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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Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

On your mark, get set … it’s off to Louisville for the granddaddy of all horse races. In time-honored tradition, the 140th annual Kentucky Derby -- the first leg of the Triple Crown -- kicks off the first Saturday in May. Settle into your seat at Churchill Downs racetrack on Central Avenue, sip a mint julep and enjoy the "Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports." 960 1280

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Mother’s Day Tea at The Plaza

Mother’s Day Tea at The Plaza

Mom is always fussing over you, now’s your chance to turn the tables -- in style. Treat Mom to afternoon tea at The Plaza’s Tea Room. A tradition since the hotel opened in 1907, tea at this NYC landmark has inspired scenes in popular films and novels, including Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Mom can enjoy a selection of sandwiches and savories from the Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages and The New Yorker menus. 960 1280

The Plaza  

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

La lumière, la caméra, l'action! Slip on some shades, and head to the French Riviera for the largest annual showcase of cinema in the world. Don’t have a ticket to events inside the Palais des Festivals et des Congres building where the festival is held? Pas de probleme! Enjoy open-air shows at the Cinema de la Plage, and for celebrity sightings show up extra-early outside the Palais. You may just spot Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman or Steven Spielberg on this year’s red carpet. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Rev up for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Part of the Triple Crown of Motorsports (with the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans right behind) this annual race is quite possibly the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world, attracting roughly 400,000 spectators. Head to Indianapolis the last weekend in May, and prepare for a high-speed show around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval circuit. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Brighton Festival, England

Brighton Festival, England

Enjoy a 3-week celebration of music, theater, dance, art and film at the 47th annual Brighton Festival. Held each May in the southeastern English city of Brighton and Hove, the gathering is the largest multi-art form festival in all of England: More than 370 performances from artists such as Sinead O’Connor and 3-time Grammy winner Lucinda Williams, are slated for 2013. 960 1280

Brighton Festival  

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Take in the small-town charm of Winchester, VA, in this 6-day celebration of spring. First held in 1924, the annual festival packs a wallop of more than 30 events into its lineup: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, a 10K race, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah and so much more, attracting crowds in excess of 250,000. 960 1280

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival   

Whale Watching, Stellwagen Bank

Whale Watching, Stellwagen Bank

Did winter come and go without you getting a chance to see whales? There’s still time: Between May and September, more than 400 orcas swim in the waters around Canada’s Vancouver Island. Or head to the Azores, the Portuguese archipelago about 1,000 miles from Lisbon, where sperm whales gather from May to October. Closer to home, Stellwagen Bank, a submerged sandbank between Cape Cod and Cape Ann in Massachusetts, attracts the endangered North Atlantic right whale to its waters. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

When chef Mark Abernathy of Arkansas restaurants Red Door and Loca Luna kicks the bucket, he wants to skip heaven and head straight for this food extravaganza. Such is the praise heaped on this annual fest by critically acclaimed chefs. Now in its third year, the gathering celebrates the best of Southern cuisine’s past and future, with cooking and cocktail demos, tasting tents and seminars on everything from the history of the Southern cocktail to Southern beer culture. 960 1280

AFWF/Raftermen  

National Bike Month

National Bike Month

Dust off that old bike, or buy a new one: It’s National Bike Month. Cities nationwide, including Austin, Boston, Santa Barbara, and Portland (pictured), are among the cities actively participating in the event. In San Francisco, you’ll find “energizer stations” this month, with food, drinks, red blinky lights and reflective leg bands available for bikers participating in the month-long public awareness campaign. Sounds like a great way to get free stuff -- and get in shape! 960 1280

Portland  

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (meaning "fifth of May" in Spanish) right here in the United States. Nationwide, there are more than 120 official US celebrations, spanning 21 states, in cities such as Cleveland, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta. The holiday stretches back to the first few years of the American Civil War, when Mexican-American communities sought to commemorate the causes of freedom and democracy. Head to downtown Denver for one such celebration: Here, members of a Mexican folkloric dance academy perform at the city’s Civic Center Park. 
960 1280

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Vesak (Buddha Day)

Vesak (Buddha Day)

