Top 4 attractions to visit in 2016

It’s shaping up to be a great year for tourists across the globe as a handful of new attractions are set to open. Here’s the top 4 places you need visit this year.

1. Dubai Parks and Resorts, United Arab Emirates

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Opening in October, Dubai Parks and Resorts will feature several themed zones, from Legos to Bollywood flicks and Hollywood blockbusters. If you’re looking to escape the heat, the park will have a waterpark too. But don’t worry if you plan to stay dry. The film-themed attractions will be air conditioned.

2. Shanghai Disneyland, Shanghai, China

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Disneyland is headed to China! The upcoming theme park is expected to open sometime this year. It will feature Enchanted Storybook Castle, the largest and tallest Disney castle, as well as an 11-acre collection of gardens called the Gardens of Imagination. Other attractions include Treasure Cove–a Pirates of the Caribbean-themed harbor town, Adventure Isle–the counter-part to Adventureland, and Tomorrowland–which will feature a futuristic Buzz Lightyear-themed adventure.

3. Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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This new Louvre location is set to open later this year. It’s been in development for almost ten years. The museum is said to feature a mix of Western and Eastern artwork. The building itself is quite a piece of art too.

4. Ark Encounter, Kentucky, USA

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Experience a life-sized Noah’s Ark! Opening July 7, Ark Encounter features a number of Biblical events in 510-foot-long wooden arc! Learn more about the story of Noah, how he and his family built the arc and about all the animals brought to fit inside of it.

Where are you planning a visit this year? Let us know in the comments!

Top 5 best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve

We’re only two days away from the new year! As we say goodbye to 2015, let’s take a look at some of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve across the world.

1. Chicago

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We’ll always be partial to our hometown, but Chicago is definitely upping it’s New Year’s Eve game this year with its Chi-Town Rising event along the Riverfront downtown! There’s big lineup of celebrity guests and musical acts set to perform, including the rock band Chicago! There’s also a countdown to midnight planned and big fireworks display too.  Talk about a great way to ring in the new year in the Windy City!

2. London

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Across the pond? Ring the new year to the chiming of Big Ben at midnight! Hundreds of thousands gather every year along the River Thames for a light show and firework display! The fun continues on New Year’s Day with a HUGE parade across town.

3. Sydney

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Be one of the first in the world to welcome 2016 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney puts on the largest firework display in the world for it’s NYE celebrations, as well as a big waterfront show. More than a million people come out each year to see it!

4. Rio de Janiero

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Rio de Janiero hosts the LARGEST NYE party in the world. More than two million people come to celebrate the new year with live musical and dance performances and a mesmerizing fireworks display.

5. New York City

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C’mon, you didn’t really think we’d make a NYE checklist without the Big Apple, did you? The annual Times Square event is one of the biggest in the world. Everyone should bring in the new year here at least once!

YOUR TURN: Are we missing a great spot to celebrate NYE? Let us know in the comments!

The Top 5 Places You Need to Visit During the Holidays

The holidays are traditionally the time of year when most people spend time with family. But instead of packing everyone in the SUV on a road trip to grandma’s house next year, consider these 5 great holiday travel destinations instead:

1. Key West, FL

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Escape the cold December weather and head to Key West, there’s plenty of holiday fun to be had! Be sure to check out the annual lighted boat parade, the Holly Jolly Trolley or catch a performance of The Nutcracker!

 

2. New York, New York

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Kevin had the right idea in Home Alone 2. Staying at The Plaza. Seeing the holiday tree at Rockefeller Center. Taking in some holiday music at Carnegie Hall. New York is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit!

3. Puerto Rico

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Another trip for the cold adverse traveler. Be warned though, Puerto Rico really knows how to celebrate; holiday festivities in Puerto Rico start in late November and can continue until mid-January!

4. Nuremburg, Germany

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What better place to visit than the home of the original Christkindlmarkt? You can get lost in all the market has to offer for days!

5. Chicago

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We may be biased because Percipia is located in Chicago, but The Windy City is our favorite place to spend the holidays! There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks, The Joffrey Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, and America’s very own Christkindlmarkt. (Check out our blog post on Chicago’s Christkindlmarkt here)

Things To Do – Chicago

As the temperature drops in Chicago one would think that the number events would drop as well. Chicago in the summertime is always a blast. With every weekend having an event you would never get bored. Chicago winters are exactly the same.

We recently read an article on TimeOut.com that shared 39 things you could do in Chicago.

Things To Do

Starting out on January 1st, the New Year’s Day 5K gave Chicagoans and visitors a chance to start out their resolutions on a high note. The race coordinators estimated nearly 1,500 runners to attend and about a third to walk. The course route travels north along the lakefront bike path to Diversey Harbor before returning to the North Avenue Field House.

Jan 8: The Original Mother’s honors the 80th birthday of the late, hip-shaking crooner withs its annual Elvis Fest.

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Jan 11: Strip down to your skivvies and draw befuddled looks from clueless CTA riders during the annual No Pants Subway Ride. This event has no rhyme or reason, just to have a little fun. The No Pants Subway Ride is actually a multi city event, featuring in more than 50 cities around the world.

If you are in the Chicago area, here is the Facebook page of the meeting location!

WHERE: The meeting point is at the roof deck of the parking garage at 1210 W Arthur above the CVS. There is a staircase and an elevator entrance on Arthur past the CVS. We want to leave the venue as clean as we found it and there are limited trashcans at the site. please plan accordingly.

Event Info Here

Jan 16–18: The perpetually cursed Wrigley Field residents will showcase management and players at the annual Cubs Convention.

Jan 17, 18: Wanna get away? Plan your next excursion, near or far, at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show.

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If you are attending any of these events, lets us know how they went!