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  1. Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities In The World (video).
  2. 10 Most Expensive Places in the World To Dock Your Yacht (video).
  3. Most Expensive Vacation Spots (video).
  4. Vatican City, which is a walled enclave within the city of Rome, has a size of approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and a population of 842; it is the smallest sovereign state in the world by both area and population; it owns anthem and coins!
  5. Venice of Italy is sinking about 1cm a year while Mexico city sinks at an average rate of 10cm annually.
  6. About 5 million Americans visited United Kingdom annually.
  7. The U.S. received 77.5 million international arrivals in 2015, of which 20.1 million came from Canada, 18.4 million from Mexico, 4.9 million from United Kingdom, 3.8 million from Japan, and 2.6 million from China.
  8. Americans logged 1.7 billion and 459 million person‑trips for leisure and business purposes, respectively in 2015.
  9. Between 2010 and 2014, the U.S. population grew by 3.1 percent—from 309 million to 319 million
  10. In 2014 Americans made 68.3 million overnight trips to other countries; the busiest month for overnight international trips in 2014 was July (7.6 million), and the least busy was February (4.4 million).
  11. In 2014, top 10 U.S. airlines carried the most passengers were Southwest (126.7 million), Delta (106.2.million)
  12. , American (66.4 million), United (64.7 million), US Airways (50.6 million), ExpressJet (28.0 million), JetBlue (26.4 million), SkyWest (26.0 million), Alaska (19.2 million), and Envoy (14.7 million).
  13. The largest Hindu Temple in the world outside of India is located 10 miles inside the perimeter of Atlanta.
  14. International visitors in the U.S. grew every year since the end of the recession in 2009; in 2014 around 74.7 million foreign travelers visited the U.S., of which the top visitor markets were Canada (30.7 percent), Mexico (23.2 percent), United Kingdom (5.3 percent), Japan (4.8 percent), Brazil (3.0 percent), and China (2.9 percent).
  15. In 2000 China was the 24th largest market for international visitors to the U.S.; by 2014 visitation from China increased by over 700 percent, and the country is now the 6th largest market.
  16. There were 23 airports in 2014 with more than one million incoming passengers from international origins to the U.S.; New York (JFK), Miami, and Los Angeles airports received the most international passengers, with 13.6, 9.6, and 8.9 million passengers, respectively.
  17. In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, revolutionizing the urban landscape forever by transforming the city with light.
  18. Ash from the May 1931 eruption of Aniakchak fell at a rate of a pound per hour at the Chignik villages, 65 miles to the south. The blast was heard 200 miles away and the ash sprinkled the ground nearly 700 miles from the source. The eruption left a caldera 250 deep and one-half mile wide.
  19. Wrangell St. Elias is the America's largest national park (13.2 million acres), it stretches from one of the tallest peaks in North America, Mount St. Elias (18,008), to the ocean.
  20. The average age for business travelers is 46 years old: 7 percent are 65+; 20 percent are 55-64; 26 percent are 45-54; 24 percent are 35-44; 19 percent are 25-34; and 4 percent are 18-24.
  21. For the cheapest airline tickets, start shopping on Tuesday afternoon
  22. Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul (65 rooms) at Sultanahmet, which was built in Turkish neo-classical style in 1919, was once a Turkish prison. This mustard-yellow hotel, surrounding a landscaped courtyard garden—formerly the exercise yard, retains hints of its past, including an inmate’s inscription on a marble pillar,.
  23. Twin Farms, a late-1700s stone, pine, maple, and brick farmhouse and lodge (20 rooms) in Barnard, VT, is used to be the home of Sinclair Lewis, who is the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930.
  24. The musicians who perform in the New York Subway stations have to go through a competitive audition process; some of these musicians have also played at Carnegie Hall.
  25. The New York Subway is one of the largest public transportation systems in the world by number of stations, with 468 stations in operation and 842 miles (1355 km) of track and delivered over 1.71 billion rides (2013); its first underground station was opened in 1904, and around 40% of its stations is above ground.
