Travel Trivia: Test Your Knowledge of Our Resort Locations
Did you know that Welk Resorts properties are in some truly unique locations? It’s true! Test your knowledge with our travel trivia, then explore local areas of the places you find most interesting.
Where are the most avocados in the United States produced?
San Diego, CA. California is the largest producer of domestic avocados, and 60% of all California’s avocados come from San Diego County, making it the avocado capital of the US.
Where is El Arco, the famous rock formation that marks the spot where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean?
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Also known as “Land’s End,” El Arco is a magnificent limestone arch, naturally carved over millions of years by the winds and tides of the area. While Sirena Del Mar offers views of El Arco, guests who want a closer look can sign up for the Cabo Sunset Boat Party. Enjoy breathtaking views of El Arco, open bar, fajita dinner, dancing, Cabo-style entertainment and round-trip transportation from the resort.
What is the world’s largest rotating tramway?
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Approximately 13 miles from Welk Resorts Palm Springs, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travels over 2.5 miles along the Chino Canyon cliffs, offering riders breathtaking views of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Once you’re at the top, 8,516 ft. elevation, you can enjoy over 50 miles of hiking trails, restaurants, observation decks, a natural history museum, and more.
What Northern California city has been a popular filming site for Hollywood films and television shows, including Bonanza, The Call of the Wild, and The Gold Rush?
Truckee, CA. During the early part of the 20th century, Truckee was one of Hollywood’s favorite movie sites. Nearly 100 known movies or movie sequences have been filmed in Truckee and the surrounding area, the earliest being the 1910 film, In The Frozen North. Just minutes from Northstar Lodge, a visit to historic downtown Truckee is a must see.
Where is the highest chairlift in North America?
Breckenridge, CO. The Imperial Express Superchair—the highest ski lift in North America—takes riders to the top of Peak 8, where they can access multiple runs as well as a hike-to terrain. At 12,840 feet, the views are incredible, but if you’re not an advanced skier, it’s best to forego a trip to the peak.
The deepest cave in Missouri is in what popular tourist destination?
Branson, MO. Marvel Cave at Silver Dollar City is more than 500 ft deep and has one of the largest cave entrances in the world. The entrance, known as the Cathedral Room, is 300 feet below the surface of the earth and is so large that hot air balloons have flown inside it. Just 8 miles from The Lodges at Timber Ridge, cave enthusiasts will want to pay a visit to Silver Dollar City to check out this natural wonder.
One of the oldest operating pubs in the US, The Gold Pan Saloon, is in what ski resort town?
Breckenridge, CO. Established in 1861, The Gold Pan Restaurant and Bar is the oldest bar in Summit County and one of the oldest bars in the US. Originally known as Long’s Saloon, the bar catered to miners who flocked to Colorado during the gold rush, outlasted Prohibition by serving moonshine in a backroom, and was declared a local landmark in 2017 by the Breckenridge Town Council.
Frank Sinatra is buried in what desert city?
Cathedral City, CA. Anyone who wants to pay their respects to the leader of the Hollywood Rat Pack can stop by Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, CA. A legendary singer, actor, and producer, Frank Sinatra passed away in 1998 at the age of 82 and was buried with a bottle of whiskey and a pack of cigarettes.
Where is the fastest, steepest, and tallest complete circuit spinning roller coaster?
Branson, MO. The Time Traveler rollercoaster opened in 2018 as a new attraction at Silver Dollar City. Costing the park a whopping $26 million, this behemoth of a roller coaster takes thrill seekers on an exciting ride of drops, loops, spins, and more. Riders experience everything from a 100 ft drop to a launch that takes them from 0 to 47 mph in 3 seconds. Just 8 miles from The Lodges at Timber Ridge, Silver Dollar City is the place to go for non-stop adventures, including a ride on the Time Traveler.
Where do gray whales go when they migrate south from the Arctic?
Baja California, Mexico. Each year, gray whales make the 12,000-mile round-trip from the Arctic to Baja California and back. After leaving their Arctic feeding grounds in the fall, the whales typically arrive in Baja California in December where they mate and have their babies. At the southernmost part of Baja, Cabo San Lucas is the ideal place to go for whale watching.
What was the first major ski resort to allow snowboarding?
Breckenridge Ski Resort. While snowboarding has become a mainstream sport, there was a time when it was not widely accepted. Larger ski resorts had banned snowboarders, but in the 1980s, Breckenridge Ski Resort started selling lift tickets to snowboarders. Just five miles from The Ranahan, snowboarders and skiers alike will enjoy exploring the slopes of the Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Where is the Marlin Fishing Capital of the World?
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. With the abundance of black, blue, and striped marlin and sailfish, Cabo San Lucas has been dubbed the “Marlin Fishing Capital of the World.” Starting out as a fishing village, it’s no wonder Can San Lucas has become a mecca for anglers eager to participate in the fishing tournaments, charters, and famous fishing spots available.
What was the location of the 1960 Winter Olympics?
Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. Located approximately 8 miles from Northstar Lodge, Squaw Valley was the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics and continues to be one of the area’s most popular destinations. The 1960 Winter Olympics was the first place the official Olympic Anthem was played, the first time the men’s biathlon and women’s speed skating were events, and the first time a skier on metal skis won a medal.
What wildlife sanctuary in California is responsible for helping save the California condor from extinction?
San Diego Zoo Safari Park. When San Diego Zoo Global, the non-profit organization which operates the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, set out to save the California condors, there were only 22 left in the wild. Nearly 30 years later, the California condor population has grown to more than 500, with over half of them in the wild. Most of the birds in the program live off-exhibit, but you can still get up close views of these majestic creatures at Condor Ridge at the Safari Park.
Where is the World’s Largest Toy Museum?
Branson, MO. Boasting over 1 million toy attractions within 6 museums, The World’s Largest Toy Museum showcases an eclectic collection of toys from the 19th century to present day. Not just for viewing, there are also several interactive exhibits that allow children (and the young at heart) to play with a variety of toys. Just 4 miles from The Lodges at Timber Ridge, families won’t want to miss this unique museum.
At a 1976 luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II requested a second glass of Callaway's estate bottled 1974 White Riesling. What California wine region did this come from?
Temecula, CA. Callaway's estate bottled 1974 White Riesling was the only wine served at the July 9, 1976 luncheon honoring Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and his Royal Highness, The Prince Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to the US. Not known to be a wine drinker, the Queen requested a second glass of the Riesling.
Vikingsholm, one of the best examples of Scandinavian architecture in the United States, is in what California state park?
Emerald Bay State Park. Located approximately 34 miles from Northstar Lodge, Vikingsholm is a castle that offers a unique view into Lake Tahoe’s history. Constructed in 1929, Vikingsholm was built as a summer home by Mrs. Lora Josephine Knight, who was inspired by her trips to Scandinavia and the similarity between Emerald Bay and the fjords.
Where is the most midcentury modern residential architecture in the world?
Palm Springs, CA. Palm Springs is home to so many midcentury modern homes that they celebrate their architecture with Modernism Week each year, allowing attendees to tour some of the amazing, historic Palm Springs homes. If you don’t want to wait for Modernism Week, Sunnylands is open to the public for tours year-round. This historic midcentury modern masterpiece features an iconic pink pyramid roof and extensive gardens.
We hope learning more about the amazing areas our resorts are in has inspired you to explore. The concierge at each of our resorts can provide recommendations and assist with arranging tours for many local area attractions.
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