Saturate Your Summer!

Let’s start with a blatantly obvious statement: summer is really hot. The word itself evokes images of men and women in bathing suits, lounging on a sandy beach or poolside, while children run around and playfully shout in the shallow waters. Aquatic-based activities – whether they are beach trips, days spent at the pool, water-park excursions, etc. – go as hand-in-hand with summer as the changing of the leaves do to fall. To help you maximize your summer vacation, we have listed the five best water-themed vacations and trip ideas around the United States and Canada.

 

 

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach is one of the most popular tourist beaches in the country, providing an endless supply of summer fun: in addition to the vast amount of activities on the beach, which include swimming and surfing, there are opportunities for kayaking, golfing, and biking. The beach itself is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest stretch of pleasure beach in the world. Stroll down to the three-mile boardwalk, which is constantly packed with entertainment from live music to cafes, as well as being lined with hotels and resorts, so that you will never be without a place to stay.

Virginia Beach

 

Disney World Water Parks (Typhoon Lagoon/Blizzard Beach), Orlando, Florida

The Disney World Parks and Resorts in Orlando are already extremely popular destinations for families, but the summer months are an especially great time to visit what has become one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the world. Disney World has two themed water-parks on its grounds: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Each park has its own background story: the first is designed like a bay that has just been hit by a tropical storm; the second is modeled after a ski resort, with the added twist that all the snow is melting. Plummet down one of the parks’ steep, exhilarating slides, or merely sit back, relax, and float away down the lazy river.

Typhoon Lagoon

 

Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California

A go-to shooting location for any film or television show that needs a shot of a Los Angeles beach, the beach at Venice has a mile-long boardwalk that serves as a cross-section of local culture. Street artists and performers dot the boardwalk, ready to amaze. Murals stretch across the facades of buildings. The public, outdoor basketball courts are where many professional players honed their skills before they entered the NBA. Then, when you’ve had your fill of the beach, you can explore the interior streets of Venice to find even more entertainment and shopping opportunities.

Venice Beach

 

Whale Watching, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Okay – the summer tends to be all about the beaches. Just about everyone wants to kick back on the sand and in the sun, taking some time to cool off in the water. But the beach is not for everyone; some people find sand annoying, don’t like the crowds, etc. If you’re one of these types, but still desire a perfect vacation (and who doesn’t need that?) centered on aquatic activities, book a trip to Vancouver, BC, and hop on a whale watching tour, which will sail you out onto the cool waters of the northeast Pacific Ocean, where you can relax while you look out across the sea to try to spot one of these massive, beautiful creatures.

Vancouver

 

Mississippi River Cruise, Memphis, Tennessee

The Mighty Mississippi – the largest river in the United States and a region brought to life by Mark Twain, one of America’s greatest men of letters, in his classic novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this immense body of water stretches from northern Minnesota all the way south through the American heartland before draining into the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. Memphis, TN, sits right on the banks of this iconic river, and visitors during the summer should consider taking a cruise in a classic-style riverboat, much like the one that Twain himself worked on. From Memphis, you can cruise to many of the other cities located on the Mississippi, such as St. Louis and New Orleans.

Mississippi River

 

 

Buses to any of these cities, and more, are available for low prices at GotoBus.com. Don’t forget, there are also further discounts available if you decide to book you bus tickets and hotel stay together – but book soon or else the summer will fly by you.

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NYTiger adds new routes from NYC to Virginia Beach!

Virginia Beach

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan? The newest route from NY Tiger can get you away to the lovely beaches of the Chesapeake! With 2 departures daily, this convenient service from New York to Virginia Beach is only $35 one-way. Buses are already up and running, so head on over to GotoBus.com to book your transportation ASAP.

If for some reason you need more incentive to visit this beautiful area, here is a selection of some fun Virginia Beach activities going on this summer that you won’t want to miss.

 

 

Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival

Friday, May 30 – Tuesday, June 24

This traditional summer carnival has it all: food, rides, and games for all ages. Admission and parking are free, and wristbands for unlimited ride admission range from $12 to $20, depending on the day. Nothing says summer quite like throwing a dart at a bunch of balloons with attempting to eat funnel cake without covering yourself in powdered sugar. If that sounds like your kind of party, bring the whole family!

