Southwest USA Top Attractions

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Waikiki Aquarium, Hawaii

2777 Kalakaua Ave. - Honolulu, HI   96815
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The Waikîkî Aquarium is one of the premier marine science institutions in the City & County of Honolulu and the State of Hawai'i. Founded on March 19, 1904, this marine aquarium is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States. Since 1919, the Waikîkî Aquarium has been an institution of the University of Hawai'i System. Situated beside a living coral reef on the Waikîkî shoreline, the Waikîkî Aquarium is home to more than 3,055 organisms of 464 species of marine plants and animals. Each year, over 350,000 people visit. The Waikîkî Aquarium was designated a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center of the Coastal America Partnership federal program. <a href="http://www.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>

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Castles n' Coasters, Arizona
9445 Metro Parkway East - Phoenix, AZ   85051
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http://www.castlesncoasters.com

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Whether you're young or old, big or small, you'll find lots of fun, food and excitement at Arizona's Finest Family Fun and Thrill Park. <br> From the thrilling sky high roller coasters and exciting water rides, to the exotic countries of the world class miniature golf course and enchantment of an old fashioned carrousel, there's magic and new adventures waiting for you and your family at Castles N' Coasters. <br> Castles and Coasters’ business offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a-m to 5 p-m.

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Water World, Colorado
1800 W. 89th Ave. - Federal Heights, AR   80260
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http://www.waterworldcolorado.com

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Water World, one of America's largest family waterparks, is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. Water World is celebrating it's 26th year of operation.<br> We feature the biggest variety of attractions (42) in America, from Wally World for the tots, to Voyage to the Center of the Earth for the entire family. Water World has more family tube rides than any other park in America. Thrill rides are in abundance also, like the Red Line speed slide. Plenty of picnic areas are available, from covered pavilions to beautifully landscaped grass areas.<br> Picnics are welcome at Water World and the parking is free. Please see our Pricing/Guidelines page for what picnic items are allowable to bring in to the park. <br> Water World offers a wide variety of food and beverage choices, and at a very reasonable cost, along with a gift shop ,with everything you need to enjoy your visit! Our operating season is generally from the last weekend in May through Labor Day, with some school days excepted.

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Hollywood Bowl, California
2301 N. Highland Ave - Los Angeles, CA   90068
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The Hollywood Bowl is a natural amphitheater in the heart of Los Angeles. Home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this theater offers some of the best acoustics in the entire world. It is one of the best places to listen to and watch musical performances, from operas and symphonies to rock n roll and soul, the Hollywood Bowl also displays some of the finest 4th of July fireworks displays in the entire world. One of the special aspects of the Hollywood Bowl is that, since it is located in the heart of the city, thse living in the surrounding neighborhood are able to hear the sounds that come from the ampitheater; certainly a nice touch to a walk through Hollywood.

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Los Angeles Zoo, California
5333 Zoo Drive - Los Angeles, CA   90027
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What can be more relaxing than a family day at the zoo? The Los Angeles Zoo is home to various animals --including exotic animals, and is very affordable. It is located in the plush hills of Griffith Park, which in and of itself, provides picturesque walks that overlook the enire city. The zoo also includes a gorgeous btanical garden that flaunts some of the worlds most magnificent flora. See pink flamingoes and exotic birds, amphibians, reptiles, tigers, and elephants of Asia! Undoubtedly, a visit to the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens will be a daytime adventure that the entire family enjoys, and will never forget.

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Rancho Santa Ana Garden, California
500 N. College Ave. - Claremont, CA   91711
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California's native garden, offering panoramic views, beautiful native plant displays, and special exhibits that can be seen here and here alone. Come to the springtime Big Bugs exhibit or the Butterfly Pavilion! Come and see the Majestic Oak, which is more than 300 years old!e Rancho Santa Ana botanic Garden is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to California native plants. What a perfect place to explore with the entire family! Or, a romantic Valentine's Day, in which a lucky date is surrounded by flowers!

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AT&T Park, California
24 Willie Mays Plaza - San Francisco, CA   94107
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AT&T Park, with its breathtaking views and classic design, was chosen as the 2008 Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily as part of the inaugural Sports Business Awards program. The first privately financed ballpark in Major League Baseball since 1962, the Giants' home has many incredible features.

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San Diego Zoo, California
2920 Zoo Drive  - Balboa Park - San Diego, CA   92101
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A not-for-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, and San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research. The Zoo was founded on October 2, 1916, by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D. It currently has a 12-member Board of Trustees headed by Berit Durler; Douglas G. Myers is the Zoo's executive director.

