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Father's Day is only a few weeks away, and we're here to help you out with gift ideas for those fathers and father figures in your life who "seem to have everything" or, you know, "like to jet off to a foreign country at a moment's notice."
We would normally recommend planning a trip for you and your pop to form some long-lasting memories, but we know that's not the most feasible solution due to lack of time and/or lack of funds, so we've narrowed the recommendations down to five affordable, easy gifts for fathers who travel:
In case you missed it, there was a whole bunch of racing last weekend, as Formula One, NASCAR, and IndyCar all held some pretty major events. For race fans it might be a little bit of a letdown as we move into June, but don’t worry—there’s always museums.
In this case, we focus on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, dedicated to all things racing, as it does its best to illustrate the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and specifically the Indianapolis 500. There’s 30,000 square feet of artifacts, memorabilia, and other racing goodies to check out, and of course there’s a couple gift shops too. In total, 75 cars sit on display all year long, but of course it’s strictly a look but don’t touch situation.
It was a busy weekend for NASCAR fans with plenty of racing action taking place down in Daytona Beach, Florida. Crazy crashes during Saturday’s race forced even the fans to the hospital—looks like everyone is at least stable—and Sunday brought Jimmie Johnson his second ever Daytona 500 victory. You could call it the Super Bowl of the series, so it’s understandable that this week might be a little disappointing after all that excitement. That’s why we suggest nursing your NASCAR hangover at their Hall of Fame over in Charlotte.
They’ve got pretty much everything and anything on display at the hall, and they’ve even found the space to cram in 31 full sized racecars as well. Over 50 digital displays help recreate history right in front of your eyes, and there are even plenty of buttons so you can choose exactly what you want to see, hear, and feel. There’s even a moonshine still on display to represent some of racing’s good ol’ days—ha.
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Inside Keen's in NYC
What makes a restaurant "manly?" Well, it's probably got leather booths and lots of red meat, and a cosmo probably won't be the first thing the bartender recommends. Of course all of this is spot-on for a certain class New York City dining institutionKeen's Steakhouseand last night, the Travel Channel named it the Manliest Restaurant in the Northeast.
The testosterone didn't stop there, however; the Travel Channel dedicated an entire episode of their Food Paradise series to manly restaurant across the entire United States, bestowing such an illustrious title on an eatery in each region of the continental 48. Even though Men's Health Magazine was involved in the process (and the December issue has more on these places), the winners all had one thing in common: their love for meat.
Like we've totally already said, today is like Hangover 2 Day, since the movie just debuted and we're in the mood to go to Bangkok. If you can handle the portmanteau, "mancations" are totally a thing, and it's partly the fault of movies like The Hangover. Even the Travel Channel is trying making "mancation" happen, naming a new travel show after the trend.
Mancations: the Showpremiering Sunday, June 5stars Evan and Gareth, two dudes whom we can totally envision calling each other "broseph." Taking their bromance around America in search of testosterone-fueled experiences, E & G go wake-surfing with rifles, train with NASA, shoot more guns and...go for a spa day in Sedona? Okay, sure.
We know a lot of guys who love to get their Travel Channel on, but usually for the purposes of watching Anthony Bourdain describe the pleasures of exotic meat sizzling on a street grill in Asia, or Andrew Zimmern forcing himself to try durian for the hundredth time and not being able to keep it down, for the hundredth time. So we're not so sure about this show. Still, we'll tune in to check out the premiere. Sunday, June 5 at 9pm EST on The Travel Channel.
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Okay, time to 'fess up. Who's going to see The Hangover 2 tonight and this weekend? Putting objectivity asideit. looks. awesome. We can't wait to watch the guys get into hijinks all over their bachelor party destination of Bangkok, Thailand, especially knowing the level of energy and oddity Bangkok itself brings to the travel table.
We reported several months back (while the movie was still filming) that Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, and Ed Helms will begin their journey from Ontario International Airport in Ontario, California, which the movie will likely attempt to pass off as LAX.
