Fun February Events

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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.

Cities with a View!

We are just about halfway through winter, and if we aren’t mistaken, some of you must be getting cabin fever and needing some ideas for new adventures. Well, good news! We have done some research, and humbly submit you to our picks for the best city views from some of the most famous big-city locations! Plan a trip and see the sights as never before– from above.

Boston

Boston

  • Top of the Hub doubles as a restaurant and lounge, AND it is undoubtedly Beantown’s best view of the city. Serving brunch, lunch, cocktails, and dinner, this place is constantly filled with Boston residents and tourists alike. At an astonishing 52 floors above the ritzy Back Bay neighborhood, Top of the Hub sits at the apex of the famous Prudential Tower. Voted as one of the best restaurants in Boston, the Hub also has live jazz music to add to the ambiance. They even have prix-fixe lunch menus Monday through Friday, and are available to host private events!
  • The current Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) building opened in 2006 and was the first art museum built in Boston in over a century. We won’t lie… it’s not necessarily the prettiest-looking building, but it certainly is very unique! The most notable part of the building is the glass section that juts out on top and seems to float above Boston Harbor, giving those visiting a spectacular view! Check out ICA’s website for current information on exhibits and special events. Be sure to keep up-to-date on schedules for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series competition, where you can see divers from around the world jump (and by jump, we mean gracefully dive) from the top of the ICA building. Trust us, it’s a wonderful spectacle. One of our staff members attended this past summer, and she swears there is nothing like it! Side note: Is it summer yet?
  • Looking for an adventure that takes you a little outside the hustle and bustle? We recommend checking out Blue Hills in Milton! After a hike to the top, you can catch a spectacular view of the city from 635 feet up at Great Blue Hill Observation Tower! Open year-round, this is a great place to hike with your family and pets any time of year. Their easy color-coded trails will help you stay on the right path. We recommend picking up a map (and maple candy, yum!) from the information center if you are less familiar with the trails. You will want to make sure you stay on the loop that brings you to the Observation Tower. You can also visit the Trailside Museum with your kids for a quick educational course on nature in the area– they even have live animal demonstrations.

Chicago

Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
  • Step out onto the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower for a view like no other. At 1353 feet in the air, the specially-designed glass-box platform extends about 4 feet from the building. You’ve got nothing to fear- each viewing platform box has 3 layers of 1/2 inch thick glass, all mushed into 1 tempered piece for maximum safety. Have a fear of heights and want to skip stepping out in to the platform? No problem! Experience it virtually with videos to show you what the view would be like if you stood out there.
  • The Signature Room at the 95th is located on top of the John Hancock Center. This restaurant has a fantastic 360 degree view of the city. Be sure to check the dress code for each meal (listed on the restaurant’s web site) for tips on how to dress. Looking to stop by for a quick bite to eat, cocktail, or just to view the city without the full sit-down dining experience? Check out the Signature Lounge. Those under 21 are permitted to attend between the hours of 11am and 7pm with an adult or guardian; after 7pm, the Lounge is 21+ only. Don’t forget to check out its Restaurant Week fixed menu.
  • Promontory Point in Burnham Park is right on Chicago’s lakefront. Come here in the warmer months for a nice stroll around the park, to spark up one of their barbecues, or just to sit on its many rocks and take in the gorgeous city view, or swing by in the winter for a brisk stroll. Many events are also held here, including weddings. Here’s some fun facts- this view was featured in the opening credits of 90s television show Family Matters, and the (in)famous Star Wars director George Lucas had his wedding here this past summer.

New York

Empire State Building

  • The Empire State Building stands at over a quarter mile above The Big Apple. The famous Observatories on the 86th and 102nd floors have been open to the public since 1931, and you are able to visit them 365 days a year! The last elevators to the top go up at 1:15 am, but if you are looking for exercise or are brave enough, you are welcome to climb its 1,872 steps to the top floor. The 37th Annual Empire State Building Run-Up on February 5th features athletes who race to the 86th floor in under 10 minutes! Wow!
  • The newly-opened Courtyard-Residence Inn Central Park now holds the title for North America’s tallest hotel! This 68 story building contains two joint hotels: 378 rooms for the Courtyard are located on floors 5 through 33, while the upper levels, 37 through 65, in the Residence Inn are for those staying 5 nights or more. Check out this fabulously edited video for a 1-minute time lapse of the hotel being built.
  • The View Restaurant and Lounge is billed as New York City’s only revolving rooftop eatery and lounge. Wine and dine 48 stories above the City that Never Sleeps. The specially-designed signature revolving floor makes a complete turn every hour, ensuring that guests see the most angles of the world-famous city. Open for Dinner seven days a week and brunch on Sundays, their extensive menu is aimed to please. Like other “restaurants with a view,” this spot has many events, including a special Valentine’s Day fixed menu, wine dinners, and their famous Mimosa Brunches. We recommend using OpenTable to make a reservation.

