Winter Festivals Around the World

Experience the wonderful winter festivals around the world, including Carnival in Rio, Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Las Fallas in Spain.

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Midnight Sun, Arctic Circle
Midnight Sun, Arctic Circle

Midnight Sun, Arctic Circle

The sun shines at … midnight. Take in the magical sight of the midnight sun this June in places like Hornstrandir, Iceland’s northernmost peninsula, just a few miles from the Arctic Circle. Here, the sun is visible for 24 consecutive hours, as the sun barely disappears below the horizon. 960 1280

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Nude Bathing, Iceland

Nude Bathing, Iceland

Keep Father Time -- and maybe a few wrinkles -- at bay with a nude dip in a balmy hot spring. That personal prescription for wellness comes straight from Icelandic lore, and true to form, Icelanders take a nude dip in hot springs and the surrounding sea every June 24. They also live long lives. Coincidence? 960 1280

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Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic

See the Purple People Eater, Sushi the Flying Fish and other colorful balloon characters soar through the skies of California’s wine country. Since its start 23 years ago, this annual summer event in the town of Windsor, CA, has gone on to draw balloon pilots from all over the country. You can also enjoy a tethered ride, hovering 50 feet above the ground. 960 1280

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Destination Wedding in …

Destination Wedding in …

Getting married this month? Don’t just dream of being a June bride, make it a reality in some of the most weather-perfect places to tie the knot this month. Our friends at weathertrends360 have forecasted June’s top 5 clear-sky destinations: Bar Harbor, ME (best time June 21-30); Orlando (June 1-8); NYC (June 21-30); Napa Valley (June 9-16); and San Francisco (June 10-17). 960 1280

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Summer Holiday in Newquay, UK

Summer Holiday in Newquay, UK

If you love to surf and travel, combine both passions with a trip to this seaside town in southwest England. June kicks off the best time of year to visit Newquay, widely touted as the surf capital of the UK. Situated on a gorgeous stretch of the Atlantic Coast, the town boasts 9 long and easily accessible beaches – head to Fistral Beach, home to some of the best breaks in the area. 960 1280

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Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez

If all things French are calling your name, book a trip to Saint Tropez. June is one of the best times of year to savor this glamorous seaside town on the French Riviera, home to beautiful beaches like the golden-sand stretch of Plage Port Grimaud. Plan your last-minute getaway with our travel deals experts. 960 1280

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Gay Pride Celebrations

Gay Pride Celebrations

Celebrate freedom (and some really wild getups) in month-long gay pride celebrations worldwide. LGBT pride parades from San Francisco to Sydney are the highlight of the festivities, which hearken back to the days of gay resistance to police aggression in June 1969 at NYC’s Stonewall Inn, now a National Historic Landmark. 960 1280

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Midsummer Festival, Sweden

Midsummer Festival, Sweden

Let the sun shine in! When the summer solstice arrives … and the Earth’s semi-axis is most inclined toward the sun … head to Sweden for the country’s traditional Midsummer Day, in late June. Here, locals carry heart-shaped wreaths as part of the festivities in the Swedish town of Leksand, about 150 miles from Stockholm. 960 1280

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Kamehameha Day

Kamehameha Day

Get out your grass skirt out … and get ready to hula! It’s Kamehameha Day! Each June, Hawaii honors the monarch -- depicted here in a towering bronze statue in downtown Honolulu -- who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii and brought coffee and pineapple to its shores. Plan your Hawaii getaway with our Big Island Weekend Guide. 960 1280

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Philippines Independence Day

Philippines Independence Day

Head to this archipelago of 7,107 islands in the western Pacific for the country’s national holiday marking its call for independence, first proclaimed in June 1898, and finally realized in 1946. Relax in a hillside villa on the small island of Boracay, or book a stay at El Nido Resorts, located on various islands in the area. 960 1280

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Katmai National Park, Alaska

Katmai National Park, Alaska

There’s only 1 place in the world to see this iconic image: Southern Alaska. And there’s only 1 time of year to see it: Late June through the end of July. Head to Katmai National Park to see some very hungry brown bears enjoy a feast of sockeye salmon that make their annual migratory run from the northern Pacific Ocean into park waters -- Brooks Camp is the place to the see this unrivaled nature show. 960 1280

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South Florida’s Summer Savings

South Florida’s Summer Savings

You can’t jump into June without jumping into South Florida. Seriously, now is the time to enjoy discounted rates (in some cases, up to 50%) at area hotels and resorts. See how to do Miami and Fort Lauderdale on a budget, and for popular, family-friendly beach vibes, check out our Delray Beach Guide. 960 1280

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National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

National Caribbean-American Heritage Month

June kicks off hurricane season in the Caribbean, but don’t let that stop you from savoring Caribbean heritage … right here in America. President Obama has named it National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and among the festivities happening nationwide is the DC Caribbean Carnival, an annual parade and festival held in late June. 960 1280

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Queenstown Winter Festival

Queenstown Winter Festival

If you’re hungry for snow, hightail it to this annual festival in New Zealand, which attracts thousands of skiers and snowboarders to the blindingly white slopes surrounding the resort town of Queenstown. A big draw is Coronet Peak, located 12 miles north of town, where powdery terrain comes courtesy of some of the country’s best snowmaking facilities. 960 1280

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Spoleto Festival, Charleston

Spoleto Festival, Charleston

Enjoy one of the world’s major performing arts festivals this June in Charleston, SC. Founded in 1977, the Spoleto Festival was the brainchild of Pulitzer Prize-winning Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti. The 17-day-long fest, named in honor of the ancient Italian city of Spoleto, showcases established and emerging artists through more than 150 performances of jazz, theater, dance, opera and classical music. 960 1280

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Moscow

Moscow

Performers -- donned in green -- happily dance during a St. Paddy's Day parade in central Moscow.   960 1280

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

A girl with her face painted in Ireland's national colors attends the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. 960 1280

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Even Down Under goes green for St. Patty’s Day. The Sydney Opera House is lit with green lights during St Patrick's Day celebrations. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

Children get into the spirit in a St Patrick's day parade in London, England. Thousands of people lined the streets for the parade and a concert in Trafalgar Square. 960 1280

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Revelers dressed as Leprechauns take part in a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tokyo on. More than 1,000 people took part in the parade to commemorate the Irish patron Saint Patrick. 960 1280

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Irish bagpipers march during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Brisbane, Australia. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Workers dye Chicago River green as part of the city's annual St Patricks day celebrations in Chicago. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

A boy holds a Republic of Ireland flag during a St Patrick's day march in central London. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

Irish step dancers participate in the Saint Patrick's day parade on Fifth Avenue, in New York. 960 1280

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

A bartender at O'Carrolls Irish pub in Auckland, New Zealand, spins the glass before preparing to pour a Guinness during St. Patrick's Day. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

A man, wearing a costume of Saint Patrick, shakes parade-goers' hands and entertains the crowds during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade through central London. 960 1280

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Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

An actor dressed as Saint Patrick walks in the parade at Ludwigstrasse in Munich, Germany. With about 10,000 spectators, the Munich St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the largest outside Ireland. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

New York City's streets and pubs are crowded with people celebrating after the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. 960 1280

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St. Charles, Illinois

St. Charles, Illinois

A man dressed as a leprechaun performs mini motorcycle stunts along Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois March 10, 2007 for the town's St. Patrick's Day Parade. 960 1280

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Members of the Irish Setter Club and their dogs take part in a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tokyo. 960 1280

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