Volcanoes, rushing waters, drama-queen falls, natural beaches, rainforest and teeming wildlife: Costa Rica comes by its tourism dynamics naturally. But it also works at it with groundbreaking sustainability ethics.
Responding to a near-universal complaint over cables that fray and separate from their attached connector plugs, the company wraps all its cables in flexible industrial-strength steel, seals the two connector ends in a one-piece heavy duty rubber housing, then fuses the housing directly over the electronics and metal cabling.
Theme parks have engaged in a dizzying quest for height in recent years that has spawned a number of roller coasters as tall as skyscrapers. Altitude rather than velocity has become such a defining characteristic that rides that take advantage of their soaring heights have been given a name befitting a mammoth frame: the giga coaster.
As cruise lines cater to their guests’ culinary leanings, passengers may meet chefs, learn cooking techniques, dine from fancy tasting menus, or follow a ship’s chef to market at ports around the world.
Walk the floor of the D23 Disney fan expo, which was held this month in Anaheim, and the biggest storyline was clear. Two of the largest exhibits were dedicated to the Disney parks - one a look back at 60 years of Disney history and one a look forward, a preview of the Shanghai Disneyland in development and an "Avatar"-inspired land coming to the Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Fla.
Parents instinctively want to re-create their favorite childhood memories for their own children. When we adopted our son, now 5, he arrived with an innate love of trains that reflected and even outpaced my own childhood devotion to all things railroad. It was only a matter of time before we retraced my childhood visits to railroad sites in this Amish county town, with our tow-headed young'un in tow.
As we land over the Sea of Marmara, a gray drizzle bathes the view of huddled ships waiting their turn to cross the Bosphorus Strait, the turquoise waterway that runs through the city, separating its European and Asian sides.
Lancaster isn't the only place you can sleep in a train car. There's also the Caboose Motel at the Titusville and Oil Creek Railroad in Northwest Pennsylvania, converted Pullman cars in Chattanooga, Tenn., and a clutch of caboose motels in the Pacific Northwest.