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Europe's Best-Kept Secret

The small nation happens to be home to a striking array of architecture, such as baroque churches, neoclassical and art nouveau structures, and medieval town centers. Budapest is a must-visit, and no trip is complete without a dip in a traditional bathhouse.

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Run for Your Lives, Nationwide
Run for Your Lives, Nationwide

Run for Your Lives, Nationwide

See if you can escape zombies in the annual Run For Your Lives 5K obstacle race. This is one race where a muscle cramp may spell the start of even bigger problems -- like being caught by brain-eating zombies! 960 1280

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Marathon du Medoc, France

Marathon du Medoc, France

France's Bordeaux region shows off its national character in the annual Marathon du Medoc, with participants drinking wine (and yes, running, too) through some of the world's greatest vineyards. 960 1280

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Runaway Bridesmaids, NYC

Runaway Bridesmaids, NYC

Travel Channel's Lost Girls prove that you really can wear that bridesmaid dress again (and for a good cause!). The Lost Girls take on a new name for the day as The Runaway Bridesmaids to run the Fifth Avenue Mile in NYC -- in dresses -- to raise money to fight sex trafficking worldwide. 960 1280

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High Heel Race, Washington, DC

High Heel Race, Washington, DC

Halloween in the nation’s capital is a spirited affair, courtesy of the annual High Heel Race. Onlookers gather in Dupont Circle to watch drag queens show off their extravagant outfits and race down 17th Street in high heels. 960 1280

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Muddy Buddy, Nationwide

Muddy Buddy, Nationwide

Teams of 2 run together through an off-road obstacle course, complete with military-style challenges. At the end of the race, each duo crawls through a mud pit before crossing the finish line together as official “Muddy Buddies”! 960 1280

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Pattaya International Bed Race, Thailand

Pattaya International Bed Race, Thailand

There’s no time to rest for participants in the Pattaya International Bed Race. Runners pushing hospital beds, boat beds and even a bed designed as a bathtub race down a popular strip of this beach town in Thailand. 960 1280

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Bride-Carrying Race, China

Bride-Carrying Race, China

Grooms carry their brides during a mini-marathon celebrating the New Year in Sanya, in south China's Hainan province. 960 1280

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Red Bull Soapbox Derby, Budapest

Red Bull Soapbox Derby, Budapest

Participants of Red Bull Soapbox Derby compete on a 656-yard track in Budapest, Hungary. Racing against the clock, they speed to the finish line in handmade vehicles. 960 1280

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Empire State Building Run-Up, NYC

Empire State Building Run-Up, NYC

At the Empire State Building Run-Up, runners climb 86 floors, 1,576 steps and roughly 1/5 mile, on their way to the observation deck. No elevators for these die-hard runners! 960 1280

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Great Knutsford Race, England

Great Knutsford Race, England

You’ll have to wait until 2020 for the next Great Knutsford Race, a 3-hour competition on penny-farthing bicycles that’s held once a decade. Competitors come from all over the world to race on these 1880s-era high-wheelers in Knutsford, England. 960 1280

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Kusatsu Onsen Waterfall 
Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

Each year, nearly 3 million visitors take in the waters at the Kusatsu Onsen, a 2-hour drive from Tokyo. 960 1280

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Kusatsu Onsen

Kusatsu Onsen

A trip to the Onsen is a part of Japanese culture, and locals head to the natural hot springs water at Kusatsu Onsen for relaxing and relief from muscle pain, hypertension and other ailments. 960 1280

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Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

The view from the open-air rooftop pool at Britain's Thermae Spa overlooks the city of Bath and the Abbey. 960 1280

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Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa

Thermae Bath Spa is the only spot in Britain where you can soak in the mineral waters, which that the Celts and Romans enjoyed more than 2,000 years ago. 960 1280

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Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs

Visitors have been taking the waters at Chena Hot Springs, deep in Alaska's interior, since 1905 when visiting prospectors discovered the water's healing nature. 960 1280

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Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs

Winter is the busiest time of year at Chena's Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska when the 105-degree water offers a reprieve from the cold. Soakers may even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights over head. 960 1280
Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Széchenyi Thermal Bath

Soaking in the baths is a way of life in Budapest, sometimes called Spa City, thanks to the healing waters found at spots like the Szechenyi, largest outdoor thermal bath in all of Europe. 960 1280

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Reykjadalur Hot Springs

Reykjadalur Hot Springs

A hike through the Reykjadalur valley to the thermal steam vents and boiling hot pools is the perfect place for outdoor bathing. 960 1280

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Gellert Baths

Gellert Baths

Explore the beautiful Art Nouveau style thermal baths at Hotel Gellert in Budapest. 960 1280

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Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Spa is a Napa Valley institution, helping locals and visitors relax in bubbling mud baths in Calistoga, CA, since 1952. 960 1280

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Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

Dr. Wilkinson's Hot Springs Resort

At Dr. Wilkinson's Spa, guests can relax in a warm mud baths with plenty of healing properties thanks to pure volcanic ash and Canadian peat or enjoy one of the many bath house treatments available. 960 1280

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Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa

Spa treatments at the Polynesian Spa overlooking New Zealand's Lake Rotorua include a mud wrap using the thermal mud that's believed to have healing properties. 960 1280

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Polynesian Spa

Polynesian Spa

There's no shortage of healing water at the Polynesian Spa, with 2 natural hot mineral springs and 26 soaking pools filled with soothing alkaline water. 960 1280

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