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Tonight’s Trip Flip episode at 9|8c brings us to Nashville where 2 vacationers partake in some unconventional, yet characteristically country, activities including mud bogging and globe riding. They also clean themselves up just in time to attend this year’s CMA awards.

Nashville is known for its legendary music scene, where artists such as Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton first got their start. Thousands of fans flocked to the birthplace of country music in June for the CMA’s Country Music Festival. The industry’s biggest stars such as Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood graced the LP Stage in downtown Nashville for a record-breaking audience of over 71,000 fans. If you have an “achy-breaky heart” because you missed this country music party, then enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to next year’s CMA music festival!

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Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell at the DNC

Photograph by Oliver Cox

Think you need a VIP ticket to enjoy Charlotte during DNC week? Not really. In democratic style, travelers can see and be seen in the company of major politicos and media celebrities, all in town for the week. You just need to know where to go. Check out these prime spots in uptown Charlotte during DNC week. READ MORE

Get in a little beach time before making your way to Florence, Italy, with this week’s Travel Channel itinerary – and get a taste of new cultures from the comfort of your couch.

On Monday at 9|8c, Andrew Zimmern opens a pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles for Bizarre Foods America. Get a peek at what he’s serving with the Bizarre Food of the Week!

Then at 10|9c, Hotel Impossible’s Anthony Melchiorri stops in Daytona Beach, FL, to help an ailing hotel get its act together. Learn more about the city famous for its NASCAR with our Daytona Beach City Guide.

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death. The air of mystery that surrounded her both in life and in death makes it difficult to not be intrigued by the sex symbol. To honor her, a special exhibition of 23 candid photos of Marilyn will be on display at the Phil Stern Gallery in Los Angeles, starting today.

But if you can’t be in LA to explore the actress’s life through photographs, then check out some of these destinations and relive her most famous films:

Star in your own larger-than-life version of the The Seven Year Itch by getting a photograph with the famous 26-foot-tall Marilyn statue, which now stands in Palm Springs, CA.

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If you’re anything like us, you were probably wondering where the Batcave is actually located (and if it’s a real place) as opposed to paying attention to the plot of Dark Knight Rises. We loved the movie, and we can’t help but be a little destination-obsessed here at Travel Channel. The Gotham City of Dark Knight was so obviously Chicago, that the new locations in Dark Knight Rises had us wondering, “Is that New York?” Turns out, most of it wasn’t.

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Surely, your eyes have been glued to the constant Olympics coverage. We can’t get enough of London either.  But give it a week, and you’ll probably be tired of swimming and gymnastics. Well, we don’t blame you — that’s why we’ve done some research on the Olympic sports you didn’t know existed. And we’ve got the info on when and where they’re happening so you don’t miss a minute of the action. See all the Olympic venues at a glance with our photo gallery.

Race Walk/Athletics

If you’re lucky enough to be in London, like our deals & rewards blogger Mommy Points, then you’re probably looking for things to do for free. Well, look no further, because tickets are not required for areas of the Race Walk route. Get there early, since space will definitely fill up quickly. Find more tips for enjoying the Olympics on a budget here!

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Get to know the cuisine of New Mexico as well as the rest of the Southwest before diving into the culture of Edinburgh with this week’s Travel Channel itinerary – and escape to a new destination without leaving your living room.

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Tonight, all eyes are on London as the opening ceremonies kick-off the Olympics. But how will it compare to the opening ceremonies of past Olympics? Travel Channel takes a look at the last summer Olympic opening ceremonies from1976 to today.

Looking for even more Olympic history? Check out our Olympics trivia quiz and our photo gallery that takes a look back at the Olympics through the years. To feed your London fix, take a look at where our Travel Channel hosts have gone in the city. Don’t forget, Will and Kate will be there, too.

Montreal 1976: The Games were opened by Elizabeth II, as head of state of Canada, and several members of the Royal Family attended the opening ceremonies.

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In case you haven’t heard, the iconic London Eye has been transformed into a barometer of sorts to measure how the Twitterverse is feeling about the Olympics. EDF Energy, a London Eye sponsor, has come up with an algorithm that will measure positive and negative tweets about the Games. Those feelings will then be reflected by the lights on the London Eye – yellow lights meaning positive, purple meaning negative.

So, this got us thinking … what if the eye goes purple? How will we spend our time in London if the Olympics take a nose dive? Well, regardless of the Eye being mostly yellow or purple, here are some other things to do around the city when you’re not keeping a close eye on the competition.

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It’s hard to deny that gambling is probably one of the first things you think of when you think of Las Vegas. But, trust us, there’s a lot more to Vegas than the games — take a gamble and enter our Las Vegas sweepstakes to win an unforgettable summer vacation.

So, what do you do when you win? Here are a few itineraries to make the most of your Vegas vacation:

Vegas First-Timers

*In the warm summer evenings, cool off with a drink in your hand as you head out on the water on a Lake Mead cruise.

*Grab a bite and observe your surroundings at PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood, where you can scan CityCenter, the Bellagio and the Strip all at once.

*There’s so much to do in Vegas besides gaming, but if this is your first time in town, you almost have to play a little. Many hotels offer free lessons for novices — the Golden Nugget among them.

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