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Top Ten 420 Destinations

Top Ten 420 Destinations

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       The best day of the year? You decide. Here are some fun places to get high and check out the scene.

  1. Amsterdam, Holland
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    Given that Amsterdam is the Mecca of stoners, why not spend April 20
    th in the holiest of holies? With over…coffee shops and the best weed in the world, Amsterdam is a must for any traveling marijuana connoisseur. If you can’t make it for 4/20, then head out their on … for the High Times Cannabis Cup, which showcases the world’s best weed and coffee shops.
    Links: Top Ten Dutch Attractions, Top Ten Amsterdam Coffee Houses, Top Ten Amsterdam Hotels, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsterdam,
  2. Kingston, Jamaica
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    If your more in the mellow loving life reggae mood, check out Kingston for your 4/20 holiday. Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica, located on the southeastern coast of the island. It faces a natural harbor protected by the Palisadoes, a long sand spit which connects the town of Port Royal and the Norman Manley International Airport to the rest of the island. In the Americas, Kingston is the largest predominantly English-speaking city south of the United States.
    Links: Top Ten Jamaican Tourist Attractions, Top Ten Kingston Hotels, Top Ten Cannabinauts, Great Bob Marley Songs,
  3. Berkeley/San Francisco, California, United States
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    With the 60’s culture still thriving in both Berkeley and San Francisco, these two cities prove to be a great destination for the holiday. Cruise around the streets of Haight and Ashbury or check out the many other laid-back Bay Area sites.
    Links: Top Ten California Attractions, Top Ten Cannabis Magazines, Top Ten High Times Covershttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco,
  4. Burning Man, Nevada Desert, USA
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    Although you won’t be able to be there for 420, unless you wanna blaze in the middle of the desert, yu can still go and pretend it’s MJ’s B-Day. Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, USA. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. The 2012 Burning Man Festival took place between August 27 and September 3. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC. In 2010, 51,515 people attended Burning Man. 2011 attendance was capped at 50,000 participants and the event sold out on July 24. In April 2011, Larry Harvey announced that the organization had begun the process of transitioning management of the festival over to a new non-profit called the “Burning Man Project.”
    Links: Top 100 Events of the Year, Top Ten US AttractionsTop Ten Desertshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burning_man,
  5. Mainstreet, Nimbin, Australia
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    If you’re looking to go down under for the end of April, check out the city of Nimbin, which is inland from Byron Bay and roughly a 2 hour and 45 minute drive from Brisbane.  Nimbin is a town in the Northern Rivers area of the Australian state of New South Wales, approximately 30 km north of Lismore, 33 km southeast of Kyogle, and 70 km west of Byron Bay. Nimbin is notable for the prominence of its cannabis counterculture. Writer Austin Pick described his initial impressions of the village this way: “It is as if a smoky avenue of Amsterdam has been placed in the middle of the mountains behind frontier-style building facades…Nimbin is a strange place indeed.” Nimbin has been described in literature and mainstream media as ‘the drug capital of Australia,’ ‘a social experiment’ and ‘an escapist sub-culture.’ Nimbin has become an icon in Australian cultural history with many of the values first introduced there by the counterculture becoming part of modern Australian culture.
    Links: Top Ten Australian Attractions, Top Ten Australian Hotels, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimbin,
  6. Humbolt, California, United States   
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    If your more of an outdoorsy stoner, check out scenic Humboldt Count for 4/20. Humboldt is a haven for good herb and a laid back culture, which is perfect for a relaxed atmosphere. The County is densely forested, mountainous, and rural one situated along the Pacific coast in Northern California’s rugged Coast (Mountain) Ranges. With nearly 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2) of combined public and private forest in production, Humboldt County accounts for 20% of the total forest production for all of California. The county contains over 40% of all remaining old growth Coast Redwood forests, the vast majority of which is protected or strictly conserved within dozens of national, state, and local forests and parks, totaling approximately 680,000 acres (over 1,000 square miles).
    Links: Top Ten Forests, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_County,_California,
  7. Vancouver, Canada
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           How a-boot heading up to Canada for some French fries and gravy for your 4/20 experience, eh? Located in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver is a harbor city with the 3rd largest metropolitan area in the country and most populous in Western Canada with over 2.3 million citizens. While forestry remains its largest industry, Vancouver is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second-largest industry. Major film production studios in Vancouver and Burnaby have turned Metro Vancouver into the third-largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning its film industry the nickname Hollywood North.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver,
  8. Ibiza, Spain
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           If you’re itching to spend 4/20 in Europe, check out Ibiza, Spain. Ibiza is a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea 79 km off the coast of the city of Valencia in Spain. It is the 3rd largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. With Formentera, it is one of the two Pine Islands or Pityuses. Its largest cities are Ibiza Town, Santa Eulària des Riu and Sant Antoni de Portmany. The island is well-known for its summer club parties which attract large numbers of tourists, but the island and the Spanish Tourist Office have been working in order to promote more family-oriented tourism. Noted clubs include Space, Pacha, Privilege (ex Ku), Amnesia, DC10, Eden and Es Paradis. Probably the most famous bar on the island is Café del Mar. This bar is significantly connected with the music genre of chill-out music. The other notable player in the entertainment world in recent years has been Ibiza Rocks who feature more live acts than the established clubs. The brand now runs the most famous youth hotel on the island, Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Ibiza is also home to the legendary “port” in the district of Ibiza, a popular stop for many tourists and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    Links: Top Ten Spanish Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibiza,
  9. Woodstock, New York, USA
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           If you’re a music fan, then there’s no better place to check out on 4/20 than Woodstock, New York. As the home to one of the greatest concerts and events ever assembled, this town holds a place in both music and American history.
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  10. Colorado, USA

           Here’s to Colorado for finally legalizing marijuana and progressing a step in the right direction.
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  11. Washington, USA
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           Here’s to Washington’s advice his namesake state “Make use of the hemp seed and sow it everywhere!”
    Links: Top Ten Presidents
  12. Bonus: Sebastopol, California, USA

    Local love to Segrasstopol. Good times!
    Links: Top 100 Houses,
  13. Links: Marijuana, Top Ten Cannabis Strains, Top Ten Cannabis Posters

Enjoy Marijuana!

Top Ten Unique Swimming Destinations

Top Ten Unique Swimming Destinations

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  1. Great Barrier Reef



    The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 km (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square km (133,000 square mi). The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. CNN labeled it one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland. A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use, such as fishing and tourism. Other environmental pressures on the reef and its ecosystem include runoff, climate change accompanied by mass coral bleaching and cyclic population outbreaks of the crown-of-thorns starfish. The Great Barrier Reef has long been known to and used by the Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and is an important part of local groups’ cultures and spirituality. The reef is a very popular destination for tourists, especially in the Whitsunday Islands and Cairns regions. Tourism is an important economic activity for the region, generating $1 billion per year.
    Links: Top Ten Australian Attractions,Top Ten Reefs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Barrier_Reef,
  2. Dan’s Cave, Bahamas
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    Links: Top Ten Bahamian Attractions,
  3. Sistema Sac Actun, Mexico
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    The Yucatan Peninsula is home to the longest underwater cave system in the world. Sistema Sac Actun was found to be connected to Sistema Nohoch Nah Chich, creating a system 154,783 m long, the longest underwater cave in the world. By comparison the previous record holder Ox Bel Ha measured a puny 146,761 m. The two have been exchanging the record for years as new, previously unexplored, sections are discovered. The whole system has been named Sistema Sac Actun, and is home to some of the most decorated and beautiful cave diving sites in the world. The most well known entrance is Grande Cenote. There is surprisingly little information about this incredible cave system, but we’ve shared what we could find. Once you get in to the system the water temperature is relatively constant, and some parts are very fragile and require perfect buoyancy. As you get deeper in the system there are incredible stalactites, stalagmites and other geologic features.
    Links: Top Ten Mexican Attractions,
  4. Bioluminescent Bay, Puerto Rico

