Posts Tagged ‘Transportation’

Transportation Station: Getting from Point A to B in San Francisco

Friday, August 31st, 2012

San Francisco is an intensely busy city. In case you didn’t know, it’s the second most densely populated city in the United States (New York City holds the top spot). That likely means there are more shops, restaurants, pedestrians, and vehicles per square mile than in your hometown. That also means it can be a tricky town to navigate. As a visitor, you may find yourself overwhelmed with all wonderful things to do. Don’t get defeated by the how-will-I-get-there woes. We’ve combined a handy little list of the best ways to reach your destination in San Francisco.

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For the Traditional Tourist: Taxi Cab

Classic Yellow Taxi

Yes, sometimes riding in a cab can be scarier than roaming a foreign street alone at midnight, and sometimes they’re smelly or dirty – or both, but every globetrotter should experience a filthy whiff of taxi goodness during their travels. If nothing else, you’ll probably leave with more confidence in your own driving skills. For the most part, they’re quick, they’re easy, and they’re everywhere in San Francisco. If you’re staying at a hotel in the city, there’s usually one or two perched outside, waiting for you to pop in and pay up. By the way, they’re not that expensive!

 

For the Convenient Commuter: Uber

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Uber is a nifty little mobile app that’s been around since January 2011. Founded in San Francisco, it has since expanded to various big cities around the nation, but the bay area is arguably still its most popular market. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Download the iPhone or Android app, customize your settings & input your payment information

Step 2: Enable your phone’s GPS & allow Uber access it

Step 3: Set your pickup location & request your vehicle

Step 4: Wait for your ride to arrive & relish in the effortlessness

It’s a bit more costly than the taxi cab option, but it’s well worth the few extra dollars. Each vehicle is always clean and comfy, the drivers are friendly and safe, and gratuity is included with your mobile payment. No cash is needed.

 

For the Vintage Visitor: Streetcar

F Market Streetcar

If San Francisco is known for anything, it’s the steep hills. As the story goes, Andrew Smith Hallidie developed the idea of a cable-driven rail system after witnessing a few horses scramble and struggle up wet cobblestones. Eventually the horses tumbled backwards, and they were tragically dragged to their death. Modern-day streetcars are quick, efficient and reliable, and they run every 5 to 15 minutes until 12:30am. At only $2 per adult and 75¢ per youth or senior, it’s definitely an economical way to get to your destination while experiencing some of the city’s history, but be mindful. Like any public transit system, it can get extremely busy during the day; proceed with patience.

 

For the Wanderer: Walk

Lombard Street – Just Past the Crooked Block

Setting off by foot is a pleasant way to enjoy any city, especially when you have time to tread at your own leisure. So if you’re looking to really bond with San Francisco and all its goodness, lace up those sneakers and take it step by step – literally. Marvel at every monument, snap pictures of every spectacle, stroll past all the popular landmarks and absorb the changing cultures as you visit the different neighborhoods. All the main sightseeing attractions along Fisherman’s Wharf are well within walking distance of each other, and the surrounding neighborhoods aren’t too far either. You’re sure to be accompanied by crowds of like-minded drifters, so even if you’re traveling by yourself, you’ll never feel alone. Just remember, the hills are steep! Stay hydrated.

Trains, Planes, and Camels

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

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Business Class in AirbusA380

Last week, I asked the office whether they would want to travel by plane, train, car, camel, or teleportation via Facebook.  What was interesting is that only one person chose camel and no one chose train. Cheryl’s choice was by car because she loves to be able to stop by interesting places and seeing America from the ground, and Sacki picked planes, cars, and then imagination as his favorite modes of travel. (I’m sure crunching all those numbers would make me want to imagine a nice trip to Maui too. =)

It bothers me that teleportation is not recognized as a real word by WordPress by the red lines scattered throughout my draft box because teleportation, along with planes, were the top two choices of travel by our employees. This only means that the majority of our staff are X-men or they may have ridden on the Airbus A380F, or as I like to call it ‘the double decker plane’.