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California
400 Beach St. - Santa Cruz, CA   95060
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California’s oldest amusement park PLUS a State Historic Landmark. The home to two National Historic Landmarks: 1911 Looff Carousel and 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster. Owned and operated by the Santa Cruz Seaside Company since 1915, the Boardwalk remains a family style amusement park creating memories that last a lifetime.

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Hollywood Bowl, California
2301 North Highland Avenue - Hollywood, CA   90068
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One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a current seating capacity of just under 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and, in 1991 gave its name to a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

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Montery Bay Aquarium, California
886 Cannery Row - Monterey, CA   93940
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Come and experience the wonder of the underwater world at Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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Legoland California, California
 - One LEGOLAND Drive - Carlsbad, CA   92008
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This one of a kind California resort is the ultimate family destination. Enter deep into the Lego World, with more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions -- including the world's first LEGOLAND Water Park and Sea Life Aquarium. In spring 2013, the new LEGOLAND Hotel opens with Pirate, Kingdom, and adventure-themed rooms! It's a lego experience that you've always dreamed of that the entire family will remember for a lifetime!

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Winchester Mystery House, California
525 South Winchester Boulevard - San Jose, CA   95128
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In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House.

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Stratosphere Las Vegas, Nevada
2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South - Las Vegas, NV   89104
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Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino - One of the best values on the Las Vegas Strip. From exciting casino action and luxury accommodations, to fine dining and fun entertainment, to the world’s most insane thrill rides, Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is the one place that you can’t miss – literally. <br> The 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower is a true Las Vegas landmark and home to some of the world’s most original attractions. The Stratosphere thrill rides are the world’s three tallest: the Big Shot, X-Scream, and the new Insanity – our scariest yet! If a culinary adventure is more your style, try the 360 degree rotating Top of the World Restaurant & Lounge. And for you lovebirds, The Chapel in the Clouds, over 100 stories above Las Vegas, is an ideal place to tie the knot or renew your vows.

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Wild Island Family Adventure Park, Nevada
- Sparks, NV  
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"The Moondog gift shop, located in the center of the park carries souvenir T-shirts(including T-shirts with our mascot), suntan lotion, and a variety of sun and gift items."

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Hawaiian Waters Adventure
400 Farrington Highway Kapolei - Hawaii, HI   96707
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Waters of Kapolei, LLC doing business as Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. We are a limited liability company with several investors who help finance and manage the park. <br> Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park is an $18,000,000 water themed amusement park. Open in May 1999 we offer a safe and exciting family-oriented experience for kama‘aina (Hawaii residents) and visitors. We are the first attraction of its kind in the islands and in the Pacific Rim. <br> Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park is designed to appeal to all ages and features a unique variety of age-appropriate rides and amenities from a Keiki Kove to a thrilling 6 story drop in a lush resort-like atmosphere. The park, which can comfortably accommodate 6,000 guests at one time, is one of the larger water theme parks in the world. http://www.hawaiianwaters.com/

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Lagoon, Utah
P.O. Box 696 - Farmington, UT   84025
http://www.lagoonpark.com/
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The Bat is Lagoon¹s first suspended coaster that promises fun the whole family can enjoy. Riders will be suspended - feet dangling - below 1,120 feet of twisting track that will bank and weave through the trees creating an exciting sensation of flying. The Bat is unlike any other ride or coaster at Lagoon and is included with each Ride and Season Passport.

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Waterworld Safari, Arizona
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd. - Phoenix, AZ   85310
http://phoenix.golfland.com/
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Over 16 water rides and cool attractions, it’s adventure, relaxation, and fun for everyone in the family. Congo River Rapids is mini water world for mini water sliders. Pythons serpentine water slides are thrills for all ages.

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Honolulu Zoo, Hawaii
151 Kapahulu Avenue - Honolulu, HI   96815
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Over 750,000 people visit the Honolulu Zoo annually. It is the largest zoo within a radius of 2,300 miles and unique in that it is the only zoo in the United States originating from a King's grant of royal lands to the people. King David Kalakaua, Monarch of Hawai`i from 1874 to 1891, made lands of the Leahi Land Holdings available in 1876 to the people for a thirty year lease. That year, a "Kapiolani Park Association" of two hundred subscriber members assumed the administration of the three hundred-acre park. The marshy parcel was a muddle of fishponds, lagoons and islands where King Kalakaua maintained his collection of exotic birds. In 1877 the area was named after the King's wife and opened as Queen Kapiolani Park.

