Check out Travel Channel's favorite travel photos from the week of August 16-25, 2011. Highlights include a beard contest and artificial waves at the Munich airport.
The new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on August 22, 2011. The official dedication of the memorial was supposed to take place on August 28, but has been postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Irene.
Architect Cintia Prieto admires Lorenzo Quinn's 'Hand of God' sculpture as it is installed on August 21, 2011 in London, England. The work is part of Lorenzo Quinn's 2011 worldwide public art program which includes the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, La Biennale di Scultura in Rome and the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice.
A participant in the 26th International Alpine Beard Competition presents himself to the jury on August 21, 2011 in Chur, Switzerland. Bearded men from Switzerland, Bavaria and Austria compete for the most genuine, natural grown beard.
Devotees pray inside a temple at the Janmashtami Hindu Festival on August 22, 2011 in Watford, England. Up to 72,000 people were expected to take part in the 2-day festival celebrating the birth of Krishna in one of the largest Hindu festival gatherings outside of India.
Tourists take pictures at the "white elephant dance" folk performance at a resort in Yunnan province on August 20, 2011. The performance involves 2 people dancing while carrying an elephant model made of bamboo and covered by white cloth.
Restaurant workers in New York wait on Wall Street after an earthquake on August 23, 2011. The epicenter of the 5.9 earthquake was located in central Virginia.
A young man surfs an artificial wave built as part of a promotional event between terminals 1 and 2 at Munich International Airport on August 21, 2011.
Paul Doan uses a broom to paddle a wheelbarrow during the Anything That Floats Regatta on August 20, 2011, in Key Largo, Florida. The event attracted teams from as far as Texas and Michigan who navigated homemade watercrafts along the half-mile course.
A fox looks on during "Agrorus-2011" exhibition in St. Petersburg, Russia on August 23, 2011. The international exhibition contains agricultural machinery, agro chemistry and housing construction products, and veterinary science and farming goods.
A boy cools off at a fountain during a hot summer day in downtown Rome on August 22, 2011.
US Vice President Joe Biden with wrestlers before a performance during his meeting with Mongolian Prime Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold on August 22, 2011. Biden lauded Mongolia's efforts at democratization, offering support to a country that is strategically located between China and Russia.
Workers construct the minaret of a mosque during Ramadan in Khartoum on August 23, 2011.
An orangutan uses a cardboard box as a makeshift sun shelter at Budapest's zoo on August 24, 2011.
Guests spend the evening at the beach bar Bundespressestrand on August 20, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Many bar and restaurant owners have recently opened beach-themed establishments along the water in the city, one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations.