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Nepalese Sky Caves

Nepalese Sky Caves

My cameraman and I were the first people to climb into these Nepalese sky caves in over 500 years. I’m trying to forget that we have to make the terrifying climb back down by admiring the view. 960 1280

  

Tibetan Culture

Tibetan Culture

The village of Lo Manthang in the remote Mustang region of Nepal is probably the best preserved example of Tibetan culture left on earth. Here, life carries on much as it has since the Middle Ages. Here, a woman weaves yarn by hand while wearing Rastafarian looking yak hair atop her head. 960 1280

  

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

When taking a photo at the equator, you have to dress for both the southern and northern hemispheres. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

There are about 8,400 rhinos left in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Armed anti-poaching units patrol the bush, but with nearly 1,000 rhinos killed in the park last year, it’s a dangerous, uphill battle.  960 1280

  

The Equator

The Equator

Welcome to Equador's Mitad del Mundo, or the middle of the world. On the left side of the photo is the northern hemisphere. On the right, the southern hemisphere. And down the middle, the planet’s equator.  960 1280

  

Christopher Columbus and America

Christopher Columbus and America

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'll be digging into the real story behind some of the world's most legendary characters, such as Christopher Columbus. Get ready to be shocked by the true story of the world's most famous explorer."

 

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Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

"Taking a picture with 'Robin Hood' and 'Little John' in Sherwood Forest." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"The sun setting over English ruins makes for a gorgeous vista." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Unearthing History

Unearthing History

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'™ll be opening a thousand year old Mongolian tomb. How cool is that?!" 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Street Bagpipes

Street Bagpipes

"When in Scotland, do as the Scottish do, as this man plays his bagpipes on the streets of Edinburgh." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

"A gorgeous look at Devil's Bridge in the countryside of Bulgaria." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Can't go to London without taking in some of the sights. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls

"Every year, thousands of people attend the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain. The course is only 3,000 feet and the average speed of the herd is 15mph. Advice: Don't look back." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Richard III Remains

Richard III Remains

"Recently discovered, the remains of Richard III are entombed at Leicester Cathedral in England." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Triumph the English Countryside

Triumph the English Countryside

"This bike is quite the Triumph as it takes me across the English countryside on the search for Robin Hood." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

All Dressed Up For Scotland

All Dressed Up For Scotland

"While searching for the truth behind the legend of King Arthur, I decide to see what being Scottish is all about. And to answer your question - 'No, I'm not, and it feels liberating'." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

"Some adventures are right in your own backyard: an afternoon at Yosemite." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

A Skeleton Rises

A Skeleton Rises

"A closeup look at the skeletal remains of Nikolay Ovcharov and his team found at Perperikon in Bulgaria which may hold answers to the Strigoi myth." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

King Arthur's Round Table

King Arthur's Round Table

"In Winchester, Hampshire, the Round Table has been discovered ... or what King Henry VIII thinks is the Round Table." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Gallant Sir Josh

Gallant Sir Josh

"Gallant Sir Josh Gates stands watch." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Purple Sunrise

Purple Sunrise

"Dawn departure from Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Buckle up..." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Not THAT Big Ben

Not THAT Big Ben

"Big Ben is not THAT big." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Lederhosen and Beer

Lederhosen and Beer

"While mounting an expedition in Germany to look for lost treasures, I decide to take a break and explore a German beer hall. Needless to say, things get a little boozy. (Honestly, I have no idea whose lederhosen I'm wearing.)" 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Jerusalem Smiles

Jerusalem Smiles

"Exploring the storied streets of Jerusalem. Endless streets filled with vendors, history and true characters."

 

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Josh Gates  

Sunset Cemetery

Sunset Cemetery

"The local cemetery in Martinou de Sus as the last light of day fades in Romania." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"All that is left of the once magnificent Glastonbury Abbey which is said to be the final resting place of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Budapest and Accordions

Budapest and Accordions

"An accordion player shows off his local flavor on the streets of Bucharest, Romania." 960 1280

Josh Gates  

The Winding Path Ahead

The Winding Path Ahead

"Navigating the streets of Budapest can be a challenge, doing it in a vintage, 3-wheeled, Czechoslovakian car ... well that'™s just crazy."

