We Are Summer 2015

Experience the best summer adventures, summer foods and summer destinations through Travel Channel programming and original content featured right here on TravelChannel.com, including Best National Park Road Trips, Off-the-Grid Destinations, Adult Summer Camps, the World’s Best Boardwalks, Best Beer Gardens, Hottest Amusement Park Attractions, Pack Hacks and more. Enjoy the thrills and grills all summer long! From Memorial Day to Labor Day, watch returning favorites such as Xtreme Waterparks, Bikinis & Boardwalks and Big Time RV, plus new shows, including 101 Amazing Thrills, Epic Attractions and America. The Beautiful

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Join TravelChannel.com's editorial staff on Twitter, along with Travelocity, Travel + Leisure, Bert, Kreischer, Marianela Pereyra and other experts, to talk summer! Chat with us Wednesday, May 20, from 2-3 p.m. Ask questions about summer travel using #TC_Chat!

'101 Amazing Thrills'

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Premieres Sunday, May 24, at 3|2c (Five episodes will air consecutively.

Keep your hands and feet inside this ride until it comes to a complete stop — Travel Channel is taking you on the ultimate wild ride in 101 Amazing Thrills! Whether it’s a 149-mph roller coaster in the United Arab Emirates, a moving glacier rock-climbing wall in Alaska, a military-style paintball battle in England or ’boarding on the tallest sand dunes in the United States, there is no short supply of thrills here. From roller coasters and waterslides to amazing zip lines, white-water rafting and everything in between, we’re counting down 101 of the best thrills and attractions in the world. Five hour-long episodes produced by Sharp Entertainment. Executive producers for Sharp are Matt Sharp and Dan Adler. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Daniel A. Schwartz.

 

'Food Paradise International'

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Premieres Wednesday, July 1, at 9|8c

We've combed the world for the tastiest dishes in the most legendary and undiscovered hot spots, and our taste buds are bursting! We're talking steak in Italy, lobster in Barcelona, shrimp in Sydney and the juiciest burgers from all over the world. We deliver pizza pies from Tokyo to South Africa, eat like an Argentine cowboy and chow down on crispy Southern BBQ in Paris. From the casual to the truly bizarre, you'll want a taste of all the surprises on Food Paradise International. Bon appétit! Six hour-long episodes produced by Loud TV. Executive producers for Loud are Nick Rigg, Brent Montgomery and Lauren Deen. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Tina Nguyen.

'Epic Attractions'

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Europa Park

Premieres with 1-hour special Wednesday, July 1, at 10|9c

The biggest, fastest, wildest, most beautiful and most insane theme parks and attractions are run like well-oiled machines. These parks are high-tech and high-dollar, as well as exciting, exotic and extreme. Now, expert Chris Perry, who managed a top amusement park in Dubai for more than 15 years, is revealing all the industry's secrets for success. Pulling back the curtain, Chris provides an exclusive look at how the mechanics of amusement parks and rides really work at Ohio’s Cedar Point, Dubai’s Aquaventure Waterpark, Germany’s Europa Park and Florida’s Busch Gardens Tampa, to name a few. Each episode of Epic Attractions offers not only a backstage pass to some of the world’s greatest attractions, but also an inside scoop on the science and engineering that make up one of the biggest industries on the planet. If you thought amusement parks couldn’t get any more fun, Chris has more thrills in store! One hour-long special episode and 6 half-hour episodes produced by Lusid Media. Executive producers for Lusid are Zak Weisfeld and Libby Richman. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Brian Leonard.

'America. The Beautiful'

Premieres with back-to-back episodes Sunday, Aug. 9, at 7|6c

America's vast and iconic landscapes house climates and terrains that are as diverse as its people. In America. The Beautiful., Travel Channel takes viewers well beyond ordinary sightseeing, providing immersive experiences within the country’s most awe-inspiring places — including its beloved national parks and magnificent natural wonders. Explore the rich history of Devils Tower in Wyoming as world-famous mountaineers fight their way up the monument's sheer walls, and discover why the site is considered sacred to the Lakota tribe. Experience commanding views from 3,000 feet above California's storied Yosemite Valley as hang gliders launch themselves from Glacier Point. Ride the bioluminescent Caribbean waves of St. Croix's Salt River Bay as marine biologists examine the rare ecosystem that gives birth to this natural phenomenon. Viewers will see and experience America like never before through first-person exploration, adrenaline-pumping adventures and once-in-a-lifetime events. Eight half-hour episodes produced by MacGillivray. Executive producers for MacGillivray are Shaun MacGillivray and Grady Candler. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Patrick McManamee.

'Xtreme Waterparks'

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Season 4 premieres with a 1-hour special Sunday, June 21, at 8|7c

Hold on to your trunks and get ready for another season of Xtreme Waterparks, with waterslides like no other on the planet. From the newest, tallest body slide in North America to a South Pacific island slide that can’t be ridden without the village chief’s blessing, we’re going where no water-park show has gone before. See how Kiwis rock Mother Nature’s best slide in New Zealand, and then take a ride down a 130-foot-tall slide in Brazil that drops you into a lake filled with piranhas! Season 4 kicks off Down Under with an exclusive 1-hour special that follows the building of the world’s longest waterslide at 2,000 feet.

Learn more about Xtreme Waterparks.

'BBQ Crawl'

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Lauri Patterson

Season 3 premieres Wednesday, July 1, at 8|7c

BBQ Crawl is a mouthwatering road trip that follows world-champion barbecue competitor Danielle Dimovski (aka Diva Q) as she samples delectable food and competes her way across America. Visiting various barbecue joints and competitions — in Arizona, the Carolinas, New York and California, to name a few — Danielle goes in search of the best hometown ’cue. She ventures through a hickory haze of smoky meat perfection, rubs shoulders with pit masters and meets the locals. In between competitions, it's all about exploring. With a map, a truck and the open road, there are no rules, except to pull over — often — and leave no rib unturned. Thirteen half-hour episodes produced by Beyond Distribution. Executive producers for Beyond are Kit Redmond, Toni Miceli and Jane Van Deuren. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Tina Nguyen.

'Bikinis & Boardwalks'

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K.Muller

Season 3 premieres Sunday, July 26, at 8|7c

Take a trip to the world’s ultimate summer hot spots. Bikinis & Boardwalks has your ticket to indulge in the sinfully delicious foods, adrenaline-pumping thrill rides and unexpected attractions of the world’s most gorgeous beaches and boardwalks. From Chicago and Greece to Cuba and Florida, we’re taking viewers behind the scenes to the most sizzling destinations.
Learn more about Bikinis & Boardwalks.

'Big Time RV'

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Season 2 premieres Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 10|9c

Big Time RV gives viewers an all-access pass to America's largest and most prestigious RV dealership, located in Tampa, FL. While touring and testing every make and model of RV available, the expert sales force and first-rate customization center work together to satisfy the demands of RV lovers looking to buy or rent the biggest, most over-the-top RVs in the business. Thirteen half-hour episodes produced by Half Yard Productions. Executive producers for Half Yard are Sean Gallagher, Abby Greensfelder, Greg Smith and Tim Dilworth. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is Patrick McManamee.

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