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Colorado Springs Offers Slew of New Adventures for 2018

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Home to more than 55 attractions and activities including Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs is sure to inspire an unforgettable visit.

New Things to Do

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park Via Ferrata – One of Colorado Springs oldest attractions will open a thrilling new outdoor adventure in 2018. The Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron path”) is under construction. This rock-side climbing path consists of metal rungs connected to a secure harness ideal for those 12 years and older. The course ends with two zip lines. https://caveofthewinds.com

DroneSpace – Drone racing is a wildly growing sport featured on major television networks and taking the world by storm. Pilots don goggles, which allow them to look through the “cockpit” of the racing drone as they fly the course. The site is the first location in the world that allows first-time fliers to experience this vibrantly lit course. The 12,000 square-foot indoor facility has a large dedicated race track, racing drone shop and spacious lounge. www.dronespace.org

Dragonfly Stand Up Paddle Board Glowga – This special stand-up paddleboard class has been timed to experience Colorado’s setting sun alongside paddle yoga practice. Boards are illuminated with colorful LED lights to guide the class atop Quail Lake. Guests can even choose their favorite color. The class lasts 60 minutes and is open to all levels of practitioners ages 18 and up. www.dragonflypaddleyoga.com

Ent Center for the Arts – This transformational, state-of-the-art 92,000 square-foot facility features year-round music and performances. The impressive concert hall houses 774 seats, the Gallery of Contemporary Art, a recording studio and audio laboratory. www.uccs.edu/entcenter/

WhirlyBall – This exhilarating sport combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a game of skill coupled with chance. While maneuvering, two teams of five players use hand-held scoops to pass a whiffle ball to one another to hit a scoring target. Visit Colorado’s first and only location. www.whirlyball.com/colorado-springs/

Garden of the Gods Collection International Health and Wellness Center – An innovative, destination healthcare and wellness center has come to Colorado. Applying evidence-based healthcare principles and practices with the latest advances in complementary medicine, the highly-skilled and compassionate physician team at the International Health & Wellness Center intuitively provides medical and wellness services with the aim of restoring clients to optimal health and functionality. www.gardenofthegodsclub.com.

New Lodging

SCP Colorado Springs – From the big picture to the little details, SCP is cultivating a new guest experience. Centered around the concept of holistic hospitality, guests stay consciously. The first property of its kind in the country will provide a range of opportunities for guests to refresh their bodies and souls, to connect with community and to make better choices for the planet. Discover the artful reuse and recycling of original materials used in the hotel’s construction alongside dining options with a focus on local goodness. www.scphotel.com

Garden of the Gods Collection Cottages and Casitas – Nestled on the bluff within the Garden of the Gods Collection property, the newly constructed cottages and casitas are designed to be an exclusive gated resort community with spectacular views of Garden of the Gods Park. The properties will join hotel inventory between spring of 2018 and spring of 2019. The six three-bedroom cottages and 14 exquisite casitas will be framed with meticulously designed and lush landscaped gardens. Covered and open patios support outdoor living that offers transformative beauty while promoting a synergetic balance of nature and tranquil living. www.gardenofthegodsclub.com

The DoubleTree by Hilton has finished a $9M renovation of the property including meeting space totaling over 25,000 square-feet, guest rooms, lobby and expanded bar, the largest in Colorado Springs.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton completed multimillion-dollar renovations in 2017 with a transformation including modernized design updates to all guest suites, in-house restaurant and bar, atrium and a new 7,000 square-foot meeting and event space.

The highly anticipated Home2 Suites by Hilton, an extended-stay property, will have 120 available rooms and 3,500 square-feet of meetings space. The property will also feature an indoor saltwater pool and pet-friendly accommodations. The opening is slated for this summer.

