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How to Design Your Own Interactive Magic Mirror

Interactive magic mirrors are an interesting piece of tech. In an instant, they are able to provide those that look into them with all sorts of information, from personal skincare tips to what the weather outside is like on that day. They are also transforming the way people are now shopping for clothes and makeup, as they are able to show customers what they look like in certain styles.

If interactive magic mirror tech has taken your fancy, why stop at being a consumer of it? Why not go the whole hog and design your very own? To see what you need to do in order to set about this somewhat difficult yet highly rewarding task, make sure to read on.

Source the right tools and equipment

When it comes to designing an interactive magic mirror, you need an abundance of tools and pieces of equipment by your side:

• Computer screen, mouse, and keyboard

• Basic mirror

• Raspberry PI (extremely important)

• USB power cord

• 8GB SD-card

• Adapter

HDMI-to-VGA adapter

As this is fundamentally a piece of IoT technology, you’re also going to need tools that help you to build a circuit board. The first thing that you need to source in this regard is a PCB design tool. By installing and implementing such a tool into your working process, you will be able to design PCBs from idea to manufacture with ease, especially when you allow the CircuitStudio how-to video to assist you along the way. Other tools needed in this instance include a breadboard, a soldering iron, and etching equipment.

Get your sizes spot on

It is incredibly important that you take the literal size of your task into consideration — if something is even just an inch out of place, the whole project could be ruined. This sentiment rings especially true when it comes to matching your mirror with your computer screen. By choosing a screen that doesn’t fit your mirror, the render that the screens gives will be out of place and, subsequently, made to be all but redundant.

Install your Raspberry PI

The previously mentioned piece of equipment known as the Raspberry PI plays a pivotal role in proceedings, so make sure that you don’t forget to source one. When it comes to installing this equipment, just make sure that only one cord is pulled through the bottom of the mirror’s case — this will stop the tech from becoming overloaded with data and, ultimately, it will stop it from overheating.

Don’t forget to install the Raspbian operating system, as doing so will give you free rein to tap into the PI boot sequence as and when you see fit going forward.

Connect your mirror to the Internet

After all the hard work that you put in, it would be a shame to ruin it all by forgetting to connect your magic mirror to the Internet. Once this connection is forged, your mirror will be able to display real-time information, such as weather reports and news bulletins.

When you decide to design a magic mirror, you will be sure to be occupied for months on end. It will all be worth it in the end, though.

Starlight Xperience for Children

Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization whose mission is to create moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families, unveiled today its newest initiative, Starlight XperienceTM virtual reality, a groundbreaking new technology program that offers millions of seriously ill children a fun and exciting way to explore the world and beyond through the magic of VR.

To watch a video on Starlight Xperience and how it helps kids, please see here.

Built for the Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, Starlight Xperience features a state-of-the-art and hospital-ready headset that comes preloaded with age-appropriate and dynamic content geared toward entertainment and distraction for hospitalized kids, which has been specifically modified to meet strict infection safety protocols for use in hospital settings. Pre-loaded content includes educational field trips to exotic locations through Google Expeditions and Street View, fun interactive stories like Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay by ILMxLAB, and Lola and the Giant, popular apps such as Ocean Rift and Hello Mars, and meditation exercises and therapeutic games such as Relax VR, which allows the patient to escape into beautiful environments.

Starlight Xperience was created in collaboration with Founding Sponsor, Star Wars: Force for Change, the charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and The Walt Disney Company that harnesses the power of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Through grant funding provided by The Walt Disney Company and Niagara Cares – the philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling – as well as charitable donations from grassroots donors, Starlight Xperience will be provided at no cost to Starlight’s network of more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health care facilities across the US.

“We believe Starlight Xperience has the potential to transform the hospital experience for millions of seriously ill children and their families,” said Chris Helfrich, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “We’re thrilled to stand beside The Walt Disney Company, Google, Lenovo and Niagara Cares in unveiling this exciting new program, which is the latest evolution in our 35-year history of bringing innovative entertainment technologies to hospitalized kids.”

