Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Deal Alert: USS Hornet Discount

The Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet (CVS-12). Photo #: USN 1116887 from the Naval Historical Center 
Living Social is offering a half-price deal on admission to the USS Hornet Museum, which is located in Alameda, CA. For $21 you can get admission for two adults and two children for $21 (regularly $42) or for $15 you can get two adult admissions (regularly $30). The USS Hornet was commissioned in 1943 and is the eighth US Navy ship to bear the name. It served missions in World War II and Vietnam, as well as participating in the recovery of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 space capsules and crews. The ship was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1991and was opened as museum in 1998. The USS Hornet also has the distinction of being considered the most haunted ship in the Navy and has been investigated by many paranormal groups, including TAPS from the SyFy Channel's Ghost Hunters.

I have not been to the the USS Hornet, although I did drive by the location on my last visit to California. It is on my list of places to see for futures trips. The Living Social deal is available to purchase for six more days and the promotional value of the deal is valid through November 19, 2012.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Golden Gate Bridge turns 75

The Golden Gate Bridge will celebrate 75 years of existence this May 27 with the Golden Gate Waterfront Festival. The festival will be held over a four mile length from Fort Point to Pier 39. The festival will begin at 11am and end with fireworks over the bridge around 9:30pm.

The bridge officially opened on May 27, 1937 with a celebration that lasted a week. The bridge is named for the Golden Gate, the entry way into San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The bridge became an instant landmark and is recognized around the world as a symbol representing San Francisco.

The official color of the bridge is Golden Gate Bridge International Orange. The bridge is continuously painted as painting is one of the major maintenance jobs on the bridge. When the bridge opened it contained the longest main span for a suspension bridge in the world, a record it held until 1964.

Driving is not the only way to get across the Golden Gate Bridge. Visitors can also walk or bike their way across or just make a stop at the gift shop or cafe. Visitors can even pass the time admiring the gardens. The pedestrian sidewalk is also accessible for wheelchairs.

For more information and updates on the anniversary festival, check out the official festival website. For more information about the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the bridge website.