Amanda DiGiondomenico

Amanda is a freelance blogger and considers herself a resident of both Baltimore and Washington, DC. She loves taking road trips up and down the East Coast, but looks for any excuse to escape to California. She’s perfected the art of traveling with just a carry-on and finds airports oddly relaxing. Amanda spends her time tweeting and writing for her personal blog, The Spendicate.

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Throughout the month of June, we asked you to weigh in on the most memorable Ghost Adventures moments of all time, and today is the LAST day to vote! The guys want to know which moments are your favorites to help them celebrate their 100th episode coming this season.

So hurry over to TravelChannel.com and vote for your favorite moments in 5 categories: Scariest, Funniest, Terrifying Possessions, Memorable Trigger Objects and Best Experiments. Watch the moments, and then decide which one you think is unforgettable.

Then, tune in to the countdown special in September to see what you and your fellow fans picked as the very best moments – and to see what the guys consider their own favorite moments throughout the 5 years of Ghost Adventures.

Great barbecue is an art. And for a real taste of the craftsmanship that goes into roasting a whole hog or smoking a rack of ribs so tender the meat falls off the bone, look no further than Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Tonight at 9|8c, Adam Richman witnesses the barbecue madness on an all-new episode of Fandemonium. From delicious smoked sausage to Denmark’s take on American barbecue, Adam tastes it all. He also meets more than a few barbecue devotees who make this weekend the highlight of the month-long Memphis in May celebration.

It’s never too early to start planning your next spring fling! If Adam’s got you wanting to join in the barbecue fun, check out our Memphis travel guide for tips to plan your own Memphis in May excursion. Or use our Best BBQ Festivals and Competitions photo gallery to find one closer to home!

And don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9|8c for Fandemonium!

Brony: An adult or teenager, often male and college-age (or older), who is a fan of the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic — a show about pretty, magical ponies who fight evil. Seriously.

In 2011, the very first BronyCon was held in New York City with 100 bronies in attendance. The convention hopped around the city, holding 3 more events complete with visits from the voice actors and dance parties, until reaching 3,000 attendees in 2012. And today marks the first day and a new city for this army of bronies, with attendance expected to be 6,000 brony-strong.

Get excited, Baltimore! Or should I say, Baltimare …

The Baltimore Convention Center, a picturesque location on the harbor for these My Little Pony fans, will be hosting the event all weekend. From the “Mane Events Hall” to the “Portal to Equestria,” there will be videogame tournaments, lectures on voice acting and discourses analyzing the culture of My Little Pony.

Not yet convinced? Head to the Hall of the Moon for a class on drawing ponies. Or visit the Salt Block Lounge for the Brony Karaoke Smackdown.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a bro to enjoy the pony festivities. Girls are welcome, too. Need a little help navigating the city? Check out our Baltimore travel guide for tips!

Can’t make it to Baltimore? Watch the convention’s live stream!

Get ready! Tonight at 10|9c, YouTube superstar Daymon Patterson comes to Travel Channel with the all-new series, Best Daym Takeout. And we want to know: What do YOU consider the most “super-official” takeout? Post pictures of your favorite takeout food to Instagram with the hashtag #DaymTakeout, and maybe you’ll see your photos on our blog!

Not sure what “super official” is? Prepare for tonight’s double-episode premiere with our exclusive video from Daym himself, explaining his “Daymisms.”

Need a little food inspiration for your super-official Instagrams? Tune in tonight when Daym drops in on some real Chicago-style takeout, from the juicy goodness of an Italian beef sandwich to ooey-gooey deep-dish pizza. But the question remains … who has the best takeout in the Windy City?

Then at 10:30|9:30c, Daym heads down south to New Orleans where the takeout runs the gamut from crawfish to donuts to po’ boys. But what does Daym like the best when he takes it to his car for a chowdown session? Find out tonight!

Everything is bigger in Texas … even their Renaissance festival! In fact, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, TX, has an average attendance of 200,000 “rennies” each year. And as Adam finds out tonight at 10|9c on Fandemonium, these renn-fest goers are some of the most imaginative and devoted superfans he’s found so far.

From the 22 stages holding over 200 performances, to the more than 150 cast members (most of whom are volunteers!) who bring the festival to life, it’s worth a trip to Waxahachie for the chance to travel back in time to the year 1533.

Did we mention the turkey legs? Or steak on a stake? Or the mead?

If we’ve convinced you to lace up your corset/don your codpiece (not required), then check out our Waxahachi, TX, travel guide for tips. Or check out the Renlist for a list of Renaissance festivals near you!

Not feeling persuaded, yet? Then tune in tonight for an all-new episode of Fandemonium at 10|9c, and you’ll be joining a joust in no time!

Tonight at 7|6c, an all-new episode of Bikinis & Boardwalks hits Atlantic City, NJ — once home to notorious gangsters — and Hollywood Beach, FL — home to plenty of alligators. Each boardwalk offers it’s own type of bite … it’s up to you to decide which one you want to try.

