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The Spellbinding Museum that is the Science Museum of London

The Spellbinding Museum that is the Science Museum of London

Here you’ll get hooked with seven floors fulls of interactive and educational exhibits. Wether you’re an adult or child, you will for sure be completely mesmerized. The museum covers everything from early technology to space travel. One the most famous exhibits is Exploring Space, a gallery featuring genuine rockets and satellites. Visit this epic gallery with the Science Museum of London in hand.

1.     BepiColombo

See the a full-size engineering model of the European Space Agency’s first ever spacecraft to explore Mercury. This model of the spacecraft was used to test BepiColombo’s resilience during its seven-year journey to Mercury. The journey is considered to be the most challenging planetary missions ever launched.

2.     Superbugs

This new exhibit showcases how antibiotics have enabled us to combat diseases that were once untreatable and how bacteria has evolved into superbugs resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics. It explores how society is responding to the enormous challenge of antibiotic resistance. See real bacteria and discover the innovative technologies being used to make superbugs a thing of the past.

3.     Dream Big

Explore our beautiful world and our ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small. Hear inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration as the 3D film reveals how engineers push the limits of innovation. From the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and solar-powered cars.

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Reliving Your Childhood Dreams at Tokyo Disneyland

Reliving Your Childhood Dreams at Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo Disneyland Park is the first Disney Park built outside of the US and opened on April 15, 1983. Modeled after the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Park in California. Tokyo DisneySea is the second park at the resort. It opened on September 4, 2001 and is dubbed as the crown jewel of Disney Parks. It is also the 4th most visited theme park in the world. Planning your trip to Tokyo Disney Resort is an overwhelming experience so download the Tokyo Disneyland Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1. Dreamlights

Nighttime light parade a la SpectroMagic and the Main Street Electrical Parade. Dreamlights takes the light parade concept to the next level, and adds a couple of revolutionary floats to the mix, making Main Street Electrical Parade look antiquated by comparison. Dreamlights combines a great soundtrack with some plussed versions of the standard floats stateside guests are used to, and then throws some truly astonishing floats into the mix.

2. Minnie Oh! Minnie!

Live show featuring Latin music and dancers, as well as Disney characters. This is basically a high energy show with performers and other characters swooning over Minnie Mouse as a very loose plot (or perhaps ‘musical motif’ is better). The costuming is gorgeous, and the human performers are really talented. Choreography is great and the songs are really catchy.

3. Monster’s Inc. Ride & Go Seek

Interactive dark ride in which guests use flashlights to trigger effects and reveal monsters. Along with Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, this is the flagship attraction at Tokyo Disneyland. Reactions to Ride & Go Seek have been somewhat mixed, but we absolutely love it and consider it in the same caliber as Hunny Hunt. Its Audio Animatronics are advanced and lifelike (well, assuming a big blue monster is somehow “lifelike”), with very fluid motions. Sets are immersive and include a ton of detail.

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Things You Must Not Miss at the American Museum of Natural History

Things You Must Not Miss at the American Museum of Natural History

History buffs look no further, if there’s a one stop site for everything about history then the American Museum of Natural History is it. A wonderland of more than 30 million artifacts including tons of dinosaur skeletons, a cutting edge planetarium—the Rose Center for Earth & Space. And if you plan on visiting between October to May, the museum house a Butterfly Conservatory. Download the American Museum of Natural History visitor guide and learn more about this must visit in the USA.

1.     Lucy

In the Hall of Human Origins you will meet Lucy. She is one of the most complete skeletons of early hominids ever found. The remains were found in 1974 in Ethiopia. She’s known to be over three million years old, but her age and completeness aren’t the only reasons why she’s so important. Her knees show us that she walked upright.

2.     The Great Blue Whale

No list of things you can’t miss at the American Museum of Natural History would be complete without the Great Blue Whale. Located in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, it is 94 feet long and weighs 21,000 pounds. It’s a great reminder of the majesty and beauty of the blue whales, which unfortunately have been hunted to near extinction in the wild.

3.     Dinosaur Skeletons

The dinosaur skeletons at the AMNH are pretty amazing to say the least. There are two different halls in the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing: the Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs and the hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs. The saurischians are characterized by their grasping hands, in which the thumb is offset from the other fingers: think of T-rex. Ornithischians on the other hand, are known for having enormous stomachs to digest massive amounts of vegetation they ate.

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Get Lost in the Biggest Museum in the United States: The SF MoMa

Get Lost in the Biggest Museum in the United States: The SF MoMa

San Francisco has always been known as a confluence of different creatives and now its ushered itself in the forefront of the art scene worldwide with the Museum of Modern Art San Francisco. The museum's new extension double its gallery space and since its opening has accumulated more than 4000 new works in addition to ones they already have Don't forget to download the SF MoMa Travel Guide and Offline Map on your visit!

