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We asked you to weigh in on our 10 expert picks and determine this year’s Best Overall Beach. Travel Channel fans voted and chose Seaside, FL, as their fan favorite!
“Seaside is a beach community located near Destin, FL, but could not be more different in its features,” says Tamala Prickett.
“In place of high-rise condos, you’ll find pastel colored houses lined with white picket fences and beach cruisers. When night falls, families cover the amphitheater with picnic blankets to enjoy outdoor movies and live music.”
And you agreed:
“Beautiful beach!!! White sand and the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.” – Ana, FL
So for the second year in a row, the fan favorite goes to our pick for Best Family Beach. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the rest of this year’s Best Beach Award winners!
If you’re like us and bundled up on a snow day instead of basking in the sun, tune in to Beach Week tonight at 8|7c for some prime escapism starting with 20 more of the world’s best 101 Sand n’ Surf Hot Spots, followed by SI: The Making of Swimsuit 2015, which heads to the West Coast. But first, we asked the lovely ladies of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue: If you were a beach, which beach would you be? Find out what Hailey Clauson, Sara Sampaio, cover girl Hannah Davis and more had to say:
And if you find yourself wondering the same question, take our beach assessment quiz to determine your true beach type — whether you prefer adventure to partying or would rather go off the beaten path — and which coast you should head to next.
Have you entered to win The Trip 2015 yet? According to our hosts, this $100,000 trip for 2 to Hawaii should be enough to persuade you. Check out some of our favorite quotes from hosts Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, Anthony Melchiorri, Bert Kreischer and Kinga Philipps.
“We got up at 2 a.m. so we could drive to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and see this crater glow like a hot furnace in the night. It was unbelievable. But the light changes fast, and by the time we had a chance to take our own pictures, it was daylight. Pretty awesome to think that smoking pit behind me is just a cauldron of lava ready to go at any time.” — Samantha Brown
No, you’re not hibernating in your apartment avoiding single-digit temperatures outside — you’re halfway around the world with some of our favorite travel bloggers. Ah, the power of this week in travel.
February is an ideal time to visit India. Take a photo tour with Bridges and Balloons to Mumbai and beyond.
Live vicariously through the Young Adventuress as she learns to fly in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.
Jessie On a Journey reveals 5 must-eat dishes in Provence, France — beautiful illustrations included!
Alex in Wanderland traveled to Northern Thailand to attend the Yi Peng festival — and seeing the thousands of sky lanterns launched into the air at the same time took her breath away.
Where will you find you’ll find pagoda-topped buildings tucked between skyscrapers in San Francisco? Travel in Translation talks about #FindingAsia in the city’s iconic Chinatown neighborhood.
The thought of fleeing anywhere warm right now is particularly appealing since the damn groundhog saw his shadow and we’re stuck with 6 more weeks of winter. Admit it: Whether you were let down by Snowmageddon, brushed off record-breaking snow like the Midwest, or got pummeled by storms (sorry, Boston), you’d rather be at the beach right now.
The fact that it is Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend is not lost on us, but if you were a major slacker with your plans, spend the extra time with your honey — or meet a new one — on a beach somewhere. These flights were priced from Travel Channel headquarters in DC, but visit SkySkanner.com (or your preferred search engine) to find the cheapest last-minute flights for you.
Photo by iStockphoto.com/Nikolay Tzolov
Sunny and 73 degrees, trapezing along Lincoln Road, and late-night Cuban sandwiches … need we go on? It also just happened to be named our Sexiest Beach for 2015 by Sports Illustrated model Nina Agdal. Sold.
2) Tune-In Starting on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8|7c: This year we’re celebrating on-air with a 4-day programming event hosted by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal, stacked with all-new premieres and sunny, beach-paradise-themed programming to help melt away those winter blues and inspire your next getaway.
3) Share Your Best Beach Photos! That’s right, when you find yourself needing a mental break from all of this winter weather, start combing through your Facebook and Instagram feeds and dig up your best beach photos. Share them with us on Instagram with hashtag #TCBEACHWEEK for a chance to be featured!
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Take our Metropolis quiz to find out which of the world’s greatest cities is your spirit animal. Still need convincing? Check out a side-by-side look at NYC and San Francisco, plus what to do and what not to do while you’re there.
Photo by Mihai Andritoiu, 2010/Moment/Getty Images
New York City
Feed off the energy of the city that never sleeps, whether you’re getting lost at the MoMA, taking in a Broadway play, strolling through Central Park or mingling among the brightest young things in Brooklyn. If you’re a classic, high-energy New Yorker at heart, their world is your oyster.
Take a moment. Wander from the suggested route. Experience a culture full of welcoming aloha. You won’t need a roadmap to find your most memorable moments. All you have to do is “Let Hawaii Happen.” gohawaii.com
There are some things one has come to expect of Hawaii, such as otherworldly waterfalls, unrivaled beaches and ideal surf conditions, just to name a few. Then, there are the things you discover upon arrival: the genuine friendliness of the people, the fact that there is an active volcano … and that snow and sand can coexist on Hawaii Island! But there are some things that are intrinsic to an authentic Hawaiian experience, which manage to escape even the most well-intentioned itinerary or frequent visitor’s zeitgeist. To discover the true spirit of Hawaii, here are 5 things you must see, do and taste.