Allee Sangiolo

A Boston native and Washington, DC, resident, Allee has been growing her bucket list since she began working as an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com. When not playing with her Frenchie named Pearl, Allee can be found inputting destinations into Kayak.com in the hopes of finding a deal on a flight to visit friends or family -- she’s lucky enough to have couches to crash on in Boston, New Orleans, Miami, New York and more. No matter how far she goes or what incredible trips she takes, her favorite place on Earth will always be a little island off the coast of Massachusetts: Nantucket.

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This week on an all-new episode of Mysteries at the Museum, host Don Wildman reveals the stories behind a hunk of cement tied to one of the deadliest man-made disasters of all time, a faro table that strikes fear in the hearts of many, and a taxidermied dog that saved the lives of American soldiers during World War I.  Plus, learn about the murder of a blood-thirsty mobster, a TV scandal that almost put an end to American quiz shows, and the tragic death of Carole Lombard – a gorgeous 1930s Hollywood icon and Clark Gable’s blushing bride.

Intrigued? We thought you might be. Tune in tonight, Jan. 10, at 9|8c to see these artifacts found in museums across the United States, and learn  the historic and often dumbfounding stories they tell.

These are just a few of the countless artifacts housed in our nation’s museums. For more, check out Don Wildman’s favorite museums, or learn about the Top 10 Free Museums in the US.

Melbourne may be Australia’s second largest city, but it’s number one as the country’s culture capital. Situated on Port Phillip Bay, it’s packed with Victorian buildings, museums, galleries, large parks and gardens. The tree-lined streets and green spaces create a clean, eco-friendly vibe, which is probably part of the reason Melbourne has consistently been dubbed as one of the world’s most livable cities.

The city’s roots can be traced back to the mid-1800s, when British settlers colonized the city after finding gold in the surrounding hills. Now, burgundy-colored (and free!) City Circle trams zig-zag across the metropolis, making it easy for visitors to explore the city at a relaxed pace within a few days. Business travelers will likely want to stay within the City Centre -– the Central Business District. As the city’s heart, the City Centre is also great option for those looking to be within walking distance of all the major sights. The 59-room Hotel Lindrum is a modern boutique hotel located just a short walk from sights such as Federation Square and Melbourne Park. It lacks a fitness center and spa, but the features it does have are done well: The restaurant serves a nice breakfast buffet, and the cozy bar features a fireplace and a billiards table. Round-the-clock room service is also available, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Though its slightly south of the City Centre, St. Kilda Road Parkview Hotel offers a solid value, with contemporary rooms and a rooftop plunge pool.

- Oyster.com Staff

Buenos Aires

The capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires is home to many Argentine traditions and trademarks; the streets are lined by parrallias, or steakhouses, that serve up Argentina’s famous beef, luxury boutiques sell leather clothing and pieces by high-end designers, the nightlife is dominated by the tango and Evita’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” balcony overlooks the central square, Plaza de Mayo.

Though there are plenty of museums to visit in the city, Buenos Aires is a great place to explore by foot and simply wander around (the streets’ grid system makes it easy to explore). Known for its stunning architecture (gorgeous marble and bronze buildings line Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest boulevard in the world), Buenos Aires also boasts beautiful parks, particularly those in Palermo that include a museum, a planetarium and rose gardens. Outdoor markets are frequent occurences during the weekends and the cafe culture is a popular pastime — Portenos (as locals call themselves) can be seen sipping coffee with friends until the wee hours of the morning. So if you’re heading to Buenos Aires, be prepared to not get much sleep. Often referred to as the “Paris of South America,” the city has a lively nightlife that doesn’t get started until midnight, after locals and tourists have finished their late-night dinners.

Palermo is a popular area to stay in, as it boasts some of the city’s best restaurants, shops, and parks. A tranquil, minimalist vibe pervades the Awwa Suites & Spa. Its 60 large, bright rooms feature fully equipped kitchenettes, and the spa is comprised of a gorgeous indoor pool area, sauna and massage room. The nearby Livian Guest House is a funkier alternative, with just 8 artsy rooms in a French-inspired 1920s building Recoleta, a beautiful historic area, is also a nice spot to stay. Loi Suites Recoleta offer a solid value and convenient location, as well as a small pool, fitness center and full-service spa.

- Oyster.com Staff

 

London

Photography by Getty Images

What better place to spend New Year’s than in the city that had the greatest year? The Olympics, Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee and the announcement of a new royal baby made 2012 the year of the Brits. More »

Where will you be ushering in 2013? Show us by Instagramming your photos with the hashtag #TCNewYear. Whether it’s the ball dropping in Times Square or fireworks illuminating the River Thames — we want to see! We’ll feature our favorites on our blog.

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Cusarare Falls

Photography by Marcos Ferro / Aurora Photos

After an arduous hike through the Copper Canyon of Chihuahua, Mexico, you’ll come upon a clearing where pine trees frame Cusarare Falls. More »

Navagio Beach

Photography by Image Source / Aurora Photos

Subsequently nicknamed “Smuggler’s Cove,” Navagio Beach (Greek for “shipwreck”) teems with adventure-seekers. More »

Big Sky Resort

You may be tempted to ride the chairlift up and down Big Sky’s Lone Mountain just to take in Montana’s spectacular snowscapes. But if you have to ski, you might as well do it here, too. More »

We couldn’t resist one more photo of New York City’s Rockefeller Center during the holidays — this time, though, from a very different angle, thanks to Instagram user schreiltalk. Thanks for sending us your holiday lights photos, and happy holidays from Travel Channel!

On our 11th Day of Sparkle — thanks to Instagram user christinalacelle — beautiful white lights adorn a courtyard in Boise, Idaho. There’s only one more day of holiday lights left to go in our 12 Days of Sparkle — will your photo be featured? Be sure to Instagram it with the hashtag #TCHolidayLights!

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