1.     Features the Largest Photography Center

SFMOMA houses the largest gallery, research and interpretive space devoted to photography of any art museum in the United States. Named the Pritzker Center for Photography, it presents the museum's impressive holdings of more than 17,800 works and occupies 15,000 square feet on Floor 3.

2.      Dishes from Around the Globe

In Situ, an acclaimed restaurant from Michelin-three-starred chef, Corey Lee. Just like the museum itself, the restaurant curates a menu of dishes from recipes by more than 80 chefs from around the world including culinary heroes, René Redzepi, Alice Waters and Thomas Keller just to name a few. The museum also offers additional dining options to suit your tastes, from local-based coffee at Sightglass to family-friendly California fusion at Cafe 5.

3.     The Fisher Collection

During the 1970s, Doris and Donald Fisher, the founders of the famous Gap apparel brand, began collecting artworks for the offices of the company they founded. SFMOMA is the only place you can see one of the greatest private art collections in the world, which is comprised of more than 1,100 pieces by more than 185 artists.

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Adventures in Sintra, Portugal's Most Exotic City

Adventures in Sintra, Portugal's Most Exotic City

Sintra is a city to behold with its outstanding mountains, lush forests, exotic gardens, and glittering palaces. It's no surprise why it's become so popular among tourists--it's literally a fairy tale dream come true. The World Heritage Site, Sintra-Vila, is among its most notable attractions. Download the Sintra Travel Guide and Offline Map, but make sure to plan your travels early in the day or midweek to avoid the crowds.

1.     Palácio Nacional de Sintra

The palace's most iconic twin conical chimneys and the lavish interior is just part of Sintra-Vila's appeal. Its interior is a mix of Moorish and Manueline styles, with arabesque courtyards, barley-twist columns and 15th- and 16th-century geometric azulejos that figure among Portugal’s oldest. Highlights include the octagonal Swan Room, adorned with frescoes of 27 gold-collared swans; and the Magpie Room.

2.      Convento dos Capuchos

The hobbit-hole-like convent that was originally built in 1560 is hidden in the woods, which makes it even more appealing for adventurers. The convent was a house for Friars. Its cramped condition and tiny cells lined with cork having low narrow doors have gained it its nickname, the Cork Convent. Visting here will make you feel like you've been transported into Alice in Wonderland as you squeeze through the narrow cells, chapels, kitchen, and cavern.

3.     Parque da Pena

The romantic garden that is the Parque de Pena is filled with tropical plants, huge redwoods and fern trees, rhododendrons, and lakes that are lined with castle-shaped duck house. The gardens are filled with hidden gems and as crowds litter the palace, you might want to escape into the Chalet da Condessa d'Edla. It is an Alpine-inspired summer getaway cottage commissioned by King Ferdinand II and his future second wife, Elise Hensler.

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Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains

Exploring the Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site that straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. There's plenty to do and see at the park; from feeling the cool spray of a waterfall, camping under the stars to exploring a historic mill and even viewing the great black bears. Plan your trip with the Great Smoky Mountains Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      Cades Cove

Cades Cove offers the widest variety of historic buildings of any area in the national park. Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working gristmill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully restored eighteenth and nineteenth century structures. The valley has a rich history. For hundreds of years, Cherokee Indians hunted in Cades Cove but archeologists have found no evidence of major settlements. The first Europeans settled in the cove sometime between 1818 and 1821.

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2.      Rainbow Falls

If you're adventurous at heart then hiking the Rainbow Falls Trail may be for you. The first mile of this popular but strenuous trail follows LeConte Creek. Later on, a log footbridge crosses the creek about 2 miles from the trailhead, and and the trail then crosses a tributary of LeConte Creek without the help of a bridge. After another two bridges, you will finally be rewarded by your first view of the falls, named for the rainbows seen in the mist that is caused by the afternoon sun.

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3.      Hike the Smokies with the Family

There are several family-friendly short nature trails that every member will enjoy. The trails are perfect for exploring with children or for those who need an easy hike. Be sure to keep track and record the mileage from each trail excursion, even if it is the same trail day after day and the park will award you with mileage stickers and pins.

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Exploring the Old World in Savannah, the Oldest City in Georgia State

Exploring the Old World in Savannah, the Oldest City in Georgia State

The coastal city of Savannah is separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River. It’s known for manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages, and antebellum architecture. As the oldest city in the state of Georgia, its historic district is filled with cobblestoned squares and parks such as Forsyth Park shaded by oak trees covered with Spanish moss. At the center of this picturesque district is the iconic, Gothic-Revival Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Download the Savannah Travel Guide and Offline Map to help you on your visit to Savannah.

1.      Forsyth Park

In the historic district of Savannah, you'll find the Forsyth Park. The large city park of 30 acres contains walking paths, a café, a children's play area, a Fragrant Garden for the blind, a large fountain, tennis courts, basketball courts, areas for soccer and Frisbee, and home field for Savannah Shamrocks Rugby Club. Standing in the middle of Forsyth Park with the pathway wrapping around it lies the Confederate Memorial Statue.