New Dining and Drink Offerings

Trail’s End Taproom is the first self-pour taproom in the entire state of Colorado. Trails End has 40 taps available for the adventuring beer connoisseur. Pay by the ounce, and 100 percent of tips are donated to local trail and humanitarian nonprofits. www.trailsendtaproom.com

Pikes Peak Lemonade Company is more than just a cup of lemonade. With organic lemons, organic cane sugar and filtered water, they proudly serve a fresh and healthy drink. Starting with organic lemonade or limeade Colorado-grown lavender, real hibiscus or a variety of other fresh ingredients are then added. Enjoy fresh, hand-crafted syrups while also reaping amazing health benefits. Stop in to the lemonade tap room for an individual creation, or purchase pre-made mixes with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. www.pikespeaklemonade.com

Oskar Blues Fooderies Downtown Colorado Springs – The newest addition to the area’s culinary family is in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. The eatery takes up two levels in one of the area’s historic buildings. Enjoy underground bocce courts and an outdoor patio. Grab a pint from one of the 48 taps and munch on locally sourced meats that round out the menu. www.oskarbluesfooderies.com

Goat Patch Brewing Company/Lincoln Center – A variety of local tenants come together in a former elementary school space. Goat Patch Brewing offers a variety of hand-crafted beers along with a fundamental goal of supporting the local Colorado Springs community. Flavors range from a mocha latte stout to a fruit goat patch punch. www.goatpatchbrewing.com

Crafts and Drafts Passport – Colorado Springs has crafted a new way to entice travelers to experience the grandeur of the Pikes Peak region. A new digital passport highlights the destination’s diverse craft beverage scene. From microbreweries to moonshine, visitors can sip and savor their way through the area using a downloadable Crafts & Drafts Passport featuring 24 libation and coffee locations. Colorado continues to make its mark on the adult beverage industry with more than 284 craft breweries state-wide and an economic impact of $2.7 billion. www.visitcos.crafts-drafts

The Piccadilly Bar at The Antlers Hotel offers 50 beers on tap, specialty cocktails and 100 wine choices. This bar offers a classy-cool atmosphere with sophisticated menu items and a nod to the hotel’s history. http://antlers.com/dining.shtml

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About Colorado Springs, CO

Founded as a resort town in 1871, Colorado’s second largest city has drawn travelers from around the world for decades offering unrivaled natural beauty, endless blue skies, a mild climate and more than 55 man-made and natural attractions. Home to iconic landmarks such as Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, Garden of the Gods Park, the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy, the city and surrounding region is a popular destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts and couples. Find out more and order a free vacation planner at VisitCOS.com.

Source: travmedia.com

CityPASS Announces Its Newest Partner Destination: Denver, Colorado

Denver (May 2, 2018) — It was announced today that the newest North American destination to offer the popular CityPASS® formula of discounted, bundled admission to the most popular visitor attractions is Denver, Colorado. Today’s launch increases the number of destinations for which travelers can purchase CityPASS tickets to 13.

“We’ve had our eye on Denver for several years now,” said Megan Allen, CityPASS president and CEO. “The city offers that perfect blend of family-friendly and cultural attractions that makes it ideal for our customers. Combine that with Colorado’s striking scenic beauty and Denver’s nearly 300 days of sunshine per year, and you’ve got a pretty compelling draw for travelers.”

The new Denver CityPASS C3/C4/C5 ticket is a mobile ticketing concept that allows users to select any three, four or five attractions from a list of eight top sights. The ticket is delivered directly to the purchaser’s email, which can be saved to their smartphone and easily scanned at each attraction. Designed to be both flexible and customizable, the tickets do not require the buyer to pre-select the attractions that will be visited; travelers are free to choose as they go.

Depending on the attractions chosen, Denver CityPASS ticket holders can save up to 31 percent off the cost of purchasing the included tickets individually (savings increases to 34 percent on June 1, 2018). The list of attraction options includes:

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo
Downtown Aquarium—Denver
History Colorado Center
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
“Depending on their length of stay and personal interests, Denver CityPASS ticket holders can customize an itinerary that best fits their schedule,” Allen added. “CityPASS has always been guided by the tenets of making travel easier, more affordable and more accessible. Our development team made sure the new Denver program directly hits all those goals.”

