50 Fun Travel Facts and Trivia

50 Fun Travel Facts and Trivia

Fast Facts about Travel near our Sundance Vacations Properties

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Sometimes our brains are just in the mood for some interesting travel facts, and what better way to impress someone than with a unique, little-known fact to share about your next vacation?

We’ve search all around for some great travel trivia and found 50 fun travel facts to share with you around our Sundance Vacations properties in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

  1. Every 60 seconds, 146 cubic yards of sandcastles are being built worldwide.
  2. The “smoke-line” left by an airplane is really water vapor. A longer lasting, wider line could be the tell-tale sign of an impending storm while a short lasting one indicates low-humidity air and fair weather.
  3. Despite the movies, it’s impossible to open the plane’s door mid-flight. The cabin is so pressurized that it would take several strong people to push it open since it must be moved in and turned slightly before opening.
  4. During an average lift off, a commercial jet takes off at 550-580 miles per hour.
  5. The tallest mountain in the world, Mauna Kea, is located in Hawaii. It’s about twice the base to peak height of Mount Everest and when measured from the seafloor is over 32,000 feet high.
  6. The word Pennsylvania is misspelled “Pensylvania” on the Liberty Bell, which tourists can now see in Philadelphia.
  7. The city of Chicago is where the first ever ferris wheel was invented in the 1893 World’s Fair.
  8. Battle Creek, Michigan makes more cereal than any other city in the world.
  9. Montana has three times as many cows than it does people.
  10. For our Walking Dead fans out there, which has scenes filmed in Atlanta, the old name of the city in Georgia was Terminus. Sound familiar?
  11. According to statistics gathered in 2014, the U.S. has over 19,000 landing facilities and 378 airports.
  12. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is actually the most visited national park in the United States!  They see anywhere between 8 and 10 million visitors a year.
  13. Noah’s Ark Waterpark in Wisconsin is the largest outdoor water park in America. It has over 70 acres of water slides! The Dells is also home to the nation’s largest indoor water park resort, Kalahari Resort (125,000 square feet).
  14. Fear not! Although Michigan is known as the “Wolverine State,” there are no longer any wolverines in the state. One was spotted in 2004, however, that was the first found in over 200 years.
  15. The Finger Lakes area in New York is the largest wine producing region in the United States, besides California.
  16. The famous Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company gives their ice cream waste to local Vermont farmers. The hogs love to devour all flavors…well, except Mint Oreo, which they are picky about.
  17. Maine is the only state in the US with a  name that is only one syllable.
  18. Ninety percent of the country’s toothpick supply is made in Maine. They’re also famous for harvesting the most lobsters and producing the most broccoli.
  19. There is a house in Rockport that is made entirely out of newspapers.
  20. Both volleyball and basketball were invented in Massachusetts. It is also where the first sewing machine and computer were invented.
  21. Atlantic City, New Jersey is home to the longest boardwalk in the world.
  22. Virginia is the only state that has the same state tree and state flower, the Flowering Dogwood Tree.
  23. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is the 3rd largest destination for weddings in the US, third only to Hawaii and Las Vegas. It’s estimated that there are more than 3,500 weddings hosted in the Outer Banks every year!
  24. The population of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina jumps from 30,000 to over 350,000 in the summer months.
  25. Parts of Forest Gump were filmed in Savannah, Georgia…most notably the bench Forest sat on the north side of Chippewa Square, for the famous “Life is like a box of chocolates” quote. The bench is now located in the Savannah History Museum.
  26. When you’re in the middle of the Panhandle of Florida, be careful about the settings on your phone. Some travelers will set their clocks to manual so it doesn’t keep switching between Eastern and Central time zones.
  27. The soil in Baldwin County, Alabama around the Gulf Shores area became so fertile after the 1906 hurricane that vegetables grew to huge proportions. Sweet Potatoes were the size of water buckets and cabbages weighed up to 20 pounds a piece!
  28. In Galveston, Texas, it is illegal to have a camel run loose on the beach.
  29. Gatorade was named after the University of Florida Gators where the drink was developed on the east coast of Florida.
  30. The temperature in Naples has never reached 100 degrees, the record is 99 set in Sept. of 1986
  31. Idaho has the most rivers! With 3,100 miles of water, it’s the most out of all the states.
  32. The name Tahoe in California comes from a mispronunciation of the Washoe Native American name for Lake Tahoe, da ow a ga, translating, “edge of the lake.”
  33. Cutting down an endangered cactus in Phoenix, Arizona could land you one year in prison! It can take up to 100 years for a Saguaro cactus to grow, so it’s no wonder why!
  34. The best preserved meteor crater in the world is in Winslow, Arizona.
  35. Viva Las Vegas! Bugsy Siegel named his casino the Flamingo after the long legs of his showgirl girlfriend.
  36. 60,000 pounds of shrimps are consumed in Las Vegas every day, almost as much as in the whole United States.
  37. The Ancient Mayans of Cancun cultivated tree sap to make chewing gum.
  38. More than 25% of Costa Rica is considered protected national parks and refuges.
  39. Happy Face Spiders are only found in Hawaii. They have distinct colorful formations on their backs which often times resemble a yellow smiley face.
  40. According to the most recent statistics issued by the State Department in January of 2014, only 46% of Americans who have a valid passport.
  41. The airline Emirates has the longest regular non-stop airline route, taking 16 hours to travel from Dubai to Auckland.
  42. The most visited amusement park is the Magic Kingdom in Florida.
  43. The Mall of America, located in Bloomington, Minnesota is so big that it can contain 34,336 school buses.
  44. The Port of Miami holds the title for the busiest cruise port in the world. In 2013, more than four million cruise passengers traveled through its facilities.
  45. Pilots and copilots are required to eat different meals in case one of the meals causes food poising.
  46. The likelihood of being in a plane crash in American is very tiny: one in 11 million.
  47. If you want to spend a night in all of Las Vegas’ hotels, it would take you almost three hundred years to do it.
  48. At any given time in a day, there are over 61,000 people inside a plane in the United States.
  49. Every 60 seconds, 56 pieces of luggage are lost across the globe. Check out here unclaimed baggage ends up.
  50. Almost 250,000 people got married in Las Vegas in the last minute.

Who doesn’t love travel facts?