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Friday 21 August 2015
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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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.
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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Thursday 13 August 2015
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Labor Day can be kind of bittersweet: on one hand, it provides everyone with a much-need break from their busy lives, but on the other, it unofficially marks the end of summer. This makes it a really popular time to sneak in one last weekend getaway while the weather is still nice. But with fun Labor Day Weekend events happening all over the country, it can be difficult to decide where to go. GotoBus always has your back in this department. We know all the best events in the coolest cities across the U.S., so keep reading for a list of activity ideas. We’ve tried to throw in a good mix for all ages!
New York City is home to some of the best urban parks in the world. Everyone knows about crown jewel, Central Park, but there are countless others located around the five boroughs that are much less crowded. If you’re looking to have a pleasant, low-key day-off, why not grab a basket, a blanket, and a few close friends, and make your way to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, a 585-acre area filled with winding paths and enough tree coverage to make you forget that you’re in one of the busiest cities in the world. Alternatively, in Manhattan’s Bryant Park, you can see a free performance of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew (which was the basis for the 90s teen movie 10 Things I Hate About You), starting at 6:30PM Friday and Saturday, and 2:00PM Sunday.
Summer in Boston can be tough. It’s not the heat that gets to you; it’s the humidity. But by the time Labor Day rolls around, the city is starting to show its first signs of autumn, with a cool breeze blowing in from the harbor. Speaking of, Boston Harbor isn’t just a great place to dump tea; on any given day, you can board a ship that will take you out for a leisurely cruise among the many islands and channels of the harbor. The Spirit of Boston is one such boat. For 2 hours, you will enjoy a buffet-style meal, a live DJ, and a dance party, all set against the backdrop of Boston’s beautiful skyline. Then, once you’re done with that, head towards the famous North End (the city’s historic Italian neighborhood) until you reach Christopher Columbus Park, where you can attend “(ahts): The Boston Arts Festival,” a free event from noon to 6:00PM, where you will be able to purchase photography, jewelry, paintings, and much more from local vendors. Once the vendors close down their kiosks, go grab dinner at a delicious Italian restaurant. Just be sure to head back to Columbus Park once it gets dark for the fireworks display!
Philadelphia is known as “the City of Brotherly Love,” a nickname that promotes a welcoming and loving atmosphere to one of the country’s oldest cities. Sesame Street is a children’s show that, since it first aired in the 1969, has emphasized those same values. It’s no surprise, then, that Sesame Place, an amusement park based of the beloved show, is a short drive north of the city. On September 5th and 6th, at 5:00PM, you can bring your kids to meet, greet, and eat with their favorite characters, including Big Bird, Elmo, and Oscar the Grouch. To top it all off, at 8:25PM there will be a fireworks display to awe all visitors.
Back in colonial times, Philadelphia was the capitol of the US, but in 1791, Washington, D.C. was founded to serve as the headquarters of the federal government. Along with its political history, Washington has a rich musical community. The Labor Day Capitol Concert is held each year at the National Symphony Orchestra to celebrate their new season. Scheduled for Sunday, September 6th at 8:00PM, this free event will take place on the West Lawn of the US Capitol building.
Any holiday that provides a long weekend for both parents and kids is going to be an extremely popular time to visit the biggest and best amusement parks in the country. Disney World is one of the busiest in the entire world on regular days, so it can become a little too much during big holidays. However, first-hand reports from around the web say that Labor Day isn’t all that bad at Disney. The parks do receive more visitors, but not an overwhelming amount. Magic Kingdom is the most crowded, so why not try Animal Kingdom, MGM Studios, EPCOT, or one of the many non-Disney parks in the Orlando area?
