Celebrate Gay Pride Month with More than Just Parties and Parades

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Pride Month throughout the United States and Smart Destinations, the company behind Go City Cards and Explorer Passes, has compiled a list of the top five pride celebrations, where travelers can get their pride on. Take Advantage of all the Pride Destination Has to Offer: Grab a Smart Destinations Go Card and take advantage of all the city's best sights and museums, after all the more the merrier.

This year many cities will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pride celebrations. While 2010 is a must see as parades and festivities will be better than ever, travelers shouldn’t forget to take advantage of all the sights and activities in their chosen destination. Smart Destinations’ Go Cards and Explorer Passes allow visitors to see and do all the city’s best museums, sights, and tours by rolling them into one money saving ticket, making the perfect complement to any trip.

Boston, MA -June 4-13, 2010- Boston is home to New England’s largest pride celebration and is currently celebrating its 40th year. The 10 day celebration is themed "Riots to Rights - Celebrating 40 Years of Progress." Go Boston Card includes admission to over 70 popular sights and tours in the Boston area, from the city’s top museums and tours to the Bay State Cruise to Provincetown, a world-class gay and lesbian vacation resort destination. PlanetOut Travel Awards has named Provincetown, "Best Domestic Gay Resort Town” for three consecutive years.

Chicago, IL- June Chicago celebrates pride the entire month of June with the annual parade commencing the celebration the last Sunday of the month. This year’s pride celebration is themed, “One Heart, One World, One Pride.” Smart Destinations’ Go Chicago Card allows access to all of the major attractions in the city. Experience the Frank Lloyd Wright Architectural tour, take an afternoon sail on Tall Ship Windy, and visit the Shed Aquarium. Rent bikes with a Bike and Roll rental and tour Andersonville and Boystown are where you can find Chicago’s best gay and lesbian bars.

New York, NY- June 19-27, 2010- New York celebrates Pride with a series of events from parades to rallies to special concerts, all commencing with “The March” marshaled by Constance McMillen, the lesbian senior from Mississippi who was denied the right to attend her prom. While in New York celebrating pride, pick up a New York Explorer Pass which allows visitors to choose from 45 must-see museums, sights, and tours for one low price saving up to 50% on walk up admissions.

Los Angeles, CA- June 11-13, 2010- Los Angeles is celebrating the city’s 40th Pride celebration anniversary with “PRIDE 365: Power. Passion. Purpose.” Hosted by Christopher Street West, the West Hollywood neighborhood named after New York City’s Christopher Street, home of the Stonewall Rebellion. Visitors should take advantage of all the city offers with our Go Los Angeles Card which allows access to Pacific Park, Paramount Studios, the Queen Mary, Kodak Theatre, and many more.

San Francisco, CA- June 26-27, 2010 San Francisco has a rich history of Gay rights and naturally has one of the most celebrated and well attended Pride celebrations in the world. This year’s theme is “Forty and Fabulous” and it is guaranteed to be a fabulous time. Visitors to the San Francisco area should pick up a Go San Francisco Card for free admission to the city’s top museums and sights. Or perhaps the Wine Country Explorer Pass which includes admission to 17 wineries in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. This pass is a great way to unwind after a weekend long celebration.

Smart Destinations is the premier provider of unlimited admission attraction passes in 15 major North American travel destinations from Oahu to Boston. Smart Destinations’ Go Cards and Explorer Passes – and now Custom Explorer Passes -- offer pre-paid access to over 425 museums, attractions and tours for one fixed price, resulting in up to 50% savings off general admissions ticket prices. The combination of savings and convenience has resulted in 94% customer satisfaction as measured by 3rd party research and helped the company rank 78 on Inc.Magazine’s 2008 list of the 500 fastest growing companies. Distributed through major travel services in 25 countries as well as on the Web, Smart Destinations’ products are a “trusted companion” for the best a destination has to offer at an unbeatable price point. For more information on program participation, the company, and its products, visit http://www.smartdestinations.com.


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