RISMEDIA, Dec. 31, 2007–Sticking to New Year’s resolutions is simple when visiting any of the urban destinations that are part of America’s Greatest Cities (AGC) — a marketing collaborative that includes Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. Whether the goal is to save more money, stay healthy or see something new, there are plenty of ways to honor those personal commitments in 2008.
“The new year signals the start of so many resolutions. America’s Greatest Cities offers incredible opportunities for people to realize their individual goals with rewarding experiences that will exceed their expectations,” said Mike Gallagher, chairman of AGC. “The road to betterment begins with exploring all of the possibilities in these dynamic destinations.”
The following are recommendations for keeping the most common New Year’s resolutions in each of the AGC destinations. Consumers can access additional travel information, itinerary suggestions and other useful resources online on the official AGC website, www.americasgreatestcities.com.
SAVE MONEY: With a free BostonUSA Specials! card and the family-friendly ValuePASS, visitors can score discounts on shopping, food, museum admission, events and more.
STAY HEALTHY: Walking the Freedom Trail, strolling along Boston Harbor and biking Charles Esplanade are a few of the healthy options for enjoying the city’s scenery and history.
SEE SOMETHING NEW: The city’s new waterfront Museum of Contemporary Art features extensive galleries, a performing arts center and glass walls facing the harbor. Additional travel information is available on www.bostonusa.com.
SAVE MONEY: At The Dining Room at Kendall College, future celebrity chefs prepare and serve outstanding meals at bargain prices.
STAY HEALTHY: A bicycle ride along the shore of Lake Michigan is an unforgettable Windy City experience. Bike Chicago offers guided tours and has rental stations along the lakefront.
SEE SOMETHING NEW: The NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks are showing promise, thanks to teen sensations Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. Visitors can experience the hype first-hand. Additional travel information is available on www.choosechicago.com.
SAVE MONEY: Entry is free to the Getty Villa, a Malibu estate with Roman- inspired architecture, gardens and a collection of Greek, Roman and Etruscan art.
STAY HEALTHY: Pampering yourself is easy in star-studded Los Angeles. Spas like Le Petite Retreat Day Spa offer countless ways to rejuvenate tired bodies.
SEE SOMETHING NEW: Griffith Observatory recently completed more than $90 million in renovations. The 300-seat Samuel Oschin Planetarium theater takes visitors on a cosmic journey of discovery during its live ‘Centered in the Universe’ show every 60 to 90 minutes each day. Additional travel information is available on www.greaterlosangeles.com.
SAVE MONEY: Explore fascinating museums such as the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art for free during designated times in the week.
STAY HEALTHY: Manhattan’s three outdoor skating rinks — Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center, and Central Park’s Trump Wollman Skating Rink and Trump Lasker Rink-offer great reasons to sneak in a thigh-blasting workout.
SEE SOMETHING NEW: The much-anticipated revival of the Tennessee Williams play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, stars James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad. Additional travel information is available on www.nycvisit.com.
SAVE MONEY: Shop tax-free on clothing and shoes throughout Philadelphia, including Macy’s Center City, The Gallery, King of Prussia Mall, Franklin Mills Mall, and the new Philadelphia Premium Outlets.
STAY HEALTHY: Walking tours of Old City offer a closer look at one of the country’s most historic locales; strolls along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and up the Art Museum steps give visitors a view of the growing skyline.
SEE SOMETHING NEW: Infusions of city and corporate funding are rejuvenating the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the first of its kind, which has 750,000 items in its collection. Additional travel information is available on www.philadelphiausa.travel or www.gophila.com.
SAVE MONEY: January 15 through January 31, 2008 is the seventh annual Dine About Town San Francisco with more than 100 fine restaurants offering three-course lunches for $21.95 and dinners for $31.95. If you miss it, don’t despair — Dine About Town returns June 1 through June 15.
STAY HEALTHY: For a fresh perspective on the world’s most famous bridge, cross the Golden Gate by bicycle. Rental shops are located in Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Golden Gate Park and other locations.
SEE SOMETHING NEW: Throughout 2008, the museums of San Francisco will have a convergence of outstanding exhibitions: Chilhuly at the deYoung, Frida Kahlo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Women Impressionists at the Legion of Honor and China’s Ming Dynasty at the Asian Art Museum. Additional travel information is available on www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com.
SAVE MONEY: On the first Thursday of every month, the Pioneer Square neighborhood hosts a Gallery Walk; shops and galleries stay open late and serve wine and snacks.
STAY HEALTHY: Walk through Discovery Park in the city’s Magnolia district. The three-mile loop offers sweeping views of Puget Sound.
SEE SOMETHING NEW: Rookie phenom Kevin Durant is one of the most exciting players to enter the NBA since LeBron James, making the Seattle Supersonics a smoking hot ticket. Additional travel information is available on www.visitseattle.org.
As an extra incentive to stick to those New Year’s resolutions, America’s Greatest Cities is offering a chance for consumers to win a CityPass, which offers savings to top attractions in all the AGC destinations. More details are available on www.americasgreatestcities.com.
About America’s Greatest Cities
AGC is a not for profit 501c-6 association representing convention and visitors bureaus in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle. The goal of the organization is to attract leisure travelers to visit one of these seven iconic urban destinations.
For more information, visit http://www.americasgreatestcities.com/
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