Chicago is a huge city, filled with a ethnically and culturally diverse population. Labor Day weekend in the Windy City is packed with numerous festivals celebrating this diversity: the Black Film Festival from September 1-3 at the Gene Siskel Center is an appreciation of African-American contributions to cinema; the Chicago Turkish Fest, held in Daley Plaza September 2-5, features performances of folk music and dance, authentic cuisine, and informational exhibits about the country’s long history, among many other activities; and the Taste of Polonia, a Polish festival in Jefferson Park, will feature over 30 bands, 50 vendors, and 12 food booths where you can get delicious dishes like kielbasa, pierogis, and beer. Also scheduled for this weekend are Lebanese and African cultural festivals.
Every year on Labor Day weekend, Cleveland hosts their Oktoberfest celebration. Okay, yes, you’re right: it’s technically not in October. But who needs a calendar when you can have beer? With live music, wiener dog races, a 5K beer run, and so much more, anyone in Cleveland for the weekend should stop by. The festival will be held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds for 4 whole days!
Sure, with a name like “Indy LaborFest,” Indianapolis’ annual Labor Day celebration doesn’t sound like it would be too much fun, but very year, Georgia Street closes off to traffic and gets wild with great food, family fun, and special activities in the “Kid’s Zone,” such as face painting, a bounce house, dance demonstrations, and so much more. Admission is completely free. The festival runs from 11:00AM to 6:00PM on September 5th.
Are you a cat person? On September 5th and 6th, Louisville, KY will host the 48th annual Kentuckiana Cat Club Championship Show. At a price of only $10 for an entire family ($3 for individual adults; $2 for seniors and children under 12), this event is a great place to admire our furry feline friends. Watch as these cats walk around with their heads held high with pride, an emotion natural to kitties, as they prance around, purr, and meow for your affections. It will be held at the Kentucky Expo Center.
Labor Day is a holiday meant to commemorate the American workforce by providing them with a much-needed day off. But why not “work it” in another way? We’re talking about tearing up a dance floor in exciting Las Vegas. Two titans of hip-hop will be performing in Sin City over LDW. Head to Surrender to see Lil Jon (WHAT?) play a DJ set (YEEEEAAAH!) on September 4th at 10:00PM. Then, the next night, pop on over to TAO Nightclub to kick it with Snoop Dogg and the Snoopadelic Cabaret, which is a call back to the 1920s. That sounds too good to miss!
Any trip to San Francisco would be incomplete without a cruise on the bay, where you’ll get to see the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, world-famous Alcatraz Island, and the city‚Äôs stunning skyline. But you know what makes any cruise better? Booze (if you’re 21+, of course). Pick your poison: you can take a Labor Day Beer Lunch Cruise, which includes a delicious buffet and free drinks; or a Champagne & Mimosa Cruise, which doesn’t offer any food, but is still a nice way to start a weekend morning.
Much like Orlando, Anaheim is the theme park center of California, home to Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood, among others. With more roller coasters and thrill rides, Universal is a better fit for young adult crowds, while Disneyland prides itself on being the preferred destination for families with young children. It’s also the place to go for Labor Day if you’re the sporty type: each year, the park hosts a half marathon. What better motivation is there to run 13.1 miles than your favorite classic Disney characters – like Mickey, Donald, and Goofy – cheering you on?
Phoenix is an urban oasis in the middle of Arizona’s desert. It might not seem like a preferred vacation spot until you realize just how many amazing national parks are short day trips from town. The spot with the most appeal has to be Grand Canyon National Park, home to one of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the entire world. Get out there to hike along the rims, where you will be treated to absolutely breathtaking views. Just be sure to wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water!
But why wait until Labor Day Weekend? August 25th is the anniversary of the National Parks Service, and to celebrate, many national parks across the country offers free admission to all guests! Check here for a complete list of all participating parks.
No matter where you plan to travel this Labor Day Weekend, GotoBus.com is the best place to book tickets, for any your budget. On top of that, you can also book your hotel. In fact, the only thing you won’t be able to do on GotoBus is enjoy your vacation. We leave that up to you! Click the links below to book your tickets.
