Archive for November, 2013

This Week in Photos
Oprah in the White House? Horse and buggy rides disappearing from Central Park? See why both are turning heads in this week in photos. If you’re looking for more fact vs. fantasy, turn your attention to our weekly news roundup where we learn that traveling from DC to NYC in an hour is possible and whether or not Middle-earth exists.

For all you Hobbit fans out there, Google mapped J.R.R. Tolkein’s fantasy world Middle-earth, in advance of the Dec. 13 release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of  Smaug. Head on over to WSJ’s Speakeasy for more details – and video!

Fast Company’s eloquently titled “Why Airline Food Sucks” suggests the passengers are to blame – or at least their sense of taste at 30,000 feet. But don’t take our word for it, Co.Design explains how the lack of humidity affects taste buds – and what airlines are doing to solve the problem.

This week the Dreamlifter, as opposed to the Dreamliner, made headlines when the cargo jet landed at the wrong airport – and was stranded for hours on the too-small runway. Kansas City, the “Air Capital,” was especially captivated by the wayward plane.

From DC to NYC in an hour? Gadling, or rather the U.S. Travel Association, says it’s possible, but we can watch this video together and dream.

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission announced it would soon consider letting people make cell phone calls on airplanes. You read that right. And as the Huffington Post pointed out – people really hate that idea.

Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

We’ve got at least one item on your summer 2014 to-do list: Ride Verrückt. If you haven’t heard the latest buzz about Verrückt, allow us to enlighten you. Designed by Jeff Henry, the “Wizard of Water” and co-owner of Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, KS, Verrückt, once complete, will be the tallest, fastest and, dare we say — scariest — waterslide in the world!

View from the top of Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

The 17-story Verrückt waterslide, which requires 4 people to ride it at one time, will be taller than Niagara Falls  and the Statue of Liberty. And Travel Channel is on the ground capturing the entire build — we’ll be there when the first 4 brave souls take the first plunge! The waterslide will be featured in next summer’s Xtreme Waterparks, our hit series about the coolest, most ridiculous and most extreme waterparks in the world.

Stay tuned for more on how Verrückt’s build is progressing. Until summer 2014, wet your appetite with our Xtreme Waterparks pictures.

 

Two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, lure outdoor enthusiasts to this red rock-speckled domain near Moab, in eastern Utah.

Daily Escapes!

This year — for the first time in 95 years — Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will be celebrated on the same day … and it wont happen again until 2070.

As if navigating the airport around Thanksgiving wasn’t enough of a nightmare … this year Hanukkah falls into the mix, adding to the travel headache. But fret not; we’ve got you covered with our best tips to help you fly through the airport this holiday season. And if you’re looking for a way to avoid a Thanksgiving-float-sized meltdown, don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel.

So whether you’re sitting around the table with your family enjoying turkey and cranberry sauce, or standing around the menorah lighting the Hanukkah candles,  remember that there is plenty to be thankful for this holiday season … and that you’ll have to wait another 57 years until the next Thanksgivukkah!

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JFK assassination - funeral in DC

Photo: JFK Presidential Library

“From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official …”

Ask nearly anyone over the age of 55, and they can tell you exactly where they were when CBS newsman Walter Cronkite read the AP newsflash, confirming that America’s 35th president, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, had been publicly murdered at 12:40 p.m. CST in Dallas.

For Americans born in the decades since, this grim chapter in American life can now be relived in exhibits across the country, marking the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. Some items have never been displayed before, such as the flag that draped JFK’s casket. Here’s where you can revisit a few of the historic items related to the JFK assassination, when America’s love affair with Camelot came to a violent end.

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Don’t underestimate Alpental, they say — only the most experienced skiers dare brave its wild unknown.

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The Zócalo

Photo by Getty Images

Today People Magazine revealed the Sexiest Man Alive … and surprise! It’s Adam Levine, 34, the Maroon 5 singer-turned-The Voice-host-turned actor and entrepreneur. Levine is joined on the “Sexiest” list by some serious eye candy, including Justin Timberlake, David Beckham, and HGTV’s Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott (our personal faves).

But before People Magazine’s 2013’s Sexiest Man Alive was announced, we here at Travel Channel revealed the Sexiest People Alive. Our globetrotting writers and bloggers looked outside of Hollywood to find out where the sexiest locals live. And we’re not going to lie — our experts seem partial to South America. Check out the full list and vote on your top pick below!

 

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The Zócalo

Photo: Robin Bennefield
The Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square, at night.

In a country that’s been getting a bad travel rap, Mexico City stands devoid of travel warnings, rich with cultural heritage, an impressive arts scene and cutting-edge cuisine. It checks all the boxes for the urban traveler seeking a cosmopolitan mix of stylish hotels, trendy neighborhoods and new foodie pursuits.

Just a 4 or 5 hour flight from the East Coast or West Coast, the city boasts over 170 museums, a burgeoning high-end shopping district, the oldest park in North America and one of the largest public squares in the world. So, if you go, put away any pre-conceived notions, pack some patience to navigate the city’s traffic-jammed streets and start by hitting these Mexico City hot spots.

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The Resort at Paws Up

Cowboy butler? You bet. That’s what you’ll get when you glamp at Paws Up, a swish ranch resort tucked into Lewis and Clark country in the Big Sky state of Montana.

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Travel's Best Travel Gifts 2013
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — wherever you are in the world! And if we do say so ourselves, this year we’ve outdone ourselves, with an amazing sweepstakes giveaway, high-tech gadget prizes and awesome travel gift ideas, handpicked by leading travel experts. How can you get in on the celebration? Let us count the ways …

Gift of Travel Sweepstakes

1. Gift of Travel: $10,000 Sweepstakes
That’s right, Santa’s elves can rest easy in the case of one lucky winner, because he or she will find $10,000 under their tree. And that’s just the grand prize! Every day between now and Dec. 31, we’re also giving away awesome travel gifts, including a Fujifilm waterproof camera, Nintendo 3DS, GoPro Hero 3, Apex HD Video Snow Goggles and a Kindle Fire HD! For more chances to win, make sure to enter on Travel Channel and again on our Facebook page!

2. Travel’s Best Travel Gifts 2013
Stumped on what to get friends and family for the holidays? Consider this roundup your holiday shopping made easy. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the adventurer, techie or jetsetter in your life, you’ll find no shortage of ideas here. Travel Channel has assembled an expert panel of advisors — including adventure traveler Matthew Karsten, aka the Expert Vagabond, and our own gadget guru, Rob Pralgo — to put the “Travel’s Best” stamp of approval on the year’s top 10 travel gifts.

3. All-New Travel Channel Shows
On Sundays this December, tune in for all-new holiday specials, including Xtreme Xmas and Jingle Brawls, as well as day-long marathons featuring amazing escapes that will be sure to make any recipient shout with glee. Downside? Your travel “wish list” may grow by a mile.

Just remember, it’s better to give than to receive — but this season it’s best to win it all for free. So enter to win our Gift of Travel giveaway now!

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