Saturday marks Alaska Day, commemorating the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States in 1867. While most of us won’t be on hand in the beautiful, seaside town of Sitka to celebrate, we thought we’d take the opportunity to marvel at Alaska’s glaciers, fjords and otherworldly scenery, as shared with us by Travel Channel fans on Instagram during the ideal summer season. The vast and largely untouched state beckons with lush landscapes, natural wonders and amazing wildlife, waiting to be explored by air, by land or, as the trend goes, by sea on an Alaskan cruise. These photos may be just the inspiration you need to plan your journey to “the Last Frontier” now.
“We’re headed to Aialik Glacier, the biggest in Kenai National Park.” – @marksbucket READ MORE
From coffee breaks in Buenos Aires to killing time in London, some of our favorite cities take center stage in this week’s travel blog roundup.
Espresso, crispy-yet-gooey medialunas and dulce de leche … eat your heart out in Buenos Aires with Fathom.
Did you hear about the time Google hired a camel for its desert street view? True story.
In news you can actually use: Beers & Beans has 8 essential android apps for working on the road.
Have a long layover in Heathrow? Luckily, JohnnyJet knows the best way to kill the time.
Lost in Cheeseland shares her 5 favorite things to eat, drink and see in Paris.
Zak Bagans, Lead Investigator on “Ghost Adventures”
October is a big month for travelers in search of new haunts and things that go bump in the night. And speaking of hunting for the paranormal … new episodes of Ghost Adventures started airing on Travel Channel last week. In addition to visiting spooky places such as Lemp Mansion & Brewery, the GA crew packed their bags and headed across the big pond to investigate haunted Ireland. Watch the bone-chilling investigation in a 2-hour Halloween special on Friday, Oct. 31, at 9|8c.
Enter to win a trip for 2 to see some of the paranormal hot spots that the GA crew visited in Ireland. And don’t for get to stay connected to the GA crew and fans in the Ghost Adventures Fan Lair.
This month is a great month for Ghost Adventures, and it’s also a good month to check out our coveted list, Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2014. See our recommendations for the best haunts in America. Lead GA investigator Zak Bagans participated on our panel of advisors, and he tells us his top 3 favorite haunts and why you should add them to your must-see list.
Photo Courtesy of Jeff Johns
The summer months mark the most popular travel period of the year, with tourists flocking to all corners of the Earth to rest, relax and explore. Taking a spa day is a popular respite, but visiting the Dead Sea for a spa day is a truly unique travel experience.
Located on the borders of Israel, Jordan and the West Bank, the Dead Sea is the lowest land point in the world, at about 1,300 feet below sea level, and Highway 90, which runs along the water, is the lowest road. The area has been a popular relaxation spot since biblical times — King David visited the Dead Sea frequently, and it was even the spot of the first health resorts built by Herod the Great — and that really hasn’t changed much since.
Coney Island (Courtesy of Anna Garwood)
By Anna Garwood, Director of Programming & Talent Relations
What brought you to Coney Island?
I’m overseeing a general casting search for Travel Channel to find unique personalities who are passionate about travel and we can potentially develop shows around. After reviewing an initial round of Skype interviews of potential candidates, I narrowed it down to a short list and brought them to Coney Island in New York City to shoot in-field casting reels. Arthur Hsu and Will McKinley from Travel Channel were there as well to help me produce and shoot the reels. READ MORE
Photography by State Fair of Texas
Our stomachs are growling for tasty fried food from this year’s State Fair of Texas, which runs through Oct. 19. There are several food-related events during the month-long fair, including the famous Celebrity Kitchen, where acclaimed Texan restaurant chefs prepare your favorite dishes every day at the Creative Arts building.
To the shock and dismay of women around the world, the world’s most eligible bachelor is officially off the market. George Clooney tied the knot with Amal Alamuddin on Sept. 27 in Venice, Italy, at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice’s iconic Canal Grande.
This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice’s elite for centuries, so it was a fitting spot for the Oscar-winning actor and the internationally acclaimed barrister to wed. Renovated into a luxury resort in 2013, Hotel Aman blends the old world with the new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there’s also a spa and fitness area. Don’t get too excited about following in Clooney’s footsteps: A night here will cost you — prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room. Most star-worthy wedding moment? The glamorous couple and their A-list guests arrived via boat or gondola.
After a dream wedding in Venice, where does a Hollywood power couple such as Clooney and Alamuddin honeymoon? Far-flung exotic locales like the beaches in Mauritius or the Maldives? Or perhaps, as was speculated, at royal honeymoon hot spot Seychelles?
Today marks the end of the inaugural Microbrew Madness, and after 3 weeks of viewer voting for America’s favorite craft brewery, the winner is Four Peaks Brewing Co. in Tempe, AZ. This beer lover’s oasis is a must-visit destination on your next trip to Arizona.
The brewery offers excellent, award-winning beer that appeals to all connoisseurs, ranging from the Kilt Lifter Scottish-style ale to the Hop Knot IPA. For seasonal beers and cask-conditioned ales, be sure to visit a Four Peaks pub. And if you love a game of darts, stop and play a game — the loser may just have to down an entire Oatmeal Stout shake.
From the steep streets of Sienna to a stunning sunset in Norway to a staggering $23,000 Singapore Airlines price tag, here are the links that got shared around the Travel Channel office this week.
The adventure journal turned us on to this gorgeous Norway time-lapse. Trust us, it’s worth a look.
For quintessential Tuscany with 2 kids in tow — let Hither & Thither’s Travelogue be your guide.
This photo essay by Amanda Marsalis for Tiny Atlas Quarterly will have you seeing Hong Kong in an entirely new “Amaro-like” light.
In case you’ve ever wondered what would be considered “the Chateau Marmont of the South,” it’s Soniat House in New Orleans according to A Hotel Life.
Finally, for anyone who’s ever been envious of first-class guests as they’ve headed to the back of the plane, one man documents his flight to New York in a $23,000 Singapore Airlines suite.
Photography by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Thinkstock
If you’re planning a road trip, avoid driving in these 3 buzzing American cities. You’re sure to encounter some of our nation’s most reckless drivers. For anyone brave enough to take their wheels for a spin, we’ve gathered the worst parts of driving in these cities and a few tips for navigating them.