Posts Tagged ‘seeing’

San Francisco Boat Tours and Bay Cruise Tickets

Monday, February 11th, 2008

Get San Francisco Bay Cruise Tickets online and save.  The one hour San Francisco Bay Cruise is a must when visiting San Francisco.

The tour takes you on a ferry boat out toward the Golden Gate Bridge from Fisherman’s Wharf.  En route you will pass Fort Mason, Marina District, St. Francis Yacht Club and the Presidio.  The cruise passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, which provides excellent photo opportunities.  You will also see the Marin Headlands, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, the Embarcadero, and the recently restored Ferry Building at the foot of Market Street.

Tickets are good for up to 3 months – any scheduled time, any day except Christmas Day.  The Bay Cruise is offered in English, Mandarin, Spanish, Japanese, German, French, Korean, and Portuguese.

For more information and a calendar of cruise dates and times for San Francisco Bay Cruises, please email

Top Of The Rock – New York Rockefeller Center Observation Deck

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Get tickets to the observation deck at the Rockefeller Center in New York and enjoy an amazing view of The City.

Top Of The Rock is an experience in history and scenery that culminates with unparalleled views of New York City from the newly renovated Observation Deck on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in the heart of midtown Manhattan at Rockefeller Center.

There’s a certain peace at 70 stories above the city, and Top Of The Rock’s Observation Deck was conceived with the express purpose of keeping that peace uninterrupted.  Panels of fully transparent safety glass  are the only thing between our visitors and the city.  They are crystal clear for unobstructed, open-air viewing, and the reserved-ticket system is designed to ensure the deck is never overcrowded.

The view itself is unique and astonishing, unobstructed for 360 degrees and stretching for miles in every direction.  It includes a panorama of Central Park and the northern half of Manhattan that can’t be found anywhere else.  New York’s other landmarks are visible as well, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty.  It is, quite simply, the most spectacular view in New York City.

And because Top Of The Rock’s Observation Deck is open 365 days a year, it is the ideal perch to watch the seasons unfold or simply to take in an amazing sunset.

Top Of The Rock is more than just a pretty view.  It is designed for guests of all ages.  In addition to the interactive exhibits on the mezzanine level with its hands-on activities, the stunning views at the summit can be enjoyed by everyone.  To remember the trip, the Top Of The Rock shop features exclusive merchandise not found anywhere else.

To celebrate its partnership with Top Of The Rock, Swarovski has created two spectacular pieces of art that are as dazzling as the views from our Observation Deck: “Radiance”, a massive crystal geode wall on the first level of the Observation Deck, shimmers with 600 custom glass and crystal panels spanning a width of 180 feet; and “Joie”, a stunning crystal waterfall chandelier that is the centerpiece of Top Of The Rock’s entrance on West 50th Street.

Target® adds its own cool and imaginative style to the Observation Deck with the Target® Breezeway, a cutting edge, interactive multi-media experience that puts a human touch on motion-detection technology, using the movements of our visitors as its catalyst.  Target® has also designed a number of exclusive, Target®-branded products for the Top Of The Rock shops.  The Target® merchandise includes personal, business and travel accessories, as well as a collection of cashmere hats, gloves and scarves.

The story behind Top Of The Rock begins in 1933…John D. Rockefeller, Jr. first opened the Observation Deck atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza more than 70 years ago to give something back to New Yorkers and their guests from around the worlds a place to appreciate and celebrate the city.  The Observation Deck’s original design was inspired by the decks of the great ocean liners of the era, complete with deck chairs, gooseneck fixtures and vents inspired by a ship’s stacks.  A trip to the Observation Deck was like setting sail in the heart of the world’s most dynamic city.Now, for the first time in 20 years, this breathtaking vantage point is being re-introduced to the people of New York and the world.  As the steward of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s dream, Tishman Speyer is proud to present the new Top Of The Rock Observation Deck, as envisioned by the architect Michael Gabellini.  When Mr. Gabellini re-imagined the new Observation Deck that is now Top Of The Rock, he envisioned the same simple elegance and astonishing beauty of the original, amplified by modern materials and engineering.

