has been busy rebuilding at Ground Zero, the name for the site of the attacks. There is now a beautiful 9/11 Memorial, two recessed fountains in the ground where the twin towers of the original World Trade Center once stood. Walls of water cascade down the sides of the fountains and into pits in the center. Around the sides of both fountains, you can read the names of all the people who lost their lives in the towers. As you read the names, what will strike you is the diversity of their origins: it was not just Americans who were lost.

The centerpiece of the new constructions at Ground Zero is One World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower, which will take over the functions of the old towers. At a height of 1,776 feet, the new tower surpasses the height of the previous two, making it the tallest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere. The Freedom Tower is a testament to the resilience of the United States, proof that it is a country full of good people who work together to pull themselves out of the depths of sadness and pain to build something greater.

For those of you in New York City on Friday, September 11th, there are a number of memorial services being held. You can find the hours of operation for the memorial and museum on the official website and reserve tickets ahead of time.

For those who live in other parts of the country, you can honor the memory of the fallen by donating to any number of charities that were established in the aftermath of that day. Click here for a detailed list of the many different charity organizations.

Never forget.

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Kick Back on a Cool Trip Before Returning to Campus

Friday 21 August 2015 - Filed under Boston + California + China + Los Angeles + Massachusetts + Miami + NYC + New York + bus tickets + chinatown bus + day trip + discount + east coast + new york bus + san francisco

back to school

Unless you spent the past few months at a research station in Antarctica, you will have probably noticed that we’re in the dog days of summer, when the weather is at its muggiest, and the next school year is looming overhead like a dark shadow. Yikes! Pretty soon, all you college students out there will be saying bye to Mom, Dad, and your friends from back home, and either returning to your buddies on campus, or heading there for the first time. It’s such a fun, yet challenging experience. At GotoBus, we think we’ve got a great idea: why don’t you grab a few of your friends together to set out on an affordable trip to one of the country’s best cities? There are so many hip activities happening all over, from music festivals to interactive exhibits at museums and more. We’ll be happy to help you ease back into dorm-life with a few last-minute event suggestions occurring across the U.S.A.

San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts is an absolutely beautiful monument, originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. These days, it hosts art exhibits and other events, but any groups going to San Francisco should check out some of the games the facility hosts, such as scavenger hunts, which are fun for families, and friends. For a more intensive game that will test how well you and your friends can work together as a team, reserve tickets for the Great Houdini Escape Room. This puzzle challenge was originally designed by Harry Houdini himself, the most famous illusionist of all time, for the 1915 Exhibition, and is now celebrating its 100th year. Your group will have 80 minutes to solve a series of puzzles in an effort to get out. Keep in mind that only about 25 percent of teams are successful, so be sure to call your smartest friends!

The Exploratorium is a science museum whose mission is to “change the way the world learns,” and it more than meets that goal with a vast collection of interactive exhibits that combine science, art, and human thought into one of San Francisco’s best experiences. Located at Piers 15 and 17 in the city’s Embarcadero district, the venue hosts an After Dark event every Thursday night for anyone aged 18 and up, mixing the best parts of science and nightlife for an eye-opening evening. Their event on September 3rd is called Figuring (6-10pm, $15), and will preview some of the Exploratorium’s new math-based exhibits.

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California


Miami was a big venue in the 1950s for Latin musicians and lounge jazz singers, and you can relive those glory days by attending An Evening at the Copacabana on September 26th. A 10-piece Latin band will perform the music of legends like Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more, accompanied by singers, dancers, showgirls, and artists in an exciting throwback show.

Food trucks are a huge success these days, and it’s no surprise. They are like traveling restaurants, stopping at key locations throughout cities to provide people on the go with quick, delicious meals. It’s a really special moment when a group of them gather together, letting customers sample a wide variety of different cuisines. And after getting a large sampling of food, doesn’t it sound like a great idea to sit down and enjoy some killer tunes? That’s what you can do at the Miami Beach Food Truck and Music Fest, which is held on the 4th Wednesday every month in the North Shore Bandshell-Ocean Terrace area. The food trucks will be out from 5-10pm, and the participating local restaurants have fantastic names, like Ms Cheezious, Catered Bliss, Health Nut, Fireman Derrick, Hip Pop, and Coffee Break, among many others. The music will last from 6-9pm.