  26. New York City served as the capital of the United States from 1785 to 1790, before it was moved to Philadelphia and then Washington D.C. George Washington, the first President of the United States, was inaugurated in New York in 1789 at the site of Federal Hall.
  27. In Atlanta (GA) there are more than 70 roads with the word "Peachtree" in their names, and almost all directions include the phrase: 'Go down Peachtree.'.
  28. Atlanta (GA) is not only home to many of the civil rights movement's key leaders and organizations in the U.S., but is also home of the largest Hindu Temple in the world outside of India.
  29. Atlanta (GA) is home of the world's largest drive-in restaurant, the Varsity, which is able to accommodate 600 cars outside and more than 800 people inside, and makes two miles of hot dogs, 2500 pounds of potatoes, 5000 fried pies and 300 gallons of chili from scratch daily.
  30. Atlanta is the fifth city to be the capital of the U.S. state of Georgia; its capital included Savannah (1776-1778), Augusta (1778-1796), Louisville (1796-1870), Milledgeville (1807-1868), and Atlanta since 1868. The Georgia Capitol Dome located in Atlanta is one of 10 state capitol domes that is covered in gold leaf layered in 43 ounces of pure gold. Atlanta is the only city in North America destroyed by a fire as an act of war during the American civil war.
  31. The 5 best airlines in the skies are Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Turkish Airlines.
  32. The 5 worst airlines in the skies are Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Ryanair, Delta, and United Airlines.
  33. Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Saving Time (DST); on April 30, 2016, the government set clocks to be turned forward 1 hour at 11:00 p.m. (23:00).
  34. The seat pitch (the distance between two seats) of Spirit Airlines, a famous carrier for squeezing passengers' knees, is only 28 inches while most airlines have 31-inch pitch sizes.
  35. Between 2000 and 2013, the U.S. population grew by 12.2 percent, from 282 million to 316 million.
  36. In 2013 the top three network airlines — United, Delta, and American — together carried 39.7 percent of total passengers traveling on U.S. airlines, and low-cost airlines — Southwest, AirTran, JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, Virgin America, and Allegiant — carried 26.9 percent of U.S. airline passengers.
  37. The famed Waldorf Astoria hotel in, New York becomes most expensive hotel ever sold: $1.95 billion in October 2014.
  38. Tokyo has one of most efficient transit systems in the world, moving approximately three million people daily in the greater metropolitan area.
  39. Singapore has the world’s lowest infant mortality rates and is one of the countries that have the highest life expectancies (84.07 years); around 80% of residents use the public health system.
  40. The countries with the highest quality of life are Australia, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, United States, Denmark, Netherlands, Iceland, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Ireland.
  41. The best quality of life of any of the world's urbanites is Melbourne.
  42. Taxi drivers in Paris have to pay nearly 200,000 euros for their licenses; that's why there are so few taxis there, and Parisians must stand in long lines at taxi stands for cabs that never come.
  43. Paris, the capital of France, is the home of the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, and the Musée National d'Art Moderne; around 22.4 million visisted Paris, making it one of the world's top tourist destinations in 2014.
  44. France is the most visited country in the world; 83 million tourists visisted there in 2012.
  45. The Eiffel Tower, a symbol of Paris and one of the most famous landmarks in the world, was built by Gustave Eiffel in 1887-1889; it was officially completed on March 31, 1889.
  46. Venice, which connects to mainland Italy by bridges and one of the most important tourist destinations in the world for its celebrated art and architecture, is sinking at 1 inch every 12.5 years.
  47. The Tuvalu, a chain of atolls and reefs dotted across 350 miles of the South Pacific, is barely 7 feet (2 meters) on average above sea-level, it is predicted that the island may be submerged in the next 30 to 50 years.
  48. The Seychelles’ 115 coral and granite islands, which are home to jungles, beautiful beaches and waterfalls, may be underwater by the end of the century.
  49. The Maldives' 1,190 islands with beautiful beaches, lie just five feet above sea level, it is predicted that rising tides could flood the islands by the end of 2099.
  50. The Marshall Islands, an island country located in the northern Pacific Ocean comprising 1,156 individual islands and islets and 24 low-lying coral atolls, lie just few feet above sea level.
