Things to Do in May

While you wait for summer’s official arrival, there are still plenty of things heating up in May. Don’t miss May’s must-dos like the Kentucky Derby, National Bike Month, Cinco de Mayo and more.

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

Ice cream is an iconic American summer treat! Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a visit to one of America's coolest ice cream shops
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Canada Day

Canada Day

Ottawa — the capital of Canada — is the place to be for the annual Canada Day celebration on July 1. Canada Day events to commemorate  the anniversary of the country's birthday take place at Parliament Hill and Major's Hill Park and include ceremonies, family-fun activities, concerts, fireworks and more.
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A Capitol Fourth (Washington, DC)

A Capitol Fourth (Washington, DC)

Feeling patriotic? There's no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the nation's capital! At the beginning of the day, experience the annual National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue, complete with bands, US military units and celebrities. After the parade, head to the National Mall for A Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks — one of the best fireworks displays in the US.
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Tour de France

Tour de France

Experience one of France's largest annual sporting events, the Tour de France. This prestigious competition is a multi-stage bicycle race that begins in Utrecht, Holland, and cyclists will travel more than 2,200 miles through the European countryside to their final destination in Paris.
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San Fermin Festival (Pamplona, Spain)

San Fermin Festival (Pamplona, Spain)

Join thousands of locals and tourists in Pamplona, Spain, for the annual San Fermin Festival and Running of the Bulls. At 8 each morning, participants dressed in red and white will run for their lives as 6 wild bulls are let loose in the streets. The half-mile-long run begins at Town Hall and ends at the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona, where afternoon bullfights take place to celebrate the completion of the bull run each day.
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Berlin Fashion Week (Berlin)

Berlin Fashion Week (Berlin)

Since July 2007, fashion icons, enthusiasts and designers have traveled to Berlin for the city's annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. There will be a variety of exhibits, ceremonies and shows, including eco-shows that highlight "green" fashion trends in Berlin.
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Cool down at the Water Park (Blizzard Beach, Orlando)

Cool down at the Water Park (Blizzard Beach, Orlando)

Looking for a place to cool down from the summer heat? Pack your bags for a fun, wet and wild visit to one of the best water parks of 2015. Located in Orlando, Disney's Blizzard Beach water park has something for everyone, including a 1-acre wave pool and a 120-foot waterslide. 
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The Open Championship

The Open Championship

The oldest of the 4 major championships in professional golf, the Open Championship — also known simply as "the Open" — will take place at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. Well-known players including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson will tee off for their chance to win the coveted Claret Jug, prize money and the championship title. 
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Bastille Day

Bastille Day

Bastille Day, or French Independence Day, takes place each year on July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. Although Bastille Day is celebrated around the world, celebrations in Paris include a military parade along the Champs-Elysees and public dances, followed by fireworks over the Place de la Bastille. 960 1280

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MLB All-Star Game

MLB All-Star Game

Stock up on Cracker Jacks, hot dogs and peanuts for when the American League and National League go head-to-head in the annual MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH. Weeklong events leading up to the game include the All-Star FanFest, the MLB 5K Color Run, the All-Star Legends & Celebrities Softball Game, and the Home Run Derby.
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Redentore Festival (Venice, Italy)

Redentore Festival (Venice, Italy)

Famous for its fireworks show over St. Mark's Basin in Venice, Italy, the 2-day Redentore Festival celebrates the end of the plague that killed more than 50,000 people in 1576.
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Nyon Paléo Festival (Switzerland)

Nyon Paléo Festival (Switzerland)

More than 230,000 people will travel to Nyon, Switzerland, this month for the annual Nyon Paléo Festival. One of Europe's most popular music festivals, Paléo features more than 250 concerts by artists from a variety of genres, including Elton John, the Black Keys and M.I.A.
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San Diego Comic-Con International

San Diego Comic-Con International

Superheroes, villains and aliens — you'll see that and more at the San Diego International Comic-Con Convention, the largest comics and pop-culture convention in the US. Comic fans and A-list celebrities will descend on the San Diego Convention Center for the 4-day event, which includes exhibits, vendors, celebrity meet-and-greets, a film festival and a masquerade ball.
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Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

