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Technically Mill Ends Park in Portland, Oregon, USA. It is a circle 2 feet (0.6 m) across. It was named an official city park in 1976, and is operated by Portland Parks & Recreation.


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One journalist did attempt to research this - both the artificial labs and the natural spaces. He details it in his book - Zero Decibels if you'd like to read it. The highlights in nature: Several years ago, the Campaign to Protect Rural England declared a spot in Northumberland the most tranquil place in the country (when the nearby military base isn't ...


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There are some very remote roads in northern Quebec. The James Bay Road (Route de la Baie James) is one option. Located in northeastern Canada, in the province of Quebec, the James Bay Road runs north from its beginning at Matagami to Radisson, 620 km (388 miles) away. It is a very remote road - there are no towns along the road (except at either end), ...


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Anaechoic Chamber at Orfield Labs When it comes to soundproof chambers, the quietest place on earth is the Anechoic chamber, at Orfield Labs. Quoting from this article from the Atlas OBscura: A typical quiet bedroom at night measures about 30 decibels; this chamber measures at -9 decibels. It is made of 3.3-foot-thick fiberglass acoustic wedges, double ...


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There are two options, both roughly equidistant and neither an obvious winner: Japan is about 10 hours from Sydney, with direct flights to Tokyo. While snow is rare in Tokyo itself, there is tons of the white stuff anywhere in the Japan Alps (eg. Nagano), on the Japan Sea coast (eg. Kanazawa) and up in Hokkaido, where ski haven Niseko has become a virtual ...


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I used to live in the Canadian countryside, and I would say that even if you are far from the noises of man, the noises of nature are still rather loud. Wind (both direct and from moving the grass and trees about), rain, wildlife etc. Much quieter in the winter but I would not call it silent. A cave, on the other hand, is about as quiet as the artificial ...


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I nominate Tjoffsans Tivoli in Malmö, Sweden. It is an amusement park for mice (also known as amousement park) created by Anonymouse MMX. It's not owned by any government, but it's public and maybe it could be classified as a charity. It looks like it covers an area of approximately 1-2 m². It's unclear whether it is still open though.


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A good contender should be Russian Р-297 Amur, from Chita to the Svobodnyi fork. It's 1400 km of road accompanied by Transsib, but it is barely inhabited and barely traversable. Maybe it got better in the last years, but it should be a worthy competitor for Brazilian rainforest roads all year around. There are derelict settlements here and there, still you ...


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The Riyadh Women University campus in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia could qualify as an answer to your question. Its new campus can accommodate 40,000 (female-only) students and 12,000 (female-only) employees. There are only women because of the Saudi laws of sex segregation. Inaugurated in June 2011, it spreads over 8 million square meters (2,800 km²) with 800 ...


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The answer is almost certainly Thailand, in particular Ko Tao, the PADI factory of the world. An end-to-end course that gets you the standard PADI Open Water license will set you back roughly 9800 baht (~$310 at time of writing); if you're happy with the far more limited PADI Scuba Diver course, you can complete that for 7000 baht (~$225) at this randomly ...


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Svalbard is naturally quiet. There are no trees there which makes the sound of the wind a lot less. Also, this means that there are not many birds there which also reduces the sound relative to other places. It is also a place you can easily visit, there are regular flights to the main settlement on Svalbard, Longyearbyen from Tromsø and Oslo. As this ...


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In short, no, there's no Japanese region known for spicy food in the same way that (say) Sichuan or Thailand is. Japanese doesn't really even have a word for "spicy", 辛い karai originally meant "salty" and is still used in that sense as well. However, there are a couple of spicy local specialities, mostly in the south of the country where they had the most ...


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According to this Wikimedia image you can find cheetahs around Africa and Middle East. Image is in public domain One of the easiest places to see Cheetahs (I saw a lot there) is Masai Mara National Park (Kenya).


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Both Buddhist and Christian traditions have women-only convents or monasteries, also known as nunneries. Some of these are nowadays partially open to visitors, such as the Chi Lin Nunnery in Hong Kong or the Convent of Las Descalzas Reales in Madrid. I don't know whether these are the most authentic or noteworthy, though. An entirely different possibility: ...


