Foursquare Trip Tips: A City-to-City Coastal Road Trip
Spring Break is here, and summer is right around the corner, which means travel planning is in full swing for the warm-weather months. For those of you who already know where you’re going, but haven’t planned what to see, eat and do yet, help is on the way.
If you’re anything like me, you’ll gather recommendations from friends on social media, compile it on some sort of spreadsheet, and then plot it on a map for efficient route planning. After that — and looking up addresses and gathering everyone’s tips and advice — I’m usually ready for a vacation from my vacation planning.
Well with Foursquare’s new Trip Tips tool, those days are long gone. Just tell Foursquare where you’re going and it’ll generate a link for you to share with your friends. Your friends can then easily input their recommendations and a list with map view will create and be accessible through your mobile app on the go.
With gas prices at record lows, we asked our east and west coast travel experts what their favorite spots (plus notable Travelzoo deals) are to curate the ultimate city-to-city coastal road trip. Using Trip Tips, here is what was gathered:
East Coast: Boston – Philadelphia – D.C.
Boston: Emily W. recommends breakfast at The Paramount, the Swan Boats for a “breathtaking view of Boston’s Public Gardens,” and Travelzoo is offering a rare chance at a three-course meal for two at the AAA Four-Restaurant at Taj Boston for $99.
Philadelphia: Monika Z. says the Magic Gardens is a “must see” and that the best time to visit is while “the sun is still up, that way you get to see the light reflecting on the different [mosaic] pieces.” Marcellus A. notes that Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks are directly across from one another, and to try both to decide for yourself which is “the winner of cheesesteaks.” I was in Philadelphia in December and I can say from personal experience that Travelzoo’s $39 offer for afternoon tea service for two at the Sofitel was delightful and well worth the experience.
Washington, D.C.: Annalisa H. says to forego healthy and instead, get the “classic chili dog with a side of…you guessed it, chili cheese fries” at Ben’s Chili Bowl – a DC institution. Kristi P. is letting out tip that Old Ebbitt Grill, The Occidental or happy hour at the bar at Bobby Van’s Grill is where “you’re most likely to see politicos, house staffers and secret service.” She also recommends seeing D.C.’s monuments at night, which Travelzoo is offering a Gray Line bus tour for at half the cost.
West Coast: San Francisco – Los Angeles – San Diego
San Francisco: Jeannie S. recommends going to The Slanted Door at the Ferry Building for modern Vietnamese cuisine with Bay Area views, and raves about the ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery that “changed her world.” And if you’re traveling with kids, Travelzoo is offering discounted admission to the Oakland Zoo (one of our most popular deals) which I found to be impressive when I visited last year; my favorite was standing up close to the herd of giraffes! (See image above.)
Los Angeles: The City of Angels is never short of excitement. Lauren W. says Craig’s in West Hollywood is “a no-fail spot if you’re looking for a celebrity sighting,” and Rifi S. reminds Harry Potter fans that the highly-anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter is opening in Universal Studios Hollywood in April. Afterward, unwind at the Vogue-praised Wi Spa with an all-day amenity pass for $15.
San Diego: If you’re a fan of Top Chef, Steve B. recommends Juniper and Ivy, the flagship restaurant of celeb Chef Richard Blais, which boasts “creative and delicious food, a great bar” and a vibe “perfect for date night.” Also make time for La Jolla Shores, recommended for its glistening beach at sunset, and if you’re up for adventure, a sea cave kayak tour for $25.
To see full lists of recommendations from our travel experts, click on the above cities. And if you like what you see, follow Travelzoo on Foursquare and save our list(s) for your next trip!