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Maroon 5 brings Texas sized cruise ship to town

Maroon 5 brings Texas sized cruise ship to town Nov 15th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Performing live to a standing-room only crowd, GRAMMY award-winning band Maroon 5 rocked the Port of Galveston over the weekend with 3,690 passenger Carnival Magic as a backdrop. It was a fitting welcome at the ship's new year-round homeport that cast a spotlight on just how big cruise travel is in Texas. "We've played every kind of venue imaginable across the world, but we've never helped...

Flight museum offers a ride to the past

Flight museum offers a ride to the past Nov 14th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Galveston features a number of attractive features for travelers. In the Texas island town over the weekend for the US debut of Carnival Cruise Lines new Carnival Magic, Gadling got to sample a few of them. One that stands out as a must-do for aviation buffs is the Lone Star Flight Museum. This rare collection of restored war aircraft ranks as one of the finest and most rare in the world....

Want to be part of a giant tomato fight?

Nov 10th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Food fights are not restricted to your high school cafeteria anymore. And best of all, you won't get detention for chucking produce at someone's head. In fact, at the traveling Tomato Battle events, tomato throwing is actually encouraged as a giant tomato fight is part of the event's main attractions. Attendees can also enjoy delicious brews from the beer garden, costume contests, and live...

Halloween on 6th Street in Austin: the sounds and lights

Halloween on 6th Street in Austin: the sounds and lights Nov 2nd, 2011 at 10:00AM: If New Orleans' Bourbon Street has a little sister, it is, at least sometimes, 6th Street in Austin. Both streets are main attractions, teeming with boisterous activity. Both streets are usually embraced by tourists and, perhaps just as usually, eschewed by locals. And both streets are worth walking, no matter who you are or where you are from, on certain days of the year, namely, costumed days....

Video of the day: Austin City Limits recap

Sep 21st, 2011 at 3:00PM: If you have never been to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, chances are you probably don't totally understand what all of the fuss is about. In fact, let's take that a step further. If you have never been to a music festival, chances are you probably don't totally understand what all of the fuss is about. Not only are music festivals an honest-to-god travel destination for tens of...

First domestic 787 begins construction

First domestic 787 begins construction Aug 19th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Production and delivery of the 787 jumbo jet is starting to shift into high gear, and as ANA shows off its new Japanese aircraft the focus is now turning to the domestic carriers. Delivery of the new Boeing aircraft to its first domestic carrier is slated for the merged Continental/United airlines -- it was Continental's order (in 2004!) before the two giants joined forces. Planned for...

Austin's wandering bison found, returned home

Austin's wandering bison found, returned home Aug 14th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Austin, Texas is no longer where the buffalo roam. The escaped bison that we first told you about last week, was found on Friday and returned safely to the ranch where she had escaped more than a week earlier. On August 3rd, the bison was purchased by a local rancher, who returned home to introduce her into his existing herd. While unloading her on his property however, something spooked the...

A bison is on the loose in Austin, Texas

A bison is on the loose in Austin, Texas Aug 11th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Austin, Texas is a city that is use to large bovine creatures roaming around. After all, it is home to the University of Texas Longhorns and their mascot Bevo. But the city got an unexpected visitor earlier this week in the form of a North American Bison, who escaped from its owner on Saturday, and has been roaming free ever since. Apparently, a rancher living not far from town purchased the...

Photo of the day: Whippet in Texas

Photo of the day: Whippet in Texas Aug 10th, 2011 at 4:00PM: I smile just about as big as the Whippet in this photo each time I see this photo. Stephanie Williams is the co-owner of Bennu--a coffee shop here in Austin wherein I spend many of my days typing away at the good ol' laptop, continually seduced by the iced teas and mate lattes. When my own travel site hosted a summer photo contest recently, Williams' photo of Elliot won our readers' approval...

Photo of the day: open road in Texas

Photo of the day: open road in Texas Jun 8th, 2011 at 4:00PM: There are plenty of motorcyclists in Texas and there's also plenty of open road. Texas: where summer never really fully ends. I haven't ever driven a motorcycle myself, but I have spent hours upon hours hitching rides as a motorcycle passenger--it's fun. But not only is it fun, it's also so... summer. Whether you're navigating roads this summer on a bike, by car, or on foot, there is...

