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One of New York's Best Free Events Will Return in October

July 22, 2015 at 10:05 AM | by | ()

This is an early warning to mark off your iCal for the weekend of October 17-18, and book your tickets to be in New York City.

These are the just-announced 2015 dates for one of the best free events of the year in the Big Apple: openhousenewyork (OHNY). For one weekend every year, some of the city's most private places fling open their doors to complimentary tours for the public. A few tours do have a small fee, but they'll be worth it. Some popular locations in the past have included Kickstarter's headquarters in Brooklyn, the World's Fair Hall of Science in Queens, some private apartments that have gone "off the grid" despite being in the middle of Manhattan and, of course, the TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport.

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Watch World War 2 Airplanes Fly Over Washington D.C. This Friday

May 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

May 8, 1945: V-E Day. The Allies officially celebrate the end of World War 2 with the acceptance of the surrender of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers. For the first time in years, airplanes flying overhead meant only celebration and the return of good times instead of loss and potential tragedy.

May 8, 2015: The 70th Anniversary of V-E Day. The airplanes flying overheard on this day will again celebrate the victory of the allies, and some of the aircraft will be the very same which flew those 70 years ago.

Washington D.C. will be the site of the United States' grand 70th anniversary celebration of V-E Day this Friday, and Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum reports that the highlight will be a flyover of one of the country's largest private collections of World War 2-era aircraft.

The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is the chief sponsor, and has a bunch of extras for those who both will and won't be there to watch the display. From the Smithsonian:

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Why Virgin America is Entering the Dallas Film Festival (and Giving Away Flights)

April 2, 2015 at 5:12 PM | by | ()

Here's the thing. Virgin America's April Fool's prank of starting flights to Branson, MO already happened, so this next announcement can't be another prank (even if sounds like one).

The airline, which last year introduced a 5-hour, 45-minute film of a "BLAH Airlines" flight from Newark to San Francisco, is taking the film to a real film festival, with a prize component!

The film, a fictional (albeit strikingly realistic) portrayal of the interminably boring transcontinental flights of legacy airlines like United, has garnered over 814,000 views and actual film reviews; we even named it the Best Viral Travel Video of 2014. Now, the lengthy feature will show on April 10 as part of the Dallas International Film Festival, and the airline is seeking audience members.

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New York and Five More Cities Announce 2015 Fleet Week Dates

March 25, 2015 at 6:03 PM | by | ()

Spring in New York City is a beautiful thing. Flowers are blooming (at bodega florists), people walk hand-in-hand (on film shoots in the West Village), and the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold (in subway stations). Furthermore, spring is when Fleet Week fills the streets with smiling sailors in their dress whites, and New York Harbor with military ships of all shapes and sizes.

The dates for Fleet Week NYC 2015 were announced today, so mark your iCal for May 20-26. While you're at it, type in a few more Fleet Weeks as well; the gathering of Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines does happen in cities other than New York City, and during other times of the year than just late spring.

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Why the Heck Would Anyone Go to Ottawa, Canada in the Middle of Winter?

February 3, 2015 at 11:08 AM | by | ()

What do you know about Ottawa, Canada? Okay, it's the capital of Canada and home to Parliament. Okay, it's in the province of Ontario and maple products are absolutely on offer. Okay, it's very cold and snowy in the winter.

What you may not know is that Ottawa has a dining scene increasingly adopting the "100-mile diet" concept of localized gastronomy, a booming hotel scene (for example, the historic Fairmont Chateau Laurier is the midst of a full room remodel and Hyatt's Andaz is breaking ground), and an outdoorsy scene throughout the winter, thanks to the annual Winterlude/Bal de Neige Festival from January 30 - February 16.

So, why in the heck would anyone want to visit Ottawa in the middle of winter?! We have a few ideas...

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Iguazu Falls

January 14, 2015 at 9:52 AM | by | ()

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

What waterfalls are taller than Niagara Falls (3x taller!), wider than Victoria Falls, and so genuinely ginormous that they form part of a border between countries? The answer, of course, is the South American UNESCO World Heritage Site of Iguazu Falls.

