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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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Join Travel Channel as we make our way across the United States and then down to Cancun and Costa Rica. See what’s on this week’s itinerary and join us for a quick getaway!

Start the week off with Bizarre Foods America tonight at 9|8c when Andrew samples the unique cuisine of Miami – check out our Bizarre Food of the Week for a sneak peek! And don’t forget to enter to win a trip to Miami – maybe you could try the bizarre foods yourself …

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Last night, true love prevailed as The Bachelorette’s Emily Maynard gave her final rose to her favorite bachelor. But if you’re anything like us, you were more interested in their chosen destination of Curacao than in who rode off into the sunset with our dear Emily. Luckily for us, the resort that was featured in the final episodes, Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, is giving romantics everywhere the opportunity to experience your own Bachelorette Dream Getaway.

The Sandton Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club in Curacao — with its 18th and 19th-century Dutch Colonial Caribbean buildings, courtyards, pools, award-winning restaurants and spa — hosted the 2 private one-on-one dates in the second to last episode and was the setting for the finale’s rose ceremony. With its exclusive new packages, the resort is offering viewers the chance to step into Emily’s shoes and recreate the Bachelorette experience.

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Join Travel Channel as we head across the pond and back for special episodes of Ghost Adventures, Bizarre Foods America and more. Learn all about the episodes airing this week, as well as the locales that steal the show!

California

Tonight at 9, we stop in San Diego for Bizarre Foods America, where Andrew Zimmern gets a taste of the unexpected when he finds that this coastal city on the Mexican border offers some hidden delights. Get a sneak peek with our Bizarre Food of the Week! Learn more about San Diego with our gallery of the city’s top sights.

On Wednesday at 9, we’re cruising the Pacific coast, when Adam Richman gives LA, San Diego and San Francisco a shot at winning the title of Best Sandwich in America.

Thursday at 9, we’re back to San Diego with a new episode of Trip Flip where Bert takes 2 best friends on a trip of a lifetime with surf lessons at Mission Beach, cruising in a low-rider, a private jet charter to San Francisco and an all-access pass to a Train concert – where the ladies meet and dine with the Grammy award-winning rock band and sing on stage with them!

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Chances are, if you watched The Bachelorette, you’re dreaming of a trip to Curacao this morning. After all, what it lacked in sleepovers, it made up for in fantasy dates.

We didn’t think this season’s trips could be topped, but ABC brought out the big guns for the finale – Emily got to partake in a helicopter tour of Curacao, snorkeling on a private island, a romantic boat tour, a beachside dinner and a swim with the dolphins.

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Tonight at 8|7c, Bizarre Foods celebrates 100 episodes with a one-hour special where Andrew Zimmern recounts the last 6 years of eating everything under the sun. Join Andrew as he remembers the people who have welcomed him, the places that opened his mind and, of course, the food that challenged his palate.

Following the 100th episode special, Andrew visits Las Vegas in the premiere of this season’s Bizarre Foods America. Watch as he witnesses just how extravagant food can be in the city that knows no limits. From a $750 cupcake to a $5,000 burger, the casinos won’t be the only establishments emptying your wallet.

Get a sneak peek of what Andrew will encounter tonight with our Bizarre Food of the Week!

Staycationers and vacationers alike, rejoice! This weekend, Travel Channel premieres Extreme Waterparks and Insane Coaster Wars, in addition to our summer lineup that includes Trip Flip with Bert Kreischer, which premiered last week and Top Spot, starting next week.

These shows might be too adrenaline-pumping for certain New York Times’ writers, but for those of us looking for a vicarious thrill and perhaps some ideas for our next thrill-seeking adventure, it sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday night. Insane Coaster Wars will pit the best and scariest rollercoasters against each other in categories like “G-force Giants” and “Speed Demons,” while Xtreme Waterparks will give viewers a peek at the world’s craziest water attractions.

As far as we’re concerned, journalist Neil Genzlinger’s idea for “Insanely Xtreme Top Shot” sounds pretty entertaining, but we wouldn’t recommend shooting rabbits with a hose or attempting to make a waterslide on your roof. So instead watch videos of insane coasters and extreme waterparks to prepare yourself before buckling down for the jaw-dropping premieres.

Catch double episodes this Sunday, July 8th, of both Xtreme Waterparks at 8|7c followed by Insane Coaster Wars at 9|8c.

If you’re anything like us, you were pretty excited about US sprinters Allyson Felix and Janeba Tarmoh’s runoff scheduled for today. So we were bummed to find out that the runoff has been postponed … for now, anyway. But until the race actually happens — if it happens — here are some other venues to satisfy that adrenaline-rushing need for speed displayed on the track … or the streets.

Check out our gallery of the World’s Wackiest Races or read about Extreme Races.

Watch people race in rather unconventional contraptions.

Learn more about Oregon, where the Track and Field Olympic trials are taking place up until today.

Finally, see everything we have on the Olympics in London, from galleries of London’s major attractions to David Beckham’s Guide to Britain.

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