Archive for September, 2012

By Marianela Pereyra

Marianela at Rodeo Beach

 

Sometimes you just need to get away, especially if you live in a big city like San Francisco. Rodeo Beach is that perfect escape! It’s only 2 miles north of the Golden Gate bridge, and as you travel through a mystical tunnel to get there, you also travel back in time. It’s a mixture of beautiful coastal trails, old army barracks, and a front row seat to the Pacific ocean. You can spend the day exploring old ruins, hiking the coastal trails, or hanging with your dog, family, and friends at picnic! Yes, Rodeo Beach is dog friendly which is a huge plus considering not many beaches are in California. READ MORE

This Saturday is Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! – an annual event where museums around the country admit visitors for free. But the Smithsonian museums are always free, you say? You’re right, but the famous institution is making this true for many more museums nationwide for one day only. READ MORE

This Saturday, outdoor lovers have a chance to give back to some of the United States’ treasured nature reserves for National Public Lands Day. It’s the largest single-day volunteer effort in the country, and over 170,000 volunteers are expected to help plant trees, remove trash, restore habitats and beautify their public gardens, beaches and parks. This day is set aside annually to promote the importance of protecting our environment and conserving nature.  If you love hands-on activities and don’t mind getting a little messy, this is a great way to connect with nature and help our environment.

And to celebrate, the National Park Service is waiving the entry fees to all national parks, so If you don’t plan on volunteering this weekend, be sure to get outdoors and take advantage of this great opportunity to explore some of America’s treasures.

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A survey released today from YourTango.com, along with Ford Motor Company, shows that couples use road trips for “quality time” — giving them the chance to reconnect and strengthen their relationship.

In the survey of more than 1,000 couples, 91 percent have taken road trips together, with 84 percent agreeing that the experience strengthened their relationship. Road trips allow for more than quality time, though, with 63 percent of respondents agreeing that they are affectionate with their partner while driving — holding hands or sharing a kiss at a red light. Who doesn’t like a little romance on the road?

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How does a superstar say goodbye to the single life? If you’re Justin Timberlake, just one bachelor destination won’t do — you start the weekend in Las Vegas and end it in Cabo San Lucas with a posse of your 25 closest pals.

There’s no word on his impending nuptials to actress Jessica Biel — in July she told the Chicago Sun-Times she’s done “almost nothing” for the big day — but perhaps they’re plotting a secret wedding like Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds?

Here’s what the weekend entailed:

Sinatra Restaurant
Sinatra, courtesy of Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Las Vegas

*Things kicked off with dinner Thursday night at Wynn Las Vegas’ Sinatra, an Italian restaurant featuring the infamous ladies’ man Frank Sinatra. Timberlake and his crew got into the theme “decked out in suits, a la the Rat Pack,” according to People.com.
*After dinner they headed to 60,000-square-foot Surrender Nightclub, where JT sipped on his 901 Tequila and hung out in a private outdoor cabana while some of his buddies stripped down to their swim trunks to take advantage of the private infinity pool.
*Rounding out their night in Sin City, the group’s last stop was at Wynn’s Tryst Nightclub.

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OK, so yeah, the U.K.’s National Pig Association is warning of an impending bacon shortage, thanks to high feed costs. But don’t hit the panic button just yet, because there’s plenty of bacon to go around at Travel Channel.

On Wednesday, October 3 at 10|9c, don’t miss Food Paradise: Bacon, and in the meantime, try not to drool on your keyboard when you check out our Sizzling Bacon Porn photo gallery – from Chicago’s Paddy Long’s 5-pound Whole Bacon Bomb, a spicy mix of pork and cracked-pepper bacon, all wrapped in brown sugar bacon to the bacon-infused vodka martini at the Berkshire in Denver, CO. READ MORE

Last night on No Reservations Tony Bourdain continued his final tour around the world with a stop in Emilia Romagna. During his visit, Tony lived every man’s dream and got behind the wheel of a red-hot Ferrari California. Accompanying Tony was chef Michael White, who returned to San Domenico Restaurant where he spent his formative chef years. Miss last night’s episode? Watch an episode recap.

Get insights from Tony on the episode with his Emilia Romagna Journal and get Tony’s Travel Guide for each restaurant, activity and accommodation that he enjoyed.

Where’s Tony off to next week? Burgundy, France! See this location and others on our No Reservations’ Final Tour interactive map.

 

Check out this week’s picks from our favorite travel bloggers’ posts; from gambling to Mayan expeditions to pirate graveyards, you’ll be inspired to go on your own travel adventure!

From casinos to British pub food, Unbrave Girl tells us 5 things she loved about visiting Macu, “the Vegas of Asia” with a Portuguese influence.

Avoid that tempting glass of wine when you fly! Canada’s Adventure Couple offers tips for combatting the dreaded jet lag.

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Today marks the beginning of the 3-day Monterey Jazz Festival in arguably one of the most beautiful parts of California. Entering its 55th year, it’s the world’s longest-running jazz festival, with acts like Tony Bennett and Esperanza Spalding performing this weekend. You don’t have to be a jazz fan to appreciate that kind of star power.

Photo by Cole Thompson

 

Can’t make it to Monterey this weekend? Visit the gorgeous seaside town vicariously with this video from our go-to beach gal, Marianela, at Point Lobos State Reserve Park. Or plan a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway. And next week, the Ghost Adventures crew investigates the Point Sur Lighthouse, right outside of Monterey.

Want to plan a music festival getaway? Let our Music Festival Guide help you decide where to go — just pick the month and pack a bag! Or if you’re looking to really get away, learn about the new music festival cruise trend!

Did you roll out of bed at 3 a.m. to patiently wait in line with fellow Mac fans under the soft white-light glow of the Apple logo, counting down the minutes until the doors to your local Apple store opened? Our photo editor did — we’re not judging!

Photograph by Getty Images

In celebration of the much-anticipated iPhone 5, we wanted to share some exciting news for all you diehard iPhone owners and Travel Channel fans. Just in time for your shiny new gadget, our web development team has rolled out an iPhone-optimized version of Travelchannel.com. READ MORE

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