The A380 made it’s debut in 2007,  but I have yet to ride one (I am an X-Men and am so cooler than Kitty Pryde). This behemoth bird in the sky has four engines and is the largest passenger airliner in the world. It can carry more than 500 passengers with three different class seatings.

The airbus offers a quieter interior, less cabin noise, bigger overhead bins, larger windows, and simply just more space. The two stairways that connect the two main floors are wide enough for two passengers to walk side by side. Some ritzy airlines like Virgin Atlantic have bars in their business class and there is talk of possibly including casinos in future airbuses, but most airlines, choose more seating than luxuries of that sort to make seats cheaper, which we appreciate.

I can’t wait to finally get on one. I may even just make the flight my whole vacation, then I can splurge on peanuts, warm towels, baby bottles of vodka, and perhaps pay a flight attendant to slip that hyperactive child a Benadryl.

- Kris
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So many human transporters…I mean Segways!

Monday, March 8th, 2010

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Sightseeing Group on Segways

Sightseeing Group on Segways

It is true.  Segways have become a staple activity in most major tourist destinations around the globe.  We are adding segway tours to our sites like they are going out of style, but let’s hope they don’t!  Truthfully, it is not likely since production of these machines has substantially increased in recent years.

Most recently, we added Segway options in Toronto, San Francisco, Miami, and Lisbon, Portugal.  We are currently exploring numerous international destinations, as well as a handful of ‘missing’ domestic locations.  A few other popular cities with Segways for hire include: Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, San Diego, Paris, Rome, and Sydney.  For a complete list of over 55 (and growing) segway tours that we offer, please visit Reserve123.

What is a Segway?

A Segway is a self-balancing electric vehicle that features two wheels.  It was invented by a man named Dean Kamen, and is produced in the United States.  The name “Segway” is a homophone of the word “segue”, which means a smooth transition.  When you lean forward, the device moves forward.  When you lean back, it brakes and ultimately goes backwards.  Turning is simple when you use the “leaning steering wheel”, and the top speed is around 12.5 MPH.  As you can imagine by the name, they are smooooth.  Like buttah!

Riding a Segway is quite a unique experience.  When you factor in the fact that they are green friendly (they are 100% electric), you don’t have to feel at all guilty as you glide around your destination.  Riding the Segway is fun in and of itself.  Throw in some new and exciting scenery, and you have a winning combination for sure.

Answer the Call of the Yukon Territories

Monday, June 29th, 2009

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Situated on the Alaska Panhandle is the small city of Skagway, Alaska.  Featured as one of the settings in Jack London’s book The Call of the Wild, Skagway has relatively much to offer in the way of history and charm despite its size.  There are a number of options to choose from when visiting this area and its surroundings, including tours by bus, Jeep, and ATV as well as horseback riding trips and even a sled dog tour!

On the Skagway Summit and City Tour, the downtown area and Gold Rush Cemetery are highlighted as part of the fully narrated journey.  Driving up the Klondike Highway, you will be surrounded by gorgeous cascading waterfalls and treated to amazing views overlooking the railroad route and other historical portions of the area.  A history of the Gold Rush and visit to the grave of Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith – famed con artist and gangster during the late 1880s – round out the tour nicely.

Yukon Tours, which specializes in destination travel products in the Yukon, also offers a Yukon & Sled Dog Tour, which allows guests to be guided into the wilderness along the 1898 Gold Rush Trail in a dog sled.  This tour departs from Skagway and gives a peek into the lives of Gold Rush stampeders.  Along the way, you’ll have a chance to see several trails including the White Pass Trail of ’98 and the Fantail Trail, while also taking a look at Summit and Fraser Lakes and Carcross Desert.  These are only a few of the places featured on this tour, which also includes an educational wildlife exhibit and barbecue chicken lunch.

Finally, the Yukon Jeep Stampede – also departing from Skagway – offers a private look at the Summit and the Yukon.  You are in control as you cruise along the Klondike Highway and listen to stories told by your knowledgeable tour guide.  Similar to the aforementioned tours, you will get a thorough schooling in the life and times of the Gold Rush, only this time you are literally in the driver’s seat.

