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New York and Five More Cities Announce 2015 Fleet Week Dates

March 25, 2015 at 6:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comment (1)

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 | Comments (0)

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 | Comment (1)

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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How to Get Tickets to Three of 2014's Best Christmas Fests

December 9, 2014 at 8:35 PM | by | Comments (0)


Above: the huge Christmas tree at Navy Pier

'Tis the season for Christmas Festivals filled with lights, music, hot chocolate, and roasted chestnuts.

Here are three of this year's best holiday festivals and how you can get tickets to each:

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The Southwest Airlines Skating Rink is Once Again Open in Denver

December 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Following the stuffing, spending, and sleeping of the long holiday weekend it might be a good idea to get outdoors and move around a bit. Enter our buddies over at Southwest Airlines, as once again the carrier is sponsoring an outdoor skating rink just in time for the holiday season.

Last week was the opening day for the winter season, as the Southwest Rink at Denver’s Skyline Park is now doing its thing until February 16. The hours vary a little bit depending on the day of the week and any pesky holidays getting in the way, but for the most part you should be able to lace up your skates and hit the ice.

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First Look: The 2015 Red Bull Air Race Schedule

November 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you a fan of high-performance airplanes zooming through an obstacle course of pylons while traveling at speeds up to 230 mph only 50-80 feet above water or track? Then you likely had an awesome time this past year for the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, and should mark off your iCal with the news of their 2015 race schedule, just announced today.

2014 marked the return of the race after a nearly 4-year break to re-evaluate safety. The most recent series of races concluded with a stop in Austria in late October after hitting Abu Dhabi, Rovinj (Croatia), Putrajaya (Malaysia), Gdynia (Poland), Ascot (UK), Fort Worth and Las Vegas.

The good news for 2015 is that the US will still be represented on the schedule, with Red Bull returning to the Fort Worth and Las Vegas racetracks. The bad news is that no new US stops are included, and the races will again entirely overlook Australia and South America.

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