Located in the heart of Miami Beach’s famous Art Deco district, the Wolfsonian-FIU is a museum affiliated with the local Florida International University. Though normally open from 10am-6pm for $7 admission, the Wolfsonian hosts a Free Friday Happy Hour every week from 6-9pm. Visitors at these times will be treated to free tours of the facility’s permanent and temporary collections. On top of that, there is usually some kind of musical performance involved to provide pleasant background noise while you admire the museum’s artwork.

Miami, Florida


Though it’s never gone away, jazz music is making a huge comeback in mainstream popularity. It’s a highly diverse genre, and one of America’s most important cultural movements. Knowing even a little bit about jazz will make you seem really cultured to all your new college friends. Historically, Chicago has always been a haven for these skilled musicians, and if you’re planning to travel to Chicago in early September, you can head the Shedd Aquarium, Chi-town’s amazing venue for showcasing marine life, to see Jazzin’ at the Shedd every Wednesday night at 5pm until September 9th. Admission is $18 when you book online ($20 at the door), and allows you to hear a wide sampling of fantastic jazz musicians. On top of that, your admission will grant you access to some of the aquarium’s best features, including the Abbott Oceanarium, the Polar Play Zone, the Amphibians special exhibit, Wild Reed, and a few more. Though you wouldn’t think that swinging tunes and learning about aquatic life could go together, the Shedd Aquarium is out to defy all expectations.


New York City

Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art is one of the coolest places to go in the city. There are always special exhibits and events running in this huge facility. On September 2nd and 3rd at 1:30pm, the MoMA will be hosting an interactive discussion called Word/Image/Word as part of its Gallery Sessions series. In the sessions, the group will be examining the paintings of Jacob Lawrence, a painter who is best remembered for his depictions of African-American life in the 20th century, specifically his Migration series. The talk will focus on understanding the relationship between the images in the paintings and the way you as an audience react in your own words, represented by the writing session that follows. There, guests will record their personal experiences with the art. This will be a great story in your Art History 101 class!

The MoMA also hosts film screenings on a daily basis. One of its current series, called Scorsese Screens, runs until September 6th. Centered around the films of acclaimed director Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, Goodfellas), this series will show many of the classic films that influenced his style of quick-paced gangster films, as well as some of the director’s own work, including the iconic Taxi Driver on September 4th and 6th, which stars a young Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, a troubled and sleepless young man prowling the streets of New York each night in his yellow taxi. This disturbing tale of alienation in a dirty, urban environment is famous for the often-quoted scene in which Travis asks himself in a mirror, “Are you talkin’ to me?”

Times Square, New York City


Known as a center for learning, Beantown is home to a large number of college students. Those new to the city should be sure to check out the Museum of Science, which can found on a piece of land that sits above the Charles River in Boston. All the standard exhibits are interesting, such as the Lightning! Room, which explores how electricity acts. The Museum is proud to announce a special world premier performance of The Hidden Code in the Charles Hayden Planetarium. Much like San Francisco’s Exploratorium, this show combines art and science in a way that’s never quite been done before. Mixing richly-toned electronic music and poetry with the scientific fields of astronomy, biology, engineering, and psychology, the show will feature new music by DJ Spooky, a performance by theoretical physicist and saxophonist (wow!) Stephon Alexander, and a reading of original poetry by physicist and author Marcelo Gleiser. This is a can’t-miss experience! Ticket sales begin September 3rd.

LEGOLAND recently opened up its Discovery Center in Somerville, MA in May 2014, and in the little over a year it’s been open, the center has already proven to be a huge hit. From 7-9pm on September 16th, LEGOLAND will host an Adult Night for any grown-ups who don’t feel too old to play with these amazing building blocks, for $22.95. This night will include games, prizes, and a bar for anyone at least 21 years of age. On top of that, guests to this event may also earn the chance to compete in the upcoming Brick Factor, a LEGO-building competition.


Los Angeles

This one’s for all you hipsters who want to expand their record collections before heading off to school. Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles is now hosting a free Record Club every Tuesday starting at 9pm. This 21+ event will be held at El Prado Bar. Guests are encouraged to bring a record of their own to play for the group’s appreciation. If you do, you’re eligible for a free drink for spreading the joy of music. However, you have to be on your toes to sign up to bring a record, since you must do so a week in advance. This is the perfect event for music lovers who will be out in the City of Angels!

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