Gabellini blended modern materials with the deck’s original elements. like the custom “shot-sawn” limestone and cast-aluminum fleurs-de-lis that are signatures of the original design.  The result is Art Deco grace combined with state-of-the-art technology and simplicity.

Rockefeller Center has been a New York City landmark for nearly 75 years.  The Center is located in the heart of Manhattan and houses broadcast studios, dozens of shops and restaurants, an outdoor ice-skating rink, Radio City Music Hall, and, of course, one of the most famous Christmas trees in the world.

For more information and tickets to visit Top Of The Rock and The Rockefeller Center in New York, please visit or email

Butchart Gardens – Victoria’s Most Famous Attraction

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Butchart Gardens is a floral display garden located near Victoria, British Columbia.  The Gardens was originally created under the supervision of Jennie Butchart, and remains open year-round providing displays of flowering plants.

Today, The Butchart Gardens are considered Victoria’s most famous attraction drawing close to one million people every year.  Visitors come to The Gardens not only for the flora, but for the entertainment and lighting displays presented each summer and Christmas.

Victoria Tours provides a large variety of sightseeing tours, tickets, and transportation options to Butchart Gardens.  Bus and Van Tours depart daily from Victoria, as well as excursions to Butterfly Gardens, Illumination Tours, and Scenic Flights over British Columbia.  For more information, group tour bookings, or private charter services, please visit or email

Atlanta Trolley Tickets – Sightseeing Excursions in Georgia

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Hop On and Hop Off Tolley Tours depart daily in Atlanta, Georgia.

Let us be your guide to a great overview of the capitol of the south.  Downtown, you will discover all the history from Atlanta’s founding through the Civil War. T hat historical perspective continues in the Grant Park Neighborhood.  Then, you may remember the rich Civil Rights History on Auburn Avenue.  Famous writers, artists and beautiful parks can be found in Midtown.  You will also see the triumphs of the Olympics throughout the city.

On the trolley loop you will find the major attractions, the best places to wine and dine, the best shopping, where to go for night life, beautiful green spaces and parks, amd views of the city’s architecture.  Ride at your own pace.  Disembark the trolley at any of our 13 stops; then re-board to continue your adventure.  It’s a great way to get around the city for sightseeing.

Your ticket includes:

~ 115 minute narrated trolley loop of the City of Atlanta
~ 13 stops with on-and-off privileges
~ Ticket good all day (operating hours)
~ Expert drivers take you through the biggest city in the Southeast

Plan your day of touring around our 13 stops. Buy the Two Day Pass and take for even more freedom to see all the Atlanta sights at your leisure.

The stops:

Centennial Olympic Park
Attractions: Georgia Aquarium, World Of Coca Cola, CNN Studio Tour, Children’s Museum
Hotels: Omni, The Glenn, Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden, Holiday Inn
Venues: Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Dome, Phillips Arena, The Tabernacle, ACVB Vistors Information Centers, Cenntenial Olympic Park

Underground Atlanta
Attractions: Underground Atlanta, Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Georgia State Capitol, State Museum, Atlanta City Hall, Zero Mile Marker
Venues: Georgia Depot, Atlantix, ACVB Visitors Information Center, 5 points MARTA Station

Turner Field
Attractions: Turner Field, Atlanta Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, Turner Field Tours, Site of HR 715, The Olympic Cauldron
Hotels: Holiday Inn
Venues: 755 Club

Grant Park
Attractions: Zoo Atlanta, Cyclorama, Grant Park
Venues: Oakland Cemetery

Martin Luther King Jr. Center
Attractions: MLK Center, King Burial Location, King Birth Home, National Park Service, King Visitors Center, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Civil Rights Walk of Fame, Historic Auburn Avenue, Freedom Walk, APEX Museum, Auburn Avenue Research Library, SCLC W.O.M.E.N. Headquarters

