Matt Dewhurst

Matt is a proud Maryland native and resident with a long career in journalism. Before joining TravelChannel.com as an Interactive Producer, Matt started as a sports writer in Florida and Washington, DC, and then moved over to digital media and television. Always looking for a new destination to explore, Matt recalls that his most inspiring trip was to India, where he spent 2 weeks traveling around the country with family and friends.

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Whether you live in a major urban city or a small country town, you all likely have something in common: You can find biker gangs everywhere. And we’re not talking about those leather-wearing guys gunning their Harleys (although they are pretty cool). We’re talking about bicycle gangs like the ones you may see going through your neighborhood on a Sunday morning or riding to work in the heart of rush hour — the everyday biker gang. READ MORE

Time Traveling With Brian Unger

The new Travel Channel series Time Traveling with Brian Unger premieres tonight with 2 back-to-back episodes. The show takes locals on unique tours of their home cities with host Brian Unger, where they learn the secret facts behind some of history’s most famous stories. By using state-of-the-art CGI, the host is able to take his guests and viewers on a trip back in time to see how the locations of these stories used to look and how they’ve changed into the landmarks of today.

In the premiere episodes, Brian visits Tombstone, AZ, to get the real story behind the legendary shootout at the OK Corral. Then, he heads out to San Francisco to investigate the power struggle behind the construction and design of one of the greatest engineering marvels of the 20th century, the Golden Gate Bridge.

Watch the series premiere tonight at 10|9c.

This Week in Travel

The birds are starting to chirp, the snow is slowly melting, and most people have a little more pep in their step. Must be spring, right? Well, yes … but it’s also time for college basketball’s biggest weekend — the Final Four!

And if you are one of those crazy fans heading to Indianapolis on April 4-6 to root for your team, you’ll probably have some downtime between the games. So what is there to do in Indiana’s capital city? The answer is PLENTY! And we’ve got your guide to “the Crossroads of America” right here.

So whether you’re joining the Cameron Crazies (Duke), shouting “Go Green!” (Michigan State), cheering “On, Wisconsin!” or marching with the Big Blue Nation (Kentucky), there is something for everyone in Indianapolis.

Man Finds Food

Adam Richman returns to Travel Channel in search of the country’s best hidden, secret and off-the-menu eats in his all-new series, Man Finds Food.

The series kicks off tonight with back-to-back episodes, as Adam searches the back alleys of Chicago to find a monster mash-up sandwich that holds an entire menu on a roll, and then hits the streets of Los Angeles to track down a breakfast dish named after Godzilla.

Watch the series premiere tonight at 9|8c.

Red Beach

Red Beach, Greece – Michael Utech

After a whirlwind tour that took us to some of the best tropical beaches, jungle paradises and hidden havens, we are finally at the No. 1 Sand n’ Surf Hotspot.

The visually stunning Red Beach in Santorini, Greece, topped the list, with its volcanic backdrop, crimson sand and unusually warm waters. Nestled at the base of towering red rocks created by an ancient volcanic eruption, Red Beach offers up a picturesque landscape that cannot be topped. Add in the surrounding island of Santorini, and you have the makings of paradise found.

And although our list is complete, there is still time for you to vote for your favorite beach of 2015. Check out our complete list of Best Beach Award winners and cast your vote for the Best Overall Beach of 2015.

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For most of the country, December is a time for holiday cheer, family gatherings and some well-earned time away from work or school. For college football fans, however, it’s the greatest time of year for a very different reason: It’s bowl season. A time when fans young and old pack up their minivans, purchase plane tickets and travel to a random city to cheer on their alma mater 1 more time. And regardless of whether your school is large or small, there is a good chance that it will be participating in one of the NCAA’s 39 bowl games.

From Miami to Boise, ID, and Seattle to Hawaii, there are games in just about every major travel destination in the US (and even the Bahamas!). But there is 1 state that shines brighter than the rest this bowl season, and that is the great state of Texas. READ MORE

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Located on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis, MD, is one of America’s hidden gems. Better known as the home of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis is a quaint coastal town with a rich history that stretches back to Colonial America. In fact, Annapolis was the capital of the United States for a short time in the 1700s. And while the ever-growing suburbs have turned the capital of Maryland into a modern mini-city, the heart of Annapolis has never lost its Colonial charm. READ MORE

Ostriches

Photography by Emmanuel Brunner

As host of the Mysteries at the Museum franchise, it’s no surprise that Don Wildman has seen some of the creepiest and oddest places around the globe. But which one of those eerie places left the host with the biggest chill? We asked him that very question, and his answers may surprise you.
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With the fall finally here, it’s a good bet that you and your friends will be headed out to arguably the most traditional festival of the season — Oktoberfest. And while I think it’s safe to say most of us won’t be making the trip to Munich for the official celebration (Sept. 20-Oct. 5), there are plenty of options stateside for a real taste of Germany. Whether it’s in a small town, major city, German beer hall or vintage barn, Oktoberfest is always great fun. But we’re not talking about the generic beer garden and polka band here. We’re talking about German-American communities getting down the same way their ancestors and countrymen have been doing across the pond for centuries. I mean, you wouldn’t go to a Mexican restaurant for St. Patrick’s Day, would you? Of course not!

So let’s break out the bratwurst, slap down some sauerkraut and, of course, tap the kegs on some of America’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations.

Cincinnati (Sept. 19-21)

Perhaps the largest and most popular Oktoberfest in the US is smack dab in the middle of the country —not surprisingly, in a city rich with German culture. Cincinnati (or Zinzinnati this time of year) plays host to thousands of Oktoberfest supporters, young and old, each fall with the city’s signature festival. With six blocks closed down for the party, there is plenty of room for you and your friends to don some lederhosen, down a few liters of beer and stuff your faces with German cuisine. Founded in 1976, Oktoberfest Zinzinnati may be best known for earning its place in the Guinness Book of Records by setting the mark for the world’s largest Chicken Dance at the time, with 48,000 people in 1994. The traditional dance is still going strong 20 years later, along with numerous other German games and dances throughout the three-day festival. READ MORE

It’s barely dawn on a Saturday morning and you already have the car packed with everything from yard games to spare ribs. You’ve somehow managed to fit into a faded college sweatshirt from sophomore year and soon will hit the road to your old stomping grounds for a day of food, fun and football. It must be tailgating season.

We’ve searched stadium parking lots (and waterways) across the country to bring you some of the most unique tailgating scenes to put on your bucket list this fall.

University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) – The Grove
Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty! Like many schools around the country, Ole Miss claims to have the best tailgating scene around, and 1 trip to Oxford may leave you convinced. The reasoning? The Grove. This 10-acre quad/park at the heart of campus transforms into downtown tailgate town on Rebel’s game days. A sea of blue and red cover this grassy area as fans dressed in their Sunday’s best parade from tent to tent sampling delicious food and drink. It is a true taste of southern hospitality that can’t be missed. READ MORE

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