U.S. Cities Prepare for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, on the third Monday in January, the United States celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Throughout his life, Dr. King worked tirelessly as a leader of the Civil Rights movement, fighting for the prosperity of African-Americans and people of all races, ethnicities, and creeds in this country. In 1964, he became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy of nonviolent protest. Though this fight still continues today, the efforts and achievements of King and his peers in the civil rights movement were instrumental in bringing such issues to the forefront the American social and political climate. In 1968, he was tragically shot on the balcony of his motel room.

This holiday, though solemn, is meant to rejoice in the life and teachings of a great leader whose message of peace and love was heard throughout the world. Recently, the movie Selma, a biographical film depicting Dr. King’s time spent in Alabama, was given a wide release in U.S. movie theaters and nominated for the Oscar/ Academy Award for Best Picture. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming are offering guests free admission on Monday to explore these marvelous expanses of wilderness. Cities all over the country hold special events to commemorate the day, from parades to memorial brunches. Below, we have included some ideas for activities, arranged by city. Visit GotoBus.com to find bus tickets and hotel deals in the following places and more!

Boston

In 1955, King graduated with a doctoral degree in theology from Boston University. Visitors to the school’s Mugar Memorial Library can look inside the MLK Reading Room, which features a large collection of the man’s writings and letters on display. Elsewhere in the city, the Museum of Fine Arts is giving guests free admission all day. They have scheduled many special events for the day, all dealing with King or the civil rights movement, ranging from the documentary Freedom Summer to the hands-on “Puzzle Peaces,” in which children are encouraged to paint peaceful nature landscapes. Tours will also be available that will highlight the most prominent African American artists and the pieces by them on display in the museum. Check out the museum’s website for a full list of events. Bus tickets to Boston start for as little as $15.

Memphis

It was at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Dr. King was fatally shot in 1968. The site of the old motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum, which hosts an annual celebration, “Marching to Freedom.” The event features live music performances in a nearby park, as well as recordings of King’s most famous speeches. The museum always tries to make this gathering as charitable as possible, encouraging guests to make donations of canned foods for a discounted admission price of $3 or to donate blood for free entry. Bus tickets to Memphis begin at $76.

Los Angeles

Moving over to the West Coast, the city of Los Angeles hosts the largest parade in the country dedicated to King’s legacy, the Kingdom Day Parade, which uses over 150 floats, marching bands, dance groups, and much more, that all happens in a day-long festival full of food, music, and dancing. After the parade, you can head to the California African American Museum, which shows films, puts on live performances, and organizes art workshops to honor King. Tickets to Los Angeles are available for an incredibly low price of $20. Book now!

Washington D.C.

In 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King delivered a very powerful, moving speech which included the iconic introduction, “I have a dream.” This year, at the same location, the students of local Watkins Elementary School will give a complete recitation of the speech in a moving ceremony. There will also be a wreath-laying at the MLK Memorial while National Park Service Rangers discuss King’s role in the Civil Rights movement. Then, at 11 AM, there will be a parade beginning at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE and Milwaukee Place SE, led by a marching band to keep the rhythm. The holiday is also regarded as a national day of service: everyone is strongly encouraged to either donate to an existing charity or service, or begin raising money for an original cause. Starting at just $21, bus tickets to Washington have never been cheaper!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Washington, D.C.

As previously stated, MLK Day celebrations and services are held all over the country in honor of such an incredible man, so there is no shortage of events to attend this year. With everything that is happening in the world, it is more important than ever to study and contemplate the words and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. GotoBus.com is here to help you find the best deals on bus and hotel combinations, so head over to our website to book immediately.

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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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Honoring Veterans Around the U.S.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day was founded to celebrate the peace treaty that ended World War I, but has since evolved into a day to honor all the brave men and women who have served in the American military. Because many workers and students get the day off, Veterans Day weekend is a popular time to travel, allowing travelers to get a much-needed break.

