Veterans Day Happenings

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Veterans Day Happenings
Veterans Day Celebration

On Wednesday, November 11, the United States will celebrate Veterans Day, a holiday held in honor of its citizens who served in the Armed Forces. While Memorial Day in May honors those who gave their lives serving their country, Veterans Day is meant to show appreciation for those men and women who are still living. If you are not a veteran yourself, odds are that you know someone who is, whether they are a family member, a friend, a coworker, or even the barista at your local coffee shop. Veterans are all over the place, but when they’re out of uniform, there’s no way to distinguish them from regular civilians. That is why a holiday like this is so important: it gives us a chance to realize that we are surrounded by brave people who are willing to put everything on the line for the safety of our country. So, if you see someone in uniform on Wednesday, make sure to thank them! Below, we’ve included some events happening and ways to contribute in various cities across the country that will be held in honor of Veterans Day.

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the number one place to go if you want to join in the festivities to honor veterans. The main event in D.C. each year is the Concert for Valor, a huge musical event held on the National Mall. The event is always able to book some of the music industry’s biggest names, but this year’s lineup is going to be something special! The performers include indie-rock duo the Black Keys; “the Boss” himself, Bruce Springsteen; former American Idol winners Carrie Underwood; Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson; Dave Grohl, former drummer of Nirvana and current lead singer of the Foo Fighters; superstar rapper Eminem; legendary thrash-metal group Metallica; and, last but not least, Rihanna, a pop sensation and fashion icon. The show starts at 7 PM and is free to attend!

Arlington National Cemetery is a beautiful area to visit at any point during the year, but on Veterans Day, there are several ceremonies held around the grounds. Among them will be the 17th annual Women’s Military Memorial Service, held in honor of the brave women who have served in the military. These days, there are many people who question whether women have a place in the military, so it’s refreshing to see these brave ladies getting the recognition they deserve!

D.C. is also filled with war memorials and monuments, and each one has a different ceremony scheduled to honor its veterans, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the United States Marine Corps Memorial.

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Chicago

Soldier Field is the home of Chicago’s NFL team, the Bears. It was named in honor of the fallen soldiers in World War I. At 11 AM on Veterans Day, there will be a special ceremony at Gate 0. Then after that, head up to Navy Pier, one of the city’s most entertaining areas. There are several restaurants where you can get a delicious bite to eat, a Ferris wheel that offers an amazing view of the city’s skyline, Lake Michigan cruises that leave from the docks, and much more!

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New York City

The Big Apple hosts the annual America’s Parade each Veterans Day, the largest celebration of veterans in the country. This event gets a lot of media coverage, and this year, it will be broadcast on television and live streamed on the internet, so you can watch from anywhere in the world as wave after wave of service men and women march up Fifth Avenue. There will be over 250 groups and 20,000 people marching in the parade. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 10 AM near Madison Square Park, and the parade will follow at 11:25.

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New York City’s Veterans Day

Los Angeles

The Battleship USS Iowa Museum is located inside a retired Navy vessel in Los Angeles Harbor. The boat itself was an important ship in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Every year, it holds a Veterans Appreciation ceremony that lasts 4 days. Beginning on November 8th, visitors will not only get the chance to honor veterans, but also learn about the history of this famous ship. There will also be a Veterans Day commemoration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, which will include live musical performances, a display of military vehicles, a flyover with real military aircraft, and more. The program begins at 11 AM.

Veterans Day Happenings
Battleship USS, Iowa

Boston

It is a sad truth that after completing their service to the country, many veterans are unable to find jobs as civilians and end up on the streets. If you’re going to be in Beantown on the 11th, please consider volunteering at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans at 17 Court Street, where you will help serve meals to over 250 men and women who found themselves in an unfortunate position after their service. Volunteers must register with the organization ahead of time, so give the NECHV a call or visit their website to fill out the necessary form. This isn’t a once-a-year event, either: the Center does this every day, and it can always use volunteers!

Veterans Day Happenings
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These are only a small sample of the countless Veterans Day parades, ceremonies, and events that are scheduled for November 11th. Whether you live in the biggest of cities or the smallest of towns, there is sure to be an event near you, so head out and show some appreciation for these courageous veterans. And, as always, if you need to make any travel arrangements, visit GotoBus.com!

Horrifying Halloween Traveling

Have you had a horrifying Halloween traveling experience? No worries, we got you

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!

Horrifying Halloween Traveling

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!

