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Deep Dives

The Y-40 Deep Joy pool is now the primary attraction of the spa complex of the Hotel Millepini near Venice, Italy. The Guinness Book of World Records as confirmed Deep Joy as the deepest swimming pool in the world. Architect is Emanuele Boaretto is the proud father of Deep Joy.

Deep Joy isn’t a simple tourist attraction—it houses a shaft that plunges 138 feet deep. That is approximately a 13 story building! The pool is intended to attract serious scuba divers and freedivers who are incredible athletes whose mind boggling breath control allows them to spend minutes underwater at impressive depths for minutes at a time.

Deep Joy also features various caves at intermediate depths intended for technical underwater diving practice. The pool will also offer beginner scuba training and, obviously, expert level training. Additionally the pool will be available for photo shoots and film producers.

The pool requires 1.1 million gallons of water, which is supplied from a local thermal spring offering divers a unique experience to dive with out wet suits that would almost certainly be needed diving in oceans or lakes.

Deep Joy also features an observation tunnel—much like those in many aquariums—for spectators to view the dives.

The pool’s creators hope it will transform Montegrotto Terme into an international diving center and raise the profile of what is said to be Europe’s largest area of thermal springs.

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Las Vegas’ Famous Sign Designer

While many people world-wide would likely recognize her seminal design work – the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign in Las Vegas, Nevada – most probably have probably never heard of Betty Whitehead Willis, the designer of the iconic sign.

The Neon Museum of Las Vegas also credits her with the creation of the Blue Angel Motel sign and the Moulin Rogue Hotel sign. Retiring from design at the age of 77, Willis never trademarked her most famous work saying it was “my gift to the city.”

These days it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to say that the recreation of this design on t-shirts and other tourist trap treasures has probably resulted in millions of dollars of profit.

Willis was a Las Vegas native who attended art school in L.A. She first work for Fox West Coast Theaters in L.A. designing advertisements. Later she returned to Las Vegas where she worked at the courthouse, but finally landed a job creating neon signs at Western Neon. It was at Western Neon she designed the famous sign.

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Tourists Banned From Chinese National Park

Two tourists were banned from the Great Wall of China when they trespassed on an section of the structure not developed for tourism. This according to the operator of the Mutianyu section of the Wall.

Other visitors reported the two men from Senegal for ignoring the “no crossing” sign. They climbed onto the undeveloped part of the wall around Watchtower 20. The area is currently being redeveloped to be open to the public.

Officials stated on the Great Wall WeChat account that much of this are is unstable and needs repaired. They said safety-wise this “wild” section of the Great Wall is dangerous as it is steep with loose bricks. They said it would be easy to get lost or injured and isn’t suitable for either climbing or walking.

The operator has asked all visitors to respect and protect the structure. Unauthorized tourism in forbidden sections is not only dangerous to tourists but can severely damage the UNESCO World Heritage site.

When the operator learned of the trespassing by the two men they employed the ticketing and monitoring system to find their information and put them on a black list preventing them from purchasing tickets in the future.

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All About Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is America’s first national park, established in 1872. It is spread out over three states; Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Of course no trip to Yellowstone would be complete without visiting the most popular geyser in the world, Old Faithful. There are also hundreds of other geysers and hot spring in the park. Hiking, camping, fishing, enjoying exhibits and films, and attending Ranger-led programs are among the many ways to experience Yellowstone.

Be prepared for the weather – the climate is one of cold winters and moderate summers. Accommodations range from rustic cabins to luxury suites. All of the developed areas in Yellowstone offer services such as gas stations, stores, medical facilities and campgrounds. There are an array of restaurants there too. Anything from the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room to the Old Faithful Geyser Grill; full service to light meals and fast food.

Services in the park include: boat rentals and charters, camping inside and outside the park, horseback riding, stores and gift shops, bookstores, daycare and kennels. Fun things to do include: photo tours, bicycling, hiking and backpacking, nature hikes, boating, fishing, and much more.

If you are looking for a great family trip you can’t beat Yellowstone – the kids will love it and so will you!

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Unusual Summer Destinations

One of the greatest parts of our national heritage is diversity: of people, places and cultures. With international travel becoming easier and the popularity of luxury vacations the family road trip has lost popularity. With the nation park system celebrating its centennial birthday, this is the perfect time to help our young people experience and connect with the beautiful and varied landscapes all over our country.

Travelers might also consider this top ten must-see destinations in the United States. As one will see, this list suggests cities and regions that will provide very different experiences for travelers.

1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2. Natchez, Mississippi
3. Yellowstone National Park (Montana, Wyoming, Idaho)
4. Birmingham, Alabama
5. Alaska
6. Somerville, Massachusetts
7. Northwest Arkansas
8. San Antonio, Texas
9. Southern New Mexico
10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin