USA & Canada: CityPASS Family Vacatons - Lights, Cameras, and Deals. If you've seen the movie then see the city. Visiting North America’s movie locations is a ‘wrap’ with a pocket-sized vacation pass created to make a vacation easier to handle once its underway.
Cameras pan skylines and streets, zoom inside chic shops, glamorous restaurants, creating intimate connections to neighborhoods, signature boulevards, and character-forging locations. In fact, the classic “establishing” shots used in film – the Empire State Building, CN Tower, Elliott Bay and Space Needle, cable cars clanging up a hill, palm trees in front of Cinderella’s castle – instantly identify a place.
International visitors bound for North American icon cities can sample the flavor, scenes, culture and style of nine major cities with CityPASS®, a superb collection of values.CityPASS is the one program that, by design, offers a select group of the most-visited attractions in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Hollywood, and Southern California (Anaheim and San Diego) in a ticket booklet that, 1) costs half what the tickets would cost if purchased separately, 2) allows ticket holders to bypass most main ticket queues, a decided advantage in terms of time, crowds and seasonal weather inconvenience, 3) is valid for a period of at least nine days, and 4) includes transportation directions and advice for each attraction.
Cue the movie soundtrack. Stop at the first attraction to purchase a CityPASS, then sashay through legendary cinematic landscapes, while satisfying the entire family’s craving for urban insights.
New York CityPASS: New York – the real thing or a Hollywood back lot built to look like it – has dominated movie making since its inception. Whether evoking an era, fabulous wealth, historic characters, contemporary situations or epic events, the Big Apple is a movie hot spot. No other city conjures U.S. icons and people in quite the same way.
New York’s CityPASS cultural institutions and attractions are visual punctuation points in any traveler’s itinerary. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) reopened in November 2004 to restore modern art to the heart of Manhattan and reinvent the way museums nourish and inform its guests. The museum’s new building and enhanced sculpture garden dazzle locals and visitors alike. In addition, new restaurants and cafes lend fresh cachet to New York’s see-and-scene ethic. We predict that movie-goers will soon see pivotal scenes shot in MoMA’s sleek environs and luxurious dining.
The elevator ride to the Empire State Building Observatory slides along a route immortalized by Meg Ryan (Sleepless in Seattle), Cary Grant (An Affair to Remember) and Fay Wray (King Kong), among others. The views from the top have captured the architectural splendors and economic growth of the city throughout the decades. It is also the ultimate romantic destination for a day or night in New York.
Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises feature the skyline in one of three tour routes. All include a close-up view of the Statue of Liberty. Black-and-white to Technicolor, a boat tour on the Hudson and East rivers affords panoramic shots of the Battery, Brooklyn, Washington and Williamsburg bridges, the United Nations, and a host of wide and telephoto /images/ezine. Take the Harbor Lights cruise to witness millions of lights illuminating millions of reasons people adore New York City.
The American Museum of Natural History is awesome in any season. Featured in the blockbuster film "Night at the Museum", its a must see for all. The museum embraces tourists, school children, neighborhood artists and day traders, providing special memories. Glimpse butterflies, dinosaur bones and mind-boggling reminders of creatures and insects that once – and now – inhabit the planet.
You may also choose CityPASS extras like the NYC Fire Museum or NYC Police Museum or a CitySights NY Tour along with many more.
New York CityPASS: The compact New York booklet includes the Empire State Building Observatory, Guggenheim Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, the newly expanded and just-reopened Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and a Circle Line Harbor Cruise. It is valid all winter.
Toronto CityPASS: The Toronto Film Festival attracts celebrities, studio heads, independent filmmakers, and movie lovers, turning the entire city into a playground for the film crowds. Toronto also serves as a movie set for film makers, handily mimicking metropolitan, ethnic and countryside locations. CityPASS Toronto, Ontario includes the five must-see attractions, CN Tower, with its Great Lakes’, New York State and Ontario vistas, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, a castle-like home hugging the hills and gardens above the city; Ontario Science Centre; and the Toronto Zoo.
Boston CityPASS: Historical dramas, romantic heart-string pluckers, high-falutin’ ways or immigrant struggles stir the cinematic pot. Boston reminds visitors of Paul Revere, never having to say you’re sorry (Love Story), or Good Will Hunting’s troubled math genius. Boston CityPASS is valid all winter. CityPASS Boston includes the Skywalk Observatory city view at Prudential Center, the New England Aquarium, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Science and the Harvard Museum of Natural History on the university campus.
Philadelphia CityPASS: Sylvester Stallone storms the steps in triumph (Rocky), Katherine Hepburn’s Main Line heiress discards men who don’t measure up (The Philadelphia Story), and psychologist Bruce Willis’ child client sees dead people (The Sixth Sense). Philadelphia CityPASS is valid all winter. CityPASS Philadelphia includes the Philadelphia Zoo, The Franklin Institute Science Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Adventure Aquarium, and an all-day ride aboard the Philadelphia Trolley Works with on-and-off privileges at 18 stops including CityPASS attractions and other historic sites.
Chicago CityPASS: Since Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked over the lantern, Chicago has been a magnet for actors and movies. The "Untouchables" and "Chicago" are different treatments of The Windy City’s notorious past. Today, the skyline is featured in wedding scenes shot near the museum campus; dialogue takes place on the El train, passing apartment windows; singles scout eligible interests on Rush Street. And Michigan Avenue – the Magnificent Mile – beguiles with glossy shops, art galleries and turned-out Midwest matrons. CityPASS Chicago includes The Hancock Observatory delivers a view of the region, joining a lineup of Chicago’s most treasured museums: The Field Museum and Underground Adventure, The Museum of Science and Industry-- including admission to the OmniMax theatre -- Adler Planetarium, and the Shedd Aquarium.
Seattle CityPASS: Swoon over the Emerald City rain or shine. Michael Douglas took a ferry to work in a glitzy Pioneer Square industrial building. Tom Hanks and his movie son lived on a houseboat, waiting to meet Meg Ryan. Chase scenes through Pike Market usually involve someone getting smacked with a fish. The city took flight, harnessed cyberspace, and shared quirky Pacific Northwest style in architecture, clothes, outdoor adventure and film. Seattle CityPASS is valid all winter. CityPass Seattle includes its Pacific Science Center and IMAX, The Museum of Flight, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo and atmospheric harbor tour aboard Argosy Cruises.
Houston CityPASS: Tons of movies- movies about space mostly- have been filmed in Houston. Movies like "Apollo 13", "Space Cowboys", and "Armageddon", just to name a few have been filmed in the Johnson Space Center. This CityPASS includes admission to the Space Center, the Downtown Aquarium, the Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Museum of Fine Arts, The Children’s Museum, and the Health Museum.
San Francisco CityPASS: Countless movies – from the great earthquake to futuristic possibilities have been filmed in San Francisco. Hitchcock used blondes to make his point. Detectives in flashy cars shoot over hills in hot pursuit. Mysterious developments and fabulous food beckon in Chinatown. And the Golden Gate Bridge tends to star in at least one scene per movie. CityPASS San Francisco includes cable cars, light rail and the San Francisco Muni, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, and a San Francisco Blue & Gold Fleet cruise. A new option ticket invites visiting the Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Hollywood CityPASS: Universal Studios and Four Walk of Fame Attractions is devoted to a single theme. Hollywood CityPASS is a thrilling blend of adventure rides, behind the scenes movie revelations, and award-winning locations. Universal Studios is a theme park and movie studio. Also included is the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Kodak Theatre Guided Tour for an inside view of the Academy Awards® venue, Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building, Red Line- Behind the Scenes Tour and a Starline Tours of Hollywood drive through famous neighborhoods.
Southern California CityPASS: Wholesome family fare, exotic backdrops, antic comedies are conjured in the theme parks and animal kingdoms of Southern California. The classic themes still play here: Boy meets girl, alligator meets pirate, dolphins and whales predictably drench delighted crowds. Southern California CityPASS is valid for a 14-day period from first use. CityPASS Southern California includes a three-day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® – three days of admission to both Disneyland® park and Disney’s California Adventure™ park with back-and-forth privileges, Universal Studios Hollywood, and SeaWorld in San Diego.
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