 

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Josh Gates  

Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

The Malecon waterfront in Havana, Cuba. Where old meets even older.  960 1280

Josh Gates  

Mummified Snow-Leopards

Mummified Snow-Leopards

The monasteries of the Mustang Region in Nepal are mystical and protected places. This particular shrine is guarded by several mummified snow-leopards. I’m guessing these are highly effective in warding off intruders. 960 1280

  

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is home to hundreds of monkeys who watch over the soaring Buddhist shrine. They’re cute…just don’t take out a candy bar in front of them or it turns into Planet of the Apes. 960 1280

  

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Stunning cave art from remote cliffside dwellings in Nepal’s Mustang region. 960 1280

  

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

The Aztecs were one of the mightiest civilizations in the ancient Americas. Their sense of interior design, however, is a little harsh for my taste. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Trekking into the cloud forests of Ecuador made for one of the most challenging days in Expedition Unknown history. With constant rain and fog, nearly everything gets soaked. Except for this llama, who brought his own raincoat.  960 1280

Josh Gates  

Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

You think your job is tough? Try being on the janitorial staff at the ruins of Teotihuican in Mexico. This place is falling apart. Literally. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Holding it Down on the High Seas

Holding it Down on the High Seas

While traveling the world for a living is an honor, not every day is a walk in the park. Here, my 2 cameramen do their best not to puke while filming in horrible seas off the coast of Florida. You don’t want to see the "after" photo. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

New Friends in Tibet

New Friends in Tibet

One of the best parts about traveling is making new friends. This little guy came right up to our car near the border of Tibet. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Tailors of Ecuador

Tailors of Ecuador

In the markets of Ecuador, you can buy just about anything, or mend the things you already own. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

On a recent expedition to Florida, I decided to blend in with the locals. Of course, most of the locals are about 80 years old. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Coming Full Circle in Nepal

Coming Full Circle in Nepal

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to go to the Olympics in Vancouver. I remember standing in line to buy an overpriced red sweatshirt to commemorate my trip to the games. I was recently amazed to see the kid's size of the same sweatshirt a few thousand miles away in the high-altitude Nepalese village of Lo Manthang. Makes me wonder the journey it took to get here. Also, this adorable kid wears it much better than I did. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

The internet isn’t really a thing yet in the Kalahari Desert. But, we’re working on it. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging with a Hindu holy man in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. It kind of looks like he just pulled 5 quarters out of my ear. This dude's a straight-up magician! 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Jeepney's of the Philippines

Jeepney's of the Philippines

In the Philippines, locals trick out busses known as "jeepneys," cobbled together from old U.S. military jeeps from WWII. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Nepal suffered a devastating blow in 2015 when it was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. A year later, the cleanup is in full force, and hope is returning to the storied streets of Kathmandu. 960 1280

  

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers in South Africa. Now if I can only find the icy-cold bottles those caps came from. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

South Africa’s National Parks are filled with some of the wildest creatures on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you have to live like an animal. Here’s a look at my stunning treehouse retreat at the incredible Lion Sands Game Reserve. 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Expedition Unknown On Location With Host Josh Gates 46 Photos
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Stratford Court (Before)

Stratford Court (Before)

The Stratford Court Hotel in Cedar City, UT, was outdated and dirty, and the staff was completely overwhelmed before Anthony and his crew arrived on the scene. 960 1280

  

Stratford Court (After)

Stratford Court (After)

A new paint job, fresh linens and updated furniture helped give this locally owned hotel a new look that will attract repeat business rather than turn people away. 960 1280

  

Anice Inn (Before)

Anice Inn (Before)

The Anice Inn in Orlando didn’t even come close to living up to its name. The hotel’s buildings were infested with mold, and nearly every room had a severe case of bedbugs. 960 1280

  

Anice Inn (After)

Anice Inn (After)

Anthony and his crew gave the Anice Inn a wonderful makeover, removing dangerous mold and mildew and updating the carpet, linens and furniture. However, management at the hotel did not agree to Anthony's terms, so the renovation was halted after just 1 room. 960 1280