Oceana Naval Air Station Tours

Weekdays except July 4 and September 2

This military airport is home to an impressive collection of nearly 300 fighter jets. Guests can get up close to some amazing aircraft that can’t be seen elsewhere. Guided tours of the facility are approximately two-and-a-half hours long from start to finish. Please note that proper photo identification is required to enter for those over the age of 16. Backpacks are not allowed in the building.

Friday Night Hoedown

Fridays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm until October 31

This fun event at the Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market is great for the whole family! Bring a blanket and chairs, strap on your dancing shoes, and enjoy some good live country and bluegrass music! For a complete schedule of the summer Hoedowns, be sure to check out their calendar.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

Opens at 10:00am daily until September 1

Located just 2 miles from Virginia Beach’s oceanfront, this park features more than 16 waterslides, a wave pool, and a dedicated children’s area. It’s the only waterpark in Virginia Beach, so those looking for a little summer thrill should check it out! Admission is $25 for kids under 10 and $33 for adults. Both children under two years and parking are free.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm

With over 800 thousand gallons of sea life, this aquarium is considered one of the best in the country. The two main areas, the Marsh Pavilion and the Bay & Ocean Pavilion, are home to more than 12,000 animals! The aquarium also has exhibits for birds such as the majestic great horned owl and lizards, including a komodo dragon! Admission is $15 for children under 11 and $22 for adults.

Beaches

And of course, you can’t visit Virginia Beach without checking out the many beaches that give the town its name! Lifeguards are on duty through mid-September.

 

 

Already checking your calendar to see when you can escape to Virginia Beach? Don’t forget, you can combine bus and hotel bookings using the GotoBus Package Deal to save an additional 10%. Book your trip today!

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New service offers transportation between New York, NY and Charlottesville, VA

The quick and dependable service of the Starlight Express is bringing new options to GotoBus customers. Express service from Charlottesville, VA to New York City is now available for purchase at GotoBus.com.

Customers will be pleasantly surprised to find that the New York City departure location is nestled in the stylish Meatpacking Disctrict. Additional time is saved by not dropping off and picking up in the common locations in lower Manhattan. Boasting a strong on-time record, Starlight provides a service that customers can count on.

Bus from New York City to Charlottesville, VA – starting at $50
Bus from Charlottesville, VA to New York City – starting at $50

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Hampton, VA Bus Stop Added to NYC Route

Coach88 has added a new bus stop in Hampton, VA on their Norfolk to New York City bus route. This overnight service includes free wi-fi on board and is a welcome addition for all Hampton residents. Tickets are currently $35 one way and $60 round trip for Chinatown bus tickets purchased online.

Hampton Departure (11:59PM):
2159 Cunningham Dr
Hampton, VA 23666

Norfolk Departure (12:30AM):
415 N. Military Hwy. Suite 13
Norfolk, VA 23502

NYC Arrival (7:20AM):
Chinatown
87 Chrystie St. (Near Grand St.)
New York, NY 10002

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GotoBus Partner, MVP Bus, Launches Daily Service between New York City & Richmond, VA

GotoBus, the leading online bus ticketing service, is pleased to announce the launch of a new route operated by MVP Bus that will provide daily service between New York City and Richmond, VA. Bus tickets are $35 one way or $60 round trip for this new service that will begin on September 1, 2009.

MVP Bus is well known throughout the mid-Atlantic region as an affordable luxury bus service with conveniently located mid-town bus stops. This new route comes as a welcome expansion to MVP’s current bus services which cover Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City. MVP’s fare information is as follows:

NYC – Richmond, VA ($35/$60)
NYC – Baltimore ($20/$35)
NYC – Washington ($20/$35)

MVP Bus is one of over 200 bus and tour operators, including the Chinatown bus whose services are currently marketed by GotoBus. All prices were accurate at the time of publishing. Full schedules and ticketing information can be found at MVP Bus.

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