Seeking enlightenment? Celebrate Buddha’s birthday this May. Or take in the festivities as Buddhist devotees mark the occasion in Southeast Asian countries from Nepal to the Indonesian island of Java (pictured). Here, Buddhist monks pray at Borobudur, a 9th-century temple (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) that is Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction. 960 1280

Getty Images   

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Head to this amphitheater at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for a grand show: Each May Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from a large, rocky passage within Carlsbad Cavern in search of a tasty mix of insects for dinner. In case you’ve happened on this wondrous sight in southeastern New Mexico with your family (and your kids have questions), a park ranger gives an informative talk as visitors wait for the bats to come out. 960 1280

carlfbagge, flickr  

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Bermuda

Bermuda

Their first international trip "has Emily written all over it"-- Bermuda, an island of turquoise waters, pink sands and tiny bikinis. She and her bachelors explored quaint St. George’s, competed in a sailboat race at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and walked under a lucky Moon Gate, which legend says blesses young lovers. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Rosewood Tucker's Point

Rosewood Tucker's Point

The bachelors arrived on mopeds at the gorgeous Rosewood Tucker’s Point, an 88-room British colonial-style luxury resort. On a 1-on-1 date, Emily and Doug enjoyed a candlelit dinner in the wine cellar at The Point, the resort's fine dining restaurant. 960 1280

Rosewood Tucker's Point  

Cliff Jumping

Cliff Jumping

What's a bigger rush than falling in love? Nate, John and Emily found out when they went cliff jumping on Dive Board Island. 960 1280

Justin De La Ornellas, flickr  

Crystal Caves

Crystal Caves

The awkward 2-on-1 date continued with an intimate dinner among the stalactites and reflecting pools of Crystal Caves. Accidentally discovered in 1905 by 2 teenagers during a game of cricket, the caves have become one of Bermuda's biggest attractions. 960 1280

teachandlearn, flickr  

London

Upon arriving in London, the bachelors settled into the Amarillo Suite at the May Fair Hotel, which boasts some of the best suites in the city. 960 1280

The May Fair Hotel, London  

The May Fair Hotel, London

The May Fair Hotel, London

The 5-star hotel was first opened in 1927 by King George V. Good enough for a British royalty and The Bachelorette? We're booking now … 960 1280

The May Fair Hotel, London  

Double Decker Bus Tour

Double Decker Bus Tour

Emily was a wealth of knowledge as she and Sean whizzed by Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral on a double-decker bus. Wait, so you don't have producers feeding you trivia? You can rely on a guide from the same tour company. 960 1280

Frederick Dennstedt, flickr  

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

You don't have to profess your love on "Speaker's Corner" like Sean to enjoy a romantic picnic in Hyde Park. 960 1280

VisitBritain  

Royal Shakespeare Company

Royal Shakespeare Company

If you enjoyed the guys' performance of Romeo and Juliet, taking in a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon will be infinity more authentic. (No offense, Arie.) 960 1280

MylesMc, Wikimedia Commons  

Afternoon tea at the Chiswick House

Afternoon tea at the Chiswick House

Emily and Jef's 1-on-1 date got off to a rocky start at the Chiswick House, but chances are you'll have a much better time sharing afternoon tea at the magnificent estate without Jean, their etiquette coach, hovering over you. 960 1280

Jim Linwood, flickr  

London Eye

London Eye

The 2 capped off the night by sharing dessert onboard the London Eye. Visitors can hire private capsules to take in the stunning skyline, too, but if you opt for the Cupid's Capsule, let’s hope you enjoy the champagne and truffles more than Emily and Jef -- who left their dessert untouched. 960 1280

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Croatia

Croatia

Next, they journeyed to Croatia, where the bachelors were rightfully blown away by the charming clay rooftops and gleaming Adriatic Sea. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

The old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Emily and Travis "felt like [they] went back in time" as they strolled the narrow, cobblestone streets within Dubrovnik's city walls. 960 1280

Getty Images   

Balancing stone in Dubrovnik

Balancing stone in Dubrovnik

Legend has it that those who can stand on the Dubrovnik balancing stone and take off their shirt at the same time will be lucky in love. Not surprisingly, Travis' refusal to try left him standing without a rose. 960 1280

iStock  

Prague

Next, Emily checked into the Aria Hotel Prague. Popular with Hollywood stars, each of the hotel’s 4 floors is dedicated to a different genre of music: jazz, opera, classical and contemporary. 960 1280

