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)!

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Dear Winter, We’re Over You!

winter

Is it just us here at GotoBus, or does it seem like nothing is going on, anywhere? We’ve reached the end of February, and winter doesn’t look like it’s ready to be over any time soon. Though it’s been nice to spend some time wrapped up like a burrito in our warmest blankets, drinking hot cocoa, and watching Netflix, we’d love to get out and have a good time. So we spent some time searching the internet, trying to find exciting upcoming events in some of the best cities in the country to help you get some ideas for trips and activities so you can enjoy yourself despite the cold weather. All you need to do is head over to GotoBus.com to book bus tickets and hotel packages in any of the cities around the country where we have routes. Don’t forget, booking round-trip bus tickets with the same bus vendor will usually give you additional discounts too!

San Francisco, California

Avengers Assemble! The Marvel Experience live show is currently touring the country, and from February 27th to March 22nd, it will set up shop in lovely San Francisco. Held in a large inflatable dome in the parking lot of AT&T Park – a baseball stadium that sits right on the bay where the Giants play their home games – this event mixes the best elements of a theme park (exciting rides, actors dressed as superheroes) and a comic book convention (interactive exhibits). For a few hours, you’ll get to fight alongside the Avengers, joining Earth’s mightiest heroes like Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk in a struggle with the most notorious super-villains from the Marvel Universe. For more information on this event that is guaranteed to entertain guests young and old, visit the Marvel Experience’s official website. Los Angeles to San Francisco bus tickets start at $35 one-way.

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Chicago, Illinois

If you live in the Midwest, you probably don’t want to spend too much time outside right now. That’s why winter is a perfect time to appreciate fine art. Chicago is blessed to have one of the most prestigious museums in the world, the Art Institute. Fans of classic 80’s teen comedies will remember this museum from a scene in the classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when the title character and his friends visit while they skip school. In addition to collections that represent various cultures from around the world – including large wings dedicated to Asian, European, and African-American art – it houses works by many painters who are considered masters of their craft, like Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet, whose iconic Water Lilies is one of the true gems in this facility. Some of the temporary exhibits currently running at the Art Institute include Byzantine-Greek mosaics, paintings from the era of Spanish colonialism in the Andes Mountains region, Islamic art, and much more. Browse the Art Institute’s website for a full list of the permanent collections, temporary exhibits, and all the other information you could need. Be sure to reserve yours soon since, since New York to Chicago bus tickets are as little as $40 one-way!

The Art Institute of Chicago

New York, New York

Chinese New Year is a celebration to mark the end of the Chinese lunar calendar. This year is dedicated to the goat (or ram/sheep). Each animal in the Chinese zodiac is assigned lucky directions, and East is one of those for the goat. New York City, the cultural capital of the East Coast is home to one of the largest, busiest Chinatown districts in the country, and puts on a celebration to match. Though the official date of the New Year was February 19th, the festivities last for over 2 weeks, so you can see marvelous displays of traditional paper lanterns strung above the streets. In this popular Manhattan neighborhood, you will also be able to find some of the best Chinese restaurants in the country, which will drive any foodie crazy with delight. Washington DC to New York City bus tickets start at $21 a ticket.

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GotoBus.com strives to be the top online marketplace for affordable bus travel across the country. We want to provide you with a hassle-free travel experience from the minute you book your tickets to after you’ve checked out of your hotel. Visit our website for a complete list of destinations. Good luck with the rest of winter and stay warm!

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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!

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Columbus Day Celebrations on the East Coast

Mayflower

Compared to other holidays, Columbus Day is somewhat low-key. Many people use the long weekend to travel with their families, allowing for a nice break in the middle of fall. Most major cities around the country host a parade to honor Christopher Columbus, who in 1492, discovered what we now know as America. What exciting news will you bring back from your travels? Below, we have described the Columbus Day celebrations going on at some of the most-visited cities in the country, along with other events happening over the course of the weekend.