“Providing these unique entertainment experiences reflects our commitment to bring comfort during what can be difficult times for kids and families. This is part of our Disney Team of Heroes initiative, which includes a $100 million commitment to children’s hospitals,” said Elissa Margolis, senior vice president, Enterprise Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company. “The collaboration with Google and Lenovo is the perfect blend of technology and content that we’ll be able to deliver to kids during their hospital stay.”

“Our goal has always been to create virtual reality experiences that are accessible, useful, and relevant to as many people as possible,” said Amit Singh, VP of Business & Operations for AR & VR at Google. “Starlight Xperience is a shining example of that goal coming to life in a really great way. We’re thrilled to be able to support Starlight in bringing transporting VR experiences to hospitalized children across the country.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Starlight and Google to bring technology to hospitalized children in their time of need. Helping to provide a solution for the children and their families allows us to truly make a difference for the better,” said Gunjan Shah, general manager for North America Smart Devices at Lenovo.

Starlight Xperience was developed in part through a series of grants provided by Starlight to the CHARIOT program (short for Childhood Anxiety Reduction through Innovation and Technology) at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. CHARIOT implements new technologies in the hospital that are nontraditional yet familiar to children to engage and distract them during stressful or painful procedures, keeping clinical usage in mind and improving upon the typical hospital experience. This past summer, Starlight Xperience was soft launched and tested at five children’s hospitals: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., and Texas Children’s Hospital.

“At Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, virtual reality has been a fantastic addition for our patients,” said Chantel Barney, Ph.D., a clinical scientist who leads Gillette’s VR program. “In some instances, we’ve been able to curb the anxiety and fears our kids typically experience during procedures such as blood draws, transfusions, wound cleanings, casting and more. It’s a wonderful distraction for kids and parents alike.”

“We’re proud to support Starlight Xperience and look forward to bringing smiles to the faces of hospitalized children through this educational and inspirational program,” said Andrew Peykoff II, President and CEO, Niagara Bottling. “This technology makes learning fun and we’re excited to expand the program to even more children.”

Thanks to the grants provided by The Walt Disney Company and Niagara Cares, in addition to the generosity of charitable donations from individuals, Starlight is on track to deliver up to 1,000 Starlight Xperience kits to its network of hospital partners by the end of 2018, with a goal of doubling that by the end of 2019. A donation to Starlight will entertain, educate and inspire hospitalized kids across the US through stimulating immersive experiences that transport children from the hospital to any place in the world – or beyond – through the magic of virtual reality.

The public is invited to learn more and support the program online at www.starlight.org/starlight-xperience.

ABOUT STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Starlight creates moments of joy and comfort for hospitalized kids and their families. For 35 years, Starlight’s programs have positively impacted more than 60 million critically, chronically and terminally ill or injured children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. With your help, more kids and their families will enjoy Starlight Gowns, Starlight Fun Centers and other Starlight programs at a children’s hospital or facility near you. Support Starlight’s work by visiting www.starlight.org and by following Starlight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

ABOUT STAR WARS: FORCE FOR CHANGE
Star Wars: Force for Change, a charitable initiative from Lucasfilm and Disney, harnesses the strength of Star Wars to empower and improve the lives of children around the world. Since 2014, it was inspired by Star Wars fans, and the countless hours they have dedicated to philanthropy over the past four decades. To date, over $16 million has been raised for charitable causes around the world on behalf of Star Wars: Force for Change. With a bright future ahead, and new Star Wars stories to be told, Force for Change aims to continue collaborating with causes and encouraging others to be forces for change in their own community. To learn more, please visit ForceForChange.com.

ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a diversified worldwide entertainment company with operations in four business segments: Media Networks; Studio Entertainment; Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products; and Direct-to-Consumer and International. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $55.1 billion in its Fiscal Year 2017.

