West Coast, East Coast & Other Places in Between. Celebrate the Holidays Across the U.S.
GotoBus.com can help take you many places, and during the holiday season there is more demand for quick-and-easy travel options than ever. In addition to just taking you to Mom’s house for your holiday, though, we can zip you to a number of holiday celebrations all across the country! Below are some of our favorite festivities in some of the biggest cities as well as handy links for quick trip booking.
Chicago: Winter Wonderfest
Chicago offers a ton to do and see during the holiday season. The lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo let cajolers enjoy both the Christmas spirit and the animal spirit within them. At the Museum of Science and Industry, a Christmas Around the World exhibit has 50 trees on display, all representing different cultures and holiday traditions around the globe. If you aren’t interested in the education side of things and just want to have fun, Winter WonderFest at the Navy Pier has an indoor ice skating rink, a candy cane lighthouse, a giant Ferris wheel, and even a 42 foot decorated Christmas tree complete with Santa. Sound interesting? Check out our website for bus tickets to Chicago, where you can quickly compare schedules and prices.
New York: World Famous Celebrations
New York’s litany of celebrations are world-famous (and many are also world-broadcast). No discussion of them could possibly be complete without classics like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular or New Year’s Eve ball-dropping in Times Square. If the Rockettes aren’t your thing or you just prefer to go to bed at a normal hour, the Rink at Rockefeller Center is a timeless classic that offers easy fun for the whole family. Those who prefer more cultured traditions may want to see The Nutcracker at the David H. Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center. This classic production remains entirely true to the 1954 original and included a Christmas tree that grows to 40 feet high, a snow storm, and a nine-foot-wide skirt for Mother Ginger. Visit GotoBus.com and book your bus tickets to New York.
Boston: Brilliantly Decorated with Lights
Boston has its own, chillier brand of holiday cheer. Almost every major plaza and park in the city is brilliantly decorated with lights, and the walkability of the relatively small city means it’s easier to plan out personal light tours for you and the family at night. Copley Square, the Boston Commons, and Harvard Square are all decked to the halls for the winter. Want to hear holiday music on a budget? How about for free? Take a stroll around the downtown area to catch the Downtown Boston Brass Strolling Quartet, or look for the Berklee College Twilight Carolers near the Prudential Center. Lastly, winter promises fun pub crawls, including ones with ugly sweaters. We recommend signing up for a free account on www.MeetUp.com to see what the hottest events are going to be. Bus tickets to Boston are numerous, with departures from most major cities.
Washington D.C.: National Christmas Tree
The nation’s capital gets in on the holiday fun as well, and you can purchase bus tickets to Washington D.C. quickly on our site. The most famous seasonal sights here are the National Christmas Tree and the Pathway of Peace at the White House. The National Christmas Tree has been going up since 1923 and features a live 40 foot tree from Pennsylvania, while the Pathway of Peace features nearly 60 smaller trees which represent all 50 states, 5 territories, and DC. Each year, organizations from each state provide the tree decorations for their state’s tree. Lights up every night until 10:00 pm. Local music groups will also entertain visitors with performances. Reservations and tickets are not required, though times for performances vary, so please check your local listings for more information!
Las Vegas: Unique Holiday Celebration
Although Las Vegas won’t get the weather most people associate with winter, it is still perfectly capable of getting in from the fun. Book your bus tickets to Las Vegas, and get ready for a unique brand of holiday celebration. At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, drive through nearly 500 animated lights along the 2.5 mile racetrack. Sam’s Town Casino gets elaborately decorated for the winter, featuring laser light shows with waterworks and even has a special 15-minute show at that ends with a visit from Santa for your kids! Finally, The Venetian and Palazzo features an outdoor skating rink, and a special holiday spectacular which runs 3 times nightly and offers special discounts to Vegas residents.
With so much to do and so many places to see, it’s a small wonder the holidays are a popular travel time. Remember to book as soon as possible, because the zero hour is almost upon us, and seats are flying away fast! Happy holidays, everyone!