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Top 17 for 2017: Best new rides at theme parks around the world

It already seems as though 2017 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world: New theme parks are planned for Asia and the Middle East, while several major attractions are in the works for Europe too.

Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at parks outside the United States. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed while new ones are announced.

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To see these Mojave Desert petroglyphs, you first have to pass a Navy screening

The email caught my eye as we drove home from Death Valley months ago: “Fall Petroglyph Tour dates, now available from the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest!” The promise was a chance to see  “the richest known concentration of petroglyphs in the western hemisphere.”  OK, sign us up.

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Hey couch surfers, why not travel with your own couch?

There may be no better traveler’s friend than an inflatable couch you can take just about anywhere. Really. Lightweight and portable, this pod-like blow-up could come in handy whether you’re couch-surfing with a friend or in a stranger’s home.

The Lamzac Hangout, as it’s called, was created in the Netherlands about five years ago and marketed by Fatboy online since last year.

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Airfare deal: LAX-Mexico City round trip for $236

Visit Mexico City for $236 round trip, including all taxes and fees, with an Aeromexico deal out of Los Angeles International Airport. Subject to availability, it is for travel through Nov. 16 and again between Jan. 17 and June 7.

There is a minimum two-night stay, and nonstop flights are available.

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What new twists may be in store for looping wooden roller coasters

Over the last six years, an upstart Idaho company has transformed the theme park landscape with a string of exciting wood-steel hybrid roller coasters that have wowed ride enthusiasts around the globe.

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Death Valley's Furnace Creek Resort to receive $50-million makeover, open year-round

The Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park will begin an ambitious $50-million makeover next year that will bring new luxury casitas to the Inn and a new town hall and square to the Ranch.

The plan aims to raze and redo some old buildings at the historic resort that houses a 66-room inn and 244-room ranch.

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