Denver CityPASS mobile tickets are valid for seven consecutive days, including the first day of use. Available for sale exclusively on CityPASS.com, the tickets are available in the purchaser’s choice of seven languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

Pricing for Denver CityPASS tickets starts at $39 for adults; $29 for children, age 3-11:

C3 (visit any three attractions): $39, adults; $29, children

C4 (visit any four attractions): $48, adults; $38, children

C5 (visit any five attractions): $57, adults; $47, children

About CityPASS: For more than 20 years, CityPASS tickets have been premier products for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings. CityPASS tickets, which have a 97 percent customer recommendation rating, are currently available in 13 North American destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. For more information, visit CityPASS.com.

Prices and programs subject to change. CityPASS® is a registered trademark of City Pass, Inc., and the exclusive property of City Pass, Inc.

Source:  ipw.travmedia.com

TOP DESTINATIONS FOR YOUR NEXT AMERICAN HOLIDAY

Are you thinking of your next trip to the States but aren’t sure where to go!? We get how overwhelming planning a holiday can be, and with so many places to choose from, it’s hard to pick exactly where you’d like to go. But, that’s where Tour America come in! We’re Ireland’s experts in USA holidays and we’re here to inspire your choice and your planning! So whether it’s your first trip or your a regular visitor to the States we’ve compiled a list of 5 Top Destinations you must visit in 2018. Check it out!

LAS VEGAS
There is no where else in the world quite like Las Vegas and with so much to do and see you’ll never get bored! One of the most popular attractions in Vegas is its incredible selection of live shows. Over the years Las Vegas has hosted some of the worlds biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Elvis to Celine Dion and now even Britney Spears. While there, taking in a show is a must!

Las Vegas has incredible dining options for every taste, weather your looking some traditional american options or something a bit fancy Vegas has you covered! Try something a bit different and go on an adventure find Vegas’s ‘secret pizza place’. We will give you a hint – head towards the Cosmopolitan Hotel!

Oh and of course Vegas has incredible shopping options for every budget from outlet malls to luxury brands. Add in high roller, bellagio fountains, trip to the grand canyon.

  • ORLANDO
    With great weather all year round and Theme Parks that every member of the family will enjoy, a trip to Orlando will not disappoint! From Walt Disney World to Universal Orlando Resort and Seaworld both big and little kids will have a great time!
    In the evenings International Drive, otherwise known as iDrive, is a great place to spend an evening with all the family! Famous for its bars, restaurants and attractions like the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, the 400-foot tall observation wheel has breathtaking views of Central Florida. Enjoy the sights of downtown
    Orlando’s, theme parks, lakes and lush landscape, and on a clear day, views of Cape Canaveral on the east coast.
    But there’s more to Orlando than just theme parks. Orlando is home to some of the worlds best discount outlets as well as premium malls so make sure you schedule some retail therapy in your itinerary!

WASHINGTON
Washington, DC, the US capitol is the perfect place to discover the history behind one of the greatest countries in the world. Take some time exploring historical monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and museums like the National Museum of American History. If you feel like browsing the shops, Washington, DC is home to one of the biggest shopping malls in the states – Tysons Corner Center which has over 300 stores and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to relax and enjoy some retail therapy.

The Smithsonian Institution is the perfect place to pick up some souvenirs and there are loads of gifts shops as well, so you’re sure to find a unique souvenir to remember your trip to the capitol city!

