New Rough Guide to Croatia Features Game of Thrones Season 8 Locations

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Game of Thrones fans may not be able to travel to Westeros, but they can book a trip to the places where the hit HBO series was filmed. In anticipation of the premiere of season eight of Game of Thrones on April 14, the Rough Guides travel book series is releasing an updated guide to Croatia featuring locations from the show.

Parts of Scotland, Iceland, Ireland, and Spain have all become destinations for tourists looking to explore the settings of their favorite Game of Thrones scenes. In Croatia, travelers can visit Krka National Park, where Arya Stark crossed the Riverlands with The Hound in season four, and Dubrovnik, the ancient city where exterior shots for King's Landing were filmed.

The new edition of The Rough Guide to Croatia covers Zagreb, Inland Croatia, Istria, the Kvarner Gulf, Northern Dalmatia, Split, the south Dalmatia coast, the southern Dalmatian islands, and Dubrovnik. In addition to guiding you through filming locations with full-color maps and photos, the book also suggests non-Game of Thrones activities, like a trip to the Museum of Broken Relationships or a dessert tour of Korcula. From accommodations to special events, each section lists all the basic information you need for a successful trip. (Just be aware that the city of Dubrovnik, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, has taken some measures to fight the recent crush of Game of Thrones-loving tourists.)

The updated edition of The Rough Guide to Croatia will be released on May 1, 2019 for $24.99 (though it can be preordered on Amazon now for $19.91). If you're planning a Game of Thrones world tour, here are more famous filming locations to add to your itinerary.

Florida to Open Its First-Ever Snow Park

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Millions of tourists flock to Florida each year to ride roller coasters, meet their favorite cartoon characters, and lounge on the beach. The state isn't famous for its winter activities, but that could soon change. As WESH 2 reports, Florida's first-ever snow park is coming to Dade City in 2020.

At Snowcat Ridge, guests will be able to take part in the same snowy fun that's up North. The main attraction of the park will be a 60-foot-tall, 400-foot-long slope packed with snow. A lift will transport visitors to the top of the hill, and from there, they'll use inner tubes to slide back down to ground level. Single, double, and six-person family tubes will be provided to riders.

Guests can also check out the 10,000-square-foot play dome, where they'll use real snow to build snow castles and snow men. The area will even feature a small hill for young visitors who aren't ready for more serious snow-tubing. And because the best part of playing in the snow all day is warming up afterwards, Snowcat Ridge will be home to an Alpine Village, where guests can nibble on snacks and sip cocoa in front of a bonfire.

Dade City is located in Central Florida, an area that hasn't seen snow in nearly 43 years. The arrival of the new park will mark the first time many locals can get a full winter experience close to home.

Snowcat Ridge is expected to open in November 2020.

[h/t WESH 2]

The New York Times's Latest Book on Travel Will Help You Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway

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Getting a full sense of a new city while traveling can be tough—especially if you only have a weekend to explore it. But since 2002, The New York Times’s "36 Hours" column has been breaking down destinations all over the world into bite-size pieces, allowing travelers to see the big attractions while still experiencing the city like a local. Now, you can get the best of the column's North American destinations with the fully updated and revised edition of 36 Hours: USA & Canada for $40 at TASCHEN or on Amazon.

Even if you have the original, it’s worth purchasing this updated copy, as this version features 33 new itineraries from Anchorage, Alaska; the Berkshires in Massachusetts; Boulder, Colorado; Miami; Oakland, California; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and many more.

36 Hours: USA & Canda from the New York Times
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The 752-page book also offers more than 5400 hours of travel itineraries, 600 restaurants to dine at, and 450 hotel options. Each city featured includes a brief history, a list of popular destinations, and tips on how to experience it all like a local. For example, the New Orleans guide encourages travelers to start at the French 75 Bar for happy hour and order a Sazerac, a cocktail close to an Old-Fashioned that's a local favorite. Whereas the Miami guide takes you to the Buena Vista Deli, a bistro known for its take on classic French dishes. The travel book also features detailed city maps that pinpoint all the stops, and it's accompanied by nearly 1000 photographs.

Once you've picked your destination, check out some tips on how to craft the perfect itinerary.

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