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Wednesday 29 July 2015
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All over the United States, we are in the height of summer, which means we have a lot of free time to enjoy the incredible weather. Of course, being out in the sun for so long requires two things: first, a good sunscreen with a high SPF (don’t get burned!), and second, some entertainment that is going to cool you down. At GotoBus.com, we love a good thrill, so we know plenty of great amusement parks around the country that feature rollercoasters, water rides, and many other attractions that are guaranteed to excite family members of all ages. Below, we’ve included descriptions for some of our favorite amusement parks around the country.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach / Typhoon Lagoon / Universal’s Wet ‘n Wild
It’s pretty well known that Orlando is the amusement park capital of the U.S. as the home of both the Disney World and Universal Studios parks (among a long list of other exciting locations). Most people know the big four Disney World parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and MGM Hollywood Studios), but not everyone knows that the company also operates two water parks as well: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. The first is themed like a tropical island. The centerpiece is a boat on top of a jagged rock, making it seem like a shipwreck stranded the boat’s crew in the area long ago. If you try hard enough, you can imagine that you’re Tom Hanks from Cast Away or a character from Lost. Typhoon Lagoon features one of the largest outdoor wave pools in the world. Blizzard Beach, like its name suggests, is laid out like an arctic oasis, making it the perfect place to escape the Florida heat. The main attraction is called “Summit Plummet,” a 120-foot-tall free fall slide, where you might reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour! Not to be outdone by Disney, the rival Universal Studios owns Wet ‘n Wild, and visitors will get exactly what that name promises. The best slide here is the brand new Aqua Drag Race, a four lane slide where you can your friends down a winding, 360-foot course into a pool below. You could spend the entire day racing and not get bored, so just imagine all the other excitement you can find here!
This family-oriented theme park is located a short drive from Harrisburg, PA and is themed after Hershey’s Chocolate (though it should not be confused with nearby Hershey’s Chocolate World) and the heritage of the state of Pennsylvania. Originally opened in 1906 to provide a fun retreat for the families of the iconic chocolate company’s workers, nowadays the park covers an area of 121 acres and features 74 rides. Of these, there are 13 rollercoasters and 14 water rides, so this is a great place to spend a summer’s day (or two, if you want to make sure you hop on all the rides). The Comet rollercoaster is the oldest in the park, built in 1946. It’s like riding a piece of amusement park history!
Picture a 365-acre plot of land that features a world-record number of rides. It sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong! The park we’ve just described is the very real Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, OH, and nicknamed the “Rollercoaster Capital of the World.” Opened way back in 1870, it is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. With 16 rollercoasters, the fun only ends when you choose (or, technically, when the park closes for the day). The newest coaster, GateKeeper, opened in 2013, and claims to have the highest inversion (meaning you’re going to go upside-down) at 164 feet. Having since broken records for height, speed, length, and more, this is coaster you can’t afford to miss.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Maybe you’e on the West Coast and don’t want to have to travel across the country just for a few water rides and coasters. That’s completely understandable. If so, then you should check out Knott’s Berry Farm, located in Buena Park, CA (in the Greater Los Angeles Area) and home to 40 rides and 10 coasters. It is divided into four areas: the Ghost Town, which takes you back to the Wild West; Mexican-themed Fiesta Village; the Boardwalk, home to the park’s most thrilling rides; and Camp Snoopy, themed after the beloved Peanuts dog. Check out the Boomerang coaster, designed in a corkscrew style. For readers unfamiliar with types of rollercoasters, “corkscrew” basically means “you’re going to be upside-down and twisted around – a lot!” It’s no wonder this ride carries a thrill-rating of 5 out of 5.
The name Six Flags has become iconic among amusement parks, and now the chain has locations all over the country, including New England, New Jersey, and its home state of Texas. Its location in Valencia, CA, dubbed Six Flags Magic Mountain – just north of Los Angeles – is one of its most popular. The 262 acre area features an amazing 19 rollercoasters. Are you a big comic book fan? There are even a few rides based on famous DC Comics characters, like Batman: The Ride, Superman: Escape from Krypton, and Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, all of which will help you get ready for the new Batman v. Superman movie. There are so many rides here that you would be foolish to think that you could take them all on in one day, even if you only went for the rollercoasters. Take a few days. Enjoy the rides. Have fun and smile. No one will blame you. Just watch out for the Riddler!
