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For most of the country, December is a time for holiday cheer, family gatherings and some well-earned time away from work or school. For college football fans, however, it’s the greatest time of year for a very different reason: It’s bowl season. A time when fans young and old pack up their minivans, purchase plane tickets and travel to a random city to cheer on their alma mater 1 more time. And regardless of whether your school is large or small, there is a good chance that it will be participating in one of the NCAA’s 39 bowl games.

From Miami to Boise, ID, and Seattle to Hawaii, there are games in just about every major travel destination in the US (and even the Bahamas!). But there is 1 state that shines brighter than the rest this bowl season, and that is the great state of Texas. READ MORE

Whether you’re going the distance for the world’s largest marathon or cheering on a friend from the sidelines, here are hotels offering packages for the TCS New York City Marathon, which are filled with pre- and post-race pampering. Running a whopping 26.2 miles — you deserve it.

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Enjoy Scotland’s Golfing Scene at the Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup (Sept. 23-28) is a world-famous golf tournament that’s heading to Perthshire, Scotland, this year. This team-oriented competition, which pits the U.S. and Europe against each other, expects to attract more than 10,000 golfing enthusiasts to enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. The venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, the Gleneagles Resort, is absolutely gorgeous. Soak up the green hills and tall trees of Gleneagles with this awesome tour of the golf course.

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It’s barely dawn on a Saturday morning and you already have the car packed with everything from yard games to spare ribs. You’ve somehow managed to fit into a faded college sweatshirt from sophomore year and soon will hit the road to your old stomping grounds for a day of food, fun and football. It must be tailgating season.

We’ve searched stadium parking lots (and waterways) across the country to bring you some of the most unique tailgating scenes to put on your bucket list this fall.

University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) – The Grove
Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty! Like many schools around the country, Ole Miss claims to have the best tailgating scene around, and 1 trip to Oxford may leave you convinced. The reasoning? The Grove. This 10-acre quad/park at the heart of campus transforms into downtown tailgate town on Rebel’s game days. A sea of blue and red cover this grassy area as fans dressed in their Sunday’s best parade from tent to tent sampling delicious food and drink. It is a true taste of southern hospitality that can’t be missed. READ MORE

While fans of host team Brazil are still crying into their caipirinhas, all eyes are on Germany and Argentina for the World Cup final. Check out our Country vs. Country challenge. Who do you think comes out on top?

Germany Argentina
Signature Dish(es) Signature Dish(es)
Currywurst, steamed than fried pork sausage served with a curry-meets-ketchup sauce  Empanadas, chorizo and, of course, beef served at a Buenos Aires parrilla 
National Drink National Drink
Prost! If you can’t go full-on Oktoberfest, opt for a Becks, the No. 1 beer export
 
Salud! Yerba Mate (a tea made from the naturally caffeinated leaves of the South American rainforest holly tree) spiked with vodka or a glass of Malbec from Mendoza 
Home Stadium Home Stadium 
Germany does not have an official stadium, but matches are held most often at the Olympiastadion in Berlin
 
Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires 
Claim to Fame  Claim to Fame 
Brandenberg Gate, a neoclassical triumphal arch and one of the most recognized landmarks in Germany  Iguazú Falls, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world 
Natural Wonder Natural Wonder
The Black Forest, scenic woodlands dotted with mountain villages known for cuckoo clocks and the eponymous Black Forest cake  Perito Moreno Glacier, a Patagonian glacier located in Los Glaciares National Park 
Capital City Capital City
Berlin  Buenos Aires 
Celebratory Dance Celebratory Dance
Polka, popular across central Europe  Tango, a passionate and sophisticated dance performed everywhere from corner cafes to historic tango halls
 

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“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd …”

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack … it’s time for Major League Baseball’s 85th annual Midsummer Classic!

The festivities kick off at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins, on Friday, July 11, with All-Star Fan Fest. Whether you wanna scoop up a 2014 All-Star jersey of your favorite player, or take part in a clinic hosted by some of baseball’s top coaches and players, this one-stop-shop is the perfect place for any baseball fanatic.

The actual baseball begins on Sunday, July 13, with the MLB Futures Game. The Futures Game shows how truly deep the MLB pipelines run, when up-and-coming stars from all over the globe, from every MLB farm team (minor league), are divided into 2 teams — US vs. The World — to showcase their skills and claim bragging rights for the future of baseball. READ MORE

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World Cup fever is growing hotter and hotter around the world, and while soccer watching has not always been associated with the US, the 2014 FIFA World Cup seems to be capturing America’s interest.  Last night’s nail-biting USA-Portugal match on ESPN scored a 9.6 rating, making it the highest-rated World Cup match ever in the US. While the world’s game is growing in popularity across America, what US city can lay claim to having the most World Cup fans? The nation’s capital: Washington, DC.

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Do you know the best places to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup? Here’s a list of some of the best soccer bars in the US — just in case you can’t make it to Brazil. A lively atmosphere, authentic soccer fans, good beer/cocktails and food were all criteria that helped us narrow down our list.

1. The Londoner  (Addison, TX) Head to The Londoner if you’re looking for an authentic British pub experience. England fans usually frequent the Addison bar, which is also the flagship location for the Dallas-Fort Worth pub chain. All 4 locations will host kick-off parties on June 12 with drink specials like $5 caipirinhas, and plans are already underway to show 48 World Cup games live.

Where: 14930 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001

2. Atlantic Beer Garden (Boston)
Go for the 29 HD TVs, 2 projection screens, 12 draft lines and list of more than 40 craft beers to wash down their tasty Mac n’ Cheeseburger or seafood scampi. Its South Boston waterfront location makes it the perfect spot to take a stroll if the soccer games gets too intense and you need a breath of fresh air.

Where: 146 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210
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It’s less than a week until Father’s Day. Just in case you’ve put off finding that special gift or getaway, we have a few travel ideas on how you can spend some quality time with Dad.
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Bert Kreischer at Nationals Stadium

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!

Bert Kreischer at Nationals Stadium

The lucky winners find out that they get to hold the finish-line ribbon for the traditional Presidents race.

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