NEW YORK CITY
New York isn’t called the city that doesn’t sleep for no reason! There is so much to see and do in New York City, from soaring over the city in a helicopter to boat rides to Coney Island and strolling along the Highline. Also, shopping is a must when in New York because It wouldn’t be an ultimate trip to New York if you didn’t do a little shopping! With a huge selection of high street, luxury and discount stores, the options are endless! Oh and make sure to visit Macy’s on Herald Square, it’s one of the biggest stores in the US and it offers discounts to Irish travellers! For the ultimate New York experience make sure to grab a bite to eat at a food truck! They are a New York institution.

CHICAGO
Chicago has the perfect combination of impressive architecture and green spaces. There are so many different places to explore and attractions to see. Millenium Park is a must see, it’s a 24.5-acre park and the perfect place to hang out in the city.Make sure to also take a stroll along Chicago’s Riverwalk, which is a continuous walkway dotted with restaurants, bars and urban attractions at every turn. The public transport in Chicago is very reliable and it is easy to walk and find your way around the city so there is no need to rent a car. Chicago is also famous for it’s deep dish pizza, so make sure to grab a bite as your exploring to get the full ‘Windy City’ experience!

Source:  touramerica.ie

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IPW Denver 2018 – Roger Dow, U. S. Travel Association – Silvija Travel Tips

Event promo interview with Roger Dow, President and CEO, of the U.S. Travel Association about the upcoming IPW Denver 2018.

IPW is the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S. In just three days of pre-scheduled business appointments, more than 6,000 delegates representing U.S. travel organizations from every region of the USA and international and domestic buyers and media from 70+ countries meet face-to-face to conduct future travel business to the USA.

For further information to to book a stand or attend as buyer or delegate visit:  www.ipw.com

Interview with Roger Dow, President and CEO, of the U.S. Travel Association speaking at the Phocuswright Conference, November 2017. The video includes shots of the presentation to BeachInspector.com  – Winner of the Brand USA Marketing and Innovation Award

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Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association – Phcuswright USA 2017 – Silvija Travel Tips

 

Interview with Roger Dow, President and CEO, of the U.S. Travel Association speaking at the Phocuswright Conference, November 2017. The video includes shots of the presentation to BeachInspector.com  – Winner of the Brand USA Marketing and Innovation Award

Transcript from video interview with Roger Dow.

There’s an overriding message especially in the media, that American doesn’t want people to be here. Further from the truth. What I think the Administration’s been very strong on security, and you have to be strong on security and accessibility. My message to the Administration should be America’s closed to terrorists, and open to everyone else. And that open to everyone else hasn’t happened. But still people separate politics and place. People still wanna come here. We’re seeing good numbers. The real bad thing here is the dollar. The dollar’s so strong that it costs you a lot more if you come from Ireland or if you come from Europe to come to America. So that’s our bigger problem. People wanna blame it on the President, but it’s a lot and most about dollar and global economies. My clear message is it’s the safest place to travel to the U.S. Never been a better place to come. And on behalf of all of U.S. destinations, it’s one big welcome. We wanna see you. We want you to come and spend your money, but we also wanna get to know you.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser – Big Bus Tour in Washington D.C. for IPW Media – Silvija Travel Tips

“Big Bus Tours” yra didžiausias pasaulio atvirųjų autobusų ekskursijų organizatorius, teikiantis pažintines keliones 19 miestuose trijuose žemynuose.  Viešėdama Vašingtone, DC, kaip IPW 2017 dalyvė, pasirinkau kelionę ” Big Bus” autobusu pažinčiai su šiuo ypatingu miestu. Kadangi tai yra geriausias būdas pamatyti Vašingtoną, atsipalaidavusi ir dairydamasi į šalis stebėjau įžymias vietas, dėl kurių Amerikos sostinė tokia atpažįstama ir ypatinga. O išsamūs gido pasakojimai dar labiau praturtino mano pažintį su Vašingtonu. Ir man labai pasisekė! Susipažinus su miesto įžymybėmis ir autobusui stabtelėjus ties Vašingtono paminklu, kitą kelionės dalį kaip gidė pratęsė Vašingtono DC merė Muriel Bowser. Big Bus prisipildė apsaugos, daugybės kamerų, žurnalistų. Visi norėjome pamatyti ir pasiklausyti miesto merės pasakojimo. Prieš tapdama Vašington DC mere, Muriel Bowser buvo ekskursijų vadovė. Jos išsamūs pasakojimai apie Vašington DC, autobusu keliaujant per šio didžiojo miesto istoriją nepaliko abejingų.Pravažiavome pro Baltuosius rūmus, Vašingtono paminklą, Nacionalinį prekybos centrą, istorinį Džordžtauną, Arlingtono nacionalines kapines ir dar daugybę žymių vietų . Tikrai kelionė buvo ypatinga.

