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This 4,000-Step ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Hike is Epic, But it’s Illegal

The hike is long, the path is steep, and it’s illegal.

Are you up for an adventure? If you’re the kind of lad who prefers great views, tranquillity, long hikes, and a bit of thrill, this is a great place to go to.

The Haiku Stairs on Oahu, Hawaii, otherwise known as “Stairway to Heaven”, is a series of approximately 4,000 steel steps (3,922 to be exact) that climbs 2,800 ft from the Koolau mountain range to the peak of Pu’u Keahi a Kahoe.

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The U.S. military primarily installed wooden steps during World War II. They stretched the stairs across the Haiku Valley to obtain the required height for a radio station antenna.

In the 1950s, the U.S. Coast Guard took over and established their navigation station there. They also substituted the wooden stairs with steel.

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The antennae used to transmit 200,000-watt radio signals. It enabled the Navy to communicate with submarines as far as Tokyo Bay while they were submerged. The signal even reached India, which is 10,600 km away.

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400-Year Old Church Re-emerges in Mexico After Drought

Look at the rare photos of the Temple of Santiago in Mexico, as it becomes visible again due to ongoing drought.

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Seeing a 400+ old church re-emerge from the waters must have felt like rediscovering the lost City of Atlantis. Residents and local tourists flock the Grijalva River in Chiapas, southern Mexico to get a rare glimpse of the Temple of Santiago or Iglesia de Quechula.The church which was normally underwater has been visible due to the continuing drought in Mexico. The water levels of the Nezahualcoyotl dam reservoir has dropped 25 meters or almost 86 feet, making the entirely submerged church visible halfway up once again.

Temple of Santiago was last sighted in 2002, where the droughts have been even more severe than it was at present. During that time the reservoir has dried completely and tourists can even walk up to the church and explore and admire its distinct 16th century architecture up close.

An artistic shot of the Temple of Santiago from afar

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This Cave Turned Hotel Suite Will Make You Want to Stay in Santorini Forever

Take a tour inside one of the most beautiful Cave Suites in Oia, Santorini, and for sure you’ll want to fly there now!

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Santorini is called the "Island of Love" and quite aptly so. Not only is it a perfect place for a romantic honeymoon, but the breathtaking beauty of the place will make anyone fall in love. The town of Oia in Santorini is one of the most famous tourist spots due to the scenic views of the Caldera and the Aegean Sea that it offers. Furthermore, staying in one of Oia's cave houses has become a novelty experience.

Due to the many eruptions of the active volcanoes forming the caldera, a lot of caves can be found throughout the island which has been used since 400 years ago for storing wine. Now these wine caves are transformed into arched cave suites that can make your Santorini experience more special.

Take a look at one of the hottest cave suite properties in Oia right now, the Sea Captain Hotel's Cave Suite. We're sure you'll want a ticket to Santorini right after seeing this!...

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This Guy Saw the USA for Less Than $500. Here’s How He Did It.

Adventure traveler and entrepreneur Derek Low took the scenic route by train across 11 states and four time zones.

Adventure traveler and entrepreneur Derek Low has gained fame for writing about his journeys. He's been featured in TechCrunch, CNN, The Guardian, and TIME

Low is the kind of traveler who can travel on the cheap as easily as he travels in style. Readers are drawn to his easygoing charm and matter-of-fact observations about the places that he's been to and the people that he's met.

The happy traveler is happy everywhere.

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