Discover New Worlds This Columbus Day Weekend!

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

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Labor Day Weekend Getaways to Remember

Create Memories – Labor Day Weekend Getaways to Remember

Bus Tickets: Labor Day Weekend Getaways to Remember

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

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 or participate in one of the activities program.

New YorK: Labor Day Weekend Getaways to Remember
Statue of Liberty

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When is the Best Time to see Washington’s Cherry Blossom?

Witness the Cherry Blossom & Have the Best Time of your Life in Washington DC

When is the Best Time to see Washington's Cherry Blossom?
Beautiful View of Washington Monument

In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo sent a gift of thousands of Japanese cherry trees to Washington, D.C. as a symbol of friendship between the United States and Japan. This gift started the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is, hands down, the best time of the year to visit Washington. At GotoBus.com, this is one of our personal favorite events; we absolutely love the sight of the pink, red, and white flowers from over 1,700 trees all bloom together in a vibrant display. The way the colors of the blossoms play off the quintessential white marble of D.C.’s buildings and monuments seems like a match made in heaven.

When is the Best Time to see Washington's Cherry Blossom?
Cherry Trees along the Tidal Basin

When to go

The best time to visit Washington during the festival varies from year to year, a period known as “peak bloom,” when over 70% of the trees have blossomed. This year, peak bloom is expected to fall between March 14th and 17th and for about two weeks, you can see this breathtaking scenery in full. For as low as $20 you can take a New York to Washington DC bus

When is the Best Time to see Washington's Cherry Blossom?

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Top Places to Visit in Washington, D.C.

Undecided on What Places to Visit in Washington DC? Here is a Shortlist of the Top Places to Help You Decide

Top Places to Visit in Washington, D.C.
Washington Monument

As the nation’s capital and center of government, Washington is one of the loveliest cities in the U.S. The alabaster white monuments, the pink cherry blossom, the world-class museums: all of these combine to make D.C. one of the most desirable cities to visit. Your friends at GotoBus.com have compiled a shortlist of the top places to visit in the nation’s capital for your upcoming trip. Hop on a bus to Washington DC and see it for yourself!

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10 Tips for Long Distance Bus Rides

Travel Made Easy – Stress-Free Journey!

Travel is a whole lot of fun, and that’s our motto at GotoBus. But at the same time, travel can be stressful. You can enjoy the destination, but sometimes the journey can be particularly painful, especially when you have to share a confined space with a handful of strangers. We care about our customers’ concerns and have been listening to your comments, complaints, and helpful suggestions. Following your cue, we’ve compiled some ideas for things to pack and what to stay conscious of when you’re going on a long-distance bus ride. If you take these 10 recommendations to heart, you will travel stress-free!

10 Tips for Long Distance Bus Rides
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Cheap Bus Tickets Online – Where to Buy?

 

Looking where to buy cheap bus tickets online?

Written by Andre,  a Gotobus Customer

Cheap Bus Tickets Online - Where to Buy?
Tickets Online at GotoBus.com

Where to buy cheap bus tickets online? This is a question I ask myself every time I need to travel to a different city. And if you’re like me and like to save money, then that can be it a little bit of a challenge. The places I usually travel are NYC, Boston, Orlando and North Carolina to visit family and friends. I used to be the kind of person who didn’t like to go online and buy tickets in advance because I thought it was unnecessary. Instead, I would to go to the bus stop and buy them directly from the driver or whoever was there handling tickets. Unfortunately, on two separate occasions, that didn’t work out too well.

Avoid the hassle by buying tickets online

where to buy cheap bus tickets online?
Download the mobile app at GotoBus.com

The first time I got stuck in Boston and was unable to get back to New York until very late, missing the whole Christmas’ Eve celebration; when I wanted to book a ticket online, it was too late because they all were sold out. The second time I waited for 3 hours until I was able to buy a ticket for the next bus, arriving at my destination around 2 AM. I realized it wasn’t worth it to wait for several hours to get on the next bus just because I didn’t purchase a ticket in advance. I made the same mistake twice, but by the third time, I had learned my lesson.