The Falls are split between Brazil and Argentina (and Paraguay isn't too far away, either), and each comes with its own name, airport, and visitor vistas. In Brazil, you'll land at Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas International Airport-IGU, the falls are named the Cataratas do Iguaçu, and wooden walkways take visitors out and over the waters to the very edge of some of the falls. On the Argentinian side, you'll land at Cataratas del Iguazú International Airport-IGR, the falls are the Cataratas del Iguazú , and the viewing is mostly from the tops of the cliffs.

While the decision over which side to visit may be a difficult one, at least one thing is quite simple: the beautiful year-round weather on both sides.

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In Search of Perfect Weather: When to Travel to Rio de Janeiro

January 12, 2015 at 10:19 AM | by | ()

If it's cold where you live, then pay attention this week as we profile a few Perfect Weather destinations.

Brazil is so hot right now.

Coming off 2014, the year the country successfully hosted the World Cup, energy is still high and airfare deals are plenty. For Rio de Janeiro in particular, tourism has never been better, and it’ll only continue trending upward as the city preps for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

To get in while the going’s good, plan a Rio trip for 2015. To help, we’ve already detailed how to get the Brazilian visa, what to pack, and even what to say when you arrive.

Rio is tropical and temperate year-round, but there are some distinct times of the year when it’s best to go, or best to stay away.

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Google Reveals the Most Searched Music Festivals of 2014

December 29, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | ()

Google just posted several top ten lists exploring the year in search, including one dedicated to the most searched for Music Festivals of 2014.

It comes as no surprise that Coachella topped the list. Thanks to a lineup that features the biggest names in music - Pharrell, Arcade Fire, Lorde and Lana Del Rey headlined in 2014 - and a celebrity following that includes Jared Leto, the Kardashians, and Twilight alums, Coachella has become the year's hottest ticket.

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How to Get Tickets to the 2015 Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville

December 23, 2014 at 2:43 PM | by | ()

Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Festival is returning to Nashville in 2015 with more stand-up, improv, and comedian panels. Tickets for the six day fest, taking place April 14 - 19, went on sale Friday.

Last year's inaugural festival drew more than 20,000 fans to Nashville for 29 shows, and other special events. Hannibal Buress, Joel McHale, Anjelah Johnson, Frank Caliendo, Jeanne Robertson, Lewis Black, Doug Benson, Tig Notaro, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Eric Andre, and Kevin Smith are among the performers who have already joined the 2015 lineup, with more acts to be announced soon.

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Three US Museums with 'Night at the Museum'-Style Overnights in 2015

December 19, 2014 at 3:26 PM | by | ()

This weekend, Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theaters and, in honor of its release, we have a look at three museums where your kids can spend the night in 2015.

La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles, CA

The Overnight Adventures program at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County now includes the La Brea Tar Pits. Camp Goo at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits gives children the chance to get down and dirty in the tar pits with special flashlight tours, a scavenger hunt, and sticky crafts. All overnight adventures also include light snacks, a museum patch, and entry into the museum the following day. Check out the full schedule of upcoming camps at nhm.org.

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How to Get Tickets 2015's Maui Comedy Festival

December 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM | by | ()

The Maui Comedy Festival has released tickets for next year's event, just in time for Christmas.

The fest hasn't announced a lineup for 2015 yet, but given the list of last year's performers - including Craig Robinson, Aisha Tyler, Reggie Watts, and Tig Notaro - it's sure to be a good one.

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The 5 Most Festive Drive-Through Christmas Attractions in the US

December 11, 2014 at 8:33 AM | by | ()

There are Christmas trees, festivals, markets, and even holiday kitsch; however, we’re suckers for some quality time behind the wheel where we can check out some dancing reindeer and a shimmering Santa—all illuminated for the season. Sure it might be a little tacky—or just a little much—but with a hot chocolate in the cup holder it can’t be beat. Here’s five places where we’d gladly shell out some holiday cash in exchange for some lights and a smile:

Symphony of Lights Drive Through – Columbia, Maryland

Offered up by the folks at Johns Hopkins and Howard County General Hospital, this annual event does its thing in and around Symphony Woods. Expect a nice 30-minute drive through all kinds of lighted creations. Organizers promise a “fantasy of color, design and animation,” but we’ll let you judge for yourself. Things run through January 4, and it’ll set you back $20 per car. Just note that it’s cash only, so swing by the ATM before making the journey.

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