Once you’ve figured out the park that you think offers the most entertainment, head over to GotoBus.com to purchase affordable bus tickets to your destination. You’ll be able to find routes to cities all over the country, and even book a local hotel for when you arrive, meaning you’ll have so much less to worry about when you use GotoBus. Don’t forget, you’ll save even more when you book your bus tickets and hotel together! We make it our mission to provide customers with well-priced travel fares and a convenient shopping experience. Summer will be over before you know it, so hurry up and book now!
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Thursday 16 July 2015
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New York, New York! No matter what time of year you visit this sprawling city, there will always be an endless series of events happening, but in summer, things really take off. Whether you’re rolling like a queen through Queens, chilling with the hipsters in Brooklyn, or living luxuriously in Manhattan, you’ll always be able to find free concerts, outdoor movie screenings, hip rooftop parties, and so much more.
GotoBus.com is a leading online marketplace where customers can book bus tickets, as well as hotel accommodations and more, from one convenient location. We also understand the importance of traveling on a tight budget, and we make it our goal to cater to the needs of such customers. And we just can’t get enough of NYC. We think it’s easily one of the most exciting cities in the whole world, so we’re always trying to sing its praises and convince people to visit. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of some events happening in the Big Apple over the next few months, making sure to throw in some that are totally free of charge, so you can enjoy the your vacation while still having plenty of money left over for souvenirs.
Shakespeare in the Park
There is a great deal to said about the fact that the iconic plays of William Shakespeare, who was alive about hundreds of years ago, are still performed today. They really prove that art contains a timeless power to reach people across time and cultures. Shakespeare in the Park, in its 53rd year, is held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, is free (you just have to wait in line for a ticket), and runs continuously through the summer until August 23rd. This year, the park will be putting on Cymbeline, a story about a British king and his daughter. Shakespeare in the Park could potentially offer some odd surprises and quirks to theater-goers: in the past, weather-related issues have forced performances to stop-and-start at random intervals, and occasionally, some of the park’s local wildlife have made it onstage for a cameo. Boston, another city with a vibrant theatrical community, is only a few hours away. Book your bus tickets from Boston to New York starting at $18 one way!
Swimming & More!
If you’re getting too hot, the city has about 14 miles of beaches that are loaded with activities. Take Coney Island, for example, an iconic landmark in Brooklyn, where you will find a lively boardwalk, a thrilling amusement park, and a huge cast of interesting characters. Nearby, you can also choose to go to Brighton Beach, an area traditionally filled with Russian immigrants, and Rockaway Beach, preferred by the hip, cool, and young since the Ramones named a song after it. On the New York’s Parks Department website, you view a list of the free outdoor pools in the city. Book bus tickets from Washington DC to New York for as little as $21 one-way to escape all that heated political debate!
Jazz Age Lawn Party
Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about the “Roaring 20s,” rereading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby (or watched the Leonardo DiCaprio movie) over and over, and dressing up in your zoot-suit or flapper gown for a night of swing dancing? Or, instead, do you find that you don’t understand any of those references? Either way, you should check out this Jazz Age Lawn Party, an exciting outdoor event on Governor’s Island, scheduled for the weekend of August 15th. You’ll be able to dance the Charleston, Lindy Hop, or a bunch of other dance styles that you’ve never heard of (don’t worry: there will be people there to help teach you!). Tickets for the party start at $35. Chicago is another city with a deep history in the Prohibition Era, so this would be a great way for visitors from that area to connect to their own local history. Book your bus tickets from Chicago to New York for as little as $60 one-way.