  

Country Barn Motel and Campground (Before)

Country Barn Motel and Campground (Before)

The Country Barn Motel and Campground in Nashua, NH, had seen better days. The trailers were run-down and infested with bedbugs.  960 1280

  

Country Barn Motel and Campground (After)

Country Barn Motel and Campground (After)

Anthony and his crew exterminated all the creepy crawlers and refurbished each trailer with modern décor, making the motel an attractive alternative to the run-of-the-mill hotel chain. 960 1280

  

Luxury Inn (Before)

Luxury Inn (Before)

The Luxury Inn, located along Route 66 in Flagstaff, AZ, was dated and dark before the Hotel Impossible crew came on-site. 960 1280

  

Luxury Inn (After)

Luxury Inn (After)

After Anthony and Co. remodeled the guest rooms at the Luxury Inn (renamed the Mountain View Inn), they were open and bright, and the Southwestern décor gave them a local feel. 960 1280

  

The Empress Hotel (Before)

The Empress Hotel (Before)

The Empress Hotel in New Orleans was marketed as a cheap option for Bourbon Street partygoers, but the lobby was outdated and unappealing. 960 1280

  

Empress Hotel (After)

Empress Hotel (After)

After the Hotel Impossible crew made changes, the lobby at the Empress Hotel is much cleaner, classier and more modern. 960 1280

  

Ocean Crest Resort (Before)

Ocean Crest Resort (Before)

The rooms at the Ocean Crest Resort in Moclips, WA, were nice but outdated. The bland walls and worn-out décor needed to go. 960 1280

  

Ocean Crest Resort (After)

Ocean Crest Resort (After)

During the renovation, Anthony's team added some spunk to the guest rooms with new furniture, wall hangings and a punch of color that was sorely needed. 960 1280

  

Guest House at Houndslake (Before)

Guest House at Houndslake (Before)

This lofted office space was boring and rarely used before Anthony and his team came to the Guest House at Houndslake in Aiken, SC. 960 1280

  

Guest House at Houndslake (After)

Guest House at Houndslake (After)

After Anthony’s visit, the office space is more private and professional. 960 1280

  

Hearthstone Inn (Before)

Hearthstone Inn (Before)

The nondescript lobby of the Hearthstone Inn in Sydney, Nova Scotia, before renovations. 960 1280

  

Hearthstone Inn (After)

Hearthstone Inn (After)

The newly renovated lobby of the Hearthstone Inn, featuring lots of beautiful stone detail to represent the Hearthstone Inn brand. 960 1280

  

Hearthstone Inn (Before)

Hearthstone Inn (Before)

A bland and outdated guest room at the Hearthstone Inn before renovations took place. 960 1280

  

Hearthstone Inn (After)

Hearthstone Inn (After)

A newly renovated guest room at the Hearthstone Inn features just the right amount of color and personality. 960 1280

  

Crookston Inn (Before)

Crookston Inn (Before)

A set of bland tables and chairs in the ballroom at the Crookston Inn and Convention Center in Crookston, MN. 960 1280

  

Crookston Inn (After)

Crookston Inn (After)

The newly renovated ballroom at the Crookston Inn and Convention Center features a fresh paint job, reupholstered chairs and classy table settings. 960 1280

  

Autoport Motel (Before)

Autoport Motel (Before)

An outdated guest room at the Autoport Motel before the renovation. 960 1280

  

Autoport Motel (After)

Autoport Motel (After)

A crisp, newly renovated guest room at the Autoport Motel has fresh linens, mood lighting and modern wall décor. 960 1280

Rob Green Leadfoot Films  

Autoport Motel (Before)

Autoport Motel (Before)

The lobby of the Autoport Motel in State College, PA, before the front desk's transformation from a restaurant host stand to a real hotel lobby. 960 1280

  

Autoport Motel (After)

Autoport Motel (After)

The Autoport Motel’s newly renovated lobby displays the hotel's rich history instead of its restaurant specials. 960 1280

Rob Green Leadfoot Films  

Streamline Hotel (Before)