    Located in Puerto Rico, on Vieques Island, there is a shallow body of water with a narrow inlet known as Mosquito Bay. In each gallon of the bay there are 720,000 phosphorescent single-celled organisms that glow when they are agitated. It is a defense mechanism, the glowing is designed to daze whatever predator is bothering the tiny dinoflagellates. All together the bay, on a moonless night, will produce more than enough light to read. Swimming in Mosquito Bay will cause your limbs to be bathed in blue-green light. If you stop moving the light will dim, and eventually disappear completely, but each time you twitch it begins anew. Every time your kayak moves it too will be illuminated. It’s also easy to spot larger creatures; when manta rays or large jellies enter the mangrove swamps gentle rings of light form around them. If you scoop up a handful of the water you can watch individual glowing plankton roll down your arms and hands. And the salinity of the water, like the Dead Sea below, is high enough you can float sitting upright. Photographing Biobay isn’t easy, so there aren’t many high quality pictures of it, but enjoy the ones we found below.
    Links: Top Ten Puerto Rican Attractions,
  5. Jellyfish Lake, Palau
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    12,000 to 15,000 years ago one of the limestone rock islands in the nation of Palau sealed itself off from the ocean and became a marine lake. A few jellyfish were sealed inside, and with virtually no predators, they began multiplying and evolving. Today more than 10 million jellyfish inhabit Ongeim’l Tketau, known as Jellyfish Lake to tourists. Their sting became evolutionarily useless, and has been lost over time, to the point that the jellies are completely harmless to swim with. Swimming in Jellyfish lake, surrounded by a translucent sea of rhythmically pulsing creatures, is known to be unbelievably serene. The jellies, varying in size from basketballs to blackberries, slowly undulate as they follow the path of the sun across the surface of the lake.
    Links: Top Ten Lakes, Top Ten Oceanic Lakes, Top Ten JellyfishTop Ten Palau Attractions,
  6. Great Blue Hole, Belize and Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
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    In a bay west of Clarence Town on Long Island, Bahamas, is the deepest underwater sinkhole in the world. It plunges 663 ft. to the ocean floor, making it vastly deeper than other blue holes (The Great Blue Hole in Ambergris Caye, Belize is 410 ft. deep, and the Blue Hole in Sinai, Egypt is about 420 ft. deep). Dean’s is known worldwide as the perfect spot for free-diving; it was the location over the last few years of numerous new world and national free-diving records. The blue hole is roughly circular at the surface, with a diameter ranging from 25 to 35 m (82–110 ft.). After descending 20 m (66 ft.), the hole widens considerably into a cavern with a diameter of 100 m (330 ft.). If you prefer marine life to extreme breath-holding, however, The Great Blue Hole in Belize is a better choice. Jacques-Yves Cousteau declared it one of the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world.
    Links: Top Ten Belizean Attractions, Top Ten Reefs,
  7. Cancun Underwater Caves, Mexico

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    Links: Top Ten Mexican Attractions,
  8. Devil’s Swimming Pool, Zambia

           The Devil’s Swimming Pool, or Devil’s Armchair, is a naturally formed infinity pool at the very top of Victoria Falls in Zambia. 420 feet above the river below, it is perfectly safe (in the dry season) to relax at the edge of one of the world’s largest waterfalls. From above the water it appears as if there’s nothing to stop one from being carried over the lip of the falls, but beneath the surface there is a natural rocky ledge that generates a back-eddy and stops the current. Looks scary, especially to jumping into, but the thousands of still-alive visitors can attest to its perfect safety record.
    Links: Top Ten Zambian Attractions, Top Ten Waterfalls,
  9. Zacatón Cenote, Mexico

    Zacatón is one of a group of five interconnected sinkholes, or cenotes, located in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is the deepest water-filled sinkhole in the world with a total depth of 335 m. DEPTHX, a NASA funded project using an autonomous robot has measured the underwater portion to be 319 m deep (an air-filled 16 m drop from the surface to the water accounts for the total depth). In a 1993 dive Dr. Ann Kristovich set the women’s world depth record of 554 feet, and on April 6, 1994, explorer diver Jim Bowden and cave diving pioneer Sheck Exley plunged into El Zacatón with the intent of reaching bottom. Bowden dove to a men’s world record depth of 925 ft, but Exley (who invented/standardized use of the “Octo” or octopus safety regulator) died, probably from high pressure nervous syndrome (HPNS) at around 879~906 feet. The name Zacatón comes from the free-floating islands of zacate grass which move about on the surface with the wind. They are visible in the pictures as the surprisingly-large circularly symmetric islands. Because they aren’t connected to the lake bed they float with the wind. Besides swimming and diving in the cenote you can swim to the islands and suntan and picnic as they slowly drift on the surface of the sinkhole.
    Links: Top Ten Mexican Attractions,
  10. The Dead Sea, Jordan and Israel

    The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest land point on the surface of the Earth. Resting 1,385 ft. below sea level, the Dead Sea is also a hyper saline lake, one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. It resides in the Middle East, between Israel and Jordan, and is mentioned in the Bible. Besides tasting awful, the sea provides exceptional levels of buoyancy.
    Links: Top Ten Jordanian Attractions, Top Ten Israeli Attractions, Top Ten Seas,
  11. Chuuk or Truk Lagoon, Micronesia

    Truk Lagoon, or Chuuk, is a sheltered body of water almost 50 miles long by 30 miles wide surrounded by a protective reef. It is composed of 11 major islands, along with 46 smaller ones inside the lagoon plus 41 on the fringing coral reef, today part of the Federated States of Micronesia. Its interest stems from its use in World War II as the forward anchorage for the Japanese Imperial Fleet. It was considered the most formidable of all Japanese strongholds. When the US Naval forces captured the Marshall Islands they launched an early morning attack on February 17, 1944 against Truk Lagoon. This was Operation Hailstone, a bombardment lasting three days that sent virtually everything of value, 60 ships and 275 aircraft, to the bottom of the ocean. Today it has turned into a diver’s paradise after being explored by Jacques Cousteau. It is full of ghostly remains; the waters are almost devoid of normal ocean currents so they are almost perfectly preserved. The waters are crystal clear, and some ships lie less than 15 meters below the surface. Divers can easily swim across decks littered with gas masks and depth charges and below deck can be found numerous human remains. In the massive ships’ holds are row upon row of fighter aircraft, tanks, bulldozers, railroad cars, motorcycles, torpedoes, mines, bombs, boxes of munitions, radios, plus thousands of other weapons, spare parts and other artifacts. Of special interest is the wreck of the submarine I-169 Shinohara which was lost when diving to avoid the bombing. The sub had been part of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The coral encrusted wrecks attract a diverse array of marine life, including manta-rays, turtles, sharks and corals.
    Links: Top Ten Micronesian Attractions, Top Ten Wreckage Diving Destinations,
  12. Yangbajain Hot Springs, Tibet