Atlantic City, NJ

The Basile family has been slinging subs made with prime cuts of meat to the visitors of White House Sub Shop since 1946, and more likely than not, their patrons have included a few gangsters.

Steel Pier was the venue for the Miss America pageant from 1935 through 1938, and it’s been described as “An Amusement City at Sea.” Today, it features more than 25 adrenaline-pumping rides – all jutting right out over the ocean.

Hollywood Beach, FL

The Anne Kolb Nature Center is a 1,501-acre coastal mangrove wetland where you can rent kayaks or canoes to go exploring. Who knows, you might spot one of the threatened or endangered species that calls this reserve home.

Located right on the Intercoastal Waterway, the Le Tub Saloon was noted by GQ Magazine as having the best hamburger. Plus, in the home of the key lime, you can’t go wrong with their key lime pie made fresh on the premises.

Which beach would you rather visit? Tune in tonight at 7|6c to get the lowdown on each spot, then let us know!

Sure, it’s been ridiculously hot out this past week. But you know where it’s definitely NOT hot? Alaska! Specifically, the tiny town of Paxson, AK, home to Arctic Man and a population of about 40.  And tonight at 10|9c, Adam makes the trek to Paxson to see what Artic Man is all about on an all-new episode of Fandemonium.

Arctic Man is an epic winter sports extravaganza, centered around an especially dangerous downhill ski race. But it’s also a huge tailgating and camping party, with thousands of fans hunkering down for the festivities, unique dishes (moose head soup, anyone?) and camaraderie in the cold.

Are you brave enough to face the cold for this adrenaline-fueled event? Check out our Arctic Man travel guide to begin planning your own chilly tailgate. And don’t miss these sneak peek photos of the fan fun!

In August, Vans will be hosting the 51st Annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach, VA. But as part of the celebration in the days leading up to the surfing exhibition, there’s another exhibition of sorts heating up the boardwalk: Miss Coastal Edge 2013.

Tonight at 7|6c, get a preview of what’s to come when a new episode of Bikinis & Boardwalks checks out last year’s Miss Coastal Edge bikini contest. Tonight’s episode also visits Santa Cruz, CA, to see if their boardwalk has what it takes to compete with Virginia’s heat.

Which boardwalk is more your style? The island feel of Santa Cruz or the summer-long party at Virginia Beach? Maybe these highlights can help you decide:

Santa Cruz, CA

Marini’s Candies has been slinging boardwalk treats since 1915. Today, you can find anything to satisfy your sweet tooth, from candied apples to caramel corn.

The Santa Cruz coastline is recognized as a World Surfing Reserve, and the city celebrates their rich history at the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.

Virginia Beach, VA

Rockafeller’s Restaurant encompasses Southern hospitality and local flavor with sustainable seafood and a menu full of dishes made in-house daily.

Whether you want to serenely explore the waters of the Atlantic or test your balance and strength with floating yoga, Rudee Inlet Stand Up Paddle offers everything you need from lessons to rentals.

Welcome to the battle that never ends: West Coast vs. East Coast. Everyone has their own opinion on which coast has the best beaches, and tonight at 7|6c, we weigh in on a new episode of Bikinis & Boardwalks. From the capital of beach fun, Rehoboth Beach, DE, to the bohemian mecca, Venice Beach, CA, find out what makes these boardwalks top summertime destinations.

Which boardwalk would you rather visit? Maybe these beachside hotspots will help you decide:

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Take a tour of Dogfish Head Brewery, and try some samples of their tasty brews, before hitting up their restaurant for a little brewpub fare that perfectly complements their ever-changing beers on tap.

In 1963, Grotto Pizza opened in Rehoboth, and has been a staple on the Eastern Shore ever since.  Plus, what stroll down the boardwalk is complete without pizza?

Venice Beach, CA

In the birthplace of skateboarding, it would be a sin not to visit one of the skate shops, especially Arbor Skate Shop, which has been handcrafting environmentally sustainable, high-performance surf, skate and snowboards since 1995.

One of the prime activities of Venice Beach is people watching, and thank goodness the Venice Ale House has patio seating, so you can enjoy the view with your cocktails.

On tonight’s premiere of Adam Richman’s Fandemonium, you’ll dive headfirst into the top tailgating events that the great state of Florida has to offer. First at 10|9c, Adam heads to the Daytona 500 where tailgating (and super fandom) is taken to new levels. This is the only place where you’ll find a checkered flag beard.

Then at 10:30|9:30c, Adam sees what mudding is all about when he goes to the Redneck Yacht Club’s Trucks Gone Wild. In Punta Gorda, FL, the parties get down and dirty with unique barbecue (atomic buffalo turd, anyone?) and non-stop off roading.

Are you a super fan? Get tips for the Daytona 500 or the Redneck Yacht Club with our travel guides, and we’ll see you in sunny Florida!

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