Sarah Spagnolo of Travel + Leisure magazine helps TODAY's Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb quiz viewers on their knowledge of popular vacation destinations.
Think you’re well traveled? Find out by taking this fun, quick quiz. You may be surprised by the answers to these questions about popular destinations and travel references in pop culture.
1. What is the most visited tourist attraction in the world?
A. Times Square
B. Disney World
C. The Colosseum
D. Eiffel Tower
2. The Bahamas is one of the most popular destinations for U.S. residents to visit in the Caribbean. On average, how cold does it get in the Bahamas?
A. 40 degrees
B. 50 degrees
C. 60 degrees
D. 70 degrees
3. Champagne is less than 100 miles away from Paris. How many bottles of Champagne are shipped around the country from there each year?
A. 1.5 million bottles
B. 322 million bottles
C. 525 million bottles
D. 1 billion bottles
4. Which major Canadian city has not hosted the Olympics?
5. How many Smithsonian museums and galleries are in Washington, D.C.?
6. Finish this phrase with a well-known Italian city: “All roads lead to _____"
7. In the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” where is the Griswold family traveling?
A. Sea World
B. Walley World
C. Disney World
D. Busch Gardens
Find out how you scored — and more fun facts — below.
1. ANSWER - A. Times Square
Tourists flock to New York’s neon heart for the flashing lights, Broadway shows, megastores, and sheer spectacle. Times Square can even be a convenient, if chaotic, base, thanks to hotels at every price point and easy access to public transportation: subways, rails, buses, and more yellow taxis than you can count. It got more than 39 million annual visitors as of 2010, according to the Times Square Alliance.
2. ANSWER - D. 70 degrees
The trade winds that blow almost continually throughout the Bahamas give the island a warm climate that varies very little year-round. The best time is from September through May when the temperature averages 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. The rest of the year is a bit warmer with temperatures between 80-85 degrees.
3. ANSWER - B. 322 Million Bottles
According to legend, monks brought the method for making sparkling wine up from the Languedoc, in the south of France and discovered that the chalky soil and climatic conditions in the Champagne region produced a bright bubbly wine. All champagne comes exclusively from the Champagne region of France. Bubbly from all other regions in the world is referred to as sparkling wine. Must-see places in Champagne: the historic Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims, Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellar Tours, and an “off-road” tasting tour via Land Rover into the vineyards around Verzy with Oenovasion.
4. ANSWER - B. Toronto
Officials from Buffalo, N.Y., and Toronto — cities separated by 100 miles — have openly discussed the option of trying to make the 2024 Games the first Olympics to officially be staged in more than one country. In the meantime, look for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil, and the 2018 Olympics will be in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
5. ANSWER - C. 17
There are 19 Smithsonian museums and galleries, 17 in D.C. and two in New York City. At D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution Building (known as The Castle), you can find maps and a schedule of events. Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum displays the largest collection of air and spacecraft in the world, along with IMAX films and planetarium shows. Artifacts at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum include an 80-foot dinosaur skeleton, a life-size model of a blue whale, and a 45-and-a-half carat jewel called the Hope Diamond.
6. ANSWER - C. Rome
The theory goes that The Milliarium Aureum was erected by the Emperor Caesar Augustus near the temple of Saturn in the central Forum of ancient Rome and that all roads were considered to begin from this monument and all distances in the Roman Empire were measured relative to that point. The road system of the Ancient Romans was one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of its time, with over 50,000 miles of paved road radiating from their center at the Forum.
7. ANSWER - B. Walley World
The 1983 movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the Griswolds, who are on a quest to visit Walley World, a theme park, for a family vacation — when things don’t exactly go as planned. Walley World itself is a parody of Disneyland; the name of the mascot, Marty Moose, is reminiscent of Disney's Mickey Mouse. The movie’s success led to a number of sequels, including “National Lampoon's European Vacation” and “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.”
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