National Parks Gem: San Antonio Missions

National Parks Gem: San Antonio Missions May 19th, 2011 at 8:00AM: The U.S. national parks system certainly isn't lacking in fantastic destinations for summer escapes. From Yellowstone to Yosemite, there are enough natural and historical wonders to delight and enthrall travelers of all ages. But there are also a number of lesser known parks that are worth visiting as well, offering up their own unique experiences and lasting memories. Take for example the San...

Travaasa Destinations opens first hotel in Austin, Texas

Travaasa Destinations opens first hotel in Austin, Texas Apr 21st, 2011 at 3:30PM: Travaasa Destinations, a new collection of experiential hotels, chose Austin, Texas for the first location of their new brand. The 70-room Travaasa Austin overlooks Lake Travis and is a half-hour drive from downtown. Guests pay an all-inclusive rate which includes meals, daily spa treatments and as many activities as they wish. In keeping with the new brand's five directives or "pillars,"...

Trail rides and wagon trains converge in Houston to kick off world's largest rodeo

Trail rides and wagon trains converge in Houston to kick off world's largest rodeo Mar 2nd, 2011 at 12:30PM: In a salute to the Old West, 13 trail rides and wagon trains--some coming from 336 miles away--have converged to mark the start of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which runs through March 20th. The world's largest exhibition and rodeo entertainment show was developed to "encourage and promote the breeding, raising, and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to...

Cruise sailed from fog to "nightmare" say vocal passengers

Cruise sailed from fog to Feb 28th, 2011 at 7:00AM: Always choosing safety first, cruise lines pay close attention to the weather and modify itineraries when conditions dictate. Such was the case this time last week at the Port of Galveston when ships were late departing due to heavy fog. Passengers were angry at the time and it seems that anger went along with them to sea. Two Carnival Cruise Line ships were affected. Carnival Ecstasy was a...

Touring Dallas Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl XLV Media Day

Touring Dallas Cowboys Stadium during Super Bowl XLV Media Day Feb 14th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Super Bowl XLV. It was most certainly one for the record books. Well over 100,000 people flowed into Cowboys Stadium in the heart of North Texas to watch two of the NFL's most storied teams do battle. The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers put on an amazing spectacle, and I was able to take part in one small way. I made my way into Arlington for Super Bowl Media Day -- a frenzied event...

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies Feb 2nd, 2011 at 4:00PM: The 83rd annual Academy Awards are coming up in a few weeks and the Oscars race is on. This year's nominations contained few surprises, with many nods for Brit period piece The King's Speech, Facebook biopic The Social Network, and headtrip Inception. While 2010's ultimate travel blockbuster Eat, Pray, Love failed to made the cut, there's still plenty to inspire wanderlust among the Best Picture...

Super Bowl or Ice Bowl? Deep freeze following Packers, Steelers to Texas

Feb 1st, 2011 at 11:15AM: The current winter weather pattern stretching from the Midwest to the Northeast is snarling travel plans for more than half of the nation and has been called one of the worst winter storms the country has ever seen. For those heading to Arlington for this weekend's Super Bowl, this travel could mean long delays and potentially canceled flights. Teams arrived on Monday, but the...

Tips for Packers fans going to the Super Bowl

Tips for Packers fans going to the Super Bowl Jan 25th, 2011 at 2:00PM: It's been a long, hard road, but the Packers have finally bested their rivals to the south and made it into the Super Bowl. Congratulations. Now it's time to pack up the queso dip, send the kids to their grandparents and make your way down to Dallas for the showdown. Texas! The very word brings a tidal wave of emotions. It's a whole new ball game down there – different food, different...

Photo of the Day (1.9.11)

Photo of the Day (1.9.11) Jan 9th, 2011 at 6:00PM: If taken poorly, sunset photos can be quite boring. But sometimes you find an exception, like this stunning shot by Flickr user justindelaney. What initially caught my eye was that fiery red color, in the middle. To me it's the epitome of the type of dry, searing dusty day you'd expect to find in Texas, where this shot was taken. You can almost feel the heat of the day evaporating, sandwiched...

Cruise line give-away promotes creativity, green awareness...in kids

Cruise line give-away promotes creativity, green awareness...in kids Jan 2nd, 2011 at 7:00AM: While cruise lines offering the really cool prize of a free cruise to non-profits for raffles, give-aways and contests is nothing new, one caught our attention as something special. In their "Treasures of the Texas Coast" Children's Art Contest, kids are encouraged to learn more about the Texas coast and express what they have learned through their art in the 15Th annual Adopt-A-Beach...

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