Thanksgiving Weekend Fun!

Where are you going to be celebrating this fun weekend of Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun!
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun! It 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 GotoBus.com, 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!

Boston

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!

Chicago

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!

Florida

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!

Detroit

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 Weekend Fun!
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 GotoBus.com, 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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Thrills, Chills, & Spills: The Best Amusement Parks for Summer Fun

Thrills, Chills, & Spills: The Best Amusement Parks for Summer Fun

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 the best amusement parks for summer fun around the country.

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Columbus Day Celebrations on the East Coast

Mayflower

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

New York City

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

New York City Columbus Day Parade

Washington, D.C.

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

Christopher Columbus Fountain - Washington, D.C.

Boston

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

North End, Boston

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

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Fun February Events

Traveling

February is the last hurrah of winter, and most people are starting to get a little stir-crazy. But never fear! February still offers many activities, outdoor and otherwise, for the enterprising traveller. As always, we here at GotoBus are here to distill the events in major US cities down to their essence for your benefit. Below, check out our picks for top big-market events and activities in the shortest month of the year:

New York City

  • NYC Restaurant Week is a bit of a misnomer- this culinary celebration actually occurs over a few weeks from February 17 through March 7. Check out the official site or Facebook page for full details and a list of the nearly-300 participating restaurants. You can get a 3-course lunch for $25 or a 3-course dinner for $38 at participating eateries. Saturdays are not included in this price, and Sundays are optional. Don’t forget that beverages, tips, and taxes are not included.
  • The ever-popular Rink at Bryant Park’s Winter Village has free skating until March 2! Whether you’re an old pro or have never donned skates before, this is a perfect family (or date!) activity. The rink is open Sunday through Thursday, 8:00am to10:00pm; plus Friday and Saturday, 8:00am to12:00am.
  • The New York City Police Museum is featuring a special exhibit showcasing testimonials and artifacts having to do with the NYPD response on 9/11. With a suggested donation for admission of $5, this is a unique chance to celebrate the heroism and appreciate the commitment of those who protected us on that fateful day.

Boston

  • The Boston Wine Expo on February 15 and 16 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center is the perfect event for those over the age of 21. There will be over 185 wineries from around the world, 2 celebrity chef stages, and local Boston restaurants and food vendors with booths. Admission ($75 if you purchase on the 14th or before) includes a Boston Wine Expo souvenir glass, a complete guide with all the wine vendors and facts about the expo, access to the wine samples, complimentary food, and the chance to view live cooking demonstrations.
  • What better a way to celebrate President’s Day than to head to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum to honor Boston’s very own former president? In addition to having a large amount of Kennedy family memorabilia archived there, they also have the world’s largest archive dedicated to of Ernest Hemingway.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts down by Northeastern University hosts the Cogan Family Foundation Vacation Week Adventures during February winter break. Check this link for the latest on planned activities. They run from 10:00am to 4:00pm on weekdays (except Wednesday, which will run until 8:00pm). There is FREE admission for kids all week, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Washington D.C.

  • Celebrate George Washington’s 282nd birthday at Mount Vernon. The wreath-laying ceremony will take place at 10:00am. There will also be special music and military performances on the Bowling Green.
  • The Juilliard School has some upcoming stage performances: On February 18, students will play Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1 and Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1. On the 19th, there is an organ showcase. Attend these performances free at the Kennedy Center or view them online.
  • Attend a play this month! “Richard III” will be at the Folder Elizabethan Theatre through March 9th. With tickets starting at only $30, this is the perfect activity for those looking to broaden their artistic horizons.

California

  • The Concert for Heroes, a benefit for The Seal NSW Family Foundation, is taking place at Belly Up Solana Beach in San Diego on February 18. Doors open at 7:00pm, and you can buy tickets for $15 in advance or $17 at the door. The show is 21+. For a complete list of those performing, please visit the event site.
  • Love flowers? Love music? The Pacific Orchid Exposition in San Francisco, which runs from February 20 to February 23, is the place for you. This year’s theme is “Orchids and All That Jazz,” combining orchids with the classical feel of traditional jazz music. General admission tickets start at just $13.
  • Running through March 16, Cirque du Soleil’s Totem is a must-see in Santa Monica! Described as “a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind,” tickets and showtimes vary, so be sure to check out their site for the latest information.

