Freestone Fly Fishing Trips
     

Freestone Fly Fishing Trips

Denver, Colorado

Fly fishing is known as one of the most relaxing outdoor activities around, and whether you're an experience angler or a first timer, Freestone Fly Fishing Trips virtually guarantee a good time. This Orvis Endorsed Guide Service employees a host of guides with years of experience on local waters, and provides all the necessary fishing and wading equipment you'll need, plus tackles and refreshments. All you need is to decide between a 4-hour half-day jaunt or 8-hour full-day excursion in public waters or, for added privacy, one of the outfitter's exclusive properties — and remember to bring a Colorado Fishing License.

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Waikiki Spam Jam
     

Waikiki Spam Jam

Honolulu, Hawaii

Like Spam? Looking for an excuse to go to Hawaii? Then book your ticket for Oahu and plan on heading down to the Waikiki Spam Jam. Scheduled for Saturday, May 3rd, this annual celebration of all things Spam plays host to over 20,000 people each year, as Kalakaua Avenue is closed to traffic and transformed into a festival featuring two stages of entertainment and some of the city's best eateries set up booths serving up Spam-based specialties ranging from the local favorite Spam musubi to Spam fried rice, Spam won tons, and even Spam sundaes.

Photos: Kanaka Menehune
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Love Cloud
     

Love Cloud

Las Vegas, Nevada

No, it's not some new kind of sexy mattress — although it's not that far off. Instead, Love Cloud is a new Sin City-based service that will fly you and a partner up to the required altitude to get your Mile High Club ticket checked. Aboard the custom Cessna 421 Golden Eagle, you'll find a modified interior with two comfy seats and a roomy bed, as well as wireless JBL sound system for mood lighting and music and some condoms and lubricant just in case you forgot yours.

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The Guinness Storehouse
     

The Guinness Storehouse

Dublin, Ireland

What you might expect to be a dusty relic turns out to be a shiny, vibrant, building brimming with anything and everything you could want to know about the history of the Guinness brand. Not unlike the balance you'll find in a pint of the black stuff, the Guinness Storehouse manages to provide a perfect harmony between the rich history of one of the world's most renowned beers — with a fresh, modern experience seven floors high that is sure to interest history buffs and beer lovers alike. Experience each level and finish your experience with a pint on the top floor gravity bar while taking in one of the best views of Dublin.

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Pigs & Pinot
     

Pigs & Pinot

Healdsburg, California

Pork is good. Wine is good. Combining the two can be great. As evidenced by the Pigs & Pinot celebration. Hosted by Chef Charlie Palmer of Dry Creek Kitchen, this unique annual event combines a wine competition — the Pinot Cup — with a pork cooking challenge called Tournament of The Pig. Oh, and plenty of dinners, wine tastings, and other excuses to stuff yourself in the company of chefs like Frank Crispo, Amanda Freitag, and Bryan Voltaggio. Scheduled for March 21st and 22nd at Hotel Healdsburg.

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Maharajas' Express
     

Maharajas' Express

New Delhi, India

When exploring a new country, you can always take the traditional approach of bouncing from town to town, schlepping your stuff from hotel to hotel in the process. Or, if you're in India, you can simply take your hotel with you. The Maharajas' Express is a luxurious train that offers five different itineraries — ranging in length from three to seven nights — as well as 43 guest rooms that go from cabins all the way up to a Presidential Suite. In addition to the luxury accommodations, you'll also find two restaurants, a bar and lounge, and a high-end boutique on board, leaving you little reason to get off the train at all.

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Bobsled Ride Experience
     

Bobsled Ride Experience

Whistler, Canada

Winter Olympics got you in a sporting mood? Here's your chance to earn your own gold (participation) medal. The Bobsleigh Ride Experience at the Whistler Sliding Centre gives you and a few friends/strangers the opportunity to rocket down the former Olympic track. The day begins with an orientation, helment fitting, etiquette discussion — no inappropriate touching inside the sled — and safety walkthrough. You'll then meet the track crew and be secured into the professionally-piloted sled for a run down the ice at speeds approaching 80mph. All of which sounds like way more fun than another night of Ice Dancing.

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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
     

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

Harbin, China

And you thought your neighbor's Christmas lights were impressive. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival is home to one of the world's most spectacular displays of wintertime outdoor illumination. Located in the Heilongjiang province — not all that far from Siberia — the temps at this month-long event are typically well under 0ยบ C, but make possible the massive snow sculptures at Sun Island, and the main attraction, Zhaolin Park's Ice and Snow World, with huge ice and snow buildings that are lit up using everything from ice lanterns to lasers.

Photos: Derek Harkness
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Streamsong
     

Streamsong

Bowling Green, Florida

Think you need to cross the Atlantic to play authentic links-style golf? Think again. Located in the center of the state, Streamsong offers two courses — Red, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and Blue, created by Tom Doak — that bring a true links experience stateside. Built on a former mining site, both courses offer far more rolls and elevation changes than you'd expect from the surrounding (flat) topography, and the fantastic Alberto Alfonso-designed Clubhouse — packing a full-service restaurant, a golf shop, an outdoor terrace, and 12 guest rooms — means you don't have to leave until you're good and ready.

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National Museum of Crime and Punishment
     

National Museum of Crime and Punishment

Washington, DC

No, it's not part of the Smithsonian, but that doesn't mean that the National Museum of Crime and Punishment isn't worth a visit during your next DC trip. Located in Penn Quarter, this three-floor, 25,000 square foot attraction is host to hundreds of interactive exhibits and displays which let you try out everything from CSI-style forensics to high-speed chases, as well as a unique collection of crime-related artifacts and memorabilia, including a recreation of Wild Bill Hickok's revolver, John Gacy's artbox, and John Dillinger's 1933 Hudson.

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Winspear Opera House
     

Winspear Opera House

Dallas, Texas

You don't have to be a fan of opera to enjoy a trip to the Winspear Opera House — although it certainly doesn't hurt. Located in the heart of downtown's Arts District, this horseshoe-shaped venue sports a stunning design from Norman Foster that features a bright red core that reflects wonderfully off the water features outside thanks to a glass facade that lets the color shine through. Inside, you'll find 2,200 seats in the main Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, as well as a grand lobby, cafe, and Box Circle-level restaurant.

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Tianmen Mountain
     

Tianmen Mountain

Hunan, China

Sure, you can take a cable car to the top — and it's a hair-raising ride, climbing nearly 4,200 feet in roughly 4.5 miles, with a peak gradient of 37 degrees — but you enjoy motoring, there's only one way to get to the top of Tianmen Mountain. Driving up to the top requires traversing 11 km (nearly 7 miles) of road that climbs steadily from the valley floor, turning 99 times along the way, making for an exhilarating drive. And unlike some famous stretches of road with nothing on the end but more road, this drive terminates at stairs leading to a natural, 431-foot-tall hole in the mountain and a host of terrifying trails set into the cliff face around the mountain.

Photos: Dan Huang
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