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Top five social media destinations

Top five social media destinations Oct 8th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Do you live your life in 140 characters are less? Have you almost lost your life several times because you had to get that shot of a crazy cab driver uploaded to Facebook? If this is anything like you, here are five cities you're just going to love. NetProspex has ranked the cities in the United States by social media activity, and the results are not at all surprising. Using the NetProspex...

The sexiest city in the United States is ...

The sexiest city in the United States is ... Sep 16th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Don't waste your time looking at the coasts, if you have a map in front of you. And skip the big cities and clichés – you won't find Las Vegas at the top. Austin, Texas is the sexiest city in the country according to a survey by Men's Health Magazine. A number of factors contributed to the win, including birth rates, condom sales and the rate of STDs ... not to mention sex toy sales....

Top ten traits of an excellent hostel

Top ten traits of an excellent hostel Aug 9th, 2010 at 11:00AM: I've spent nights in hostels that were probably just fronts for drug operations, and hostels that I wish I could live in. What makes a hostel good is fairly basic: cleanliness is the biggest issue, followed by orderliness and friendliness. But a few traits separate the good from the excellent when it comes to hostels. Here's what I've determined are the factors: 1. Good ventilation: It is so...

Top 10 farmers markets in U.S.

Top 10 farmers markets in U.S. Jul 26th, 2010 at 11:30AM: There's an innate pleasure to eating seasonally, especially this time of year, when berries, stonefruit, peppers, corn, and tomatoes are at their peak. Farmers markets are one of the best ways to enjoy these ingredients, not only because they afford the chance to connect with growers, ranchers, fishermen, and food artisans, but also because they're a window into the soul of a community. I'll be...

Formula One returns to the United States - Austin to host races from 2012

Formula One returns to the United States - Austin to host races from 2012 May 27th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Some fantastic news for Formula One fans all around the world - the most watched sport in the world is coming back to the United States - and will take place on a new track in Austin! In the past, U.S. F1 races had been held in Watkins Glen, Indianapolis, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix. Sadly, after the 2007 season, it looked like the United States would be without a race...

19 perfect dive bars

19 perfect dive bars May 18th, 2010 at 2:00PM: We need dive bars more than we care to admit. They are the counterweight to a world overflowing with upscale lounges and designer "mixologist" cocktails, a way to keep it simple, hang out with friends old and new and tip back our favorite beverage. Gadling is a big fan of dive bars too. That's why we've put together this list of 19 of our favorites. Where's your favorite dive bar? Leave us a tip...

Don't Park in Austin: a long-winded travel tale with a moral at the end

Don't Park in Austin: a long-winded travel tale with a moral at the end May 6th, 2010 at 10:00AM: I try so hard to love Austin, really, but Austin doesn't make it easy. Yeah, I had so much fun there, what a cool city, it's not like the rest of Texas, blah, blah, blah. Doesn't matter. In life, bad memories so quickly suffocate the good ones, like a python squeezing the life out of some innocent Bambi lookalike. Bambi's not what we remember--we remember the python . . . When Gadling...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 012: Trains, planes, & mergers! Behind the scenes at Southwest Airlines, Gowalla & Gadling in Austin + a brand new GIVEAWAY!!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 012: Trains, planes, & mergers! Behind the scenes at Southwest Airlines, Gowalla & Gadling in Austin + a brand new GIVEAWAY!! May 5th, 2010 at 5:30PM: GadlingTV's Travel Talk, episode 12 – Click above to watch video after the jump Well, we've been bouncing around the country this week and have got a great show to prove it! From Dallas, Texas to Austin, Texas and finally Portland, Oregon - we'll take you behind the scenes at Love Field Airport and the operational headquarters of Southwest Airlines! In the news this week: United...

Austin & Piñatas: Why it Pays to Wander

Austin & Piñatas: Why it Pays to Wander May 5th, 2010 at 10:30AM: The Gadling team was in Austin, TX last weekend for our annual meet-up. I was the first to arrive in town and decided to take a walk to a taquería that a friend had recommended. It was located in East Austin, a predominantly Mexican neighborhood tucked away on the other side of I-35 from 6th Street and the clubs and restaurants that keep Austin hopping into the morning hours. East...

Austin, Texas: How to buy your first pair of cowboy boots

Austin, Texas: How to buy your first pair of cowboy boots May 4th, 2010 at 11:30AM: There's something romantic about cowboy boots that's inexplicable. They're unique, mysterious, and, on the right pair of legs, they are downright sexy. The legends surrounding cowboys and the American West are as rich and colorful as the boots themselves. From Hollywood legends like Roy Rogers and John Wayne, to stories of Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp, cowboy legends linger in our minds and...

