Tourist Passes allows you to experience an extensive range of the region’s most popular sites and attractions at a discounted rate. Essentially you pay one price for entrance to all the attractions and tours listed. In addition you get a few more perks such as a free guidebook and skipping the lines at some of the major sights (think about the huge lines in the summer).
For most people, buying a tourist pass is about saving money. You can purchase these passes in your destination but you usually pay full price. Buying them beforehand usually results in some kind of savings (on top of what you would save on paying for each attraction separately).
New York: Shop and browse along Madison and Fifth Avenues, and enjoy some of the world’s best restaurants while checking out landmarks like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the lights of Times Square.
Chicago: A vacation to the Windy City has something for everyone. The Field Museum’s famous T. rex, Sue, is just one of the attractions at the city’s Museum Campus, which also includes the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium.
Hawaii, Oahu and Maui: With miles of pristine sand beaches, internationally famous surfing hot spots, and an average winter low temperature around 80°F, it’s no wonder that Hawaii is one of the world’s most popular year-round vacation spots.
Los Angeles: The destination of many would-be stars, Los Angeles is a mix of celebrities, old Hollywood glamour, and the influence of Mexican American culture.
San Francisco: Home to many American icons, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the familiar bell of the cable cars to steep, zigzagging streets lined with Victorian houses. EWatch the sea lions lounge at Fisherman’s Wharf, or plot your escape from Alcatraz.
San Diego: The coastal landscape attracts surfers, nature lovers, snowbirds, and visitors of every interest. Balboa Park is home to 15 museums—fine arts, photographs, natural history, and more—as well as the famous San Diego Zoo.
Boston: Beantown, The Hub, The Land of the Bean and the Cod… Boston balances its Revolutionary roots and Irish American heritage with the youthful vibe provided by 250,000 college students who arrive each September.
Go Chicago Card: Experience a range of the region’s most popular sites and attractions at a discounted rate. The card allows carriers free entry to an extensive list of Chicago area locations.
Go Oahu Card: No other Oahu attraction pass offers you the value of free admission to over 30 attractions, tours, and beach activities with the flexibility to use it over 2 weeks.
New York City Explorer Pass: This is a great way to tailor your own NYC visit and get great savings on only the kinds of attractions you want to see. Perfect for first-time visitors and residents alike.
Go San Diego Card: Enjoy admission to more than 55 attractions, a full color guidebook, and savings of up to 30% on shopping, dining, and other activities around San Diego.
Paris Pass: Get unlimited admission to more than 55 museums and monuments, plus unlimited access to almost all greater Paris public transportation options.
London Pass: Good for admission at 55 different attractions in and around London, plus nearly unlimited travel on public transportation if you add the Travelpass option.
The New York Pass: Create your ideal New York City vacation with free, unlimited, skip-the-line admission to more than 60 top NYC attractions and tours.
New York CityPass: Visit 6 major attractions for $79 for an adult pass and $59 for kids. Take up to 9 days to use your passes, and save almost 50% off the price of regular admission.
Las Vegas Power Pass: This family-friendly pass ovvers up to $500 in possible savings for a pass that’s as low as $33 per day for a 5-day adult pass.
See Sydney Card: This is one of the most popular ways to see Sydney and its major attractions, as well as destinations well outside of the city.
San Francisco CityPass: One of the first cities that CityPass was available in, San Francisco has lots to choose from for kids and adults with this pass.
Smart Destinations: Unlimited admission sightseeing passes that cover more than 400 different attractions in 15 North American travel destinations.
Leisure Pass: This leading provider of smart card tourism passes was founded in 2001 and offers products for several U.K. regions, Paris, New York City, and Philadelphia.
CityPass: Travelers can save up to 50% on admission to 5 or 6 of the best attractions in 11 different North American destinations.
Other Companies: Tourism boards, independent tour companies, and cooperating attractions also frequently offer discount and inclusive passes.
Top Tourist Attractions
Empire State Building: Check out New York’s skyline from the Observatory’s famous 86th and 102nd floor observatories.
Shedd Aquarium: This famous aquarium opened in 1930, and is home to over 25,000 fish. Check out the Wild Reef exhibit, which features a coral reef, colorful fish, sharks and rays.
Pearl Harbor: In modern—day history, Pearl Harbor is famous for the sad date in American history and the site of historic and cultural points of interest, such as the USS Missouri Memorial, the USS Arizona Memorial, and Pearl Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.
San Diego Zoo: One of the oldest zoos in the United States. If you’ve never fed a giraffe, you will have the opportunity to give the friendly, long—necked mammals a snack. You’ll also want to take a ride on the SkyFari, an aerial tram that gives you a bird’s—eye view of the zoo!
Boston Museum of Science: If you’ve never seen a 65—million year old Triceratops fossil, look no further than the Museum of Science. Don’t forget to admire the butterfly exhibit overlooking Charles River!
Alcatraz: More than just a notorious prison, Alcatraz Island is a rich cultural and ecological destination that spins a unique tale of growth, destruction, and rebirth.
Why a Tourist Pass?
They are not for everyone. If you are a casual tourist, you are probably better off just paying full price at the few places you visit.
However, if you want to really experience a destination, you should seriously consider a pass. You pay one price then you can go to as many attractions as you like with no extra charges. They usually include more attractions than you can possibly go to but don’t let that deter you. You just need to compare the prices you would pay at the attractions and tours you want to go to and see if you would save money with a pass.
They also contain a wide breadth of types of activities including art museums, science museums, zoos, aquariums, cruises, trolleys, bus tours, observation decks amusement parks and historical sites.
In addition, they come with extras like discounts at shops and retail locations adding to the savings.
Also look for a souvenir guidebook and card.
It all adds up to a nice package to help make your trip as enjoyable and economical as possible.