Kick-off Your Summer with Memorial Day Weekend Events!

Memorial Day

This weekend FINALLY marks the unofficial beginning of summer. So get your sunblock ready and your white clothes picked out… let’s get the beach parties and barbeques started!

If you’re looking for a unique Memorial Day adventure, here are some cool things to do this weekend in a few major US cities.

New York

Summer Movie Series: Top Gun | Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum | Friday, May 23, 7:30pm

The USS Intepid’s 6th-annual Summer Movie Series is adding Top Gun to their list of free-to-see movies. Bring a blanket (and bug spray!), chairs, and some snack, and settle in to watch this classic movie under the stars. Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are no admissions after 8:30pm. If you are a museum member, you will be given priority admission in the “members only” line. The museum also encourages guests to take a guided tour while they are waiting at the museum for the movie to start. The tours run at 6:00pm or 6:15pm, and tickets cost between $15 and $20.

Green-Wood’s Memorial Day Concert | 500 25th Street, Brooklyn | Monday, May 26, 2:30pm

This free Memorial Day concert, now in its sixteenth year, features the ISO Symphonic Band, which was founded in 1995 to showcase students throughout New York City. Bring chairs or blankets; food and refreshments will be on sale throughout the day. Tickets are free for this event, but they are encouraging you to RSVP here so they are able to gauge crowd turnout.

Memorial Day Special Trolley Tour | Green-Wood | Monday, May 26, 5:00pm

Directly following the Memorial Day Concert is this special tour, which costs $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Take a tour of this historic area aboard a trolley! Seating is limited and fills up quickly, so it might be a good idea to reserve your tickets in advance.

Chicago

Wreath-Laying Ceremony & Chicago Memorial Day Parade | Daley Plaza | Saturday, May 24, 11:00am

The wreath-laying ceremony begins at 11:00am at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza, and the parade will kick of starting 12:00pm. The parade is one of the largest in the country, and honors current and fallen heroes.

Summer Kick-Off at Howl at the Moon | 26 West Hubbard Street | Sunday, May 25, 7:00pm

Check out this dueling piano bar and dance along to summer-themed hits as you sip Memorial Day drink specials! You may have seen this bar chain in many cities across the US, but Chicago’s location is headquarters, and the party is sure to be wild. Register here for 2-for-1 admission at this 21+ spot.

Boston

Remembering Our Heroes | USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown | All Weekend

Can you think of a better way to honor our heroes than to check out this unique museum? There will be many patriotically-themed activities to participate in, including toasting those who have served. Suggested donations for entrance are appreciated.

Memorial Day Weekend Kids’ S’more Pop Making Activity | Whole Foods Market Charles River Plaza Cafe, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston | Saturday, May 24, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Participate in making what may very well be the #1 summertime treat: s’mores! Though this event is free to attend, advance registration is required.

Honor & Tribute: Boston’s 2nd Annual Memorial Day Concert | Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, 200 Atlantic Avenue, Boston | Monday, May 26, 7:30pm

Join Boston and the City of Boston Veterans’ Services in this wonderful musical tribute to honor soldiers. Though this event is free to attend, they recommend you reserve your spot by registering online.

We wouldn’t have Memorial Day Weekend without those who are in service or who have served in the US military, so please: thank a soldier you know or any that you see!

For transportation to and around any of the above mentioned cities, don’t forget to visit GotoBus.com to book your bus tickets!

Top American St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Green Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a day celebrated throughout the world both by those of Irish descent and those who just want to have a good time. Look for the masses of green as March 17 approaches and we guarantee you will find the biggest hotspots around!

If you’re looking to go out and about this St. Patty’s, there’s nothing better than attending a parade! GotoBus is here to provide the trip ideas and information as well as transportation: in addition to letting you know the top parade spots across the U.S., we’ve also included the latest weather reports from The Weather Channel to help on the planning.

 

Boston, Massachusetts

Sunday, March 16, 1:00pm: Between spectators and those watching on television, this parade is seen by nearly one million people every year. The parade starts by West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue in South Boston– known as “Southie” to locals- and loops around the city. For the best map of the parade route, click here.