With some of the best prices for bus tickets, GotoBus.com makes it easy for anyone to get around the U.S. For those who love exploring the great outdoors, we have even more good news: all national parks offer free admission on the holiday, Below, we’ve included descriptions of some of the Veterans Day celebrations going on in two of the country’s most historic cities- Washington DC, and Boston:

Washington, DC

Full of memorials and monuments dedicated to its servicemen, there are countless ceremonies dedicated to veterans in the nation’s capital, and the grandest of all is the one at Arlington National Cemetery. Free to the public, the ceremony begins with a wreath-laying at 11:00am, but guests who arrive early will be welcomed by a performance from the United States Marine Band. Smaller ceremonies are held at the other memorials around the city, like the World War II Memorial at 9:00am and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 1:00pm. In the evening, head to the National Mall for the special “Concert for Valor,” a 3-hour live show put on by HBO, which is being hyped as one of the largest live events ever. Will it live up to this billing? With a lineup that includes performances from superstars like Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson, and the Black Keys, it is hard to imagine the concert being anything less than extraordinary. Be sure to get there early; the Mall is expected to get crowded quickly. Finding the best prices for Washington DC bus tickets is easy, and tickets start at just $15 per person.

Boston

This northeastern city was the birthplace of the American Revolution, and as such has a great deal of pride for anyone who has served in the military. Boston hosts two Veterans Day parades that run back-to-back; the Official Parade marches first, followed by the Veterans for Peace Parade. The reason these parades are separated is because some groups in the first parade did not want to march with the Veterans for Peace. Another activity is happening on Saturday, November 15th, a few days after the holiday itself. A cruise of Boston Harbor and its islands will depart from Long Wharf. The boat sails to Fort Warren on Georges Island, a Civil War-era defensive structure in the harbor. Veterans are welcome to attend free of charge, while all other guests will be charge $5. Bus tickets to Boston will cost you around $20, not a bad deal!

There are many great discount deals offered to veterans no matter where they are in the country, from shopping to dining, and they should check the local event pages online for whatever city they plan to be in during Veterans Day for a detailed list of events and discounts. It is a small way to repay them for their service to this country.

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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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Events for DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival

HAPPY SPRING! Winter is finally gone, so why not celebrate by seeing the blooming of gorgeous flowers? Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 20 through April 13, and it is truly the embodiment of everything springtime means.

Cherry Blossom

HAPPY SPRING! Winter is finally gone, so why not celebrate by seeing the blooming of gorgeous flowers? Washington, DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 20 through April 13, and it is truly the embodiment of everything springtime means. This year, the flowers are expected to bloom from about April 8 to the 12. Take a look at the live blossom cam streaming from Washington Monument for a sneak peak!

Here’s a quick run-down of the best events happening during the festival, but for a complete list you can check out their website or download the official Cherry Blossom Festival app here.

 

  • Cherry Blossomin’ with Art, Wine & a Play: This unique experience includes bottomless wine (yes, bottomless!) for guests ages 21+. Participants are asked to paint sections of stage scenery, which will then be shown to actors who will be put on the spot to act out the play based on the artwork. You will also be allowed to take home your artwork at the end of the night! Tickets are $65 for those participating in the painting and $40 for those who just want to watch the impromptu play and have some wine. March 21 and 22, 6:30 pm, 8:15 pm, and 9:30 pm | March 21: 3047 15th Street NW; March 22: The B Spot- 1123 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

  • Tidal Basin Paddle Boats: Rent a paddle boat and float along the famous tidal basin in full view of both the Cherry Blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial. The cost is $14 per hour for a 2-passenger boat and $22 per hour for a 4-passenger boat. We recommend making a reservation online in advance to save time as well as the hassle of waiting in lines. Please note, life vests are required to be worn at all times and there must be a passenger at least 16 years of age onboard. March 20 through April 13, 10:00am – 5:00pm | 1501 Maine Avenue SW

  • American Art Museum Cherry Blossom Family Celebration: If you’re looking for an excuse to head to a museum, this is it! Celebrate the cherry blossoms by participating in many hands-on activities, such as Japanese screen painting, gardening demonstrations, and scavenger hunts. This event is perfect for adults and kids of all ages, so come along and make learning fun! April 12, 11:30am – 3:00pm | Smithsonian American Art Museum Kogod Courtyard