Aspen's chilled-out neighbor, Telluride has the perfect recipe for a summer getaway: laid-back culture, outdoor adventures and plenty of summer festivals including its legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The best way to take in the sweeping views: a 3-mile gondola ride. 960 1280

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San Juan Islands, Washington

San Juan Islands, Washington

Summer on Washington's San Juan Islands is idyllic with dry clear days and wildlife- watching galore, including orca whales, which gather near the islands every summer. 960 1280

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Summer Olympics, London

Summer Olympics, London

If you’re the type who needs to be in on the action, then head to London (along with everyone else in the world) for a less-than-quiet summer getaway at the Summer Olympics. Even if you can’t score tickets, you can still soak up the excitement with live broadcasts of Olympic events in locations such as Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Escape to the unspoiled and quiet beaches of Sanibel Island, only 15 miles west of Fort Myers -- but a world away from the rest of Florida's crowded and chaotic coastline. 960 1280

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico’s “secret island,” has neither the high-rise resorts or even the traffic lights of a place like San Juan. So you’ll have the beach to yourself in this national wildlife refuge. And check out the Bioluminescent Bay at night to see glowing microorganisms light up the ocean. 960 1280

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Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden

Swedes are known for traveling to warmer climates during their cold winters, but in the summer many stay put to enjoy the temperate weather and extra hours of sunlight (the sky doesn't darken until 10 p.m.). Cafés and most attractions stay open to take advantage of the late-night sun. 960 1280

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Roatan, Honduras

Roatan, Honduras

Some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean can be found in Honduras’s Bay Islands, off the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Roatan is the largest of the islands, with butterfly and iguana farms, canopy tours, small villages and idyllic beaches to entice both divers and non-divers alike. 960 1280

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Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

Don’t forget about America’s smallest state, Rhode Island! While the rest of the US battles record-heat days in summer, Rhode Island stays cool with New England breezes. Head to Newport to sample the legendary seafood -- lobster, lobster and more lobster. 960 1280

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Montreal, Canada

Montreal, Canada

Montreal is full of European charm, but a lot closer and more affordable than Paris. And summer is the best time to go to enjoy the balmy weather, foodie culture and outdoor cafes. 960 1280

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Coast Starlight

Coast Starlight

Leave the car in the garage this summer and board the Coast Starlight, which links the greatest cities on the West Coast -- LA, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. You’ll ride through spectacular scenery in style, with sleeping cars, fresh cuisine (served on real china and table linens) and a daily tasting of local wines. 960 1280

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Gearing up the for the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeriro keeps moving up the hotlist of South American tourism. Shedding its reputation as a dangerous city, Rio is claiming more of the spotlight with its stunning beaches and lively culture. 960 1280

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park, Montana

Last summer was Yellowstone. This summer head to Glacier National Park, along Montana’s northern border, for a nature lover’s paradise: dramatic mountains, sapphire lakes and rivers, and unforgettable hiking trails. 960 1280

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Outlaw Run (Branson, Missouri)

Outlaw Run (Branson, Missouri)

Ready for a 68-mph adrenaline rush? Kick off July on the only wooden coaster to twist upside down with a record-breaking 3 inversions -- and a stomach-in-your-mouth 81-degree drop. Take advantage of Outlaw Run’s extended hours this month at Silver Dollar City. Can’t make it to Branson, MO, this July? Check out our complete guide to US amusement parks. 960 1280

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Tour de France’s 100 Anniversary

Tour de France’s 100 Anniversary

Celebrate France’s biggest sporting event this month -- the Tour de France -- as it marks 100 years this July. The official kick-off takes place on the island of Corsica then crosses onto France’s mainland. Cruise the French countryside as you follow the grand event. Or if you can’t make it abroad, head to one of America’s top bicycling cities. 960 1280

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San Fermin Festival (Pamplona, Spain)

San Fermin Festival (Pamplona, Spain)

Run for your life! Join hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists who flock to the northern Spanish city of Pamplona for the annual San Fermin Festival. At the stroke of noon on July 6, the celebration unfolds with 6 bulls and another 6 steers running down a half-mile stretch of narrow streets. The week-long events culminate in a final, grand fight in a bullring. 960 1280