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11
New York City, NY

Never Forget – Remembering 9/11

On September 11th, people all across the United States, and the world will solemnly remember the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. This was a moment of great pain, confusion, anger, and sadness for all living in the country at the time, and its impact was felt around the world. Remembering 9/11 is to honor the memory of the innocent lives lost, especially those of the brave men and women of New York’s police and fire departments who selflessly put their own lives on the line to save as many people as they could.

All over the place, you will see the words “Never Forget” proudly displayed. And Americans have not.

New York has been busy rebuilding at Ground Zero, the name for the site of the attacks. There is now a beautiful 9/11 Memorial, two recessed fountains in the ground where the twin towers of the original World Trade Center once stood. Walls of water cascade down the sides of the fountains and into pits in the center. Around the sides of both fountains, you can read the names of all the people who lost their lives in the towers. As you read the names, what will strike you is the diversity of their origins: it was not just Americans who were lost.

The centerpiece of the new constructions at Ground Zero is One World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower, which will take over the functions of the old towers. At a height of 1,776 feet, the new tower surpasses the height of the previous two, making it the tallest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere. The Freedom Tower is a testament to the resilience of the United States, proof that it is a country full of good people who work together to pull themselves out of the depths of sadness and pain to build something greater.

For those of you in New York City on Friday, September 11th, there are a number of memorial services being held. You can find the hours of operation for the memorial and museum on the official website and reserve tickets ahead of time.

For those who live in other parts of the country, you can honor the memory of the fallen by donating to any number of charities that were established in the aftermath of that day. Click here for a detailed list of the many different charity organizations.

Never forget.

Kick Back on a Cool Trip Before Returning to Campus

 

Kick Back on a Cool Trip Before Returning to Campus
Back to School

Are you excited to return to campus? but before doing so, kick back on a cool trip!

Unless you spent the past few months at a research station in Antarctica, you will have probably noticed that we’re in the dog days of summer when the weather is at its muggiest, and the next school year is looming overhead like a dark shadow. Yikes! Pretty soon, all you college students out there will be saying bye to Mom, Dad, and your friends from back home, and either returning to your buddies on campus or heading there for the first time. It’s such a fun, yet challenging experience. At GotoBus, we think we’ve got a great idea: why don’t you grab a few of your friends together to set out on an affordable trip to one of the country’s best cities? There are so many hip activities happening all over, from music festivals to interactive exhibits at museums and more. We’ll be happy to help you kick back on a cool trip before returning to campus with a few last-minute event suggestions occurring across the U.S.A.

San Francisco

The Palace of Fine Arts is an absolutely beautiful monument, originally built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition. These days, it hosts art exhibits and other events, but any groups going to San Francisco should check out some of the games the facility hosts, such as scavenger hunts, which are fun for families, and friends. For a more intensive game that will test how well you and your friends can work together as a team, reserve tickets for the Great Houdini Escape Room. This puzzle challenge was originally designed by Harry Houdini himself, the most famous illusionist of all time, for the 1915 Exhibition, and is now celebrating its 100th year. Your group will have 80 minutes to solve a series of puzzles in an effort to get out. Keep in mind that only about 25 percent of teams are successful, so be sure to call your smartest friends!

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NYC Summers- Fun in The City!

New York City

New York, New York! No matter what time of year you visit this sprawling city, there will always be an endless series of events happening, but in summer, things really take off. Whether you’re rolling like a queen through Queens, chilling with the hipsters in Brooklyn, or living luxuriously in Manhattan, you’ll always be able to find free concerts, outdoor movie screenings, hip rooftop parties, and so much more.

GotoBus.com is a leading online marketplace where customers can book bus tickets, as well as hotel accommodations and more, from one convenient location. We also understand the importance of traveling on a tight budget, and we make it our goal to cater to the needs of such customers. And we just can’t get enough of NYC. We think it’s easily one of the most exciting cities in the whole world, so we’re always trying to sing its praises and convince people to visit. Below, we’ve compiled a short list of some events happening in the Big Apple over the next few months, making sure to throw in some that are totally free of charge, so you can enjoy the your vacation while still having plenty of money left over for souvenirs.

Shakespeare in the Park

There is a great deal to said about the fact that the iconic plays of William Shakespeare, who was alive about hundreds of years ago, are still performed today. They really prove that art contains a timeless power to reach people across time and cultures. Shakespeare in the Park, in its 53rd year, is held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, is free (you just have to wait in line for a ticket), and runs continuously through the summer until August 23rd. This year, the park will be putting on Cymbeline, a story about a British king and his daughter. Shakespeare in the Park could potentially offer some odd surprises and quirks to theater-goers: in the past, weather-related issues have forced performances to stop-and-start at random intervals, and occasionally, some of the park’s local wildlife have made it onstage for a cameo. Boston, another city with a vibrant theatrical community, is only a few hours away. Book your bus tickets from Boston to New York starting at $18 one way!