Ready, aim, fire! When was the last time you were in a water-gun battle? Most of you probably couldn’t remember anything more specific than “When I was a kid.” And you know what? That’s lame! Water-guns are a blast (get it?) for all ages. This is obvious to the organizers of Waterfight NYC, an annual free-for-all water-fight welcome to all. Though the exact time of this event have yet to be revealed, we know that on July 25th, a massive crowd (last year, thousands of participants unleashed their battle cries!) will gather on Central Park’s Great Lawn for this ultimate showdown, the water-gun battle to end all water-gun battles. This event is free to attend; you just need to remember to arm yourself with finest in Nerf technology. Book your bus tickets from Atlanta to New York starting at just $35 one-way.
GotoBus is always happy to assist its customers in their quest to find affordable bus rates and accommodations wherever they wish to go. There are many other popular cities from where you can start your journey and grab your bus tickets to New York City. With our help, you will also be able to find thousands of routes to destinations across the USA, as well as a select few in Canada and Mexico. With more added each week, there’s always somewhere new to visit, whether you want to live large and in charge in the Big Apple, or have your heart set elsewhere. Visit GotoBus.com now to find your dream summer vacation. Have a great summer and happy travels!
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Thursday 18 June 2015
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Now that schools around the country are starting to let out for the summer, you may only just be realizing that the 4th of July is about 2 weeks away! Crazy, right? Summer is the time to have some fun, travel, and visit your friends and family out of town. 4th of July is a long weekend, and it’s the perfect time to do just that. Visit GotoBus.com ASAP to book your bus tickets out of town for all of the holiday festivities before they sell out! Here are some fun suggestions to check out in some of the most popular cities around the country during America’s birthday weekend:
Since the 4th of July is such a patriotic holiday, we thought it would be a good idea to start in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC! And what better way to do that than with a 4th of July fireworks show? Weather permitting, the show begins at 9pm from the Reflecting Pool area of the Washington Monument, but thankfully, you will be able to be see the show throughout many areas of Washington DC and Virginia. The best viewing spots tend to fill up very quickly, so be sure to arrive early. For tips and tricks on additional viewing areas and important information on road closures, please be sure to visit the official National Park Service website.
Did you know that DC’s National Zoo has free admission? You didn’t read that wrong, we said FREE admission. We know our customers are on a budget, and visiting this historic zoo is the perfect activity to kill some time instead of your wallet! One of the oldest zoos in the United States, it’s fitting that it is housed in our nation’s capital. The National Zoo has an impressive collection of animals such as pandas, elephants, butterflies, Komodo Dragons, Bald Eagles, and much more. It was even home to the original Smokey the Bear (“Only YOU can prevent forest fires!”). For more information on the zoo’s hours and events happening throughout the summer, visit their website.
Bus tickets from New York to Washington DC start at just $21 one-way.
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is known worldwide for its annual July 4th collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This year’s festivities begin early when the gates open at 9:00AM on the 4th, though the actual concert doesn’t start until 8:30PM that evening, so please plan accordingly. This year, the featured performer along with the Boston Pops will be the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, the third oldest drum and bugle corps in the country. This is shaping up to be another Boston Pops show to remember! If you are not a fan of big crowds or cannot make it to Boston for the ceremony, you can still catch the entire show broadcast on TV instead. For more information on Boston’s 4th of July celebrations, please visit the following website.
The Lawn on D is a new, interactive, outdoor activity area in South Boston, something with a fresh perspective for Beantown. There are always different “pop-up” events happening here, geared toward people of all ages. From adult-sized swing sets to Friday Night Flicks (FREE movie nights where they show classics like Jaws; need we say more?), the Lawn on D has something for everyone! Be sure to “like” the venue’s page on Facebook and sign up for the e-mail list to stay up-to-date with the constantly changing events. For more information on this amazing and fun new feature in Boston, check out Lawn on D’s website. Trust us, this is something you need to check out this summer!
Prices for bus tickets from New York to Boston begin at only $18 per person one- way!
