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Americas Mountain

Headed to Colorado? The Pikes Peak Highway entrance is located 15 minutes west of Colorado Springs on Highway 24. The beauty of being so close to the city is that you can spend your time enjoying the mountain instead of getting to the mountains.  Plan for your round trip journey to the summit to take at least 2-3 hours depending on how many photos you take.

The safe - scenic highway provides you the opportunity to enjoy Pikes Peak at your leisure. The entrance area elevation is 7,400 feet, you’ll encounter some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world as you wind your way through the historic alpine wonderland of scenery, you will find mountain reservoirs, beyond timberline, sometimes even overtaking the clouds.  Along the way to the 14,115 foot summit.  Which by the way is not the highest mountain in Colorado.

Along the way, you’ll discover the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn, and the Summit House. There are three lakes for fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails, and breathtaking views.  

History

Pikes Peak is not a volcano and has never been one. The granite rock which the mountain is made was once hot molten rock located as deep as 20 miles beneath the earth's surface. The molten rock hardened, and the cooled below the earth's surface over one billion years ago. Great forces within the earth's crust pushed the rocks upward through a process called uplifting which created a dome-shaped mountain covered with a thick layer of soil and softer rock. 

Erosion and weathering loosened the softer layers and carried them away. After hundreds of thousands of years of erosion and weathering, a tall granite mountain lay exposed like a large piece of stone waiting for the sculptor to shape it. Anyone seeing this ancient mountain would not have recognized it as the mountain we know today as Pikes Peak. It took the movement of huge glaciers that once existed on the peak to sculpt the mountain. The ice glaciers lasted about one million years and that ice age ended around 11,000 years ago.

Acting like a giant cookie cutter, the powerful bodies of ice gouged out the rock and left deep, straight-walled basins like the Bottomless Pit with its sharp drop of 1700 feet. The u-shaped canyons that lead down Pikes Peak were carved by the following "rivers of ice". Other v-shaped valleys owe their existence to ordinary streams.


 
 
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Looking to go to a spa?

Budapest has several nicknames, like the Paris of East, or the Pearl of the Danube, and also the City of Spas.

Budapest has a number of great baths, spas and outdoor pools worth visiting. Thanks to a unique geological feature, Budapest 'sits' on over 100 thermal springs that feed the city's famous bathhouses. Thermal baths in Budapest usually have one or two main pools and several smaller pools with different water temperatures. Many baths also have normal swimming pools and outdoor pools. But, thermal baths in Budapest offer more than just pools, there are saunas, steam baths, aroma cabins, massage parlors as well as on-site health care professionals who offer physiotherapy and aqua-therapy. 

With that being said, you don't have to have any ailments to appreciate the relaxing waters of Budapest. Thermal baths are open to the general public and are a great way to relax and wind down after a day of touring the city.


 
 
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Headed to Germany

Frankfurt Airport (airport code FRA) sees over 52 million international passengers annually and is the world's 9th busiest international airport. Located in Germany, this central European airport is only a 3-hour flight from most major European cities and is nine hours from Chicago and 11 from Mumbai. 

The airport has two terminals, 1 and 2, with a third terminal under construction. Located 8 miles southwest of the city, there are two railway stations that can be accessed from the airport. The S-Bahn on Level 1 in Terminal 1 takes passengers into the city and the Deutsche Bahn Travel Center at the AIRail Terminal in Terminal 1, B Concourse, can take passengers throughout the region. For its many business passengers, the Frankfurt Airport also has a 36-room conference center that can serve up to 180 people and four on-site hotels including the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel and the Steigenberger Airport Hotel.

 
 
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A Must See 

Amphawa is the second most popular floating market near Bangkok, not as large as Damnoen Saduak but more authentic, with visitors almost exclusively Thai. Located 50 km from Bangkok this once small village was apparently already present in the mid-Seventeenth Century. It has become such a magnet for Thai weekenders that food stalls have grown from the riverbanks and stretched far into the surrounding streets. 

The main draw is of course eating seafood grilled procariously on wooden boats moored around the famous central bridge, serving an appetizing array of huge prawns, shellfish and squid. From noon until late in the evening, the smell is simply irresistible and customers flock to each side of the river all day long.