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2.      Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist

The church was dedicated on its current site on April 30, 1876. A fire in 1898 destroyed much of the structure. It was rebuilt quickly and re-opened in 1900. The Cathedral represents historically noteworthy architecture as well as over a century of faith and civic traditions in Savannah. The Cathedral is open to the community of Savannah as well as to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The Cathedral remains in the top 10 historic sites to visit in the United States.

3.      Savannah Historic District

The largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States, The Historic District of Savannah is more than twenty city squares filled with picturesque cobblestone streets, manicured gardens, and oak-shaded parks drizzling with silvery Spanish Moss. It's abuzz with art, culture, festivals, concerts, live theater, outdoor cafes, gourmet restaurants, and true Southern hospitality. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and around its museums, churches, mansions, monuments and famous forts of the Revolutionary & Civil War eras.

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3 Compelling reasons to Visit Alhambra!

3 Compelling reasons to Visit Alhambra!

Built originally for military purposes, the name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means "crimson castle", due to the colors of the towers and wall that surround the entire hill of La Sabica. Interestingly enough, by starlight, the walls and towers look silver, but by sunlight, they transform into gold. The Alhambra was created as an "alcazaba" (fortress), an "alcázar" (palace) and a small "medina" (city), all in one. Download the Alhambra Guide and Offline Map to help you understand the distinctive features of the monument when you visit.

1.      It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Alhambra is regarded one of the finest palaces from its era and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. It welcomes over two million in 2014 alone and was declared the most visited monument in Spain. That's reason enough to visit Alhambra considering Spain's other impressive sights. Although the palace was built in the 13th century, its magnificence and beauty remain remarkably intact. The buildings feature intricate designs, detailed mosaics, and hand-carved cedar wood.

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2.      It is Home to Magnificent Monuments and Incredible Art

Seven halls at Alhambra is dedicated to a variety of exhibitions where you can learn about the Alhambra's interesting history. It is also considered to hold the best collection of Nasrid and Mudejar in the art world, so the Museum of Alhambra shouldn't be missed. As you walk your way through a labyrinth of passageways, you'll come across impressive monuments. One of the notable monuments is the Fountain of the Lions. It's a stunning piece to behold with its 12 marble lions sitting at the center of the courtyard in the equally mesmerizing Palace of the Lions.

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3.      The Stunning View

Having been built as a stronghold by the Arabs, the Alhambra sits on the hilltop and occupies the entire hill of La Sabica overlooking Granada. Expect wondrous views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the rolling hills of the Andalusian countryside. Asides from the views and architecture, visitors can also enjoy a stroll through the Generalife Gardens. It's an oasis of peace and tranquility that dates back 750 years. Although it began as a military fortress, the construction of the palace was eventually commissioned by the Nasrid dynasty and was home to the royal family before the Catholic Monarchs took hold during the Reconquista of 1492.

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Experience these 3 things in Melbourne, Australia’s Cultural and Sporting Capital

Experience these 3 things in Melbourne, Australia’s Cultural and Sporting Capital

Melbourne has consistently topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s World’s Most Livable Cities List since 2011 and it is expected to be voted number one again this 2017. Here are some of the reasons that make Melbourne so desirable. Get the Melbourne Travel Guide and Offline City Map so you’ll know exactly what to do when you get there.

1.      The Weather

The Melbourne summer has just the right amount of heat to make you go running towards the beach which is just 20 minutes away from the city center. If you don’t feel like going to the beach, there are several hotels and numerous amusement centers that have rooftop pools. The Melbourne winter, on the other hand, is just cool enough to allow you to roam around comfortably as long as you wear the right winter wardrobe. Whether you visit in the summer or in winter, you’ll surely find the Melbourne weather quite pleasing.

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2.      The Food

Melbourne has a very innovative and exciting food scene which accurately reflects how much the people in the city love to it. You will be surprised at how varied the options are, especially for brunch. Here are the eateries and restaurants you should check out:

·         Industry Beans – serves the best coffee in the city. The coffee is roasted on-site so you can guarantee its freshness. Its menu has more caffeinated beverage options than Starbucks.

·         Ginger Boy – known for its delectable Asian Fusion cuisine. Its signature dish is the Son in Law Eggs while its signature cocktail is the Ginger Girl.

·        Embla  – a restaurant filled with the New York vibe that serves an unbelievable variety of small dishes you can eat handily on-the-go.

3.      The Racing

The Melbourne Cup is reason enough to visit the city if you are a fan of racing and everything fast. Its most notable event is the Autumn Racing Carnival’s Super Saturday in which the first horse to reach the finish line can win its owner as much as $500,000. It is a massive event in which countless families set up camp by the track side to make the most out of the experience.

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