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Prague Castle
Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Dating back to the 9th century, the Prague Castle complex is home to the Bohemian Crown Jewels, the office of the president, courtyards, shops and countless other sights that shouldn't be missed. Open daily, Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world. Though many areas of the castle are free, it's worth the price of admission to tour St. Vitus Cathedral. Other attractions include the changing of the guard, castle gardens (open from April 1 to Oct. 31) and Golden Lane shops. The castle is not well-marked, so bring a map. 960 1280

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Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge is Prague's iconic vaulted arch bridge, connecting Old Town Prague to Lesser Town. Huge crowds swarm to the 15th-century bridge each day to watch performers, browse street art and vendors’ wares, and to take pictures of the 30 Charles Bridge statues. Trips across the historic bridge vary from a half-hour crossing to a day-long guided tour. Start your visit before 9 a.m. to get the entire bridge to yourself.  960 1280

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Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague’s Old Town Square features animated entertainers, hot local street food, horse-drawn carriages, colorful architecture and a medieval astronomical clock that is impossible to miss due to the large crowds who gather every hour. Go in the morning and enjoy ham and coffee while you watch the short mechanical performance on the hour. For a small fee you can take a tour behind the clock and gain an impressive view of the city. 960 1280

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Dancing House

Dancing House

Evocative and unique, the deconstructivist Dancing House stands out in rich contrast to the cobblestone streets and traditional architecture that surrounds it. The building was designed in 1992 by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunic with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. At the top floor, you'll find Celeste: a highly regarded French restaurant with a glass-enclosed dining room and soaring views of the Vltava River and Prague Castle. From June through September, diners have access to a rooftop terrace. Celeste is open for lunch and dinner, and reservations are a must. 960 1280

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National Gallery at Veletrzni Palac

National Gallery at Veletrzni Palac

Not to be confused with the larger National Gallery, the gallery at Veletrzni Palac offers 5 floors of contemporary art. The museum boasts important Czech works from artists like Kupka and Mucha as well as widely recognized masters such as Picasso, Seurat, Gaugin, Cezanne, Klimt, Rodin and Renoir. Veletrzni Palac also features items on loan from other Prague museums, including the Museum of Decorative Arts, making it an efficient visit for those on a tight schedule. 960 1280

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Old Jewish Cemetery

Old Jewish Cemetery

The surreal Old Jewish Cemetery is home to an estimated 100,000 gravesites in what is thought to be up to 12 layers, with approximately 12,000 grave markers visible at the surface. The price of admission is worth the moments you'll spend reflecting among crooked tombstones, moss and erosion fighting to reclaim the space for Mother Nature. Visitors must pay an extra charge to take pictures, and access is granted as part of a combo ticket to visit other Jewish Quarter sites. 960 1280

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Prague State Opera

Prague State Opera

The Prague State Opera features an often-changing schedule, English subtitles and wonderful acoustics. The Prague State Opera offers a surprisingly populist and fun atmosphere for audiences whose dress varies from casual to formal. The interior drips gold with opulent balconies, a baroque ceiling and ornate side panels. Prague opera tickets are affordable and specials are often available. A large second-floor balcony is where you can sip champagne and indulge your senses. 960 1280

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Vltava River Cruise

Vltava River Cruise

One of the most notorious Prague activities is the scenic river cruise. Cruising down the Vltava and admiring the Charles Bridge from the river is appealing, but it is important to find a trusted recommendation. Prague river cruises are notoriously overpriced with lackluster gastronomy, but that is not the case with every cruise tour. Select Prague cruises rival even the best European river cruises in beauty, entertainment and cuisine. <a title="Premiant City Tours" href="http://www.premiant.cz" target="_blank">Zizkov</a> comes highly reviewed by American travelers, as do the river cruises arranged by <a title="Prague Airport Transfers" href="https://www.prague-airport-transfers.co.uk/zakaznik" target="_blank">Prague Airport Transfers</a>. 960 1280

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Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

Take in the festive atmosphere and enjoy a trdelnik (traditional sweet pastry) at Wenceslas Square. Originally the site of a horse market, Wenceslas Square is home to a garden center, the neoclassical National Museum, the Wenceslas Monument and the main shopping area of New Town Prague. In addition to shopping and entertainment, the square was the site of critical chapters in history, from Nazi demonstrations to protests as part of the Velvet Revolution. 960 1280

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Zizkov

Zizkov

Zizkov makes a refreshing break from tourist-oriented districts.  Zizkov, a district centered between streets named Histka and Seifertova, is home to many pubs and fashionable but affordable cafes. Visit Palac Akropolis, a venue famous for indie culture, music, theater and art projects that also houses a restaurant, independent cinema and bar. Another must-see is the unmistakable TV tower. Zizkov offers panoramic views of downtown and the best green open spaces in Prague, including Vitkov Hill, a wooded ridge with a statue commemorating a  15th-century battle, and Parukarka, a public park with stunning views.  960 1280