Downtown Atlanta
Attractions: Peachtree Street, Peachtree Center, Failie-Poplar District, Flat Iron Building, Candler Building, Broad Street, Mitchell Square, Public Library, Woodruff Park
Hotels: Peachtree Westin, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt Downtown, Sheraton Downtown, Hilton Downtown, The Ellis, Super 8, Wyndham Downtown, Marriot Downtown, Marriot Marquis
Venues: Rialto Theater, Theatrical Outlet, Georgia State University

Civic Center (During Special Exhibitions Only)

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Attractions: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park

Woodruff Arts Center
Attractions: Woodruff Arts Center, High Museum of Art, Atlanta College of Art
Hotels: Four Seasons, Marriot Midtown, W Hotel Midtown
Venues: Alliance Theater, Hertz Stage, 14th Street Playhouse, Colony Square Shops

Center for Puppetry Arts
Attractions: Breman Museum, Rhodes Hall, Savannah College of Art

Atlantic Station
Attractions: Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!
Hotels: The Twelve
Venues: Regal Cinemas

Margaret Mitchell House
Attractions: Margaret Mitchell House, The Federal Reserve, The Medical Society, Midtown Mile Shopping District
Hotels: Wyndham Midtown
Venues: Turner Broadcasting

Technology Square
Attractions: Georgia Tech, Fraternity Row, Biltmore Building
Hotels: Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
Venues: Georgia Tech Conference Center

The Varsity
Attractions: Georgia Tech, Tech Tower, Bobby Dodd Stadium, Coca Cola World Headquarters, Olympic Village, Bank of America Building
Hotels: Renaissance Hotel, The Georgian Terrace Hotel, Hotel Indigo
Venues: The Fox Theatre, The Shakespeare Tavern, Crawford Long Hospital

For more information, please visit or email  For Trolley Tours in other locations, please visit

Antique Car Tours in San Francisco California

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

For a truly unique San Francisco experience, try taking a sightseeing tour of the city in an antique car.  This is the “best” way to see the San Francisco Bay Area is in a comfortable, modern, vintage touring vehicle.  Sit back, relax, listen and enjoy as you and your guide hop around “The City”.  Antique Car Tour Tickets are available online on the San Francisco Tours website.

Our custom built, pre-1930′s cars offer unparalleled views of the beauty and history of San Francisco.  Enjoy your tour with one of our exciting guides as they give you a unique view of the city, and go to sites that only our smaller vehicles can get to.  Experience the adventure of touring around the world’s most popular city in a vintage 11 passenger vehicle.  Our 80 minute tours will take you to see the most fascinating and memorable sites including: Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Pacific Heights, Presidio, The Golden Gate Bridge, and many more!

Our guides will personalize the tours for you to make them enjoyable for people of all ages. Just don’t forget to bring your camera.  Book tour tickets online and save or email us at for assistance with reservations, group tours, and private charters.

San Francisco Chinatown Tours and Activities

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Chinatown is one of the most colorful neighborhoods in San Francisco, California.  It boasts that it is the oldest Chinatown in the United States and that it draws more SF visitors each year than the Golden Gate Bridge.  There are a number of fun things to do in Chinatown, including a variety of sightseeing tours that are offered through San Francisco Tours.  Day tours of Chinatown, night tours with dinner, walking tours, and ghost tours are all available daily.

In addition to guided excursions, it is also entertaining to walk up and down Grant Street at your leisure.  There are restaurants, bakeries, retail stores, bars, and gift shops lining a handful of city blocks.  My favorite bar is Li Po, which has been rumored to have one of the entrances into Chinatown’s famous opium dens in the basement.  For Dim Sum, I recommend Golden Mountain on Broadway, but be sure to get there at least an hour before they finish serving.  My favorite Cantonese restaurant is Yee’s on Grant.