Aria Hotel  

Goldenwell Hotel

Goldenwell Hotel

Meanwhile, the guys checked into the Golden Well Hotel, where Chris famously suffered a meltdown about his lack of time with Emily. 960 1280

Goldenwell Hotel  

Prague boat tour

Prague boat tour

Emily and John's 1-on-1 boat tour through picturesque Prague is as romantic as it looks. Private Prague Guide even offers private boat tours when the city is lit up at night. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall

Since the 1980s, disgruntled young Czechs have filled the Lennon Wall with graffiti and lyrics from Beatles songs. So what do Emily and John paint? The Bachelorette boat race, of course. 960 1280

Jose Mesa, flickr  

Krivoklat Castle

Krivoklat Castle

Emily took Doug, Chris and Sean to Krivoklat Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic. A popular, romantic wedding site, you can also tour the legendary prison and torture chamber if you're not worried about ruining the mood. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Curacao

Curacao

While Emily may be the first Bachelorette in history to pass up the beautiful fantasy suites, she still got her fairytale on the island of Curacao with an intimate proposal at night in the cobblestone courtyard of the Kura Hulanda Resort. 960 1280

Kura Hulanda Resort  

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Head to the Big Apple for Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 3-hour event starts at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, but better come early (and wear warm clothes); crowds start arriving hours earlier to stake out a spot. If a 5 a.m. wakeup call’s not your thing, these NYC hotels offer great views of the parade’s lineup of floats, clowns and more. 960 1280

Reuters  

Breeders' Cup

Breeders' Cup

Wondering where to travel in November? Start by taking in 2 days of action-packed thoroughbred horse races. The annual Breeders’ Cup World Championship kicks off this month at California’s oldest racetrack, Santa Anita Park. Better grab your tickets fast, though; attendance is usually much higher than other stake races in North America.
 960 1280

Reuters  

Movember

Movember


Bros! Ditch the razor for a month-long celebration of some fierce facial hair. Movember (the month formerly known as November) unfolds with dozens of runs and gala parties nationwide to raise awareness of men’s health issues. That spells one perfect excuse to finally try out that wicked handlebar ’stache. 960 1280

  

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Remember Día de Muertos aka Day of the Dead this month! This 3-day Mexican holiday dates back thousands of years to a traditional Aztec festival dedicated to the Queen of the Underworld. Honor the dead with personalized alters, parades and special events around the world, including LA, Tucson, Missoula and in Metepec, Mexico (pictured). 960 1280

Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images  

Buffalo Trot

Buffalo Trot

The average Thanksgiving Day meal is 3,000 calories. Get a calorie-burning start at a turkey trot. Our vote is on the Buffalo Turkey Trot, the oldest continually running public footrace in the US, spanning nearly 5 miles down Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue. If you’ve already consumed your wondrously delish meal, we compute you’ll need to run this stretch roughly 6 times. 960 1280

Julio Gonzalez, flickr  

Black Friday

Black Friday

America at its finest, folks. Yes, you too can trample over terrified cashiers in pursuit of a bargain HD TV. If you prefer something a little more orderly this Black Friday, head to some of America’s best shopping malls. Our top pick: Mall of America, home to more than 180 retailers. Bring your ID and some good walking shoes. Plus better remember where you parked! 960 1280

Mall of America  

Pirate Ship arrives for Pirate Celebration

Pirate Ship arrives for Pirate Celebration

Ahoy matey! Grab your best pirate hat and eye patch for the Cayman Islands Annual Pirates Week Festival. The 11-day celebration includes parades, 5k races, live music, food and fireworks. Don’t miss the children’s pirate costume competition, the underwater treasure hunt and the Miss Festival Queen Pageant. 960 1280

David C Tomlinson/Getty Images/Lonely Planet  

JFK Assassination - 50th Anniversary

JFK Assassination - 50th Anniversary

“From Dallas, Texas, the flash apparently official -- President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.” November marks the anniversary of that grim chapter in US history, when the nation learned of JFK’s assassination from CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Relive the story at Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

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Sixth Floor Museum, Dealey Plaza  

Busiest Travel Days, Start Planning!