  • Family Days presented with the National Building Museum: Another free event with great set of hands-on activities for families, this interactive exhibit features activities such as crafting paper cherry blossoms, making your own balloon flowers, origami demonstrations, and more. Additionally, the winners from the Community Art Show will have their artwork on display. For the younger crowd, Cookie Monster will even be making a special appearance! March 22, 10:00am – 4:00pm; March 23, 11:00am – 4:00pm | National Building Museum, 401 F Street
  • Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party: This space was a church in a former life, but it now houses this unique and completely interactive non-traditional art exhibit/dance party combo featuring performance and visual art. If you want to attend, make a reservation now as tickets are expected to sell out! March 29, 7:00pm – 12:00am, $15 entrance fee, 21+ | Blind Whino, 734 1st Street
  • Blossom Kite Festival: Celebrate the arrival of spring by participating in the fourth-annual Blossom Kite Festival. See the kite-flying masters hard at work at features like the Hot Tricks Showdown and the Rokkaku Battle. You can even register to participate in the contents yourself! Watch the kites fill the air, bring your own, or even let your kids make their own kites. With many areas to enjoy including the Competition and Demonstration field, Family Field, and the Public Field, this event is sure to please everyone. March 29, 10:00am – 4:30pm | Washington Monument Grounds
  • Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival: This rain-or-shine event is free to attend and gives guests more than eight hours of entertainment. Between the music, food, and many family-friendly water activities, there is no reason to not attend! April 5, 1:00pm – 9:00 pm | Southwest Waterfront, 600-900 Water Street

 

Get in the spirit of spring and book your bus tickets to Washington, DC 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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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!

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History and Exploration on Veterans’ Day

Veterans Day Thank You to our Veterans and Troops

History and Exploration on Veterans’ Day

This coming Monday, November 11, is Veterans’ Day in the US. This special day of remembrance is of great importance for people from New York to Seattle and everywhere in between. Originally established to honor Americans who served in World War I, Veterans’ Day now honors veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve in the military and sacrifice for our country.

National memorials and other historic locations across the country are putting on shows and ceremonies on this special day, and all national parks are free to enter for everyone the entire weekend! Best of all, if you’re a history buff with the travel bug, GotoBus can help you get there, with Washington DC bus tickets at affordable prices.

Following are some of our picks for inspiring events in the DC area:

  • Arlington National Cemetery is home to the main event in Washington, DC. At 11:00am, there will be a ceremony at the Memorial Amphitheater. The ceremony is free, but guests are advised to arrive very early, as the theater fills up quickly. At 1:00pm, a ringing ceremony will be held at the Freedom Bell outside the welcome center.
  • The American Freedom Festival will be held at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA on November 10 at 7:30pm. This concert features Lynyrd Skynyrd as the headliner, and proceeds will go toward helping the families of those in the armed forces. Tickets range in price from $25.80 to $104.50 after fees and are available online.
  • Most of the major war memorials in DC will be having wreath-laying ceremonies on Monday, but the Vietnam Women’s Memorial is putting on a special presentation: From 9:00am to noon, and again from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Vietnam veterans as well as current soldiers will be sharing stories about what it is like to have war directly touch your life.
  • At 11:00am on Monday, Mount Vernon will host a small concert by a veteran’s barbershop quartet that is free of charge and open to the public. At 2:00pm, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at George Washington’s grave. All veterans and active-duty personnel are admitted free all day, and civilians can attend the wreath-laying with regular admittance to Mount Vernon.
  • At noon on Monday at the Navy Memorial in DC, authors David Zimmerman and John Gresham will present the book Uncommon Valor: The Medal of Honor and The Six Warriors Who Earned it in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of an ongoing lecture series about authors of military works.
  • The home of the first major battle of the American Revolution, Manassas, VA, will be hosting a Veterans’ Day Parade on Saturday starting at 11:00am. It is the largest parade in the DC area, and features military bands, vehicles, and marching members of the local veterans’ organizations.
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Last-Minute Halloween Fun

Happy Halloween From GotoBus

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

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

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

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

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

Looking for transportation to the above-mentioned cities? GotoBus helps you find a bus company that gets you there! One way bus transportation starts at $20. For detailed schedules, visit: http://www.gotbus.com/bus-tickets/

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Labor Day Weekend Deals!

Happy Labor Day Weekend – Check Out the End of Summer Deals

Labor Day Weekend Deals!
Philadelphia skyline and Ben Franklin Bridge at dusk, USA

Are you planning on going away for Labor Day Weekend? Don’t forget we have some great deals on bus tickets to bring you to some popular destinations around the country for Labor Day Weekend.

Check out these schedules to travel around the country:

Boston to New York – Starting at $11

Washington DC to New York – Starting at $20

Charlotte to New York – Starting at $59

Orlando to New York – Starting at $90

Los Angeles to Las Vegas – Starting at $25

Los Angeles to San Francisco– Starting at $40

Book your tickets today to enjoy an end of summer getaway! For more information visit http://www.gotobus.com/bus-tickets/

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