French Riviera
French Riviera

French Riviera

Welcome to the French Riviera aka Côte d'Azur! The southeast coast of Provence, France, is sprinkled with some of the world’s most popular beaches and destinations, including Monaco, Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez. Many celebrities, such as Elton John and Brigitte Bardot, have homes in the region. 960 1280

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Hotel Negresco

Hotel Negresco

The Hotel Negresco is where self-made millionaires and wannabes rub shoulders as this 1906 landmark. The luxury hotel is named after Henri Negresco, who had the palatial hotel constructed in 1912. Built to attract wealthy vacationers, the Hotel Negresco has 119 guest rooms and 22 suites. 960 1280

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Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

In the spring, Cannes becomes the backdrop for the annual Cannes Film Festival. Celebs donned in the best attire walk the red carpet surrounded by adoring fans and a crowd of paparazzi. 960 1280

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Monte Carlo Beach

Monte Carlo Beach

Monte Carlo Beach -- the most fashionable of all the French Riviera’s beaches -- was once frequented by Princess Grace. The sand was imported to the beach which conveniently runs along the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel. The best time to visit the coastal beach is between July and August. 960 1280

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St. Tropez

St. Tropez

St. Tropez has been called the playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires. It’s also known as the place were French actress Brigitte Bardot was discovered. In addition to the town’s acclaim for its clothing-optional beaches, it also hosts an annual regatta at the end of September that draws numerous superyachts aka luxury yachts. 960 1280

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Museum of Oceanology

Museum of Oceanology

Perched on a cliff on the coast of Monaco, the Oceanology Museum main draw is the famous aquarium with tanks containing every imaginable species of fish, crab and eel. The main floor displays skeletons and taxidermy of enormous sea creatures; as well as, submarines and diving gear from the Middle Ages. Other top attractions in the Riviera include Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, Jardin Exotique de Monaco and Colline de Chateau in Nice. 960 1280

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Nice Carnival

Nice Carnival

If you didn’t know already, the Nice Carnival attracts over a million visitors every year. The first celebration on record dates back to 1294, which probably makes it the original carnival celebration. The Carnival spans a 2-week period with the final day on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). 960 1280

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Chapelle de la Miséricorde

Chapelle de la Miséricorde

Visit Nice’s Chapelle de la Miséricorde to marvel in the chapel’s beautiful architecture, which includes crystal chandeliers and a magnificent altarpiece by Renaissance painter Ludivico Brea. 960 1280

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Nice

Nice

The 2nd largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille, Nice is also the 2nd-most visited place in France after Paris, receiving 4 million tourists every year. The city has a university, several business districts, museums, a national theater, an opera house with a regional library and several concert halls and casinos. Between May and October is the best time to experience the warm Mediterranean climate of this coastal city. 960 1280

  

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

The Grand Hotel, built in 1908, competes with the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc as the Riviera’s most opulent. Set in a well-manicured garden, it was once a winter haven for royalty. This posh place to stay has a private beach club with a heated seawater pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant that uses fresh ingredients from the local markets. 960 1280

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Lemon Festival

Lemon Festival

Experience the annual Lemon Festival in Menton. The festival lasts a few days and consists of different bands passing through the city streets on foot or on truck trailers. The Casino Gardens, in the center of the town, are decorated in the theme of the festival, using lemons or citrus fruit to cover the exhibits and huge temporary statues. Past festival themes include Viva Espana, Disney, Neverland and India. 960 1280

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Cannes

Cannes

Cannes is one of the most popular and glamorous resort destinations in Europe. This French coastal city caters to the upscale travelers. Although it’s known as a haven for sun worshippers, the city takes center stage for the annual film festival. Most beaches along La Croisette are owned by hotels and or restaurants. Tourists can rent a sailboat at the port or at some of the beachfront hotels. 960 1280

  

Château de la Napoule

Château de la Napoule

Château de la Napoule has the reputation for being the Riviera’s most eccentric and most fascinating château. The castle was constructed in the 14th century for the Countess of Villeneuve. In 1918, Henry Clews Jr. and his wife, Marie Clews, restored and moved into the castle. The American sculptor created a menagerie of scorpions, pelicans, gnomes, monkeys and other odd sculptures around the castle. 960 1280

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Plage de Tahiti

Plage de Tahiti

Visit Plage de Tahiti, St. Tropez’s sizzlin’ sandy beach. This is France’s most well-known beach because it’s frequented by topless or nude sunbathers. Ever since the days of actress Brigitte Bardot, this beach has been a movie star favorite, and it’s been known to be a cruisy spot for singles. 960 1280

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InterContinental Carlton Cannes

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Not surprising, the InterContinental Carlton, a 1911 hotel that survived World War II attack, is packed during the Cannes Film Festival. The hotel has 343 rooms, including 39 renovated suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 10 meeting rooms and a private beach. With breathtaking views over the Bay of Cannes and its location near city’s shopping district, this is the place to be in Cannes. 960 1280

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The Ledge, Skydeck Chicago (Chicago)

The Ledge, Skydeck Chicago (Chicago)

Get a heart-pounding view of Chicago from 1,353 feet in the air. Fearless tourists can step into the Ledge’s glass boxes, which extend 4.3 feet from the Skydeck, which is at the top of the Willis Tower. 960 1280

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CN Tower (Toronto)

CN Tower (Toronto)

