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Here you can read what other teenagers have to say about travel – from day trips to journeys abroad, shopping, eating, coasting, and other activities on vacation. Also, parents can read what teenagers like and dislike about family vacations and destinations so that they can plan a family trip that YOU will enjoy.

 

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The Pittock Mansion

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The Pittock mansion was built as the private residence of The Oregonian published Henry Pittock. It is a château in the West Hills of Portland, Oregon, with 22-rooms, sitting on 46 acres.

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Some claim the mansion is haunted by Henry Pittock and his wife, Georgiana. People have supposedly sensed their presence, as they proudly claim the mansion as their territory. After all, the Pittocks came from pioneer stock and built a huge financial empire. Their mansion was their everything. It was as if their whole lives led up to their home.

That being said… the house is overwhelmingly beautiful. The ornate architecture and the overall extravagant style of the mansion, reminiscent of the French Renaissance.

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For youth (ages 6-18), admission is $7.00, whereas with adults it is $10. Children under 6, though, can go in for free. Also, the backyard is free, and that’s where the scenery is. You can see Mt. Hood and the whole city of Portland. It is breath-taking, to say the least.

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For more info: http://pittockmansion.org/ 

Remembering Hanauma Bay in Hawaii

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Looking back at all of our family pictures, I found our scrapbook on Hawaii. My favorite pictures came from Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii. This is a very touristy place, due to its stunning natural features.

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You can literally see all the reef because the water is so clear! Once you are down there, you can see how there is snorkeling gear being sold there, in case you didn’t bring your own.

Beforehand, you are asked to watch a video about wildlife safety, because these creatures are in their natural environment and they are only there for visitors to see not touch. Remembering back, I remember encountering an octopus! At the time, I just remember thinking how weird-looking the octopus was. Their swift movements as it went back into its tiny little hole was crazy! This huge octopus fit into a little tiny hole, I was just in shock! There’s actually a YouTube video that somebody posted about seeing another octopus that looks exactly like the same one I saw: here.

There were so many fish, turtles, and eels that could be found. I snorkeled the whole time because seeing the different fishes interact with each other and go into their home was really amazing.

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If you plan on visiting Hawaii (Oahu, specifically), I highly recommend visiting Hanauma Bay! Check out their website for more information, click here.

 

La Bufadora.

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Every time we go to Mexico, we always visit Ensenada, Baja California. You’ve probably been there from a cruise that you’ve been on, or maybe from when you pass through when you go to the beaches in Baja California. One of our favorite spots is always visiting la Bufadora,or the Blowhole.

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The Pacific water is never warm, so when you get splashed, you’re freezing. Although, you do feel freshened up on those hot, humid summer days. We have gone a couple of times where the blowhole isn’t it’s usual self and there isn’t any water being sprayed. So if you do end up going, the blowhole might not be the way it is in the picture. It just depends on the day.

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Usually, after we get soaked, we go change. Keep in mind that in certain parts of Mexico, you have to pay in order to use the restrooms. There is a person, usually, in the front giving toilet paper once you pay 5 pesos. On one of our trips, we asked to use the restroom to change from our soaked to dry clothing, and the person said we had to pay! So we ended up changing in the car. The money adds up.

There are many shops where you can buy souvenirs all around. And lots of different photo opportunities. Sometimes there are lion cubs where you can take pictures with them, or men dressed as Aztec warriors. You take your pick…

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New York, New York – on the West Coast

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We all know and love the giant East Coast city of New York, NYC. So much so, that Vegas has a hotel themed after the big apple. New York, New York is a hotel on the end of the famous strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Like all of the hotels on the strip, the theme doesn’t just stop at the name. New York, New York recreates the famous city sky line of tall buildings for the exterior of hotel, with the Statue of Liberty front and center. You’ll notice a roller coaster (think Cooney Island) is in the mix of the concrete jungle. Yes, the coaster is real and guests can ride for a small fee.

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One never has to leave their New York, New York hotel with so much to do inside! Live entertainment including “Zumanity” from Cirque Du Soleil. The sweet smell of chocolate filled the air when you walked into the Hershey’s store. And you can not go hungry with food chooses that range from a pizzeria, to a fancy Steak House and everything in-between (including an all American small diner).

Of course in Vegas, the tourists are attractive to the casino, and New York, New York is no different. If testing your luck at a slot machine or maybe roulette table is more your speed, they have that available too. Staying at New York, New York in Las Vegas, Nevada brought some East Coast hustle and bustle to our West Coast vacation.

Bird Land

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Although I have traveled to several places in China, I personally have never been to the tropical island of Hainan, where I experienced many new adventures and excursions in December of 2014. Surrounded by the South China Sea, Hainan is located 469 km southwest of Hong Kong. Even though it was December, the temperature was hovering around 70 degrees and along the streets, there were many palm trees and bright flowers creating a tropical paradise. On this splendid day, my grandparents and I went to a local bird park located between Haikou and Sanya.

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Entering the park, I was enthralled by the canopy of trees and various bushes around me.

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As I strolled under the green umbrella, passing the glassy pond and vivid water lilies, I ran into a bird play pen, where locals were feeding the birds with specks of food. Out of my curious mind, I went inside the play-pen where workers placed food into my hand and about 20 to 30 species of birds came swarming in unison onto my hand, devouring every crumb and bit that was on my skin! Initially, I felt awkward that subtle sharpness was pricking at my skin.

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But after a while, I got acclimated to the birds feeding off my hand and arm. To my amazement, I discovered that no two birds of the same species were alike, in that every bird had their own unique pattern of colors and feather texture. As I continued my walk through the verdant acres of the bird park, I ran into an open area with a wide stage and wooden benches where a bird show was imminent. The bird show instructors used hand gestures and small voice calls to order the birds to perform tricks or do a task.

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In the above picture, the macaw is riding a tricycle to reach the other end of the stage under the direction of supervisors. Did you know that birds can solve math problems? The audience yelled out a simple math equation in Mandarin and a bird would use their mouths to bring over the correct sum to you. For example for 2 + 8 = 10, the audience would shout out 2 + 8 and the bird would bring back the 10 card.

Overall, Hainan Island was a memorable place that I would recommend for anyone who loves traveling and nature!

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