Central Park, New York City

Swimming & More!

If you’re getting too hot, the city has about 14 miles of beaches that are loaded with activities. Take Coney Island, for example, an iconic landmark in Brooklyn, where you will find a lively boardwalk, a thrilling amusement park, and a huge cast of interesting characters. Nearby, you can also choose to go to Brighton Beach, an area traditionally filled with Russian immigrants, and Rockaway Beach, preferred by the hip, cool, and young since the Ramones named a song after it. On the New York’s Parks Department website, you view a list of the free outdoor pools in the city. Book bus tickets from Washington DC to New York for as little as $21 one-way to escape all that heated political debate!

Coney Island

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Do you ever find yourself daydreaming about the “Roaring 20s,” rereading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby (or watched the Leonardo DiCaprio movie) over and over, and dressing up in your zoot-suit or flapper gown for a night of swing dancing? Or, instead, do you find that you don’t understand any of those references? Either way, you should check out this Jazz Age Lawn Party, an exciting outdoor event on Governor’s Island, scheduled for the weekend of August 15th. You’ll be able to dance the Charleston, Lindy Hop, or a bunch of other dance styles that you’ve never heard of (don’t worry: there will be people there to help teach you!). Tickets for the party start at $35. Chicago is another city with a deep history in the Prohibition Era, so this would be a great way for visitors from that area to connect to their own local history. Book your bus tickets from Chicago to New York for as little as $60 one-way.

Jazz Age Lawn Party, NYC

Waterfight NYC

Ready, aim, fire! When was the last time you were in a water-gun battle? Most of you probably couldn’t remember anything more specific than “When I was a kid.” And you know what? That’s lame! Water-guns are a blast (get it?) for all ages. This is obvious to the organizers of Waterfight NYC, an annual free-for-all water-fight welcome to all. Though the exact time of this event have yet to be revealed, we know that on July 25th, a massive crowd (last year, thousands of participants unleashed their battle cries!) will gather on Central Park’s Great Lawn for this ultimate showdown, the water-gun battle to end all water-gun battles. This event is free to attend; you just need to remember to arm yourself with finest in Nerf technology. Book your bus tickets from Atlanta to New York starting at just $35 one-way.

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GotoBus is always happy to assist its customers in their quest to find affordable bus rates and accommodations wherever they wish to go. There are many other popular cities from where you can start your journey and grab your bus tickets to New York City. With our help, you will also be able to find thousands of routes to destinations across the USA, as well as a select few in Canada and Mexico. With more added each week, there’s always somewhere new to visit, whether you want to live large and in charge in the Big Apple, or have your heart set elsewhere. Visit GotoBus.com now to find your dream summer vacation. Have a great summer and happy travels!

4th of July is Only Two Weeks Away!

4th of July

Now that schools around the country are starting to let out for the summer, you may only just be realizing that the 4th of July is about 2 weeks away! Crazy, right? Summer is the time to have some fun, travel, and visit your friends and family out of town. 4th of July is a long weekend, and it’s the perfect time to do just that. Visit GotoBus.com ASAP to book your bus tickets out of town for all of the holiday festivities before they sell out! Here are some fun suggestions to check out in some of the most popular cities around the country during America’s birthday weekend:

 

Washington, DC

Since the 4th of July is such a patriotic holiday, we thought it would be a good idea to start in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC! And what better way to do that than with a 4th of July fireworks show? Weather permitting, the show begins at 9pm from the Reflecting Pool area of the Washington Monument, but thankfully, you will be able to be see the show throughout many areas of Washington DC and Virginia. The best viewing spots tend to fill up very quickly, so be sure to arrive early. For tips and tricks on additional viewing areas and important information on road closures, please be sure to visit the official National Park Service website.

Did you know that DC’s National Zoo has free admission? You didn’t read that wrong, we said FREE admission. We know our customers are on a budget, and visiting this historic zoo is the perfect activity to kill some time instead of your wallet! One of the oldest zoos in the United States, it’s fitting that it is housed in our nation’s capital. The National Zoo has an impressive collection of animals such as pandas, elephants, butterflies, Komodo Dragons, Bald Eagles, and much more. It was even home to the original Smokey the Bear (“Only YOU can prevent forest fires!”). For more information on the zoo’s hours and events happening throughout the summer, visit their website.