Very low prices at GotoBus.com

I remember when I was in college and living on a budget; every single penny I could save was important to me. Once I was looking for the best option for a round trip ticket from New York to Boston. I did my research online and also asked friends and anyone I know who traveled that route regularly. They would often refer me to the “China buses” or “Chinatown buses.” They would say, “I went online and GotoBus came up as one of my first choices”. I navigated their site and found very cheap bus tickets from New York to Boston and back.

Worth it every penny

 

At the beginning, I was frightened because I didn’t know what to expect from this service. On the day of my trip, I headed to the bus stop with my printed bus ticket, stood in line prior to boarding the bus, presented my ticket, and proceeded to pick my seat. The interior of the bus was clean, the seats were reclinable, and the bathroom was in decent shape.
I loved the fact that the bus operator, Coach Run, made a stop halfway through the trip so that passengers could get off the bus and use the restroom, grab something to eat, and stretch their legs. Doing this helps to keep bathroom usage on the bus at a minimum (less bad odors on the bus).

Make your life easier, buy tickets in advance

I really liked the convenience of this service and how inexpensive the bus tickets ended up being. I became a regular customer of GotoBus and will keep using it in the further. From now on I only buy tickets online in advance to be sure I don’t have to wait for the bus so long and can be at my destination on time.

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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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Halloween Weekend Across America

Halloween

Isn’t it a little disappointing when Halloween ends up being on a Wednesday night? Kids have to go to school, adults have to work, and there is hardly any time to really enjoy and celebrate this fun holiday. Good news! Halloween 2014 is a Friday night, giving you the whole weekend to flaunt your creative costume and celebrate the scariest time of year with friends and family. It also means that you can take some time to travel and experience the Halloween festivities in different cities around the country. Check out the following locations, read about their spooky attractions, and then head to GotoBus.com to book bus tickets. Halloween should be frightening, but travel should not.

Savannah, Georgia

Full of historic homes that date to before the Civil War, the quaint city of Savannah loves to show off its many haunted houses. As night falls, the pleasant, colonial charm is overtaken by a thick darkness and heavy silence, decorated with Spanish moss that hangs from the local trees, making the area seem like the perfect plce for creatures of the night. Visitors to the Sorrel Weed House have reported strange activities, like a sense of nausea and shortness of breath in the basement. It is believed to be haunted by the ghosts of the former owners and their poorly treated slaves. For other Halloween events and attractions in the Savannah area, visit the city’s event page.

Savannah, Georgia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Prisons are scary places, even when they are populated by living inmates. Throw in intimidating architecture and the ghosts of countless dead prisoners, who were mainly kept in solitary confinement, and you end up with one bone-chilling facility. Eastern State Penitentiary was once home to the legendary criminal, Al Capone, and you can even visit his cell! Around Halloween, this infamous Philadelphia prison operates the “Terror Behind the Walls,” a haunted house fundraiser, so you can get your pants scared off while supporting the local historical society. More information on this and other Philadelphia Halloween activities can be found here.

Eastern State Penitentiary

San Francisco, California

The energetic atmosphere and nightlife of the Bay Area is only highlighted around Halloween. This site lists some of the major costume parties and themed nights at the local bars leading up to October 31st, a seemingly endless list of exciting events. If you plan to be in the area, you could always check out Queen Anne Hotel. Built towards the end of the 19th century as a boarding school for girls, this Victorian building is said to be haunted by the school’s former headmistress. Room 410 is located where her office once was, and guests in that room have reported waking up to find their clothes unpacked or their blankets tucked around them as they sleep. To be honest, this ghost actually sounds very pleasant. Maybe she’ll make you a cup of tea, if you pass in your homework on time!