  • This parade is considered one of the largest in the country, and this year marks its 113th year.
  • Sunday’s weather is predicted to reach 37 degrees with wind gusts at 13 mph, so bring a coat, but don’t bundle up too much.

Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, March 15, 12:00pm: This year’s parade starts on Balbo and Columbus. For a map of the parade, view their parade website.

  • The tradition of River Dyeing has been occurring for over 40 years. According to the parade site, the coloring of the Chicago River starts at 10:00am and “can be best viewed from the East side of the bridge at Columbus Drive or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Columbus and Lake Shore Drive. This is a new location due to construction taking place this year.”
  • Saturday’s Chicago forecast appears to be partly cloudy with a high of 38 degrees, some wind, and a 10% chance of rain. Truly, we are finally headed into spring.

New York, New York

Monday, March 17, 11:00am: Approximately 250,000 march in the parade in front of an estimated crowd of 1 million. The parade route goes down 5th Avenue, starting at 44th Street and ending at 79th Street. If you cannot attend and wish to watch on TV, turn to NBC Channel 4 in New York or watch the live stream here.

  • Considered the oldest parade in the country, the NYC parade started in 1762. 2014 marks its 252nd year.
  • Monday’s weather is expected to hover around 32 degrees, with wind and a chance of rain. Stay warm and dry!

Savannah, Georgia

Monday, March 17, 10:15am: Line up along the parade route or find bleacher seating to participate in the fun! For maps of the routes and how to find the bleachers, please visit the official parade website.

  • This year is the 190th anniversary of this parade.
  • With a 30% chance of rain Monday and wind gusts around 18 mph, the weather forecast is not looking too promising. Bundle up and bring your umbrellas- we guarantee everyone will still be celebrating!

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Saturday, March 15, 11:45am: This parade has around 12,000 participants, and starts on Wyoming Avenue and Mulberry Street. For a map of the parade route, visit their website.

  • Celebrating its 52nd year, the Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade started in 1962.
  • Saturday’s weather is predicted to be partly cloudy and reach a “springy” 49 degrees. This parade is looking to be the warmest of the bunch!

 

Whether you’re Irish or not, strap on your green clothing and accessories and join in on the fun. For transportation to any of these fun cities, book your bus tickets today on GotoBus.com!

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
Boston skyline
  • 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
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!

New Service from State College, PA to NYC!

Times Square, New York City

You asked and we listened!

By popular demand, GotoBus is now offering busses from State College, PA, to New York City. Students from Penn State, Juniata College, and any of the surrounding areas can now travel to the Big Apple more easily than ever thanks to this new service provided by A Top Bus. Whether you’re headed home for a break or just want to spend a weekend in the city, visit GotoBus.com and book your bus to New York City!

Busses run once or twice every day except Wednesday and start at just $30. As always, we at GotoBus are here to provide you with the most affordable and convenient travel options available, and this new route is another notch in our belt!

Don’t forget that GotoBus has made it easier than for you to plan your next trip with the GotoBus Mobile Site. Simply visit GotoBus.com from your smartphone and book quickly and simply.

Happy travels!

It’s Wintertime in the City!

Balloons

Thanksgiving and the rest of the winter holiday season are on our doorstep, and for those who revel in winter festivities, there is no destination like New York City! So for those headed to the Northeast in the coming months, we’ve compiled a list of awesome and fun things to do and see with family and friends. Remember to book your bus to New York as far in advance as possible, as seats sell out quickly, and shows are booked early!