It looks like the place to be in Chicago for the 4th is the Navy Pier! Though you can see fireworks from this area twice a week, the show for Independence Day certainly promises to be an extra-special occasion. Synced to music, the fireworks will be displayed right above Lake Michigan and are scheduled to start at 9:30PM, but you will need to arrive early since a very large crowd is expected. If you would like to try something a little different and want to view the fireworks away from the crowds, be sure to check out the Navy Pier website, which also has information on taking fireworks cruises and fireworks tours!
Grant Park is a public park with more than 300 acres to explore, the perfect place to spend the day walking around or take time visiting one of its many features, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park (where Cloud Gate, a.k.a. “the bean,” is located), Buckingham Fountain, the Skating Ribbon, Petrillo Music Shell, Maggie Daley Park, and much more! To learn more about all the features included within Grant Park, visit the official website for Chicago’s Park District.
Bus tickets from New York to Chicago start at only $40 per person each way… what a great deal!
New York, New York
Fourth of July wouldn’t seem complete without the annual fireworks show from Macy’s, and this year isn’t any different. Starting in 1976, the famous spectacle will once again be shown over the East River. There are many spots in The Big Apple to get a good view of the show, but you might want to get an early start to snag a spot. TimeOut New York has some great suggestions on the best places to view the fireworks, so you might want to check them out!
When we think of Coney Island, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the amusement park, but not for the 4th! On this day, something wonderful happens: a crowd gathers to witness the World-Famous Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Years ago, this contest started as a joke competition between some friends. Now, thousands of people watch this event in person, and it’s even broadcast live for the nation to see – truly considered one of the more bizarre “sporting” events of our time. Check out the event’s website for more information, including pictures and videos from past years.
You can grab bus tickets from Philadelphia to New York starting at just $12 a person – wow!
Las Vegas, Nevada
The great thing about Las Vegas is that since it’s the hub of entertainment 365 days a year, it won’t be difficult to find Independence Day celebrations in the area for the long holiday weekend. The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower will be setting off fireworks at 9:00PM, while Mandalay Bay’s celebrations not only include a fireworks display, but performances by the band 311 on July 3rd and July 4th. For more information on any of the 4th-themed events around Vegas, be sure to check out this website. We also recommend grabbing tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s “O” show, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we promise you will never forget! To purchase discounted tickets for “O”, please click here.
Purchase bus tickets from Los Angeles to Las Vegas beginning at only $10 a person.
GotoBus is here to make your travel plans go as smoothly as possible. This year, it’s lucky that The 4th of July falls on a long weekend, so you might as well use that as an excuse to travel somewhere with that extra day off from work. So, what are you waiting for? Visit GotoBus.com now to book your bus tickets – and don’t forget, if you also need somewhere to stay overnight, you can book your bus tickets and hotel together to get even more of a discount. Enjoy the holiday, and please stay safe!
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Monday 8 June 2015
Bus + Hotel + California + GotoBus + Los Angeles + Mexico + bus tickets + day trip
We are always hard at work trying to expand our network of bus routes. We’ve even begun to cross some international borders, and we are very proud to announce that one of our vendors, Tufesa, is now offering bus tickets to Mexico!
Just across the U.S.-Mexican border from San Diego, CA, Tijuana is a popular destination for young people in their late 20s looking to get wild in paradise, offering one of the most vibrant nightlife’s of all North American cities, loaded with exciting beaches and hip nightclubs to excite those who like to live on the wild side! The Avenida Revolucion (nicknamed “La Revo”) is supposed to be the central area to find all the most exciting clubs and bars.
Thanks to Tufesa, you can now book tickets to Tijuana and back from some of the major metro areas in the western U.S., including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Jose, Phoenix, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City. Individually, each of these cities has plenty of sights to see and fun experiences to offer visitors, but here’s a thought: why don’t you visit one of these exciting places with a few nights south of the border under the warm Mexican sun? This sounds like the perfect way to celebrate the summer.
Just check out some of the great deals you can get on Tufesa’s most popular Mexico routes!
