What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a trip to one of America’s stunning national parks? Explore the awe-inspiring rock formations of the Grand Canyon, wander through the spindly cartoon-like Joshua trees at Joshua Tree National Park, get inspired at FDR’s Hudson River estate and presidential library, go gator-spotting in the Florida Everglades or watch the waves crash against the national seashore. All of these incredible historic sites and natural wonders have been lovingly preserved by the National Park Service, often called “America’s Best Idea.”
Starting Saturday (and ending Sunday, April 29), more than 100 of the national parks that typically charge an admission fee will be completely free to enter, and a visit to any one of them will inspire you to help preserve all 84 million acres of them. If you’d like to get involved and help out with a project, visit Saturday for Volunteer Day. Or take your kids on April 28 to participate in National Junior Ranger Day, when kids will be taught to “explore, learn and protect” the parks and landmarks that we have inherited. READ MORE
Lately, we at Travel Channel have been getting hooked on Pinterest. This social network’s pinboard-community format is excellent for finding and sharing travel inspiration and planning vacations. Here’s our Pinterest page: http://pinterest.com/travelchannel
If you’ve got a case of wanderlust like we do, Pinterest is great for finding interesting destinations to visit, things to do, fun travel tips and tools, and lots more. To start, we’ve been pinning some of our favorite travel photos, quotes, destinations and travel activities that are on our “bucket list,” ideas for future trips, and we’ve also been repinning travel photos that we love from other Pinterest users. Here are some of our other favorite travelers on Pinterest:
Croft Global Travel
Some of our sister networks are on Pinterest too – you can follow Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, and DIY Network for all kinds of home & food inspiration. We hope you’ll follow us and join in the travel fun on Pinterest!
It’s resort season and it’s a safe bet you’ve spent time daydreaming of relaxing somewhere with your toes in the sand. Just when you want to escape to warmer temps, Travel Channel releases its first-ever Best Beach Awards. We sifted through hundreds of hot beaches and island vacations to bring you the 2012 nominees in 10 categories:
1. Best Party Beach
2. Best Family Beach
3. Best Romantic Beach
4. Sexiest Beach
5. Best Beach Bars
6. Best Beach You Haven’t Heard of … Yet
7. Best Beach for Adventure
8. Best Exotic Beach
9. Best Scenic Beach
10. Best Beach Boardwalks
But the Best Overall Beach is up to you!
1. Siesta Key, Florida
2. St. Lucia
3. Lahaina Beach, Maui
4. Cabo San Luca, Mexico
Vote in the poll and enter for a chance to win your own escape to St. Lucia. Tune in starting Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 2|1c as the winners are unveiled all weekend.
Tonight at 9|8 c, catch an all-new episode of Anthony Bourdain’s The Layover. With only 32 hours before his flight out, Tony takes the Eternal City by storm. Watch as he embarks on a high-speed tour of the city’s sights in a classic Fiat 500, gets a lesson in Italian breakfast etiquette and challenges a Roman chef to make a Hawaiian pizza that Tony actually enjoys. Also, learn all about Rome from the people who know it best: the locals.
Don’t worry about making note of all the pizzerias, salumerias and gelaterias that Tony visits and recommends in the show. If you want to replicate his trip, just take a look at our Episode & Travel Guide and read through our selection of Tony’s travel tips from the episode.
For an extra dose of Tony after the show, check out this missing scene in which he rants about airport security inefficiency.
Have you seen Travel Channel’s website today? Well, don’t be shocked, but you’re in the right spot. We just relaunched the website to help improve the user experience and provide fans more options to delve into numerous pages of Travel content.
TravelChannel.com is the first stop to view video, slideshows and other content related to our top TV shows, including Bizarre Foods, Man v. Food Nation, Ghost Adventures and Anthony Bourdain’s new show, The Layover. Check out the new TV show features, including the Top Picks module where fans can view popular TV show videos and photos.
Just looking around the site, you’ll notice a few changes. On the new site, we’ve changed the “Places and Trips” section into 2 separate categories, “Destinations” and “Interests.” Our Interests section provides travelers with vacation ideas for the holidays, cruises and mancations, as well as info about the best hotels to stay and much more. Travelers looking for the perfect destination to get away can take a look at a few of our featured destinations — and escape to Singapore, Spain, Paris or closer to home, NYC, California or Orlando. We also offer links to options of what to do and where to stay in selected cities and countries. So check it out!
On your journey around the site you may notice a few glitches here and there, but we’re working hard to correct minor issues and improve the site over the next few months. Not only that, we will continue adding new content to TravelChannel.com, providing you and other Travel enthusiasts and fans with more content about your favorite TV shows, popular destinations and coverage of hot topics important to travelers.
So we hope you enjoy the new look and feel of TravelChannel.com. Kick start your virtual journey and travel here!
Looking for the best travel apps to download to your smartphone? Check out Travel App of the Week on TravelChannel.com. Each week we feature a travel app that provides useful information about airline flights, places to eat, ways to navigate around an unfamiliar city and much more.
We’ve compiled travel app lists based on 3 main categories: utility apps, navigation apps and entertainment apps. Our goal is to help you cut through the clutter to find the apps that help make traveling easier for you.
We’ve enlisted Bob Tedeschi to review the most recent travel apps available. Bob has written about e-commerce, technology and travel for the “New York Times” since 1998. He has also written for “Wired” and “Money Magazine,” among others.
So check out Travel Channel’s feature Travel App of the Week, and get the download on the hottest apps for travelers!
In case you missed it, Travel Channel recently received some unexpected recognition on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The comedy show featured a skit about Travel Channel’s Ultimate Vacation Giveaway. The fictitious giveaway made for great fun and fodder, featuring British actor Russell Brand and SNL comedienne Kristen Wiig.
Other SNL cast members made brief appearances during the performance to demonstrate their excitement after winning the giveaway. Take a look at the skit and tell us what you think.
And don’t forget about the real Travel Channel Sweepstakes! In February, you can enter to win a trip for 2 to Greece. It’s a different, exciting destination each month. Good luck!