Busiest Travel Days, Start Planning!

Start planning around the busiest travel days of the year – the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. Kayak.com reports that while airfare begins to rise this time of year, there’s a brief dip for a few days during the second week of October. For more travel tips, check out our Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel. 960 1280

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NYC Marathon

NYC Marathon

Lace up your sneakers for the New York City Marathon. More than 50,000 people compete in the world’s largest marathon. Cheer on the participants as they race through the city’s 5 boroughs and head to the finish line if you’re not competing in the 26-mile run. 960 1280

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Gettysburg Address’s 150th

Gettysburg Address’s 150th

November marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Visit historic Gettysburg, PA, and participate in fun activities to commemorate November 19, 1863, the day when Lincoln came to this southern Pennsylvania town for the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery. 960 1280

J. Todd poling, flickr  

NASCAR Sprint for the Cup

NASCAR Sprint for the Cup

Feeling the need for speed? NASCAR enthusiasts will feel it in droves at one of the country's best NASCAR racetracks, the Homestead-Miami Speedway. This month, the motor racing track hosts the annual NASCAR Sprint for the Cup, in which racing’s top drivers will compete for the championship trophy – it all unfolds in the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale. 960 1280

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Annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend

Annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend

Head to Gulf Shores, AL, for the Annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend. Watch as all-star chefs and amateurs compete for a chance to win up to $20,000 in cash and prizes. Celebrity judges will select winners a few categories including Rockefeller, Cajun and create your own raw oyster dish. An oyster shucking contest, bloody mary invitational and live music are also part of the 3-day event. 960 1280

The Hangout  

American Indian Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Month

Celebrate America’s first pioneers during American Indian Heritage Month. Among the hundreds of memorable cultural sites nationwide is Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The 1,758-acre site, in Stanton, ND, preserves the historic and archaeological remnants of the Northern Plains Indians. 960 1280

Peter Baer, flickr  

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Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

On your mark, get set … it’s off to Louisville for the granddaddy of all horse races. In time-honored tradition, the 140th annual Kentucky Derby -- the first leg of the Triple Crown -- kicks off the first Saturday in May. Settle into your seat at Churchill Downs racetrack on Central Avenue, sip a mint julep and enjoy the "Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports." 960 1280

Getty Images  

Mother’s Day Tea at The Plaza

Mother’s Day Tea at The Plaza

Mom is always fussing over you, now’s your chance to turn the tables -- in style. Treat Mom to afternoon tea at The Plaza’s Tea Room. A tradition since the hotel opened in 1907, tea at this NYC landmark has inspired scenes in popular films and novels, including Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Mom can enjoy a selection of sandwiches and savories from the Fitzgerald Tea for the Ages and The New Yorker menus. 960 1280

The Plaza  

Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

La lumière, la caméra, l'action! Slip on some shades, and head to the French Riviera for the largest annual showcase of cinema in the world. Don’t have a ticket to events inside the Palais des Festivals et des Congres building where the festival is held? Pas de probleme! Enjoy open-air shows at the Cinema de la Plage, and for celebrity sightings show up extra-early outside the Palais. You may just spot Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman or Steven Spielberg on this year’s red carpet. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis 500

Rev up for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Part of the Triple Crown of Motorsports (with the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans right behind) this annual race is quite possibly the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world, attracting roughly 400,000 spectators. Head to Indianapolis the last weekend in May, and prepare for a high-speed show around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 2.5-mile oval circuit. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Brighton Festival, England

Brighton Festival, England

Enjoy a 3-week celebration of music, theater, dance, art and film at the 47th annual Brighton Festival. Held each May in the southeastern English city of Brighton and Hove, the gathering is the largest multi-art form festival in all of England: More than 370 performances from artists such as Sinead O’Connor and 3-time Grammy winner Lucinda Williams, are slated for 2013. 960 1280

Brighton Festival  

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Take in the small-town charm of Winchester, VA, in this 6-day celebration of spring. First held in 1924, the annual festival packs a wallop of more than 30 events into its lineup: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, a 10K race, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah and so much more, attracting crowds in excess of 250,000. 960 1280

Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival   

Whale Watching, Stellwagen Bank

Whale Watching, Stellwagen Bank

Did winter come and go without you getting a chance to see whales? There’s still time: Between May and September, more than 400 orcas swim in the waters around Canada’s Vancouver Island. Or head to the Azores, the Portuguese archipelago about 1,000 miles from Lisbon, where sperm whales gather from May to October. Closer to home, Stellwagen Bank, a submerged sandbank between Cape Cod and Cape Ann in Massachusetts, attracts the endangered North Atlantic right whale to its waters. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

When chef Mark Abernathy of Arkansas restaurants Red Door and Loca Luna kicks the bucket, he wants to skip heaven and head straight for this food extravaganza. Such is the praise heaped on this annual fest by critically acclaimed chefs. Now in its third year, the gathering celebrates the best of Southern cuisine’s past and future, with cooking and cocktail demos, tasting tents and seminars on everything from the history of the Southern cocktail to Southern beer culture. 960 1280

AFWF/Raftermen  

National Bike Month

National Bike Month

Dust off that old bike, or buy a new one: It’s National Bike Month. Cities nationwide, including Austin, Boston, Santa Barbara, and Portland (pictured), are among the cities actively participating in the event. In San Francisco, you’ll find “energizer stations” this month, with food, drinks, red blinky lights and reflective leg bands available for bikers participating in the month-long public awareness campaign. Sounds like a great way to get free stuff -- and get in shape! 960 1280

Portland  

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (meaning "fifth of May" in Spanish) right here in the United States. Nationwide, there are more than 120 official US celebrations, spanning 21 states, in cities such as Cleveland, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta. The holiday stretches back to the first few years of the American Civil War, when Mexican-American communities sought to commemorate the causes of freedom and democracy. Head to downtown Denver for one such celebration: Here, members of a Mexican folkloric dance academy perform at the city’s Civic Center Park. 
960 1280

Getty Images  

Vesak (Buddha Day)

Vesak (Buddha Day)

Seeking enlightenment? Celebrate Buddha’s birthday this May. Or take in the festivities as Buddhist devotees mark the occasion in Southeast Asian countries from Nepal to the Indonesian island of Java (pictured). Here, Buddhist monks pray at Borobudur, a 9th-century temple (and UNESCO World Heritage Site) that is Indonesia’s single most visited tourist attraction. 960 1280

Getty Images   

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Head to this amphitheater at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for a grand show: Each May Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from a large, rocky passage within Carlsbad Cavern in search of a tasty mix of insects for dinner. In case you’ve happened on this wondrous sight in southeastern New Mexico with your family (and your kids have questions), a park ranger gives an informative talk as visitors wait for the bats to come out. 960 1280

carlfbagge, flickr  

Bermuda

Their first international trip "has Emily written all over it"-- Bermuda, an island of turquoise waters, pink sands and tiny bikinis. She and her bachelors explored quaint St. George’s, competed in a sailboat race at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club and walked under a lucky Moon Gate, which legend says blesses young lovers. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Rosewood Tucker's Point

Rosewood Tucker's Point

The bachelors arrived on mopeds at the gorgeous Rosewood Tucker’s Point, an 88-room British colonial-style luxury resort. On a 1-on-1 date, Emily and Doug enjoyed a candlelit dinner in the wine cellar at The Point, the resort's fine dining restaurant. 960 1280

Rosewood Tucker's Point  

Cliff Jumping

Cliff Jumping

What's a bigger rush than falling in love? Nate, John and Emily found out when they went cliff jumping on Dive Board Island. 960 1280

Justin De La Ornellas, flickr  

Crystal Caves

Crystal Caves

The awkward 2-on-1 date continued with an intimate dinner among the stalactites and reflecting pools of Crystal Caves. Accidentally discovered in 1905 by 2 teenagers during a game of cricket, the caves have become one of Bermuda's biggest attractions. 960 1280

teachandlearn, flickr  

London

Upon arriving in London, the bachelors settled into the Amarillo Suite at the May Fair Hotel, which boasts some of the best suites in the city. 960 1280

The May Fair Hotel, London  

The May Fair Hotel, London

The May Fair Hotel, London

The 5-star hotel was first opened in 1927 by King George V. Good enough for a British royalty and The Bachelorette? We're booking now … 960 1280