Phoenix to Guadalajara bus tickets $197+ ¬†Guadalajara
Phoenix to Nogales bus tickets $41+
Los Angeles to Tijuana bus tickets $30+
Los Angeles to Hermosillo bus tickets $107+
Salt Lake City to Nogales bus tickets $172+
Las Vegas to Mazatlan bus tickets $206+
Las Vegas to Culican bus tickets $186+
Gotobus is on a constant mission to provide our customers with the best quality service to help them find bus tickets to match their budget. In addition, you can also book your hotel stay at the same time, making our site the perfect one-stop-shop for online travel. Head on over to GotoBus.com now, and see what we have waiting for you!
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Friday 20 March 2015
Bus + Hotel + NYC + New York + Washington + Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + bus tickets + chinatown bus + day trip + east coast tours + new york bus + warm weather
It’s that time of year again: after a long winter, we’re all ready for spring to start. Though we’ve been teased with a few warm, sunny days here and there, it’s hardly enough; what we really need is consistent streak of good weather, all the leftover snow to melt, and a quick getaway to relax and refresh. At GotoBus.com, we specialize in selling affordable bus tickets, providing you with a quick and easy way to book a trip, whether you’ve planned for months or waited until the last minute. Once you’ve purchased your tickets, you’ll also be able to book a hotel at your destination, making this a convenient, stress-free process so you can look forward to your trip. Or, save even more by booking your bus tickets and hotel at the same time!
This spring, we highly recommend traveling to Washington, D.C. to take part in the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo at the time gave the city a gift of 3,000 Japanese cherry trees as a symbol of friendship between Japan and the United States. Today, over 100 years later, the citizens of D.C. still celebrate this event with the festival, a three week long celebration scheduled to coincide with the blooming of the flowers. The trees are spread all over the city, especially on the banks of the Potomac River, giving Washington a beautiful pink and white trim that blends perfectly with classically-inspired white marble buildings like the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial.
This year, the festival will run from March 20th to April 12th. Each day has multiple events scheduled, from concerts and art shows to parades and free admission to certain museums and attractions located all over the city, making the Cherry Blossom Festival a perfect excuse to see the best parts of Washington, D.C. while at the same time enjoying the increasingly warm weather of spring. Below, we’ve included descriptions for some of the most popular events. For a full schedule of activities, as well as other important information, visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s official website.
The festival will kick off with an Opening Ceremony, which will be held in the historic Warner Theater at 5:00pm on March 21st. During the show, several Japanese and American musicians will perform a diverse mix of jazz, soul, funk, pop, and classical tunes. One of the groups, the AUN J Classic Orchestra, exclusively plays traditional Japanese instruments, which is a perfect way to get a taste for that culture. If you’d like to stick with the musical theme, then you should also be sure to stop by one of the performances that are part of the Japanese Jazz Series, held at the Blues Alley nightclub in the Georgetown area. There are acts scheduled on most nights of the festival, and you will get to hear an interesting cross of cultures as Japanese musicians put their own unique spin on the classic American genre.
On March 28th, head over to the Washington Monument, where you can see the Blossom Kite Festival, a showcase for kite-makers to demonstrate their creativity. This event is perfect for children, who will love watching all the uniquely designed kites flutter around the sky. The festival has five distinct areas: the Competition and Demonstration Field, the Family Field, the Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and the Public Field. This event will run from 10:00am to 4:30pm.
To close out the Cherry Blossom Festival, there will be a parade beginning at 10:00am on April 11th down a stretch of Constitution Avenue. Every year, the turnout is fantastic, and the parade ends up being one of the city’s largest spectator events. It’s free to attend, though you can also purchase a $20 ticket to sit in the grandstands. Large, elaborate floats, live performances, student marching bands from all corners of the country, and much more will all march past you in a grand display that brings the festival to a close while simultaneously announcing the arrival of spring in the grandest way possible.
