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Last month we let you in on 25 fabulous, free travel attractions.  Here at CD Traveller, we like to give our readers something extra and our generosity of spirit means that this month we’re revealing a further 25. To paraphrase Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross,   “the best things in life really are free.”

1. Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
One of the largest fish markets in the world, Tsukiji Market has become a major – not to mention free – tourist attraction. Arrive early (between 5am-6.15am) to see the spectacular tuna auctions.

2. Vesuvio cafe/ City Lights book store, San Francisco
It costs nothing to check out the former hang outs of Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation.

3. Victoria Peak, Hong Kong
Okay so it costs approximately £1.50 to take the tram up to the top of Hong Kong Island’s highest hill, but the view from the peak of one of the world’s most industrious cities is absolutely breathtaking.

4. Tulum, Mexico
One of the most famous Mayan sites in Mexico, Tulum charges a small admission fee apart from Sundays when entrance to this archaeological site is free.

5. Stonehenge
Built between 3000BC and 1500BC, Stonehenge is an incredible feat of engineering and one of the world’s most sophisticated stone circles. It costs £6.60 for an adult to visit Stonehenge but those devoid of a conscience can cruise past in a car and admire these big stones for free.

6. July 4, Washington DC
Watch and enjoy the free fireworks in the American capital as the US celebrates its independence from Britain.

7. Wildebeest Migration, Kenya
Watch thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate south from Kenya to Tanzania across the Masai Mara plains in search of greener pastures. Without a doubt this is the greatest wildlife show on earth and it’s absolutely free!

8. La Boqueira market, Barcelona
Located on La Rambla, La Boqueria is Barcelona’s biggest food market selling virtually anything that is edible. But food isn’t the only attraction – La Boqueira (open daily from 8am-8.30pm) boasts spectacular architecture.

9. Songkran festival, Chiang Mai
Thailand’s ‘water festival’ in mid April marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. Water throwing is the main activity so expect a soaking!

10. St Patrick’s Day, Dublin
There’s no better place to celebrate the memory of Ireland’s favourite ‘son’ than Dublin – the city becomes a sea of green and the ‘Paddies’ welcome all who come to join the party.

11. Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Flanked by the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Gate, Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) Square with its total area of 440,000 square meters, can hold one million people making it the largest square in the world. It’s also very much the spiritual heart of China; the national flag is raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset on a daily basis.

12. Red Square, Moscow
Moscow’s famous Red Square is home to some of the city’s best known landmarks like Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral.

13. Niagara Falls, Canada
The mighty cascade on the US border is made up of two separate parts, Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and American Falls on the US side.

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14. Hollywood Walk of Fame
Have a look at the handprints of the famous on Hollywood Boulevard. Joanne Woodward was the first performer to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 1960.

15. Route 66, US
America’s most famous highway is another of life’s great – and free – pleasures.

16. Pleasure Beach Blackpool
See for yourself why Pleasure Beach Blackpool is Britain’s most popular tourist attraction. Entry to the amusement park is free although you will have to pay for the rides and shows.

17. Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
It doesn’t cost anything to plonk your towel on Waikiki (which means ‘sprouting fresh water’) – the original surfers’ beach.

18. Whale watching, New Zealand
When down under, take advantage of what’s around you and keep your eyes on the sea! Kaikoura, on the east coast of the South Island, is one of the only places in the world where you can easily see sperm whales.

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19. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
The Scottish capital’s pride and joy, the magnificent Edinburgh Castle sits on top of a rock of a volcanic rock and is visible for miles in any and every direction.

20. New York, Halloween
When it comes to spooky celebrations, there’s only one place to be: NYC. Don’t miss the Village Halloween Parade – ghosts, ghouls, witches and other creepy characters come out in full force.

21. Great Ocean Road Drive
You can drive from Melbourne along the coast past the Twelve Apostles (a unique group of 12 rock formations in the Port Campbell National Park that jut out of the sea) for nada.

22. Livingstone Falls, Zambia
Discovered over 150 years ago by Scotsman Dr Livingstone, this is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

23. Marrakech Souk
The Marrakech souk provides an authentic taste of Morocco and best of all it won’t cost you a dirham.

24. Panama Canal
Stretching 50 miles from Panama City to Colon, the canal was built by the United States of America from 1904 to 1914 and is considered one of the world’s great engineering feats.

25. The Freedom Trail, Boston
Marked by a red line, the 2.5  mile freedom trail takes in 16 historic sites (admission is free to all sites save for the Paul Revere House, the Old South Meeting House and the Old State House)and covers two and a half centuries of America’s most significant past. Conceived in 1958 by local journalist William Schofield, the entire trail takes around three hours. You can guide yourself along the trail for free but if you’re feeling flush, take a guided tour.

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