ABOUT LENOVO
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a US$45 billion Fortune Global 500 company and a global technology leader in driving Intelligent Transformation through smart devices and infrastructure that create the best user experience. Lenovo manufactures one of the world’s widest portfolios of connected products, including smartphones, tablets, PCs (ThinkPad, Yoga, Lenovo Legion), data centers and workstations as well as AR/VR devices and smart home/office solutions. Lenovo works to inspire the difference in everyone and build a smarter future where everyone thrives. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Weibo, read about the latest news via our Storyhub, or visit our website at http://www.lenovo.com/.

ABOUT NIAGARA CARES
Niagara Cares, a philanthropic arm of Niagara Bottling, is committed to supporting local and national community initiatives serving children and families in need by engaging stakeholders and investing its resources. Niagara Cares efforts include national strategic partnerships, local community grants, employee engagement, volunteerism and the Andrew D. Peykoff, Sr. Scholarship Program. For more information, visit www.niagarawater.com/niagara-cares.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Bravo Media is spicing up Sunday nights when “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returns for an unforgettable eleventh season on Sunday, November 4 at 8pm ET/PT. Favorite Southern sophisticates Cynthia Bailey, Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes and Porsha Williams are all back and will be joined by newest housewives Eva Marcille and Shamari DeVoe. Marlo Hampton and Tanya Sam join the season as friends. For a sneak peek at this season, visit http://www.bravotv.com/the-real-housewives-of-atlanta/season-11/videos/your-first-look-at-the-real-housewives-of-atlanta

Fresh off her stand-up comedy tour, NeNe is busier than ever with the opening of a new location for Swagg Boutique. Business as usual comes to a halt however, as Gregg faces a cancer diagnosis. Cynthia struggles with the idea of becoming an empty nester, but is excited about the new man in her life. Kandi decides to launch a risqué burlesque show while she and Todd explore the idea of expanding their family yet again. Porsha is over-the-moon excited to welcome her first bundle of joy and finally have the family of her dreams. Meanwhile, Eva and her fiancé Michael welcome a beautiful baby boy and are busy planning a fairytale wedding. Shamari DeVoe, known from the multi-platinum R&B group Blaque, is new to the mix and is planning to launch new music with her husband Ronnie DeVoe, formerly of New Edition. Marlo Hampton is back on the scene, joined by newcomer Tanya Sam, a tech savvy business woman who enjoys the finer things in life.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin, Lorraine Haughton-Lawson, Ken Martinez, Anne Swan and Glenda Cox serving as Executive Producers. Erika Bryant and Kenny Loeliger-Myers serve as Co-Executive Producers. Anthony Sylvester serves as Consulting Executive Producer. Andy Cohen also serves as an Executive Producer.

About Bravo Media:
Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content across all platforms. The network has a diverse slate of original programming that includes scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and the recently announced anthology series “Dirty John,” along with unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises. Bravo also boasts the only live late-night talk show on television with the critically acclaimed “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” which has become a nightly destination for A-list celebrities. Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980.

Ketel One Family-Made Vodka

With New York Fashion Week in full swing, Ketel One Family-Made Vodka joined with ground-breaking creative, multi-media company Visionaire to celebrate fashion artists Viktor&Rolf’s 25 years of impact on the fashion world on Saturday, September 8 at The Gallery at Cadillac House. The Dutch spirit brand, which is family-made in Schiedam, Holland, helped to mark the opening of the interactive installation, Masterclass, which is dedicated to Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren and showcases the provocative Haute Couture and avant-garde designs for which they are renowned.

Joining Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoer at the soiree were Visionaire cofounders Cecelia Dean and James Kaliardos, models Clara McGregor and Coco Rocha, and actor Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”) who mixed, mingled and sipped on cocktails provided by Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, including the signature Masterclass (Ketel One Vodka, strawberry, cucumber and lime juice.) DJ Dese provided the evening’s beats as guests toured the exhibit at this SoHo space dedicated to innovation and inspiring creativity.

