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The 50 Most-Visited Tourist Attractions In The World

This infographic of the 50 most-visited tourist attractions in the world, compiled by LoveHomeSwap.com, indicates how many people flock to the popular attractions every year. And it shows the peak season for each site.

I’ve been fortunate to see 27 attractions on the list so I will have to add the other 23 to my bucket list.

In third place is Central Park in New York with 37.5 million visitors a year. France’s Eiffel Tower reached 38th place with seven million visitors, while Australia’s Sydney Opera House came 31st, with 8.2 million, and the Great Wall of China made it into 28th place with nine million.

What location made # 1, check out the infographic below.

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America’s Best Sandwiches

Travel and Leisure searched the Nation for the best lobster rolls, BLTs and banh mi. 

Check out their list of the best sandwich shops in America that do the classics right or find unexpected ways to improve them!

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Philippe the Original, Los Angeles: French Dip

This cash-only Chinatown deli hasn’t changed much since it opened in 1908. Philippe’s claims to have invented the French Dip and the specialty of the house takes thinly sliced meat double-dipped in its juice, served on a crusty french roll and finished with beyond-hot mustard. Make friends and eat in at one of the communal tables.

 

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World View Aims To Take Tourists To The Edge of Space

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Tucson, Arizona-based start-up World View wants to fly tourists to the edge of space — 19 miles or 100,000 feet up — in a pressurized capsule suspended from a helium balloon.

The balloon would take one and a half hours to ascend, and passengers would spend two hours admiring the view.

“The sky’s going to be completely black. You’ll be able to see the curvature of the Earth,” said company CEO Jane Poynter.

Test flights are scheduled for this year, and commercial flights are expected to cost $75,000 per ticket and begin in 2016.


 

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The Great American Menu, Ranking Regional Foods Across The U.S.

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Albert Burneko and illustrator Jim Cooke have put together the Great American Menu, a list of signature regional foods from each state in the United States. According to the ranked list, Illinois’ Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is the best regional food in the country.

Check out the Great American Menu HERE.

Here are the top 10:

1. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza (Illinois)
2. Shrimp and grits (South Carolina)
3. Mission-style burrito (California)
4. Crab cake (Maryland)
5. Peach pie/cobbler (Georgia)
6. Gumbo (Louisiana)
7. Key lime pie (Florida)
8. Fried green tomatoes (Alabama)
9. Stacked enchilada with green chile (New Mexico)
10. Marionberry pie (Oregon)

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50 Places Every Film Fan Should Visit

Flavorwire compiled a list of film places of note: museums, tours, theaters, but most of all the locations where your favorite movies were shot. You can check out the guide HERE.

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The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, CO 

Stephen King has said that his novel The Shining was inspired by a stay at this expansive Colorado hotel the night before it closed for the season — right down to the haunted room (where King and his wife stayed, of course). Kubrick shot most of the film version on sets in England and used the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon for his exterior shots.

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The Top 10 Cities For Pizza

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TripAdvisor on Wednesday released its list of the top 10 American cities for pizza, based on reviews of its traveling customers. The list is not led not by powerhouse metropolis New York or Chicago but by midsize San Diego.

The top 10 cities for pizza, as determined by TripAdvisor:

1. San Diego, California

Those traveling to seaside SoCal can enjoy authentic tastes of Italy just miles from the Mexican border. With more than 100 nearby pizzerias, those with an appetite can grab a slice at Bronx, Filippi’s, or Golden Hill’s Pizzeria Luigi where mouthwatering toppings include sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and homemade meatballs. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “The pizza was just as good as being home in New York.”

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Filippi’s, San Diego

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

While visiting Vegas, travelers can step away from the slots to double down on some pie. Favorite shops include Secret Pizza located on the Strip, Nora’s where diners can devour the “Snow White” pizza featuring a medley of cheeses, and Grimaldi’s which boasts coal fired brick-oven pies made with “secret recipe” dough and the perfect combination of cheese and sauce. “Brooklyn pizza in the desert,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.

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Snow White Pizza from Nora’s, Las Vega

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Those visiting Beantown can enjoy Regina Pizzeria located in the Italian North End where the flavors and golden crusts are made from an 80-year-old family recipe. Diners can also indulge at famous Santarpio’s in East Boston, serving savory slices since 1903. Travelers rave about shrimp scampi pizza and “The Works” which includes a variety of the freshest ingredients. “In Boston, the pizza is done the old fashioned way, the way it should be,” commented a TripAdvisor traveler.

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Santarpios Pizza, Boston (Wicked Awesome…I’ve had it!)