    The Yangbajing hot springs, in Tibet provides much of the electricity for Lhasa, the capital. A thermoelectric power plant on the edge of the Yangbajain hot spring fields, which cover 20-30 square km. These particular springs are so interesting because they are at an elevation of approximately 14,000 ft. (about the same as the peak of Mt. Rainier in Washington State). The water emerges from the crust of the earth at 84 degrees F, which is higher than the boiling point at that altitude. The springs themselves aren’t as beautiful as some of the other locations on this list, but they have a misty charm of their own.
    Links: Top Ten Tibetan Attractions,
  13. Bonus: The Seagaia Ocean Dome, Japan

    The Seagaia Ocean Dome is a massive indoor water park, located in Miyazaki, Japan. The Ocean Dome measures 300 meters in length and 100 meters in width, and is included in the Guinness World Records. It opened in 1993, and visitor numbers peaked in 1995 at 1.25 million a year. The Ocean Dome was officially closed on October 1, 2007. The Ocean Dome sported a fake flame-spitting volcano, artificial sand and the world’s largest retractable roof, which provided a permanently blue sky even on a rainy day. The air temperature was always held at around 30 degrees Celsius and the water at around 28. The sand was made from crushed marble, which doesn’t stick to skin as much as regular does.
    Links: Top Ten Japanese Attractions,
  14. Links: http://www.supertightstuff.com/05/26/pictures/tight-pictures/the-10-coolest-places-to-swim/,

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Top Ten Diving Destinations

Top Ten Diving Destinations

Get your dive on in some of the most unique places on Earth.

  1. The Yongala, Australia

    The Yongala is a shipwreck off the coast of Queensland. Full of life you may see manta rays, sea snakes, octopuses, turtles, bull sharks, tiger sharks, clouds of fish and spectacular coral.
    Links: Top Ten Australian Attractions,
  2. Blue Corner Wall, Palau, Micronesia

    An upwelling means this splendid wall dive is favored by pelagics.
    Links: Top Ten Micronesian Attractions,
  3. Barracuda Point, Sipadan Island
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    Wall of coral where sharks come cruising by and barracuda surround you.
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  4. Thistlegorm, Red Sea, Egypt

    Big wreck whose cargo includes motor bikes, train carriages and trucks.
    Links: Top Ten Egyptian Attractions, Top Ten Seas,
  5. Shark and Yolanda Reef, Red Sea, Egypt

    Three dives in one: anemone city, shark reef with its spectacular drop off and the wreck of the Yolanda.
    Links: Top Ten Egyptian Attractions, Top Ten Reefs, Top Ten Seas,
  6. Navy Pier, Western Australia

    Extending 300 m from the shore, packed with marine life.
    Links: Top Ten Australian Attractions,
  7. Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii, US

    Underwater lights placed on the ocean floor attract plankton, which in turn attract the huge manta rays of Kona Hawaii.
    Links: Top Ten US Attractions, Top Ten Hawaiian Attractions,
  8. Big Brother, Red Sea, Egypt

    The Brothers, or El Akhawein, are two small islands in the middle of the Red Sea. Often surrounded by wild currents, the scenery makes for some wonderful dives.
    Links: Top Ten Egyptian Attractions, Top Ten Seas,
  9. Great Blue Hole, Belize

    Very deep, wide hole outlined by coral reef and inhabited by sharks.
    Links: Top Ten Belize Attractions,
  10. Richelieu Rock, Thailand

    A horseshoe of rocky pinnacles, famous for whale shark sightings but also great for big schools of pelagic fish.
    Links: Top Ten Thai Attractions, Top Ten Whales, Top Ten Sharks, Top 100 Fish,
  11. Cancún Underwater Caves, Mexico

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    Links: Top Ten Mexican Attractions, Top Ten Caves,
  12. Links: http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/topdives.html, http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/topdiveslong.html, http://blog.ratestogo.com/top-10-scuba-divin-spots-in-the-world/,

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