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The aftermath of Hurricane Isaac may leave Tampa, Florida, with a spotty weather forecast this week. So if you’re in town for the Republican National Convention or any other event, you may have to rethink your list of outdoor activities. But fear not: In a city with a history that stretches back 500 years, there’s no shortage of culture to entertain you. Check out our list of things to do in the Tampa Bay area this week, whether the sun peaks through the clouds or not. READ MORE

After his stint as a pop-up restaurateur during this season of Bizarre Foods: America, it was only a matter of time before the bizarre foodie himself hopped on the food truck bandwagon. Andrew Zimmern’s food truck, AZ Canteen, will officially open its … er… window tomorrow at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Andrew will be there in person, so if you’re anywhere in the St. Paul, MN, vicinity, head on down to the state fair for a taste of Andrew’s Andouille, oyster and crab gumbo; pork belly with papaya salad; goat butter burgers; griddled veal tongue; or Nicaraguan dulce de leche.

Follow AZ Canteen on Twitter for more information. Can’t get enough of state fairs? Check out the best fair competitions and food … that is, until AZ Canteen makes its debut!

Are you going to the Minnesota State Fair? Sample Andrew’s wares and let us know what you think in the comments!

With the Republicans holding their convention from August 27-30 in Tampa, and the Democrats in Charlotte September 4-6, we decided to see just what these cities have to offer the political junkies that’ll be making their way there.

From Charlotte’s neighborhoods to Tampa’s nightlife, there’s plenty to see in both of these cities — aside from a glimpse of Barack or Mitt, of course. When you’re not cheering for your candidate, try Tampa’s seafood with your fellow elephants or pile on the barbecue with your donkey buddies. After all, you can’t give every dollar to their campaigns.

So, no matter who you’re rooting for this election cycle, check out our City vs. City guide and decide which city you’d rather visit!

Real Housewives of New York

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The women on the infamous Real Housewives franchises are always traveling.  Last season, the cast of Bravo TV’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta took a grand safari trip in Africa. Here at Travel Channel, we like to focus on the cool cultural experiences that come with traveling — but where there are housewives, there’s always drama. READ MORE

By: Holly C. Corbett

The Lost Girls: Amanda, Jen and Holly.

I’m part of a trio of female travelers known as The Lost Girls, and more than five years ago we quit our media jobs to set out together on a yearlong, around the world trip. Now we’re calling ourselves the Runaway Bridesmaids after we asked ourselves a question that many women have often pondered: What were we going to do with our old bridesmaid dresses that our married pals swore we could totally wear again?

Rather than let those expensive dresses collect dust in our closets, we decided to prove our bride friends right, and put them back to use for a good cause. Except the next time we wear them, we’ll be strapping on running shoes instead of heels to run in our dresses and raise money to help children of sex workers with the Runaway Bridesmaids Race.

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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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This month, we’ve got 2 amazing sweepstakes, which means double the chances of winning an amazing getaway. Whether you’re itching to get to London (and with all this Olympic coverage, who can blame you?) or would rather get your hands on $10,000 to go anywhere your heart desires, Travel Channel is here to hook you up.

We’ve heard that getting away is important to your health, which is why Europeans swear by their extended holidays … so maybe you should enter to win that cash sooner rather than later.

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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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By Mommy Points

I didn’t realistically consider attending the 2012 Olympic Games in London until June of this year. I am normally the type of person who plans big trips like this way in advance, so taking this trip on the spur of the moment was out of character for me. However, it was actually surprisingly simple to plan this exciting last-minute trip to the Olympics — without breaking the bank.

By now, anyone who could get to the Olympics is already there. But the following tips are just as handy for your next big trip. READ MORE

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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