There are multiple ways to see Toronto from the top of the CN Tower. Tourists can stand on the 2 1/2-inch-thick Glass Floor and look 1,122 feet down; walk around the SkyPod observation deck; dine at the 360 Restaurant with an amazing view of the city’s skyline; or, if they dare, try EdgeWalk, a hands-free walk around the ledge of the tower’s main pod. 960 1280

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Tilt, 360 Chicago (Chicago)

Tilt, 360 Chicago (Chicago)

Hold on for your life! Tilt, located on the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center, literally tilts riders at a 30-degree angle for a jaw-dropping view of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from 1,030 feet above street level. 960 1280

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Step Into the Void (Chamonix, France)

Step Into the Void (Chamonix, France)

Put on a pair of slippers and step into the Aiguille du Midi Skywalk, aka Step Into the Void, on a mountain peak about 3,400 feet above Chamonix, France. Face your fear of heights, enter the glass box, and get a panoramic view of snowcapped mountains in the French Alps. 960 1280

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Brighton i360 (Brighton, England)

Brighton i360 (Brighton, England)

The architects who designed the London Eye will also design this stunning new glass attraction in Brighton, scheduled to open in 2016. Already touted as “the world’s tallest moving observation tower,” Brighton i360’s vertical cable car will have a glass floor, and patrons can expect to get an eyeful of Sussex’s coast (Bexhill-on-Sea to Chichester) from 450 feet up. 960 1280

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Grand Canyon Skywalk (Grand Canyon West, AZ)

Grand Canyon Skywalk (Grand Canyon West, AZ)

Looking for a spectacular view of the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon? Hop on the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass bridge perched 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. 960 1280

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Glacier Skywalk (Jasper National Park, Alberta)

Glacier Skywalk (Jasper National Park, Alberta)

Experience the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies with breathtaking views from the Glacier Skywalk. From 918 feet high, tourists can see glaciers, rushing waterfalls and the valleys carved out by ice thousands of years ago. 960 1280

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Sky Tower (Auckland)

Sky Tower (Auckland)

It doesn’t have a glass-floor observation deck, but Auckland’s Sky Tower is worth a trip if you’re visiting New Zealand. Tourists and locals can dine in Orbit 360 — a rotating restaurant — and will have the option to view the city from the Sky Deck in October 2015. Try base jumping off the side of the tower if you’re a real adrenaline junkie. 960 1280

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Ostankino Tower (Moscow, Russia)

Ostankino Tower (Moscow, Russia)

The Ostankino Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in Europe, which makes it the perfect place to get awesome views of Moscow. Over 10 million people from more than 100 countries have visited the TV tower to stand on its 360-degree observation deck. 960 1280

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The Edge, Eureka Skydeck (Melbourne, Australia)

The Edge, Eureka Skydeck (Melbourne, Australia)

Feeling adventurous? Step out onto the Edge, a glass cube that extends from the Eureka Tower’s 88th floor.   960 1280

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Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth, England)

Spinnaker Tower (Portsmouth, England)

Spinnaker Tower has 3 observation decks: View Deck 1 at 328 feet, View Deck 2 at 344 feet, and the Sky Deck at 360 feet. Be brave and walk across the glass floor of Deck 2’s Sky Walk for a unique perspective of the harbor. 960 1280

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Tokyo SkyTree (Tokyo)

Tokyo SkyTree (Tokyo)

The Tokyo SkyTree, the second-tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa, is a broadcasting tower that includes shops, a restaurant and 2 observation decks, giving visitors views from 1,148 feet and 1,476 feet above the city. 960 1280

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Disneyland (Anaheim, CA)
Castle Park (Riverside, California)

Castle Park (Riverside, California)

In Southern California, head to Castle Park. You’ll love the park’s medieval castle, mini golf course and 21 amusement rides, such as Merlin’s Revenge and Dragon Flyer (pictured).

More California Amusement Parks:
Adventure City -- Anaheim, CA
Belmont Park -- San Diego
California's Great America -- Santa Clara, CA
Castle Park -- Riverside, CA
Children's Fairyland -- Oakland, CA
Funderland Amusement Park -- Sacramento, CA
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park -- Gilroy, CA
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Disneyland (Anaheim, California)

Disneyland (Anaheim, California)

Mickey and Minnie say hi. Beyond Disneyland’s entrance, the wonder of childhood dreams await: Step inside Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, take a ride through Splash Mountain, and hop aboard a carriage as you take in the sights of Main Street, in the “happiest place on Earth.”

More California Amusement Parks:
Knott's Berry Farm -- Buena Park, CA
Pacific Park -- Santa Monica, CA
Pixieland Amusement Park -- Concord, CA
Rotary Storyland & Playland -- Fresno, CA
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk -- Santa Cruz, CA
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Legoland (Carlsbad, California)

Legoland (Carlsbad, California)

Love Legos? You got to visit this Legoland -- the first one outside of Europe. Spread across 128 acres in Carlsbad, CA, Legoland California greets the kids with a welcoming dinosaur right by the entrance. Lie inside a life-sized dinosaur footprint on Dino Island, venture into the wilds of Africa in Duplo Village and get soaked with 350 gallons of water at the waterpark.