Su didžiuliu malonumu aplankiau National Geographic – Silvija Travel Tips

Neseniai, lankydamasi Vašingtone, kaip IPW 2017 atstovė, su didžiuliu malonumu aplankiau “National Geographic” būstinę. Aš visada žavėjausi garsiomis “National Geographic” knygomis su jų ryškiu geltonu stačiakampio formos rėmu ant viršelio. “National Geographic” žurnalas buvo pradėtas 1888 m. Ir tapo informacijos, nuotraukų ir puikios žurnalistikos šaltiniu apie geografiją, kultūrą, gamtos mokslą ir istoriją visame pasaulyje. Žurnalas išgarsėjo dėl savo ypatingai gražių nuotraukų. “National Geographic” logotipo geltona spalva reiškia saulę, kuri yra svarbi mūsų planetos gyvenimui visame pasaulyje. Stačiakampis – tai foto rėmelis. Žurnalas publikuojamas kas mėnesį ir yra išleidžiamas daugiau nei 40 kalbų. Šiandien “National Geographic” logotipas rodomas daugelyje žiniasklaidos priemonių. 1963 m. prasidėjusios televizijos laidos laimėjo daugybę apdovanojimų, įskaitant daugiau nei 100 Emmy apdovanojimų. Televizijos programos apima: “Explorer”, “Specializacija ir įvykiai”, “Gamtos istorija” , “Mokslas” ir nuolat plečiasi. Mano vizitas į “National Geographic” būstinę paliko didžiulį įspūdį. Aš be galo laiminga, turėdama puikią galimybę prisiliesti prie šio žurnalo originalo, susipažinusi iš arčiau su jo istorija ir ypatingais darbuotojais, mylinčiais savo darbą.

Čia yra nuoroda į “National Geographic” Lietuvos svetainę:
www.nationalgeographic.lt

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Silvija Zalepugiene with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips  with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery during pre IPW 2017 visit to Stone Tower Winery.

“Stone Tower Winery” yra šeimos valdoma ir eksploatuojanti vyno gamykla, kur aukščiausios rūšies vynai ir puikūs vaizdai yra vienodai suderinti su nepriekaištingu svetingumu. Čia dirbama su aukščiausios rūšies vynuogininkais, dirvožemio specialistais ir enologų komanda. Daugiau nei 50-yje akrų užauginti svaiginančių klasikinių prancūziškų veislių vynuogynai 206 akrų valdoje virš Hogback kalno Leesburge, Virdžinijoje. Talentinga komanda sukūrė pasaulinio lygio vynų gamybą. Geras vynas ir puiki komanda padarė labai gerą įspūdį, tai viena iš įsimintiniausių kelionių po Virdžiniją.

Stone Tower Winery  www.stonetowerwinery.com

Christopher L. Thompson, Brand USA with Silvija Zalepugiene at IPW – Silvija Travel Tips

Christopher L. Thompson, President and CEO, Brand USA with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW.

“Brand USA”, kaip Jungtinių Valstijų rinkodaros organizacija, siekia didinti nuolatinį tarptautinį aplankymą, kad būtų galima kurti tautos ekonomiką ir pagerinti JAV įvaizdį visame pasaulyje. “Brand USA” pradėjo veikti 2011 m. gegužės mėnesį, įsteigtu “Travel Promotion Act”, kaip pirmosios šalies viešojo ir privačiojo sektorių partnerystės iniciatyva, siekiant paskatinti pasauliniu mastu suderintas rinkodaros pastangas propaguoti Jungtines Valstijas kaip pagrindinę kelionių paskirties vietą , apie JAV vizų ir įvažiavimo politiką.

Brand USA  www.thebrandusa.com

Silvija Zalepugiene with Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association at IPW – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips with Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association at the CityPass media reception and awards at IPW.

U.S. Travel Association www.ustravel.org

Four travel journalists captured top honors in the U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA’s  IPW Travel Writer Awards competition, sponsored by CityPASS. The winners were announced yesterday during a media reception at the IPW trade show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The U.S. Travel Association, which coordinates the awards, received more than 150 contest entries from journalists representing 58 countries. The winners were as follows:

Best IPW Host City (Orlando) Article — Brazilian editor Amanda Fernandes Leonel de Queiroz captured top honors in this category, which judges articles highlighting the previous year’s IPW host city. After attending IPW 2015 in Orlando, Leonel was inspired to write a cover story for Melhor Viagem, a travel magazine targeting readers 55+ in Brazil. As the title of her article,Orlando: De volta à infância” (Orlando: Back to Childhood), suggests, all you need to enjoy Orlando is a youthful spirit and a willingness to explore new horizons.

Best U.S. Travel Destination Article — Due to the high number of outstanding entries received, the judges selected two winners in this category. Phoebe Smith, editor-in-chief of the U.K.-based travel magazine Wanderlust, won for her story “A Walk in the Woods.” Using Bill Bryson’s classic travel book of the same name as her inspiration, Smith drove the entire 2,180-mile length of the Appalachian Trail over a two-week period, cherry-picking the main highlights to explore on foot as she went. The resulting story, published in the October 2015 issue of Wanderlust, is chock-full of great information for would-be hikers, as well as engaging descriptions of the colorful personalities Smith met along the way.

Also winning in this category is Lindsay Sutton, a freelance travel journalist from the United Kingdom. On the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s creation of America’s expansive and much-envied National Parks system, Sutton chronicled a trek across North Dakota, the U.S. state where the idea for the National Parks system was born. Sutton’s article, “Follow in a President’s Footsteps,” appeared in the Manchester Evening News in February 2016. Sutton’s prose takes readers down unsigned dirt roads, through the rugged North Dakota Badlands, and to the far corners of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, all the while highlighting the personality and motivations of the man who would become America’s first “conservationist in chief.”

Best Trade Publication Article — Héctor Fabio Rizzo, editor of Mexico’s TOUR Magazine, won top honors for “La NUEVA New York” (The NEW New York). Through beautiful pictures and words, Rizzo’s article describes the distinctive flavor of New York, created by its diverse population, neighborhoods and energy. His story invites readers to discover the Big Apple’s new attractions and features, including One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, relocated to a brand-new building in New York’s Meatpacking District.
During their evaluation of the entries, this year’s judges looked for articles that featured original ideas and exceptional storytelling skills, as well as prose that would inspire readers to travel to the United States.

The IPW Travel Writer Awards competition is held annually. Each of the winning writers receives $1,000 U.S. and an award certificate. This year’s competition was sponsored by CityPASS, the company that offers discounted admission packages to the top attractions in 12 North American destinations. ###

The U.S. Travel Association is a national, nonprofit organization representing all components of the travel industry, which generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 15 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States. For more information, visit www.ustravel.org.

For nearly 20 years, CityPASS ticket booklets have been the premier product for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings of up to 50 percent. CityPASS ticket booklets, which have a 97 percent customer recommendation rating, contain prepaid admission to the most popular attractions in 12 North American destinations: New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. For more information, visit CityPASS.com.