I’m not big on coupon books, but CityPass is definitely a good value. Now in its tenth year, it has fine tuned its programs in ten destinations:
• New York;
• San Francisco;
• Hollywood Walk of Fame;
• Southern California (combining Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Diego theme parks);
• And most recently, Atlanta.
As a frequent visitor to NYC, I’ve used the pass for the Empire State Building Observatory, The Museum of Modern Art, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and the Guggenheim Museum (I took the accompanying photo while going to a retrospective of pop artist James Rosenquist). Other NY attractions include the American Museum of Natural History and the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum.
Using the pass is easy. Just present your CityPass booklet at each attraction and they’ll remove the ticket and you walk right in. Don’t remove the ticket in advance — that’s a no-no. CityPass 2006/2007 booklets contain a color photo and map for each attraction. They also include a value-added coupon for one of the city’s signature distinctions (in NYC, it’s a Bloomingdale’s shopping coupon).
The booklets may be purchased at each city’s participating attractions, city visitor centers, Costco, Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, participating travel agents or at the CityPass Website. Prices vary (the New York CityPass is $63 for adults, $46 for ages 6-17).