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 9|8c, on an all-new episode of Burger Land, George heads down to Houston to find some of the best burgers in the Lone Star state. From deep-fried bacon to patties made with ground beef and brisket, the burgers in Houston are known for their Texas-sized flavor.

And did we mention it’s National Hamburger Month? Celebrate by feasting your eyes on our plethora of juicy burger photos, and submit your own burger close-ups in our My Favorite Burger community!

Tonight at 9|8c, Airport 24/7: Miami is back with 2 all-new episodes! Are you ready to see what goes down in season 2 at one of the largest airports in the US?

First at 9|8c, 2 fully-loaded international flights collide on the jetway, causing hours of expensive delays and headaches for everyone involved.

Then at 9:30|8:30c, the worst accident in MIA’s history happens when a bus crashes into an overpass — it quickly escalates into a life-or-death situation as paramedics rush to the scene.

When an airport sees off over 38 million passengers a year, things are always bound to happen. See what happens tonight at Miami International Airport!

Learn more about the massive airport and what keeps it running, and check out these behind-the-scenes photos!

Tonight at its new time — 9|8c — an all-new episode of Burger Land follows hamburger expert George Motz as he heads down to New Orleans to find some of the most unique burger creations the Big Easy has to offer.

How about a cheeseburger served up on a crispy, yet fluffy, loaf of po’ boy bread? Or a smoky, gooey burger slathered with marinated mushrooms and shredded cheddar cheese? Hungry yet? We sure are!

Tune in tonight for a little of NOLA’s rich burger history and a lot of juicy burger goodness. But before you do, go to our My Favorite Burger community, and show us where you find your favorite burgers!

Photo Courtesy of Le Méridien Bora Bora

So maybe your last relationship went the way of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ … divorce. (Finally.) That doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little spring fling of your own. In fact, you definitely deserve a spring fling — maybe to one of the world’s sexiest beaches. Or how about a getaway inspired by a family of expert jetsetters? Well, we’ve got you covered.

Drinking in the Dominican Republic
Last summer, the Kardashian clan took a memorable trip to the Dominican Republic — who can forget Kourtney’s hormonal mood swings or Kris’s Jet Ski joyride? Relive the happier moments of this luxurious vacation at Casa de Campo, the Kardashian clan’s resort of choice, with their gourmet meals, horseback riding on the beach and water sports at Minitas Beach … all minus the forced family bonding (and TV crews).

Playing Tourist in London
The Kardashian sisters let loose in London during a press tour last year, with Kim telling the press she’d love to have tea with Duchess Kate. That definitely didn’t happen, but Kim reportedly reached out to Kate with a note wishing her luck in her pregnancy. Again, no response. But there’s no shame in being a little obsessed with the Royal Family or in hitting up the touristy spots while in London. Take a ride on the London Eye, tour Windsor Castle or have high tea with your girlfriends (not including Kate). Maybe even do a little celeb spotting at one of these hotels known for accommodating the rich and famous.

Shopping in Paris
Kanye’s been shacking up in Paris to work on a new album, and the rumor is that Kim wants to give birth in the City of Lights. So during a recent visit, the couple did what they do best: they shopped. And what better place to go shopping than in the fashion capital of the world? Make the most of your splurge with these Paris shopping secrets. Nothing cures heartbreak like a little retail therapy.

Partying in Miami
Kourtney and Khloe are no strangers to Miami; they even had a whole series named for their adventures in this sultry city. While Kourtney stuck around the house with her baby, Khloe hit the social scene, particularly LIV at Fontainebleu, a complex of dance floors known for its high-energy nightlife, and The Plunge, a poolside bar on the roof of the Gansevoort Hotel. But you might need a Cuban coffee (Khloe’s obsessed!) to make it through the night – find one at El Pub in Little Havana or Cacique’s Corner in downtown Miami.

Bungalows in Bora Bora
Last April, Kris and Bruce brought the whole family to Bora Bora for their vow renewal. But a trip to celebrate a divorce or a breakup can be just as fun, if not more so, especially with a stay in an overwater bungalow. Imagine being surrounded by turquoise water on all sides with glass floors offering prime views of the diverse sea life. You should have no problem forgetting your ex on a trip like this.

Tonight at 10|9c on an all-new episode of Burger Land, burger expert George Motz heads south — all the way south — to Miami to get a taste of the city’s multicultural flavors. In particular, he’s there to taste some Latin-inspired burgers.

George comes across 2 restaurants with a long history of competition between their own styles of the frita, a Cuban burger known for being topped with thin slices of fried potatoes.