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The limits of our hearing sensitivity mean that many of the quieter places in the world will all sound the same. It is unlikely you would be able to tell the difference between the sound levels in the quietest place on earth and the 100th, or even 1000th, quietest place. Further, your breathing and fidgeting will have a serious impact on the sound level in ...


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Low-cost airline Jetstar offers inexpensive flights from Australia to Japan, which certainly ticks all your boxes. A northern city such as Sapporo normally has snow around Christmas and will have many Christmas-related festivities and decorations. There are also some Christian churches, if you are so inclined. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand can enter ...


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There are some roads in northern Saskatchewan that would be in the same league as well. SK 905 from Sucker River to Points North Landing, SK is 433 km of gravel with no towns en route, although there is a small camp with an outfitter along the way where you could probably get fuel if you had an emergency (it isn't for general sale to the public though). No ...


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Anechoic Chambers Around the World Since most anechoic chambers are part of company/university laboratories, it is safe to assume that they are generally not open to the public on a regular basis. Nevertheless it is also safe to assume that these facilities might be available for rent to other companies/enterprises/institutions. Below is an incomplete ...


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On questions where all answers are nearly equally good it is hard to pick the "winner" for the "accept". So, I'm accepting the most upvoted answer. Also, as I promised, here is a compiled list (from the answers) plus some other roads from other sources. For most roads I googled some links, included some citation from the source (as italic) and/or added ...


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National Route 40 (Argentina) It's 5.194 km long, it's highest point is at 5.000 m and the lowest at sea level I don't know exactly the longest uninhabited sections, but traveling south from Perito Moreno National Park you must travel 235 km of uninhabited road until you can find a very small town of 100 inhabitants.


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One of the most obvious is the Norwegian fjords sightseeing cruise.


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We have a location but not registered officially. Usually by invitation only as only want genuine nudists. We are in Western Australia. Genuine nudist backpackers can contact us via BarelyBackpacking@hotmail.com. We do not tolerate drugs, we are not swingers, we are a family, our standing in the community is important and we don't want that jeopardised.


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The place doesn't have to be particularly large, but there has to be a cause of it being mostly female. At the (gorgeous) Pärnu beach in Estonia, there's a somewhat large section for women. Photo by me, July 2012 The sign doesn't explicitly state it, but apparently men should stay out, sadly. :)


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One highlight is the Middle Rhine valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a picturesque region, has good wines and is crossed by the famous Rheinsteig hiking trail. You can choose either Koblenz or Mainz/Wiesbaden as a starting point to visit that region. From there you have good train connections. There is one line on the right hand side and one on the ...


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You can re-enter the US if you have proof of citizenship, so that doesn't strictly require a passport -- although it may make your enter procedure more troublesome. As mentioned above, you can theoretically travel to US territories without a passport, from answers.usa.gov: For Travel to/from/between U.S. Territories, U.S. Citizens and Nationals: ...


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There are tons, and they're all different, because any list of countries beyond "full members of the United Nations" is open to interpretation. Here are a few of the better known ones, in order of increasing size: The ISO 3166-1 standard defines 249 countries and territories. Getting on the list requires a fair bit of political recognition, so lots of ...


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Ah! There are loads of places around the British Isles that your friend could go to see these fabulous little birds. The Atlantic Puffin can be found in places like the Pembrokeshire Coast the Isle of May the Farne Islands These folks have a nice write-up of some of these places and a few others. And these folks in Scotland have even briefly described a ...


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The Gazebo Golden Bay Backpackers in Takaka, New Zealand is clothing-optional, open December through March each year. Close to the nude beaches and a promoter of the local Naked Bike Ride. Quote: All levels of dress are acceptable.


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Considering that American Buffalo's grazing grounds span nearly entire United States you will find lots of places that grow them and lots of places that can serve them. There are places where you can hunt buffalo. There are places that grow and sell buffalo meats like Wild Idea Buffalo Co in South Dakota. But I am sure that if you ask the locals they ...


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Frankfurt Hahn is in the middle of the Hunsrück, a beautiful area with small forests and hills and countryside typical of the region. A good destination for family cycling trips. For example, there are a number of rail trails in the area, where former railways were converted into cycling tracks. Photo from Wikimedia Commons I've been cycling on the ...


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