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MapQuest Unveils 10 Top Destinations of 2013

MapQuest Unveils 10 Top Destinations of 2013 Dec 23rd, 2013 at 10:29AM: Alamy Las Vegas, Nashville and Orlando were the top three searched for cities on MapQuest in 2013. The results are a compilation of destinations searched for on both MapQuest's website and its recently updated-and critically acclaimed-iPhone and Android apps. [Full disclosure: AOL owns both MapQuest and Gadling.] Texas was the only state with two cities in MapQuest's top 10 list: Houston...

Faux Cityscapes: 5 Fake Places To Snap A Tourist Photo

Faux Cityscapes: 5 Fake Places To Snap A Tourist Photo Aug 30th, 2013 at 4:15PM: Steve Jurvetson, Flickr What are the main reasons people travel? To see the world, gain new perspective, learn about other cultures, get a photo of themselves in front of a famous destination. Let's be honest, in the world of social media, the latter is of the utmost importance, so important that some people will take a fake background rather than the real thing. Five places you can snap a...

Bottle With Travel-Loving Tennessee Man's Ashes Bobbing Along Florida Keys

Bottle With Travel-Loving Tennessee Man's Ashes Bobbing Along Florida Keys Jul 29th, 2013 at 6:00PM: Courtesy of 13WMAZ.com We all have our own ideas of what happens after we die. For the late Gordon Scott Smith of Tennessee, his goal was to ensure that his lifelong love of travel carried on into the afterlife. Or, you know, at least ensured his cremated remains saw some scenic places. Scott's widow, Beverly Smith, carried out her husband of 27 years wishes by putting his ashes, two dollars, and...

Can't Make It To The Tour De France Next Year? Here Are 5 Alternatives

Can't Make It To The Tour De France Next Year? Here Are 5 Alternatives Jul 29th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Rob Annis So you want to go to the Tour de France, but don't have the vacation time for a multiple-week excursion or the money for a round-trip ticket? Despite all three of the major Grand Tours taking place in Europe, you can still find top-notch bike racing – and the accompanying fan experience – in the U.S. Here are five of America's biggest road cycling races. Silver City...

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions

Territorial Disputes Over Tourist Attractions Jul 29th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Gibnews.net, Wikimedia Commons Spain is being accused of intentionally holding tourists in long lines as they make their way back from day tripping in Gibraltar. The British Overseas Territory claims the traffic jam -- which has so far affected more than 10,000 vehicles -- has been deliberately orchestrated because of a disagreement over a creation of an artificial reef in territorial waters. Of...

Tennessee Trails, Take Me Home

Apr 28th, 2013 at 11:00AM: After a long, wet winter, I needed some dirt. With the mountain bike trails around my Indiana home too muddy to ride, I picked up my buddy Jimmy and pointed the Forester south to Nashville. The temperature was about 10 degrees warmer than what we'd been suffering through this Hoosier farce of a spring, and from what I could tell from the Internet chatter, the Tennessee trails seemed to be in...

Bicycling Through Rural Tennessee And The Natchez Trace

Bicycling Through Rural Tennessee And The Natchez Trace Apr 12th, 2013 at 10:00AM: We were only a few miles away from our rental and midway up our first climb of the day when I felt that familiar sliding feeling underneath me that every cyclist knows as a flat. A minute later, I crested the hill and cruised into the driveway of an expensive suburban home about 30 miles south of Nashville, Tennessee. The Continental tire was so thin and pockmarked it definitely wouldn't have...

The Southern Road: The Perks Of Gas Station Food

The Southern Road: The Perks Of Gas Station Food Sep 7th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The South has its highways, but in order to get to some places, you have to take four-lane or two-lane roads. That's where you'll find gas stations. And in many gas stations, you'll find food. Up north, hardly anybody I know eats food from a gas station, unless they're starving and it has a Subway attached. Down south, gas station food is its own form of cuisine. If you're fortunate, you can...

The Southern Road: Traveling Through The New Industrial America

The Southern Road: Traveling Through The New Industrial America Sep 4th, 2012 at 10:00AM: If you're not from the American South, you probably have an image of it in your head. It might have squealing pickup trucks and Daisy Dukes. Or hoop skirts and cotton plantations from "Gone With The Wind." Maybe the streetcars of New Orleans, or the twang of Paula Deen. What if I told you that the American South has become a land of opportunity, where people no longer have to leave home to...