Nationwide

  • Across the country, there is FREE admission to all National Parks from February 15 through 17 for Presidents’ Day Weekend! Get out and explore the amazing historical sites our country has to offer.
  • Still not satisfied? Never fear: there are so many things to do wherever you may be. We recommend signing up for Meetup as a way to connect with nearby folks with similar interests who also want to get out and do things.
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GotoBus.com brings service to Maine and New Hampshire

Often forgotten when recalling northeast transportation… New Hampshire and Maine fall under the shadow of New York and Massachusetts. Transportation options to the northern parts of New England have been few and far between. With a new partnership between GotoBus.com and Hua Hang Bus, Maine and New Hampshire have been more accessible than ever before.

Now departing for NH and ME daily from New York City, northeast New Englanders have fast and easy way to get in and out of the city. One-way rates start at just $30!

New York bus to Bangor, ME (Return to NY) – $60

New York bus to Portland, ME (Return to NY) – $35

New York bus to Newington, NH (Return to NY) – $30

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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights!

As if Niagara Falls wasn’t stunning enough on it’s own, The Winter Festival of Lights takes the wonder of Niagara to a whole new level! Nighttime visits to Niagara are now highlighted with amazing illumination displays from November 6 to January 31, 2011.

“The five kilometre route along the Niagara Parkway is known as the Niagara Parks Winter Wonderland and includes three million sparkling tree and ground lights, world’s largest illuminated Canadian-American Flag, and over 120 lighting displays including the world-famous Enchantment of Disney® animated displays” (Winter Festival of Lights – WFoL.com)

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights – Tours starting from $255!

GotoBus offers many tours that feature the Winter Festival of Lights. Book your trip today to see Niagara light up like never before!

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SALE! East Coast Tours

Want to save money this summer and still enjoy some time away? GotoBus has launched some extra incentives to help you get where you want to go. In addition to our Buy 2 Get 3rd Tour Free Deals, we have also recently marked down our already low priced East Coast Tours.

Here is a sampling of some of our hottest deals:

5-Day USA East Coast Tour Package – From NYC/NJ
$395
$359 Buy 2 Get 3rd Free

2-Day Tour to Niagara Falls and 1000 Islands $140
$112 Buy 2 Get 3rd Free

3-Day New York to Niagara Falls, DC, Philadelphia Tour $165
$132 Buy 2 Get 3rd Free

Discover the East Coast 8-Day Tour Package
$610
$569 Buy 2 Get 3rd Free

Book these deals while they last!

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Top 10 Tours: February 2009

Curious which GotoBus tours are most popular? Here are the Top 10 Tours from February 2009.

1. New York to Washington DC 2-Day Tour Cherry Blossom (Seasonal), 1 night hotel. Round trip transportation from New York or New Jersey. Sightseeing in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC. Air and Space Museum

2. New York to Niagara Falls 2-Day Bus Tour 1 night hotel. Round trip transportation from New York or New Jersey. Sightseeing in Niagara Falls (day and night). Corning Glass Center.

3. Philadelphia, Washington DC and Niagara Falls 3-Day Tour 2-night accommodations. Ground transportation. Sightseeing in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Corning Glass Center, Niagara Falls.

4. Boston to Washington DC 3-Day Tour 2 nights accommodations. Visit Philadelphia, Washington D.C., New York…

5. Los Angeles to San Francisco Yosemite 3-Day Tour 2 nights accommodations. Ground transportation. Visits to San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Hearst Castle (optional), Bay Cruise (optional), Solvang, Denmark Village and more

6. NY ->Washington DC, Shenandoah Cavern 2-Day Tour 1 Night hotel. Round trip transportation from New York or New Jersey. Sightseeing in Philadelphia, Washington DC and Shenandoah Caverns Virginia (optional). Air and Space Museum (optional)

7. LA to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon South Rim 3-Day Tour 2 nights accommodations (2-night in Las Vegas). Ground transportation. Visits to Las Vegas, Factory Outlets, Grand Canyon South Rim, Hoover Dam and more

8. Skiing, Woodbury Shopping and Turning stone Casino 2-Day Tour Ski, shop, and gamble with 1 night hotel accomodation

9. NY to Washington DC, Baltimore 2-Day Tour 1 Night hotel. Round trip transportation from New York. Sightseeing in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and more…