Here are our picks for the best of NYC’s famous winter attractions:

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: November 28, 9:00am

Now in its 87th year, this spectacular parade is viewed by nearly 50 million people at home and in the streets annually. A staple of the holiday season, its famous balloons have served as plot devices on both Seinfeld and Friends. New balloon additions this year include Finn and Jake from Adventure Time as well as a special 75th-Anniversary Wizard of Oz balloon that is more than three stories high and has 90 handlers. This year’s floats include the new Dreidel balloon-vehicle as well as a Cirque du Soleil performance float and the classic “Big Apple” collection of New York landmarks. The NYPD Marching Band, among others, will be providing music. As always, the parade will end with Santa riding down the road and ushering in the Christmas season. If you want to go see the parade in person, you will need to get into the city well before the 9:00am start time to secure a spot on the sidewalk.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular: November 8 – December 30

If you grew up anywhere near New York City, you’ve probably seen this world-famous show multiple times. It began in 1933 and has since become a staple of the NYC holiday season. It features more than 140 performers and includes live animals, but its most well-known act is the Rockettes dance troupe and their renown kickline. The perfect treat for wide-eyed children, this show tells the story of Santa’s journey around the world on Christmas Eve. Tickets for November performances are as low as $39 a head, but the closer the show date is to December 25 itself, the more expensive tickets get, so starting your holiday a little early could be both a fun and cost-effective way to spend a weekend in the city.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

It’s been featured everywhere from Futurama to Serendipity and is at the heart of one of New York’s most famous landmarks. The ice-skating rink at Rockefeller Center is a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike and offers a one-of-a-kind winter experience. Admission to the rink is $15 for children under the age of 11 and seniors and $27 for adults plus $12 per person if renting skates (though guests are more than welcome to bring their own). Special rates are available by reservation for groups of 15 or more. This is a favorite winter-date activity as well!

The 2013 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting: December 4, 7:00pm

This star-studded event completes the ambiance of holiday fervor that settles over New York City during December. The lighting of the tree has been a yearly event since 1933 and is broadcast nationwide. The tree is selected very carefully, and in the past has come from as far away as Ottawa (although usually it is from somewhere in the American Northeast). The tree averages just over 70 feet, and is covered in more than five miles of lights. The star at the top is nine-and-a-half feet in diameter and weighs in at just over a quarter-ton. Like most events in New York, those who wish to attend should arrive well before the official start time if they hope to get a good seat for the ceremony itself.

So bundle up and enjoy the cheer! The most wonderful time of the year is on the doorstep, and New York is ready to celebrate.

Welcome Back to School!

Back to school 2013It’s that time of year once again: Parents have waved their teary goodbyes, dorms have been sufficiently furnished, and classes have started. As students settle anew into life away from home, budgeting slowly makes its way into the forefront of their minds.

If, like College students across the country, living on a budget is stressing you out, get ready for some relief: GotoBus.com is here to help. We’ve assembled some of our favorite tips for living a low-cost lifestyle with the minimum amount of grief, allowing you to concentrate on the things that really matter.

  1. Don’t Look Down on Hand-Me-Downs: While there’s something to be said for that new-fabric smell, the value of secondhand items can’t be beat! Most places, especially cities, have an abundance of high-quality secondhand stores like Goodwill, and for those that don’t, there’s always Craigslist. Remember to ask friends and family to tell you before throwing housewares and furniture out– a free set of silverware or bookshelf is truly the cheapest out there.
  2. Eat in, Not Out: While ordering a pizza can be tempting on those tired weeknights, those of you who have access to a kitchen should make as much use of it as possible. Why spend more than $20 for two pizzas when you could make your own for only a few bucks? Friends can help split up both cooking duties and grocery costs as well. Invite people over for a cooking party, and have enough home-made food to last for days!
  3. Buy Used Books: This may seem obvious, but it’s one of the most important tips out there. Not only should you buy your books used, often web sites like Amazon and eBay will have even cheaper used book prices than your school’s bookstore. Older editions are cheaper than new as well, and often the changes from edition to edition are minor, especially in liberal arts majors. If you’re thorough about your price-checking, you can save massive amount on this normally-astronomical expense.
  4. Go Places with GotoBus.com: Whether you’re heading home for the holidays or off to spend a weekend away with friends, there is no better budget-friendly way to plan your bus trip than with GotoBus. Our bus vendors offer cheap and convenient services to major cities all over the country. With more than 80 departure cities, you and your friends can easily plan a budget friendly weekend getaway taking a bus to New York City! And now you can book your bus tickets more quickly and conveniently than ever with the GotoBus Mobile Site. Our new mobile format is optimized for your smartphones, meaning you can even book cheap tickets with your favorite service provider on the go!

