Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins courted press today at Freedom Plaza to show off his billboard, draped on the JW Marriott Hotel located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Downtown Washington, DC. The Brooklyn Nets center was part of the Marriott International initiative to officially kick off its #LoveTravels campaign — just a couple days from the start of DC’s annual Capital Pride weekend.
According to Marriott’s Senior Marketing Director, Kristine Friend, this multicultural campaign mirrors the company’s commitment to diversity and their mission statement, “to make everyone feel comfortable being who they are, everywhere they travel.” READ MORE
Dozens of locals and visitors — from as far as China — converged on Washington, DC, to be the first to take a tour of the newly-reopened Washington Monument. The National Park Service closed the 130-year-old monument for almost 3 years to make repairs after damage caused by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the East Coast on August 23, 2011. Since then, the historic site has been closed to the public.
Boston is stronger a year after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013. And to prove it, millions of spectators came out today to cheer on 36,000 athletes as they raced from Hopkinton, MA, to Boylston, MA.
So who were the big winners? Meb Keflezighi took 1st place in crossing the finish line of the 26.2-mile run. Keflezighi, the first American winner of the Marathon since 1983, clocked in at 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. And Kenyan marathoner Rita Jeptoo was the first woman to cross the finish line in 2:18:57.
I think it’ safe to say that some of us in the US are ready for warm weather. Our panel of advisors picked their favorite beaches for Travel’s Best Beach Awards 2014, and now, we — the staff at Travel Channel — give you the inside scoop on some our personal favorites. Get awe-inspiring beach ideas and check out our Editors’ Picks: Favorite Beaches slideshow.
Learn more about the secluded towns to go windsurfing in Goa, India; the best places to cool off after sunbathing on Bald Head Island, NC; and why nudists should head to Praia Mole in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
In addition to our favorite beach picks, make sure you check out recommendations for the Top 10 California Beach Getaways, Spain’s Best Beaches and Top 10 Mexican Beach Resorts for more travel ideas for your next beach getaway.
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We’ve all done it before… Just moments before the plane takes off, we watch the airline attendants go through their routine of demonstrating the proper procedures in case of an emergency. So, where is your floatation device stored? Should you or your child receive an oxygen mask first? And where are the emergency exits near you?
Well, if you don’t know the answers to those questions, you are probably one of several people who “zone out” by thumbing through the latest SkyMall magazine or you’re one of those passengers who has to focus on wrapping up that last-minute text before the plane takes off.
It’s your chance to escape the polar vortex, artic blast and frigid cold winter weather. Heat things up and enter for a chance to win a trip for 2 to Miami. This amazing $10,000 prize package includes 6 days and 5 nights at the Four Seasons Miami or a similar hotel; a private windsurfing lesson; $1,500 spending money; and a half a day of deep sea fishing.
Shake off your winter chill and rejuvenate with a relaxing getaway. Explore Miami by taking a stroll down white-sandy South Beach; sample some must-try celebrity chef restaurants; or go on a self-guided art deco tour. Adventure awaits you in “The Magic City”.
And don’t forget you can still enter daily for your chance to win a $100,000 trip to Spain and Morocco!
Music fans will be cozied up by the TV tonight to watch the 56th annual Grammy Awards, broadcast live from LA. Not only will fans be sitting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of who will win the coveted award, but they will also be poised to see and hear some top-notched performances that are creating a lot of buzz.
Sunday is a big Nielsen ratings night for the popular TV show, Downton Abbey, but producers of the awards show are hoping to attract more viewers by including some exciting collaborative performances like Jay-Z and Beyonce; Robin Thicke and Chicago; and yes, a Beatles reunion with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. The remaining members of the ’60s band will take the stage to perform in a tribute to commemorate the British rockers’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago.
The 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) has kicked into high gear this week, previewing some of the hottest cars of the new year, including the Nissan Sports Sedan, Cadillac ATS Coupe and the Lexus RC F. More than 5,000 journalists from 60 countries are attending the annual auto show at Detroit’s Cobo Center all week long.
The show started off Monday, giving media outlets a preview of all the bright, shiny and new automobiles before the show opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 18.