With all those events and more, there will never be a shortage of activities for you and your family or friends to enjoy. Bus tickets to Washington, D.C. from New York City start for as little as $21. At GotoBus, you will be able to find bus routes to cities all across the country, no matter what your budget is. Here’s hoping you kick your spring off in a great way!
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Wednesday 11 March 2015
Boston + Bus + Hotel + GotoBus + NYC + New York + bus tickets + chinatown bus + day trip + discount + new york bus + san francisco
Top o’ the morning to ya! St. Patrick’s Day comes each year on March 17th, celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. In the 1800s, many Irish began to immigrate to the U.S., and, as a result, many Americans trace their heritage back to Ireland. All over the country, cities and towns host parades to showcase the pride and spirit of their Irish communities, from sprawling urban areas like Chicago to smaller towns off the beaten path like Rolla, Missouri. As they say, “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day!” so everyone is welcome to join in the festivities. Now, the only question that remains is where you will travel to celebrate this joyous occasion. Well, you couldn’t be luckier than if you plucked a four-leaf clover from the ground: GotoBus, the best place on the web to find affordable bus tickets, offers routes to cities all over the country. Since you can also book bus tickets and hotels together with just a few extra clicks to save even more money, there has never been an easier time to travel the country.
Of all the cities in the country, Boston is the most vocal about its Irish history. Even the city’s pro basketball team, the Celtics, borrowed its name and colors from this heritage. The neighborhood of South Boston (affectionately called “Southie”) will put on its annual parade on March 15th at 1PM. This year, because of the incredible volume of snowfall in the Northeast, the city of Boston has decided to run the parade along a shortened route, which will give you more time to enjoy yourself in one of Southie’s famous Irish pubs, like the L Street Tavern, made famous in the movie Good Will Hunting starring Boston natives Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. If you have a strong interest in U.S. history, especially from the 20th century, you should also be sure to head to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which will host a performance of the Irish Balladeers, a musical group that plays traditional Irish folk music. Bus tickets to Boston are available for the low price of just $18.
The country’s largest St. Patty’s Day parade is held in the heart of Manhattan (don’t tell Bostonians that NYC beat them!), which makes its way uptown along Fifth Avenue, a street known for its upscale shops and boutiques. The NYC parade takes pride in its history of not allowing over-the-top floats and other commercial aspects to take part in the parade, which helps preserve the magic and purity of the occasion. The festive events don’t end there, though, and tourist should be sure to partake in taking a stroll through the historically Irish neighborhoods of Manhattan. If you plan on staying in the city, head on over to the NYC Craft Beer Festival (March 13th and 14th at the Lexington Avenue Armory), where you’ll be able to taste an unlimited amount of beers from over 75 breweries, because what’s St. Patty’s Day without a nice, cold one? At GotoBus, tickets to New York City are available for as little as $21.
If you’re looking to get out to the beautiful West Coast, but still want to deck yourself out all in green and shamrocks, then San Francisco is the destination for you. This year, they will hold their annual parade on Saturday, March 14th. After the parade, you should head over to the Irish Festival at the Joe Alioto Performing Arts Plaza, where you will be able to enjoy traditional music, dance, and a never-ending supply of beer – let’s hope they’ve stocked plenty of Guinness! There are also plenty of local pubs that are hosting parties with performances by DJs, folk singers, and Irish rockers that promise to keep the celebration going all night long. Tickets to San Francisco start for as little as $35
These cities are just a few of the options you have; other places around the country that host large parades and festivals include Chicago, Seattle, and San Diego. And guess what? GotoBus.com offers bus routes to all three of those cities, and many, many more! Book your tickets now to ensure that you and your family have the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Erin go bragh (Ireland forever)!
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Friday 27 February 2015
California + Chinese New Year + NYC + bus tickets + chicago + chinatown bus
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.
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!
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.
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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Friday 13 February 2015
Bus + Hotel + California + Florida + Washington DC + Washington DC Bus + bus tickets + day trip
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.
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.
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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