4. New York City, New York

Travelers to New York City craving authentic, thin crust pizza will be in their glory as they bite into a scrumptious slice at one of New York’s famed pizzerias which include Lombardi’s, Di Fara’s, and Patsy’s. With outstanding pizzerias seemingly at every corner, diners will enjoy the city’s trademark thin crunchy crust, gooey cheese and savory toppings. “Home of the American pizza,” noted a TripAdvisor traveler.

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Lombardi’s Pizza, New York

5. Seattle, Washington

Pizza lovers visiting this Pacific Northwest hub will be thrilled to taste the city’s signature thick and hearty artisan pizza made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Downtown Seattle, locals frequent Serious Pie where guests can taste their homemade mozzarella and tomato creation, while the Flying Squirrel in Seward Park fixes its pizza with a fine selection of local meat. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Excellent pizza, high quality ingredients.”

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Serious Pie, Seattle (also quite good!)

6. Austin, Texas

Travelers visiting the “Live Music Capital of the World” can fill up on pizza before heading to a show. Renowned pizzerias include Frank & Angie’s, Giovanni’s Pizza Stand, and Roppolo’s where guests can try the “Italian Mex” pizza, which honors Austin’s Tex-Mex heritage with spicy flavors of jalapenos and red and gold peppers. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Best pizza outside of NYC.”

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Roppolo’s, Austin

7. San Francisco, California

The bridge is not all that is golden in the “City by the Bay.” With over 200 pizzerias, each serving heavenly slices adorned with bubbling cheese, savory vine-ripened tomato sauce, and golden crust, travelers are sure to experience “la bella vita.” Famed pizza shops include Delfina’s, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, and Del Popolo’s, a mobile pizzeria housed in a 20-foot transatlantic shipping container that boasts a wood-fired oven. “Best pizza west of Italy,” said a TripAdvisor traveler.

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Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

8. Indianapolis, Indiana

Travelers to Indy can immerse themselves in a true culinary adventure tasting the tomato and cheese topped slices in this Midwest metropolis. Among the favorite pizzerias are Jockamo Upper Crust, Brozinni, and Bazbeaux. Located in the city’s Art District, Bazbeaux’s pizzas are carefully crafted using a blend of provolone, mozzarella, and Romano cheese and guests have the option of white or whole wheat crust—thick or thin. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “A pizza lover’s paradise.”

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Jockamo Upper Crust, Indianapolis

9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cheesesteak and soft pretzels are not all travelers will find on the menu in Philly. With a rich Italian heritage, this East Coast city offers over 200 pizza eateries that add to the flavorful restaurant scene. Among the notable shops are The Tomato Bistro, Tacconelli’s, and Tony’s Place which specializes in the “Original” thin-crust tomato pie. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Some of the best pizza anywhere.”

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Tomato Pie from Tony’s Place, Philadelphia

10. Phoenix, Arizona

Even in the desert travelers can enjoy a piece of the pie. Those visiting the “Valley of the Sun” will find scrumptious slices of airy, bubbling crust and savory cheese, paired with the perfect amount of fresh tomato sauce. On the menu at Pizzeria Bianco guests will find unique varieties including the “Sonny Boy,” and “Wiseguy,” homemade dough topped with wood-roasted onion, house smoked mozzarella and fennel sausage. “My favorite pizza in the world,” said one TripAdvisor traveler.

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Pizzaria Bianco, Phoenix

OK, so I have tried a few of these places such as Regina Pizzeria, Santarpio’s, Lombardi’s, Di Fara’s and Serious Pie and they are all unique and good but I still think the best pizza is from Apizza Scholls in Portland, Oregon.

Owner Brian Spangler makes dough daily (and when he runs out, he’s done). He uses an infrared thermometer to determine the prime hot spots in his electric oven. The result: a crispy crust, perfect sauce-to-cheese ratio and super fresh ingredients. If we ever go back to the The City of Roses, this would be our first stop to eat.

From a heart-stopping “New York White” to a superb sausage and spicy peppers, the pies are all delicious at Apizza Scholls and worth the hour wait!

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Apizza Scholls, Portland, Oregon – THE BEST IN MY OPINION!

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Gallery 1988 Presents Fly Art Show Featuring Limited Edition Prints Based On The Travels of Eric Tan Opening On June 28, 2013

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Join Gallery 1988 this Friday night for “Fly,” a solo show from Eric Tan, who will take you on the ceremonial first flight of his own Tanner Airlines. Based on the artist’s travels, he has created a number of limited edition screenprints advertising each destination he’s spent time in. This fully comprehensive show is remarkable as Eric has even went the extra step and helped transform the gallery into his own travel agency.

Limited edition prints will feature the following locations: Los Angeles, London, Barcelona, Paris, Hawaii, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Diego, Tijuana and many more.