  51. United Airlines collects $638 million in checked-bag fees a year and hope to collect an extra $700 million during the next four years.
  52. The cheapest travel destinations in 2013 are Spain, Greece, Dallas (TX, USA), Antalya (Turkey), Washington, D.C. (USA), Cuba, Dominican, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Orlando (FL, USA), Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam,
  53. The 10 best places in the world to swim are Red Beach, Santorini, Greece; Santa Monica Beach, California; Amazon River; Cartagena, Colombia; Blue Lagoon, Fiji; Long Beach, Tofino, B.C.; Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro; Panama City Beach, Florida; Punta de Mita, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico; and Manly Beach, Sydney.
  54. As of the end of 2012, top 10 countries with the highest population are China (1,353,821,000 people), India (1,210,193,422), United States (316,116,000), Indonesia (248,645,008), Brazil (193,946,886), Pakistan (190,291,129), Nigeria (170,123,740), Bangladesh (161,083,804), Russia (143,400,000), and Japan (127,368,088)
  55. In 2012 Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Finland, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and Ireland were the world's happiest countries, where people are being able to speak what's on their mind without fear, to worship the God of their choosing, to feel safe and secure in their cities and their own homes, and to have enough food to feed themselves and their families and enough money to buy what they want.
  56. 2012 was safest year for air travel since 1945. There were only 23 accidents, including passenger and cargo flights, resulting in 475 fatalities in 2012, compared with the 10-year average of 34 accidents and 773 fatalities per year.
  57. The world's longest flight is from Dallas, Texas, U.S. to Sydney, Australia, it lasts about 16 hours.
  58. Every day, around 10,000 people, who do not plan to catch a train, enter New York’s Grand Central Terminal to gawk at the ceiling embellished with gold constellations, browse shops, and take tours. On September 11, 1976, a group of Croatian nationalists hijacked a US airplane and planted a bomb in a coin locker at Grand Central Terminal, the resulting explosion wounded over 30 people and killed 1 police officer.
  59. There are 106 cities around the world with flights to Hong Kong.
  60. There are 21 direct flights from New York, NY to Hong Kong, daily.
  61. The estimated number of airlines directly operate between Hong Kong and Paris, France: 39; San Francisco, CA: 35; Washington, DC: 33; Singapore : 32; Beijing, China: 27; and Tokyo, Japan: 23.
  62. The estimated number of passenger seats / flights daily connecting to Hong Kong are 342,400 seats / 53 flights from Washington, DC; 539,000 / 61 from San Francisco, CA; 550,100 / 69 from Los Angles, CA; 494,000 / 37 from Paris, France; 812,000 / 27 from London, UK; 417, 700 / 35 from Rome, Italy; 435,000 / 38 from Singapore; 289,000 / 10 from Paris, France; and 385,400 / 31 from Tokyo, Japan.
  63. The smallest aircraft (less than 70 seats) flying to Hong Kong is a 30-seat EM2 operated by United from Los Angeles, CA; a 44-seat ERJ operated by Jet India from Washington, DC; a 46-seat ATR operated by Air France from Rome, Italia; and a 70-seat CRJ operated by China from San Francisco, CA.
  64. The highest temperature ever recorded on the Earth is 136 °F (57.8 °C), recorded in Al 'Aziziyah, Libya on September 13, 1922.
  65. The lowest temperature ever recorded on the Earth is −128.6 °F (−89.2 °C), recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica on July 21, 1983.
  66. The world record for the highest seasonal total snowfall was measured at Mount Baker Ski Area, Washington State, United States, during the 1998–1999 season; Mount Baker received 2,896 cm (1,140 in) of snow. The previous record holder is Mount Rainier, Washington, which received 2,850 cm (1,120 in) of snow during the 1971–1972 season.
  67. Catatumbo Lightning, a meteorological phenomenon that takes place in Maracaibo Lake, Zulia state, western Venezuela, is the place with highest concentration of lightning on the Earth.
