USA, California – Six Flags Magic Mountain I.
Many Americans want to either live in California or start and build their career there. Was California an independent country, it would be one of the strongest economies in the world. Many innovative companies concentrate in the state (especially in the famous Silicon Valley). You can find here San Francisco – the city of which many songs were written. Americans love it not only for the Golden Gate Bridge but for its atmosphere and culture. There is also one of the most famous prison – Alcatraz.
California is also famous for its science – there is the prestigious University of California in Berkeley and not only film stars like to buy houses in the rich neighborhood of Beverly Hills..
California is known for its entertainment industry. It has been profound influence on entertainment v around the world. Foremost example of this trend is Hollywood. Its movies have been popular all around the planet and inspired establishment of large movie industries such as Bollywood in India or Nollywood in Nigeria. Next there is videogme industry. Its most famous studios reside in California. And last but not least, world best theme parks are in California. We told you about Disneyland already for it is probably the best example of this.
Today we introduce you another park. And we are sure many of you know it already. If you know Step by Step TV series then you can see the park in its opening credits. Main characters are having great tieme in some park with rollercoasters. We are talking about a theme park with the largest number of rollercoasters in the world – Six Flags.
Since its opening in 1971, more than 19 rollercoasters have been built plus you have to add a number of other attractions. However, rollercoasters are the main thing why people actually travel there. Consider one of the newest additions – Full Throttle. Its nothing for you if you faint easily. It has world’s longest vertical looping (49 meters). You cart drives in the speed of 110 km/h.
Moreover, there are couple of rollercoasters inspired by the DC Comics’s universe. Green Lantern First Flight is slower (60 km/h) than Full Throtle, for instance. Yet you should take a look at a picture included in the article. You will immediately recognize why it is no less thrilling. We think two minutes of ride are just enough..
To be continued…
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Less than a hundred kilometers north of the famous and popular San Francisco, lies a city of 150,000 inhabitants, famous for the North Bay region and the Napa and Sonoma wine regions.
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Last week we spent some time in Denmark in the second oldest but one of the most popular amusement parks in Europe - Tivoli. Today we visit the Netherlands. Home to the another popular park - Efteling.
A while ago we mentioned Dyrehavsbakken, the oldest amusement park in the world. Its name is quite long and hard to pronounce. No wonder then that people call it simply Bakken. It is about 10 minutes by car (20 minutes by train) from Copenhagen.
Yosemite National park i sone of the parks in the territory of the Sierra Nevada mountain range (California) It is considered an important park yet i tis ot the oldest one. Also, i tis under UNSECO World Heritage protection, it was listed in 1984. Every year, many tourists go there, mostly in summer. Therefore, it is for the better to do many things in advance. Mostly mountain climbers from all around the world go there as well as people who simply love nature.
Yosemite valley (situated in the area of the park of the same name) is encircled by grey granite rocks rising atop thick forest. El Capitan is the most well-known granite massif. This rock is a place where amazing climbers from all around the world come to. The Nose is the most famous climbing trail. Half Dome is the second most well-known summit. Its name comes after its shape.
The Death Valley national park is named after the valley of the same name which is located in the very park. The name was given during the Golden Rush in the mid-19th century. A road went across this valley down which goldrushers went to reach fortune and fame. They, however, were thirsty, and hungry. They had to kill their oxes and roast them atop burning carriages to survive. For these horrible experiences the valley is named after the death itself.
Great drought, desert landscape, high temperatures - we are in Death Valley national park. It is best to being at a visitor center - there you can get the most important information, map, good advice, and buy the much needed water. There are several visitor centers in the park.
California is a country in the southwest coast in the US. Many foreign and domestic tourists are lured to this state. There is the wild Pacific Ocean coastline, interesting cities and towns and other amazing places created by nature. Mt. Whitney (4421 m) is the highest mountain of the Sierra Nevada moutain range stretching in the south of California. Mt Whitney is the highest mountain of continental United States. Some areas in California are national park or nature reserves.
Arizona is a situated in the US southwest. Mostly, its land area consists of desert. The name of the state is probably derived from Spanish árida zona = parched zone. There are conifer forests at higher altitudes looking over the desert in valleys. The most well-known nature attraction here is Grand Canyon. It is, however, not the only national park in Arizona. There are many beautiful places in nature here which are also reserves.
Grand Canyon National Park is another American national park. And it is one of the oldest ones. It is sitauted in the state of Arizona and majority of its area conists of Grand Canyon created for millions of years by the Colorado River and tectonic plate activity. It is very deep and layers of old rocks are aparent on its shores. The landscape is influenced by erosions and other geological activities it is in the state of constant change.
After our last visit to Pennsylvania, today we travel to the neighboring state of Maryland. The state is known mostly for Camp David – the weekend residence of American presidents. Annapolis is teh state capital. The state is among ten smalles US states by area.
Fall is coming so we are about to visit a place of revence on our tour across the US. This place is in the town of Arlington.
Our tourist destination today is the city of Riverside, which lies approximately a hundred kilometers east of the megalopolis of Los Angeles. In comparison, it looks like a small suburb with its 300,000 inhabitants. However, if you want to try something other than a traditional overcrowded tourist destination, it is a great cruise destination.
Today we head to sunny California and head to the San Joaquin Valley, which is located in the central area of the state.
Eureka is the largest coastal city of California, 50 million north of San Francisco. Victorian architecture, complemented by various art installations, is unforgettable.
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Last week we got some taste of the Greek mythology when we tried Cassandra’s Curse ride. It absolutely messes with your sense of direction. However, there are many other great and amusing rides at Europa-Park.
We return to Legoland, Florida to see some of its most interesting rides.
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We mentioned last week the great theme park of Islands of Adventure. One of its sections is home to Marvel super heroes. We also took (albeit imaginary) ride on the Incredible Hulk rollercoaster. As its signature superhero the ride is green and you can even experience zero gravity there.
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Before we continue in our tour across super fast rollercoasters we tell you how much this fun costs. And sometimes it is even hard to believe what the park actually tries to sell its customers.
California is a home to new ideas and innovations. Did you know that here (in San Bernardino) the very first McDonald’s restaurant was opened?
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Today we continue in our trip in world famous theme park. We are going to leave Main Street U.S.A. and see other parts of the park.
For the last time we visit the most famous theme park in the world and see what else visitors can experience there.
Today we continue in our trip in California’s Capital – Sacramento. We are going to leave Chinatown to see the historical district of this city of half million.
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California is the third largest state in the United States. It is the most populous and wealthiest. Almost forty million people live there. They produce 13% of American GDP, i.e. 2.1 trillion dollars (Czech GDP is around 210 billion).
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Next day morning we set out to explore Lombard Street, a street that is world famous for its zigzag character. And really, houses are built to allow everyone who live there to drive in or out on this steep hill.
In the last article devoted to the United States we have learned something about Alcatraz, a former maximum security prison. Now we move from the Rock and have a glimpse at one of the most distinct cities in the US.
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In norheastern Pennsylvania, the town of Altoona. In the US, this town is mostly known for its ra...