What's In, What's Out for 2013

In: Northern lights. Out: City lights. The year ahead is filled with up-and-coming travel trends to watch. Find out Travel Channel's picks for what's hot (and what's not) in 2013.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 
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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

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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

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Raise a stein to Oktobertfest. This annual, 16-day celebration of all things beer kicks off in late September in Munich. Can’t make it to Germany? Bring your taste for brewski to these US Oktoberfest events. 960 1280

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Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Mark your calendars: The fall foliage season kicks off in the northern regions this month. Our top picks for New England fall foliage splendor include Vermont, Connecticut and Maine, where colors typically start to change around mid-September.  960 1280

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Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival

Call it an excuse to party: Come Sept. 27, the 3-day Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival begins. In mainland China, the annual festival is the second biggest holiday of the year (right behind the country’s spring festival). Experience Mid-Autumn fun yourself at Chicago’s Moon Festival 960 1280

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Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance (Hong Kong)

Tai Hang Fire Dragon Dance (Hong Kong)

Top off Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations with the Tai Hang fire dragon dance. This 3-day-long event, held during the Mid-Autumn Festival, carries on a tradition that’s more than 100 years old. In the Hong Kong community of Tai Hang, some 300 performers take to the streets, dancing, waving incense sticks and animating a 220-foot-long dragon. 960 1280

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Braemar Gathering (Braemar, Scotland)

Braemar Gathering (Braemar, Scotland)

Pull! A tug-of-war team competes during the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland. A tradition that dates back 200 years, the Braemar Gathering is the most famous of the Highland Games, attracting thousands of visitors to the small Scottish village of Braemar the first Saturday in September.  960 1280

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New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week

See what’s current at New York Fashion Week. The semi-annual event, officially known as Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek. Top fashion designers showing their Spring/Summer couture include Carolina Herrera alongside relative newcomers, like the designers of the Tome fashion label.  960 1280

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown, KY)

Kentucky Bourbon Festival (Bardstown, KY)

Spirits lovers will want to head to Bardstown, KY -- the bourbon capital of the world since 1776. Every September, the small city hosts the weeklong Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which showcases more than 30 bourbon-related happenings, including the chance to sample the many different flavors of bourbon and whiskey, each sure to give you a nice kick in the gut. 960 1280

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Texas State Fair (Dallas)

Texas State Fair (Dallas)

“Our state fair is a great state fair.” How can it not be when it’s in Texas? Beginning the last Friday in September, the annual Texas State Fair unfolds over 24 days in Dallas, TX, with plenty of fun for the whole family, including the chance to ride this Ferris wheel – the largest in North America.  960 1280

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Budapest Wine Festival

Budapest Wine Festival

Sure, Napa Valley is great, but why not try something different this year? Held since 1991, the annual Budapest Wine Festival is the largest event of its kind in Hungary, attracting more than 50,000 people a year. Sip red and white vintages, while strolling the grounds of the historic Buda Castle, which dates back to the 14th century.  960 1280

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Belgian Beer Weekend

Belgian Beer Weekend

The drinking fun doesn’t end in Budapest! Head to Belgium for Belgian Beer Weekend. Held at Brussel’s Grand Place square, this annual celebration in early September showcases Belgian brews from more than 30 small and big breweries.   960 1280

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Monterey Jazz Fest (Monterey, CA)

Monterey Jazz Fest (Monterey, CA)

Give it up for great music at the 56th annual Monterey Jazz Festival. As the world’s longest-running jazz festival, Monterey attracts more than 500 artists, on 3 stages, for 3 nights and 2 days. This year’s lineup includes jazz legend Herbie Hancock. 960 1280

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Ryder Cup (Perthshire, Scotland)

Ryder Cup (Perthshire, Scotland)

The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland, will host the 40th Ryder Cup, where the US team will make an attempt to win back the trophy from the European team. Designed by professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, the golf course is located in the heart of Scotland, and boasts beautiful landscape views of the Perthshire countryside. 960 1280

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Malta International Airshow

Malta International Airshow

See jet-propelled acrobatic feats at the Malta International Airshow. One of the largest outdoor events on the Mediterranean island, this nearly 20-year-old airshow, held outside the capital of Valletta, offers a first-hand view of precision acrobatic demonstrations, like the Patrouille de France, the aerobatic team of the French Air Force, pictured here.  960 1280

