As the 2 candidates gear up for their first debate tonight in Denver and Americans weigh President Obama and Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s stances on the issues, here at Travel Channel, we decided to assess the 2012 presidential candidates in a totally different way. We’ve been busy gathering info for our Obama vs. Romney City vs. City showdown, where we’ll help YOU answer the question: which candidate can lay claim to the better travel destinations? READ MORE
By Oyster.com Staff
Paris is the “city of light,” the most romantic city in the world, the art and fashion capital of the world — no wonder it is also the most visited city in the world. As France’s capital, Paris boasts a plethora of museums, monuments, and astounding examples of architecture, ranging from the iconic Eiffel Tower, built in 1889, to the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to the Middle Ages. Visitors often stroll along the Seine to take in the many sites, or walk down the Champs-Elysee, lined by high-end shops and crowned by the Arc de Triomphe. The city is very walkable and tourists are never at a want for things to do. READ MORE
What do Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson and our own Zak Bagans all have in common? Apparently, a penchant for the truly horrific. All 3 have already visited horror movie director Eli Roth’s (of Hostel and Grindhouse) Goretorium – a brand-new year-round horror attraction that Paris Hilton has already declared “the scariest haunted house on Earth,” according to the Las Vegas Sun.
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We’re not exactly sure that Ms. Hilton is the world’s leading authority on haunted houses, but it certainly does sound pretty gore-riffic. The attraction, which opened on Thursday right on the Las Vegas Strip near CityCenter, is designed to be a 1960s hotel run by serial-killer owners who perform strange, sadistic, bloody, tortuous acts on unsuspecting Vegas travelers — all this before killing them, putting them through a giant “meat grinder” and feeding them to other unsuspecting hotel guests. READ MORE
The off-season is the perfect time to visit the island of Nantucket, off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts – a real-life “Pleasantville,” complete with cobblestone streets, grey-shingled houses and miles of picturesque beaches and conservation land. The island is especially inviting in October, when the water’s still warm, many restaurants are still open, the sea air is crisp and the streets aren’t lined with tourists toting a year’s worth of Nantucket reds home from Murray’s Toggery Shop. Do you need any more reasons to board the ferry?
Make the 30-mile passage out to sea for chef Michael LaScola (of Nantucket’s American Seasons) and chef Matt Jennings’ (of Providence’s Farmstead) Hogtoberfest, a 2-day celebration of all things pig, cooking and beer. The annual event – now in its 4th year – takes place on October 13 and 14. READ MORE
By Oyster.com Staff
Palm Springs, smack-dab in the middle of the California desert, has long had a reputation as a retirement community. But gradual changes — such as a burgeoning art and music scene, and a recent influx of fine-dining restaurants — have morphed this resort city into a relaxing getaway for a new crowd. Nowadays, many young and middle-aged professionals flock here for some quality R&R. After all, the city boasts a handful of luxury spas, as well as top-notch golf courses and beautiful vistas. READ MORE
Did you roll out of bed at 3 a.m. to patiently wait in line with fellow Mac fans under the soft white-light glow of the Apple logo, counting down the minutes until the doors to your local Apple store opened? Our photo editor did — we’re not judging!
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In celebration of the much-anticipated iPhone 5, we wanted to share some exciting news for all you diehard iPhone owners and Travel Channel fans. Just in time for your shiny new gadget, our web development team has rolled out an iPhone-optimized version of Travelchannel.com. READ MORE
Tonight at 9|8c the Ghost Adventures crew embarks on a 2-night, 2-location lockdown in Chicago, IL. Will you be watching? If so, be sure to join our live fan chat during the episode!
First, with the help of the local police, the Ghost Adventures crew spends the night in the run-down, often-vandalized Bachelor’s Grove cemetery — rumored to be one of the most haunted burial grounds in America. Zak, Nick and Aaron explore the area around the tombstone where a now-famous photo of a shockingly realistic apparition was taken, as well as the nearby creek that is said to be where Al Capone would dispose of his victims’ bodies. READ MORE
By Marianela Pereyra
As a little girl, I would use my imagination to make my favorite fairy tales come to life. When I arrived at Point Lobos State Reserve Park to shoot Marianela’s Top 10 California Beaches, I felt like I was stepping into one of the fairy tales I used to dream about. Point Lobos is one of the most stunning coastal preserves in California. It boasts beautiful trails with unbelievable views of the coastline, and it’s the perfect place to interact with and appreciate wildlife and nature. I was immediately curious about the wildflowers, especially one named Sticky Monkey Flower. One thing you should definitely bring is a set of binoculars. You can spot gray whales in the winter, sea lions, baby otters, deer and falcons, and — if you are feeling adventurous — you can take a dip in the great Pacific blue with a shore dive!
By Oyster.com Staff
America’s “Wine Country,” Napa Valley is one of the best wine-growing regions in the world and is home to hundreds of vineyards that make for beautiful vistas — particularly during harvest season, which starts up this month. Although it can feel a bit touristy at times — after all, it’s common to see a tour bus parked outside of a famed winery — Napa Valley maintains a luxe, refined vibe. Some of the most popular visitor activities are wine-tasting, dining at the area’s top-notch restaurants, shopping and spa-going. But outdoorsy travelers can enjoy hiking, golfing and hot-air balloon tours. READ MORE
Here at Travel Channel, we’re saddened to hear that Will and Kate’s private pre-Asia-tour vacation was stalked by the paparazzi, and that a French tabloid went so far as to print topless photos of the lovely Kate Middleton … Although, a stay at Chateau D’Autet — the 640-acre renovated 19th-century hunting lodge where they were vacationing — doesn’t sound too shabby. Don’t get us wrong, we’re totally in favor of a little nude sunbathing every now and then – especially at our favorite nude beaches. But it’s hard to imagine having to lookout for paparazzi using ultra-zoom lenses to snap (and then sell) topless pics of you while on a private getaway.
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The trip they are on now, however, is anything but private. On September 11, the world’s favorite royal couple embarked on a 9-day tour of Asia as part of the yearlong celebration of Queen Elizabeth II in her 60th year of reign. Their trip kicked off with a visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, where they visited the National Orchid Garden and admired the orchid named after them, as well as one named for the late Princess Diana. While in Singapore, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed at the famed Raffles Hotel, famous for their “Singapore Sling” cocktail (which, our ever-so-snarky host of The Layover has called a “disgusting drink”). On their 2-day stay, the couple toured Gardens by the Bay, the Rolls Royce Seletar campus, the Queenstown Public Housing Estate and the Kranji Commonwealth War Cemetery. They also attended a gala in honor of the queen at Eden Hall — in between greeting mobs of adoring locals, of course. READ MORE