  68. Virgin America charged an "international tax" for its flights between the U.S cities until this illegal charge was discovered in March 2012. Its customers were required to pay a $33 "international tax" for a flight trip from Dallas, TX to San Francisco, CA
  69. Allegiant Air joins Spirit Airlines as the second U.S. carrier to implement fees for carry-on luggage. The charge is up to $30 for carry-on luggage stored in overhead bins.
  70. Spirit Airlines charges up to: $40 for carry-on-bag, $43 for first checked bag, $150 for a seat assignment, $199 for a front seat, $10 per phone booking, $17 for passenger usage fee (buying tickets online - the fee can be avoided by buying a ticket at the airport) each way, $5 for printing a boarding pass at airport, $2 for printing a boarding pass at kiosk, $10 for a snack, and $15 for a drink. Although the Spirit airlines has the highest fee charges, its pilots were among the lowest paid pilots in the United States.
  71. The world’s best-looking cabin crews in 2011 are Virgin, Singapore, Etihad, Emirates, and Aer Lingus.
  72. Tourists throw about $1.137M worth of coins into the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi), Italy, and make a wish each year.
  73. Four greatest contributions to civilization stem from ancient China are the invention of the compass, the invention of papermaking, the invention of gunpowder, and the invention of printing.
  74. The border between Canada and the United States is the world’s longest border: 5,525 miles - including 1,538 miles between Canada and Alaska.
  75. Canada is the second largest country (3,855,103 square miles) in the world behind Russia, and it also has more inland waters and lakes than any other country.
  76. On an average day 102 people visit the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, TX
  77. In 2011 the top North American cruise destination was the Western Caribbean followed by the Bahamas, accounting for 27.0 percent and 20.8 percent of total cruise ship visits, respectively.
  78. Des Moines, IA; Raleigh, NC; Madison, WI, Salt Lake City, UT, Omaha, NE; Portland, ME; Denver, CO; Colorado Springs, CO; Washington, DC; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Greenville, SC; Little Rock, AR; and Fairfield County, CT are the America's best cities for young professionals in 2011.
  79. In 2010, 59.8 million visitors came to the U.S., most of them came from: 1. Canada 20.0 million; 2. Mexico 13.5 million; 3. U.K. 3.9 million; 4. Japan 3.4 million; 5. Germany 1.7 million; 6. France 1.3 million; 7. Brazil 1.2 million; 8. S. Korea 1.1 million; 9. Australia 0.9 million; and 10. Italy 0.8 million.
  80. Mt Everest, Nepal, (8,848 meters or 29,029 ft) is the highest point on earth, and it’s still growing at an estimated 4mm a year.
  81. Mexico City is sinking at an average rate of 10cm a year, 10 times faster than Venice.
  82. Three-fourths of Japan is covered by mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes. There are around 1,500 earthquakes every year in Japan.
  83. London’s Metropolitan Railway was the world’s first subway opened in 1863, following by the ones opened in Budapest in 1896, and in Paris in 1900.
  84. Great Wall of China was the biggest military construction on earth. It was built between the 7th and 4th centuries BC in China, and is made up of 6,259.6 km (3,889.5 mi) sections of actual wall, 359.7 km (223.5 mi) of trenches and 2,232.5 km (1,387.2 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.
  85. There were about 36.8 million flights carried over 2.4 billion people to around the world in 2010.
  86. There are approximately 61,000 people traveling by airplanes over the U.S. at any given time.
  87. There were 94 aircraft accidents, 23 of those were fatal, and number of people killed by these accidents was 786 in 2010; there was one accident for every 1.6 million flights.
  88. Around 21% of all aircraft accidents in 2010 is runway excursion, which is caused by an aircraft that goes off the runway during takeoff or landing.
  89. Around 99% of Libya is a desert.
  90. The black box carried on an airplane is actually painted bright orange to make it more visible in an aircraft's wreckage. It is a tough stainless metal-and-plastic case containing two recorders, and is installed in the rear of the aircraft. The black box records information about airspeed, direction, altitude, accelerations, engine thrust, rudder, and spoiler positions from sensors that are located around the aircraft.