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Karlštejn Castle

Karlštejn Castle

Take a bike tour through Prague to Karlštejn Castle, a Gothic castle founded in 1348 AD by the King of Bohemia, Charles IV. One of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic, this castle has served as a safe place for the Imperial Regalia, Bohemian or Czech crown jewels, holy relics and other royal treasures. 960 1280

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Nizbor Glass Factory

Nizbor Glass Factory

See how the world famous Czech Republic pilsner beer glasses are made at the the Nizbor Bohemia glass factory. Learn the history and see the production firsthand of decorative Bohemian crystal used for decanters, perfume bottles and trophies. Visitors can also pick up newly-blown crystal at discounted prices. 960 1280

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Prague Shakespeare Company

Prague Shakespeare Company

Prague Shakespeare Company, continental Europe's premiere English-language classical theatre company, presents a wide variety of classic and modern plays and musicals year round. Relish in the rich history and culture of the city during the day and then in the evening be entertained with Prague Shakespeare Company. 960 1280

  

Obama was born in Honolulu
Obama was Born in:
Honolulu

Obama was Born in:
Honolulu

It’s August 1961. Ike is president. The Berlin Wall has just gone up. And in Hawaii’s capital of Honolulu, Barack Hussein Obama II is born at the Kapiolani Hospital for Women & Children. In January 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as America’s first president born in Hawaii. In true presidential style, Obama has played golf at Olomana Golf Links and Royal Hawaiian Country Club, both on Oahu. 960 1280

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Romney was born in:
Detroit

Romney was born in:
Detroit

It’s March 1947. The Baby Boom is going strong! And in Detroit, Willard Mitt Romney is born at Harper Hospital. In June 2011, Romney announced his run for the 2012 Republican presidential ticket, becoming the first Mormon to win a major-party presidential nomination. Today, delve into Detroit’s rich auto past with a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory. 960 1280

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Obama Grew up in:
Indonesia

Obama Grew up in:
Indonesia

In 1967, 6-year-old Barack moved with his family to Indonesia. The young Barack initially lived in Jakarta, and attended Indonesian language schools until the age of 10. In the 1970s, Jakarta got a face-lift: A city-wide effort rehabilitated roads and bridges, encouraged the arts, and led to new schools and hospitals. Today, Jakarta stands as Indonesia’s economic, cultural and political center -- with some really great food. 960 1280

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Romney Grew up in: Bloomfield Hills

Romney Grew up in: Bloomfield Hills

Romney grew up in Bloomfield Hills, MI, 20 miles from Detroit. Romney’s dad was the president of a big auto company, and later the governor of Michigan. Today, explore Cranbrook Institute of Science (for natural history), Crankbrook Art Museum (for contemporary art), Oakland Hills Country Club (6 US Opens hosted here) and, pictured here, Cranbrook House & Gardens (the jaw-dropping home of an old newspaper mogul). 960 1280

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Obama Went to:
Punahou School

Obama Went to:
Punahou School

In 1971, 10-year-old Obama returned to Honolulu to live with his mom’s parents. He got a scholarship to attend Punahou School, a private prep school, and graduated in 1979. Today, Punahou stands as the largest independent school in the US. In 2006, it was ranked the “greenest” school in America. And Sports Illustrated has ranked the school’s sports program as the best in the country. Not too shabby! 960 1280

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Romney Went to:
Cranbrook Schools

Romney Went to:
Cranbrook Schools

In the seventh grade, Romney was enrolled at the private Crankbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, and later graduated in June 1965. Spanning 319 acres, Cranbrook was established by newspaper magnate George Booth in 1905. A New York Times architecture critic called the campus “one of the greatest campuses ever created anywhere.” Such distinction draws visitors from all over the world. 960 1280

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Obama Went to:
Columbia University

Obama Went to:
Columbia University

In 1981, Obama enrolled at Columbia University in NYC, where he majored in political science, with a specialty in international relations, and graduated in 1983. Today, enjoy a self-guided tour of the campus, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, exploring points of interest such as Low Library (the vestibule and rotunda) and Avery Hall, known as the world’s greatest architecture library. 960 1280

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Romney Went to:
Brigham Young University

Romney Went to:
Brigham Young University

In 1971, Romney earned a BA in English from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. Owned and operated by the LDS Church, BYU is America’s largest religious university. Head to the top of Spencer W. Kimball Tower -- at 12 stories, it’s the highest building in Provo -- for great views of BYU, Provo and the mountains surrounding Utah County. 960 1280

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Obama Went to:
Harvard Law School

