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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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Summer — the season for beach vacations, sunbathing and swimsuits — is fast approaching, so it’s only fitting that we throw it back to the debut of the first modern-day bikini in 1946. Designed by French automobile engineer Louis Reard, the bikini was modeled by 19-year-old nude dancer Micheline Bernardini at a poolside fashion show at the Piscine Molitor swimming pool in Paris. Since then, the bikini has become a more “itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny” staple for summer fashion.

Need some inspiration for this summer? Take a look at how swimsuits, especially the bikini, have transformed throughout the years here.

Check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.

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Travel's Best All-American Vacations 2014

Click on the image to see our top 10 All-American vacations for 2014.

Whether you’re looking to live the American dream (which, according to the movies, is a cross-country road trip), craving an old-fashioned family beach vacation or hoping for a heart-pounding adventure in our national parks, check out our Travel’s Best All-American Vacations for 2014.

Each vacation was hand-picked by our expert panel of advisors, which includes Travel Channel hosts Don Wildman and Kinga Philipps, Roadtrippers.com founder and CEO James Fisher, and the Martin family who documented their RV trip to all 50 states at thatTripUSA.com.

With all this country has to offer, there were plenty of destinations that couldn’t make our list. Check out this year’s top 10 and let us know if we missed one of your favorite US getaways. Then, visit our Fan Favorite page and comment on which All-American destination should be added to our experts’ picks.

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Venice Beach, CA

Photography By John Paul “Boomer” Lacoangelo / LA Tourism

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
– A VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood
– A walking tour through LA’s world-famous Farmers Market
– Segway tour through Santa Monica and Venice Beach
– A behind-the-scenes tour of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach
– A 2-hour Harbor Dinner Cruise from Marina Del Rey
– Car rental for duration of the week
– $2,000 in spending money

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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When the winter thaws and the days get warmer, many people look forward to hitting the beach, grilling outside and baking away that pasty, cold weather glow. But for those of us within fan culture, summer is the season of the con.

Although cons, short for comic and fan conventions, already take place nearly every weekend across the nation, the warm months are a prime time for nerdery. For me, the uptick of blockbuster superhero and genre flicks in theaters during the summer, along with more free time spent daydreaming or reading –not to mention extra opportunities to strike a hero pose in the sunshine — makes me want to hangout even more with my fellow fans. READ MORE

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For Canadians, the 3rd weekend in May, or the “May Long” (weekend is implied), is the unofficial start to summer.  While technically this is the Victoria Day weekend — named in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday — most Canadians are feeling victorious for surviving yet another cold northern winter. This is a nation where we break out the shorts at the first thaw; so, we’re pretty pleased to kick off the season with a weekend at the cottage or in our backyards with a barbecue. For tourists, here are 5 classic things to do in Canada this summer:
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Calling all Instagrammers! Do you often find yourself spending wayyyy too much time pondering which filter to use on that amazing travel photo you snapped? Well, it’s time to put your skills to use! We want you to share your fun summer photos with us, and our favorites may be featured on TravelChannel.com, on our Instagram account or even in an on-air commercial!

Here’s how to submit your photos:
1. Instagram your favorite summer travel photos (you can submit more than 1!)

2. Use the hashtag #MySummer and tag @TravelChannel in the description
Note: You must do this in order for us to see your photo! See our Terms of Use here.

3. Be sure to enter the destination of your photo in the description!

So when you’re on vacation this summer, watching waves break on the shore or soaking up the sun by the pool, don’t forget to snap a pic and Instagram it! You could end up seeing it on TV!

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Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, KS

A drop higher than Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty, an incline that reaches the heights of the tallest wave ever surfed and a ride that will be faster than the planet’s fastest animal — the cheetah! Are you ready to climb the 264 steps to Verrückt? Before Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, KS, opens its doors Memorial Day weekend and debuts its newest ride, Verrückt, Guinness World Records (accompanied by a handful of major media and news outlets, including Travel Channel) will put Verrückt through its toughest test today — a measurement that will determine whether or not Verrückt is in fact, the tallest and fastest waterslide in the world!

Until the final judgment is declared, you be the judge! Go behind the scenes and watch the making of Verrückt. Tell us what you think in the comments below. Are you ready to ride, or are you terrified? And don’t miss all-new episodes of Xtreme Waterparks (featuring Verrückt) this summer on Travel Channel.

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Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park, Western

Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park, Western (Photos: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism)

Ever fantasize about blasting off on a trip into outer space?

That might work someday soon for those with millions of dollars to burn. But for the vast majority of us who aren’t that lucky, traveling to Newfoundland might be the next best bet. The unique rock formations, stunted trees and brutally harsh offshore winds in this remote Canadian province are so out-of-this-world that they cannot help but lure those with an adventurous bent.

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A rodeo in Wilsall, MT. (All photos: Lisa Singh)

A rodeo in Wilsall, MT. (Photo: Lisa Singh)

Remember that scene in City Slickers, where Billy Crystal finds himself in a bit of a slump and says, “Do you ever reach a point in your life where you say to yourself, ‘This is the best I’m ever gonna look, the best I’m ever gonna feel, the best I’m ever gonna do’ … and it ain’t that great?”? His wife soon tells him, “Go and find your smile.”

Somewhere out west.

Personally, the west has always held a special allure for me; and for months, I’d been keeping my Pandora station on old western soundtracks (don’t judge). There was only one place to go, some place like … Montana. Upon the recommendation of some friends, I set my sights on the Metcalf Ranch. It’s here, on a fifth-generation, 4,800-acre working cattle ranch in the heart of south-central Montana, that a couple named Susan and Remi Metcalf offer guests an authentic cattle ranch experience.
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