  91. U.S. ferries carried an estimated 103 million passengers and just over 37 million vehicles in 2009. Washington, New York, and California had the greatest number of ferry passengers, accounting for 15.0, 6.8, and 7.7 percent of total passengers, respectively. Ferries in Washington carried the greatest proportion of vehicles as a percent of total vehicle boardings (26.9 percent), followed by Louisiana (12.4 percent) and Alaska (11.6 percent). The states with the most ferry vessels were California (62 vessels), New York (56 vessels), Massachusetts (52 vessels), and Washington (46 vessels).
  92. Alaska could hold the 21 smallest States.
  93. Africa has 28% wilderness while North America's wilderness is 38%.
  94. The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  95. The Eiffel Tower has 1792 steps and 2,500,000 rivets, and it is a daily place of work for 600 Parisians.
  96. Australia has 10,000 beaches more than any other country in the world.
  97. There are 365 steps on the front of the U.S. Capitol Building - one for every day of the year.
  98. The U.S. has 503 airports, each serves at least 2,500 passengers a year.
  99. China has added about 40 airports in the last decade alone, bringing its total to 166. The top eight airports commanded about half of all passenger traffic. The top three -- Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai's Pudong -- handled half of all cargo traffic.
  100. As per the recent Zagat's 2009 Airline Survey results, JetBlue Airways, Virgin America and Midwest Airlines got high scores for their comfort, food and services while United, American, Delta and US Airways fared poorly. JetBlue and Virgin America also had the highest-rated in-flight entertainment for domestic flights. Southwest Airlines and JetBlue had the best-rated luggage policies. For international economy travel, Singapore and Emirates are at the top of the pack.
  101. The U.S. airplane water has been under review by the EPA for traces of E. coli for six years.
  102. The U.S. airports: 1. Salt Lake City (SLC), 2. Portland (PDX), 3. (Tie) Washington, D.C. (DCA), 3. (Tie) Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP), 5. (Tie) Tampa (TPA). 5. (Tie) Los Angeles (LAX), 5. (Tie) San Diego (SAN), are America's top five best airports in 2009.
  103. The airports: 1. Newark (EWR), 2. Chicago (ORD). 3. Miami (MIA), 4. (Tie) Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW), 4. (Tie) New York (LGA), and 4. (Tie) New York (JFK), are America's top five worst airports in 2009.
  104. Hong Kong, the world’s most expensive city, has the most Rolls Royce’s per capita.
  105. If you're connecting to the ship's onboard cell tower, you'll pay roaming fees around $5 per minute.
  106. Under new federal rules that go into effect in March 2010, airlines must provide adequate food and potable water for passengers within two hours of an aircraft being delayed on the tarmac. Airlines have to get aircrafts in the air within three hours, or allow the passengers off. The new rules apply to U.S. airlines and domestic flights. The new regulations authorize fines of as much as $27,500 per passenger for violations.
  107. On average, Americans traveled 36.1 miles per day in 2009, a 10.2 percent decline from 2001. Men traveled more than women, averaging 40.9 miles per day compared with 31.5 miles per day for women. For both genders, people in their prime working years traveled more, with persons aged 36 to 65 traveling the most.
  108. As of May 2009, the mean annual wage of a flight attendant was $43,350, with a low of $25,420 and a high of $71,280.
  109. Starting June 1, 2009, adult U.S. citizens entering the United States at sea or land ports of entry from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean (17 nations) to have the U.S. Passport Book, U.S. Passport Card, or other document approved by the Department of Homeland Security. This is the second phase ofthe Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
  110. The fee for tourist visa (L Visa) issued to a U.S. citizen, who comes to China for sightseeing or visiting family members or friends or for other personal affairs, is $130 while the fee for citizens of other countries is $30. And it seems increasingly likely that China does not welcome American people visiting its country.
  111. Expedia was Microsoft's flashy entrant into the web travel biz. Orbitz founded by United, Northwest, Continental, Delta, and American, was sold in October 2004 to Cendant. Cendant is a large travel company that owns Avis rent-a-car, Budget, and Ramada Inns and dozens of other familiar chains. In July 2007 Orbitz was spun off as a standalone company. At least 30 airlines including the founders are Orbitz charter affiliates.
  112. In 2008, there were 79.3 million people visiting France, while 58 million and 57.3 million people visited the United States and Spain, respectively. The next lines are China (53 million), Italy (42.7 million), and United Kingdom (30.2 million).
  113. The most visited cities in the world during the past 3 years are: Paris (France), London (United Kingdom), Bangkok (Thailand), Singapore, New York City (United States), Hong Kong, Istanbul (Turkey), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Shanghai (China), Rome (Italy), Tokyo (Japan), and Seoul (South Korea).
  114. Times Square, New York City, NY, the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada, and National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C. are most visited tourist destinations in the U.S.
  115. The three European cities, Vienna, Zurich, and Geneva, are the world's best places to live in 2009.
  116. Abu Dhabi, the capital and second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after Dubai, is the richest city in the world.
  117. Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.
  118. Southern Asia and Iran are only two places on earth where men outlive women.
  119. The requirement for women in Spain is to always wear earrings in public, or be considered effectively naked.
  120. If you are in Germany, you should only snap their fingers to beckon dogs, not humans.
  121. If you are in the U.K., do not say 'Where are you going?' or 'Have you eaten?' because it will be seen as rude.
  122. If you are in Scotland, do not buy stones as souvenirs, and do not leave footprints on the lavatory seat.
  123. If you are in Algeria when you shake hands with others, it must be firm.
  124. If you are in Hungary, do not smash people's mirrors.
  125. If you are in France, do not give chrysanthemums and yellow flowers to those who invite you to their homes.
  126. If you are in Italy, do not give a handkerchief as a gift because it is considered an omen for wiping tears when you lose someone.
  127. If you are in Thailand, do not discuss the royal family, and do not point at things with your toe.
  128. If you are in Nepal, do not touch people's belongings with the foot.
  129. If you are in Islamic countries, do not talk about pork.
  130. If you are in Iran, do not comment on babies' eyes.
  131. If you are in India, do not use the left hand to touch other people, and do not touch other people's heads.
  132. If you are in Japan, do not fidget with hair or clothes in restaurants.
  133. If you are in Korea, do not pick up your chopsticks before your senior, and do not face sideways when drinking alcoholic beverages.

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  • AirTran passengers are permitted one carry-on bag and one personal item. The first checked bag costs $20; a second one is $25, a third bag $50.
  • Alaska Airlines charges each passenger $20 for the first bag, and $20 for a second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the Continental U.S. or between the Continental U.S. and Alaska. The third bag incurs a $50 fee.
  • Allegiant Airlines charges each passenger $35 per bag for the first and second checked bag, and $50 per bag for the third and fourth bag checked at the airport.
  • American Airlines charges each passenger $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It charges $150 per piece for the 3rd, 4th and 5th checked bags and $200 per piece for the 6th checked bag and any additional pieces.
  • Delta Airlines charges each passenger $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the U.S. Online payments are discounted $2-$3.
  • Frontier Airlines charges each passenger $20 for the first bag and the second bag for bags checked at the airport and $50 for the third bag or more.
  • Hawaiian Airlines charges each passenger $25 for the first bag and $35 for a second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the Continental U.S. or between the Continental U.S. and Hawaii. Online payments are discounted $2-$3.
  • JetBlue passenger is allowed to carry one bag without charge. The second checked bag requires a $40 fee. Additional bag incurs a $75 fee.
  • Southwest Airlines allows two free checked bags per customer. The 3rd through 9th bags incur a charge of $50 per piece
  • Spirit Airlines charges each passenger $38 ($28 online) for the first bag and $45 ($35 online) for a second bag; bags 3-5 are charged $95 each ($85 online) if space is available for travel within the U.S. Spirit does not guarantee it has space for the second checked bag. It charges $5 for each bag for international travel
  • United Airlines charges each passenger $25 for the first bag and $35 for the second bag for bags checked at the airport for travel within the U.S. Oversize bags (beyond 50 lbs) incur a fee of $175, and overweight bags are assessed up to $200. It charges $0 for the first bag and $70 for the second bag for international destinations ($0 for Japan)
  • U.S. Airways charges each passenger $25 for the first bag, $35 for the second bag, $125 for the third bag and $200 for additional bags for bags checked at the airport for travel within the U.S. It charges $0 for the first bag and the second bag, and $125 for the third bag and $200 for each additional bag for international destinations.