Obama Went to:
Harvard Law School

In 1988, Obama enrolled at Harvard Law School. At the end of his first year, he was tapped as an editor of the Harvard Law Review -- and became the first African-American to hold that distinction. Obama catapulted to national attention. Today, Harvard Law is the oldest continuously-operating law school in the US (it was established in 1817). 960 1280

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Romney Went to:
Harvard Business School

Romney Went to:
Harvard Business School

Romney earned an MBA and JD from Harvard University. Romney’s passion was business; he graduated in the top 5% of his biz school class, and soon joined a consulting firm. The 40-acre Harvard Business School campus is located in the Boston neighborhood of Allston, across the Charles River from the main Harvard campus in Cambridge. 960 1280

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Obama married at:
Trinity United Church

Obama married at:
Trinity United Church

After graduating Columbia, Obama moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer. Later, after graduating Harvard, he returned to work for a law firm. That’s where he met a young lawyer named Michelle, and the rest is history. They married in 1992 at Trinity United Church of Christ, and took a honeymoon road trip from San Francisco through Big Sur and Carmel. 960 1280

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Romney married at:
Salt Lake Temple

Romney married at:
Salt Lake Temple

In 1969, Mitt married his high school sweetheart, Ann, at the Salt Lake Temple. The church took 40 years to build, and was officially dedicated in April 1893. The temple’s design is meant to evoke Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, and is oriented in the direction of the ancient city. Because of its status as a site sacred to Mormons, it is not open to public tours. Mitt and Ann honeymooned in Hawaii. 960 1280

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The Obamas lived in:
Chicago

The Obamas lived in:
Chicago

The Obamas’ 2 girls were born in Chicago and later attended a private, co-ed day school. The Windy City holds plenty of kid-friendly attractions. Kids love the skyscrapers (can’t miss Willis Tower), Lincoln Park Conservatory (great botanical garden) and Navy Pier (the Ferris wheel is reason enough). Plus, enjoy views of the Chicago River in downtown. 960 1280

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The Romneys lived in:
Belmont, MA

The Romneys lived in:
Belmont, MA

Belmont is a quiet New England town. As a young professional, Romney and his wife raised their 5 sons in “The Town of Homes,” as Belmont is called. Today, enjoy a leisurely family outing to Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary -- fret not, the 93-acre urban oasis offers plenty of fun, including more than 2.5 miles of gentle trails, winding through evergreen forests and meadows. 960 1280

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Obama Vacations on:
Martha’s Vineyard

Obama Vacations on:
Martha’s Vineyard

President Obama skipped a summer vacation this election year. But in years past, the First Family has enjoyed some downtime on the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. The posh summer colony is home to a year-round population of 15,000 people. President Obama has enjoyed golf at Farm Neck Golf Club, and a bike ride with his daughter Malia through Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, both on the island. 960 1280

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Romney Vacations in:
La Jolla, CA

Romney Vacations in:
La Jolla, CA

In recent years, the Romneys had an oceanfront home in San Diego’s La Jolla district. This idyllic, seaside resort town showcases a dramatic view: rugged and sandy coastline where wild seals congregate. La Jolla is also home to great golf (at Torrey Pines Golf Course), the Museum of Contemporary Art and great beaches like La Jolla Cove, popular for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. 960 1280

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Obama Chows Down at:
Ben’s Chili Bowl

Obama Chows Down at:
Ben’s Chili Bowl

What does a president-elect eat on his first Saturday afternoon in DC? In January 2009, Obama headed on over to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a veritable DC landmark since it opened in 1958, to order a … half-smoke chili dog and cheese fries, yum! Obama is no slouch in the kitchen, either. He’s told 60 Minutes he’s made chili, cheese toast, tuna fish and omelets for his family. 960 1280

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Romney Chows Down at:
Hudson’s Smokehouse

Romney Chows Down at:
Hudson’s Smokehouse

OK, Romney has chowed down at a lot of places since hitting the campaign trail. Here, he stops by Hudson’s Smokehouse, a mom-and-pop style BBQ joint in South Carolina. Romney reportedly likes peanut butter-and-honey sandwiches, plus healthy choices for the road like hummus and pita. And can he cook? Well, Fox News Sunday filmed Romney cooking pancakes one time -- does that count? 960 1280

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Obama campaigned at:
Grove Park Inn Resort

Obama campaigned at:
Grove Park Inn Resort

Sometimes a change of scenery does a candidate good. In 2008, while campaigning in North Carolina, Obama stopped by a fundraising dinner at the Grove Park Inn Resort. Obama liked the resort, in the Blue Ridge Mountains area, so much that, after election, he returned with First Lady Michelle for a romantic spring getaway. 960 1280

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Romney campaign started in:
Boston

Romney campaign started in:
Boston

From CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics to that of 2 companies, Romney transitioned to public office in 2003, and became Massachusetts’ 70th governor. Now comes his biggest bid: Romney’s presidential campaign headquarters got their start on Commercial Street in Boston. The area’s just a few blocks from historic landmarks such as the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House. 960 1280