So stop fretting and start saving! Whether you’re shopping for furniture or humoring Mom and Dad with a weekend visit, you can have peace of mind and concentrate on that first exam without having to worry about your budget. Welcome back, and good luck in the coming school year from GotoBus.com!

It is America’s Birthday

Each year, people all over the country celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, barbecues, parades, carnivals, and more. It is America’s birthday. It is a time ti celebrate and get to know the country a little better; just hop on a bus and go!

4th of July celebrations are uniquely experienced throughout the different parts of the country. No matter where you are planning your 4th of July getaway, GotoBus.com brings you the most affordable bus travel you can find. Hop on a bus with your friends and travel to New York City or historic Washington DC for the weekend. It is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday, and explore the activities the city has to offer!


If you are planning to visit the Big Apple, don’t miss the re-opening of the Statue of Liberty. After eight months of reparation caused by Hurricane Sandy, the symbol of freedom makes its triumphant return, appropriately, this 4th of July!

For those travelers looking to join the traditional Boston Fireworks over the Charles River, bus fares with Yo!Bus start at only $13. This year, the Boston Pop Orchestra will feature Ayla Brown, Howie Day, Susan Tedeschi, and The Tanglewood Festival Chorus.


At GotoBus.com we want everyone to experience ‘America the Beautiful’ no matter the budget. When you book your bus tickets online, don’t forget you can add a hotel booking and get an additional 5% off.

To find more bus routes, bus tours, and hotels for the Fourth of July weekend visit GotoBus.com.

This Father’s Day, Be Child of the Year!

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we have a few ideas to help you get Dad the be present: you! We understand that you may be away at college, live far from home, or simply just don’t want to do that long car ride alone. What if we told you we know how you can see your dad, save money, and avoid driving?

Booking a bus ticket with GotoBus is the cheapest and easiest way to make that trip for Dad. If you really want to be ‘child of the year,’ you could even take your dad on a weekend getaway. When you book your bus tickets you can add a hotel booking and get 5% off.

To make planning your journey even easier, we’re sharing some of the great hotels we offer in the most-visited cities:
New York City
Los Angeles
Los Vegas
Washington DC
Orlando

To find more bus routes, tours, and hotels for Father’s Day visit GotoBus.com.

Yo!Bus launches new service between Philadelphia and New York City

New York to and from Philadelphia is one of the most traveled routes in the northeast corridor. Don’t you wish there was an affordable travel option that was also safe and included all of your favorite amenities? Well… now there is!

Yo!Bus is a new low cost option for travelers between NY and PHI. Service officially starts December 18th from their New York departure at 3 Pike St. Starting at just $12 ($10 promotional price) you can kick back and relax aboard a modern coach as you are carried away to a conveniently located dropoff location. Yo!Bus is a collaborative effort from Greyhound and Peter Pan Bus Lines.

New York Bus to Philadelphia – Only $12 oneway!

Philadelphia Bus to New York Bus – Only $12 oneway!

Shop ’til your heart’s content at Woodbury Commons!

Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets is one of the largest outlet shopping centers in the entire world. So large in fact, that trolleys are used to transport shoppers from different points within the color coded megaplex. The world renowned shopping experience attracts tourists from all over. Arriving guests are greeted not only in English, but also Japanese, Spanish, French and Portuguese!

New York City to Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets – From $20
Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets to New York City – From $20

Woodbury Commons

The sheer size of Woodbury Commons is stunning, but the real attraction is the prices. Hundreds of the world’s most popular brands can be found at true discount prices! Combine this savings with a $20 one-way ticket, and you’ve got a super-saver shopping spree!