The World's Most Expensive Hotels

  1. Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva ($53,000/night)
  2. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas ($40,000/night)
  3. Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York ($34,000/night)
  4. Villa La Capula Suite, Westin Excelsior, Rome ($29,000/night)
  5. Presidential Suite, Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo ($25,000/night)
  6. The Bridge Suite, The Atlantis, Bahamas ($22,000/night)
  7. Imperial Suite, Park Hyatt, Vendôme, Paris ($20,000/night)
  8. Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab, Dubai ($19,000/night)
  9. Ritz-Carlton Suite, Ritz-Carlton Moscow ($18,000/night)
  10. The Penthouse Suite, The Martinez Hotel, Cannes ($18,000/night)

America's Most Visited Tourist Attractions

  1. Times Square, New York City, N.Y.
  2. The Las Vegas Strip, NV
  3. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
  4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA
  5. Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, FL
  6. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA
  7. Fisherman's Wharf/Golden Gate, San Francisco, CA
  8. Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN/NC
  10. Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  11. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, AZ/NV
  12. Universal Studios Orlando/Islands of Adventure at Universal Orlando, FL
  13. Sea World Florida, Orlando, FL
  14. Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA/NJ
  15. San Antonio River Walk, TX
  16. Temple Square, Salt Lake City, UT
  17. Universal Studios Hollywood, CA
  18. Metropolitan Museum, New York, N.Y.
  19. Cape Cod National Seashore, MA
  20. Grand Canyon, AZ
  21. Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa Bay, FL
  22. Sea World San Diego, San Diego, CA
  23. Independence National Historic Park, Philadelphia, PA
  24. American Museum of Natural History, NY
  25. Waikiki Beach, Oahu, HI

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Travel Awareness in the U.S.

  • Atlanta, GA - Avoid going to the southern part of the city, and downtown at night.
  • Baltimore, MD - The city has some of the worst rates of dangerous offenses, including the 10th-worst aggravated assault rate, and the fourth-worst murder rate in the U.S. Don’t go to anywhere, except downtown.
  • Boston, MA - Don’t go to Dorchester, Mattapan and Roxbury at night, and be wary in Chinatown, the North End and Fenway.
  • Chicago, IL - Avoid visiting the West Side and anywhere south of 59th Street.
  • Cleveland, OH - Don’t go to Cleveland Heights, Lakewood and Euclid.
  • Detroit, MI - The city has one of the 10 highest rates for three of the four types of violent crime identified by the FBI. It has the sixth-highest murder rate, the fifth-highest robbery rate, and the second-highest rate of aggravated assault. Don’t go to the city after dark.
  • Houston, TX - Be careful if traveling through Downtown, south and east Houston at night.
  • Flint, MI - The city has a poverty rate of 36.2% . The number of violent crimes committed in Flint increased for all categories stemmed from drugs and gangs. Avoid traveling through city at night.
  • Los Angeles, CA - Be wary in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Long Beach, and to avoid visiting Watts, Inglewood and Florence.
  • Little Rock, AK - The city has one of the highest rates of aggravated assault and forcible rape in the country. Don’t go to this city after dark.
  • Memphis, TN - The city has high rates for all the violent crimes, it has the sixth-highest rate in the country. Avoid going to the city after dark.
  • Miami, FL - Be aware of break-ins and pick-pocketing in the Miami area.
  • New Haven, CT - The city has the highest rate of violent crime on the east coast; it has the eighth-highest rate of robbery and the fourth-highest rate of assault in the U.S. Avoid visiting this city after dark.
  • New York, NY - Be wary in Times Square and at the Statue of Liberty, and avoid walking at night in Harlem, the Bronx or Central Park at night.
