Amanda DiGiondomenico

Amanda is an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com 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. When she’s not blogging for the Traveling Type or keeping the Ghost Adventures website buzzing, Amanda spends her time learning how to build apps and writing for her personal blog, The Spendicate.

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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!

You’ve got to admit, you can’t beat a stroll down a boardwalk on a summer day. From the tasty treats to the thrilling rides, take a tour of these sizzling beachside boardwalks — from Coney Island to Mission Beach — starting tonight, July 7 at 7|6c!

But until then, let us help you decide which boardwalk you need to see, and what stops along the boards can’t be missed:

Coney Island, NY

Nathan’s Famous opened in 1916 in Coney Island, and they have been serving their famous all-beef hot dogs ever since. Just don’t follow Joey Chestnut’s lead, and try limiting yourself to 1 … or 2.

The Coney Island Circus Sideshow — with its 10 acts ranging from snake-charming to sword-swallowing — is one of the last bastions of old-school vaudeville.

Wildwood, NJ

For 3 generations, Mack’s Pizza has been serving their Jersey take on the classic Neapolitan pizza. Chase it down with a birch beer!

Morey’s Piers has been family-owned and operated since 1969, and is comprised of 3 amusement parks and 2 waterparks.

Mission Beach, San Diego, CA

At Sandbar, enjoy a “Sandbargarita” along with a San Diego staple — fish tacos — as you take in the sunset from the beachfront bar.

If you’re feeling brave, hit the always perfect barrels at Wave House San Diego, or just come to watch the pros do their thing.

Ocean City, MD

You may have to wait in line for a hot donut from Fractured Prune, but with flavors like banana nut bread and creamsicle, it’s well worth it.

In Ocean City, it’s hard to be bored, especially with the 6 differently themed Jolly Roger Amusement Parks at your disposal. Go-karts? Mini golf? Waterslides? Take your pick!

And tune in next Sunday for even more coast-to-coast boardwalk action!

It’s that time of year when weddings start to fill our calendars — everyone wants to be a June bride. And why not? It’s the perfect time of year! Which is why we have weddings and — even better — honeymoons on the brain.

1. If you’re dreaming of staying in a private, thatched cottage, relaxing by the Caribbean Sea and being pampered at a romantic spa, then Belize should be your honeymoon destination of choice.

2. Every bride dreams of a fairytale wedding, and the best way to fulfill this fantasy is by holding your wedding in a real castle. These romantic castles are waiting to make your dreams come true — just set the date!

3. Having trouble deciding where to go on your honeymoon? From the Maldives to Virgin Gorda, find out what honeymoon destinations are hot this year.

4. Speaking of the Maldives, its reputation as a top honeymoon hot spot isn’t changing anytime soon — especially when you consider the pristine white-sand beaches and adults-only overwater bungalows.

5.  You’ve planned your June wedding, but the question remains: will it rain? Thanks to weathertrends360, find out which wedding spots will see sunny skies and which will be a little grey. Rain on your wedding day is supposed to be good luck, right?

6. Princess Madeleine of Sweden married American financier Christopher O’Neill this month. Learn more about this royal wedding … and try not to be too jealous.

On an all-new episode of Airport 24/7: Miami tonight at 9|8c, find out what happens when bags are left unattended at Miami International Airport. It might not seem like a big deal if you leave your bag behind, but when the employees at MIA find it, they have to take extreme precautions.

If you’re planning a trip to Miami, make sure to keep your bags with you … but also, check out our Miami Airport Guide to get to know all of the ins and outs of MIA, from tips on transportation from the airport to details on MIA’s onsite hotel. Did you know you can even get a 10-minute manicure while waiting for your flight?

And don’t miss the gorgeous works of art that surround you while you wait in the terminal — MIA is home to many pieces from the Miami-Dade Art in Public Places project.

Tune in tonight to see firsthand what happens when a suspicious bag is left at the terminal!

Tonight at 9|8c, on an all-new episode of Burger Land, George Motz visits the birthplace of the hamburger: Connecticut. The oldest hamburger restaurant in America, Louis’ Lunch has been serving hamburgers since 1900 when Louis Lassen created the American staple by putting ground steak scraps between 2 pieces of bread. Today, people (like George!) make the pilgrimage to Louis’ Lunch for a taste of this historic burger.

Then after the episode, at 9:30|8:30c, chat live on TravelChannel.com with George! Now is your chance to ask him all of your burning burger questions: How does George make his own burgers? How did he become a burger expert? Join the chat tonight to learn all this and more when George talks burgers with YOU!

Miami-Dade’s Art in Public Places was not only one of the first public art programs in the country, but it is also one of the most successful. It began in 1973 as a way to get Miami’s art scene out where everyone could enjoy it, and today, it includes over 600 works of art — 24 of which are on display at Miami International Airport. In fact, you may have already seen a few in the scenery surrounding our Airport 24/7: Miami episodes.

Next time you’re in Miami, don’t stop your cultural education at the Art Deco architecture; seek out the county’s public art installations with the help of this map before hitting the party scene.

Can’t make it to Miami? Then tune in next Tuesday at 9|8c when Airport 24/7 returns with a new episode, and maybe you’ll get a peek at some of the art in the airport.

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