10. New York to Canada 3-Day Bus Tour 2 Nights hotel. Round trip transportation from New York or New Jersey. Sightseeing in Niagara Falls (US and Canadian side) and Toronto. Ontario. Thousand Islands region. Corning Glass Factory (optional)

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New England Seacoast Tour


This past weekend I was able to catch the last New England Seacoast tour of the season. The morning started off with a 9:30am departure from Boston. The bus was very clean and spacious. You could tell our tour guide, Dick, had done this tour many times before but clearly enjoyed his job. He was very enthusiastic and told us more facts (including which parts of Boston used to be under water and how to interact with the local Mainiacs- people from Maine) about New England than you ever wanted to know. We also heard many stories that he had accumulated over the years.

1. Our first stop was in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. This is a beautiful beach about 15 miles south of Portsmouth. Here we stopped for some photos and a bathroom break but didn’t stay too long because all the businesses were closed for the winter. I definitely want to come back here in the summer months to enjoy some fried clams and ice cream. This beach is supposedly ranked as the third best beach in America but I could not confirm this fact. As far as New England beaches go, this one was very well maintained and looked like it would be a thriving tourist destination in warmer months.

2. After enjoying the beach, we made our way to York, ME to see Nubble Light. I had been here once before and it is just as nice as I had remembered it. This is the most photographed lighthouse in Maine and it is easy to see why. This area has some of the highest value residences in the entire state of Maine. After viewing Nubble Light, we continued our bus journey and viewed the mansions along the coastline. One house we passed featured a heated Roman bath (including white columns)in the front yard. Imagine relaxing in your personal Roman bath while enjoying the picturesque coastal views!

3. Next stop on our tour was Kennebunkport, ME, a quaint New England town. Kennebunkport is one of the most popular vacation spots in New England because of its upscale art galleries, shops, and river/coastal views.

Once in Kennebunkport we stopped at the Pilot House for a quick bite to eat. I had the lobster roll and clam chowdah (like a true New Englander). After lunch we had some free time to shop, grab dessert and explore the town on our own. I especially enjoyed seeing the nearby houses and seeing how delighted the tourists from far away were (we had people from Australia, Texas, and Britain on our bus). Some people on the tour had never experienced fall foliage and New England culture.

Kennebunkport is also well-known because of its longtime summer resident, former president George H.W. Bush. Our bus slowed down long enough for me to snap a quick picture through the window so that you can get a glimpse of the oceanside “Bush Compound”.

At 3:45pm we left Maine and headed back to Boston. Overall, I was impressed with this tour. The time was well managed and we were able to see a lot in a relatively short amount of time. I would highly recommend booking this trip when it reopens in the spring, especially if it is your first time in the area.

The only question now is, “Where to go next?!?”

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Shades of Red, Orange, and Yellow- New England Fall Foliage

The GotoBus team considers ourselves lucky to be located in Cambridge, MA. Cambridge residents, also known as Cantabrigians, enjoy living steps away from popular Revolutionary War historical sites and the diversity that its famous academic institutions, Harvard and MIT bring. New England is one of the best places to see the autumn leaves change. The leaves have just started to turn here so there is plenty of time to still book your New England fall foliage sightseeing trip. Click here to track the New England fall foliage and try to predict when the colors will “peak.”

GotoBus has some great travel options for a fall foliage getaway. It is better to leave the car at home and take the bus or else you might ruin the trip looking for parking and navigating our curvy one way streets. Check out some of our top picks!

Pilgrim’s Path 1-Day Tour $35

USA, Canada Eastern Deluxe 8-Days Tour (BOS) $620

Plimoth Plantation 1-Day Tour $55

Fall Foliage 1-Day Tour $55

Eastern Panorama 8 Days Tour * Fully Guided * $1219

Salem – Witch City 1-Day Tour $35

Boston to Montreal 3-Day Tour $188

Autumn on Cape Cod 1-Day Tour $55

Boston to Acadia, Maine 2-Day Tour $155

Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, Concord 1-Day Tour $55

New England Seacoast 1-Day tour $55

Detroit, Cleveland, US Niagara Falls, Albany 3-Day Tour $239

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