Travel in the southern United States for free with Megabus

Travel in the southern United States for free with Megabus Oct 25th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Who doesn't love free travel? With a new hub in Atlanta, Georgia, Megabus is giving away 10,000 free seats to travelers using their new routes during trips taking place November 16 to December 16, 2011. The eleven cities included in the new route leaving from Atlanta include: Birmingham, Alabama Mobile, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama Charlotte, North Carolina Chattanooga,...

Pigeon Forge Winterfest in Tennessee to open with veteran dedication of 5 million lights

Pigeon Forge Winterfest in Tennessee to open with veteran dedication of 5 million lights Oct 6th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Not sure where to spend the winter this year? Head over to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for their 22nd annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest. The four month long event will go from November 8, 2011 until February 26, 2012. This year, with the opening day of the festival being near Veteran's Day, the event will open with a special parade dedicated to veterans as well as a ceremony in Patriot Park that will...

Bonnaroo 2011: why you should go

Bonnaroo 2011: why you should go May 21st, 2011 at 11:00AM: Bonnaroo 2011 is bound to be fun. I say this with confidence because I packed a car (and a cooler) and pitched my(embarrassingly huge, but purchased as a gift by my mother) tent at Bonnaroo last year. I had scored some V.I.P. passes to the festival last minute and decided, without much hesitation, that it was about time I experienced a camping music festival for myself. As soon as I rolled into...

World's craziest race - the Barkley Marathons

World's craziest race - the Barkley Marathons May 11th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Would you be tempted to enter a race that covers 100 miles, has no set trail, and only nine people have completed? How about if you add a cumulative elevation of over 59,000 feet - that's twice that of Mount Everest, natural obstacles of all varieties including thorns and rats, and no aid or resting stations along the way? Hundreds have entered and attempted the Barkley Marathons in Tennessee...

Snow and ice strand travelers in their Smoky Mountain cabins

Snow and ice strand travelers in their Smoky Mountain cabins Dec 30th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Dozens of travelers to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee were left stranded in their rental cabins earlier this week thanks to snow and ice covered roads. Most had a minimal supply of food and were unsure when they could resupply thanks to the treacherous conditions. Winter storms dumped several inches of snow on the region, but it was the ice that posed the real danger. The narrow and winding...

New photography book on food and travel profiles meals around the world

New photography book on food and travel profiles meals around the world Dec 27th, 2010 at 2:00PM: There are a few key things that unite mankind, one of which is the need to eat. Whether the act itself is one of indulgence or subsistence is largely a cultural and geographic, and not just economic, issue. It's this dichotomy that forms the theme for a fascinating new addition to the food and travel book genre. What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets is the work of photographer Peter Menzel...

Dollywood wins major theme park award

Dollywood wins major theme park award Nov 17th, 2010 at 9:30AM: Dolly Parton visited Orlando, Florida, yesterday to accept the Applause Award on behalf of her theme park, Dollywood. "I love my music, but when you get a chance to do things like this, where you serve so many people in a different way, it makes me proud of something that so many people can enjoy," Parton said during the ceremony on the opening day of the International Association of Amusement...

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey Oct 21st, 2010 at 12:00PM: If you want to travel like a local, then it makes sense to know something about your destination ... and isn't the best city to live attractive? It's the kind of place you'd want to explore and see why it's so loved. And at the same time, you'd probably want to avoid the worst of the worst – who would want to go there? Well, a new Harris Interactive poll makes this thinking hard to...

ExpressJet pilot refuses body scan, puts privacy over safety?

ExpressJet pilot refuses body scan, puts privacy over safety? Oct 20th, 2010 at 3:30PM: ExpressJet Airlines pilot Michael Roberts wasn't at all interested in getting a body scan, and now he's wondering how long he'll have his job. Roberts was selected to be scanned at Memphis International Airport last Friday. He refused. He was offered a pat-down. He refused that, too. Then, he went home, according to an Associated Press report. The pilot says he doesn't want to be "harassed...

Relief: Four airport perks coming soon

Relief: Four airport perks coming soon Oct 18th, 2010 at 8:00AM: There's nothing fun about going to the airport, and the regulatory climate isn't likely to change that anytime soon. Security will still be a nightmare, and you won't be able to bring your own water with you (at least not for a while). Fortunately, there are companies out there looking for ways to make your airport experience better. So, what can you expect to see in your local airport in the...

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor Oct 8th, 2010 at 9:00AM: California loves to get wasted! San Diego and San Jose are the top two cities that drink stupidly, according to a survey by Insurance.com. They lead the country in alcohol-related driving violations, a dubious distinction to say the least. So, if you step into the crosswalk in these two spots, take an extra second to look both ways. The reasons for hitting this list vary and include proximity...

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