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Plan Now for the 'World's Greatest Aviation Celebration': Oshkosh 2014

July 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

For one week this summer—July 28 - August 3—the busiest control tower in the world will be the one at a small regional airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

What's so cool about Oshkosh, exactly? Well, all that week runs the "world's greatest aviation celebration," called EAA AirVenture (colloquially just "Oshkosh"), and tens of thousands of participating aircraft take to the skies and ground at OSH. The impressive numbers of flying machines and visitors (nearly half a million!) bestows upon Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport that superlative title and, for a brief summer week, all eyes are on the Midwest.

Although we flew in 2 years ago, last year we road-tripped up from Chicago to see if doing Oshkosh in a day would be possible. And it totally is. Three hours driving each way, $35 in gas, a pit stop to buy cheese curds, $10 in parking at Oshkosh and lots of listening to Sirius radio was all it took to spend the day amongst fields of aircraft (from brand new Honda private jets to vintage warplanes) and under loop-de-loops of the nearly constant aerobatic action.

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File 'The National Cherry Festival and Airshows' Under Reasons to Travel to Michigan

July 3, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

If your holiday weekend isn’t already filled with summer cookouts, fireworks, and trips to the beach then may we suggest a food festival? The National Cherry Festival kicks off in Traverse City, Michigan on July 5 and runs through July 12.

Parades, family goodies, and activities especially for the kids are just the beginning, as the festival does its thing along Lake Michigan's Grand Traverse Bay. There are races from a 5K to a half marathon, and there are even two airshows scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday—featuring the Navy’s Blue Angels among other performers and planes.

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How to Get Tickets to the 2014 Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

June 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

A little riddle for you: What costs $35 per person, doesn't allow you to take photographs, and is gold all over? Ding ding ding—the State Rooms at London's Buckingham Palace, which opens very soon for their annual round of public tours. To be specific, the Queen's address will accept visitors from July 26 - September 28, 2014.

As we've experienced in past years, travelers to London will be clamoring to get in, not only to tread on the Queen's lush carpets and gawk at heirlooms, but to view this year's exhibition on "The Royal Childhood" and what it's like to grow up living in a palace.

Tickets for walk-ups will be rare to nonexistent, so going online for guaranteed tix is the best route. Here's how to do it:

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Skip the Chips and Dip for These Healthiest Road Trip Snacks

June 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

School's out and it's time to hit the road and partake in the Great American Road Trip. For those moments when hunger tries to take control of the wheel, we can't stress enough how important it is to skip the Bob's Big Boy or the Waffle House. It might be easier to reach for the Fun-yuns or Cheet-ohs, but after a few hours in the car, these high fat, sodium-laden nibbles have a negative effect on your body's metabolism and energy levels.

Eating healthy on the road is more than packing a cooler full of fruit and granola bars to keep the sing-alongs going, so today we're sharing our own ultimate healthy road trip snack box:

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10 Great Fireworks Displays Coming Soon to 10 Big Cities

June 27, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | Comment (1)

The summer is officially here, and somehow it’s already time to think about Independence Day. This year the Fourth of July falls on a Friday, so be sure to get in plenty of fun and sun during the rare holiday three-day weekend. Of course Fireworks are on the menu, so here’s ten of the best options in ten of the biggest cities across the United States:

· Macy's 4th of July Fireworks – July 4 – New York City, NY

· Grand Park’s 4th of July Block Party – July 4 – Los Angeles, CA

· Navy Pier Fireworks – July 4 – Chicago, IL

· Freedom Over Texas – July 4 – Houston, TX

· Philly 4th of July Jam and Grand Finale Fireworks – July 4 – Philadelphia, PA

· Freedom Wireless Fabulous Phoenix Fourth – July 4 – Phoenix, AZ

· Stars And Stripes Over San Antonio – July 4 – San Antonio, TX

· Big Bay Boom – July 4 – San Diego, CA

· Fair Park Fourth – July 4 – Dallas, TX

· Rotary Centennial Fireworks – July 4 – San Jose, CA

[Photo: Anthony Quintano]

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BYODrone is No Longer an Option Across US National Parks

June 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

Gone are your dreams of scenic instagram images during that awesome summer road trip, as it looks like there’s some new rules heading to the national parks across the nifty fifty.