He also finds a chorizo and beef burger served on plantains instead of a bun, as well as a burger so big and delicious, it had to be called the Latin Macho.

Do you know of a burger so delicious, it deserves its own minute of Internet fame? Then post your burger-tastic pictures to our My Favorite Burger photo gallery, and share your foodie find with the TravelChannel.com community!

The guys make their first visit to Mississippi in tonight’s all-new episode of Ghost Adventures at 9|8c. The GAC investigates one of the oldest buildings in the Mississippi River city of Natchez: King’s Tavern.

The owner of the tavern, Richard King, had a mistress named Madeline, and the guys are on a mission to find out if her ghost is still roaming the stairwells of King’s Tavern over 300 years later. Another one of the legends surrounding the historical inn is the story of a bloody dagger that was found behind a fireplace during renovations. The guys attempt to track down the owner of this dagger and find out the history behind it.

Will the guys be able to prove these legends true with the evidence from the lockdown? Tune in tonight to find out.

And don’t miss these behind-the-scenes photos!

Last week, we asked our Instagram followers to show us their favorite burgers, and a ton of you put shame aside and uploaded a mouthwatering, filtered photo.

Check out our top 15 Instagrams below, and don’t forget to watch tonight’s premiere of Burger Land at 10|9c for even more juicy, delicious and unique burger finds from around the country!

(In order, left to right)
1. @Sarahsudar – “fat kid heaven.” (Winghart’s Burger & Whiskey Bar, Pittsburgh)
2. @brecksss – “Hey @travelchannel check out this #BurgerLand #burgerbite from The Committed Pig in Manasquan, NJ! Two Pat Lafrieda ground steak patties, American cheese, ketchup on a #krispykreme donut! #BurgerLand #mouthwatering #jerseyshore
3. @ khal22l – “This burger is outrageous.” (Big Pink, Miami)
4. @dbbistromiami – “The original db burger, best to try once or twice. #burgerland #db #dbistromiami #travelchannel #miami #burger #fries #foiegras #shortrib #jwmarriottmarquis” (DB Bistro, Miami)
5. @gluttontron – (Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Austin, TX)
6. @poestavern – “The #sleeper burger. Roasted garlic #bluecheese & #buffalo #fried #shrimp on a juicy house ground beef patty. #lunch of #champions” (Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island, SC)
7. @flyingphotog – “Presenting “El Shady” – beef, chorizo, cheese & sliced grilled jalapeño, topped by a fried egg. Incredible!!” (Shady’ Burger Joint, Richardson, TX)
8. @boochy13 – “Dinner time! Stuffed cheeseburger with bacon! #dinner #dinnertime #burger #cheeseburger #stuffedcheeseburger #food #foodpics #foodporn #sharefood @share_food #share_food #yummy #tasty”. @poestavern – “#burgeroftheday has #mozzarella #tomato #basil drizzled with a #balsamic reduction!#yum #chseats” (Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island, SC10.  @nopo4 – (Emma Keys, Greensboro, NC)
10.@nopo4 – (Emma Keys, Greensboro, NC)
11. @laburgstagram- “LABurger with a side of K-fries. Photo credits: @namhannah #LABurger #food #photooftheday #burgers #fries #korean #american #fusion #instadaily” (LA Burger, Texas)
12.  @vanhattenphoto – “Nothing beats a Miho burger! @amihoexperience” (MIHO Gastrotruck, San Diego, CA)
13. @syzeworld – (Fresno, CA)
14. @jcreich43 – “It’s a cheeseburger kind of day. #Food #BBQ
15.  @laburgstagram- “Westcoast burger with swiss. #burgerland #LABurger” (LA Burger, Texas)

Sometimes, it just doesn’t get any better than a juicy, cheesy, delicious burger, and no one knows that better than George Motz — host of the new Travel Channel show, Burger Land.

Premiering on Monday, April 15 at 10|9c, Burger Land follows George around the country as he seeks out some of the nation’s best burgers. And trust us, he knows what he’s talking about. Author of the book Hamburger America and director of a documentary by the same name, George is the guy to ask, “where can I get a good burger around these parts?”

But to get ready for next week’s premiere, we’re asking YOU! Show us your go-to burgers on Instagram by tagging your photos with #Burgerland, and we’ll share our favorites next Monday … just in time for the season premiere of Burger Land @ 10|9c!

Want to get in on the Spring Fling action, but having a hard time since you’re … you know … single? Then grab a buddy, and fling about the nation’s ballparks!

