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The Aloha State welcomes plenty of visitors from the nifty fifty and aboard each and every day, but apparently one town is calling back the welcome wagon. We guess all that tourist attention is a little too much, and residents of one town would prefer that you would snorkel, sun, and swim somewhere else.
Residents of Kailua on the windward side of Oahu aren’t really cool with all the attention that they’ve received, and it probably doesn’t help that even President Obama has stopped by pretty much every year for some rest and relaxation.
As a result the town’s neighborhood board has actually asked the state’s tourism board to kind of stop promoting Kailua as an overnight option, and that they would prefer that tourists not spend the night in town. The problem isn’t regarding sharing the beaches and parks—seems like they’re fine with that—it’s that the overnight guests don’t really create a sense of community.
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Tourists who head up to the viewing level of Chicago's Willis Tower (née Sears Tower) today are in for a shock. The 1,451-foot building is no longer the tallest building in the United States. That distinction was wrested away from Chicago by New York City's One World Trade Center, standing tall at 1,776 feet.
The decision is a controversial one, as the final height total depended on whether or not the 408-foot spire atop the WTC building would count. This morning, however, those with the final say on these mattersthe Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)determined that it did, and deliberations by a panel of architects ended in New York's favor.
London is a city of stories. From the Yeoman of the Ward at The Tower of London to the longest-standing tour guide at Wembley Stadium, Londoners all have a tale to tell and now visitlondon.com has collected some of those stories into a series of short films.
The project, aptly named The London Story, asks those working in the heart of London what absorbs, captures, and movies them about their city. The films explore what it’s really like to be a part of London’s culture and to be able to share that feeling with the rest of the world.
Viewers can also vote for their favorite films and be entered to a win a five-night trip to London in order to live out their own London Story.
To watch all of the London Stories, vote for your favorites, and enter the competition, visit visitlondon.com.
Venice is known for its architecture, its gondolas, and of course its water, but if one group gets their way the city will soon be known for its theme park. Apparently, one developer is eager to build something else where tourists can head after they’re done filling their carry-ons with Murano glass and Venetian carnival masks.
The group behind the idea is Zamperia, and they’ve released their plans to shell out around €80 million to set up an amusement park on the artificial island of Sacca San Biagio, including plans for a 160-foot Ferris wheel as well as a roller coaster. The island is currently made up of landfill waste, so on the bright side they really can’t make things worse.
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If you think the above photo is beautifulit's our Andes view from LAN Airlines flight 158 from Santiago to Calamathen get ready to have your mind blown and your bucketlist overflowing.
South America is a land of such staggeringly varied terrain, from desert to glaciers and rainforest to snow-capped peaks, that flying over it without requesting a window seat is one of the biggest travel mistakes one can make.
Now, which route? Get your camera ready because, using our own past travel knowledge and a passion for experiencing the extremes, we've laid out the Six Scenic South America Routes to Fly Before You Die:
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Technically the autumn season doesn’t begin until later this month, but let’s just say the apple orchards are more than ready. Rearrange plans and make your next stop Vermont because up there, it’s not just the fall foliage that’s attracting visitors to the Green Mountain State, but the chance to score some free gadgets while apple-picking.
The state’s pick-your-own orchards are running a promotion throughout the next several weeks where specially marked wooden apples are hidden in and around apple orchards across the state. In total there are 16 different orchards participating, and if you find the alternate apple you win a different kind of Apple—like an iPod or iPad. The state’s tourism department has actually been running something like this for a few years now, and the contest is back for the 2013 season.
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On the way out of New Zealand it was a little hard to say goodbye. After all we saw the coolest McDonald’s in the world—kidding—there was a lot more to see and to do than just foreign fast food. Anyway, leaving a country, state, or city is always a little tricky, as you usually want to enjoy every last moment. Thankfully the Kiwis know how to say goodbye, as there’s a little bit of New Zealand to wish you farewell right at the airport.
For the most part you’re probably heading out through Auckland, and the city’s airport wishes travelers a final farewell with a pretty snazzy indoor tree right in the Auckland Airport. The thing is known as Pou Manawa, and you can think of it a giant projection screen—in tree form—dedicated to all things New Zealand.
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No matter where you go, what destination you cross off the bucket list, there'll likely be other tourists there enjoying the sights alongside you. Among those tourists, you'll find certain nationalities more prevalent than others. In fact, it seems as thought a quarter of the percentage of the populations of Japan, Australia and Germany are out there, circling the globe to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites or cheese museums.
Unfortunately for German tourists, August seems to be the most dangerous month. Not one, not two, not even three horrible accidents have befallen them this month, but four:
The other day when we were wasting time checking out something that we can’t remember, we stumbled across something about Greenland. A Wikipedia entry led to another one, and soon we found ourselves over at the country’s official tourism website. We’ve got to say we now kind of want to go to Greenland, and they’ve got a website that’s much better than some more mainstream and popular locations.
They’ve got plenty of suggestions for things to do, and they’re happy to break them down for your by adventure level and month of the year. So if you’re looking for some extreme challenges to do this month, then look no further than hitting up Ketil Mountain which rises over 2000 meters above the fjord. On the less crazy side of things there’s always the opportunity to search for some musk oxen over in the surroundings of Kangerlussuaq.
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On the heels of the latest "worldwide travel alert" issued to Americans by the State Department, it's about time to review a few travel safety tips. The current alarming situation may focus on Yemen right now, but that can easily change and it's just common sense to stay aware of the political situation and social challenges of any destination. Here are some basic precautions to take:
· Read the Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts posted to travel.state.gov
Travel.state.gov is the US State Department's portal for doing what it can to keep American travelers safe and informed about situations in other countries. The "Warnings" page is the most serious, a who's who list of countries with closed American embassies or worse. The "Alerts" page is a little less intense but serious nonetheless.
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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."
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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.