The first theme park in the USA opened way back in 1846, and our infatuation with rollercoasters, cotton candy and waterslides has only grown since then. In the last 170 years, the number of theme parks in the USA has risen from one to over 400 – more than any other country in the world! Whether it’s a day out to celebrate your child’s birthday or a week-long trip with your friends, America offers the perfect theme park for you to let your hair down in. Yet with so many parks to choose from – and factors including travel time, climates and variable prices – planning an amusement park trip can seem like a daunting process. To help visitors understand the options available to them across the country, we’ve researched and created a definitive USA theme park index. Using data from 65 theme parks across 30 different states, we’ve collated some vital information you should know before diving headfirst into your visit. You can read about our … [Read more...] about The best theme parks in the US (2019 guide)
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Caleb Jones Associated Press Published 10:08 PM EDT May 24, 2019 Kailua, Hawaii – In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands. Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches. Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, has been drafting the list under the alias “Dr. Beach” since 1991. Leatherman uses 50 criteria to evaluate beaches, with the most important categories being water cleanliness, safety and management of the beach environment and its facilities. Leatherman uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to grade the beaches on water quality and has been to all the beaches on his list. Beaches in Hawaii are consistently ranked high, sometimes at the top of his list. “I love Waikiki Beach. … [Read more...] about ‘Dr. Beach’ reveals top 10 best beaches in the U.S.
Sun Group has set out to transform the entertainment and leisure industry so domestic tourists in Vietnam don’t have to fly abroad to experience world-class entertainment. We spoke to Dang Minh Truong – Chairman of Sun Group - about how they will continue to develop the attractions industry in Vietnam under the Sun World Entertainment brand. Mr. Dang Minh Truong – Chairman of Sun Group Sun World has a strong presence in many popular destinations in Vietnam. What makes these venues so special compared to other places of entertainment? Our biggest aim is offering world-class entertainment complexes that mean Vietnamese tourists don’t have to fly overseas to experience leading international parks. Since returning to Vietnam in 2007, Sun Group has worked continually towards creating world-class entertainment complexes. After more than a decade of growth, we have successfully developed and unveiled entertainment complexes under the brand Sun … [Read more...] about Having the most fun in the world while at home
When planning a vacation, travelers read, research, and process lots of information before making a final decision on a destination. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender travelers have to consider an additional layer: acceptance. In a world where it’s still illegal in many countries to be gay, LGBTQI persons consider safety factors at a whole different level than their straight counterparts. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best LGBTQI destinations for travelers to consider, and what sets them apart. Best LGBTQI-Friendly Destinations Factors for inclusion on this list include consideration for places that have an active gay community, destination marketing organizations that work to appeal to LGBTQI travelers, and, finally, countries that have passed marriage equality laws. While someone might not be traveling for a destination wedding, having a law on the books that recognizes a foundational human right of marriage is a telling sign that gay travelers are more … [Read more...] about The World’s 10 Best LGBTQI-Friendly Destinations