Bus tickets from New York to Washington DC start at just $21 one-way.

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Boston, Massachusetts

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is known worldwide for its annual July 4th collaboration with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. This year’s festivities begin early when the gates open at 9:00AM on the 4th, though the actual concert doesn’t start until 8:30PM that evening, so please plan accordingly. This year, the featured performer along with the Boston Pops will be the Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, the third oldest drum and bugle corps in the country. This is shaping up to be another Boston Pops show to remember! If you are not a fan of big crowds or cannot make it to Boston for the ceremony, you can still catch the entire show broadcast on TV instead. For more information on Boston’s 4th of July celebrations, please visit the following website.

The Lawn on D is a new, interactive, outdoor activity area in South Boston, something with a fresh perspective for Beantown. There are always different “pop-up” events happening here, geared toward people of all ages. From adult-sized swing sets to Friday Night Flicks (FREE movie nights where they show classics like Jaws; need we say more?), the Lawn on D has something for everyone! Be sure to “like” the venue’s page on Facebook and sign up for the e-mail list to stay up-to-date with the constantly changing events. For more information on this amazing and fun new feature in Boston, check out Lawn on D’s website. Trust us, this is something you need to check out this summer!

Prices for bus tickets from New York to Boston begin at only $18 per person one- way!

Boston Pops

Chicago, Illinois

It looks like the place to be in Chicago for the 4th is the Navy Pier! Though you can see fireworks from this area twice a week, the show for Independence Day certainly promises to be an extra-special occasion. Synced to music, the fireworks will be displayed right above Lake Michigan and are scheduled to start at 9:30PM, but you will need to arrive early since a very large crowd is expected. If you would like to try something a little different and want to view the fireworks away from the crowds, be sure to check out the Navy Pier website, which also has information on taking fireworks cruises and fireworks tours!

Grant Park is a public park with more than 300 acres to explore, the perfect place to spend the day walking around or take time visiting one of its many features, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park (where Cloud Gate, a.k.a. “the bean,” is located), Buckingham Fountain, the Skating Ribbon, Petrillo Music Shell, Maggie Daley Park, and much more! To learn more about all the features included within Grant Park, visit the official website for Chicago’s Park District.

Bus tickets from New York to Chicago start at only $40 per person each way… what a great deal!

Chicago Navy Pier

New York, New York

Fourth of July wouldn’t seem complete without the annual fireworks show from Macy’s, and this year isn’t any different. Starting in 1976, the famous spectacle will once again be shown over the East River. There are many spots in The Big Apple to get a good view of the show, but you might want to get an early start to snag a spot. TimeOut New York has some great suggestions on the best places to view the fireworks, so you might want to check them out!

When we think of Coney Island, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the amusement park, but not for the 4th! On this day, something wonderful happens: a crowd gathers to witness the World-Famous Nathan’s International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Years ago, this contest started as a joke competition between some friends. Now, thousands of people watch this event in person, and it’s even broadcast live for the nation to see – truly considered one of the more bizarre “sporting” events of our time. Check out the event’s website for more information, including pictures and videos from past years.

You can grab bus tickets from Philadelphia to New York starting at just $12 a person – wow!

New York City

Las Vegas, Nevada

The great thing about Las Vegas is that since it’s the hub of entertainment 365 days a year, it won’t be difficult to find Independence Day celebrations in the area for the long holiday weekend. The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower will be setting off fireworks at 9:00PM, while Mandalay Bay’s celebrations not only include a fireworks display, but performances by the band 311 on July 3rd and July 4th. For more information on any of the 4th-themed events around Vegas, be sure to check out this website. We also recommend grabbing tickets to see Cirque du Soleil’s “O” show, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we promise you will never forget! To purchase discounted tickets for “O”, please click here.

Purchase bus tickets from Los Angeles to Las Vegas beginning at only $10 a person.

Las Vegas 4th of July

GotoBus is here to make your travel plans go as smoothly as possible. This year, it’s lucky that The 4th of July falls on a long weekend, so you might as well use that as an excuse to travel somewhere with that extra day off from work. So, what are you waiting for? Visit GotoBus.com now to book your bus tickets – and don’t forget, if you also need somewhere to stay overnight, you can book your bus tickets and hotel together to get even more of a discount. Enjoy the holiday, and please stay safe!