NASCAR has really taken the lead when it comes to automotive racing in the United States, but until Formula 1 enthusiasm comes back to our shores, there’s always the Indianapolis 500 to fulfill your open-wheeled needs. This might be a good year to forego that hot dog at the family barbecue and pack up the station wagon for a racing road trip this Memorial Day. If you can’t find tickets and accommodations yourself, we've done the legwork for you. Here are three package deals that will get you closer to victory lane:
· Premiere Sports Travel
We’ve seen this group before, and they always seem to have a solid handle on how to access hard to get hotels and tickets. There’s packages for different budgets and interests, but there’s one that started our engines a little more than the others. The Deluxe Indy 500 Package features three nights at the more than adequate Sheraton Downtown City Centre and includes paddock tickets. They throw in airport transfers, transportation to the race with police escort, and all taxes and fees. It’s $795 per person, which is expensive, but seems like a deal considering all you get...like a frickin' police escort!
The Olympics entertained us most of the afternoon, but there was also another pretty big sporting event going on yesterday. NASCAR lovers from around the world gathered on the coast of the Sunshine State to check out this year’s Daytona 500. Just like last year, there were some issues, but this year’s problems sounded a little more like stuff commuters experience on daily basis. There was a pothole that stopped the race a couple times, but Jamie McMurray was finally able to hold off everyone else—including Dale Earnhardt Jr.—to take the checkered flag.
If you’re still in town you can always check out the Daytona 500 experience, but if you’ve been in Florida for a few days you’ve probably already done it. You can always take your racecar obsession to the next level by shelling out some cash to actually hit the track at Daytona International Speedway. The Richard Petty Driving Experience will be glad to arrange a ride-along on the track for only $135. The three laps at about 165 mph will go by pretty quickly, so you better leave the credit card back at the hotel so you don’t start spending too much too quickly.
If sitting on the beach and having an adult beverage in tropical paradise is too boring for you, then we’ve got an alternate adventure for your next trip to Hawaii. Parker Ranch on the Big Island welcomes one and all for a unique hunting opportunity. Just in case your true travel dream is to kill something in all 50 states. No ducks here, they are all about the big game hunting.
Year round hunters are able to chase after wild pig, wild goat, and wild cattle. Organizers claim they maintain a 98 percent success rate on these types of hunts, so if this is your thing you should be good to go. For those who prefer feathered friends, turkey and pheasant hunts are open during different times of the year. Gobblers are only available in the spring, so bringing a fresh one home for Thanksgiving isn’t an option.
Folks in the Lonestar State are hoping that their latest idea is the start of something big. Organizers are set to open the doors to the first ever Texas Testosterone Festival in just over a week and their mantra is "grow a pair," which sounds like success (we kid).
Located within the Palmer Events Center in Austin, it’s a exhibition of all things manly. There’ll be talk of sports, hunting, fighting, and of course one or two pretty ladies wandering around.
It may be one of the most cliché travel goals, but the idea of visiting every major league baseball stadium in the country is something so very appealing and American. However, we’ve only been to like five or six, so we certainly have a lot of work ahead of us. If you also want to bring your numbers up, then we recommend checking out what Roadtrips has to offer. They specialize in getting you and your crew to any number of sports destinations, including the Olympics, the World Cup, auto racing, and the usual big four.
With the baseball season now fully underway, Roadtrips is offering up some special rates for their summer packages. For those interested in attending this year’s All Star Game in St. Louis, they’ve already planned your vacation for you. Tickets, accommodations, and even a gift package are included, so you can start drinking as soon as you arrive at Busch Stadium and not worry about your seats. Rates for this package start at a slightly pricey $1575 per person, but at least you don’t have to deal with the scalpers.
Did you make it to this year’s Daytona 500? We didn’t either, but tens of thousands of fans attended “The Great American Race” yesterday. Those in attendance saw Matt Kenseth hold onto victory over fan-favorite Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the weather-shortened race. The rain started to fall a little over half way into the 500-mile race, and it was called with only 48 of the 200 laps left.
For those who were less than interested in the action on the track, there was action elsewhere on race day. Keith Urban was on hand to perform before the gentlemen started their engines. Tom Cruise served as this year’s pace car driver, Gene Hackman was there just hanging out, and Gavin DeGraw started things off with the National Anthem.
If you’re still in Daytona Beach today, definitely go check out the Daytona 500 Experience—it will help get over your post race depression.