San Francisco Halloween

Los Angeles, California

For certain cultures, Halloween is not as important as the following day. November 1st, for Christians, is known as All Saints Day, but in Mexico it is better known as Dia de los Muertas – the Day of the Dead. With its large Mexican community, Los Angeles hosts several colorful festivals and events commemorating this day. One of the largest Day of the Dead celebrations is held in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. It is hard to think of a more fitting place for such a festival: the dreariness of the cemetery is erased, because in Mexico, death is seen as a celebration. Instead of mourning, Mexicans dress in a splendid display of colors, sing, dance, and wear traditional masks. This, or any of LA’s other Day of the Dead festivals, offers visitors a unique perspective on how the Halloween season is regarded in other cultures.

Day of the Dead

Louisville, Kentucky

This city puts up plenty of haunted houses, like a “Wacky Clown Asylum,” which sounds like something adapted directly from a nightmare. But there is one location in the Louisville area that tops the rest in terms of its horror: the Waverly Hills Sanitarium, which is only open around this time of year as a haunted house. Considered one of the scariest places on Earth, the building was once a hospital to house tuberculosis patients, before antibiotics made the disease more manageable. An underground tunnel was used to discretely remove the bodies of the deceased. Now, the grounds are totally abandoned, making the building itself look like a ghost, though there are current efforts being made to restore the property.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

As always, GotoBus.com is here to help you reach your destination. It’s no trick – treat yourself to a Halloween weekend getaway, and please, remember to be safe if you’re out at night.

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Coastal Fall Travel

Fall in New England

For all of its beauty – the changing leaves, the cool breezes, the ready-to-harvest crops – Fall can be a stressful time. Suddenly, school is back in session, the weather is colder, the days are shorter, and you just can’t shake the feeling that your time to get outdoors and take in the season’s dynamic magnificence is quickly running out.

Here’s what you need to do: grab a pumpkin-spiced latte, sit down at your computer, and head to GotoBus.com, where you will find the best rates on round-trip bus tickets, and choose from the many destinations listed, so you can get a nice, relaxing break amidst the vibrant foliage of Autumn.
 

New England is probably the one region most closely associated with the Autumn season, as it features the most visible changes to its foliage, as well as a long tradition of harvest fairs, Halloween thrills, and various other seasonal celebrations to herald the season. The city of Boston loves to celebrate fall in style with the Head of the Charles Regatta, a two-day rowing race that attracts over 9,000 participants and countless more spectators each year, making it the largest race of its kind in the world. You can watch the boats pass by underneath the leisurely shade on the banks of the Charles River. Another classic New England activity during this season is the month-long Halloween festivities in Salem, MA, the site of the infamous witch trials in colonial times. This small, coastal city, a short train ride from Boston, has retained much of its colonial demeanor. There are numerous “spooky” tours you can choose from; themed museums, haunted houses, and eateries; as well as not one, but several psychics who all promise to see into your future. That’s right – if you don’t like the sound of your fortune, you can just get a new one from a different psychic. Round-trip bus tickets from New York to Boston start at just $36.

Head of the Charles Regatta

 
Another potential idea, for those customers on the West Coast, is exploring one of the absolutely breathtaking parks located in that region. Okay, maybe the mammoth California redwood trees of Muir Woods, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, don’t change colors in the fall, and their humbling size and majesty remain constant year-round. But these trees are each hundreds of years old, and this fact, coupled with the inherent otherworldly atmosphere of Autumn, creates a truly mystical quality in Muir Woods. Even the name of the region itself – “Muir” – seems to come straight from The Lord of the Rings (John Muir was actually a 19th-century environmentalist and early proponent of wilderness preservation). While there will not be a vast number of visual changes to the scenery, for those of you on the West Coast this fall, an excursion to Muir Woods, or any one of California’s many other redwood sanctuaries, makes for an enticing outing. Bring the kids, and let their imaginations run wild in this fantasy landscape! Bus tickets from Los Angeles to San Francisco start at just $80.

Muir Woods National Monument

 Don’t let yourself feel all cooped up indoors; get out now to capture the exquisite beauty of Autumn. There is no reason to wait! Visit GotoBus.com and choose your perfect destination now.

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