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Seven Peaks, Utah
1330 East, 300 North - Provo, UT  
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Wave Pool - An ocean experience far from the sea. Our waves come at you in various patterns that range from one to four feet in height. Enjoy the waves on a tube or body surf from the shore. And much more...

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Southern Nevada Zoo - Botanical Park, Nevada
1775 N. Rancho Drive - Las Vegas, NV   89106
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"The Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park (a.k.a. Las Vegas Zoo) is managed by the non-profit 501 (C) Nevada Zoological Foundation. Our shady 3-acre park is located just 15 minutes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip. The zoo exhibits over 150 species of plants and animals (for more information click here). As the only zoo in Las Vegas and the only year-round zoo in Nevada, we work hard to fulfill our mission to educate and entertain the public by displaying a variety of plants and animals."

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Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii
55-370 Kamehameha Highway - Oahu, HI   96762
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Laie has been a special place for a very long time. With the world-famous Polynesian Cultural Center, Brigham Young University Hawaii as an international focal point of education and the LDS Hawaii Temple as a spiritual apex, our community encompasses a unique confluence of Latter-day Saint heritage and potential. Whether here for an afternoon, a few years, or a lifetime, modern Latter-day Saint prophets, leaders of nations, thousands of students and millions of visitors have recognized that a special spirit permeates this small community and radiates far beyond our wave-swept beaches.

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Gilroy Gardens, California
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy - Gilroy, CA   95020
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Founder Michael Bonfante's vision - his love of plants and trees, and his commitment to pass this appreciation on through the generations - continues to inspire everyone who works and volunteers at Gilroy Gardens. <br> The trustees aspire to make use of the extraordinary beauty of Gilroy Gardens to attract students to the science of horticulture and environmental studies. We aspire to demonstrate and measure our success in becoming the best center in California for attracting and educating students in the critical importance of becoming good stewards of the natural environment. We aspire to be the best promoters of careers in horticulture and environmental studies in the United States.

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Balboa Park, California
1549 El Prado - San Diego, CA   92101
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Balboa Park is made up of more than 1000 acres and offers fifteen museums, various gardens, arts and international culture associations, as well as the San Diego Zoo, making it a place that offers something historical, horticultural, educational and recreational for everyone. Approximately 14 million visitors come to the park each year. Displays of internationally significant art treasures, exotic animal species, unique model railroads, world folk art, sports memorabilia and rare aircraft–to name a few–are on view in the Park's museums.

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Disneyland, California
- Anaheim, CA  
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Disneyland is a theme park that is located at 1313 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim, California, USA. It opened on July 17, 1955. The park is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. Currently the park has been visited by more than 515 million guests since it opened to the public, including presidents, royalty, and other heads of state.<br> The park is divided into realms, which radiate like the four cardinal points of the compass from Central Plaza, and well-concealed backstage areas. On entering a realm, a guest is completely immersed in the environment and is unable to see or hear any other realm. The idea behind this was to develop theatrical "stages" with seamless passages from one land to the next. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>

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Cliff's Amusement Park, New Mexico
4800 Osuna Rd. NE at San Mateo - Albuquerque, NM   87109
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Location: Take I-25 to Jefferson, go north on frontage road to Osuna, turn right. Or follow San Mateo to Osuna, turn west on Osuna.

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoological, Colorado
4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road - Colorado Springs, CO   80906
http://www.cmzoo.org/
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No visit to Colorado's Pikes Peak region is complete without a trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! Here, you'll experience an unforgettable adventure combining our breathtaking mountain scenery with more than 750 animals from around the world. All your favorites are here...from giraffes and elephants to lions and monkeys, hippos and bears. It's also a rare opportunity to see more than 30 endangered species including the Amur tiger, Mexican wolf, and Black-footed ferret!

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Cave of the Winds, Colorado
P.O. Box 826 - Manitou Springs, CO   80829
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Bring Your Curiosity, Your Camera… And Prepare to Be Awed!<br> Cave of the Winds literally makes your jaw drop in wonder and astonishment. It is geology and adventure rolled into one—a true, unique Geo|Venture! Located in scenic hills above historic Manitou Springs, the caves are one of America’s most important show caves. Visitors have shared in the stunning beauty of Cave of the Winds for over a century.
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