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Here Is A First Peek At The Taco Bell Pop-Up Hotel In Palm Springs

Taco Bell shared a first peek inside its much-anticipated pop-up hotel in Palm Springs, California named ‘The Bell’.

Reservations open Thursday, June 27,  with availability to guests this summer from August 8 through August 12 for $169 per night.

“The hotel draws on Taco Bell’s vibrant palette to create a unique and flavor-filled destination that is the ultimate expression of the brand, unlike anything the brand has done before,” says Taco Bell’s senior director of retail engagement and experience, Jennifer Arnoldt.

The branded hotel, which will temporarily take over the V Hotel Palm Springs hotel at 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, will offer 70 rooms. It will feature a “Freeze Lounge”—inspired by the chain’s “Mountain Dew Baja Blast” beverage—where presumably guests can enjoy antifreeze-colored slushies, try to not bounce off the walls in the ensuing sugar rush and ultimately crash into a puddle on the floor.

Other entertainment will include “dive-in movies” and performances from musical acts participating in Taco Bell’s long-running “Feed the Beat” food-for-touring-bands program, as well taco-themed nail art.

While guests will be able to eat Taco Bell-inspired resort fare and new (as-yet-unveiled) menu items, Taco Bell is also hinting that Taco Bell breakfast in bed will be available.

Click HERE for more info.

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Dream Destinations 2: A Disney Travel Poster Exhibition To Open At Gallery Nucleus On July 13

Get ready to pack your bags because Cyclops Print Works is excited to announce Dream Destinations 2: A Disney Travel Poster Exhibition, their newest exhibition in collaboration with Gallery Nucleus opening July 13!

Featuring new limited edition screen prints and 30+ pieces of original art inspired by vintage travel posters, you’ll be visiting your favorite animated Disney locales with a roster of new and returning artists. This exhibition is the perfect getaway for every adventure-seeking Disney fan!

Featured artists include: Alex Asfour, Ameorry Luo, Amanda Jane Sharp, Anoosha Syed, Benjamin Burch, Bill Mudron, Claire Hummel, Corinne Caro, Doki Rosi, Drake Brodahl, Eva Vilhelmiina, Fiona Hsieh, Glen Brogan, Grace Chen, Grace Kum, Izzy Abreu, James Gilleard, James Silvani, Janice Chu, Jestenia Southerland, Keneth Leoncity, Mirelle Ortega, Nadia Kim, Natalie Dombois, Tara Nicole Whitaker, and Zoe Persico.

The reception will be held at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra on July 13 from 6-9PM. See below for more details and a sneak peek of our screen prints!

For more info, please visit HERE.

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Meet scUber: The World’s First Rideshare Submarine On The Great Barrier Reef

Uber is now headed underwater. The ridesharing service has announced scUber, “the world’s first ridesharing submarine.”

ScUber will take riders around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for $2,000 for two people. That cost also includes a helicopter trip to the docking station and the full one hour trip around the reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on Earth and has been hurt by climate change. According to a study recently published in the journal Nature, baby coral in the reef has declined by 89%, and mass-bleaching events caused by climate change have decimated large portions. Uber is matching the dollars spent on scUber—and donating an additional $100,000—to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to help protect the reef from future harm.

ScUber is a limited time offering, running until June 18. The main service is only available to riders based in Queensland, Australia, but other regions have a chance to participate by entering Uber’s contest that gives the winner and a friend an all-expense paid trip to Queensland and a free ride on scUber.

Winners will be chosen based on pleas limited to just 25 words. Six of these trips will be awarded to various regions around the world, and submissions must be entered before June 1.

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Here Are America’s 50 Favorite Bookstores

Hoodline has ranked America’s 50 favorite bookstores. 

Topping the list is Oregon’s Powell’s City of Books (my favorite all-time book shop), located at 1005 W. Burnside St. in Portland. With an impressive five stars out of a whopping 3,831 reviews on Yelp, Powell’s is the largest new and used bookstore in the world, with roughly one million books on offer. 

Occupying an entire city block, the bookstore features more than 3,500 different sections and nine color-coded rooms stacked with books, including best-sellers and one-of-a-kind finds in its rare book room. 

I am a bookstore fanatic and have been lucky to have visited: Powell’s City of Books (Portland, Oregon), Strand Bookstore (New York City, New York),

Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver, Colorado), The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles, California), Brookline Booksmith (Brookline, Massachusetts), The Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle, Washington), Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Borderlands Books (San Francisco, California)

and Vroman’s Bookstore (Pasadena, California). It appears that I have quite a few more stores to visit during my future travels!

Check out the entire list HERE and see if your favorite bookstore made the cut.

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Meet Greg, Denver International Airport’s Talking Gargoyle

Denver International Airport is celebrating its 24th birthday with a playful nod at its mysterious reputation. For months now, the airport has been poking fun at the many conspiracy theories that have surrounded the facility since its construction.

In the main hall of the facility, a motion-controlled animatronic creature named Greg works in tandem with a clever behind the scenes improv actor. 

Watch below as the 243 year old gargoyle surprises and delights travelers and workers.

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Overhyped, Overrated Tourist Traps To Avoid At All Costs

There are plenty of attractions that you must see when traveling. You can’t go to Paris for the first time without seeing the Eiffel Tower, and few people want to come home from Yellowstone without photos of Old Faithful.

But for every tourist destination that’s come by its iconic reputation honestly, there’s a crappy tourist trap that isn’t worth your time or money.

Sure, a lot of this comes down to personal opinion. After all, one person’s tacky attraction is another person’s campy must-see perfect for Instagramming. Yet Far & Wide feels pretty confident that the places on this list are a total wash. Their lines are long, the crowds add hours to your visit, and the chances of having the time to genuinely take in what you’re seeing are very slim.

