What is a sightseeing pass? Admission to must-see attractions.
You don't need to pay full price to see popular attractions. Happy travelers purchase these passes before they go to the attraction and save up to 55% on admission prices. It’s fast, easy and saves you a bunch of $$$.
These passes are available for many cities and cover all the top sights in California.
Trippin’ Thru California’s top value picks for a sightseeing discount pass are:
Go City Card (read more below)
Which is the best? Let’s compare passes.
Southern California CityPass gives you admission to:
Exclusive CityPASS add ons include:
Hollywood CityPASS gives you admission to 4 must-see Hollywood attractions.
PLEASE NOTE! Hollywood CityPASS was discontinued February 28, 2014
San Francisco CityPASS gives you Unlimited cable car rides & admission to 5 must-see San Francisco attractions.
CityPass gives you:
Muni & Cable Car 7-Day Passport
Plus admission to:
Smart Destinations has two different cards to choose from which gives you two ways to save.
The Go Card lets you choose unlimited access to all that a city has to offer. No need to choose attractions in advance. Plus get extra discounts and a free guidebook.
The Go Select Pass lets you build your own pass for the specific attractions you want to see. This is a great pass that's totally customizable.
Go Los Angeles Card
Get access to 39 attractions
Go San Diego Card
Get access to 50 attractions
Go San Francisco Card
Get access to 46 attractions
Go Select Los Angeles, San Diego & San Francisco Pass
The first thing I recommend is to check the long range weather forecast and, if raining decide to do the museums and things that do not require good photographs.
As for shortcutting lines, there is no guarantee, but there may be an advantage. As for ticket lines, you can skip most of them with CityPASS in hand.
I would suggest planning at least 2 hours per attraction as an average time and 3 as the average number of top attractions you will see per day. 4 big attractions is aggressive, and that kind of schedule will leave you almost no time to wander, eat or window shop.
Prices can change without notice, which is why I do not display them on this page. Click on any of the links on this page to go directly to CityPASS or Smart Destinations to get your sightseeing pass. Please read the full disclosure below.
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