Kentucky Derby vs. Indy 500: Which Race Is Best?

by David Moss. Posted Apr 29th 2014 12:22 PM
Kentucky Derby and Indianapolis 500
Kentucky Derby/Sam English and Indianapolis 500/Bret Kelley
In May, travelers in search of Americana, booze and racing have two iconic options: the Kentucky Derby (May 3) and the Indianapolis 500 (May 25). If you're overwhelmed by trying to pick one to attend, we've matched these two classic American races head-to-head in a contest for your time and money. And they're off!
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Cherry Blossom Festival: 5 Easy iPhone Photography Tips

by Jess Moss. Posted Apr 10th 2014 01:39 PM
Cherry Blossoms DC
Jess Moss
The Cherry Blossom Festival is on in Washington, DC, and after a long winter the white and pink flowers are blooming. The blossoms are expected to peak this weekend, and if you visit the Tidal Basin you'll see more cameras than at a Hollywood red carpet. But you don't need fancy equipment to capture memorable cherry blossom photos. Here are five tips for taking awesome cherry blossom pictures using only an iPhone.
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March Madness in Las Vegas: 6 Places to Avoid NCAA Basketball After Your Team Craps Out

by Zach Everson. Posted Mar 20th 2014 04:34 PM
Gondoliers at Venetian Hotel and Casino Las Vegas
More than the host arenas, Las Vegas has become the go-to spot for the first weekend of March Madness. But what happens when your team gets bounced out by an underdog in the NCAA men's basketball tournament's first round and you can't stomach another game, let alone a weekend full of them? These six places offer a respite from the sports books, where you can refresh, rejuvenate and rest up for next season.
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Cherry Blossom Festival: 5 Tips from a Washington, DC Insider

by Elise Hartman Ford. Posted Mar 19th 2014 11:14 AM
Cherry Blossom Festival
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The National Cherry Blossom Festival: Washington, D.C.'s most popular annual event has zip to do with politics and everything to do with celebrating the awesomeness of these special trees. The 1912 gift of the original Japanese cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo sparked both a friendship between those two capital cities and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which this year runs March 20 to April 13. Trees bloom for about 10 days, but activities of every description take place throughout.

To get the most out of your visit, follow these best-of-the-fest tips.
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U.S. Olympian Hometown Spotlight: Patrick Kane's South Buffalo, New York

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 13th 2014 05:10 PM
Blackhawks Predators Hockey
APSouth Buffalo native Patrick Kane hopes to help lead the U.S. ice hockey team to its first gold medal since 1980.
Olympian: Patrick Kane
Event: Hockey
Hometown: South Buffalo, New York
Population: 42,717

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Kane has deep roots in South Buffalo, a working class neighborhood with a strong Irish-American flavor. Once part of Buffalo's most notorious vice district, the tight knit neighborhood is still home to some of the Queen City's best bars.
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U.S. Olympian Hometown Spotlight: Polina Edmunds' San Jose, California

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 13th 2014 05:10 PM
2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships
Getty ImagesHigh school sophomore Polina Edmunds trains where gold medal-winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi trained.
Olympian: Polina Edmunds
Event: Figure skating
Hometown: San Jose's Almaden Valley
Population: 38,552

15-year-old figure skating sensation Polina Edmunds hails from Almaden Valley, a hilly, bucolic community just south of central San Jose, California. Edmunds's meteoric rise is at least partially attributable to the fact that she lives a stone's throw from world-class coaching and skating facilities in San Jose.
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Travel Spotlight: U.S. Olympic Athletes' Hometowns

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 13th 2014 05:10 PM
Olympic athletes practically grow on trees in winter sports meccas like Lake Placid, New York; Park City, Utah; and Vail, Colorado, but you don't have to grow up in a ski town to play a starring role in the Winter Olympics. America's Olympic hopefuls hail from cities like San Jose, Chicago and Buffalo; small towns in the Heartland where the biggest hill wouldn't scare your average 6-year-old toboggan owner; and even Sun Belt outposts where the schools close if the weatherman dreams of snow.

During the next week, we're going to introduce you to the hometowns of three Olympians: Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the unlikely hometown of freestyle skier Nick Goepper; South Buffalo, the working class Irish neighborhood where hockey standout Patrick Kane grew up; and San Jose's Almaden Valley, the stomping ground of 15-year-old figure skating phenom Polina Edmunds.

Click on any of the athletes below to learn more about their hometowns.

2013 Winter X Games
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U.S. Olympian Hometown Spotlight: Nick Goepper's Lawrenceburg, Indiana

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 12th 2014 09:00 PM
Olympian slopestyle skier Nick Goepper at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Perfect North SlopesNick Goepper at Indiana's Perfect North Slopes, the "mountain" where he learned his trade.
Olympian: Nick Goepper
Event: Slopestyle
Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Population: 5,042

The gold medal favorite in slopestyle, a new freestyle skiing discipline making its Winter Games debut in Sochi, hails from the Hidden Valley area of Lawrenceburg, a city on the Ohio River in Southeast Indiana nicknamed "Whisky City" after a Seagram's Distillery in town.
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5 Places to Go in February

by Jess Moss. Posted Feb 1st 2014 10:00 AM
arizona's saguaro national park
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From romantic beach vacations to skiing adventures to winter city breaks for a long weekend, here are our picks for places to travel in February.
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Before the X Games and Shaun White, Aspen was John Denver and Hunter S. Thompson's Domain

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Jan 25th 2014 10:05 AM
U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix Mammoth
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For a new generation, Aspen, Colorado is synonymous with the winter X Games. Held this year through Jan. 26, they feature more than 200 of the world's top snow sports athletes competing in extreme feats on snowboards, skis and snowmobiles. The made-by-and-for-ESPN event brings 125,000 travelers to Aspen each January to witness the craziness. And the X Games have helped make a household name out of people like Shaun White.

But for an older generation, a different--but still fabulously coiffed person--was synonymous with Aspen: John Denver.
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