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SeaWorld offers $5 admission for kids

SeaWorld offers $5 admission for kids May 3rd, 2010 at 5:30PM: SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, San Antonio and San Diego are offering $5 one-day tickets for kids now through Dec. 31, 2010. To get the $5 deal, you need to buy a full-priced adult admission for each discounted kid's ticket you purchase. Adult tickets are $69 in San Diego, $58.99 in San Antonio and $78.95 in Orlando. And you'll have to buy the cheap tickets online in advance; they aren't...

Earth Day travel: Stay 'green' at eco-friendly hotels

Earth Day travel: Stay 'green' at eco-friendly hotels Apr 22nd, 2010 at 12:00PM: Looking for ways to stay green on Earth Day? Hotels around the world are offering some green options to get you thinking about your carbon footprint, and ways you can help protect Mother Earth. Here are a few U.S. hotel deals just for Earth Day. Grab a room and go green! Kimpton's new Hotel Palomar Chicago features a green roof, joining a city-wide eco-friendly initiation. The roof will be...

Photo of the Day 4.21.10

Photo of the Day 4.21.10 Apr 21st, 2010 at 6:30PM: Your body language sends a million signals. Happy, sad, mad, afraid, overjoyed, or in the case of this seal, incredibly proud. Roymartin grabbed this shot of a posing seal at Sea World in San Diego, Calif., and just looking at it makes me want to sit up straighter and ring a bell for my butler. Marine biologists at NOVA have confirmed that seals are among some of the smartest mammals in the...

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 010: Paragliding, Tijuana, USS Midway, Stone Brewery & surfing the Bruticus Maximus!

GadlingTV's Travel Talk 010: Paragliding, Tijuana, USS Midway, Stone Brewery & surfing the Bruticus Maximus! Apr 21st, 2010 at 6:00PM: GadlingTV's Travel Talk, episode 10 – Click above to watch video after the jump Travel Talk has hit double digits!! To celebrate, we have an incredible lineup of adventures from San Diego, California - including a short dash over the border to Tijuana, Mexico! This week we talk about Kim Jong-Il as a fashion icon, a new great way to hail a cab in NYC, and share a book that covers...

The ten best cities for sunbathing

The ten best cities for sunbathing Mar 29th, 2010 at 3:00PM: After you've been cooped-up inside all winter, that first day of nice weather at home feels like a gift from heaven. Clothes come off, frisbees start flying and the hardcore sunbathing begins. Even if it's still cold where you live, the prospect of warmer days ahead looms large. In preparation for the endless days of spring and summer, here's ten of our favorite spots for sunbathing around the...

Top ten U.S. spots for photography

Top ten U.S. spots for photography Mar 23rd, 2010 at 4:00PM: As full-time traveling photographers, my husband and I have traveled all over the U.S. in search of the most beautiful cities and sites to photograph. From the vast open desert to towering urban skylines and raging river canyons, we've compiled the top 10 best places to visit for photographers. You'll find a few well-known favorites along with some unique photography hot spots where you'll...

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer

The 24 greatest cities in the world for drinking beer Feb 26th, 2010 at 4:20PM: Deciding on a top ten list of anything is usually pretty difficult. Unless you're talking about, say, the top ten numbers one through ten... narrowing down and choosing only ten of whatever often takes a great deal of effort. When it comes to the world of beer, with the vast array of choices out there, things become extremely problematic. Luckily, choosing ten of the best cities in which to...

Hyatt's Andaz opens new hotels in New York, California

Hyatt's Andaz opens new hotels in New York, California Jan 22nd, 2010 at 1:00PM: Hyatt's boutique brand, Andaz, is making its way from coast-to-coast with new properties in New York and California. Andaz Wall Street opened Jan. 18 and another New York property will be unveiled on 5th Avenue later this year. In the meantime, Andaz San Diego is opening its doors on Feb. 1. The Andaz Wall Street (photo) features 253 guestrooms with loft-like ceilings and seven-foot windows....

NWA pilot: lots of misinformation, but can't talk about it

Oct 25th, 2009 at 1:00PM: All eyes are on the Northwest Airlines crew that missed Minneapolis by 150 miles. Rumors abound, such as dozing and arguments in the cockpit. Richard Cole, a crewmember on Northwest Flight 188, wouldn't talk, except to say that it wasn't his fault: "But other than that, I cannot tell you anything that went on because we're having hearings this weekend, we're having hearings on Tuesday. All...

Three days of cruise fun on the Carnival Elation for just $99

Three days of cruise fun on the Carnival Elation for just $99 Oct 14th, 2009 at 3:30PM: If you need proof that this is the best time ever for finding hot travel deals, look no further than this offer. Enjoy a three day cruise on the Carnival Elation, sailing from San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico (and back) for just $99. The Elation is one of the Carnival "Fun Class" ships - and the entertainment on board certainly justifies the name. From a three deck waterslide to a jogging track,...

