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May 162012
 May 16, 2012  Posted by  Travel
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Traveling to big cities can be an expensive venture. After airfare and a pricey hotel room (which can cost even more than your airfare, but that’s another story), there are meals and attractions to pay for. But there’s a good deal to be had for visitors to such cities as New York, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco and a handful of others. It’s called the CityPASS.

For 15 years, CityPASS has been the way savvy tourists get into top attractions and without waiting in line at ticket windows. Because if you buy one for your destination, you save about 50% on the price of admission to various museums, zoos, aquariums and other local attractions.

We used one on a visit to Boston and were very glad we did. Not only was it cheaper to get into the aquarium there, but it was a day when there was no school and the lines at the ticket window were endless. We walked right up to the gate, handed them our CityPASS tickets and went right in. We beat the crowds and never stood in line.

Prices vary by destination, but the Boston one, for example, is $46 ($29 for children) and includes some stellar attractions, which would have cost about $90 if we’d paid for them individually.

CityPass ticket books are valid for 9 to 14 days (depending on your destination), so they’ll cover most vacation times (or, if you live in one of these cities and want to do a “stay-cation” this year).

They’re also available for Chicago, Hollywood, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto and Southern California. You can see a full list or find out more on the CityPASS website.

Linda DuVal

Linda DuVal has lived in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region since 1969. She has been writing about the area for most of that time and is the co-author of the new “Insider’s Guide to Colorado Springs,” from Globe Pequot Press. She was a working journalist with The Gazette – the city’s daily newspaper – for 32 years, covering everything from city council to fashion trends, books and authors to travel and food. She has been a freelance writer since 2004, contributing regularly to newspapers, magazines and online sites. Linda owns and operates Pikes Peak On The Cheap.

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