For more info on how to book your own tour in the Yukon, visit www.YukonTours.net.

Trips Around Sonoma Wine Country By Van

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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To get a taste for some of the boutique wineries in California Wine Country, take a private 6-hour Winery Tour of Sonoma County by Van.  This tour takes you inside 6 local wineries and allows you to sample fine wines and enjoy the views of the Russian River and the Dry Creek Appellations.  The wineries that are typically visited are: Kendall-Jackson, Armida, Trentadue, Hop Kiln, Roshambo, and Korbel.  Each has its own unique ambiance and Korbel and Kendall-Jackson also have an extensive collection of wine-related gifts and gorgeous, award-winning gardens.

Tours depart daily at 11:00 am and run for about 6 hours.  This is a great way to relax and see the sights without worrying about coordinating your own transportation, which allows you to maximize your time and see a lot more in the time allotted.  Also, tours are flexible and can be adapted to meet your needs if you wish to alter the time and selection of wineries. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable and the wine and picnic lunch are delicious. 

To book this tour, make sure to plan early as you do not want to miss out on this opportunity because it is sold out.  Reserve your space online at www.SonomaWineTours.net for a $5 discount per adult ticket and convenient e-ticketing. 

Swim with the Sea Lions in Honolulu

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

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So you’ve heard about swimming with the dolphins, but have you ever thought about taking a swim with the sea lions? If this sounds like an activity you might enjoy, sign up for the Sea Lion Discovery Swim at Sea Life Park, located near Honolulu, Hawaii.  Offered with or without transportation from your hotel, this is a once in a lifetime chance to get up close and personal with these friendly little critters.  After a brief orientation given by one of the trainers, you will hop in the water and become part of the action.  Watch the sea lions as they swim underwater and give them a little rub; they will surely return the affection.  They may even give you a show as they jump over hurdles and mimic their guests.

Visitors aged eight and above can enjoy this rare opportunity to get a peek at these friendly animals, and everyone will be thoroughly entertained during the special interactions with the sea lions.  These swims are very interactive, and you will learn a lot about how sea lions communicate, both by seeing it and through the informative commentary of the trainers.

Don’t forget to bring a swimsuit, a towel, and a smile on the day of your park visit.  Safety vests areprovided at the time of the swim.  For more information on this activity and many more, visit www.honolulutours.net.

 

Flexible Trolley Tours in San Antonio

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

If you haven’t had the chance to visit the most visited city in Texas, now is your chance.  San Antonio has plenty to do, so it makes sense that there are a number of organized tours and activities to keep you busy throughout your stay.

For a wonderful overview of the city, take the San Antonio Trolley Tour.  This one-hour narrated tour takes you all around San Antonio to the most popular and historical landmarks including the Alamo, where American defenders fell at the hands of Mexican General Santa Anna’s army.  The IMAX Theatre is another stop on the tour, so you can relive the Battle of the Alamo on the big screen with “Alamo…the Price of Freedom.”

The trolley makes several other stops along the way, including the Institute of Texan Cultures, Mission San Jose, Market Square, and Mission Concepcion.  This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you are in the mood for a little shopping, you can take advantage of the stop at Rivercenter Mall.

If you wish to upgrade your tour, you can take part in the 2-day hop on and hop off option, which allows you to explore the city at your leisure.  You can pick up the trolleys every 45 minutes or so at designated spots so you can continue to see the sights that you choose until the end of operating hours.

For more information on this amazing tour and others, including the San Antonio Highlights Tour and the Hill Country Tour, visit www.sanantoniotours.net.

Take a Break in Tampa

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

If you are looking for a nice warm place to visit this winter, Tampa, Florida should definitely make your short list.  With beaches that go on for miles and an infectiously friendly atmosphere, this city was clearly designed with tourists in mind.  So when you are ready to start planning your next getaway, consider the place that has it all!

Once you have made your decision on where to go, it is only fitting that you choose a tour company that will have you covered from arrival to departure.  With Tampa Tours, you are sure to have all of your sightseeing needs met and exceeded.  Whether your idea of a great time is spending a romantic evening on the water or checking out the area wildlife, you will not be disappointed by your experience.