Streamline Hotel (Before)

The guest rooms at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, FL, are clean, but the window shades are deteriorating, and the décor is outdated. 960 1280

  

Streamline Hotel (After)

Streamline Hotel (After)

After receiving new bedspreads, headboards, window shades and paint, the guest rooms at Streamline appear to be fresh and contemporary. 960 1280

  

Woodstock Lodge (Before)

Woodstock Lodge (Before)

The dark and uninviting lobby of the Woodstock Lodge in Woodstock, NY, is in major need of a more modern update. 960 1280

  

Woodstock Lodge (After)

Woodstock Lodge (After)

A fresh and vibrant renovation to the lobby of the Woodstock Lodge in Woodstock, NY. 960 1280

  

Woodstock Lodge (Before)

Woodstock Lodge (Before)

Guests are greeted by outdated furniture and scuffed flooring upon entering the Woodstock Inn lobby. 960 1280

  

Woodstock Lodge (After)

Woodstock Lodge (After)

Newly placed chairs hang from the ceiling in the renovated lobby of the Woodstock Lodge. 960 1280

  

Vagabond Lodge (Before)

Vagabond Lodge (Before)

Anthony is in Hood River, OR, to help owner Grant Polson bring the 60-year-old, 42-room Vagabond Lodge into the 21st century. The current event space is filled with mud, broken railings, cracked paint and mountains of dirt where the stairs should be. 960 1280

  

Vagabond Lodge (After)

Vagabond Lodge (After)

Anthony enlists the help of designer Blanche Garcia to construct an outdoor event space that showcases the lodge's breathtaking natural surroundings. After adding a stone staircase, new layers of grass and new wood railings, the event space at the Vagabond Lodge is ready for their upcoming wedding season. 960 1280

Rob Green Leadfoot Films  

High Meadows Inn (Before)

High Meadows Inn (Before)

Although the space is nice, the lobby at High Meadows Inn is a cluttered mess, with too much going on around the front desk and unnecessary artwork all over the walls. 960 1280

  

High Meadows Inn (After)

High Meadows Inn (After)

After refinishing the furniture, adding new wallpaper, cleaning up the clutter and adding a proper management system, the front desk at High Meadows is fully equipped to handle any customer needs. 960 1280

  

High Meadows Inn (Before)

High Meadows Inn (Before)

The guest rooms at High Meadows Inn are clean and well maintained, but the furniture is extremely outdated. 960 1280

  

High Meadows Inn (After)

High Meadows Inn (After)

Mirrors replace this guest room's original 1970s artwork, while separate bed frames and new furniture are installed to give High Meadows Inn a more contemporary feel. 960 1280

  

Solunto Mare Hotel (Before)

Solunto Mare Hotel (Before)

After his initial walkthrough of the Solunto Mare, Anthony can't seem to understand why the hotel is struggling; that is, until he comes across the banquet room. 960 1280

  

Solunto Mare Hotel (After)

Solunto Mare Hotel (After)

Anthony enlists the help of designer Casey Noble to revamp the hotel's banquet room, so that it plays up the room's exquisite views over the Mediterranean Sea. 960 1280

  

Solunto Mare Hotel (Before)

Solunto Mare Hotel (Before)

Anthony can't seem to find the appeal of the hotel's banquet room, calling it ugly and outdated. 960 1280

  

Solunto Mare Hotel (After)

Solunto Mare Hotel (After)

With a brand new paint job, reupholstered furniture, new granite countertops and collapsable tables used for serving guests, the banquet room is now suitable to hold events. 960 1280

  

Catskills Mountain Lodge (Before)

Catskills Mountain Lodge (Before)

A close-up look at the outdated furniture in the hotel's guest rooms before Anthony and his team get to work. 960 1280

  

Catskills Mountain Lodge (After)

Catskills Mountain Lodge (After)

With a much more modern look and feel, the guest rooms at the Catskills Mountain Lodge went from looking old and vintage -- not in a good way -- to looking classy and elegant. 960 1280

  

Catskills Mountain Lodge (Before)

Catskills Mountain Lodge (Before)