Photos below by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka

(L-R) Rolf Snoeren, Founder of Visionaire Cecilia Dean and Viktor Horsting attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)

(L-R) Rolf Snoeren, Michiel Huisman and Viktor Horsting attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)

Coco Rocha attends the launch of an Interactive Installation with Ketel One Family-Made Vodka Fetes Fashion Artists Viktor&Rolf, alongside Visionaire at Cadillac House on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)

MAGIC BUS EXPERIENCE

L.A.’s Largest Immersive Marijuana Inspired Experience

Magic Bus Experience is a 60,000 square foot psychedelic wonderland comprised of multiple whimsical environments inspired by marijuana culture.

 

The Marijuana Prohibition is Over

Magic Bus Experience is an artistic representation and celebration of an emerging marijuana culture, with safe, responsible recreational use at the core of its philosophy.

 

Designed With Your “State of Mind” in Mind

The interactive environments are designed to stimulate the senses, inspire creativity and engage the imagination, be it by navigating the winding corridors of the “Hotbox” white-out maze, leaving your own creative mark in our Giant Coloring Book or crawling through the adult-sized Pillow Fort! You never known where you might run into live musicians, odd-ball roaming Minstrels, magicians, or circus performers! Challenge your friends to pinball, arcade games or cornhole at High Score. Settle in for a trippy multi- sensory cinematic experience at the Bean Bag Cinema. Grab a snack from Munchie Mountain, a floor to ceiling snack bar or satisfy your cravings with food from one of the many food trucks. Wash it all down with an adult beverage from the Black Light Beer Garden! There is something for everyone and for every state of mind!

VIP guests enjoy expedited check-in, exclusive access to the Cloud Room VIP Lounge, a private cash-bar, and best of all, a complimentary, all you can eat Chicken Nugget and Tater Tot Bar!

 

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Magic Bus Experience is coming to Los Angeles for three days, April 20th-22nd. $45 for General Admission, $65 for VIP.

 

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“impulses, restraints, tones”

“impulses, restraints, tones” New Compositions by Hannah Quinlivan

Opening Reception: March 1, 2018, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: March 1 – April 20, 2018

February 16, 2018 (New York, NY) – JanKossen Contemporary is pleased to present impulses, restraints, tones an exhibition by Australian contemporary artist, Hannah Quinlivan. impulses, restraints, tones is the artist’s first exhibition in New York and will be on view from March 1 – April 20, 2018 with an opening reception on March 1 from 6-8pm.

Best known for her work within the movement of experimental drawing, Quinlivan expands upon the medium to create drawings that employ wire, steel, salt, yarn, shadow, and LED light, constantly evolving and dissecting the elements of a drawing to investigate the confines of the line itself. Twisted wire structures are the basis for her shadow drawings, which Quinlivan later develops further into sculptures; 2D drawings turn into 3D drawings, that are then turned back into 2D drawings. With a deep commitment to the exploration of and innate response to her materials, Quinlivan composes lyrical artworks that stitch together a response to the passing of time. Each element of the work is endlessly translated into an infinite looping web; traveling through our consciousness and drawing attention to the subjectivity of the phenomena of recollection and forgetting.

impulses, restraints, tones exhibits brand new “Spatial Drawings,” as well as two delicate, yet powerful, site-specific and interactive installations that respond to the gallery space and flux of bodies within it. The well-known “Spatial Drawings” walk the line between sculptural weaving and graphic mark making and explores concepts of temporal reality and memory. Quinlivan’s “Spatial Drawings” performance develops from wire armatures suspended from the ceiling. The shadows of these wire armatures are the basis for Quinlivan’s live and in-person crystalline salt drawings that will be developed over the course of three weeks during exhibition.

This work, shown for the first time in New York City, forms part of a series of site-specific ephemeral drawings Quinlivan has been making in Cambridge, Berlin, Hong Kong, Australia, and Colorado from since 2016.

