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It’s that time of year again, when the flower-crowned and (flash) tattooed set heads into the desert to party like it’s 1999 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA. Here are our do’s and don’ts for #winning at the annual music and arts festival.

Do: Have a Game Plan
Make an epic playlist and listen to all of the acts beforehand. Have your absolute must-sees mapped out, as well as backups in case the lineup changes (it will). Download the Coachella app or print out the set list — going old-school means you don’t have to worry about a dead iPhone (more on that later).

Sure, there will be plenty of time for surprise guests and happy discoveries, but you don’t want to sacrifice a prime position for your favorite act of the weekend in the name of spontaneity.

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Don’t: Leave Home Without Your Wristband
Consider it your golden ticket — seriously, you can’t go anywhere without it.

Do: Arrive Early
If you’re psyched for a band, you can bet a whole lot of other people are, too. Good rules of thumb: Leave for the fairgrounds several hours before your desired first set (traffic, as they say, can be a b*tch), and for big acts, get in place near the stage at least 30-40 minutes before the set starts.

Don’t: Be left wondering, ‘Dude, Where’s My Car?’
Drop a pin where you parked or use an app such as ParkMe to help you navigate back to the car later. At night, all parking lots look the same. Those wishing to camp together should make sure to pull over to a nearby gas station or other meeting place and caravan in together.

Bonus points for bringing an extra set of keys (you never know when they might come in handy), a mini-flashlight and SNACKS.

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The year’s hottest night in music is almost here. On Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., some of the music industry’s most popular recording artists will walk the red carpet in Los Angeles, CA, for the 57th annual Grammy Awards.

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Want to host your own web series for Travel Channel? Do you have the talent of Sam Brown, Andrew Zimmern, Kinga Philipps or Shane Reynolds? If you think you have what it takes, here’s your chance to become the next Travel Channel Star.

Join us for an open casting call Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 26, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day, at Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, CA.

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Temecula Valley

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September is California Wine Month, and there’s no better time to plan a visit to one of the state’s 28 wine regions. Wineries will be marking the harvest and celebrating the month with special wine tours, tastings, concerts and more.

With more than 4,000 wineries ranging from intimate, boutique wineries to larger, more recognizable brands, California is sure to provide visitors with one that appeals to them — and their taste buds.

There’s no doubt that Napa Valley is the state’s — and possibly the country’s — most recognized wine region. However, head to Southern California for a lesser-known area, where picturesque rolling hills and vineyards await. READ MORE

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

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The El Matador State Beach is probably just as photogenic as the swimsuit models who are often found posing on its sleek stretches of sand.  If you plan to make the trip, keep your eyes peeled for the sandy hideaway off the Pacific Coast Highway and be aware of the steep 150-foot hike from its upper cliffs down to the beach.

Daily Escapes!

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We’re getting ready for the summer, and there’s no better way to help you prepare than to take a virtual vacation to some of the best beaches in the US. Go sunbathing or surfing on Santa Monica Beach, take a stroll along the Santa Monica Pier, or enjoy the rides — like Pacific Plunge, West Coaster or Sea Dragon — at the amusement park.

Daily Escapes!

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Take a relaxing, leisurely bike ride along the coast of Big Sur for picturesque views of the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and Pacific Ocean.

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

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This April, thousands of free-spirited music lovers will flock to the California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

The annual 2 weekend, 3-day festival will take place April 11-13 and 18-20. It will feature multiple stages for live music performances from more than 150 artists, and from every genre, including rock, hip-hop and electronic. This year’s headliners include OutKast, Muse and Arcade Fire, in addition to other popular artists such as Ellie Goulding, Pharrel Williams and Lana Del Rey. READ MORE

Heading into Pasadena, CA, for the big game? Before Florida State University and Auburn University step foot inside The Rose Bowl for tonight’s Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship, don’t miss out on all the great restaurants, bars, hotels and attractions in and around the City of Roses.

If you’re looking for an all-American dining experience in Pasadena, look no further then Pie n’ Burger, a classic burger joint that celebrates the American traditions of burgers and pie. Not in the mood for pie? No problem! Head to Pasadena’s favorite ice cream parlor, Fair Oaks Pharmacy, famous for its simple ice cream sundaes, lime rickeys and milkshakes. And after all that eating, burn off some calories with a walk down the road to stop by The Norton Simon Museum and check out the 5 must-see pieces at the museum named for a man and his money.

When I’m traveling to Pasadena, my favorite place to stay is just 20 minutes away, in the City of Angels: Los Angeles. For a classy place to stay, check out our picks for some of the city’s most romantic hotels. Also, when staying in LA, there are so many activities and restaurants that are sure to get your heart racing and your tummy growling. Don’t miss out on some of the simple, low-budget activities in the city, as well as some of LA’s most mouthwatering meals on wheels.

And for a little more family fun after the big game, a short, 45-minute drive down the I-5 from Pasadena will land you in Anaheim, home to Disneyland, beaches, hotels, restaurants and more.

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