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Fiesta San Antonio

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For more than a century, San Antonio has honored the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto with an annual parade and celebration. Now, one of the largest festivals in the US, Fiesta San Antonio welcomes almost 3.5 million people each year.

A fun, family-friendly event for all ages, this year’s Texas-sized Fiesta will take place April 10-27, and will offer 110 events such as concerts, parades, cook-offs and more. READ MORE

 

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

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For more than 30 years, Waxahachie, TX, located just south of Dallas, has been home to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival — a Renaissance-themed festival that will take place 8 consecutive weekends and Memorial Day Monday between April 5 and May 26 this spring.  

Spread out across a 35-acre “village,” the festival’s 3 areas — Crown Meadow, Pecan Grove and Holly Field — offer a variety of attractions for attendees of all ages to experience the spirit of the Renaissance. READ MORE

San Antonio

Without a doubt, San Antonio is best known for The Alamo — the site where numerous Texans gave their lives during the Texas War of Independence. The city capitalizes on The Alamo’s popularity and offers numerous tours of the mission, as well as tours of other 18th-century missions in the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park.

San Antonio is a cultural city as well. La Villita, the oldest neighborhood in San Antonio, boasts an old-fashioned market, complete with wool blankets and turquoise and silver jewelry. During the spring and summer, festivals are held almost every week and flamenco dancers often perform. To escape the oppressive summer heat, the young and hip cool down with maragaritas on River Walk, a winding street lined with restaurants and bars. The city has plenty for kids as well, with numerous amusement parks, bike paths, parks and gardens, and a zoo.

The downtown area is a popular place to stay, as it is close to the River Walk as well as numerous other attractions and businesses. The Mokara is undoubtedly the most luxurious option; swanky amenities include a beautiful rooftop pool, a premium spa and fine dining. The nearby Hyatt Regency, with a large pool with poolside dining, and spacious rooms with iPod docks, flat-screen TVs and “pack and play” sets upon request, is a family-friendly hotel. Budget-conscious travelers may consider the Four Points in the downtown area.

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Tonight at 8|7c, Bert scours Denver on a search for the perfect couple to take on an all-expenses-paid trip to Austin, TX. Bert comes across Maxim and Rebecca, an adventurous, fun–loving couple in desperate need of a getaway. They quickly (and excitedly) agree to a Trip Flip … and boy, are they in for a surprise.

Have you ever been to a restaurant where the patrons wait for a chicken to poop in order to win a prize? Probably not.  Unless you live in Texas!

After finishing their game of chicken bingo, Maxim and Rebecca are in for a treat: Bert introduces them to country music stars Martie and Emily of the Court Yard Hounds and Dixie Chicks. Not only do our vacationers get to sit in on a special studio session, they also get to kick back and relax with the stars while enjoying a tequila tasting. Not bad for a free trip, right? And that’s just the half of it.

Want to know more about Maxim and Rebecca’s amazing, Texas-sized adventure? Tune in for an all-new episode of Trip Flip, tonight at 8|7c.

And don’t miss these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos from tonight’s Trip Flip.

Dreaming of a big vacation — filled with adventure, jaw-dropping views and luxurious downtime? Look no further than Big Bend, TX! That’s right: You and one lucky friend could win a trip for 2 to this amazing stretch of West Texas, where hidden canyons and desert oases await nature lovers, along with more than 450 bird species, geologic wonders and ancient fossils sure to appeal to the Indiana Jones lover in the family. But you better hurry: Visitors to TravelChannel.com have just 2 days left to enter to win.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: What are the odds? The answer is good – if you start now, and keep trying. You can enter the sweepstakes once a day to increase your odds of winning. Just come back to this page and reenter your email address. No re-registration is necessary.

The payoff could be big. You and a guest will enjoy 5 days and 4 nights of first-class hotel accommodations at Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa. Come daytime, you’ll enjoy outdoor adventures such as a river-cruise excursion, horseback trail ride and an off-road expedition through Big Bend National Park.
What are you waiting for? Get going – start here!