Be sure to visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.  As you walk down Ross Alley, you will pass this fortune cookie factory.  The aroma of freshly made fortune cookies will certainly make you want to take a closer look.  This factory has been operating and selling fortune cookies around the world since 1962.  When you step into the factory, you will see barrels of fortune cookies in all shapes and sizes.  You will also see fortune cookies being made right before your eyes.

Chinatown is a great place to spend the afternoon, and it is located near Italian North Beach, Union Square, and The Embarcadero.  I have only touched on a few highlights, so make time to explore Chinatown during your next visit to San Francisco, CA.  For more information about Chinatown Tours, please visit or email

San Francisco Double Decker Tours – Hop On and Hop Off

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

San Francisco Tours recently announced that they have expanded their current selection of tours and activities in San Francisco, California with a Double Decker Bus Tour around the city.

This hop-on and hop-off sightseeing city tour departs every half hour daily from 9:00am until 5:00pm.  Guests enjoy the luxury and comfort of brand new buses with the added benefit of a two-day unlimited use ticket.  The tour covers the major sights of San Francisco in a loop.  The on and off flexibility can make the tour last for two full days by visiting exciting attractions, museums, shopping, and dining facilities.  Guests can create their own tour by choosing where to stop and for how long.

The tour features entertaining and informative narration.  If you choose to ride the entire loop, the tour lasts approximately 1hr 45 minutes.  If you are new to San Francisco, one option to consider is to ride the entire loop to get a good feel for what you will want to go back and visit as you hop-off and hop-on at various stops on the loop.  In a full day on the San Francisco Double Decker Hop-On and Hop-Off Bus Tour, you can make approximately 5-6 stops to visit many attractions.

Hop-On/Hop-Off Stops

Stop 1
Corner of Mason and Jefferson (Tourist Info. Booth)- Fisherman?s Wharf Area, Museums, Restaurants

Stop 2
Travel Lodge 1450 Lombard Street – Hotel District

Stop 3
Ramada Inn 1946 Lombard Street – Union Street/Chestnut Street shopping

Stop 4
2707 Lombard Street – Palace of Fine Arts, Exploratorium

Stop 5
Main Post in Presidio Park – Historic Presidio, Pet Cemetery, National Cemetery, Letterman Center (Lucas Films)

Stop 6
Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point North (Marin side) – View of San Francisco

Stop 7
Golden Gate Park – JFK Drive – Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, Arboretum, De young Museum

Stop 8
Hyde at Market Civic Center – City Hall, Theater District, Asian Art Museum, Main Library, Farmers Market at Civic Center Plaza

Stop 9
Market at Powell (San Francisco Shopping Center side)- Shopping, Cable Car Turn Around (lines Bay/Taylor & Hyde/Powell) SF MOMA

Stop 10
Union Square (across from Macy’s)- Shopping, sightseeing

Stop 11
Grant and Bush – Gates of China Town, Shopping, sightseeing

Stop 12
Kearny and Clay (Portsmouth Square, Hilton Hotel)- Historic Portsmouth Square, Chinatown/North Beach Districts, BofA Building (Carnelian Room Restaurant)

Stop 13
Pier 39 – Bay Aquarium, Alcatraz Island Tours, world-famous sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment, Restaurants, shopping and sightseeing

Stop 14
corner of Mason and Jefferson

For more information and tickets, please visit or email

Palm Springs Aerial Tram Tickets in California

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

Palm Springs Tours provides tickets to visit the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway all year, except when The Tramway is closed for annual maintenance in September.

The Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tramcar systems.  It carries visitors from an elevation of over 2000 feet to a Mountain Station located at the 8,516 foot level of Mt. San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness.

Experience transportation by tram to the top of the mountain.  At the top, there are outdoor activities and areas to camp, hike, cross-country ski, picnic, dine, shop, or just to relax and enjoy the amazing scenery.

The Tramway was built in 1963 as a way of getting to Mt. San Jacinto State Park from the floor of the Coachella Valley.  The ride up North America’s sheerest mountain face passes through several different temperate zones on its way to the Mountain Station at over 8500 feet above mean sea level.  Some say it is like a motor trip from Mexico to Canada in terms of the geologic and climatic changes.