It appears as though the "activity room" at this Catskills lodge has been used as more of a storage closet than anything else over the last several years. 960 1280

  

Catskills Mountain Lodge (After)

Catskills Mountain Lodge (After)

After removing the old, broken-down ping-pong and foosball tables, Anthony and his team hooked the new game room up with multiple air hockey tables and a mini putting green. 960 1280

  

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Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

Esperanza, an award-winning luxury resort in Los Cabos, has a beautiful location overlooking the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
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Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

All the rooms at Esperanza have ocean views. The hotel is located at the tip of Punta Ballena ("Whale Point”), and in the winter months you might spot the migrating humpback whales from your private veranda.
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Esperanza, An Auberge Resort  

Nizuc Resort and Spa (Cancun, Mexico)

Nizuc Resort and Spa (Cancun, Mexico)

With a prime location at the gateway to the Riviera Maya, the Nizuc Resort and Spa has unique Mayan-inspired therapies and private white-sand beaches make it a tranquil haven.
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Nizuc Resort & Spa  

One & Only Palmilla (Los Cabos, Mexico)

One & Only Palmilla (Los Cabos, Mexico)

This oasis on the tip of the Baja Peninsula was built in the 1950s as a 15-room luxury hideaway for the jet-set crowd. Now it’s expanded to over 115 rooms, but the One & Only Palmilla still feels glamorous and secluded.
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One & Only Palmilla Sanctuary (Los Cabos, Mexico)

One & Only Palmilla Sanctuary (Los Cabos, Mexico)

You will be treated like a celebrity at this beachfront sanctuary. The exceptional service includes personal butlers, luggage unpacking and a pillow and aromatherapy turndown menu.
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Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)

Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)

Tucked away in Acapulco's tropical oasis, the Fairmont Princess, a 15-story Aztec-pyramid-shaped hotel, is surrounded by lush gardens, a saltwater lagoon, a golf course and more.
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Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)

Fairmont Acapulco Princess (Acapulco, Mexico)

There's not a bad table at the resort’s Beach Club, an open-air bar and restaurant located right on the beach.
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Fairmont Princess, outdoor pool, Acapulco, Mexico

Fairmont Princess, outdoor pool, Acapulco, Mexico

Soak up the picture-perfect weather by one of the resort’s undulating outdoor pools.
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Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach is located on a private beach but is still close to Cancun’s lively dining and nightlife. 960 1280

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Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)

Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach (Cancun, Mexico)

This all-suite hotel features breathtaking ocean views.
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Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)

The Melia Cabo Real, an all-inclusive beach and golf resort, is nestled on a sandy cove along Los Cabos' stunning sapphire coast. 960 1280

Melia Hotels International  

Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Melia Cabo Real (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Enjoy a meal or a cocktail right on the beach under one of the largest thatched-roof structures in Los Cabos. 960 1280

Melia Hotels International  

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa is a tropical paradise with a prime beachfront location in Puerto Vallarta.
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Take a refreshing dip in one of the pools that flow through the property. Visit the swim-up bar or relax in a private shaded area. 
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

The Westin Resort & Spa (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

There’s something for everyone at the Westin, whether it’s enjoying perfect-weather golfing, relaxing at the spa or just taking in the ocean views.
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Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.  

Hyatt Zilara (Cancun, Mexico)

Hyatt Zilara (Cancun, Mexico)

Located on the area’s widest stretch of beach, the all-suite Hyatt Zilara is an adults-only haven. The all-inclusive resort boasts Cancun’s only ocean-view spa, as well as wine and spirit tastings, gourmet restaurants, and pool- and beachside butler service, making this the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a weekend escape with your friends. 960 1280

Hyatt Corporation  

Hyatt Zilara (Cancun, Mexico)

Hyatt Zilara (Cancun, Mexico)

Spend the afternoons at the oceanfront infinity pool, complete with swim-up bar, or hit the town for endless entertainment options and Cancun’s renowned nightlife. 960 1280

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Las Ventanas al Paraíso Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Las Ventanas al Paraíso Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)

With a never-ending view of the Sea of Cortez from the shorefront pool, "infinity" seems like an understatement. 960 1280

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts  

Las Ventanas al Paraíso Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Las Ventanas al Paraíso Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)

The edges of the pool melt into the sea, meaning you can bask, rinse, and repeat in more than one body of water at a time. What flow will you go with? 960 1280

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts  

The Resort at Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

The Resort at Pedregal (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

Carved into a cliff on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula lies the remarkable Resort at Pedregal. Guests can stay in beachside villas and are pampered with luxe amenities such as private plunge pools and rain showers. 960 1280

The Resort at Pedregal  

Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Latin American sculptures and paintings greet you upon arrival at the posh Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa. Artistic inspiration may strike you as well while you admire the surrounding nature, where desert mountains meet the Sea of Cortez. 960 1280

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Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Out back, 3 infinity pools offer sweeping views of the water, which is frequented by dolphins and water-sport aficionados alike. 960 1280

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Mahekal Beach Resort (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Mahekal Beach Resort (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Tucked amid the tropical Riviera Maya jungle and Playa del Carmen’s longest stretch of beach, Mahekal Beach Resort offers a chic, bohemian take on beach life. 960 1280

Mahekal Beach Resort  

Mahekal Beach Resort (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Mahekal Beach Resort (Playa del Carmen, Mexico)

Among the thatched-roof cottages are accommodations offering lush garden views or beautiful ocean views, spacious terraces with hammocks and plunge pools. 960 1280

Mahekal Beach Resort  

Amansala (Tulum, Mexico)

Amansala (Tulum, Mexico)

ncorporating East Asian design with tropical accents, Amansala is an eco-chic resort located on the Caribbean side of Mexico in Tulum. Famed for the area’s white beaches and Mayan ruins, the resort celebrates the land’s natural beauty with its simple yet elegant oceanfront, thatched-roof cabanas. 960 1280

Amansala Resort & Retreat  

Amansala (Tulum, Mexico)

Amansala (Tulum, Mexico)

Unplug in rustic luxury and de-stress by embarking on one of the seasonal yoga retreats, going on a beach jog with your friends, or reconnecting with your partner on a romantic beach getaway. 960 1280

Amansala Resort & Retreat  

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort (Los Cabos, Mexico)

Neatly placed on a stretch of beach in Cabo San Lucas, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf & Spa Resort is the perfect place for a beach getaway. 960 1280

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Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

There’s something for everyone at Santa Monica Pier, including souvenir shops, carnival games, arcades, restaurants and a trapeze school. Don’t miss the free summer concerts on the pier or a fun ride on the 46-horse carousel or Ferris wheel. 960 1280

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood

Spend an action-packed day with the family at Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore where blockbuster movies are made on a studio tour, and experience unique rides like Transformers: The Ride-3D, Revenge of the Mummy and the world’s largest 3-D experience, King Kong 360. We recommend the 3-block promenade, CityWalk, which includes more than 30 places to eat, 30 shops, 6 nightclubs and a 19-screen IMAX theater. 960 1280

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Disneyland

Disneyland

Thousands of people flock to Disneyland every year. Just 33 miles south of LA, this magical theme park features a seasonal FANTASMIC! Parade, the World of Color light-water show and opportunities for kids to dine with their favorite Disney characters. And you can’t forget the dozens of rides like Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 960 1280

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The Getty Center

The Getty Center

Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Center to see its permanent collection of art that includes European and American history from medieval times to the present. Head outdoors to view contemporary and modern sculptures, or take a stroll through the Center’s Central Garden. This carefully manicured garden has a 134,000-square-foot design that is the centerpiece for the natural ravine and tree-lined walkway. 960 1280

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Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey

Tucked along the Pacific Coast, just south of Venice Beach, Marina del Rey is the perfect SoCal setting for a waterfront stroll or bike ride. The scenic marina is dotted with small yachts and watercraft. Visit Fisherman's Village, designed to resemble a New England seaport, where it's possible to organize sunset and dinner cruises around the harbor. 960 1280