December is cougar season on San Diego cruise

December is cougar season on San Diego cruise Sep 22nd, 2009 at 4:00PM: Women of a certain age and vigor will leave San Diego in December on the first "cougar cruise" to hit the high seas. Singles Travel Company and singles group The Society of Single Professionals are collaborating on this three-night experience ... and they'll be packing the ship with younger men for the cougars on board to hunt. For a change, man becomes prey and cougar the prowler. In case...

$19 hotel room, bed not included

$19 hotel room, bed not included Aug 13th, 2009 at 11:30AM: For $19, I wouldn't expect much out of my hotel room. But a bed, lights and toilet paper are among the things I would consider to be basic necessities at any price. That's not the case at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, where guests can elect to have different features of their hotel room removed in order to decrease the price. The "Survivor Package" starts at $219 for deluxe accommodations and breakfast...

Some hotel futures at risk

Some hotel futures at risk Jul 26th, 2009 at 12:00PM: The number of hotels defaulting on their loans surged 125 percent in May and June this year. Travel is down (no shit), which has an obvious effect on the top line. When there's no money coming in, it's hard to send cash out to meet some pretty hefty obligations. So, if none comes in, none can go out ... and defaults start to rise. Some high-profile properties have defaulted already, including...

Top nude beaches from around the world

Top nude beaches from around the world Jul 25th, 2009 at 8:00AM: If you like getting naked – but don't want to wait for an occasion – get your (bare) ass to one of the top five nude beaches in the world. From Miami to Vancouver to Mykonos to St Maarten, you'll find a place to roam free. Thanks to TripAdvisor for pulling this together. Haulover Beach Park – Miami Beach, Florida More than a million people hit Haulover every year to live the...

Giant squid invade waters off San Diego

Giant squid invade waters off San Diego Jul 19th, 2009 at 3:00PM: It sounds like the plot of campy 1970's horror flick: aggressive giant squid sporting razor-sharp beaks and tentacles with teeth start showing up in the waters off the coast, attacking divers and grabbing their masks and hoses. But this is a real-life version of "It Came from the Deep", and it's happening in the waters near San Diego. The creatures are called Humboldt squid, (though they're...

San Diego homeless man gets 14 years for beating, burning Aussie tourist

San Diego homeless man gets 14 years for beating, burning Aussie tourist May 28th, 2009 at 6:00PM: Damian Maple, a homeless man in San Diego, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for beating an Australian tourist, Robert Schneider, with a skateboard and dragging him into a fire pit. Maple went down for attempted murder for attacking the 26-year-old Adelaide resident in 2008. Maple's accomplice, Francisco Montoya, was sentenced to two years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon. Montoya is...

TripAdvisor readers pick their favorite beaches

TripAdvisor readers pick their favorite beaches May 22nd, 2009 at 3:00PM: More than 1,800 readers have spoken their minds on TripAdvisor and picked their favorite beaches. This summer, 58 percent of vacationers will be headed for sun, sand and surf – making the spot where ocean meets turf the most popular destination. The only challenge now is picking one. There are thousands of miles of coast in the United States alone ... how do you choose one spot? Well, the...

Helo pilot grounded because of in-flight porn star tryst

Helo pilot grounded because of in-flight porn star tryst May 15th, 2009 at 4:00PM: Definition of good sex: you're willing to come back for more Definition of great sex: you're willing to piss away your pilot's license Definition of unforgettable sex: "great" sex with a porn star David Martz is stupid enough to make receiving oral sex unpleasant. How? He was videotaped(!) on the receiving end of a passenger's lips while flying a helicopter around San Diego. If this is some...

Cincinnati crime-fighter becomes local attraction

Apr 30th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Watch the streets of Cincinnati carefully: you may see a man clad in a mask and cape scouring the city in search of evil deeds and damsels in distress. Shadowhare, who (obviously) prefers to conceal his true identity has volunteered his services to the city's citizens and civil servants ... free of charge. This is bigger than voting and jury duty combined. This superhero is 21 years old...

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S.

Chattanooga, Portsmouth among top art destinations in the U.S. Apr 18th, 2009 at 3:00PM: Who thought that Tennessee and New Hampshire would be some of the top towns in the country for art lovers. AmericanStyle magazine just issued the results of its twelfth annual arts destinations poll. Some spots are predictable. Others, like Chattanooga, will just blow your mind. This is the first year Chattanooga made the list, shooting all the way up to second in the mid-sized city category. If...

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