Check out the list HERE and see if you agree?

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Warner Bros. Plans To Build Tramway Linking Burbank Lot To Hollywood Sign

Warner Bros. has a bold vision for an aerial tramway to transport visitors to and from its Burbank lot to the Hollywood sign. Like a plan that Musk has for a high-tech hyperloop that would shuttle riders between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Warners tramway would alleviate traffic and parking problems that plague the famed landmark.

The studio, now owned by innovation-focused AT&T, on Monday told Los Angeles officials that it will pay the estimated $100 million for the so-called Hollywood Skyway.

“The Hollywood sign is an important historic and globally recognized landmark for the city of Los Angeles. The sign’s fame, however, has created unintended negative effects such as heavy traffic in adjacent residential areas and related safety concerns,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “The concept of an aerial tram as a solution is one that been suggested in the past and was most recently highlighted as a potential solution in the comprehensive strategies report by Dixon Resources Unlimited.”

Warners decided to step up given its close proximity to the north side of the Hollywood sign and wanted to be part of a solution that has the least impact possible on the environment so that Griffith Park and the surrounding residential neighborhoods are left largely undisrupted. 

“We understand there are a number of possible solutions being considered, but we are confident the city’s feasibility study will show our proposal to be the best option — an option that can be built and operated at no cost to the taxpayer and that will provide public benefit to the city of Los Angeles and its residents,” the studio spokesperson added.

The length of the tram route would be more than 1 mile and last roughly six minutes — a far cry from current driving estimates even under the best conditions — traveling up the back of Mt. Lee to a planned visitors’ center near the sign.

Read more HERE.

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Travel Stamps United States Series Album & Guide

This summer, as your family considers making that road trip within your state or across the country, consider this Travel Stamps United States Series Album and Guide as a wonderful keepsake to remember your journey. My 9 year old daughter loves adding a new stamp to her book and learning about our latest destination when we have visited a new state. 

Spiral bound in hardcover, this beautiful new book will accompany you on your journey through the great variety of landscapes, cities, activities and foods this country has to offer. Expert text, helpful maps and a listing of state tourism websites will assist you in planning your uniquely American adventures, while a handy checklist serves as a scorecard for the states you’ve visited and those you have yet to explore.

Also included in these pages are the five permanently inhabited U.S. territories and seventeen spectacular USA road trips that celebrate travel on the open road. Designated stamp spaces accompanying each destination’s description await placement of your colorful Travel Stamps, which beautifully illustrate each state’s welcome sign and iconic features.

Order HERE for $19.99. United States stamps can be purchased as a set or individually. For more info, go to www.travelstamps.com.

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Addicted To Americana By Charles Phoenix

Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix launches us into the stratosphere of space-age style, amazing attractions, roadside wonders, festive foods, crazy car culture, and futuristic transportation via his road-trip discoveries and found vintage Kodachrome slides. 

The photo collector, food crafter, and field tripper is famed for his hilarious live show performances and “theme park” tour of downtown Los Angeles.

This riotously colorful book, replete with Charles’s collection of vintage Kodachrome slides, celebrates his lifelong quest to unearth the best of classic and kitschy American life and style.

 

Sit back and enjoy the fabulous flight as Phoenix guides us through his action- packed, fun-filled, wondrous world of midcentury marvels. Your imagination will be inspired and your spirit will soar!

You can purchase the 176 page book HERE.

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3 Advantages of Pop Culture Tourism

Popular culture or pop culture has a big impact on everything, especially in tourism. Nowadays. traveling to locations that are featured in music, books, movies, or other forms of media is trendy. With so much promotion about a certain country or city, travelers can easily find a way to explore these places on their own.

One of the best travel destinations these days is Australia. Undoubtedly, plenty of tourist spots and thrilling activities are found here. You can try out numerous things while here with your loved ones and have the best time of your lives. Not to mention, a lot of international movies were also shot in The Land Down Under, including The Matrix, Wolverine, Babe, Mission Impossible 2, and The Great Gatsby. Pop culture tourism has been truly influential to people from across the globe.

Here are some good effects of pop culture tourism:

Popularity becomes profit

It is extremely evident that when a hit movie or TV series was shot in a certain location and took the world by storm, fans would want to visit these places. Just like the American series, Game of Thrones, its locations have been visited by its strong following and fan base all over the world. With this, these destinations have gained more profit through marketability, and that’s definitely a great deal for tourism.

Publicized by influencers 

With the use of social media in today’s world, it has been easy for everyone to stay connected and be up-to-date about everything. Numerous books have been turned into movies, events to festivals, and movies to theatre productions. Everything seems to be changing, but with a good effect as it is in pop culture. Since there are bloggers and influencers out there who tell the world how a specific location is worth seeing and traveling because they have experienced it firsthand, people are engaged to do the same. They simply post interesting pictures on their social media accounts or write creative content on their personal blogs and a number of people would see it and probably be influenced in traveling there, too.

Actual travel by tourists

Experiencing a place and portraying what has been done on a particular scene in a movie you have seen by a celebrated actor creates nostalgia among fans. If you are actually a fan of someone, you will surely want to recreate a memory that has been made by your favorite actor. A movie, book, or series of your favorite characters will have a big impact on you and even make you travel to see and experience such a place.

Many travelers have been prompted to visit some locations because of pop culture. And it doesn’t just stop there. People are actually travelling places to witness what the hype is all about. It draws them curiosity and eventually boosting awareness and learning once they have been to such destination. Pop culture tourism will stay as long as there are influencers, social media platforms, and other forms of entertainment.

To make sure you’ll have a wonderful Australian adventure, visit DriveNow here and book a car that will take you to all the lovely travel destinations around the country.

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