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The view of Supertree Grove from the skyway at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay (Photo: Loz ...

There are places on this Earth where you simply stand, slack-jawed, and pinch yourself to make sure you're not dreaming – and Singapore's Gardens by the Bay is as surreal a place as I've ever been. This billion-dollar techno-garden theme park is absolutely stunning right through, but the two stand-out highlights are its signature Supertree Grove – a collection of giant cyborg trees – and the Cloud Forest – a gigantic bio-dome that recreates the environment and climate of a mountaintop forest at sea level. As a bonus, there's also the world's tallest indoor waterfall.  Read More

Japanese railway company JR East has announced plans to create another luxury sleeper trai...

Following the success of its Seven Stars Cruise Train, which launched late last year, Japanese railway company JR East has announced plans to create another luxury sleeper train. The exclusive hotel on the move will be designed by renowned Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama, who was behind the Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari P4/5 designs.  Read More

The Hotel VW California comprises six VW California SE camper vans, to be installed in sel...

Sounding a bit like an Eagles song gone awry, Hotel VW California is actually a marketing stunt by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and LateRooms.com that offers guests one night in a VW California SE camper van in a select UK location.  Read More

The world's tallest waterslide, The Verrückt, has opened at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Wate...

If the slide at your local swimming pool gives you vertigo, then look away now. The tallest waterslide in the world has opened in the US. The Verrückt at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark is 168.6 ft (51.4 m) tall, making it taller than than Niagara Falls. Read on for a video of the first ride down by waterpark designer Jeff Henry and ride engineer John Schooley.  Read More

The old Blaenau Ffestiniog slate mine in Northern Wales is soon to become the home of the ...

The old Blaenau Ffestiniog slate mine in Northern Wales is soon to become the home of the world's largest underground trampoline. Set to open on Friday, Bounce Below is the newest attraction to the Zip World theme park, which currently boasts the world’s longest and fastest zip wire and the world’s biggest zip zone.  Read More

The Skyscraper roller coaster is due to open for business in 2016 (Image: Skyplex)

Thrillseekers will soon have a new venue to lose their lunch, courtesy of an upcoming roller coaster that's being promoted as the world's tallest. Dubbed Skyscraper, it will be part of a larger entertainment complex named Skyplex that's due for completion in 2016, in Orlando, Florida.  Read More

Hovering above the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies, the recently opened 'Glacier...

Back in 2011, the original designs for the Glacier Skywalk received attention after winning the Future Projects Category Award at the World Architecture Festival. Three years on the project is finally complete and the cliff-edge walkway and awe-inspiring observation deck are now open to the public, providing spectacular views of the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies.  Read More

The High Roller observation wheel in Las Vegas is the world's tallest

Visitors to Las Vegas now have a new way to take in the famous Las Vegas Strip with the official opening of the world's tallest observation wheel on Monday. Standing 550 feet (167.6 m) tall, the aptly named High Roller is 9 ft (2.7 m) taller than the previous record holder, the 541-ft (164.8 m) tall Singapore Flyer.  Read More

Ferrari Land is expected to open in 2016 inside the PortAventura theme park located outsid...

Car brand marketing usually means slapping a badge on a tote bag and asking a thousand dollars for it, but Ferrari has gone one better by applying its badge to not one, but two theme parks. Ferrari and PortAventura Entertainment S.A.U have signed an agreement to build a second Ferrari-themed park, Ferrari Land, as part of the PortAventura resort and theme park outside Barcelona, Spain. Expected to open in 2016, the 7.5 ha (18.5 acre) site is billed as “an opportunity for the whole family to experience and discover the world of Ferrari.”  Read More

South Korean design studio Archiworkshop has injected some serious style into its recently...

Emerging South Korean design studio Archiworkshop has injected some serious style into its recently completed "Glamping for Glampers" project. Located in the mountainous region of Yang-Pyeong in South Korea, the remote glampsite features a series of luxurious "tents" which add some serious comfort to the traditional camping experience.  Read More

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