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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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15 Summer Weekend Getaways

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It’s officially the first day of summer , so how do you plan to spend yours? Whether your summer vacation is completely booked or you’re still looking for some inspiration, our weekly travel blog roundup is here to help on both fronts.

Your worst fear when you decide to check a bag? Showing up to your destination before it does. Skift reveals where checked luggage is 3 times more likely to arrive late than in the US.

Summer airfares can be brutal; Johnny Jet shares 12 ways to find cheap flights.

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Surfing on Waikiki Beach

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Surfing — an ancient Hawaiian tradition known to locals as “he’e nalu” — dates back to the late 1770s. However, it wasn’t until Hawaii became a state in 1959, and movies like Gidget Goes Hawaiian and The Endless Summer came out, that surfing in Hawaii became popular.

In the 1960s, Waikiki Beach in Honolulu became a popular tourist attraction for beginning surfers because of its long, rolling waves and smooth shore. Pictured above, a group of surfers in the 60s perform stunts on the famous beach. In the background stands Diamond Head — an extinct volcanic crater that was named a Hawaii state monument in 1962 and a national natural landmark in 1968.

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It’s official – summer is finally here (well, this Saturday, to be exact)!  Now you have roughly 13 weeks or 95 days to take advantage of all the best things about summer, from food-fueled road trips to rooftop cocktails to lazy beach days. Don’t have a plan yet? Get inspired to create your own list with our 7 summer must-dos.

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Angkor Thom Gate in Cambodia

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Travel Channel executive producer Daniel A. Schwartz traveled to Cambodia with the Expedition Unknown production crew and host and explorer Josh Gates. It was Daniel’s first time in Cambodia and we thought it was the perfect time to get a “newbies” perspective on the country.

What brought you to Cambodia?

I went to Cambodia to film Expedition Unknown, a new Travel Channel show coming in 2015, with host and explorer Josh Gates. We traveled through the country, from the capital Phnom Penh all the way to the northernmost mountain border. Josh was on a mission and we were there to document the adventure. READ MORE

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Overwhelmed by New York’s neon canyons? Wary of running with the tourist hordes? If you’re “Times Squared-out,” you can visit an authentic part of New York City just a short distance away. Explore Hell’s Kitchen, the area roughly bordered by Port Authority and 57th Street to the north and south, and 8th Avenue and the Hudson River to the east and west.

This once-raffish neighborhood was home to bad-boy Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain. Today, it thrives with restaurants, bars and opinionated, demanding locals. Parts of Hell’s Kitchen also offer peace and quiet — something visitors may think is unattainable in New York. Here are a few rough and refined recommendations on what not to miss in this hood: READ MORE

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We apologize for the interruption in our regularly scheduled posting, but while we’ve “sunset” This Week in Photos, our weekly travel roundup isn’t going anywhere. Here are some of the top stories shared around the Travel Channel offices this week.

The World Cup has been buzzing in the background at Travel Channel HQ and the workdays are punctuated by cheering from cubicles. Some employees aren’t as fortunate, however, and in China they’re taking to more extreme tactics to not miss any of the action. With a crushing 11-hour time difference – meaning the daily opening matches start around midnight — Chinese workers are buying fake doctors’ notes to play hooky. According to NPR, the more money workers are willing to pony up the more authentic the excuse: 50 bucks even gets you an ultrasound, CT scan, blood or urine test to back up your “diagnosis.”

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Pop the Kennebunk Festival (Photo Courtesy of Maine and Maine Home+Design Magazines)

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For 6 remarkably tasty days in June, food and travel lovers from across the US unite at the Kennebunkport Food and Wine Festival, an annual event that has – hands down – become the hottest ticket in coastal Maine. Now in its 10th year, the festival draws Maine’s top chefs, as well as wine and beer makers to this charming waterfront town.

Rub elbows with an eclectic group of guests at nightly cocktail hours and after-parties, featuring live music and tasty artisan beverages made from local distilleries such as New England Distilling, but save your energy for the festival’s main events.

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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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Olympic Drive-In Theatre, Hollywood, CA

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Summer nights spent under the stars at the drive-in. Sounds like a thing of the past, right? This week, we’re throwing it back to the 1950s when drive-in theatres became popular for family outings and date nights. In 1951, 2 women drive past a sign advertising Hollywood’s Olympic Drive-In, formerly named the Pico Drive-In — California’s first outdoor movie theatre. Moviegoers in more than 750 cars were able to enjoy movie nights at the drive-in until it closed in 1973.

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