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Travel Contest Alert: Be One of the First Inside the Reopened Washington Monument

April 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

You'd think, with Instagram celebrating its fourth birthday this year, that the limits of intriguing new accounts would be stretched. Alas, we still find new and interesting people to follow, and one such account is @usinterior. It's actually the official account of the US Department of the Interior.

They've been active on the app for nearly two years, but only now are they taking the step to get interactive, announcing a contest to join in their first Insta-Meet for the reopening of the Washington Monument on May 12. You see, the monument closed after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook the DC area in 2011. This caused cracks near the top of the monument, closing it indefinitely...or at least until May 12.

The opportunity to be among the first back into the national landmark sounds awesome, but there is a major catch:

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The Churches of Chiloé Island: A UNESCO Site Worth the Trek

November 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Chile’s Chiloé Island is no quick weekend getaway (unless you happen to live in Santiago), but its remote beauty is worth the trek halfway down the world. Until a year ago, the island was only reachable by boat, but in 2012 Chiloé welcomed an airport. The tiny but beautiful red terminal serves only one flight at a time, either to or from Santiago and only on LAN.

To set foot in Chiloé, you'll need to fly into Santiago and, there, transfer to a flight to Castro, Chiloé’s capital. The flight first stops in Puerto Montt, where once travelers picked up the ferry, before the flight continues on for about twenty more minutes to arrive in Chiloé. (This leg is so short that you won’t be able to go to the bathroom or turn your Kindle back on.)

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Rising Above the Hustle of Hong Kong with a Visit to Po Lin Monastery

Where: Hong Kong
October 31, 2013 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you've been to Hong Kong, you know that the buzz really never stops. Even with all this action, it can be nice to have a quiet moment with some self-reflection; that's where the city's Tian Tan Buddha (more commonly called Big Buddha) comes in handy. Not only does it offer a little time-out from the energy of the city, but it comes complete with killer 360-degree views of the neighboring islands and waterways.

Just east of the city, at the end of the Tung Ching MTR line, sits Lantau Island. Lantau is better known as the home of Hong Kong International Airport, but amongst some high-rise apartment buildings and incoming approaches is a substantial gondola station taking visitors from sea-level and through the mountains to Ngong Ping. This is a kicking off point to what was the biggest sitting Buddha statue until 2007. It's so big that some say on a clear day it can be seen from Macau, but Hong Kong's clear days are few and far between, so we're not too sure about that.

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How to Visit the Real Downton Abbey This Autumn

September 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Downton Abbey just started its fourth season last night—at least overseas—and here at home the television series was mostly snubbed during last evening’s Emmy Awards presentation. They only brought home one piece of hardware, as the show scored a trophy for outstanding music composition. Regardless of what the award show says we know you still love the show, so that’s why we wanted to let you know that you can now visit Downton Abbey.

It sounds like it’s a temporary thing, so you better free up your calendar as soon as possible. Highclere Castle—that’s where a lot of the show is filmed—will be open to those willing to shell out the cash, as it’s going to be available to check out as part of a little bit of a vacation package.

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Watch the 167-Year-Old Newspaper on Martha's Vineyard Print Its Weekly Edition

Where: 34 South Summer Street [map], Edgartown, MA, United States
July 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Vineyard Gazette of Martha's Vineyard, MA is 167 years old and, though newspapers fail left and right seemingly weekly now, this one is only picking up steam with every crank and bang in the Press Room. It's also one of the few to welcome public visitors for a tour and to observe the actual printing...for free.

With a print run of 10,000 per week, the Vineyard Gazette considers itself a "boutique newspaper," a true broadsheet for locals as well as the summer vacationers who spend the majority of the year pining for the day they may return for sun and sea. Reading the latest news about the island's bird population, therefore, isn't trivial but integral to keeping on "island time" even on the other side of the world. The latest headline? "Biggest-Ever White Shark Tagging Expedition Launched in Woods Hole.

Speaking of, the Gazette shared with us that they'll mail papers everywhere from as near as Cape Cod to as far as Singapore, though the latter will cost a couple hundred dollars a year thanks to the international delivery fees.

