Horrifying Halloween Traveling

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Horrifying Halloween Traveling
Halloween Celebration

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, GotoBus.com 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.

Horrifying Halloween Traveling

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!

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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.

Horrifying Halloween Traveling

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 GotoBus.com, 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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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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Spring is in Bloom at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom

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!

Cherry Blossoms

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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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Make Your July 4th POP!

July 4 fireworks

While many American holidays come packaged with visions of barbecues and beers with family and friends, only the Fourth of July brings to mind so clearly one word: FIREWORKS. Around the country, towns and cities will be lighting up the night sky with those festive explosives we all know and love.

In celebration of America’s birthday and the explosive fun that comes along with it, we’ve taken inventory of the firework shows in some of the largest US cities.

 

 

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Boston, Massachusetts

This unique fireworks/classical music extravaganza is broadcast nationwide and has featured performances by those such as Neil Diamond and Martina McBride. This year, the show over the Charles River gets underway at 8:30pm and runs until 11:00pm. Get to the Esplanade early for a good seat, or just watch from afar in your favorite cozy spot on the river! Check out this video from last year’s spectacle:

 

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Live from the Brooklyn Bridge – New York, New York

Now in its 38th year, Macy’s annual explosive celebration is everything you’d expect a New York City party to be: big, loud, and bright! This star-studded event is hosted by Nick Cannon, and features performances by Enrique Iglesias, Lionel Richie, and Ariana Grande. The event is free to attend, with more than two miles of public viewing space along the Hudson cleared specially for the event. Things kick off at 8:00pm, though it’s recommended to arrive as early as possible for the best views.

 

Fireworks at the Navy Pier – Chicago, Illinois

Weirdly, the city of Chicago doesn’t have an official Independence Day display. Fortunately for those in the Windy City and surrounding areas, the Navy Pier has picked up the slack and now hosts an annual show (in addition to smaller fireworks shows throughout the summer). The big event starts at 9:30pm. For a unique twist on the experience, guests may want to look into taking one of the many fireworks cruises offered for a chance to see the fireworks from the water while enjoying a drink or even dinner!

 

Americafest at the Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California

Southern California’s biggest celebration takes place in Pasadena, CA, about 20 minutes outside central Los Angeles. For nearly a century, the Rose Bowl has hosted an Independence Day party like no other. This year, festivities get started at 2:00pm and run through 9:30pm. There will be motorcycle stunt shows, live musical performances, and, of course, the biggest fireworks show in SoCal. Tickets to the event start at about $17 per person for general admission.

 

Fun on the Fourth at the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada

From the top of the tower at the Stratosphere, visitors to Las Vegas will be able to see both the hotel’s own show as well as any other fireworks shows that might be going on in Vegas. Things open up at 6:00pm, and the celebrations also feature a concert and pool party (admission for the pool party is 21+). Admission to the Tower for the show is $10 for those staying at the hotel and $28 for non-hotel-guests.

 

 

If you’re looking to get to one of the big bangs this holiday, remember to book your transportation with GotoBus.com! But book soon, as seats for this popular travel weekend are filling up quickly.

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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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San Francisco Deluxe City Tour and Bay Cruise

Happy Independence Day! Where did you enjoy the holiday this year? Many of our customers traveled to the scenic West Coast and we wanted to share some of their photos from the San Francisco Deluxe City Tour and Bay Cruise.

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the tour bus.

Relax and enjoy nature at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.

View all of San Francisco from the summit at Twin Peaks.

Watch the harbor seals sun themselves at Pier 39.

See Alcatraz Island, also known as “The Rock,” as you cruise throughout the harbor.

The bay cruise takes you directly under the Golden Gate Bridge for phenomenal photo ops!

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Niagara Falls – Maid of Mist opened April 10

We know that the Maid of the Mist boat ride is one of the most exciting parts of a Niagara Falls Tour and are happy to announce that it reopened this past weekend on April 10! Touring the falls is super easy and affordable with our packages. One of our most popular tours is the 2-Day New York to Niagara Falls and Corning Tour which includes a one night hotel stay, a professional guide, and round trip transportation via coach. If you are not interested in the Corning Glass Museum we also have Niagara Falls packages that include other popular sites like 1000 Islands tours, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and some even go into Canada. These tour packages start at only $108 and have departures from most major cities on the East Coast.

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Cherry Blossom Season on the East Coast

The weather is getting warmer and flowers are starting to bloom! The temperate climes make it a great time to travel and be sure to book your summer vacations now to ensure the best departure dates. If you are ready to explore the East Coast, why not take advantage of our seasonal Cherry Blossom tours?

Prefer the West Coast? See our specials below.

GOTOBUS WEST COAST SPECIALS!
LA to Mexico Ensenada 2-Day Tour $109
LA to Grand Canyon West Rim Overnight 2-Day Tour $98
7-Day Denver to Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore and Arches National Park Tour Package $448
8-Day LA/LV to Yellowstone, Mt.Rushmore and Arches National Park Tour $508

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Peru Tours & Vacation Packages!

Looking for an exciting vacation…something a little more off the beaten path? Make your next getaway a Peru Vacation!

Peru offers a diversity of climates, food, and culture all within one country. Many of our packages include city tours of Lima, trips to Ollantaytambo & Chinchero Market, a full day tour to Machu Picchu; Andahuaylillas, Raqchi, and Pucara as well as an excursion to the Uros Islands. Find your dream vacation today!

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