Baseball season is in full swing, which means you’ve got one more thing to add to your sightseeing list while on vacation: rooting for the home team. While there are plenty of people who have “visit all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums in the country” on their bucket list, you don’t have to be quite so ambitious to make your trip ballin’.

Tips for Navigating the Wilds of Baseball Travel:

1.     Download the MLB’s At The Ballpark app. With it, you have access to every team’s full schedule, the ability to buy tickets and find promotions, as well as a map and a full A to Z guide of anything and everything you could need while at the park.

2.    Call the team’s front office ahead of time.  On the team’s website, search for an employee directory and contact the person who has something “community”-related in their title. They’ll be able to tell you if tours are offered or they might be able to hook you up with a special experience of some kind. (One-on-one time with the mascot, maybe?) Hey, it doesn’t hurt to ask! Just let them know how big of a fan you are.

3.     Explore the city! Keep a few days available, just in case your game gets rained out. But while you’re there, check out the landmarks, search for an awesome restaurant, find a baseball museum (chances are pretty good there’s one nearby).

4.     Don’t make a beeline to the first hotdog stand you see. Walk the entire perimeter of the park and survey all your options. In fact, ballpark food is more varied now than ever. At Camden Yards in Baltimore, keep an eye out for the Jack Daniel’s Grill and their slab of whiskey-glazed, thick-cut bacon on a stick. Or how about some frozen custard from the Shake Shack at Citi Field in New York? You never know what you might find!

5.     Speaking of things you never knew you’d find, a few parks have unexpected perks. A pool and Jacuzzi at Chase Field in Phoenix? Sure, why not? An aquarium at Tropicana Park in Tampa Bay? Lead the way!

If you’re having trouble narrowing down your list of must-see ballparks, let our picks for Baseball’s Greatest Stadiums help you out!

San Francisco is a huge tourist destination, with Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge all drawing crowds. Sure, on my trip out west, I had to see the sights, but right across the famous red bridge was the best part of my getaway: The often-overlooked Mill Valley, located 14 miles north of San Francisco in the beautiful, mountainous Marin County.

What feels like a combination of beach town and Swiss mountain hamlet, Mill Valley offers a quiet taste of NorCal life, with boutique shops, eco-conscious restaurants and enough outdoor space to fill days and days with hiking. When I escaped to warmer climes for a week, stumbling upon Mill Valley was a happy accident.

My Top Picks in Marin County:

Mill Valley Inn
Imagine an upscale beachside hotel. But at the foot of a mountain. Surrounded by woods. With free breakfast, a free wine and cheese reception, a fireplace in the room and a balcony overlooking redwoods, this is my new favorite hotel. They’ll also offer you a bike, if you’d like to explore that way. But beware: there are a lot of hills.

El Paseo

Tucked away in a stone-covered alleyway, El Paseo is Tyler Florence and Sammy Hagar’s take on a traditional chophouse, serving up finely aged steaks and local, sustainable ingredients. The pair worked together to restore this historic restaurant, which was originally opened in 1948. El Paseo retains its rustic feel with exposed brick, reclaimed wood and plenty of candlelight. Also, you have to order a steak. And perhaps the crispy duck wings.

Bungalow 44
A stylish bar with large, cushy booths, Bungalow 44 prides itself on its California cuisine, as well as its creative cocktails. It doesn’t get much fresher than their cucumber margarita and perfectly cooked ahi tuna. Even though I ate here before the live Jazz started, I still felt like I was dining in a 1940s supper club.

Super Duper Burger
This place may claim to serve fast food, but it is anything but typical. There are 5 locations throughout San Francisco, and luckily there is one right down the street from the Mill Valley Inn. The beef is delivered from San Fran’s own Niman Ranch and ground fresh daily. The pickles are homemade and the buns are toasted. Top it all off with fries finished with fresh garlic and 6-month aged cheddar. I mean, come on.

Stinson Beach

Even on a foggy day, Stinson Beach is a beautiful place for a walk. Climb over rocks and watch the waves crash below you, or sit along the shore and watch the surfers take their chances. Hidden on the other side of Mount Tamalpais, (if you’re prone to car sickness, watch out – the road is CURVY) this beach feels worlds away from Mill Valley. On the drive back, pull over wherever you can find a parking spot, because sure enough, there will be a trailhead with spectacular views of the water.

Marin Headlands

If you pull off the road right before getting on the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll come across the Marin Headlands. Drive up the road a little and you’ll find overlooks that’ll take your breath away. After grabbing pics of the San Francisco skyline, hike a little further. Not only will the Golden Gate look so close you could touch it, but there you’ll also find the historic Fort Barry and Fort Cronkhite. Or what’s left of them.

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