Curator Marguerite Brown, explains “Linear threads and their manipulation have for millennia been symbolically connected to notions of time. The Moirai of ancient Greek mythology, also known at the Fates, were three goddesses who through the act of spinning thread with distaff and spindle, controlled the life of every person from birth to death, when their thread was abruptly cut. Similar female deities exist in Roman, Norse and Slavic mythologies, where thread is consistently wielded as a manifestation of destiny. As such, a simple strand and the way it is stretched, allotted and truncated, became an ancient way of comprehending the movement of a human life through time.”

ABOUT HANNAH QUINLIVAN
Hannah Quinlivan, named by BMA Magazine as one of the Six Canberra Artists to watch in 2018, was a finalist for the 2014 Alice Prize and has received such prestigious accolades as the Canberra Critic Circle Award, Shire of East Pilbara Residency Award, Cox Prize, Don Moffat & Cecilia Ng award, People’s Choice Award, Megalo Print Studio and Gallery Residency Award, and the Jan Brown Drawing Prize. She has exhibited major presentations at Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Canberra; National Portrait Gallery, Canberra; Colorado State University, Fort Collins; Cambridge University, London, Pembroke College, Cambridge; Deakin University, Melbourne; The Hong Kong Harbourfront, Hong Kong; and Kuala Lumpur Biennale, National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. She is in such prestigious public collections as National Gallery of Australia, Gregory Allicar Museum, The Australian High Commission (Singapore), Philip Cox Collection, Deakin University, The Australian National University, KPMG Art Collection, Gaw Capital collection, Colorado State University, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery, Shire of East Pilbara, Ormond College Collection. She was recently selected by the curators of Urban Art Projects to create a major public art commission where her work will be featured on the glazed screen of every platform of the Canberra Light Rail network.

ABOUT JanKossen
JanKossen Contemporary, founded in 2009 by Dr Jasmin Kossenjans, is an international dealer of contemporary art representing artists working across disciplines. Its principal focus is the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, video, large scale installation, and performance. Aside from its represented artists, the gallery collaborates directly on exhibitions and projects with other artists and guest curators. The gallery is committed to presenting its artists’ work in an international context and to firmly establishing their contributions to the cannon of art history. Gallery artists are in the collections of, and have been part of exhibitions at, many museums around the world. Their works have been widely published as artist monographs, in art journals, and among critical theory texts. The gallery operates in Basel, Switzerland; Venice, Italy; New York, NY; and will open a new exhibition space in Hong Kong in 2019.

Related Events
Opening Reception
March 1, 2018
6-8pm

Daily Performances
March 1 – 17, 2018
1-3pm

Artist Talk and Final Performance
March 17, 2018
6-8pm

Location
JanKossen Contemporary
529 W 20th Street, 7th floor, 7W
New York, New York 10011

Gallery Contact
Karen Gilbert
Karen.gilbert@jankossen.com

Media Contact
Lainya Magaña, A&O PR
347 395 4155
lainya@aopublic.com

Do Actors Earn Their Paychecks?

Are Hollywood Actors Worth Those Mega-Pay Checks?

The salaries of Hollywood A-listers has long been a source of gossip and debate among film fans. But are they actually worth it? While some say not, the film studios are actually getting a pretty good return for the cash investment.

And now RouletteOnline have produced a useful infographic that puts everything into perspective when it comes to your favourite top earners.

According to Roulette Online, the key is how many dollars a film studio gets back for each one they spend on an actor or actress. While personal net worth can run into the hundreds of millions for some stars, the money many of our top bards earn the studios can be measured in the hundreds of billions.

• Near the foot of the list is Charlize Theron who has a personal net worth of about $130 million. While she’s laughing all the way to the bank, the return for the studios is only $1.19 for every dollar invested. You might think this low, but you have to put it into perspective – there’s still a healthy profit to be made with the actress helping to bring in some $1.5 billion during her career.

• You’d but right in thinking that ageing action king Tom Cruise would fare better but he’s still only bringing in $4.57 per studio dollar. His top grossing film was War of the Worlds and over 38 outings, the actor has managed to bring in well over $3.5 billion for the studios.

• Cruise might be a little miffed that he’s beaten on the list by both Adam Sandler, who earns the studio $7.25 per dollar, and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who comes in at $8.48.

