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Where is the gayest city in America? Each year, The Advocate magazine releases its surprising list of LGBT-friendly cities and this year was no different. You won’t believe which city made it to the top of their list — well, I couldn’t believe it. Don’t expect to see the usual suspects like New York City, San Francisco or LA on their list; they didn’t even crack the top 10 cities.
Before we reveal the cities on this coveted list — here’s a quick rundown of how the magazine chose these cities. The criteria is based on a points system, which this year included points for a city’s LGBT elected officials; points for the percentage of the population composed of lesbian-coupled households; a point for a gay rodeo association; points for bars listed in Out magazine’s 200 Best Bars list; a point per women’s college; and yes, even points for concert performances by Mariah Carey, Pink, Lady Gaga or the Jonas Brothers.
Instead of boring you with more info about how the per capita LGBT quotient is calculated, it’s time to reveal the Gayest City in America. And it is …
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A polar vortex is making its way across the US, and we have 10 ways to escape this bone-chilling, cold weather. Our Travel’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts will inspire you to visit a luxurious, warm-weather destination. Kick of the new year right with a trip to one or more of our favorite resorts.
Our panel of advisors — including Hotel Impossible‘s hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri, hospitality consultant Shane Green and travel personality Jimmy Im – share their favorite all-inclusive resorts, which include Hermitage Bay in Antigua, Mii amo Spa in Sedona, AZ, and Travaasa Hana in Maui, HI.
After you take a look at our panelists’ favorite resort picks, feel free to suggest other resorts that you think should’ve made our list. Add them to the comment section on our Fan Favorite page. We’ll get fans to vote on a few recommended resorts — and the winner will be added as the 11th pick on our Best All-Inclusive Resorts list. So warm things up and dive into our hot list of all-inclusive resort picks.
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Ring in the New Year right and enter to win an amazing trip for 2 to Belize! Your $10,000 adventure includes 2 nights in Belize City, 3 nights in San Ignacio and 3 nights in San Pedro. Winners of our monthly sweepstakes will take an amazing tour of Cahal Pech archaeological site; visit the Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek; and go cave tubing and zip lining at Jaguar Paw.
And that’s not all! Visit more than 150 animals at the Belize Zoo, and explore Xunantunich, a Mayan archeology site, where there’s rumors of a ghost that still lurks around the ancient ruins. And your adventure in Belize isn’t complete without a dive to explore the marine life at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, including snorkeling with the stingrays and nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley.
So get inspired and take a look at our beautiful Belize pictures and enter our monthly sweepstakes!
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If you’re heading to Miami to dodge the chilly weather or to attend the Art Basel international art show this weekend, we have some exciting news to share. You not only get the pleasure of enjoying Miami’s premier art show and relaxing on South Beach, but can now visit the new Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
The new 200,000-square-foot building opens its doors to the public this week. Located on Biscayne Bay, between the Arsht Performing Arts Center and the American Airlines Arena, PAMM features large, shaded verandas, a park and galleries with views of the bay, an education center and Verde, a waterfront restaurant.
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Good luck on trying to find last-minute deals for any holiday travel this year. Pauline Frommer, editorial director of Frommer’s Guidebooks, says, “This is probably going to be the highest-priced holiday fares we’ve seen in the last decade.”
The average ticket cost for the US and Caribbean is already up 9.4% over last Thanksgiving. Prices for Christmas week are up more than 7% to an average of $337.
What’s the reason behind the airfare hike this year? Travel experts blame it on mergers and consolidated airlines over the past couple years, which has forced some carriers to cut back on flights to many cities. This is the first time that planes are flying at 85% load factor — essentially full — since 1945. And today, more people are competing for fewer seats.
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The Halloween season is here and Travel Channel has its fair share of creepy content to keep fans preoccupied through All Hallows’ Eve! If you’re looking for some spooky places to visit this month, check out Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2013.
Meet our panel of advisors — including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and Ghost Adventures’ Nick Groff — and see which haunts our panel of advisors chose as the spookiest places to visit in the US, like Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls, The Haunting of Lemp Brewery and Disney’s Haunted Mansion. Make sure you check out a few fun photos of wicked pumpkin art by pro pumpkin carver Scott Cummins and watch Making Monsters’ Ed Edmunds as he counts down his favorite Halloween haunts.
And speaking of haunts, you don’t want to miss Ghost Adventures’ Transylvania special on Halloween night, Oct. 31, at 9|8c. Join paranormal investigators Zak, Nick and Aaron as they head to Romania for one of their biggest lockdowns ever to uncover the history behind Dracula’s castle.