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'Wat' to Know about Bangkok's Wat Arun

July 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

On the banks of Bangkok's Chao Phraya River sits one of the city's most dramatic temples, Wat Arun. It's really hard to miss if you've hopped one of the tourist boat rides up or down the river, and virtually impossible to ignore if you're staying in one of the riverside hotels dotting the banks.

"Wat Arun" translates to "Temple of Dawn" and, if you are lucky enough to see the temple glisten in the rising sun's light, you'll understand why. Thought to have been originally built in the 17th Century, the Khmer-reminiscent towers can be spied from most everywhere in the neighborhood as they keep a watchful presence not only over the river, but the Bangkok Yai District.

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Is This the Most Photographed Abandoned Building in Detroit?

July 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been called "the face of American ruin porn" and an average nice weather day sees scores of cars driving by solely for a photograph. Serious shooters set up tripods in the weeds, and a meal at Slows BBQ is often followed by a stroll over to stare. Though Detroit's Michigan Central Station turns 100 this year, the last train departed in 1988, at which time the 18-story structure began its rapid decline from proud landmark to toothless sideshow attraction. The carcass of crumbling stone now draws curious gawkers like gnats, a form of architectural thanatourism.

Even the New York Times called Detroit "the world capital of of staring at abandoned old buildings" and, of the station, said: "It’s hard not to think of it as an epic-scale disaster that seems engineered to illustrate man’s folly — as if the Titanic, after sinking, had washed ashore and been beached as a warning."

Harsh!

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Austria's New 'Stairway to Nothingness' Leads Tourists Right Off a Cliff

Where: Austria
July 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re looking for something a little different during your European holiday this summer look towards Austria. We’re not necessarily talking about the country as a whole—although we’re sure you’d have a great time—but rather one of its newest tourist attractions.

Sitting up in the Alps, there’s a new way to check out the view of the Dachstein massif and the surrounding area. Located somewhat near Schladming sits a brand new suspension bridge that pretty much leads you right off a cliff—safely of course.

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Cambodia Launches Search Engine for Angkor Wat Sunset Spots

July 17, 2013 at 5:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

The travel industry is no stranger to the concept of loving something to death, and it seems like Angkor Wat in Cambodia is trying to make sure they don’t suffer such a fate.

The rise of tourism in the area has certainly been financially beneficial for the country, with some 250,000 visitors in 2001 growing to 2 million per year today. But the increase in the amount of people has taken its toll, specifically in the popular sunset viewing locations throughout the complex. Reports are that the surrounding environment is being negatively affected by the hordes of people stomping around in the same places, night in and night out, for the past decade.

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This Trip Costs $1.5 Million and Takes Two Years to Complete

March 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

Lately we’ve been featuring some ideas on where to spend your tax refund, but this one might just be the best option out there. However, this assumes that you pulled some shenanigans with your taxes, because we’re pretty sure no one scores this much cash back from Uncle Sam.

VeryFirstTo is a site that sells all kinds of luxury goods, experiences, and other designer niceties. While we do think their $2,400 Oliver Ruuger umbrella is worth every penny (sike!), it’s the vacation package that we have our eyes on.

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We Want to Go to There: The Giant Roller Coaster Staircase

November 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

Is it a roller coaster? Is a staircase? Um, well, what you see above is actually a combination of both. Oh, and it's also an artwork.

Blog Spot Cool Stuff spotted this...cool stuff...and now we're obsessed.

Sitting in the German town of Duisburg, about an hour outside of Düsseldorf, this interactive sculpture encourages the public to get up and walk its rails. There'll be no roller coaster cars barreling down the track towards you, as the entire thing consists of good old steps. In fact, the piece's name, "The Turtle and Tiger," plays with this:

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Lady Liberty is Just Another Victim of Hurricane Sandy

November 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Before Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy roared into the area last week, the Statue of Liberty was just recovering from her most recent nip-and-tuck. Her interior visitor areas were closed for about a year for the extensive renovation and upgrade, but now it looks like the Statue of Liberty is closed for business once again as a result of the recent weather.

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