I think I’m going to need a vacation after my vacation!
I think a quick peek at my California itinerary will help explain why:
Arrive in LA, drive straight to Anaheim (driving time 1-1.5hrs)
1.5 days at Disneyland, drive to San Francisco (driving time 7-9 hrs)
1.5 days in San Francisco, drive to Los Angeles (driving time 6-8 hrs)
1 day in LA (Hollywood, to be precise), drive to San Diego (driving time 2 hrs)
2 days in San Diego, drive back to LA
1 last day in LA, fly back to Calgary
Whew! Do you see why I’m feeling a little overwhelmed before we’ve even left yet?
But to be completely honest, I’m totally up for it, and I’m beyond excited about it. I’ve never been to California, so when the opportunity came up to explore all these amazing places, I just couldn’t say no. A night in San Francisco? Sure, why not? Two days in San Diego? But of course!
The thing is, I love to travel, and so do my girls. And for us, much of the appeal is about getting to experience new cities. The best way to do that (and on a budget, of course) is with a CityPASS. For our trip, my girls and I have CityPASSes for Hollywood and San Francisco, and that’s how we’re going to manage to see the best of each city in just a couple of days. Our Hollywood CityPASSes provide us with admission to these must-see venues:
- Starline Tours of Hollywood
- Madame Tussauds Hollywood
- Red Line Tours Hollywood
- Behind-the-Scenes Kodak THEATRE Guided Tour OR The Hollywood Museum
For the record, we’re big movie buffs and we had a fun night watching the Oscars together this year, so we’re definitely opting for the Kodak Theatre tour.
In San Francisco, our CityPASSes will give us access to:
- Muni & Cable Car 7-Day Passport
How awesome is that?
PLUS ADMISSION TO:
- Aquarium of the Bay
- California Academy of Sciences
- Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise
- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
- Exploratorium OR de Young Museum
It’s such a relief to me to know that despite all the rushing around we will inevitably have to do, we have guaranteed access to all of the best hot spots in two of the cities we’re planning to visit. Plus, CityPASSes provide a significant discount over buying tickets to each of the attractions individually. On top of all that, you can skip most entry lines at the attractions with your CityPASS in hand! Which really begs the question: why would you travel without a CityPASS?
The really fantastic thing is that CityPASSes are available for ten North American cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Toronto. Each of them offers express admission to the must-see attractions in each city, all at a discounted price. CityPASS is really the perfect option for family travel. You can even pre-purchase your CityPASS on their website so you have it ready to go when you arrive.
And here’s more wonderful news! One lucky UrbanMoms member will win a set of four CityPASSes to any of the ten cities mentioned above! Just let me know below in the comments section which city you’d most like to visit and why, and your name will be entered in the draw. Remember: you have to be an UrbanMoms member to win, but membership is free so why not join? Please check the contest details for important information.
Okay…now it’s up to you. Tell me which CityPASS city you’d most like to visit and why: