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"A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons," says The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan. A look back at some of the best—and brilliantly titled—challenges that tripped up teams over 31 seasons.

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A contestant on The Amazing Race traverses a zipline high above the city of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Christie competes in "The Zips or Chips" challenge for The Amazing Race.

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From a penthouse of the Conrad Hotel, traverse a zip line hand over hand 210 feet above the ground, then take a second zip line 18 stories down to the hotel pool to receive the next clue. Or play roulette in the hotel casino with 20 chips and receive your clue if you win a game.


Ride a dog sled 11 miles or snowmobile 30 miles to your next clue.

Contestants don traditional military uniforms and learn a traditional Russian military march.

The Amazing Race contestants Ken and Tina don traditional military uniforms and learn a traditional Russian military march.

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Dress in a Russian military uniform and learn a Russian parade march, then fall in line and perform a full lap with a drill team. Or put on a chef's hat and apron before serving each of the 75 soldiers a bowl of borscht.


Count an insane amount of Swiss currency inside of a jar right next to the safe. Or search the streets of Zürich to find the combination to the safe that contained the next clue.

The Amazing Race teams drinking a shot of vodka from a glass balanced on a ceremonial sabre

The Amazing Race teams participate in a traditional Cossack ritual, drinking a shot of vodka from a glass balanced on a ceremonial sabre at the Anichkov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Dress up in goalie gear and block five slap shots by pro hockey players. Or balance a shot glass of vodka on the blade of a saber and tilt the sword to your mouth to drink the vodka without dropping the glass.


Hand-wash a bunch of laundry to reveal the next clue printed on a piece of clothing, or search through hundreds of saris to find one with the clue printed on it.

Contestants struggle with a plow and Carabao in a deeply muddy field while farmers look on in the Philippines.

Teams must lead the Carabao through a muddy field in Victoria, Philippines, to find their next clue in The Amazing Race.

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Use an ox-drawn plow to till the soil until your plow gets caught on a buried rope attached to a hidden clue. Or herd 1,000 ducks from one pen to another 50 yards away.


Search the tables at the crowded bar for five coasters bearing your team's name and picture, then exchange two full steins of beer to the patron in exchange for each coaster. Or use a hand-operated sausage-maker to create one rope of five 7-inch bratwursts.

Contestants on The Amazing Race attempt to perform a native dance on stilts.

Nate and Jen must impress the local judges in Burkina Faso with their dance moves.

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Use traditional methods to pan for one ounce of gold. Or learn a traditional local dance, and perform it with Winiama masked dancers for a crowd. If three local celebrity judges deem your dance to lack creativity—or just plain suck—you would incur a 10-minute penalty.


Teach schoolchildren who did not speak English to memorize 10 words of English. Or learn from locals 10 words in the Mossi language.

A contestant on The Amazing race pours 7 cocktails of different colors into 7 different cocktail glasses stacked into a pyramid.

In the "Smarter, Not Harder" challenge, father/son team Connor (left) and David (right) must mix seven cocktails and pour them simultaneously into a pyramid of glasses.

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Learn to scratch on a DJ table and then perform in front of a DJ and crowd. Or stack seven cocktail glasses into a two-tier pyramid and pour different colored cocktails into each glass simultaneously so none of them mixed.


Use a catapult to hurl a watermelon 150 feet onto a wooden target to retrieve the clue hidden within. Or push a cannon uphill to the castle courtyard, then carry 55 4-pound cannonballs and stack them into a pyramid next to the cannon.

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The Amazing Race contestants Rachel and Brendon must decorate an elephant for a local festival then clean up after her in order to receive the next clue.

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Decorate an Asian elephant with ornate accoutrements, then transport 15 wheelbarrow loads of elephant manure to a nearby truck. Or collect 10 empty boxes, fill them with sifted ginger, stencil a label on each box, and deliver the boxes to a shipping depot to receive your next clue from the manager.


Transport a young Japanese woman, via traditional Japanese palanquin, to a tea ceremony pavilion. Or assemble bikes and ride them through the streets of Tokyo to deliver packages.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

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Photo Credits: Sean Walrus (Missick); Neves & Nina de Camargo (Illustration).

By Maria Neuman

Although she was born and raised in the Motor City, by the time Simone Missick was making it big she'd moved most of her family cross-country to the City of Angels. "I think I got most of them to L.A. by 2014—everyone except my sister, who is still holding down the fort in the Detroit area," says the actress who plays Judge Lola Carmichael on All Rise. "She's a woman who had dreamed of being a judge since the fifth grade," says Missick of her character. "It's not your typical legal drama because it's more about the people than the cases, and there's a lot of humor."

An illustrated map of selected Detroit Landmarks.

A map of Simone Missick's hometown of Detroit.

Illustration by Neves & Nina de Camargo.

While her home base and work space may now be on the West Coast, Simone Missick returns to Detroit at least once a year. "It's a city that is culturally rich with music and history, but for me Detroit is a love letter to food." Let's eat (and shop and sightsee)!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2019.

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Snap A Selfie

Everyone should go downtown and take a photo in front of The Spirit of Detroit. It's a huge, iconic statue, and underneath the sculpture there's a scripture that reads: "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."

An image of the public statue called The Spirit of Detroit.

Photo Credit: Douglas Sacha/Getty Images.

Right across from that statue is a memorial to [boxing hero] Joe Louis that is often called The Fist. Practically every car commercial that shoots in Detroit shows that giant bronze fist.

Spend A Day Outside

I used to go to Belle Isle Park from elementary all the way through high school. It's got fountains and a zoo, and if you want to tap into your inner child you can ride down the giant slide. It's 987 acres right in between Michigan and Ontario. You can drive over the bridge or just walk; it's a huge outdoor space in the middle of the city and another great spot to take pictures.

The large fountain located in Bell Isle Park

Photo Credit: Bill Bowden.

Rest Up!

The Atheneum Suite Hotel is a gorgeous inn where my friends and I stayed when we went back for a friend's bachelorette party and wedding. It's smack-dab in the middle of the city and has a spectacular mural in the lobby.

The impressive lobby of the Atheneum Suite Hotel.

Photo Credit: The Atheneum Suite Hotel.

Pick Up A Souvenir

Personally, I bring back boxes of Detroit's Red Hot Better Made potato chips. But if you want something easier to pack, go to one of the Detroit vs. Everybody stores and get a T-shirt.

Black T-shirt with the phrase Detroit VS Everybody across the front in white letters.

Photo Credit: Detroit Vs. Everybody.

The brand was started by entrepreneur Tommey Walker. He came up with the idea to put the slogan on shirts, but it became immortalized when Eminem, Big Sean, Danny Brown, and a bunch of other rappers released a song by the same name. The "vs. everybody" slogan has now cropped up everywhere from L.A. to Brooklyn, but Detroit was first.

Snack On Southern Comforts

There's a great restaurant called Kuzzo's Chicken & Waffles, which is owned by a guy I went to high school and college with, former NFL player Ron Bartell. The restaurant whips up fried chicken and red velvet waffles, shrimp and grits, and fried green tomatoes.

Close photo of fried chicken and a waffle.

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It's on a street named Livernois, which is known as the Historic Avenue of Fashion. Back in the day, it was where every Motown star and music exec bought clothes. Now it's making a comeback—shops, art stores, and restaurants.

Visit History

Growing up, I did a lot of community theater and once had the good fortune of doing a play at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It's a great space located in central Detroit; they do all types of things there, from art displays to community events.

A photo of the entrance to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Photo Credit: Michelle and Chris Gerard.

See Outsider Artwork

While there is a new art scene in Detroit, there's also a scene that has been there forever. Visit The Heidelberg Project, created by the artist Tyree Guyton in one of Detroit's forgotten neighborhoods. It's on the east side, where I grew up, and it's a huge outdoor statement on poverty and plight in the city.

A photo of a house and yard covered in artistic polk dots.

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Sip A Classic Cocktail With Wings

I'm vegan now, but there's this place, Sweetwater Tavern, that has been around forever—I want to say their wings were [named among] the best in the United States. Wings with blue cheese dressing and a gin and tonic cocktail on the side are great.

The awning and entrance to the Sweetwater Tavern.

Photo Credit: Sweetwater Tavern.

Hear Some Motown

Visit the Motown Museum, aka "Hitsville U.S.A." It's in the original house where legendary producer Berry Gordy created many recordings with soon-to-be superstars like Marvin Gaye and The Supremes.

Night time view of the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre.

Photo Credit: Curt Clayton.

If you want to hear some live music, there's also the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre (pictured above). They have outdoor concerts all summer, and if you're sailing by on the Detroit River you can hear the music from your boat.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2019.

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Photo Credit: Christopher Ross.

By Nate Millado

While you may not be able to travel right now, we have good news: If you scroll through these breathtaking pit stops on The Amazing Race, you can take a spin around the globe and discover the world.

And the even better news? The Phil Keoghan–hosted, globetrotting reality competition series returns for a 32nd season on CBS.

The Amazing Race returns Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Santa Barbara, California

The American Riviera—nicknamed after France's coastal Cote d'Azur—is the idyllic heart of wine country and the backdrop for Season 20's starting point.


Some fun facts about the country named for the equator: Most of the world's bananas are exported from here; the Panama hat is actually from Ecuador; and Mount Chimborazo is closer to the sun than any other point on Earth.


Big Ben, the world-famous Great Bell atop Elizabeth Tower, first chimed in 1859 and has rung out hourly through the reigns of six British monarchs—although he's been silent since 2017, awaiting repairs. And the Queen's Guard has to be one of the toughest gigs around: no talking (mostly), no selfies, no smiling, no bathroom breaks, and bearskin hats that weigh up to nine pounds!


Zimbabwe is home to the world's largest waterfall—Victoria Falls. In this Season 27 roadblock, one team member had to fly over the falls in a microlight plane to spot the route marker below.

U.S. Virgin Islands

It's a slice of paradise in the Caribbean. Get lost in the cobblestone alleys and step-streets of St. Thomas as you shop for island trinkets and souvenirs. Or take an unforgettable after-dark kayak trip on St. Croix's bioluminescent bay.

The Alps

The picturesque, snow-capped Alps stretch across eight countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Slovenia, and Switzerland. They're the go-to destination for skiing, hiking, potholing (a.k.a. caving or spelunking), mountain biking, whitewater rafting—and even taking a dip in thermal baths!


Stunning scenery awaits—whether you prefer the lush forests of the Lowlands, the towering mountains and vast lochs (lakes) of the Highlands, or the far-reaching vistas of the beaches. Fun fact: Scotland's national animal is...the unicorn!


Vibrant and colorful towns, exhilirating carnivals, and coasts that face both the Pacific and the Caribbean—need we say more? Palm trees here can grow as tall as 200 feet!

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Photography by F. Scott Schafer.

​Daniela Ruah

\u200bDaniela Ruah wears an elegant black evening dress as she seemingly is emerging from a swimming pool

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

As Special Agent Kensi Blye, Daniela Ruah delivers a mix of tomboy tough and feminine mystique. Here, she displays the latter in Santa Barbara.

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Christine Baranski

Christine Baranski stands poolside wearing a vibrant red and blue dress with a buccolic countryside stretching out behind her

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Bellissima! Even in the stunning hills of Tuscany, The Good Fight star commands center stage.

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​Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore strikes the yoga warrior pose as he stretches at a private hotel pool

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

The man behind Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson on S.W.A.T. strikes a steamy warrior pose.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez naps in the sun while poolside

Photography by Derek Blanks.

Magnum P.I. actor Jay Hernandez proves nothing is more relaxing than some fun in the Cancún sun.

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​Wilmer Valderrama

Wilmer Valderrama is fully clothed and emerging from a body of water

Photography by Nino Muñoz.

NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama brings his signature smolder to this sexy photo shoot in Honolulu.

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​Melody Thomas Scott

Melody Scott Thomas wears a vibrant yellow dress with massive sleeves stands in front of a pool and tiled pillar

Photography by Andrew Eccles.

Melody Thomas Scott, who recently celebrated forty years of playing Nikki Newman on Y&R, takes some R&R in Malibu.

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Peter Bergman

Peter Bergman standing at the edge of a pool

Photography by F. Scott Schafer.

Further proof that Peter Bergman walks on water.

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​Candice Patton

Candice Patton swims in a seaside swimming pool wearing a blue swimsuit

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Candice Patton, who plays journalist Iris West on The CW drama, is photographed on the equally gorgeous island of Jamaica.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.



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