More California Amusement Parks:
Scandia Amusement Park -- Sacramento, CA
Scandia Amusement Park -- Victorville, CA
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SeaWorld San Diego (California)

SeaWorld San Diego (California)

A San Diego attraction since 1964, SeaWorld San Diego upped the ante in summer 2012 when it launched Manta, the mega-coaster that showcases 2 launches of up to 43 mph. Manta joins park mainstays like the Dolphin Point exhibit, the Bayside Skyride gondola ride and the Sky Tower, a 320-foot-high panoramic tower.

More California Amusement Parks:
Six Flags Magic Mountain -- Valencia, CA
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom -- Vallejo, CA
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Universal Studios Hollywood (California)

Universal Studios Hollywood (California)

Don’t panic! That guy going up in smithereens is part of the moviemaking magic at <a title="Universal Studios Hollywood" href=" http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com" target="_blank">Universal Studios Hollywood</a>. The movie studio is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood movie studios still in operation. One of its theme park highlights is Transformers: The Ride, which opened in 2012 featuring 3-D technology, fight simulation and more!
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Elitch Gardens Theme Park (Denver)

Elitch Gardens Theme Park (Denver)

From late April through Halloween, this seasonal, 70-acre park in Denver is worth a family’s visit. With 30 rides, including 9 roller coasters, Elitch Gardens’ attractions include Half Pipe, a snowboard ride that will have you thrashing and spinning around … and around. Plus, cool off in Elitch’s waterpark. 960 1280

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Lake Compounce (Bristol, Connecticut)

Lake Compounce (Bristol, Connecticut)

You’re looking at the oldest continuously-operating amusement park in the US. Lake Compounce first opened its doors in 1846. Today, the amusement park spans 332 acres, with more than 40 rides, including Thunder n' Lightning (pictured). The park also has a beach and waterpark.

More Connecticut Amusement Parks:
Quassy Amusement Park -- Middlebury, CT
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Funland (Rehoboth, Delaware)

Funland (Rehoboth, Delaware)

There’s something for the whole family at Funland. Choose from among 19 rides -- everything from the carousel to the more fast-paced Sea Dragon thrill ride. The kids and you can also enjoy games, from Ring Fling to amusement-park fave Whac-a-Mole. Perhaps the coolest part about Funland: Many of the rides are decades old, so adults can enjoy a walk down memory lane while the kids discover rides for the first time. 960 1280

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Aquatica Orlando (Florida)

Aquatica Orlando (Florida)

There’s a reason this is the ninth-most visited amusement park in the US: Spanning 200 acres, Aquatica Orlando showcases live shows (see Shamu!) and animal exhibits -- stingrays, turtles, flamingos and more -- plus rides like Dolphin Plunge, the most popular ride in the park. This pic shows why!

More Florida Amusement Parks:
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay -- Tampa, FL
Fun Spot -- Kissimmee, FL
Fun Spot -- Orlando, FL
Legoland Florida -- Winter Haven, FL
Old Town -- Kissimmee, FL
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Discovery Cove (Orlando, Florida)

Discovery Cove (Orlando, Florida)

What kid wouldn’t love swimming with (and smooching!) a bottlenose dolphin? Interactive fun is yours at Discovery Cove. Also snorkel alongside rays in the Grand Reef and wade through water in the Freshwater Oasis, where a face-to-face encounter with an otter awaits.

More Florida Amusement Parks:
Sam's Fun City -- Pensacola, FL
Silver Springs -- Ocala, FL
Weeki Wachee Springs -- Spring Hill, FL
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SeaWorld Orlando (Florida)

SeaWorld Orlando (Florida)

Along with Discovery Cove and Aquatica, this massive theme park is part of the SeaWorld Parks and Resorts entertainment complex. You could spend days in this one alone: Spanning 200 acres, SeaWorld Orlando boasts 4 roller coasters, including the fierce Manta and Kraken. 960 1280

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Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL)

Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL)

It’s a small world after all … except at Walt Disney World! As the largest vacation resort in the world -- and the most visited -- this legendary entertainment complex is pretty darn big: over 30,000 acres, with 24 themed resorts, 4 theme parks and 2 waterparks. 960 1280

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Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia)

Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell, Georgia)

Just west of Atlanta, <a title="Six Flags Over Georgia" href="http://www.sixflags.com/overGeorgia/index.aspx" target="_blank">Six Flags Over Georgia</a> spans 290 acres, with more than 40 rides -- including Batman: The Ride (pictured). In 2013, the park added its newest attraction: SkyScreamer. Twirl in a 98-foot-wide circle -- as your feet dangle 24 stories above ground and wind blows in your face at 40 mph. You just might scream.<br><br><b>More Georgia Amusement Parks:</b><br>Lake Winnepesaukah -- Rossville, GA<br>Wild Adventures -- Valdosta, GA
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Silverwood (Athol, Idaho)

Silverwood (Athol, Idaho)

Live in the Northwest? You’ll want to check out Silverwood. Spread across 413 acres, the amusement park is the largest theme and waterpark in the region. Silverwood has more than 65 rides, slides and other attractions. Top draws include Silverwood’s Aftershock, the champion of inverted coasters! 960 1280

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Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, Illinois)

Six Flags Great America (Gurnee, Illinois)

Another reason Chicago is our kind of town: Six Flags Great America. Located in Chi-town’s metro area, this theme park boasts 51 rides (including 13 roller coasters and 4 water rides) spread across 304 acres. Hop aboard Columbia Carousel, the world’s tallest carousel, and Raging Bull, the park’s tallest, longest and fastest coaster.

More Illinois Amusement Parks:
Santa's Village Azoosment Park -- East Dundee, Illinois
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Holiday World (Santa Claus, Indiana)

Holiday World (Santa Claus, Indiana)

This combo theme park-waterpark in southern Indiana celebrates the holiday spirit year-round; Holiday World is divided into 4 themes: Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving and July Fourth. Lest you start thinking this is some folksy traditional hangout, Holiday World’s Voyage coaster will set you straight.

More Indiana Amusement Parks:
Indiana Beach -- Monticello, IN
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Adventureland (Altoona, Iowa)

Adventureland (Altoona, Iowa)

This family-owned amusement park has you covered, with more than 100 rides, shows and attractions. Adventureland spans 180 acres, making it the biggest family resort in all of Iowa. Don’t miss the Giant Skywheel, the largest open-gondola wheel built in the US since the 1800s. Plus, take a dip in Adventure Bay waterpark.

More Iowa Amusement Parks:
Arnolds Park Amusement Park -- Arnolds Park, IA
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Beech Bend Park (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

Beech Bend Park (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

If you’re in Kentucky with the kids, Beech Bend is the place to go. Take a ride on one of 3 coasters (Kentucky Rumbler is the star, with a 96-foot drop). Enjoy Granny Jones’ Petting Farm (sheep, goats and more); and ride Sea Dragon, which was purchased from Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

More Kentucky Amusement Parks:
Guntown Mountain -- Cave City, KY
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Carousel Gardens (New Orleans)

Carousel Gardens (New Orleans)

The 15 rides at this seasonally operated amusement park will have your kids smiling. Hop aboard the antique coaster -- one of only 100 carousels of its kind in the US -- that’s been a fixture of Carousel Gardens for more than a century. Take a ride on the Miniature Train, or cool off with a trip down the Fun Slide.

More Louisiana Amusement Parks:
Dixie Landin' -- Baton Rouge, LA
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Funtown Splashtown USA (Saco, Maine)

Funtown Splashtown USA (Saco, Maine)

This family-owned amusement park features Excalibur, the only wooden roller coaster in Maine; it’s also the tallest and longest roller coaster in northern New England. Funtown’s other attractions include Dragon’s Descent (a 220-foot-tall drop tower) and Splashtown waterpark, with 18 waterslides and pools.

More Maine Amusement Parks:
Palace Playland -- Old Orchard Beach, ME
York's Wild Kingdom -- York Beach, ME
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Six Flags America (Mitchellville, Maryland)

Six Flags America (Mitchellville, Maryland)

Just 15 miles from DC, and 30 miles southwest of Baltimore, Maryland’s only theme park goes all out, with more than 100 rides, slides and shows. Of them all, Six Flags America’s top attraction is Superman: Ride of Steel, one of the tallest coasters on the East Coast.

More MD Amusement Parks:
Frontier Town -- Berlin, MD
Jolly Ranger -- Ocean City, MD
Trimper Rides -- Ocean City, MD
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Six Flags New England (Agawam, Massachusetts)

Six Flags New England (Agawam, Massachusetts)

Visiting Connecticut or Massachusetts this summer? Take the kids to Six Flags New England. Less than a mile from the Connecticut border, and 3 miles from Springfield, MA, this Six Flags boasts Bizarro, one of the world’s top coasters.

More MA Amusement Parks:
Edaville USA -- Carver, MA
Salem Willows -- Salem, MA
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Michigan’s Adventure (Muskegon, Michigan)

Michigan’s Adventure (Muskegon, Michigan)

You want adventure? You’ve come to the right place! Spanning 250 acres, Michigan’s Adventure is the largest amusement park in the state, with 53 rides -- including Shivering Timbers roller coaster -- as well as WildWater Adventure, an outdoor waterpark.

More Michigan Amusement Parks:
Crossroads Village -- Crossroads Village, MI
Deer Acres Storybook Amusement Park -- Pinconning, MI
Dutch Village -- Holland, MI
Stagecoach Shop USA -- Irish Hills, MI
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Valleyfair Amusement Park (Shakopee, Minnesota)

Valleyfair Amusement Park (Shakopee, Minnesota)

This 125-acre playground is your ticket to fun! At Valleyfair Amusement Park, choose from among 48 rides, including 8 roller coasters -- try Wild Thing, a steel beast that’s currently the tallest coaster in the park.

More Minnesota Amusement Parks:
Como Town -- St. Paul, MN
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Six Flags St. Louis

Six Flags St. Louis

Home to nearly 10 roller coasters, Six Flags St. Louis added Boomerang to its lineup in 2013. The steel roller coaster leads you on a pulsating vertical loop ride reaching speeds of 47 mph -- in just under 2 minutes. Keep the adrenaline pumping at Six Flag’s Hurricane Harbor water park, home to Bonzai Pipeline, the looping waterslide.

More Missouri Amusement Parks:
Route 66 Carousel Park -- Joplin, MO
Silver Dollar City -- Branson, MO
Worlds of Fun -- Kansas City, MO
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Fun-Plex (Omaha, Nebraska)

Fun-Plex (Omaha, Nebraska)

Take the family to the largest amusement park in Nebraska. Fun-Plex is also home to the Big Ohhhhhh!!! -- the only roller coaster in the state. Also enjoy a “Putt-Terrific” 18-hole golf course, a twisty ride down a 5-story waterslide and slip-and-slide fun in a speedy go-kart. 960 1280

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The Roller Coaster (Las Vegas)

The Roller Coaster (Las Vegas)

Head to the New York-New York Hotel & Casino on the Strip for the ride of your life: a 203-foot lift, then a 144-foot drop -- that’s just the start of what awaits aboard The Roller Coaster. The rest? An exhilarating ride at 67 mph.

More Nevada Amusement Parks:
Buffalo Bill's Hotel and Casino -- Primm, NV
Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides -- Las Vegas
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Santa’s Village (Jefferson, New Hampshire)

Santa’s Village (Jefferson, New Hampshire)

Since 1953 <a title="Santa’s Village" href="http://www.santasvillage.com" target="_blank">Santa’s Village</a> has entertained the whole family with holiday magic. Ride above the trees in Santa’s Skyway Sleigh, hop aboard Rudolph on the Reindeer Carousel and get behind the wheel of a Santa’s Smackers bumper car -- they’re among the 16 rides the kids will enjoy at this Christmas-themed amusement park.<br><br><b>More New Hampshire Amusement Parks:</b><br>Canobie Lake Park -- Salem, NH<br>Clark's Trading Post -- North Woodstock, NH<br>Hampton Beach -- Hampton Beach, NH<br>Six Gun City -- Jefferson, NH<br>Story Land -- Glen, NH 960 1280

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Luna Park (Coney Island, New York)

Luna Park (Coney Island, New York)

Ride the granddaddy of all roller coasters: <a title="Coney Island’s Cyclone" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/the-cyclone" target="_blank">Coney Island’s Cyclone</a>. <a title="Luna Park" href="http://www.lunaparknyc.com" target="_blank">Luna Park</a>’s other thrill rides include Elctro Spin and Sling Shot -- who wouldn’t want to get shot up over 150 feet in the air … at 90 mph?<br><br><b>More NY Amusement Parks:</b><br>Adventureland -- Farmingdale, NY<br>Darien Lake -- Darien Center, NY<br>Deno's Wonder Wheel -- Coney Island<br>Enchanted Forest -- Old Forge, NY<br>The Great Escape -- Queensbury, NY 960 1280

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Carowinds (Charlotte, North Carolina)

Carowinds (Charlotte, North Carolina)

See the Thrill Capital of the Southeast! The 398-acre <a title="Carowinds" href="https://www.carowinds.com" target="_blank">Carowinds</a> is home to 13 roller coasters -- can you brave <a title="Afterburn" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/carowinds-afterburn" target="_blank">Afterburn</a> and <a title="Intimidator" href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/carowinds-intimidator" target="_blank">Intimidator</a>?<br><br><b>More NC Amusement Parks:</b><br>Ghost Town in the Sky -- Maggie, NC<br>Gold City -- Franklin, NC<br>Santa's Land -- Cherokee, NC<br>Tweetsie Railroad -- Bowling Rock, NC                              
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Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)

Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)

Explore the second-oldest amusement park in the US (behind Connecticut’s Lake Compounce). Opened in 1870, Cedar Point spans total 72 rides, including stars like Millennium Force!

More OH Amusement Parks:
Coney Island -- Cincinnati
Jungle Jack's Landing -- Powell, OH
King's Island -- Mason, OH
Memphis Kiddie Park -- Brooklyn, OH
Stricker's Grove -- Hamilton, OH
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Oaks Amusement Park (Portland, Oregon)

Oaks Amusement Park (Portland, Oregon)

A short way’s from downtown Portland is Oaks Amusement Park. Spread across 44 acres, the park includes Looping Thunder, a steel looping roller coaster; Disk-O, a pulsating flat ride; and the Rock-O-Plane, kind of like a Ferris wheel, only these seats rock and roll!

More Oregon Amusement Parks:
Enchanted Forest -- Salem, OR
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Dorney Park (Allentown, PA)

Dorney Park (Allentown, PA)

“Two Great Parks for the Price of One” is no exaggeration: Located between NYC and Philadelphia, Dorney Park is also home to Wildwater Kingdom waterpark. Try braving Steel Force, the world’s ninth-longest steel roller coaster. Or kick back in a cabana rental within the waterpark.

More PA Amusement Parks:
Bushkill Park -- Easton, PA
DelGrosso Amusement Park -- Tipton, PA
Dutch Wonderland -- Lancaster, PA
Idlewild and Story Book Forest -- Ligonier, PA
Kennywood -- West Mifflin, PA
Knoebels Amusement Resort -- Elysburg, PA
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Hersheypark (Hershey, PA)

Hersheypark (Hershey, PA)

More than 65 rides and other attractions await at this oh-so-sweet family theme park. Head to Hersheypark for a mix of high-adrenaline thrill rides and more laid-back fun, from the extreme coaster Skyrush, to the more leisurely Intercoastal Waterway water ride.

More PA Amusement Parks:
Lakemont Park -- Altoona, PA
Sesame Place -- Langhorne, PA
Waldemeer Park -- Erie, PA
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Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN)

Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN)

Head to the biggest ticketed tourist attraction in Tennessee: Spread across 150 acres, Dollywood showcases 27 rides, including 6 roller coasters: You owe it to yourself to try Dollywood’s Thunderbird -- our own Bert Kreischer calls it the best wooden coaster he’s ridden!

More TN Amusement Parks:
Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park -- Chattanooga, TN
Fun Mountain -- Gatlinburg, TN
Ober Gatlinburg -- Gatlinburg, TN
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Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels, Texas)

Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels, Texas)

“Slippery road” is what this waterpark’s name literally translates to -- and with 3 locations in Texas, Schlitterbahn delivers with tube chutes, kiddie pools and water coasters. Brave the Downhill Race -- we dare you not to scream.

More Texas Amusement Parks:
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier -- Galveston, TX
Joyland -- Lubbock, TX
Kemah Boardwalk -- Kemah, TX
Kiddie Acres -- Austin, TX
Kiddie Park -- San Antonio, TX
Six Flags Over Texas -- Arlington, TX
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SeaWorld San Antonio (Texas)

SeaWorld San Antonio (Texas)

One of the largest of the 3 parks in the SeaWorld chain, SeaWorld San Antonio spans 250 acres, with a marine mammal park, oceanarium and theme park. See One Ocean (the newest Shamu show), explore aviary habitats, and ride on The Great Ride, the park’s first coaster, which reaches speeds of 50 mph.

More Texas Amusement Parks:
Six Flags Fiesta Texas -- San Antonio, TX
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Lagoon (Farmington, Utah)

Lagoon (Farmington, Utah)

Head 17 miles north of Salt Lake City to Lagoon. Its star attraction is Wicked, which speeds up to 55 mph across more than 2,000 feet. Also step back in time at Pioneer Village, a reconstruction of a late 1800s frontier community. 960 1280

Lagoon Park  

Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Busch Gardens (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Head to Busch Gardens for an edge-of-your-seat ride on coasters Montu, Sheikra and Apollo’s Chariot.

More VA Amusement Parks:
Dinosaur Land -- White Post, VA
King's Dominion -- Doswell, VA
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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment  

Riverfront Park (Spokane, Washington)

Riverfront Park (Spokane, Washington)

Every spring and summer, Spokane’s 100-acre Riverfront Park sees its Pavilion transformed into an amusement park wonderland: Enjoy rides like the Sizzler, which speeds up to 70 mph, and the Spider, which, you guessed it, will have you spinning and twirling.

More Washington Amusement Parks:
Wild Waves -- Federal Way
Fun Forest -- Seattle
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Fishing in Destin
Fishing in Destin

Fishing in Destin

Located in the Florida Panhandle, Destin traces its history back to 1845, when Captain Leonard Destin settled in Northwest Florida. He pioneered the fishing industry. Today, this fishing town -- known as “world’s the luckiest fishing village” -- is a hot spot for trolling, jetty fishing and deep sea fishing. Charter fishing is very popular; so we suggest you book your family fishing adventure before visiting the Emerald Coast. 960 1280

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Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village

Looking for a place to stay? Check in at the family-friendly Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village. The hotel has a Crew Club for kids. It provides a variety of fun activities, including scavenger hunts, pirate parties, face painting and movie nights. For adults, enjoy a relaxing spa treatment. The hotel has an outdoor pool, well-equipped fitness center and free Wi-Fi. Get the real scoop, and check out Oyster.com’s hotel review. 960 1280

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Destin Commons

Destin Commons

On you mark, get set, shop! Destin has numerous places for you to shop until you drop. Start your shopper’s retreat at one of these shopping malls: Destin Commons (pictured), Santa Rosa Mall, Sunsations Plaza, Shoreline Village Mall, The Boardwalk Okaloosa Island, Emerald Coast Centre or Shoreline Village Mall. 960 1280

Emerald Coast CVB  

Okaloosa Island Pier

Okaloosa Island Pier

Watch the sun set or fish from the pier of Okaloosa Island, where locals and tourists also flock to the island for the white-sand beaches. 960 1280

Emerald Coast CVB  

Sterling Shores Resort

Sterling Shores Resort

According to online hotel reviewer, Oyster.com, Sterling Shores Resort is one of the nicer and larger condo resort s in Destin. The rooms -- some with a Gulf view -- are bright and airy, and there are 2 pools at the resort. Sterling Shores offers special events for kids, and it also has small movie theater . Take a look at Oyster.com’s full hotel review. 960 1280

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Kelly Plantation Golf Course

Kelly Plantation Golf Course

Destin’s Kelly Plantation Golf Club, located along the Choctawhatchee Bay, has 18 holes built on the former site of a turpentine plantation owned by Mattie and Coleman Kelly. American pro golfer Fred Couples and Gene Bates, an Australian cyclist who owns the Bates Golf Design Group, designed the Kelly Plantation Golf Course. Rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest the Golf Course has more the 7,000 yards of large contoured greens surrounded by Magnolias and Palmettos. 960 1280

Emerald Coast CVB  

HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village

Visit Destin’s HarborWalk Village, where you can find waterfront shopping, water sports, boat pontoon and jet ski rentals, world class fishing, dolphin cruises, bars and clubs, weekly fireworks, seasonal festivals, live entertainment and a variety of restaurants to so suit the most discriminating foodie’s taste. 960 1280

Emerald Coast CVB  

Dolphin Cruises

Dolphin Cruises

Go dolphin watching on the Sea Blaster, a 73-foot passenger boat that carries up to 119 passengers -- the Gulf’s largest speedboat. Sea Blaster offers snorkeling and dolphin cruises. Boogie Water Sports, Olin Marler’s Charter and Southern Star are other choices to book your fun dolphin watching excursion. 960 1280

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Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club

Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club

Regatta Bay Golf and Country Club is a golfer’s paradise. The 6,894-yard, par-72 offers an extraordinary golf experience for players of all skill levels was named one of Golf Digest’s “Top Places to Play in North America” and one of the Top 15 courses in Florida. Enjoy the state-of-the-art Parview GPS system on the golf carts; chilled apples on the 1st and 10th tees; and cool off with mango-scented iced towels. And with this picturesque scenery, this golf club makes it a perfect place for a destination wedding. 960 1280

Emerald Coast CVB  

Courtyard Sandestin

Courtyard Sandestin

The rooms at the Courtyard Sandestin are spacious with flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has a lobby bar, mini market, big outdoor pool and a fitness center. View Oyster.com’s hotel review of the Courtyard Sandestin at Grand Boulevard in Destin. 960 1280

Oyster.com  

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

Get up close and personal with dolphins, otters, stingrays, sea lions, seals and turtles at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park. Open since 1955, the Park has attracted millions of visitors. For outdoor enthusiasts, we also recommend visiting Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park, Gator Beach, Emerald Coast Dirt & Vert and Sasquatch Zoo. 960 1280

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park  

Fort Walton Beach

Fort Walton Beach

We suggest you head to Fort Walton Beach if you’re looking for a little rest, relaxation and sun bathing. This city is a year-round fishing and beach resort community, and 1000s of people flock to Fort Walton Beach and the Emerald Coast for spring break and during the summer -- its busiest time of the year. 960 1280

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Destin West RV Resort

Destin West RV Resort

Destin attracts thousands of campers, and some of those avid campers have RVs. If you’re on the road, make a pit stop at the Destin West RV Resort, a luxury RV park on the coast of Okaloosa Island’s Choctawhatchee Bay. The Resort provides complimentary cable and Wi-Fi, and it’s located near laundry facilities, the beach and a miniature golf course. Playground RV Park, Henderson Beach State Park and Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park are other ideal places to go for campers. 960 1280

Destin West RV Resort  

Crab Island

Crab Island

Enjoy fun in the sun on Crab Island, an underwater boating and party island located on the North side of the Destin bridge. From April to November, tourists will notice anywhere from 10 to 200 boats anchored in the bay. Locals anchor their boats to spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and playing football, Frisbee and volleyball. During the summer, there are boats selling burgers, shrimp, boiled peanuts, ice cream and much more. 960 1280

Emerald Coast CVB  

Destin Harbor

Destin Harbor

Destin was ranked as one of the Top 10 Places to Live and Boat by Boating magazine. The city may be known for its various outdoor activities, but it’s also a popular spot for a destination wedding. 960 1280

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Highway 29
Highway 29

Highway 29

Take California State Route 29 to see some of the region’s best vineyards and wineries. Through Napa Valley, Highway 29 passes through Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville and Napa. 960 1280

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Silverado Trail

Silverado Trail

Hit the road early to capture the serene vineyards along the Silverado Trail, a scenic route along the eastern edge of Napa Valley. Most locals suggest taking this route to avoid traffic on California State Route 29, which runs parallel to the Trail. 960 1280

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Wine Country

Wine Country

Northern California's wine country beckons visitors with hundreds of wineries spread across 3 counties. 960 1280

  

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Winery is located near Calistoga, CA. The 121,000-square-foot medieval replica castle includes 107 rooms and 8 levels above and below ground. Among its many features, it has a moat, drawbridge, defensive towers, interior courtyard, chapel, torture chamber and a great hall. Visitors to the vineyard can sample the wines sold at the castle. 960 1280

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Cabernet

Cabernet

Northern California's climate is ideal for growing grapes like these ripe ones used to make a fine cabernet. 960 1280

  

Beringer Rhine House

Beringer Rhine House

Make a stop at the Beringer Rhine House -- Napa Valley’s oldest continuously operating winery. Enjoy the award-winning wines, rich history and beautifully landscaped grounds. 960 1280

Chuck O'Rear  

California Wine

California Wine

The best way to appreciate Northern California's wine country is to sample the goods along the way. 960 1280

  

Old Faithful Geyser of California

Old Faithful Geyser of California

While you’re on your road trip, we suggestion stopping by the Old Faithful Geyser of California, located in Calistoga, CA. It’s just one of many roadside attractions you’ll see along the way. 960 1280

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Picturesque Vineyards

Picturesque Vineyards

Bring along a camera for photo opportunities in the acres of rolling vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. 960 1280

  

Staglin Family Vineyard

Staglin Family Vineyard

The Staglin Family Vineyard, a family-owned Napa Valley winery in Rutherford, CA, produces a variety of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and a Bordeaux-style blend. Take a guided tour of the winery, and then at the end of the tour, experience an intimate tasting of Cabernet Sauvignons produced on the estate. 960 1280

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Wine Production

Wine Production

These terraced vineyards in Sonoma rely on biodynamic agricultural techniques to produce local wine. 960 1280

  

Oxbow Public Market

Oxbow Public Market

Go local! Visit the Oxbow Public Market in Napa Valley to sample the local community’s best, including fresh food, wine and cheese. Take Highway 29 to the city of Napa; take the 1st Street Exit (bear right to head east); and look for signs marked ‘Oxbow Public Market’. 960 1280

Oxbow Public Market  

Merlot

Merlot

Ripe for the picking, these grapes will be used to make merlot. 960 1280

  

Sterling Vineyard

Sterling Vineyard

Several vineyards, including the Sterling Vineyard (pictured) in Calistoga, CA, are fun getaways for tourists. See picturesque views from their aerial tram. Guests can also travel the grounds by foot. And with a glass of wine in hand, stroll through art galleries and elevated walkways that allow visitors to see the winemaking process from grape to glass. 960 1280

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Years of Preparation

Years of Preparation

These vines in Sonoma have been used for growing grapes for nearly 90 years. 960 1280

  

Di Rosa Preserve

Di Rosa Preserve

While you’re on the road, we suggest you visit the Di Rosa Preserve, a 35-acre lake and wildlife. The area is not only rich in an array of flora, fauna and wildlife, but it’s also the canvas to display a broad range of art created by Bay Area artists. Art aficionados can walk the grounds to see art work in the Main Gallery, Gatehouse Gallery, Historic Residence, Courtyard, North Lawn and Sculpture Meadow. It’s an art lover’s paradise. 960 1280

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The Grapes

The Grapes

These grapes may become a bottle of your favorite California wine, but you'll have to wait a few years to try it. 960 1280

  

Downtown Napa

Downtown Napa

If wine tasting and tours isn’t you’re thing, then make a pit stop in Downtown Napa. The area has dozens of shops, dessert cafes, bars, restaurants and spas. Hotels and B&Bs are available in the area. It’s a perfect home-base location for visitors to explore nearby vineyards and mix with the locals. 960 1280

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Mud Bath

Mud Bath

Unwind and relax with a mud bath at one of several spas located in Napa Valley, including Meadowood, Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs, Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, Indian Springs Resort and Roman Spa Motel. 960 1280

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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

An aerial view of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of Puerto Vallarta's most iconic landmarks. The original crown was damaged in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake in Mexico City in 1995, but has since been replaced by new reinforced cement castings. 960 1280

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Villa

Villa

The view from a luxury Puerto Vallarta villa -- complete with an infinity pool and the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Iguana

Iguana

A local resident. 960 1280

Jon DeJong through Flickr Creative Commons   

Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Danza de los Voladores de Papantla

Men performing the 'Danza de los Voladores de Papantla' (the Dance of the Flyers), a pre-Hispanic ritual designed to appease the gods and prevent drought. During the ritual, men climb up a 50-foot pole, winding their ropes all the way around. When they reach the top, they jump off and spin around the pole back to the ground. 960 1280

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Flea market

Flea market

The colorful flea market of Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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The beach of the dead

The beach of the dead

La Playa de los Muertos (The Beach of the Dead). The section of the large Playa de los Muertos known as Blue Chairs is Puerto Vallarta's most popular gay beach. 960 1280

Arkangel through Flickr Creative Commons   

Los Arcos Amphitheater

Los Arcos Amphitheater

The 4 stone arches at Los Arcos Amphitheater, an open-air theater that features nightly performances in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Watch the sun set over Banderas Bay. Plus, sample local food from the street vendors who congregate in the area. 960 1280

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Parasailing

Parasailing

Go parasailing at one of Puerto Vallarta's many beaches and get a bird's-eye view of Banderas Bay. 960 1280

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Puerto Vallarta¿s oceanside boardwalk

Puerto Vallarta¿s oceanside boardwalk

Walk along the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta's oceanside boardwalk, and take a look at some of the many impressive sculptures. Pictured is Rafael Zamarripa's 'Caballero del Mar,' (the Seahorse). 960 1280

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ceviche

ceviche

Sample some local ceviche with tostadas. 960 1280

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Mismaloya cove

Mismaloya cove

The Mismaloya cove was the setting for the 1964 film 'Night of the Iguana,' starring Richard Burton. Puerto Vallarta became a popular tourist destination after the media extensively covered the romance between Burton and Elizabeth Taylor during filming. The pair later purchased a vacation home in Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park

Los Arcos Marine Park, located near Mismaloya in the Bay of Banderas, is one of the most popular spots for snorkeling and diving in Puerto Vallarta. 960 1280

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Huachinango Zarandeado

Huachinango Zarandeado

Huachinango Zarandeado, or grilled red snapper, a Puerto Vallarta specialty. 960 1280

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As the temperature rises in the Caribbean during the summer, airfare and hotel rates to places like St. John drop. 960 1280

  

Between May and December, Maho Bay Camps on St. John is a bargain for families. 960 1280

  

The beauty of a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, vacation: a week at a budget-friendly hotel for under $1,000. 960 1280

  

Family deals at the Myrtle Beach Sea Mist include admission to the resort's own water park. 960 1280

  

In the afternoon at Medomak Camp in Rockland, Maine, everyone heads to the lake. 960 1280

  

Swimming, sculling, sailing and, of course, kayaking are among the most popular activities at Medomak Camp. 960 1280

  

The Ace Adventure Center in Oak Hill, West Virginia boasts a prime location on the New River Gorge National River. 960 1280

  

At the Ace, you can carve some family-bonding time into the summer with wild outdoor adventures for one set price. 960 1280

  

Shake up your summer routine with an urban getaway to Boston. 960 1280

  

With no slush and snow underfoot, it's a great time for a stroll along Boston's Freedom Trail. 960 1280

  


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