Archive for September, 2012

Tonight at 9|8c the Ghost Adventures crew embarks on a 2-night, 2-location lockdown in Chicago, IL. Will you be watching? If so, be sure to join our live fan chat during the episode!

First, with the help of the local police, the Ghost Adventures crew spends the night in the run-down, often-vandalized Bachelor’s Grove cemetery — rumored to be one of the most haunted burial grounds in America. Zak, Nick and Aaron explore the area around the tombstone where a now-famous photo of a shockingly realistic apparition was taken, as well as the nearby creek that is said to be where Al Capone would dispose of his victims’ bodies. READ MORE

We all know about Six Flags, Busch Gardens, Cedar Point and Kings Dominion, but what about theme parks and rollercoasters in China? Our resident rollercoaster expert and founder of Theme Park Review, Robb Alvey, is on the road in China and having the time of his life! READ MORE

By Marianela Pereyra

Marianela at Point Lobos

As a little girl, I would use my imagination to make my favorite fairy tales come to life. When I arrived at Point Lobos State Reserve Park to shoot Marianela’s Top 10 California Beaches, I felt like I was stepping into one of the fairy tales I used to dream about. Point Lobos is one of the most stunning coastal preserves in California. It boasts beautiful trails with unbelievable views of the coastline, and it’s the perfect place to interact with and appreciate wildlife and nature. I was immediately curious about the wildflowers, especially one named Sticky Monkey Flower. One thing you should definitely bring is a set of binoculars. You can spot gray whales in the winter, sea lions, baby otters, deer and falcons, and — if you are feeling adventurous — you can take a dip in the great Pacific blue with a shore dive!

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By Oyster.com Staff

America’s “Wine Country,” Napa Valley is one of the best wine-growing regions in the world and is home to hundreds of vineyards that make for beautiful vistas — particularly during harvest season, which starts up this month. Although it can feel a bit touristy at times — after all, it’s common to see a tour bus parked outside of a famed winery — Napa Valley maintains a luxe, refined vibe. Some of the most popular visitor activities are wine-tasting, dining at the area’s top-notch restaurants, shopping and spa-going. But outdoorsy travelers can enjoy hiking, golfing and hot-air balloon tours. READ MORE

In case you’re wondering why everyone in your office keeps calling you “matey” and commenting on your “booty,” don’t call HR. It’s just Talk Like a Pirate Day!

In fact, it’s the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Ever since author Dave Barry mentioned the idea in his nationally-read newspaper column, the holiday has ransacked the country. Even Facebook lets you set your language preference to pirate (“friends” turn into “scallywags” and “like” turns into “arr!”). You can do that anytime, though — not just on the holiday.

To celebrate the day, learn about the real pirates of the Caribbean and how you can turn your next Caribbean vacation into a pirate journey.

You can also check out photos of the Caribbean hot spots once frequented by real pirates, including Edward Teach (Blackbeard), Calico Jack Rackham, Roberto Confresi and Jon Boysie Singh.

Or, see the rest of the World’s Wackiest Holidays, so you can find more opportunities to take a day off — we won’t tell your boss.

Today’s Daily Escape is Stark Bridge in Stark, New Hampshire. More »

  Photograph by Russell Kord / minnowimages.com

Little girls’ dreams are about to come true this January when the Royal Caribbean cruise line starts setting sail with Barbie. Children ages 4-11 will be able to hit the high seas with the world’s most popular doll on a dream cruise complete with all sorts of Barbie-esque activities,  such as a “tiaras and teacup” party in a decorated stateroom that is sure to be covered in the doll’s signature pink. Girls will get the chance to walk in a fashion show, take mermaid dance lessons, design their own doll outfit and more. And in case that wasn’t enough, guests will also receive gifts including dolls, blankets, toothbrushes and bags, so you can leave in true Barbie style. Booking starts this fall, with dates continuing through March 2013.

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Today’s Daily Escape is Bad Gastein Waterfall in Salzburg, Austria. More »

Photograph by Katja Kreder / JWL / Aurora Photos

Today’s Daily Escape is a Canopy Tour in Monteverde, Costa Rica. More »

Photograph by Lacey Ann Johnson / Aurora Photos

Here at Travel Channel, we’re saddened to hear that Will and Kate’s private pre-Asia-tour vacation was stalked by the paparazzi, and that a French tabloid went so far as to print topless photos of the lovely Kate Middleton … Although, a stay at Chateau D’Autet — the 640-acre renovated 19th-century hunting lodge where they were vacationing — doesn’t sound too shabby. Don’t get us wrong, we’re totally in favor of a little nude sunbathing every now and then – especially at our favorite nude beaches. But it’s hard to imagine having to lookout for paparazzi using ultra-zoom lenses to snap (and then sell) topless pics of you while on a private getaway.

Photograph by Reuters

The trip they are on now, however, is anything but private. On September 11, the world’s favorite royal couple embarked on a 9-day tour of Asia as part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II in her 60th year of reign.  Their trip kicked off with a visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, where they visited the National Orchid Garden and admired the orchid named after them, as well as one named for the late Princess Diana. While in Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed at the famed Raffles Hotel, famous for their “Singapore Sling” cocktail (which, our ever-so-snarky host of The Layover has called a “disgusting drink”).  On their 2-day stay, the couple toured Gardens by the Bay, the Rolls Royce Seletar campus, the Queenstown Public Housing Estate and the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery. They also attended a gala in honor of the queen at Eden Hall — in between greeting mobs of adoring locals, of course. READ MORE

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