Washington D.C

The White House
The White House
  • Head to the P.O.V. Lounge in the W Washington DC for an amazing view of the nation’s capital! Visit the 11th floor for an elegant and fun atmosphere that includes a direct view of the White House! Specializing in tapas, this restaurant is perfect for having a small appetizer, sharing meals with friends, and even sipping on cocktails.
  • The Washington National Cathedral sits on one of the highest points in DC and offers a 360-degree view of the city. Visit the Pilgrim Observation Gallery where, on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, you can have a traditional English tea after taking a 1-hour Cathedral tour. On the main level of the Cathedral, you can also attend a free organ demonstration on its 10,650-pipe organ every Monday and Wednesday at 12:30pm. Though Cathedral admission is free, there is a suggested donation of $10. The Gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
  • The Old Post Office Clock Tower is considered part of the Memorial Parks and National Mall, and is just about halfway between the White House and the Capitol building. Standing at 315 feet, it’s the third-tallest building in DC. Visit the observation deck for fantastic panoramic city views from 270 feet in the air, or check out the Bells of Congress located on the 10th floor.

If you are looking for transportation to these remarkable picturesque cities, remember we are here to help. Book your bus tickets today on GotoBus.com!

Last-Minute Halloween Fun

Happy Halloween From GotoBus

It’s Mischief Night in the U.S., which means the Halloween season is coming to a close. If you’re still looking for something frighteningly fun to do on All Hallow’s Eve, never fear! We at GotoBus are here to help. Here are some awesome festivities in major cities across the country that will be more than suitable for last-minute thrill-seekers:

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, located in the Hollywood area, is a high-intensity scare-fest that is entering its fifth year of running. While not good for young children, adults of all ages will love this elaborate show, which has received accolades in the press. After the hayride itself, guests will be able to enter a dark maze with only a dim lamp to guide them through the shadows. The maze it different each year, so even those who have participated in the past should have a go! | October 30 and 31, 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Washington D.C.: Held at the National Zoo of the Smithsonian Institute, the Night of the Living Zoo is a 21+ event that allows access to the zoo during normally-dark hours. In addition to lights-out animal exploration, guests can enjoy live music, face painting, a costume contest, a pub crawl, and much more! The event is one-night only, and tickets are still available at the time of going to press. | October 30, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Boston: The under-construction U.S.S. Salem is hosting a carnival in its parking lot in lieu of giving boat tours this Halloween. The main feature of the show will be Dr. Dread’s Ghastly Sideshow and Haunted Exhibition, a sideshow featuring strange and exotic exhibitions. In addition, guests can take a ride on the haunted school bus, a one-of-a-kind experience. This event is geared more toward fun than frights. | October 30 and 31, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Chicago: The Fear Haunted House at Chicago’s Navy Pier is designed for teens and adults ages 13 and over, and aims to be a thrilling ride through a haunted ship run by a deranged captain. Monsters of all kinds hide behind barred doors, and guests have to figure out exactly what the captain is up to before it’s too late. The walk through the house takes between 15 and 20 minutes, and after guests may want to explore the rest of the Pier’s activities. | October 30 and 31, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

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Fall Travel in New England: A Colorful Journey

Fall foliage corn maze

Fall is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful times of the year. It is filled with the bright colors of fruits and vegetables from the harvest as well as, of course, the greenery of the trees exploding dramatically into a vibrant array of all the rainbow has to offer.

Tourists come from all over the world to see the trees on the East Coast of the United States shed their leaves in preparation for the winter, and as you make your way around the Eastern Seaboard with GotoBus.com, you too can enjoy the autumn’s amazing vistas. Whether you’re travelling for holidays, to see friends, or taking a long-weekend vacation, New England is the place for you. Each trip you take in October and early November comes with the bonus of fall foliage sightseeing.

Another unique northeastern experience for autumn are the local farms, which offer a variety of fun-filled seasonal activities. From corn mazes to petting zoos to apple picking, these farms are a great one-stop-shop for fun family activities in the fall. If you’re in the Boston area, Davis Farm and and Connors Farm are two places that come highly recommended. The best part? On the way out, you can grab some delicious seasonal grub to take with you on your journey home!

