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When it comes to spirits in bright, sun-bleached Miami, you might think of margaritas, mojitos and caipirinhas. But there’s a different sort of spirit that haunts Miami more than a hangover might after drinking too many cocktails. While traditional American ghost stories are most often associated with the Wild West, old New England or the antebellum South, this lively urban area is full of legends about the restless deceased. Whether you prefer the conga, merengue, samba or calypso, let’s do the dance of the dead through 5 of Miami’s favorite supposedly haunted hot spots. For more spooky haunts near Miami, tune in Saturday, July 12, at 10|9c for an all-new season of The Dead Files.
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Book by August 31.
Myrtle Beach, SC, is a summer classic. With a picture-perfect boardwalk, crab shacks
ice cream stands and a Ferris wheel — just for nostalgic good measure — it’s been a family-friendly vacation destination for decades.
Snag a summer hotel deal, and book your stay on select dates through August 31 at numerous hotels and resorts in the area. Rates start at $59 per night during peak season this year. Visit the Myrtle Beach web
site for more information, and to see a list of deals.
Here are a few highlights:
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If you’re itching to see the new Diagon Alley expansion at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando, this package offers you a great and less expensive way to do it.
For $669 per person, this deal from Delta Vacations includes round-trip airfare, 3 nights at a brand new resort, a 3-day park ticket to Universal Orlando, free “Universal Express Unlimited” access that lets you skip the lines and early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With this offer, you’ll save about $120 on travel dates later in the season.
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While Americans famously celebrate Fourth of July, Canadians celebrate their own nationalistic holiday, appropriately named Canada Day, on July 1.
Until Oct. 27, 1982, Canada Day was actually known as “Dominion Day.” It was almost a hundred years before that, on July 1, that the British North America Act was passed (sometimes referred to as the Constitution Act) which established Canada as a separate nation. The following year, the Governor General of Canada asked that all Canadian citizens celebrate on July 1. Declared a civic holiday in 1867, most Canadians are pleased this day off landed in the summer instead of the cold winter, because it’s often the kick-off weekend to summer vacations. READ MORE
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Overwhelmed by New York’s neon canyons? Wary of running with the tourist hordes? If you’re “Times Squared-out,” you can visit an authentic part of New York City just a short distance away. Explore Hell’s Kitchen, the area roughly bordered by Port Authority and 57th Street to the north and south, and 8th Avenue and the Hudson River to the east and west.
This once-raffish neighborhood was home to bad-boy Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain. Today, it thrives with restaurants, bars and opinionated, demanding locals. Parts of Hell’s Kitchen also offer peace and quiet — something visitors may think is unattainable in New York. Here are a few rough and refined recommendations on what not to miss in this hood: READ MORE
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Choosing the perfect Florida beach just got easier with Visit Florida’s recent launch of Florida Beach Finder — an interactive “trip tuner” now available online. With the new feature, visitors can dial into 4 ranges of beach personalities — from adventurous vs. laid back to manicured vs. au naturel — that help narrow down the ultimate beach vacation based on the user’s personal preferences. Upon preference selection, the best beach matches will be revealed for them to view. READ MORE
Trip Flip host Bert Kreischer kicking off the festivities with an epic “Play ball!”
Travel Channel took over the Washington Nationals Stadium on June 5 — and saw the home team win against the Philadelphia Phillies! Travel Channel surprised one lucky couple as they entered the gates with a “mini” Trip Flip experience (including getting to be on the field for batting practice) and sponsored the post-game concert by the Plain White T’s!
The lucky winners find out that they get to hold the finish-line ribbon for the traditional Presidents race.
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As Francis Scott Key watched the smoke clear and the sun rise above Baltimore’s Fort McHenry after witnessing its bombardment by British naval ships during the final months of the War of 1812, he had every expectation of seeing a white flag of surrender. To his surprise, he saw the tattered, but still flying, remains of an oversized American flag that had been commissioned just months earlier by the fort’s commander Major George Armistead.
Key was so moved by the by sight of the flag and by the Americans’ protection of their fort that he penned the poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry.” That poem, eventually set to music and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” became the national anthem of the United States of America. READ MORE
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“Belo Horizonte” means beautiful horizon in Portuguese, which is fitting for its magnificent landscape. When the city was first built, it was planned to house only a few hundreds of residents. No one ever expected that it would grow to have more than 5 million inhabitants. Unlike São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, tourists often overlook Belo Horizonte as a travel destination. That means those who venture out to Belo Horizonte gain unique experiences that most visitors don’t know exist.
Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s “Bar Capital.”
Belo Horizonte is the capital of Minas Gerais state, but it is also known as Brazil’s “bar capital.” The city has more than 14,000 bars for locals and tourists to choose from, which makes Belo Horizonte’s nightlife extremely animated. This is the ideal setting for people who don’t necessarily have tickets to the World Cup games in the Mineirão Stadium (Estádio do Mineirão), but want to celebrate with some of the world’s most spirited fans.
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If you’re looking for a summer escape where the sun is always shining and there’s an abundance of beaches and activities, the City of Angels is calling your name! Enter to win an exciting trip for 2 to Los Angeles. The $10,000 prize package includes the following:
– Round-trip airfare for 2
– Hotel accommodations for 3 nights in Hollywood and 3 nights in Marina Del Rey
– A night of shopping and dining in Beverly Hills
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– Segway tour through Santa Monica and Venice Beach
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– A 2-hour Harbor Dinner Cruise from Marina Del Rey
– Car rental for duration of the week
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From Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive, to the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach Boardwalk, there’s an abundance of fun and entertaining things to do in LA.
For the ultimate chance to win, enter daily for this $10,000 trip for 2 to LA.
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