When you are in the mood to have a leisurely day taking in the scenery, the Deluxe Little Manatee River Canoe or Kayak Trip is just what you need.  You can float down the river at your own pace while you soak up the beautiful surroundings and take some time to appreciate the wildlife that you see around you.  Some of the animals you might see on your trip are manatees, turtles, fish, birds, and alligators.  You may also spot some hogs, otters, and deer along the way so keep an eye out!  Towards the middle of your day, you can go fishing, check out the lay of the land, or stop off for a waterside picnic.

In Tampa, the activities don’t stop just because the sun goes down.  If you are still in the mood for some action, check out one of the dinner cruises on offer.  A fantastic combination of fine dining and entertainment, these cruises are a definite crowd pleaser and an excellent chance to check out the sights without braving the city traffic.  Similar trips are available at lunch time as well if that is more to your liking.

One such cruise is the Dinner Dance Cruise from St. Petersburg.  With incredible waterfront views of Tampa Bay, you are able to see so much more than you would by land because you have the opportunity to do so from many different vantage points.  As you take a walk up and down the decks you will see the city lit up as it stands out against the night sky.  The view, in combination with the food and entertainment, makes your trip that much more memorable so it is a great activity to share with friends or loved ones.

For more ideas for how to spend your time in Tampa, visit www.tampatours.net and see why this city has become a favorite for travelers around the country and the world.

Choose Your Cruise

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

No matter where you are vacationing, there is bound to be a night where all you want to do is sit back and relax, and what better way to do so than on a dinner cruise? If you are anywhere in the US or Canada, Dinner Cruises can help you identify the best options for you and your traveling partners to make your trip truly special.

Not only do you get to enjoy a relaxing evening on the water, but you are also treated to a top-notch meal and quality entertainment throughout the night.  Your luxury cruise liner is fitted with the best equipment to optimize your comfort during your stay.  So whether you are visiting Nashville, spending time in Montreal, or taking a break in Hawaii, you are completely covered.

For those who are more interested in kicking back during the day, there are a number of more casual lunch cruises available.  This is a perfect opportunity to catch some rays while being guided around to see the fantastic scenery in your location of choice.  Sightseeing can get tiring, so this is your chance to let someone else do all the heavy lifting.

Take a look at www.dinnercruises.us today and let Dinner Cruises help you to find the best water activities and cruises to meet your needs.

Spending a Night in ‘Gateway City’

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Newark is the most populated city in New Jersey.  At about 5 miles west of Manhattan and 2 miles north of Staten Island, it is centrally located and allows for easy access to the Tri-State area which consists of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  Newark is a transportation hub, with its significant air, rail, road, and ship traffic, and it is a major gateway into the Northeastern portion of the United States as a whole.  Because of this, the city has become aptly known as ‘Gateway City.’ The city of Newark is in an optimal location for workday commuters to New York City and the Philadelphia area is easily accessible as well.  For that reason, many decide to dwell in the Newark area as a more cost-efficient alternative to living within the borders of New York City itself.

There have been a lot of rebuilding and revitalization efforts put forth in the Newark area.  The New Jersey Performing Arts Center has brought in an estimated 1.6 million people since its opening in 1997.  The facility, which cost $180 million, has helped to breathe new life into a city that was once on the decline.  The construction of the structure sparked a building spike in the area, including the creation of Riverfront Stadium, home of the Newark Bears, and the Prudential Center for the New Jersey Devils.  The Passaic River waterfront is also being redone so that it will soon provide direct access to the river.

For a night out with the family, catch a show at Medieval Times.  This show provides fun for all ages and is a great activity to do whether you are new to the area or have lived there for most of your life.  Another nighttime option is to make your way into Manhattan for a Broadway show or catch the City Lights Dance Party Cruise from New York.  This is a very popular option for many, as the balanced combination of music and sights makes for a very pleasant cruising experience.

As you can see, there is a lot more on offer in Newark than perhaps anyone would have initially thought.  To see a complete list of activities and tours available in the area, check out www.newarktours.net.


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