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Hemingway Days Festival (Key West, Florida)

Hemingway Days Festival (Key West, Florida)

Can’t make it to Pamplona this month? Head to Key West, FL,instead! Now in its 33rd year, Hemingway Days Festival honors the late author, who lived and worked on the southern coast of the island. The annual event includes its own “Running of the Bulls” -- this one with Ernest Hemingway lookalikes pushing fake bulls on Key West’s famed Duval Street. 960 1280

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California Wine Festival (Santa Barbara, California)

California Wine Festival (Santa Barbara, California)

Head to one of the biggest wine festivals under the sun! Celebrate wine harvest season this July with a visit to California wine country. Held this year in Santa Barbara, the 10th annual California Wine Festival showcases vintage wines, along with gourmet appetizers including artisan breads and cheeses. Cheers! 960 1280

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Alaska Cruise Season

Alaska Cruise Season

Escape the heat, and take in awe-inspiring glacial views, with a cruise to Alaska. Cruise ships dock alongside towns from Seward, along Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, to Ketchikan, in the Alexander Archipelago. Cruise ships also dock near Katmai National Park, where July is prime time to see bears gulp up Atlantic salmon on their run. And if cruise prices prove too high in July, fret not: Alaska’s prime cruise season stretches through September. 960 1280

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Amsterdam Fashion Week

Amsterdam Fashion Week

New York, Paris … and Amsterdam? Ja! Amsterdam Fashion Week began as an effort to put the Dutch capital on the fashion map. Nearly 10 years later, the twice-annual showcase of new and established fashion talent in the Netherlands is going strong. While you’re here hit the streets to truly experience Amsterdam. 960 1280

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Taste of Chicago (Grant Park)

Taste of Chicago (Grant Park)

This July don’t miss the world’s largest food festival -- yes, the largest! Held annually in mid-July, Taste of Chicago draws dozens of food vendors and participating restaurants to Chi-Town’s Grant Park. Now 34 years strong, the annual event attracts upwards of 3 million people each year -- and with foodie indulgences like the famous deep-dish pizza, we know why! 960 1280

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NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week

What’s the culinary capital of America? Our vote’s on the Big Apple. Head to NYC this July to savor the city’s culinary best during NYC Restaurant Week. Held in late July, this twice-annual event sees participating restaurants offer prix-fixe lunches and dinners. Be sure to check out buzz-worthy restaurants, including Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s newly opened ABC Cocina. 960 1280

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National Ice Cream Month

National Ice Cream Month

This July we all scream for ice cream. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month -- designated a national holiday by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 -- with a trip to America’s coolest ice cream shops. And why not head to the granddaddy of them all -- Bassetts Ice Cream in Philadelphia -- the oldest ice cream company in the US, founded in 1861! 960 1280

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Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede

Our “Neighbor to the North” marks its birthday this month. Get in on the festivities during the Calgary Stampede! This 10-day event is Canada’s largest annual rodeo, and one of its largest festivals to boot. Billed as the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” the rodeo draws more than 1 million visitors each year. 960 1280

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Gettysburg’s 150th Anniversary

Gettysburg’s 150th Anniversary

Retrace one of America’s biggest moments. This July the Battle of Gettysburg marks its 150th anniversary. Tour Gettysburg and its historic town, and take in battle reenactments of events that culminated in more than 51,000 casualties and the setting for President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. 960 1280

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Bastille Day … in New Orleans

Bastille Day … in New Orleans

Viva La France! Come July 14, celebrate France’s Independence Day. See the skies above Paris’ Place de la Bastille light up with fireworks. Can’t make it to Grand Paris this July? Head to the Big Easy, where Bastille Day celebrations occur in the “most French of American cities,” in and around the French Quarter and the French-founded St. John neighborhood. 960 1280

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Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks

Pop! Boom! Bang! July spells independence, with glorious fireworks nationwide. Celebrate Independence Day with a visit to the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display over the Hudson River. And if NYC’s not on your itinerary, check out more of America’s best fireworks displays -- in St. Louis, Addison, TX, and Chicago’s Navy Pier. 960 1280

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