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5 Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks to Eat That AREN'T From Pat's or Geno's

February 18, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

As a kid, a close family friend played for the Philadelphia Phillies and I was fortunate to have spent a good chunk of my childhood a few rows behind home plate at Veteranís Stadium. But that's not all. Spring breaks will forever be associated with Spring Training in Florida and I even got pulled out of school so I could attend the 1980 World Series. This early baseball exposure sparked a lifetime love for the sport.

Beyond the game, I loved our awesome post-game ritual---going to Patís King of Steaks, getting mobbed for autographs and scarfing down cheesesteaks on the rear tailgate of our friendsí Jeep Cherokee. Although I moved from Philadelphia many years ago, baseball and cheesesteaks are permanently tangled together in my childhood memories.

A few years ago, Jaunted conducted an ultimate Philly cheesesteak taste test which broke down the offerings at Pat's, its longtime nemesis, Geno's and Jim's. But there are even more cheesesteaks that deserve to be eaten.

We asked several friends with deep ties to the City of Brotherly Love to weigh in on their go-to cheesesteak spots. Here are five places to chow down on meat and cheese (nom nom nom) that arenít Patís or Genoís. (Jim's does make an appearance though.)

Enjoy, and don't forget to grab a couple napkins to wipe the drool off yer face.

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Headed to Colorado? This Adventure Travel App Can Help You Get Off the Beaten Path

February 18, 2015 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Travelers looking to discover lesser known outdoor adventures in Colorado should worry not - there's an app for that.

Gociety, a Denver-based startup, is a social network for adventurers. The free site allows members to share and connect with the rest of the Gociety community about outdoor sports, such as rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Users can get recommendations from locals or join in on already planned outings with other members. Aka - you can meet up with locals who might be hiking or climbing in an area that you would not have discovered otherwise.

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Toast a Fond Farewell to Portland's Iconic Airport Carpet with Its Own Beer

February 18, 2015 at 2:54 PM | by | Comments (0)

The saga of the "PDX carpet" continues this week, with good news and bad news for the many worldwide fans of the flooring at Portland, Oregon's airport. The beloved carpet—a design based on the airport's runways and Pacific Northwest heritage—was originally installed in the 1980s and, this week, is being torn out and replaced.

Since our last update only little more than a month ago, the number of Instagrams tagged with #PDXcarpet has grown from 26,000 to 35,000.

The bad news is that the carpet is still saying sayonara, and the removal hit full speed at the end of January. The good news is the Portland Port Authority has finally figured out a way to get squares of the classic design to the adoring public, via a lottery system. KOIN has all the details, including how to subscribe to email updates on every step of the carpet's removal and repurposing process. Intense!

That's not all. There's also a PDX carpet beer!

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Lights, Camera, Bucket List Action: One Woman's Dream Trip to Los Angeles

February 17, 2015 at 6:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Lots of people love to talk about what's on their Travel Bucket List but today, Jaunted's Charyn Pfeuffer tells us what it was like to actually fulfill a Travel Bucket List for a close friend, proving that you don't have to go somewhere far far away to have the trip of a lifetime.

As much as I love making to-do lists, Iím not a big fan of bucket lists. I believe in making things happen ASAP instead of stockpiling a bunch of dreams to accomplish over the course of a lifetime. Iím a gotta have it now kind of gal; patience is not my strong suit.

But when dear friend of mine, Mary, was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer, a small group of friends and I decided to take her on a trip of a lifetime. Her trip of a lifetime. We listened to what Mary wanted to do, took her health into consideration, and planned a getaway fit for a princess. (Mary loves all things pink and sparkly.)

Her destination of choice? Mary wanted to go to Los Angeles and attend a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Since these tickets are tough to get, we booked this part of the trip first. Once we did that, we bought her First Class nonstop tickets on Alaska Airlines from Seattle to Burbank.

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Go High Above in the City of Brotherly Love with Philly's First Observation Deck

February 17, 2015 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Aerial view of needle-topped Liberty One Place (center)

Philadelphia already has several vantage points that offer visitors a unique perspective of the city from above, but this summer, it will open its first "official" observation deck.

The new project will be aimed at giving visitors a new look at the City of Brotherly Love. It will be on the interior of the top floor of Liberty One Place, the second-tallest skyscraper in the city (Comcast Center is the tallest). And, perhaps more significantly, it will be managed and operated by the Paris-based Montparnasse 56 Group (M56), that seems to specialize in creating attractions. It already has observation projects in Chicago, Paris, and Berlin that attract a million visitors a year and include restaurants and private event space to boot.

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Where to Visit The YouTube Star Lion Who Put On A Show, Then Went To Sleep

February 16, 2015 at 3:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Call it global warming. Call it natural climate change. Call it sheer good luck. But every year spring seems to arrive a little earlier and so - even though it certainly doesn't feel like it this week - zoo travel season is just around the corner.