The May Fair Hotel, London  

Double Decker Bus Tour

Double Decker Bus Tour

Emily was a wealth of knowledge as she and Sean whizzed by Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral on a double-decker bus. Wait, so you don't have producers feeding you trivia? You can rely on a guide from the same tour company. 960 1280

Frederick Dennstedt, flickr  

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

You don't have to profess your love on "Speaker's Corner" like Sean to enjoy a romantic picnic in Hyde Park. 960 1280

VisitBritain  

Royal Shakespeare Company

Royal Shakespeare Company

If you enjoyed the guys' performance of Romeo and Juliet, taking in a show at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon will be infinity more authentic. (No offense, Arie.) 960 1280

MylesMc, Wikimedia Commons  

Afternoon tea at the Chiswick House

Afternoon tea at the Chiswick House

Emily and Jef's 1-on-1 date got off to a rocky start at the Chiswick House, but chances are you'll have a much better time sharing afternoon tea at the magnificent estate without Jean, their etiquette coach, hovering over you. 960 1280

Jim Linwood, flickr  

London Eye

London Eye

The 2 capped off the night by sharing dessert onboard the London Eye. Visitors can hire private capsules to take in the stunning skyline, too, but if you opt for the Cupid's Capsule, let’s hope you enjoy the champagne and truffles more than Emily and Jef -- who left their dessert untouched. 960 1280

Getty Images   

Croatia

Croatia

Next, they journeyed to Croatia, where the bachelors were rightfully blown away by the charming clay rooftops and gleaming Adriatic Sea. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

The old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The old town of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Emily and Travis "felt like [they] went back in time" as they strolled the narrow, cobblestone streets within Dubrovnik's city walls. 960 1280

Getty Images   

Balancing stone in Dubrovnik

Balancing stone in Dubrovnik

Legend has it that those who can stand on the Dubrovnik balancing stone and take off their shirt at the same time will be lucky in love. Not surprisingly, Travis' refusal to try left him standing without a rose. 960 1280

iStock  

Prague

Next, Emily checked into the Aria Hotel Prague. Popular with Hollywood stars, each of the hotel’s 4 floors is dedicated to a different genre of music: jazz, opera, classical and contemporary. 960 1280

Aria Hotel  

Goldenwell Hotel

Goldenwell Hotel

Meanwhile, the guys checked into the Golden Well Hotel, where Chris famously suffered a meltdown about his lack of time with Emily. 960 1280

Goldenwell Hotel  

Prague boat tour

Prague boat tour

Emily and John's 1-on-1 boat tour through picturesque Prague is as romantic as it looks. Private Prague Guide even offers private boat tours when the city is lit up at night. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Lennon Wall

Lennon Wall

Since the 1980s, disgruntled young Czechs have filled the Lennon Wall with graffiti and lyrics from Beatles songs. So what do Emily and John paint? The Bachelorette boat race, of course. 960 1280

Jose Mesa, flickr  

Krivoklat Castle

Krivoklat Castle

Emily took Doug, Chris and Sean to Krivoklat Castle, one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic. A popular, romantic wedding site, you can also tour the legendary prison and torture chamber if you're not worried about ruining the mood. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Curacao

Curacao

While Emily may be the first Bachelorette in history to pass up the beautiful fantasy suites, she still got her fairytale on the island of Curacao with an intimate proposal at night in the cobblestone courtyard of the Kura Hulanda Resort. 960 1280

Kura Hulanda Resort  

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Head to the Big Apple for Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. The 3-hour event starts at 9 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, but better come early (and wear warm clothes); crowds start arriving hours earlier to stake out a spot. If a 5 a.m. wakeup call’s not your thing, these NYC hotels offer great views of the parade’s lineup of floats, clowns and more. 960 1280

Reuters  

Breeders' Cup

Breeders' Cup

Wondering where to travel in November? Start by taking in 2 days of action-packed thoroughbred horse races. The annual Breeders’ Cup World Championship kicks off this month at California’s oldest racetrack, Santa Anita Park. Better grab your tickets fast, though; attendance is usually much higher than other stake races in North America.
 960 1280

