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Hot time, summer in the cities: this week's web travels take us out into the sunshine on some more urban adventures...
New York Triple Bill
Last year we ran a post about outdoor cool spots in NYC, but we didn't have space to cover everything. Luckily - just in time for what promises to be a very warm week - the Gothamist have come up trumps with a guide to the city's swimming pools. Dive in.
And when you've worked up an appetite, why not go for a burger in Brooklyn? Yeah, sure you can get a good one almost anywhere in New York, but most don't have the options of ostrich, antelope or bison, like Williamsburg's The Burger Guru does.
Talking of Brooklyn, On Location Tours, who run various movie and TV-related trips themed around the city, have just started a Brooklyn Screen Tour. The four hour excursions cover locations featured in American Gangster; Moonstruck; Catch Me If You Can, Sex and the City, Boardwalk Empire and many more.
LA Skate City
Anyone who has visited LA will certainly be familiar with the site of skaters, but may have been taken aback a little on Monday when Go Skateboarding Day took over the city. Hundreds of riders hit the streets between Hollenbeck Park and Lafayette Park for what must have seemed like a teenage invasion, albeit an entertaining one. Check out the fantastic pics over at the LA Times.
Digging (up) Las Vegas
Even in a city with no shortage of strange sights, Dig This is something of a surprising addition to the Las Vegas landscape. Remember playing with trucks and diggers as a kid? Well, this new theme park or 'heavy-equipment playground' as they call it, allows patrons to operate bulldozers and similar vehicles. For fun. Looks it too.
D.C (and beyond) For Kids
We love DC and recently took a look at 'Weird Washington' but we've not yet featured anything exclusively for families. Well, once again Mommy Poppins comes to the rescue, leaving her NY home for a moment to seek out some superb family-friendly attractions outside but near the Capital.
How do you say that?
Last of all, we return to London, a city full of places with weird spellings people just don't seem to be able to pronounce. Well, if you are visiting us and want to avoid local laughter, check out this guide to 10 London places that people mispronounce. Ignore number 10 though and instead familiarise yourself with Plaistow ('Plaarstow').
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About the author: andrewAndrew Bowman
Andrew is an occasional contributor to the Virgin Atlantic blog. He lived in the Japanese countryside for two years until he could no longer resist the pull of London's galleries, pubs and clubs. He likes to pretend he can speak Japanese and also sometimes writes about music.