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

Have a Shamrockin’ Good Time This St. Patty’s Day

everyones irish on march 17

Top o’ the morning to ya! St. Patrick’s Day comes each year on March 17th, celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. In the 1800s, many Irish began to immigrate to the U.S., and, as a result, many Americans trace their heritage back to Ireland. All over the country, cities and towns host parades to showcase the pride and spirit of their Irish communities, from sprawling urban areas like Chicago to smaller towns off the beaten path like Rolla, Missouri. As they say, “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day!” so everyone is welcome to join in the festivities. Now, the only question that remains is where you will travel to celebrate this joyous occasion. Well, you couldn’t be luckier than if you plucked a four-leaf clover from the ground: GotoBus, the best place on the web to find affordable bus tickets, offers routes to cities all over the country. Since you can also book bus tickets and hotels together with just a few extra clicks to save even more money, there has never been an easier time to travel the country.

Boston

Of all the cities in the country, Boston is the most vocal about its Irish history. Even the city’s pro basketball team, the Celtics, borrowed its name and colors from this heritage. The neighborhood of South Boston (affectionately called “Southie”) will put on its annual parade on March 15th at 1PM. This year, because of the incredible volume of snowfall in the Northeast, the city of Boston has decided to run the parade along a shortened route, which will give you more time to enjoy yourself in one of Southie’s famous Irish pubs, like the L Street Tavern, made famous in the movie Good Will Hunting starring Boston natives Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. If you have a strong interest in U.S. history, especially from the 20th century, you should also be sure to head to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which will host a performance of the Irish Balladeers, a musical group that plays traditional Irish folk music. Bus tickets to Boston are available for the low price of just $18.

St Patrick's Day

New York

 

The country’s largest St. Patty’s Day parade is held in the heart of Manhattan (don’t tell Bostonians that NYC beat them!), which makes its way uptown along Fifth Avenue, a street known for its upscale shops and boutiques. The NYC parade takes pride in its history of not allowing over-the-top floats and other commercial aspects to take part in the parade, which helps preserve the magic and purity of the occasion. The festive events don’t end there, though, and tourist should be sure to partake in taking a stroll through the historically Irish neighborhoods of Manhattan. If you plan on staying in the city, head on over to the NYC Craft Beer Festival (March 13th and 14th at the Lexington Avenue Armory), where you’ll be able to taste an unlimited amount of beers from over 75 breweries, because what’s St. Patty’s Day without a nice, cold one? At GotoBus, tickets to New York City are available for as little as $21.

St Patrick's Day Parade New York City

 

San Francisco

If you’re looking to get out to the beautiful West Coast, but still want to deck yourself out all in green and shamrocks, then San Francisco is the destination for you. This year, they will hold their annual parade on Saturday, March 14th. After the parade, you should head over to the Irish Festival at the Joe Alioto Performing Arts Plaza, where you will be able to enjoy traditional music, dance, and a never-ending supply of beer – let’s hope they’ve stocked plenty of Guinness! There are also plenty of local pubs that are hosting parties with performances by DJs, folk singers, and Irish rockers that promise to keep the celebration going all night long. Tickets to San Francisco start for as little as $35

St Patrick's Day Parade

These cities are just a few of the options you have; other places around the country that host large parades and festivals include Chicago, Seattle, and San Diego. And guess what? GotoBus.com offers bus routes to all three of those cities, and many, many more! Book your tickets now to ensure that you and your family have the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Erin go bragh (Ireland forever)!

3… 2… 1… Happy New Year!

2015

Well, not quite yet, but the big night is right around the corner, and GotoBus is here to help you travel to some of the most exciting destinations across the country to close out 2014 with a bang.

As always, New York City will host its annual ball drop in Times Square, the largest New Year’s celebration in the world, which attracts an estimated one million spectators. From 6 PM to midnight, the streets are packed with people ready to turn the page to a new chapter in their lives, making resolutions for self-improvement, and seeking out that special someone for a New Year’s kiss. For decades, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve will host live musical performances. This year will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and feature the boy band One Direction and America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift.

If you’d like to avoid the crowd at the ball drop, there are a vast number of events and parties you can attend. Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is already one of the city’s most popular attractions, but on NYE it becomes even more exciting when it hosts a party among its wax figures, letting you “party with the stars.” The party includes a 4-D cinema, an open bar, appetizers, and entertainment that is appropriate for guests of all ages. In the museum, you will have access to the viewing gallery on the 54th floor of the Hyatt Tower, which provides an excellent point-of-view of the ball drop. This will let you enjoy the iconic celebration far above the crowded streets. Bus tickets to New York City start for as little as $20.