  • New Orleans, LA - Be wary in Northwest of Dauphine Street, northeast of Ursulines Avenue, north of St. Charles Avenue and south of the Magazine Street area.
  • Oakland, CA - The city has the 10th-highest rate of rape, the ninth-highest murder rate, and the second-highest robbery rate in the country. Avoid going to the city at night.
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Avoid visiting Mount Oliver, Hill District, Homewood-Brushton and Hazelwood.
  • Richmond, VA - Avoid walking around this city.
  • Rockford, IL - One of the most dangerous cities with heightened rates of violence; avoid visiting this city after dark.
  • St Louis, MO, - The city was rated the most dangerous city in the country based on FBI data. Avoid going to northern area between the airport and the city center.
  • Stockton, CA - One of the most miserable cities to live, huge percentage of unemployed residents, which may have contributed to horrible crime rates in the city; avoid going to the city after dark.
  • Washington DC - Avoid visiting Northeast and Southeast, and don’t go to Union Station after dark and Anacostia, day or night.

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Rank 2011*
Rank 2012*
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Country
Rank 2011**
Rank 2010**
1
5
3 Tokyo Japan
2
2
2
-
- Osaka Japan
6
6
3
42
40 Moscow Russia
4
4
4
3 4 Geneva Switzerland
5
5
5
37 32 Hong Kong Hong Kong
9
8
6
2
2 Zurich Switzerland
7
8
7
4
5 Copenhagen Denmark
17
10
8
14
6 New York City USA
32
27
9
58
46 Beijing China
20
16
10
10
10 Singapore Singapore
8
11
11
34
18 Milan Italy
25
15
12
49
49 Shanghai China
21
25
13
12
14 Paris France
27
17
14
1
1 Oslo Norway
15
11
15
47
9 Caracas Venezuela
51
100
16
15
10 London UK
18
17
17
32
29 Tel Aviv Israel
24
19
18
22
19 Rome Italy
34
26
19
8
11 Helsinki Finland
42
31
20
27
22 Dubai UAE
81
55
21
11
17 Vienna Austria
36
28
22
-
- Shenzhen China
43
42
23
31
27 Los Angeles USA
77
55
23
-
- Guangzhou China
38
38
25
20
26 Dublin Ireland
-
-
26
28
28 Abu Dhabi UAE
67
84
27
29
29 Douala Cameroon
-
-
28
38
38 Athens Greece
-
-
29
29
23 Amsterdam Netherlands
50
35
30
54
- Bratislava Slovakia
-
-
31
-
- White Plains USA
-
-
32
-
- Lagos Nigeria
41
62
33
-
- Tehran Iran
130
132
34
-
- Abidjan Ivory Coast
-
-
34
-
- Dakar Senegal
44
32
34
-
- San Francisco USA
-
-
37
30
35 Madrid Spain
-
-
38
13
7 Luxembourg Luxembourg
-
-
38
-
- Barcelona Spain
-
-
40
-
- Algiers Algeria
126
127
41
-
- Honolulu USA
-
-
41
21
28 Brussels Belgium
-
-
41
-
- Beirut Lebanon
-
-
44
-
- Almaty Kazakhstan
-
-
45
41
24 Miami USA
-
-
46
-
- St Petersburg Russia
-
-
47
16
13 Munich Germany
-
-
48
18
12 Frankfurt Germany
-
-
49
27
33 Berlin Germany
-
-
50
36
20 Chicago USA
-
-
-
5
8 Stockholm Sweden
-
-
-
7
15 Sydney Australia
-
-
-
17
16 Montreal Canada
-
-
-
24
25 Auckland New Zealand
-
-
-
25
30 Barcelona Catalonia
-
-
-
9
31 Toronto Canada
-
-
-
28
34 Istanbul Turkey
-
-
-
55
36 Doha Qatar
-
-
-
35
37 Seoul South Korea
-
-
-
39
38 Lisbon Portugal
-
-
-
40
41 Nicosia Cyprus
-
-
-
44
42 Taipei Taiwan
-
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50
43 Ljubljana Slovenia
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19
44 Sao Paulo Brazil
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26
45 Rio de Janeiro Brazil
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