New York City

New York City’s annual parade gets far less coverage than the much larger St. Patrick’s Day Parade or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and though there are no balloons depicting beloved cartoon characters, this parade is a fun way to experience the city without having to deal with excessive chaos. It begins with a 9:30am mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, before the parade ends at 11:30, marching down the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 44th and 72nd Streets. The parade ends near Central Park, which always provides fun exploration opportunity. If you head to the Flatiron District, bring your kids to the four day grand opening of the brand new Lego Store location. They will be hosting fun activities here all weekend, like building a 20-foot tall replica of the Statue of Liberty.

New York City Columbus Day Parade

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. does not host a parade on Columbus Day, but it does host a special ceremony each year at the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain, located in Union Station Plaza. Representatives from the embassies of Spain and Italy, as well as members of the public, lay wreathes at the base of the statue in his honor. Members from local chapters of the Knights of Columbus are always in attendance, while many other organizations, such as the US Army and Navy, have also taken part in the past. The statue itself is worth examining for its symbolism. Standing in front of the depiction of Columbus himself is a winged-figure, a depiction of “Discovery,” while two men, an old one and a Native American, are positioned on either side, representing the “old world” and the “new world.” If you’re around DC for Columbus Day weekend, be sure to catch this ceremony. On the 11th and 12th, you should also stop by the Taste of DC, a street festival that takes up five blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue, offering local eateries a chance to showcase some of their best-tasting dishes, which lasts from noon to 7pm both days.

Christopher Columbus Fountain - Washington, D.C.

Boston

For those of you heading to Boston this Columbus Day, the North End hosts the liveliest events. Though Columbus sailed for Spain, he was originally born in Genoa, Italy. Because of this, Columbus Day in this country often serves the dual-role of being an Italian-American pride day. Boston’s annual parade runs through the heart of the North End, the city’s historically Italian neighborhood, ending in the appropriately named Christopher Columbus Park, where there will live music, games, and other activities, like a storyteller, magician, and juggler to entertain children. Once the parade is over, head down any one of the narrow streets of the North End to explore one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city, where you will find some of the best restaurants around.

North End, Boston

Wherever you wish to go this Columbus Day weekend, GotoBus is always ready to help you get there! Visit GotoBus.com to find out more information regarding schedules and rates.

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Unique Labor Day Weekend Ideas

Beach sunset

Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, making it the last chance for many to take advantage of the weather and their time off from work or school. But the traditional vacation itinerary of jetting off to a private, secluded island to drink cocktails on the beach is a little cliche, not to mention out of the average traveler’s budget. There are all sorts of unique events around the country on Labor Day Weekend, and GotoBus.com offers affordable rates to get you wherever you wish to go. Below, we’ve listed some one-of-a-kind cultural events in a few of our favorite cities:

  

Boston, Massachusetts

International Bacon Day (August 31st)

*Sizzle*. Is that the sound of the summer sun burning your skin? No! It’s the sound of succulent strips of bacon cooking on a skillet. International Bacon Day, observed annually on the Saturday before Labor Day, was first established in 2000 by residents of nearby Bedford, MA. While there is no official events commemorating the most delicious holiday, why not take a trip to Boston, the largest city near Bacon Day’s birthplace, and partake in some bacon-filled dishes at any number of the city’s excellent restaurants or food trucks?

Boston Arts Festival

This annual festival, held in Christopher Columbus Park, showcases the best of local visual and performance art. Artists set up kiosks to sell their work, while some kind of performance is always happening. Previous festivals have held exhibits on glassblowing, wood carving, painting, and much more. Many artists also hold workshops on these techniques, allowing visitors to participate and learn firsthand the skills required to, for instance, blow glass. On the second night, the festival is concluded with an impressive fireworks display over Boston Harbor. More information is available on the city of Boston’s website.

 
New York, New York

Labor Day Carnival

New York’s major Labor Day celebration – a.k.a. the West Indian-American Carnival – is an annual festival in Brooklyn that attracts anywhere between one to three million participants each year. The main event is the parade, in which groups representative of the numerous Caribbean Islands (Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, etc.) march down the Eastern Parkway, adorned with splendid, vibrant clothing of their native land. The parade is only part of the overall carnival, with various musical and artistic performances rounding out the bill. You can find the entire schedule for the carnival here.

NYC Unicycle Festival

This has got to be one of the more interesting themes for a festival. Each year on Governor’s Island, participants and spectators gather for two days full of one-wheeled fun. There are races and other competitions, world-famous cyclists giving exhibitions of their tricks, and games of basketball and hockey played entirely on unicycles. While you don’t need to know how to ride a unicycle to enjoy the festival, you will not find a better place to learn how. Find out all you need to know and more about the NYC UniFest from its official website.
 
San Francisco, California

Colorfest

A special feature for Summer 2014 at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, an incredible museum whose goal is to “explain how the world works,” Colorfest is a collection of exhibits that all deal with how the human eye interacts with color. With over thirty exhibits, including laser demonstrations, an examination of color in the Mayan world, and a lecture on color in chemistry, there is no shortage of information to interest you. Colorfest is an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about a topic that we generally do not think about too often.

  

Labor Day Weekend is swiftly approaching, so you do not want to miss your chance to experience something new and different. Book tickets through GotoBus.com to find your perfect price and get on your way!

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Make Your July 4th POP!

July 4 fireworks

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

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

 

 

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – Boston, Massachusetts

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

 

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

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

 

Fireworks at the Navy Pier – Chicago, Illinois

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

 

Americafest at the Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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NYTiger adds new routes from NYC to Virginia Beach!

Virginia Beach

Need a break from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan? The newest route from NY Tiger can get you away to the lovely beaches of the Chesapeake! With 2 departures daily, this convenient service from New York to Virginia Beach is only $35 one-way. Buses are already up and running, so head on over to GotoBus.com to book your transportation ASAP.

If for some reason you need more incentive to visit this beautiful area, here is a selection of some fun Virginia Beach activities going on this summer that you won’t want to miss.

 

 

Mount Trashmore Summer Carnival

Friday, May 30 – Tuesday, June 24

This traditional summer carnival has it all: food, rides, and games for all ages. Admission and parking are free, and wristbands for unlimited ride admission range from $12 to $20, depending on the day. Nothing says summer quite like throwing a dart at a bunch of balloons with attempting to eat funnel cake without covering yourself in powdered sugar. If that sounds like your kind of party, bring the whole family!

Oceana Naval Air Station Tours

Weekdays except July 4 and September 2

This military airport is home to an impressive collection of nearly 300 fighter jets. Guests can get up close to some amazing aircraft that can’t be seen elsewhere. Guided tours of the facility are approximately two-and-a-half hours long from start to finish. Please note that proper photo identification is required to enter for those over the age of 16. Backpacks are not allowed in the building.

Friday Night Hoedown

Fridays from 7:00pm – 10:00pm until October 31

This fun event at the Virginia Beach Farmers’ Market is great for the whole family! Bring a blanket and chairs, strap on your dancing shoes, and enjoy some good live country and bluegrass music! For a complete schedule of the summer Hoedowns, be sure to check out their calendar.

Ocean Breeze Waterpark

Opens at 10:00am daily until September 1

Located just 2 miles from Virginia Beach’s oceanfront, this park features more than 16 waterslides, a wave pool, and a dedicated children’s area. It’s the only waterpark in Virginia Beach, so those looking for a little summer thrill should check it out! Admission is $25 for kids under 10 and $33 for adults. Both children under two years and parking are free.

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm

With over 800 thousand gallons of sea life, this aquarium is considered one of the best in the country. The two main areas, the Marsh Pavilion and the Bay & Ocean Pavilion, are home to more than 12,000 animals! The aquarium also has exhibits for birds such as the majestic great horned owl and lizards, including a komodo dragon! Admission is $15 for children under 11 and $22 for adults.

Beaches

And of course, you can’t visit Virginia Beach without checking out the many beaches that give the town its name! Lifeguards are on duty through mid-September.

 

 

Already checking your calendar to see when you can escape to Virginia Beach? Don’t forget, you can combine bus and hotel bookings using the GotoBus Package Deal to save an additional 10%. Book your trip today!

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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!

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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!

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Fun February Events

Traveling

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.
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