Archive for July, 2012

Tonight, all eyes are on London as the opening ceremonies kick-off the Olympics. But how will it compare to the opening ceremonies of past Olympics? Travel Channel takes a look at the last summer Olympic opening ceremonies from1976 to today.

Looking for even more Olympic history? Check out our Olympics trivia quiz and our photo gallery that takes a look back at the Olympics through the years. To feed your London fix, take a look at where our Travel Channel hosts have gone in the city. Don’t forget, Will and Kate will be there, too.

Montreal 1976: The Games were opened by Elizabeth II, as head of state of Canada, and several members of the Royal Family attended the opening ceremonies.

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Lace up your dancin’ shoes and head down to the National Mall tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. for National Dance Day. Is the idea of bustin’ a move in front of the Washington Monument not enough to get you there? What if we told you there’d be appearances by So You Think You Can Dance celebrity guests? And Redskins cheerleaders? Yeah, we thought so. If you’re nowhere near Washington, DC, there are also a few other celebrations going on nationwide. Check out the Dizzy Feet Foundation’s upcoming events to find one near you!

Travel the blogosphere with us as we bring you our favorite travel blog posts from this past week. We saw that there’s a lot more to London than the Olympics and we learned what a glacial erratic is. Read all about these tidbits and more:

Global Grasshopper offers tips on the 10 London neighborhoods worth exploring.

As We Travel keeps the London theme going with Beatles-inspired places around the world.

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Space is one of those destinations that will always fascinate, regardless of whether we’ll ever be able to go or not. (If you happen to have $200K lying around, then start planning your trip now!) But you can explore the history of space travel here on earth. The display of NASA’s space shuttle Enterprise opened last week at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

In the Intrepid Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion, Enterprise — NASA’s very first space shuttle — is elevated 10 feet off the ground, so you can walk directly underneath it. An elevated viewing platform also allows you to get a better look. Intrepid Museum is one of the few places in the world to offer an up-close view of a space shuttle. READ MORE

Today’s Daily Escape is London Olympics in England. More »

  Photograph by Getty Images

When you’re going out of town, it’s hard to know just what you’re getting yourself into, hotel-wise. The hotel website doesn’t always help, either. Marketing photos can make any hotel look like the Taj Mahal, so the smart traveler needs to remain wary of promises that sound too good to be true. Because … guess what … they probably are.

But fear not, young travel warrior! Travel Channel and Oyster.com are here to help you spot those common marketing ploys. Don’t forget – Photoshop and a little cropping can work wonders. (Keep that in mind for those beach photos …).

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Today’s Daily Escape is from Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. More »

Photograph by Trump International Hotel, a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Travel Channel has teamed up with Rand McNally on their annual road rally adventure — Best of the Road — to search for the best small towns across the country. Watch the small-town showdown tonight at 8|7c on Travel Channel.

Best of the Road

Hosted by our resident comedian, Bert Kreischer, the show will follow 3 teams as they road-trip across America to find the best small towns in the categories of food, beauty and fun. Town winners are awarded the prestigious title of Rand McNally’s “Best of the Road.”

Our road warrior videographer, Allison Otto, joined the RV as it toured the country from Washington, DC to Seattle.  From meeting Joplin, MO’s celebrity cat to touring Danville, KY’s miniature world, Allison captured small town wonders from coast to coast. Check out her photos all the way from Rt. 66’s Carousel Park to a traditional Kentucky BBQ.

Watch a sneak peek of the teams’ adventures. And don’t miss America’s best small towns being revealed tonight!

This sulfuric crater is part of an 8,884-foot-high active volcano – one of the few accessible active volcanoes in the (hint!!) Americas. But where in the world is it? Venture a guess in the comments, and then find out »

You’ve probably heard of paragliding, and you may even know a bit about falconry … but we’re guessing you’ve never heard of the new sport that’s a fusion of the 2: parahawking.

Yes, it’s a real thing. READ MORE

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