That means it's about the time of year when travel writing flips from irritating airline security and travel politics stories to cute animals doing cute animal things.

It's not just us, either. The London-based Daily Mail published a story this week all about one of the male lions who live in our beloved San Diego Wild Animal Park, which of course was renamed the San Diego Safari Park a few years ago. The video that sparked the story is embedded below - after spending a day flying around social media - and you should make sure that you watch the whole thing. Easily worth a minute of your time.

The Daily Mail description is exactly right: the spectacle is "spine-tingling," but then the lion "got bored and retired for a nap." Because...cat.

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Get Schooled in Street Art at Miami's Jose De Diego Middle School

Where: 3100 NW 5th Ave [map], Miami, FL, United States
February 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Miami's Wynwood district has become the city's epicenter of art but, ironically, the neighborhood's middle school has no arts programs for its 600 students, due to budget cuts.

Last year, the Wynwood Arts District Association and WynwoodMap.com brought together a group of non-profits, corporate partners, local businesses, artists, and city officials with the common goal of not only bringing color to the Jose De Diego Middle School's stark white walls, but to create a long term fundraising campaign that will finance a new arts program at the school.

The RAW (Reimagining Arts Wynwood) Project was launched during Art Basel in December 2014 as an army of more than 30 world-renowned arts - including David Walker, Pixelpancho, Anthony Lister, RYCA, D*Face, Jaz, LezaOne, ABSTRK, Shark Toof, Santiago Rubino, and Derek Hunter - covered JDD's exterior walls with large-scale, one-of-a-kind murals.

And now you can make it a stop on your next trip to Miami. Jose De Diego Middle School, located at 3100 NW 5th Ave in Miami, welcomes the public to tour the grounds, view the murals, take photos and, most importantly, donate to their cause.

To make a donation, visit crowdrise.com.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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How Much Longer Does US Airways Have Before It's No More?

February 13, 2015 at 10:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Way, way back in 2010, a Jaunted writer asked the question, as part of a rant, "US Airways, do they still even exist?"

Five years later and we can only answer that with "well, kinda."

The airline known as US Airways continues to merge with American Airlines and flew its final 767-200 revenue flight yesterday, from Philadelphia to Charlotte. This is but the first of many lasts for US Airways, and indeed we've already seen US Airways planes fully painted in the #newAmerican colors out on the tarmac.

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Did You Travel Through Florida Without a Sun Pass? Check Your Mail

February 12, 2015 at 8:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Somewhere in the Florida Keys

Have you ever had that moment of panic when driving on a Florida highway as you realize you have no idea how to pay the associated tolls? Some of Florida's toll lanes don't have cash tollbooths, but they do have plenty of signs warning drivers when they're about to enter, causing unnecessary anxiety for some out-of-state visitors.

Most Florida residents have a SunPass that offers lower toll rate, but those who don't can still take Florida's toll lanes. However, the tolling cameras will take a photo of their license plate and mail the car's registered owner a TOLL-BY-PLATE invoice including all of their tolls for that month, plus a $2.50 administrative charge.

Out-of-state visitors driving their own cars don't have to worry about paying tolls either because they'll get the same TOLL-BY-PLATE invoice mailed to their home. If planning an extended stay in Florida, anyone can also register for a SunPass, without being a Florida resident.

But if you're in a RENTAL CAR, the bill for the toll will go to the rental car company, who will send it to you with some added fees. Joy.

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A First Timer's Guide to Fort Collins, Colorado

February 12, 2015 at 11:59 AM | by | Comment (1)

Old Town Fort Collins

There are lots of reasons to visit Colorado anytime of year, and Denver has been gaining momentum in recent years with tourists thanks to its growing metropolitan offerings, booming craft beer scene, and the curiosity that came with its legalization of marijuana.

Even though it is now a destination in itself, the Mile High City has long served as a launching pad for the ski and mountains towns in the front range of the Rockies, a hub for easy day trips. Today, we take a ride north to check out what there is to do on a first time visit to one of those cities--FORT COLLINS.

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Skip Powerball and Enter This Grand Canyon Lottery Instead

February 11, 2015 at 6:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Powerball jackpot is approaching $500 million, but thereís another lottery worth checking out this month. Thatís the one over at the Grand Canyon, as itís time for the annual entry period to score a chance for a non-commercial river trip.

Winners wonít be heading out on the Colorado River until 2016, but with only 472 permits available for 12 to 25 day river trips during next year, this could be a big win for an outdoor enthusiast. For those looking to put names and information in the hat for a chance to win note that applications are accepted between now and noon on February 24.

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5 Things to Do Right Now in Miami Beach

February 11, 2015 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Snow? Slush? Ice? Never heard of it. Unless it comes in the form of a slushy, boozy drink. Welcome to Miami, where it's a sunny 75 degrees in the middle of winter and the arrival of The Season means that the town is full of the bold, the beautiful and the highly entertaining.

Here are five ways to get into the swing of things here on South Beach:

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