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Outside of California’s capital Sacramento there is an incredible field of white and yellow flowers, daffodils, called McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill. This popular tourist photo opportunity will be closing indefinitely. Why? Because of its extreme popularity created by buzz on social media.

The original plot of land was purchased in 1887 and has been passed down through the Ryan family since then. The Ryans, who still manage the property, posted the closure on social media on July 15th.

The post informs us that the “crush of visitors” was too much for the facilities currently available such as on-site parking and the local roads. The Ryans have safety and liability concerns continuing under current, rural infrastructure which couldn’t handle all the people wanting to photograph themselves among the daffodils for their social media accounts.

Daffodil Hill is among a growing group of tourist locations all over the globe having to close because of increasing social media, specifically Instagram, popularity and infrastructure or preservation concerns. Daffodil Hill isn’t even the only location under such duress in California.

Antelope Valley’s super bloom of poppies was so popular in 2019 visitors were doing crazy things like landing a helicopter into the field to access the area for their photo opp.

Maya Bay, in 2018, had to close because of over-popularity. This Thai island was made famous by the film “The Beach”.

Uluru or Ayers Rock in Australia will be closed off this October to climbers according to officials.

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Ever heard of the SLS hotel on the Las Vegas Strip? What about the Sahara? Turns out they are the same place. The now-SLS Hotel is thinking of changing its name back to the Sahara. The legendary hotel that hosted a NASCAR café, the Beatles, the Rat Pack and the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

Sahara is such an iconic name that the property owner immediately considered returning to it when he bought the property. The current owner Alex Meruelo bought the property from the Stockbridge Capital Group in 2018.
The Sahara featured a Moroccan style “onion-dome” that covered it’s porte-cochere. And was a favorite hangout of celebrity musicians Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

The classic, 14-story Vegas hotel sits on the border between the city and the tourist corridor. It is one of the only classic strip hotels that survived demolition in favor of new resorts. The Sands, Stardust, Riviera, Landmark and Desert Inn were all demolished in such a fashion—but not the Sahara.

At one time the three-tower hotel was the tallest on the strip. The Sahara name was retired in 2011.
The return to the Sahara name is just part of a hefty $150 million renovation of the entire SLS complex and could take almost three years to complete.

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10 Year-Old Climbs El Capitan

Posted By on Jun 26, 2019

Selah Schneiter potentially just became the youngest person on record to climb Yosemite’s three thousand foot rock formation El Capitan. She reached the summit on June 12, 2019. Selah, her father and a friend had spent five days in Yosemite Valley.

To climb El Capitan they used a climbing technique called “jumaring”. They took a route known to be very steep. This route is often called “the Nose” and requires a high skill level to traverse.

Many climbers even consider the Nose to be the essential big-wall climb the world over.
Selah is from a family of hikers and outdoorsmen who have a special affinity for Yosemite’s trails and natural wonders. Mike, her father, is a climbing instructor and says that he fell in love with Selah’s mother while hiking with her in Yosemite years before.

Mr. Schneiter shared the story and photos through his company’s Instagram profile and in response received likes and positive comments in the hundreds all celebrating Selah’s amazing accomplishment.

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A Very Special Swimming Pool

Posted By on Jun 12, 2019


For the bold traveler and swimming enthusiast a new adventure could be on the horizon–a rooftop infinity pool with a 360 view of London’s skyline is in the making. A six hundred thousand liter pool supported by a fifty-five story building was announced by Compass Pools. They are calling it Infinity London.


The designers of Infinity London claim it would be the only building and pool of its kind. The pool would be constructed from cast acrylic. The floors, perhaps frightening to some and exhilarating to others will be transparent. If you weren’t already impressed, so as to not obstruct the view the only access to the pool would be through a spiral staircase that would rise through the water when a visitor wanted to enter the pool. Designers claim the pool would sparkle at night as the building would be fitted with special lighting.


The pool would also include a monitoring system for wind speed and other data to insure the pools temperature and also so water doesn’t splash to the streets below. The pool would be heated using waste heat from the building’s air conditioner system.

As previously stated, a five-star hotel would live underneath the pool (where visitors would be able to look up through the clear bottom and see swimmers). The hotel would occupy the top few stories of the building. Construction could begin in 2020 if contractors and partners get confirmed.



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For fans of one fast food restaurant chain’s so-called “forth meal”—their favorite fast food treat is going to become something much more temporarily this summer. Taco Bell is having a “pop-up” hotel this summer. But does that mean exactly?

For limited time in Palms Springs, California, The Bell (: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort) will turn an already existing hotel into an entire hotel in a full experience for top fans of the food chain. The Bell will feature extra services. An on-site salon will offer The Bell themed nail art, braiding bar and fades.

This experience is slated to be one of a kind and unlike anything a fast food chain has attempted before.
There will be mountains of the classic Taco Bell items super fans already love—but the coup de gras will be new surprise food items that will be available on the hotel menu then gone forever.

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Flip-flop fanatics beware—inappropriate footwear could cost a tourist up to $2824 while visiting Italy’s Cinque Terre. Sensible hiking shoes will be a requirement.

The Cinque Terre is one of Italy’s most beautiful and most visited spots. The pastel colored buildings of the villages are set among rolling hills and trails. While most visitors plan on walking from village to village, footwear wise they are often grossly under-prepared, favoring beach style sandals and such instead of trail shoes or boots. Many of the trails of areas of steep and mountainous terrain. This so often results in accidents, injury and full-on SOS calls to mountain rescue teams the Cinque Terre has had to establish these new rules and fines.

The ban will begin on the fist of April, 2019. Fines are set to begin at $56 and can go up to the stated maximum of a whopping $2824 depending on inconvenience and expense inflicted on local authorities—presumably calling in a mountain rescue team will cost a tourist almost 3k in fines.

The mountain rescue teams that are made up of volunteers from the Italian Alpine Club will begin with awareness campaigns to make sure tourists come to the Cinque Terre well prepared. Visitors will be given fliers and a printed warning when they purchase the required pass to visit the Cinque Terre. A flier campaign will be put into effect as well.

All of this comes into action as the Cinque Terre’s busy season for tourists begins in April. They expect some 750,000 cruise passengers this year compared to just 450,000 a year ago.

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