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Wrigley Field’s 100th

Wrigley Field’s 100th

Before it was ever known as Wrigley Field, Chicago’s famed baseball venue went by 2 previous names. Built in 1914 for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the stadium was first known as Weeghman Park, and later, as Cubs Park. In April 2014, Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday bash will showcase 10 decade-themed home stands as the stadium hosts the Arizona Diamondbacks. 960 1280

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St. Louis Turns 250

St. Louis Turns 250

The Gateway City marks its 250th anniversary this year. In 1764, French fur trader Pierre Laclede set out to construct a trading post near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers. Laclede eventually settled on a site 18 miles downriver. Today, St. Louis’s riverfront area is named Laclede’s Landing in his honor. 960 1280

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Berlin Wall’s Fall, 25 Years Later

Berlin Wall’s Fall, 25 Years Later

Germany marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November. The anniversary joins 2 other big events this year: 100 years since the outbreak of WWI and 75 years since the start of the second, earning 2014 the nickname in Germany of Super-Gedenkjahr, or the “super-year of commemoration.” 960 1280

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WWI Turns 100

WWI Turns 100

In July 2014, the world marks the 100th anniversary of the Great War. In July 1914, Austro-Hungarian Empire formally declared war on Serbia, setting off World War I. Learn the story at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO. The 32,000-square-foot facility consists of 2 theaters, exhibitions of period artifacts and replica trenches. 960 1280

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50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang

50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang

On April 17, 1964, Ford Motor Company unveiled the Mustang, and the smooth, 2-door beaut quickly became a fixture of American muscle car culture. (Who could forget the 7-minute chase scene in 1968’s Bullitt, when a Ford Mustang GT 390 rips through the streets of San Francisco?) Grab your shades, and celebrate the Mustang’s 50th with a ride in a sixth-generation Mustang this year. 960 1280

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D-Day 70th Anniversary

D-Day 70th Anniversary

This year marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when the coast of Normandy, code-named Omaha Beach, saw the Allied invasion against German-occupied France. Commemorations will unfold everywhere from Bedford, VA, to the Norman coast, where Queen Elizabeth will be guest of honor. Meanwhile, Holland America is offering a 12-day D-Day tour, and a plethora of Normandy tours will recall the June 6 landings. 960 1280

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Japan’s Bullet Train (Shinkansen): 50th Anniversary

Japan’s Bullet Train (Shinkansen): 50th Anniversary

Japan’s high-speed railway turns 50 this year. In October 1964, the Tōkaidō Shinkansen opened between Tokyo and the Shin-Ōsaka Station 320 miles away, for a total trip time of 4 hours. Today, the journey takes about 3 hours. Spring 2014 will see test runs of the new Series E7 bullet train, with a top speed of 160 mph. 960 1280

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Sundance Film Festival's 30th

Sundance Film Festival's 30th

America’s top independent film festival sees its 30th anniversary this year. Founded by Robert Redford in 1981, Sundance Film Festival has gone on to showcase such groundbreaking films as Little Miss Sunshine and Beasts of the Southern Wild. This year’s festival will be held in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance Resort. 960 1280

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The Beatles: 50th Anniversary of US Debut

The Beatles: 50th Anniversary of US Debut

In early 1964, the Beatles kicked off their first official US tour with an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Months later, with Beatlemania at its height, the Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl (pictured). Relive the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s US invasion with a Magical History Tour and a Beatles Walking Tour in NYC. 960 1280

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Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition: 100th Anniversary

Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition: 100th Anniversary

Just as WWI broke out, Sir Ernest Shackleton embarked on the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. Then his ship, Endurance, became trapped in ice. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s heroic journey. Relive one of the greatest survival stories of all time on an Antarctica cruise, the last frontier for cruise travelers. 960 1280

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South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

This year South Africa celebrates 20 years of freedom and general elections. In 1994, on the heels of decades of struggle led by Nelson Mandela, South Africa transitioned from apartheid to a government of majority rule. Take a South Africa tour, and see where history was made. 960 1280

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Yosemite’s 150th Anniversary

Yosemite’s 150th Anniversary

This year marks Yosemite’s 150th anniversary. In June 1864, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, the first land grant in the nation to protect wild lands for the enjoyment of future generations. This year, more than 150 events are planned at Yosemite to mark the historic milestone. 960 1280

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New Jersey Turns 350

New Jersey Turns 350

The Garden State celebrates its 350th birthday in 2014. In 1664 Charles II of England granted a chunk of land on the East Coast to his brother, James. James then gave 2 friends part of the land; it was soon named New Jersey. It’s all just one more reason to celebrate the land of bikinis and boardwalks. 960 1280

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