Before the Halloween lockdown, fans can join the conversation on Ghost Adventures Fan Lair by using the #GAFanLair hashtag; submit fan art via Instagram; answer a GAC (Ghost Adventures Crew) question of the week and more! Don’t forget fans will be able to chat with the guys on the GA Fan Lair, LIVE, in a Google+ Hangout, on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 11|10c. Interact with fans and the Ghost Adventures Crew right after the Transylvania lockdown!
Still looking for more scary haunts? Our Haunted page encompasses all-things Halloween, with details including the Top 10 Vampire Locations, a Monster of the Day and tips on how to avoid ghosts or an alien abductions. It’s spooky travel news you can use!
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Most tourists visit Paris because there are so many amazing things to do and see like the Eiffel Tower, Grand Palais, Moulin Rouge, Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles and Sacre Coeur Basilica. But if you’re a friend of felines, then you may want to stop by Le Café des Chats.
Customers can grab a simple breakfast — freshly squeezed orange juice and scrambled eggs with mushrooms — and admire the 12 cats that are usually wandering through the café, perched on their cat condos, or watching passersby from the front window. With more than 11 million cat owners in France, this new cat café might be a new trend.
According to BBC travel, the café’s owner, Margaux Gandelon, took her cue from the 150 cat cafes that have become extremely popular in Japan. Margaux has worked with animal welfare and the health department to ensure proper standards for both the cats and the customers.
Don’t worry — there’s much more to see and do in the City of Light if cats aren’t your thing. Get inspired by our photos of the amazing tourist attractions you can’t leave Paris without seeing. And don’t stop there; enter to win an amazing trip for 2 to Paris. Your perfect Paris getaway awaits!
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Starting Tuesday, Oct. 8, Londoners will get a first glimpse at the future of the Tube in London. The lnspiro — a full-size model of a futuristic train created by Siemens, the company behind the idea — will be on display at The Crystal exhibition center in Royal Victoria Dock to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
The world’s first underground railway opened in 1863 between Paddington, in central London, and Farringdon, just north of the city, using gas-lit wooden carriages hauled by steam locomotives. Today, the Underground is a public rapid transit system serving 270 stations, including a large part of Greater London and parts of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Essex counties.
Siemens sees the Inspiro as the Tube’s future. And it’s probably no coincidence that the news of this futuristic prototype comes at a time when the government just awarded funding to the Transport for London to improve the tube service across the capital.
So in a nutshell, here’s quick rundown of the new train’s perks:
- 30% more space on the train by adding dividing doors between carriages
- 30% more energy efficient than current models
- Full air-conditioning across all of its spacious carriages
- 20% brighter with use of LED lights
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The train can be operated without a driver, which may ruffle feathers at the trade unions if London were to use them in the future. And no word yet on whether the city will make a bid to use the prototype across London. So until then, locals will have to deal with overcrowded trains.
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Travelers flying the friendly skies may be able to use their mobile devices a little longer when taking off and landing. Later this week, the Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel is expected to relax restrictions on in-flight device use as early as next year.
What does this mean for passengers? The new guidelines would ease restrictions on tablets, e-books and previously downloaded podcasts and movies. Phone calls, texts, email and passengers using their own Wi-Fi will still be banned.
Without asking for formal device testing, the FAA will ask airlines to certify their planes can handle any potential interference. The main purpose of the new guidelines will be to create a single policy that covers all airlines. So pretty soon you may not have to be so quick to turn off all your electronic devices come takeoff.
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Beating out Istanbul and Madrid, Tokyo has been tapped by the International Olympic Committee to be the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympics. The race was really between the Istanbul and Tokyo — Madrid had been eliminated in a first-round ballot. The final tally wasn’t even close; Tokyo easily won by 24 votes.
In case you didn’t know, the last time Tokyo was host city for the Summer Olympics was in 1964. The city has now gained the unique distinction of becoming the first Asian city to host the games twice. City officials are already taking proactive steps to revitalize the city’s waterfront, where the Olympic Village will be situated, but there are several reasons why Tokyo is already a great tourist destination. We love the Japanese and Tokyo’s amazing attractions, including Mori Arts Centre, Ueno Park, Tokyo National Museum, Tsukiji Fish Market and Imperial Palace East Gardens.
But let’s not forget Brazil. With the 2020 Summer Olympics still a ways off, many sports fans are focused on Brazil as the hot destination for the next few years. Not only will Rio de Janeiro host the 2016 Summer Olympics, but it will also be one of 12 cities to host soccer matches for the FIFA World Cup 2014. If you’re a soccer fan, don’t delay! FIFA is already accepting applications for World Cup tickets. Score big and make plans to visit Brazil’s World Cup cities.