Times Square New Years Eve

Las Vegas is the only other city that can boast a New Year’s celebration as wild as New York’s. Celebrities love to join in the festivities here, so you could be sharing a champagne toast with one of your favorite stars! This year boasts some of the best live shows and concerts that Vegas has ever hosted. At the Chelsea, you can see the legendary Tony Bennett duet with the ever-inventive Lady Gaga. Listen to the greatest hits of Britney Spears as the pop-star performs at Planet Hollywood. For a laugh, check out Joel McHale, star of Community and host of The Soup, at the Mirage. Or perhaps, you want to ask the timeless question of “Turn Down for What?” with Lil Jon at Surrender Nightclub.

The point is, there are a near-endless amount of concerts, shows, and parties to choose from. Vegas is the place to be for NYE, baby! But don’t forget the best part: at midnight, the many casinos on the Las Vegas Strip host a synchronized fireworks display, illuminating the dark sky over the desert with a vibrant display of colors. Purchase your bus tickets to Las Vegas from Los Angeles now, for as little as $25.

Las Vegas New Years Eve

On GotoBus.com, we can also help you book hotels (save even more when booking your bus tickets and hotel stay at the same time!), so you can focus on what is really important on New Year’s Eve: partying

Thanksgiving Travel & Events

Thanksgiving

In 1620, the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, after a long, difficult voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from England. After barely surviving their first winter, they feasted after a successful harvest in the following year, sitting down with the local Native Americans who had helped them learn to farm in their new land. This celebration set the foundations for Thanksgiving in the United States, which became a national holiday during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.

While the story of the Pilgrims’ hard journey is an important piece of American history, one thing we can all be thankful for is the vast improvements in transportation since their time. Traveling long distances no longer takes multiple months, but only a few days, at most. This is important because Thanksgiving is such a busy time for traveling, with many people trying get to their families around the country. At GotoBus, we want to make it easy for everyone to travel in a relaxed but timely way. Below, we’ve listed some special Thanksgiving events happening in cities around the country. If you see something you like, head over to our website, and book your bus tickets now!

Presidential Turkey Pardon, Washington, DC

Each year since Harry Truman’s time in office, the president has been gifted a turkey on Thanksgiving. But in 1989, George Bush pardoned his turkey (the president has the power to pardon anyone convicted of a crime, allowing them to go without punishment). This act has been repeated annually on the front steps of the White House. This year’s turkey is still in need of a name, and everyone is encouraged to submit their ideas at this website, where they can also find links to the Ohio Poultry Association’s social media pages that post photos of the turkeys as the grow and prepare for Thanksgiving. In addition to this ceremony, there are plenty of other events in the Washington area. Visiting some of the major monuments and memorials in the city is a great way to show thankfulness for the many proud Americans who have helped make this country great! Bus tickets to Washington DC start around $20.

Obama Thanksgiving turkey Pardon

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York City

This annual march through Manhattan has been celebrated since the 1920s, and features giant inflatable balloons depicting beloved cartoon characters and various other floats. Some of the most popular balloons are icons like Snoopy, Pikachu, Spongebob Squarepants, Shrek, and many more. There are performances from notable pop musicians and celebrities, as well as a material from newly released Broadway shows. The parade has become as much of a celebration of American popular culture as it is about Thanksgiving, making it a perfect event for families with younger children, who will be absolutely thrilled and amazed to see giant versions of their favorite characters. It is one thing to watch the parade on television, but it’s another to witness firsthand the immense size of these balloons, many of which require up to 90 handlers. The parade runs for about 3 hours beginning at 9:00am on Thanksgiving morning. Make sure you’re in town for it by booking your bus tickets to New York, which can be found for as little as $18, as soon as possible!

Macy's Thanksgiving day parade

Black Friday in Barstow, California

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday, and it is become one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Stores nationwide have special markdown sales on some of their best items, and many open their doors from midnight to midnight. The Tanger Outlets in Barstow, California (about midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas), will open at 6:00am on Friday and have extended hours all weekend. Some of the Tangers’ most popular stores are offering amazing deals, like 50-75% off everything at the Gap Outlet! Visit the website to find an extensive list of the sales, and bus tickets to Barstow are available for around $30.

Black Friday

No matter where you plan on going for Thanksgiving this year, you are sure to find some great events around you. GotoBus.com is always happy to help you get there (and find a hotel, too!), so visit our website and book now. Have a happy and safe holiday!