Southwest USA Attractions

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Golden Gate Bridge, California
   - San Francisco, CA              
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The center span was the longest among suspension bridges until 1964 when the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge was erected between the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City. The Golden Gate Bridge also had the world's tallest suspension towers at the time of construction, and retained that record until more recently. In 1957, Michigan's Mackinac Bridge surpassed the Golden Gate Bridge's length to become the world's longest two tower suspension bridge in total length between anchorages. The longest center suspension span in the world and the longest two tower suspension bridge between anchorages is currently the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan. Source
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Aquarium of the Bay, California
  Pier 39 - San Francisco, CA              
A nonprofit marine nature center that creates experiences that inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. The Aquarium is an affiliate of The Bay Institute, a nonprofit organization that has successfully developed and led research, science, education and advocacy programs to revitalize San Francisco Bay’s imperiled ecosystems for nearly 30 years. Together, these two nonprofits protect, restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay, from the Sierra to the sea.
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Alcatraz, California
   - San Francisco, CA              
Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US built fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock - gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre, California
  6931 Hollywood Boulevard - Los Angeles, CA              
The grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 18, 1927, was the most spectacular theatre opening in motion picture history. Thousands of people lined Hollywood Boulevard and a riot broke out as fans tried to catch a glimpse of the movie stars and other celebrities as they arrived for the opening.
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Kodak Theatre, California
  6801 Hollywood Boulevard - Hollywood, CA              
Kodak Theatre is the crown jewel of the Hollywood & Highland Center retail, dining and entertainment complex located in the heart of historic Hollywood. The 3,332 seat theatre opened in November 2001 and soon thereafter became known to more than one billion people across the globe as the first permanent home of the Academy Awards®.
Built at a cost of $94 million, Kodak Theatre was designed by the internationally-renowned Rockwell Group to be as glamorous as its onstage artists and celebrity guests, yet capable of serving the enormous technical needs of a live worldwide television broadcast on Oscar® night. The naming of Kodak Theatre, in a 20-year marketing partnership with Eastman Kodak Co., was one of the most significant non-sports corporate sponsorships in history. Kodak’s prominence and long-standing connection to the film industry in Hollywood made the relationship a natural. In fact, for the 78th consecutive year, ever since the inception of the Academy Awards, Best Picture was produced on Kodak film.
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Seven Peaks, Utah
  1330 East, 300 North - Provo, UT              
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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Stratosphere Las Vegas, Nevada
  2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South - Las Vegas, NV              
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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.
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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Water World, Colorado
  1800 W. 89th Ave. - Federal Heights, AR              
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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.
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.
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.
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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Wild Island Family Adventure Park, Nevada
  250 Wild Island Ct - 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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Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii
  400 Farrington Highway Kapolei - Hawaii, HI              
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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.
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.
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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Southern Nevada Zoo - Botanical Park, Nevada
  1775 N. Rancho Drive - Las Vegas, NV              
"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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Castles n' Coasters, Arizona
  9445 Metro Parkway East - Phoenix, AZ              
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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.
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.
Castles and Coasters’ business offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a-m to 5 p-m.
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Lagoon, Utah
  375 North Lagoon Drive - Farmington, UT              
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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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Cliff's Amusement Park, New Mexico
  4800 Osuna Rd. NE at San Mateo - Albuquerque, NM              
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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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Cave of the Winds, Colorado
  P.O. Box 826 - Manitou Springs, CO              
Bring Your Curiosity, Your Camera… And Prepare to Be Awed!
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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Cheyenne Mountain Zoological, Colorado
  4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road - Colorado Springs, CO              
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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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Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii
  55-370 Kamehameha Highway - Oahu, HI              
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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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Honolulu Zoo, Hawaii
  151 Kapahulu Avenue - Honolulu, HI              
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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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Waikiki Aquarium, Hawaii
  2777 Kalakaua Ave. - Honolulu, HI              
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. Source