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.

Amanda DiGiondomenico On Instagram

Posts by Amanda DiGiondomenico

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.

Tonight at 9|8c on an all-new episode of Ghost Adventures, the guys return to the Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield, NV – the site of their very first investigation.

A boomtown with a rich mining history, Goldfield is considered a paranormal hotbed, especially to Zak, Nick and Aaron, who have had some terrifying experiences in the town’s hotel.

A fire destroyed much of the town in 1923, leaving only the hotel and the high school. The abandoned Goldfield Hotel is listed on the Nevada State Register of Historic Places, but its past is filled with some twisted stories. The owner of the hotel is believed to have chained his pregnant mistress, Elizabeth, to a radiator in room 109 until she gave birth. But after he threw her baby down a mineshaft, Elizabeth disappeared. Does she still haunt room 109? The GAC is on a mission to find out.

Get ready for tonight’s lockdown with behind-the-scenes photos and this overview of the guys’ own history with the Goldfield Hotel:

Have you ever dreamed of going to space? Well, you’re not alone … Kevin Michael Connolly has, too. Tonight at 10|9c on the season finale of Armed & Ready, Kevin heads to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to see if he’s got what it takes to go to space.

From a Navy Seal-style swim test to zero-gravity simulation, astronaut training isn’t easy. Will Kevin be able to handle an actual zero-gravity flight, or will the freeze-dried food be the extent of his astronaut experience?

Tune in to find out! But, before then, get a taste of the space life:

Remember the days of Man v. Food? Of course you do! How could you forget the days when Adam Richman would go around the country to see if he could tackle a 12-egg omelet or a 7-pound burrito?

Well, get ready to reminisce — because we want to know: What do you think was the best Man v. Food challenge? Vote now for your favorite throwback moment from our top 10 picks!

And this Sunday starting at 2 p.m., get your fill of Man v. Food Nation, with back-to-back episodes all afternoon!

With all eyes focused on Vatican City (and a certain seagull) for most of the day, it’s hard not to be a little curious about the world’s smallest independent state, tucked inside the cultural hub of Rome and packed with history and intrigue.

Today’s election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires as Pope Francis I ushers in not only a new era in the Catholic Church but also renewed interest in travel to the always-intriguing Vatican City. This walled enclave — its own sovereign city-state since 1929 — is home to some of the world’s most famous artwork, from the Sistine Chapel to Michelangelo’s Pieta. You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate the sheer splendor of Vatican City, but with so much history to take in, where can travelers begin a sightseeing journey?

Skip the lines, and check out these agencies that partner with the Vatican Museum to offer numerous tours.

Presto Tours: Vatican Tours
Another officially recognized partner of the Vatican Museums, this tour company will lead you on a journey through Vatican City. The best part? The sightseeing group is small — 16 guests or fewer are allowed on a tour.

Italy With Us
Daily tours, offered in English, begin at 8 a.m. Each tour covers the Vatican museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and, when possible, Nicholas V chapel. Bring a friend or significant other — you’ll need a minimum of 2 people to book a tour.

Vatican Museums: Guided Tours
Take a 2-hour guided tour of the Vatican museums and Sistine Chapel — but keep in mind the dress code: No sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts and no hats allowed.

Vatican Guided Tour
Among the intriguing tours offered by this company is a journey through the Vatican’s catacombs. Also tour the Vatican Grottoes below the floor of St. Peter’s Basilica where many popes were laid to rest.

Fun fact: Vatican City is 1 of 3 independent city-states in the world — the other 2 are Monaco and Singapore.

You May Also Like:

Get Anthony Bourdain’s Rome travel trips.

Take a virtual tour of Vatican City.

Discover Rome’s Top 10 attractions.

By Lisa Singh and Amanda DiGiondomenico

Tonight starting at 10|9c, catch 2 all-new episodes of Armed & Ready. In tonight’s episodes, Kevin Michael Connolly tries 2 things he’s never done before: jousting and street luging.

In Fort Collins, CO, Kevin visits a medieval fair where extreme sports take a historic turn. But will a man who has never been atop a live animal – never mind not having legs – be able to stay balanced and defeat his opponent in a jousting tournament? Maybe with a custom saddle and a little practice!

Then, Kevin heads to LA, the birthplace of the freeway and the skateboard, to try a sport that combines the two. Kevin skates everyday – in fact, his skateboard is his main mode of transportation – but can he handle going down a highway on his back at breakneck speed? Maybe if he can find a skateboard with brakes …

Tune-in tonight to see what kind of trouble Kevin gets himself into, and in the meantime, check out his photo journal!

Latest Pins on Pinterest

  • Queenstown, New Zealand as seen from the air.

  • Paro Valley, Bhutan

  • St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

  • Cuenca, Spain