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World’s Tallest Water Slide Opens In Kansas

In a summer of new thrill rides and roller coasters, there's yet another to steal the show. Verruckt is now the world's tallest water slide—it opened last Thursday at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas. Before stepping into a three-person raft, all three riders must be measured and weighed (each rider must be at least 54 inches tall and together, they cannot surpass 550 lbs.). The two heart-pumping drops include one from 168 feet—or about 16 stories high—and speeds can reach as fast as 70mph. Arrive early to the base of the ride: that's where you reserve a scheduled ride time in advance, then return about 30 minutes before you're set to take the plunge. The standby line is another option, but rides aren't guaranteed.

What else will keep you busy at Schlitterbahn Waterpark? The Black Night Tube Slide, Storm Blaster water coaster, and for a relaxing break, the peaceful Boogie Bay beach lounge.

PLUS: Watch T+L's Top 6 New Roller Coaster Rides, a countdown video that spotlights the best openings of 2014.

This Summer's Best New Roller Coaster Rides

This summer’s roller coaster rides are sure to get your heart pumping. Coney Island recently introduced the Thunderbolt roller coaster—the boardwalk's first new, custom-built coaster since the opening of the wooden-track Cyclone in 1927. North of Cincinnati, you'll find Ohio’s Kings Island, and the new $24-million-dollar The Banshee ride, an inverted coaster that turns thrill seekers upside-down seven times!

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Where to Stay in Shanghai

Shanghai, China is a modern metropolis with thriving business and arts culture, as well as some of the World's Best hotels. While in Shanghai for luxury travel conference ILTM Asia, T+L's special correspondent, Sarah Spagnolo, traversed the city from end to end to pinpoint the best of the glamorous properties on either side of the Huangpu River. From the Fairmont Peace Hotel’s historic touches to the glamorous and youthful Puli Hotel and Spa, there are hotels that suit every type of traveler.

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The Top 10 Cities in the World


Nancy Novogrod joined Bloomberg TV this morning to share 2014's top 10 travel cities in the world according to T+L readers.

 Check out the complete list of World's Best winners here.

Frontier Pilot Makes Up For Delay With Pizza Delivery

When a three-hour flight to Denver turned into a seven-hour ordeal, a Frontier Airlines pilot decided the passengers deserved Dominos pizza.

Do air travel delays make you crazy? Here's our take on the rankings of the best and worst airlines for flight delays, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics 2014 report.

30 Minutes of Free Wi-Fi for New York City Travelers

A new agreement between The Port Authority of New York and wireless provider Boingo means that travelers passing through JFK, LaGuardia and Newark—along with Stewart International Airport in upstate Newburgh, New York—will soon be able to access 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi.

Read between the lines: New York City is finally making strides to update its notoriously low-tech offerings.

July Vacation Deals

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Washington, D.C.: 34% off Jeffersonian Tour

Where's Tommy package includes:

• 2 nights in a king room at the Jefferson, a Beaux-Arts gem near the White House
Jefferson-​themed tour of the capital, stopping at the National Archives and the Library of Congress

Cost $598 ($299 per night)

Book now for travel through August 31.

For more information or to book, please visit the Jeffersonand mention Travel + Leisure.

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5 Great Summer Water Park Getaways

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Cool off with your family at one of these top affordable water parks.

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Schlitterbahn, on Galveston Island, Texas, opened in 1966 and calls itself the world’s first “water resort”—but don’t write it off as old fashioned. The park opens new rides almost every year, and with more than 35 water attractions, family adventures, and thrill slides, there’s something for everyone. Teenagers will love the Cliffhanger, with drops of 81 feet and speeds approaching 40 mph, while younger visitors prefer the Treasure Island kids area, a shallow pool designed to entertain the smallest Schlitterbahn guests. Tickets for the park are $46 adults, $36 kids. Stay at the nearby historic property, The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, where rates start at $139 on weekdays and $199 on weekends.

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Is Washington D.C. The Most Walkable City In the U.S.?

A recent study by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University ranked the 30 most-walkable U.S. cities—and our nation's capital, Washington D.C. is ranked no. 1.

This challenges the results of a Travel + Leisure survey: last year, travelers ranked Portland, Oregon the friendliest city for pedestrians and public transportation in our America's Favorite Cities survey.

So, which city do you think is the best for walking? Tell us in our 2014 America's Best Places survey, live now.

July 4th Travel Tips

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The 4th of July Travel Forecast

People are feeling good. Job numbers are up today; consumer confidence is rebounding. That means more people spending on travel. AAA Travel projects that 41 million Americans travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday weekend. That's a 1.9 percent increase from last year. The majority are hitting the road, with more 34.8 million driving. But if you’re flying, the goods news is that you probably paid five percent less for your ticket than last year, according to AAA.

Some advice for drivers: A lot of people start heading out right about now so expect heavier traffic from about 6pm tonight through tomorrow.

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