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LA Farmers Market

LA Farmers Market

Opened in July 1934, the LA Farmers Market is a historic landmark and tourist attraction that features more than 100 restaurants, food stalls, grocers and tourist shops. This is the market for foodies in search of ethnic cuisines and specialty food markets. Looking for more places to shop? Well, you don’t have to go too far. Visit the Grove, a retail and entertainment complex located nearby. 960 1280

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Aquarium of the Pacific

Aquarium of the Pacific

Visit one of the largest aquariums in the US, the Aquarium of the Pacific. Located in Long Beach, CA, this amazing aquarium is home to more than 11,000 ocean animals, representing nearly 500 species found in the Pacific Ocean. Watch marine life in action like West Coast Sea Nettles (pictured). 960 1280

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Page Museum

Page Museum

See more than 1 million ice age fossils from 650 species -- from a Columbian mammoth tusk to the tooth of a baby mouse -- at the Page Museum. Visitors can also watch paleontologists work on fossils right before their eyes in the Fishbowl Lab. The museum is dedicated to researching the La Brea Tar Pits and displaying the animals that died there. 960 1280

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Explore more than 111 years of history at LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Visitors flock to this popular burial ground to pay homage to hundreds of Hollywood’s greatest stars like Rudolph Valentino, Cecil B. DeMille, Jayne Mansfield, Johnny Ramone and Douglass Fairbanks. 960 1280

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Venice Beach

Venice Beach

Head to Venice Beach. The beachfront neighborhood, located on the west-side region of LA County, is known for its canals, beaches and Ocean Front Walk, a 2-and-a-half-mile pedestrian-only promenade that features performers, fortune tellers, artists and vendors. 960 1280

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Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon Canyon Park

Hike, jog or just walk through the 160-acre Runyon Canyon Park, located at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. In addition to celebrity sightings, this park is also known for having a liberal dog leash policy. It’s not uncommon to see dogs roaming around — with their owners, of course — off their leashes on 90 acres of the park. 960 1280

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Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios

Experience 100 years of Hollywood history and witness more in the making on a tour of the Paramount Pictures studio lot. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the longest operating and only remaining major studio in Hollywood. This studio lot is where several TV shows are filmed, including Glee, Dr. Phil, Community and NCIS: Los Angeles. 960 1280

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Thousands of people converge on Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- more than 2,500 stars embedded in the sidewalks. These brass stars bare the names of the famous actors, musicians, directors, and producers like Michael Jackson, Cate Blanchett and Gene Roddenberry. 960 1280

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Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Get the best views of LA and the stars at Griffith Observatory. Located 1,134 feet above sea level, the observatory is visible from many parts of the Los Angeles basin and it is one of southern California’s most popular attractions. It features the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon, public telescopes and more! 960 1280

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

More than a million people visit the 20-acre Los Angeles County Museum of Art each year. This museum holds more than 120,000 works that span from ancient times to the present. This is a must-see stop for art lovers who appreciate Asian, Latin American, pre-Columbian and Islamic art. 960 1280

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Walt Disney Concert Hall

Walt Disney Concert Hall

Enjoy a concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Lillian Disney made the initial donation of $50 million to build the venue as a tribute to Walt Disney’s devotion to the arts and to the city. Frank Gehry, a Canadian-American architect, designed the building. 960 1280

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Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive

Shop till you drop in one of the most glamorous places in the US on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. More than 100 boutiques and hotels span 3 city blocks along this famous street. And while you’re in the area, don’t forget to check out the Walk of Style, which features plaques embedded in the sidewalk with personal quotes and signatures from top designers including Tom Ford, Giorgio Armani and Manolo Blahnik. 960 1280

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl officially opened on July 11, 1922. The “bowl” refers to the shape of the concave hillside where the amphitheater is located. Home to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the summer home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the amphitheater is known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that graced the site from 1929 through 2003. A larger one was added at the beginning of the 2004 season. Music lovers heading here by subway should hop off at the Hollywood & Highland station. 960 1280

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida

Visit Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, which consists of Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk Orlando and 3 Loews hotels, which include Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Universal Studios features rides, attractions and activities based on pop-culture icons, Hollywood blockbuster films and hit television shows. 960 1280