Late last week the National Park Service announced that drones, unmanned aircraft, or whatever you want to call them will be banned in all areas controlled by the park service. That means no taking-off, flying, hovering, or another drone-y activities while in or around national park lands and waters. All in all the rules and regulations affect around 84 million acres of prime real estate across the country.

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Everything Old is New Again: Wooden Roller Coaster Debuts at Six Flags Great America

June 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve been awaiting its arrival since January of this year, and now it’s finally time for the roller coaster known as Goliath to make a debut.

This big and bad new coaster isn’t a usual hi-tech coaster offering either, as this thing is a wooden coaster—so expect all of that moving and shaking that goes along with a timber track. With its opening comes world records, as Goliath will feature the longest drop, the steepest drop, and the highest speed of any wooden coaster. Top speed is 72mph.

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11 of the Best Airshows Yet to Come in 2014

June 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer is pretty much here, and that means it’s airshow season. Slap on some of the SPF and take to the fields, airports, and waterfronts across the country to check things out. Vintage aircraft to modern war machines are all out to show off their stuff, so here’s a few events not to miss this summer and beyond:

· American Heroes Air Show – June 21 – Lakeview Terrace, CA

· Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival – July 2 to July 6 – Battle Creek, MI

· Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow – July 4 – Tacoma, WA

· National Cherry Festival Air Show – July 5 to July 6 – Traverse City, MI

· EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – July 28 to August 3 – Oshkosh, WI

· Chicago Air and Water Show – August 16 to August 17 – Chicago, IL

· Rocky Mountain Airshow – August 22 and August 23 – Greeley, CO

· Cleveland National Air Show – August 30 to September 1 – Cleveland, OH

· Oregon International Air Show – September 19 to September 21 – Hillsboro, OR

· Memphis Airshow – October 18 and October 19 – Memphis, TN

· NAS Pensacola Airshow – November 7 to November 9 – Pensacola, FL

[Photo: MebS09]

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Just in Time for Summer, Washington Welcomes a New Ferry

June 19, 2014 at 8:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s more than just the San Juan Islands when it comes to escaping for a little rest and relaxation out in the Pacific Northwest, and now there’s a new ferry to help you escape for the weekend, the season, or just the workday.

Those in search of the awesomeness that is new ferry smell should set their sights on Whidbey Island, as there’s some new back and forth service thanks to Tokitae.

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Road Trip to These 5 Historic US Ghost Towns

June 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember that real ghost town in Wyoming we told you about earlier the week--the one Amelia Earhart loved? Well, we know the U.S. has plenty more abandoned and spooky towns to offer up for an ideal summer road-trip.

The abandoned towns that exist in American today were primarily mining towns, once living high-on-the-hog before the local industry turned. Others were decimated by natural disasters, sending remaining residents to greener pastures. Regardless of the reason for their dilapidation, these ghosts towns need to make it to your list of things to do over the next few months:

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Celebs Will Work the Waves at These Top US Beaches

June 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

Celebrities are just like us and, when summertime rolls around, A-listers and Z-listers alike seem to crave a day at the beach. Here are three of the top US beaches where you can catch the stars this season:

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Virginia Beach Copies Miami Beach to Liven Up Lifeguard Stands

June 12, 2014 at 11:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you haven’t noticed the weather has been getting warmer, and of course that means it’s time to start heading to the beach. In addition to the sand, sun, and beach beauties there’s something else to check out when you’re headed to the shore, and it’s all taking place in Virginia Beach.

The city has a plan to spruce up and improve their lifeguard stands, and they’re kind of taking a page from Miami Beach. Clearly we’re not going to compare the two stretches of sand—or the cities—but we’ve got to give it to Virginia Beach for adding a little fun to the sunshine and surf.

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