• Perennial everyman, Mark Wahlberg, with 39 films under his belt across various genres including comedy and action, breaks the double figure barrier and comes in at just over $12 per dollar spent. You won’t be surprised to learn that his top grossing film was Transformers: Age of Extinction even if Last Knight was a bit of a setback.

• The girls are quietly accumulating for the film studios with Jennifer Anniston, Melissa McCarthy and Julia Roberts all delivering excellent returns. Top female actor on the list is Cate Blanchett who pulls in a very healthy $66 per dollar spent for the studio and lies in second place.

• There’s something of a battle going on between the superheroes, as you might expect. Chris Hemsworth is the worst performing but still brings in a healthy $32.25, while Robert Downey Jr, who has a net worth of $260 million, mostly from donning the Iron Man suit, delivers a return of $47.10.

• Top of the list, however, is the acting royalty that is Samuel L Jackson. He earns the studios a staggering $83.79 for every dollar invested. The star of Pulp Fiction and the Avengers films has had 73 outings in his career, is worth over $200m, and has earned those film execs a massive $5 billion or more.

Next time you wonder why the studios pay lead actors so much – remember the boost they get in revenue from signing a top star. That can often mean the difference between success and failure for a movie. Check out the full list from RouletteOnline here.

Make The Most Out Of Your Vacation

Any trip to the USA should fill you with excitement and even a little awe. It’s a huge, sprawling country with much to see and do. The problem is picking the best state to visit so you get the most out of your vacation.

Is California better than New York? What does Alaska offer that you can’t get in New Jersey? Is Nevada just for gamblers or can you take in a show or two? These are just a few of the questions you might want answers to before you plan your trip.

The team at PlayNJ have done some research to help and now have an interactive map of the US which makes that decision making process a whole lot easier. They’ve taken a range of parameters including tourism income, gambling and theatre, things to do, and general happiness level to rank each of 50 states.

The general ranking gives a listing of overall performance and it’s no surprise that states such as California, Texas, Florida and New York figure at the top. Curiously, the team have also included a happiness ranking which shows a slightly different story. While California comes first in general classification, it only manages 13 for happiness. Hawaii only hits 20 on the general ranking but comes out on top for fun.

While you may have to take some of the listings with a pinch of salt, the interactive map does give you a good idea where the strong point of each state lies.

California has the highest tourist income at $126.3 billion, mainly because it’s one of the most popular holiday destinations on the planet. Not only is it home to Hollywood and the iconic city of San Francisco, it’s also got Disneyland and the Yosemite National Park. Wyoming has a much lower income but does have some noteworthy places to visit such as The Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains.

If gambling is your big thing and you want to combine it with a show or two, then the obvious choice is Nevada. Las Vegas is the gambling capital of the western world and is full of casinos. There are also plenty of shows to take in and the service, so visitors say, is second to none. There are even a couple of zoos and a few theme parks to give you something different to do. For overall happiness ranking though it rates well down at 34.

For those looking for variety in their trip, it’s best to look at the ‘Things to Do’ map. Here Florida is top of the list with 1,699 separate activities and Alaska is not far behind on 1,644. These are two totally different locations, so it’s wise to take a deeper look at what’s on offer. Florida is famous for sun, sea and sangria as well as its numerous theme parks. Alaska is more for your outdoor types with breath-taking locations like Winner Creak, Kincaid Park and Resurrection Bay.

For those who want to take in some sport, Texas and California top the list for stadiums. You can go see the Dallas Cowboys play in Arlington or visit the world famous Rose Bowl in California. If you don’t like sport and won’t be visiting a stadium anytime soon, Vermont is the place to go, they don’t have any. Of course, it will all depend on who your favourite team is and the sport you want to watch.

Next time you’re planning a trip somewhere in the USA, take a look at the PlayNJ interactive map to help you begin planning the best locations to visit. It’s a great way to start exploring what this vast, sprawling country has to offer for the humble tourist.