It is not necessary to specify a time of day on your ticket request because you can plan your day as you choose.  Trams depart every 30 minutes from 10:00 am Monday through Friday and 8:00 am Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.  The last car up the mountain is at 8:00 pm and last car down is at 9:45 pm.  Memorial Day to Labor Day last car up is at 9:00 pm and last car down is at 10:30 pm.

At the top of the mountain there are hiking trails, camping, and picnic areas.  During the winter months cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available (snow conditions permitting).  There is a gift shop with an outside patio at the top, as well as casual and gourmet dining.  There are also several picnic points and observation sites with telescopes.  A theatre at the top of the mountain that shows two movies, one involving the building of the tram and the other is the history of the State Park.

It’s much cooler at the top of the mountain so remember to take a sweater or jacket with you.  It can be 30-40 degrees cooler at the Mountain Station (8,516 feet) than at the Valley Station.  The ride to the top of the tram is two and one half miles from the Valley station, up Chino Canyon, about 10 minutes each way.  The views you will see are breathtaking and stretch some 50 miles in every direction.  The tramcar slowly rotates to provide optimal views of every part of the countryside.

This tramway is known to many as one of the “wonders of the engineering world” because the towers supporting the cables and the tram cars ascending the mountain were erected with the assistance of helicopters more than 40 years ago in 1963.

A permit is required for any hiking or backpacking in the Wilderness. Permits can be obtained, free of charge at the top of the Tramway.  Equipment rental is available (snow conditions permitting).  Free parking is available in several lots.  Buses and campers are welcomed.

For more information, please visit Palm Springs Tours ( or email

Miami Speedboat Rides on The Bayside Blaster

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

If you are looking for a unique and exciting way to see Miami in a little over an hour, look no further than the Bayside Blaster Speedboat Ride.  These boat tours operate on Saturdays and Sundays.  Departure times are 12:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:30 pm, and 10:30 pm.

The Bayside Blaster is the fastest speedboat ride in South Florida.  This thrilling tour begins from Bayside Marketplace, located in downtown Miami.  Speed past the Port of Miami at exhilarating speeds over 25 mph.  Hold on to your hats until she slows down near Fisher Island where the narrated sightseeing cruise begins.

Enjoy an unforgettable bilingual narrated cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay.  See Miami’s spectacular coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and Millionaire’s Row, where you will see the homes of the rich and famous.  Beverages and light snacks are available for purchase onboard during the 1 hour & 15 minute cruise.

For more information, group tour bookings, and private charters, please visit or email

Jungle Queen Cruises and Tours from Fort Lauderdale

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

For over 60 years, Florida’s legendary Jungle Queen Cruise has delighted visitors to South Florida.  Fort Lauderdale Tours provides tours and tickets for a variety of sightseeing cruises and other activities in Fort Lauderdale and beyond.

For 2008, Jungle Queen Cruises depart three times daily.  The sightseeing cruise departs from Fort Lauderdale at 9:30am and 1:30pm.  The dinner cruise departs nightly at 6:00pm (with boarding 45 minutes before departure).

On the sightseeing cruise, you will cruise up the dreamy New River with it’s ever changing scenery.  See the plush waterfront homes, downtown Fort Lauderdale, great yacht and storage basins, a bit of the Everglades, and a stop off at the Jungle Queen Indian Village.  Here, you may see macaws and rare birds from all over the world, alligator wrestling, and Seminole Indians.

On the dinner cruise, you will enjoy a fun filled, relaxing evening aboard this magical riverboat.  Cruise up the New River to arrive on an exotic private island.  Here, you will enjoy an all-you-wish-to-eat dinner and variety show with sing along.  Each night, the beautiful Riverboats leave the Bahia Mar Docks for this world-famous barbeque, chicken and shrimp dinner.

For more information about our cruises and sightseeing tours in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, please visit Fort Lauderdale Tours.

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