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Ladies and gentleman, this is your pilot speaking. Please make sure your seats and tray tables are in their full, upright and locked position.

Houston, the toys have landed! And there are just too many of them in the state of Texas – but not for Jordan.

Jordan’s first stop while in Houston is to Victor’s house where he has a garage filled to the brim with vintage cars, and there is one in particular that catches Jordan’s eye — the Green Hornet Black Beauty car. The only problem is that it also happens to be Victor’s favorite item. Will Jordan be able to haggle it from Victor’s iron grip?

Next, Jordan is off to Rita’s house where the “heroes in a half shell” he discovers have been living in boxes in a garage instead of an underground, super-secret sewer fortress. The classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures are definitely worth a pretty penny, but will Jordan offer Rita the right price or will he be sent packing to his home in New Jersey without his little green friends?

Find out on an all-new episode tonight, Nov. 28 @ 9|8c.

The guys are back tonight at 9|8c with an all-new episode of Ghost Adventures. Zak, Nick and Aaron make their return as the first and only investigators to visit the recently-closed Central Unit Prison in Sugar Land, TX.

Our Haunted Destination of the Week, Central Unit Prison has a history of violent inmates and brutal disciplinary practices –- in fact, the father of a former inmate tells Zak that it was the worst place his son had ever been.

The GAC also stops by the Texas Prison Museum where they find Bonnie Parker’s pistol among the museum’s creepy collection, and attempt to communicate with any spirits that may be lingering around the museum’s prized possession — an electric chair named Old Sparky.

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by Amanda DiGiondomenico

To celebrate that extra day we’ve been granted this leap year, many travel destinations — from Orlando to South Africa – are trying to make those extra 24 hours worth your while. Instead of wasting away your leap day, let these 5 travel ideas inspire you to make the day something to remember.

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One More Disney Day
For starters, Disney wants your leap day to be extra magical, so they are officially calling leap day, “One More Disney Day.” To commemorate the day, Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando’s Disney World and Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, will be open 24 hours straight. Once the gates open at 6 a.m. on Feb. 29, Mickey fans can have the run of the park until the rides shut down at 6 a.m. on March 1. The lines will probably be short in the wee hours of the morning, offering maximum opportunities to ride.

Leap at Martha’s Vineyard
If peace and quiet are more your speed, then head to Martha’s Vineyard for a little rest and relaxation. But don’t take yourself too seriously there; at the Vineyard Square Hotel you can score a free bottle of wine if you bring a photograph of yourself leaping over something. So let loose, find the closest leap-able object and bring someone who has a camera.

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South By Southwest News and Notes

Thousands of people converged at the Austin Convention Center for the second day of South by Southwest, one of the largest music festivals in the world.  The popular festival runs from March 11 to 20, and it has something for everyone.

Within the past few years, the festival has expanded to include SXSW Film, one of the world’s premier film festivals focusing on new directing talent. In 2007, the festival organizers took it a step further, by adding SXSW Interactive. This portion of the festival attracts web creators and entrepreneurs, which creates a great breeding ground for new ideas and creative, emerging technologies.

The festival also includes SXSW ScreenBurn to highlight the video game industry, and Style X to showcase new talent in the fashion industry. SXSW Comedy was added for the first time this year to provide comedians with several new venues to perform their acts.

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Students Warned To Avoid Mexico for Spring Break

After an increase in Mexico’s drug violence, the Texas Department of Public Safety wants college students to rethink spring-break plans south of the border.

Public Safety Director Steven McCraw encourage students to stay on the US side of Falcon Lake, a popular fishing and boating spot on the Rio Grande border. According to MSNBC.com, it’s also the same area where David Hartley was shot and killed last September.

“Drug violence has not discriminated — innocent bystanders and people who may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time are among the casualties,” McCraw said in a written statement on Tuesday.

Officials are also warning students to travel with caution in popular destinations, including Cancun and Acapulco, where “various crime problems exist.”

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