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Waikiki Roughwater Swim (Honolulu)

Waikiki Roughwater Swim (Honolulu)

Take to the water in the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. Held in early September, this annual event, now in its 44th year, attracts about 1,000 swimmers competing in the waters off Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach. In between competition times, enjoy some Waikiki family fun 960 1280

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York Food and Drink Festival (Yorkshire, England)

York Food and Drink Festival (Yorkshire, England)

Got the UK on your travel radar this September? Then head to Northern England for the annual York Food and Drink Festival. Held in the historic county of Yorkshire, the festival offers visitors a sampling of local flavors like mackerel pate, chunky fries and gin liqueur along a taste trail.  960 1280

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College Football Kickoff

College Football Kickoff

Are you ready for some college football? It’s kick-off time! Grab your buds and head to America’s best college football stadiums, from Michigan Stadium (the largest football stadium in the US) to University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium (the third largest stadium in the US). 960 1280

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Constitution Day

Constitution Day

Celebrate Constitution Day and the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution with a trip to Washington, DC, on September 17. The National Archives has the original Constitution on display in the Rotunda, along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. Make the most out of your trip to DC and pay a visit to the Smithsonian museums and monuments along the National Mall.  960 1280

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California Wine Month

California Wine Month

Calling all wine enthusiasts! September is California Wine Month and wineries in regions throughout the state -- from Napa Valley to Temecula Valley -- will be marking the harvest and celebrating the month with special wine tours, tastings, concerts and more.   960 1280

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Chile

Chile

On Easter Island, one of the world's most remote inhabited islands, we imagine the models stood out as much as the moai, 887 mysterious, monumental statues created by the early Rapa Nui people. 960 1280

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Namibia

Namibia

While the desert's dunes served as a striking backdrop, the models were hardly stranded. They stayed in the luxurious Swakopmund Hotel, a converted train station with equal access to both the dunes and the ocean. 960 1280

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Nature Friend Safaris

Nature Friend Safaris

The 84,000-acre Onguma Game Reserve is home to 550 species and The Fort -- including luxury tents and open-air tree houses, all offering unparalleled views and predator protection. 960 1280

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Wolwedans Lodge

Wolwedans Lodge

After going on safari with Namab Desert Tours, the crew retreated 570 miles to the south, where the luxurious Wolwedans camp offers a night sky like you've never seen (and where SI claims Brangelina has stayed -- twice.) 960 1280

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China

China

We particularly envy the SI crew's 10-day shoot in south central China. While at the sprawling Shangri-La Hotel, we imagine they took full advantage of the nearby street markets' mouthwatering Guilin delicacies and the spa's 8 private treatment rooms. 960 1280

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Spain

Spain

SI stayed in the heart of Seville's old city at the famed Gran Melia Colon, a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and matadors (acknowledged by a subtle bullfighting motif). The 5-star hotel's recently renovated rooms seem ideal for a siesta. 960 1280

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Antarctica

Antarctica

We can only imagine the looks on the (few) faces when SI cover girl Kate Upton arrived aboard Le Boreal, bikini in hand, at the "end of the world." The last leg of her lengthy journey (New York to Buenos Aires to Antarctica) was chartered by the 50-year-old exotic travel company Abercrombie & Kent. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

SI says that right before they arrived in Vegas, the cast of The Hangover Part III was filming at Caesars Palace, where villas in the newly-opened Octavius Tower can go for $40,000 a night. 960 1280

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

While the "viral athletes" spread was shot at Caesars Palace, the crew stayed at the plush Cosmopolitan Hotel up the Strip -- and we imagine the models let their collective hair down at its posh nightclub, Marquee. 960 1280

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Bahamas

Bahamas

And now for something a little more expected of a swimsuit edition: The picturesque Grand Isle Resort & Spa. Sports Illustrated knows to skip the sky-scraping hotels in Nassau in favor of Georgetown, the capital of the exotic Exuma Islands district. 960 1280

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Australia

Australia

There's nothing separating you from the elements at Hayman Island, a jaw-dropping resort in the heart of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, where the villas are beachfront, infinity pools have unobstructed views and the canopy of trees overhead is full of exotic fauna. One photo assistant told SI, it "feels like Jurassic Park!" 960 1280

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