Gadling meet-up in Austin this weekend

Gadling meet-up in Austin this weekend Apr 27th, 2010 at 11:00AM: Gadling's writers are scattered all over the world. So, once a year, we rally the troops for a good ol' fashioned meet-up (not like those new-fangled tweet-ups that the kids are always blogging about). This year, we're descending on Austin, TX for a weekend of barbecue, breakfast burritos and beer. Do you like those things or any other words that start with the letter B? Then you should join...

20 great destinations for shopping

20 great destinations for shopping Apr 2nd, 2010 at 3:00PM: Shoppers of all kinds will fall in love with the places that made this list of the top 20 cities for shopping. Whether you live nearby or are planning a trip, this list offers places ideal for anyone in need of some retail therapy. New Orleans, Louisiana The French Quarter and Bourbon Street are only the starting point in the unique shopping destinations you'll find in New Orleans. Stroll...

15 more great cities for drinking beer

15 more great cities for drinking beer Mar 25th, 2010 at 4:30PM: Last month, the writers at Gadling spent a lot of time at the pub, creating this list of The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer. We had so much fun and got so many great comments, we decided we couldn't stop: we headed back to the bar and asked for another round. Here's 15 more of our favorite cities in the world for drinking great beer. Did we include your favorite? Take a...

Top Travel Trips: March 2010

Top Travel Trips: March 2010 Feb 28th, 2010 at 12:00PM: February was a busy month for travel shows, so we're looking forward to settling down a bit in March. Not too much, though... March means music, man, and one of the top music conferences kicks off March 10 in Austin, Texas. Of course, there's a little more to it than just good tunes. The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals is the meeting place for original music,...

The Broken Spoke: the best little dive bar in Austin, TX

The Broken Spoke: the best little dive bar in Austin, TX Jan 11th, 2010 at 9:00AM: Some dive bars are shady little neighborhood joints that no one has ever heard of, much to the delight of the patrons that frequent the place. Others are known far and wide, with legendary reputations for plenty of mayhem and fun. The Broken Spoke in Austin, Texas falls squarely in the latter category, with a fantastic mixture of food, music, and dancing that draws crowds from miles around. In...

American Airlines is being watched by the FAA

American Airlines is being watched by the FAA Jan 3rd, 2010 at 1:00PM: Three strikes have led to increased federal attention for American Airlines. The last month hasn't been kind to the airline. In two instances, planes bumped wingtips with during landings in Charlotte, North Carolina and Austin, Texas and another overshot the runway in Jamaica. The FAA released a statement on Friday indicating that it would review these situations in case they're symptoms of a...

NYC tops U.S. list of most expensive cities

NYC tops U.S. list of most expensive cities Dec 21st, 2009 at 3:00PM: It's not exactly shocking to see that New York City is the most expensive city in the United States. Groceries, gasoline and other items tend to run a tad more than twice the national average. Whether you rent or buy, you'll spend a fortune in this city, where the average price for a home is $1.1 million and an apartment, on average, will cost $3,400 a month. So, how can so many bloggers live...

In the Wild Wild West: Dine in a trailer park

In the Wild Wild West: Dine in a trailer park Nov 16th, 2009 at 8:00AM: The new trend on dining out in Austin, Texas is in trailer parks. Street food trailer parks, to be exact. Warm, temperate weather makes the capital of Austin an excellent destination for outdoor eating, so why not plant a few street food stalls in permanent slots and let the masses come forth? South Austin's Trailer Park and Eatery is a series of several, small street food stands parked on a...

Wild Texas: the critters of the Lone Star State

Wild Texas: the critters of the Lone Star State Nov 9th, 2009 at 9:00AM: When it comes to viewing wildlife in the U.S., most people naturally gravitate to the western part of the country, where you'll find a wide variety of species in abundance. Places like Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and of course Alaska, have great reputations for offering travelers an opportunity to see a large number of animals in their natural habitat. One place that doesn't garner this kind of...

Ten musical destinations that will rock your world

Ten musical destinations that will rock your world Aug 24th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Music has a way of taking you on a journey. Like any great trip, the songs that inspire us are filled with joyous highs and sobering lows, unexpected revelations and exotic uncertainties. It's only natural then that each of us seeks out music during our travels. Whether it's a CD stand in a bustling market in Morocco or a classically-trained violinist playing on a street corner in Paris, music...

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