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

On Flight of the Hippogriff at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, climb into a wicker Hippogriff to go on a training flight and ride on Flight of the Hippogriff, a family-friendly rollercoaster at the theme park. 960 1280

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Superstar Parade

Superstar Parade

We all love a parade, and you’ll love Universal Orlando Resort’s Superstar Parade even more. Watch as creative floats with hundreds of performers create a whole new level of fun and excitement. During the parade, some of today's most beloved characters and their stories are brought to life in the streets of Universal Studios. Sing and dance along with your favorite characters, including Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora & Diego, as well as the minions from the blockbuster animated feature Despicable Me 960 1280

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Guests at this hotel enjoy spacious guest rooms featuring authentic Italian furnishings, impeccable and attentive service, an opulent spa, 3 themed swimming pools and a few restaurants, including Mama Della’s Ristorante and Trattoria del Porto. 960 1280

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Transformers: The Ride 3D

Transformers: The Ride 3D

Universal Orlando Resort's blockbuster attraction is Transformers: The Ride 3D. The groundbreaking ride, created under license from the toy and board game company Hasbro and based on its iconic Transformers brand, will allow fans to experience the intergalactic battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons. 960 1280

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Wet 'n Wild, Blastaway Beach

Wet 'n Wild, Blastaway Beach

Cool things down at Universal's Wet 'n Wild, founded by SeaWorld creator George Millay. We recommend checking out the water park’s newest attraction, Blastaway Beach, featuring a sand-castle-themed water playground, 2 pools and a 60-foot sand castle with more than 160 interactive toys and 15 slides. 960 1280

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The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Have fun with the Spidey! The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is one of the most popular theme park experiences at Universal Orlando Resort. With all-new enhancements -- including 4K digital high-definition ride animation, an Infitec 3-D projection system, new music score and 3-D "Spider-Vision" glasses -- guests will see incredible details, including the stitching on Spider-Man's gloves. 960 1280

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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Close your eyes. Lean back. Sip the ultimate margarita in Margaritaville, where every corner brings to life a different classic song by the restaurant’s owner, music legend Jimmy Buffett. Pair you margarita with some of the tasty food on the menu, including the Volcano Nachos, Jerk Salmon, Tuscan Turkey Burger or Jimmy’s Jammin’ Jambalaya. 960 1280

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Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk features two 18-hole courses based on classic drive-in era horror and sci-fi movies. Have fun with the entire family. Tee off through the open mouth of a giant space worm or the basement laboratory of a towering haunted house. 960 1280

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The Red Coconut Club

The Red Coconut Club

It’s the hottest spot at Universal CityWalk and one of Orlando's most popular hot spots. Where tropical meets trendy, Red Coconut Club patrons can kick back and relax or dance the night away to a live band every night that features classic favorites of the '60s and '70s as well as original renditions of today's contemporary music. 960 1280

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Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Hop on the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit for a unique rollercoaster ride. This coaster gives guests the ability to choose from 30 songs, from 5 music genres, to create the soundtrack to their ride. After the thrill of braving this rollercoaster, riders can create a personalized take-home video using cutting-edge technology. 960 1280

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Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster

Feel the power of the Incredible Hulk as Dr. Bruce Banner's gamma-ray accelerator launches you on a high-speed rollercoaster rampage, accelerating to 40 mph in just 2 seconds. 960 1280

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Islands of Adventure

Islands of Adventure

Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure theme park is where innovation is combined with powerful storytelling and incredible adventure. The Cat in the Hat, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Doctor Doom’s Fearfall and Storm Force Accelatron are just a few popular rides found at the 110-acre theme park. 960 1280

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Jurassic Park River Adventure

Jurassic Park River Adventure

Take a leisurely raft ride through the backwaters of Jurassic Park. The water ride allows the curious to see and be seen by friendly dinosaurs -- until something goes terribly wrong, placing guests face-to-face with a gigantic T. rex! 960 1280

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Latin Quarter

Latin Quarter

Located at Universal Orlando CityWalk, Latin Quarter features appetizers, seafood, meats, salads and desserts influenced by the cuisines of Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. 960 1280

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