Reuters  

Movember

Movember


Bros! Ditch the razor for a month-long celebration of some fierce facial hair. Movember (the month formerly known as November) unfolds with dozens of runs and gala parties nationwide to raise awareness of men’s health issues. That spells one perfect excuse to finally try out that wicked handlebar ’stache. 960 1280

  

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Remember Día de Muertos aka Day of the Dead this month! This 3-day Mexican holiday dates back thousands of years to a traditional Aztec festival dedicated to the Queen of the Underworld. Honor the dead with personalized alters, parades and special events around the world, including LA, Tucson, Missoula and in Metepec, Mexico (pictured). 960 1280

Mario Vazquez/AFP/Getty Images  

Buffalo Trot

Buffalo Trot

The average Thanksgiving Day meal is 3,000 calories. Get a calorie-burning start at a turkey trot. Our vote is on the Buffalo Turkey Trot, the oldest continually running public footrace in the US, spanning nearly 5 miles down Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue. If you’ve already consumed your wondrously delish meal, we compute you’ll need to run this stretch roughly 6 times. 960 1280

Julio Gonzalez, flickr  

Black Friday

Black Friday

America at its finest, folks. Yes, you too can trample over terrified cashiers in pursuit of a bargain HD TV. If you prefer something a little more orderly this Black Friday, head to some of America’s best shopping malls. Our top pick: Mall of America, home to more than 180 retailers. Bring your ID and some good walking shoes. Plus better remember where you parked! 960 1280

Mall of America  

Pirate Ship arrives for Pirate Celebration

Pirate Ship arrives for Pirate Celebration

Ahoy matey! Grab your best pirate hat and eye patch for the Cayman Islands Annual Pirates Week Festival. The 11-day celebration includes parades, 5k races, live music, food and fireworks. Don’t miss the children’s pirate costume competition, the underwater treasure hunt and the Miss Festival Queen Pageant. 960 1280

David C Tomlinson/Getty Images/Lonely Planet  

JFK Assassination - 50th Anniversary

JFK Assassination - 50th Anniversary

“From Dallas, Texas, the flash apparently official -- President Kennedy died at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.” November marks the anniversary of that grim chapter in US history, when the nation learned of JFK’s assassination from CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Relive the story at Dallas’ Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

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Busiest Travel Days, Start Planning!

Busiest Travel Days, Start Planning!

Start planning around the busiest travel days of the year – the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. Kayak.com reports that while airfare begins to rise this time of year, there’s a brief dip for a few days during the second week of October. For more travel tips, check out our Top 10 Survival Tips for Holiday Travel. 960 1280

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NYC Marathon

NYC Marathon

Lace up your sneakers for the New York City Marathon. More than 50,000 people compete in the world’s largest marathon. Cheer on the participants as they race through the city’s 5 boroughs and head to the finish line if you’re not competing in the 26-mile run. 960 1280

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Gettysburg Address’s 150th

Gettysburg Address’s 150th

November marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Visit historic Gettysburg, PA, and participate in fun activities to commemorate November 19, 1863, the day when Lincoln came to this southern Pennsylvania town for the dedication of Soldiers’ National Cemetery. 960 1280

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NASCAR Sprint for the Cup

NASCAR Sprint for the Cup

Feeling the need for speed? NASCAR enthusiasts will feel it in droves at one of the country's best NASCAR racetracks, the Homestead-Miami Speedway. This month, the motor racing track hosts the annual NASCAR Sprint for the Cup, in which racing’s top drivers will compete for the championship trophy – it all unfolds in the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale. 960 1280

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Annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend

Annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend

Head to Gulf Shores, AL, for the Annual Oyster Cook-Off & Craft Beer Weekend. Watch as all-star chefs and amateurs compete for a chance to win up to $20,000 in cash and prizes. Celebrity judges will select winners a few categories including Rockefeller, Cajun and create your own raw oyster dish. An oyster shucking contest, bloody mary invitational and live music are also part of the 3-day event. 960 1280

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American Indian Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Month

Celebrate America’s first pioneers during American Indian Heritage Month. Among the hundreds of memorable cultural sites nationwide is Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The 1,758-acre site, in Stanton, ND, preserves the historic and archaeological remnants of the Northern Plains Indians. 960 1280

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