There are lots of reasons to be out and about in the fall, and with the promise of a travel experience you can only have once a year there’s more incentive than ever to make your trips sooner as opposed to later.

Round-trip tickets for buses from New York to Boston start at $30, so what are you waiting for? Take a peek out your window and watch the world fly by in a burst of color unlike any other!

Travel for less this Memorial Day Weekend

GotoBus.com features the best selection in affordable bus transportation options in the United States. This Memorial Day Weekend, you can save hundreds by choosing to travel by bus over plane, train, and automobile. Our low rates beat other means of transportation and leave more money in your pocket for whatever you’ve planned this holiday weekend.

Spending the weekend in New York City? Want to let the good times roll in Las Vegas? We’ve got great fares to popular destinations all over the country!

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New York City to Washington DC Bus – from $22
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To ensure that you secure your tickets, book your Memorial Day Weekend trip as soon as possible!

Don’t be a fool this April, book your bus tickets in advance!

The U.S. travel season is picking up and GotoBus.com schedules are here to help you plan your next trip. Instead of waiting till the last minute to book your tickets, plan ahead with GotoBus.com and secure your seat well in advance. Holiday and weekend departures are especially important to book in advance, as some routes see their buses sell out on a regular basis. GotoBus’ innovative ticketing system allows you to purchase and print your tickets in just a few simple steps. From start to finish, you can have your round-trip bus service booked in just a few minutes!

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Save big compared to other means of transportation (planes, trains, and automobiles). The shared nature of bus transportation is inherently affordable as well as environmentally friendly.

Back to School! College towns gear up for students making their way back into the city.

As winter break comes to an end for most college students, demand for transportation back to campus increases significantly. There can be a multitude of travel options to choose from when trying to get back to school. At GotoBus.com, we make the most affordable and convenient means of transportation available to students all across the country.

Plan your trip back to school by booking a bus ticket online at GotoBus.com! We let you compare services of hundreds of service providers, so you can select the best price, schedule, amenities, pickup/dropoff locations, and more!

Our most popular schedules for students

Los Angeles to San Francisco Bus – starting at $40
New York to Boston Bus – starting at $15
New York to State College Bus – starting at $30

Are you ready for some football? Boston vs. New York!

This Sunday, February 5th, over 100 million people will gather with friends and family to watch the biggest event on American television, The Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLVI pits two bitter rivals against each other… The New England Patriots and The New York Giants will face off in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII for the right to call themselves world champions.

The northeast region of the U.S. is no stranger to the New York vs. Boston rivalry. The near neighbors have competed in the highest levels of competition since the early 1900’s, starting with the Red Sox and Yankees. Celtics vs. Knicks and Bruins vs. Rangers have also fueled a passionate distaste between these two very competitive cities.

GotoBus.com is all about bringing people together, and we offer the best services between Boston and New York. Starting at only $15, you can choose from dozens of departures daily. With additional amenities such as power plugs and free wi-fi, you can keep up with all of the sports news as you ride!

Boston to New York City Bus – Only $15!
New York City to Boston Bus – Only $15!

Chinese New Year in NYC!

On Thursday, February 3rd, join in on the festivities as we welcome in the Year of the Rabbit! Chinese New Year is a celebration unlike any other in Chinese culture. New York City celebrates Chinese New Year in grand fashion, and you can be a part of the fun. Great deals start from just $25!

Only $25! Amazing New York City 1-Day Tour

Only $49! NYC Daily Tour in Foreign Languages

Only $88! Classic New York 48hrs Tour

Only $44! New York Night Tour – Holiday Lights


Only $67! NYC All Loops plus Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island Ferry Ticket


Also, traveling to and from New York is a breeze with service starting from just $15!

Boston to New York CityReturn Service

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Bus to New York for the New Year!

Bus Service to New York City: Not sure what to do to celebrate the New Year? You could be at the center of the world’s largest New Year’s party! GotoBus offers easy and affordable transportation to this amazing celebration. Don’t worry about parking or navigating the city streets. With affordable rates to New York from dozens of cities, your New Year’s celebration will be hassle free!

Baltimore to New York Bus$20 One-Way / $35 Roundtrip
Boston to New York Bus$15 One-Way / $30 Roundtrip
Philadelphia to New York Bus$10 One-Way / $20 Roundtrip
Washington, DC to New York Bus$20 One-Way / $35 Roundtrip

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