The show opens this Friday night, June 28th, from 7-10 PM at G1988 (East). Eric will be in attendance. The show will run through July 20th.

G1988 (East)
7021 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
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You can check out and purchase art from the show HERE.

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In addition to the posters, Eric has created an environment of details for Tanner Airlines, which includes this custom made pilot’s pin that will come free with purchases, while supplies last.

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Ben & Jerry’s Announces City Churn Campaign, 5 U.S. Cities Can Vote For & Name New Ice Cream Flavors

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Ben & Jerry’s is mixing up something unique in popular U.S. cities: a flavor as local as a city itself. Calling it “City Churned,” the ice cream maker will be the first of its kind to crowdsource locally inspired flavors that are literally created by the cities themselves.

The “City Churned” campaign kicks off in five markets: Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, Portland and Seattle. Each market will have its own microsite that will track real-time votes from the motions and residents of each market. Over the course of several weeks, Ben & Jerry’s will tabulate the activities of each city by means of public transportation, tweets, traffic, landmarks, and of course its people, to create and name its own city-inspired Ben & Jerry’s flavor.

“Name a city and you feel a pulse that is individual to that hub.  There’s a personality to each location that is distinctive unto itself… Some would say “a flavor,” said Dave Stever, Director of Marketing. “We’re going to give our fans something we’ve never given them before: a chance to mix up an ice cream as unique as that city’s own flavor,” Stever added.

For example, in D.C. Ben & Jerry’s filmed and tracked city joggers to help decide between the ingredients peppermint and marshmallow. Northbound jogging traffic along the Potomac became votes for marshmallow, while southbound joggers counted as votes for peppermint. In New York, on-time subway trains will count as votes for either waffle cone pieces or Spoonable Caramel, depending on the subway line. In Seattle, support for Fairtrade Chocolate or Fairtrade Vanilla will, in part, be determined by the number of plaid vs. plain shirts filmed on city streets.

Fans who aren’t present at the filming locations can also weigh in on each ingredient match-up by voting online on the “City Churned” microsite. They can also put their creativity to the test by submitting their original ideas for the flavor name.  In each market, the campaign will conclude with a community event where for one day only the flavor will be tasted and celebrated by the local fans that helped develop it.

To ensure that these “City Churned” flavors are a tribute to the cities themselves, Ben & Jerry’s is partnering with local business to source local ingredients. Companies include Divine Chocolate, Route 11 Chips, Sixpoint Brewery, Spoonable Caramel, Liddabit Sweets, TCHO Chocolate, Kika’s Treats, Rogue Ales, Portland Roasting Coffee, Theo Chocolates and Caffé Vita.

The campaign will officially kick off in each market when the beloved Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck rolls into each city as part of its East and West Coast “Scoop Truck” sampling tour. Consumers can also cast their “City Churned” ballots at select Scoop Truck scooping locations simply by tossing their spoons into recycling bins listed for Caramel or Fudge. Touring the west and east coast for the third summer, the Scoop Truck is still delivering frozen treats for tweets. This year, it is dishing out Ben & Jerry’s Greek Frozen Yogurt and in “City Churned” markets it will help facilitate local voting. Follow the Scoop Truck’s winding path on Twitter @BenJerrysTruck (on the East Coast) and @BenJerrysWest (on the West Coast).

For the terms of this program and more information on “City Churned”, visit www.citychurned.com.

 

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Hot Dog & The City

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Hot Dog & the City by uji films shows 20 deliciously embellished hot dogs and the city they hail from in just 90 seconds. It was created as an Summer 2013 ad campaign for Applegate brand organic and natural meats.

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LEGOLAND California Resort Opens LEGO-Themed Hotel

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Earlier this month the LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad opened LEGOLAND Hotel. Created to bring children’s imaginations to life, the 250-room, three-story LEGOLANDHotel is designed for children age two to 12 and their families.

The hotel entrance is guarded by a 400,000 brick LEGO dragon, and LEGO sculpture and design motifs are found throughout the facility.

Interactive features include a Castle Play area, a talking and water spraying dragon on the patio, a LEGO play pit in the reception area and a treasure hunt inside the rooms where younger guests search for clues to open a locked safe filled with LEGO treasure!

The Castle Play area is the hub for imagination and fun at LEGOLAND Hotel. Based on the LEGO Kingdom, Pirate and Adventure lines, the area features a pirate ship attempting to dock in a LEGO filled moat next to an interactive castle. Young guests can pull on a handle as they enter the castle causing the LEGO ogre above them to roar. Nightly entertainment takes place on the castle stage as a pirate, princess, knight or adventurer interact with young guests to get them ready for bedtime.

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Guests can choose from three types of themed rooms that are based on LEGO toys: pirate, adventure, and kingdom. Reservations can be made online.

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