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Athletic Volunteerism

Athletic Volunteerism

Get fit, give back, and see a new city at the same time. According to Cheapflights.com, this year will see an increase in athletic volunteerism, a trend fueled by growing participation in mega sports events like the New York City Marathon. Biking more your thing? Check out events like the Ride to End AIDS, a 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to LA. 960 1280

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Detox and Unplugged Vacations

Detox and Unplugged Vacations

On a quest for quiet? Need to unplug from your gadgets? Resorts and hotels are answering our growing addiction to technology with detox vacation packages that promise not to have Wi-Fi or TV on isolated grounds, but rather wellness services like yoga and meditation -- all designed to quiet your mind. 960 1280

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Vacation With Your Pet

Vacation With Your Pet

According to a recent PetRelocation.com survey, nearly 1/3 of all pet owners planned to travel outside the US with their pets this past year. Pet travel is likely to grow, as more hotels and airlines, such as Pet Airways, continue to make it easier to bring your pooch along on your next break. And since traveling with your pet guarantees a more active vacation, you won’t have to worry about hitting the hotel gym. 960 1280

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Weight-Loss Camps

Weight-Loss Camps

Want to take off work and pounds at the same time? The Biggest Loser resort at Fitness Ridge, in Ivins, UT, offers healthy meals, a day full of exercise, the power of group motivation, and plenty of spectacular scenery with daily canyon hikes. 960 1280

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Healthier Options for In-Flight Meals

Healthier Options for In-Flight Meals

Fruit on a plane? For some airlines, yes. Air Canada and Virgin America offer the healthiest in-flight food, a recent nutritional survey found. Pictured here is Virgin America’s “protein box,” sure to help give you an energy boost on your next redeye. 960 1280

  

Healthier Cruise Ships

Healthier Cruise Ships

When you think of taking a cruise, you may think of buffet food and unlimited drinks, aka a vacation of overindulgence. But in 2012, cruise lines are offering more ways to experiment with fitness trends or at least keep up with your daily workout regimen. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers yoga, Pilates, personal trainers, daily organized walks around the deck, and even pools with waves for resistance swimming. 960 1280

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Holistic Holidays

Holistic Holidays

Top US spas, such as Miraval near Tucson, AZ, offer more than physical benefits. In addition to helping you find your freshest layer of skin, Miraval’s spa services help calm your inner core enjoy with programs designed around mindfulness and self-discovery. 960 1280

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Fitness Friendly Hotels

Fitness Friendly Hotels

Hotels are feeling the pressure to offer healthier food options and better exercise facilities for travelers who don’t want to fall off the health wagon while on vacation. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts not only offers state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment, but also studio classes and personal trainers. 960 1280

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Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism

From Lasik to knee replacement, the high cost of health care is continuing to push a growing numbers of Americans to go abroad for health care. Perhaps it’s easier to recover from surgery, too, in tropical paradises like Costa Rica and Thailand. 960 1280

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Spa Breaks Not Just for Women

Spa Breaks Not Just for Women

Spas aren’t just for the girls anymore. Couples are choosing romantic spa getaways. Don’t worry, guys. Spas are making services more appealing to men, too, with less “girly” options, such as sports massages and gentlemen’s facials. 960 1280

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Venice, Italy

The world's most eligible bachelor finally tied the knot. George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin at Hotel Aman, a historic hotel on Venice's iconic Canal Grande. This 16th-century palazzo, which was built on water, housed Venice's elite for centuries before it opened as a luxury hotel in 2013 (prices start at about $1,000 a night for a standard room). It's a mix of old and new — frescoes hang in some of the 24 guest rooms, but there's also a spa and fitness center. The most romantic part of staying here? Guests arrive via boat or gondola. 960 1280

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Provence, France

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Provence, France

Hollywood's hottest power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, finally made their almost-decade union official, as they exchanged vows in a small chapel at the Chateau Miraval. But this isn’t just any 17th-century estate in Provence, France -- Hollywood’s royal couple owns the enchanting domain that sits on 1,000 sprawling acres in the ancient village of Correns and is reported to have 35 rooms, a vineyard and a moat (perfect for keeping the paparazzi out). 960 1280

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Florence, Italy

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Florence, Italy

The world went abuzz when this power couple tied the knot in a stunning Italian villa in Florence. The 16th-century fortress, Forte di Belvedere, which costs more than $400,000 to rent for a day, was originally commissioned by the powerful Medici family in 1590. With sweeping panoramic views from its walls, this star-shaped fortress was the perfect spot for the wedding of a star couple like Kim and Kanye. 960 1280

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Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, South of France

Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger, South of France

The Canadian singer and Nickelback frontman exchanged vows in a romantic outdoor ceremony overlooking the Mediterranean coast at the medieval Chateau de La Napoule in Mandelieu. The rock ‘n’ roll dinner reception featuring locally caught lobster and sea bass raged on until sunrise. 960 1280

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Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Philipsburg, MT

Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish, Philipsburg, MT

Hollywood couple Kate Bosworth and director Michael Polish celebrated their big day on 6,600 scenic acres in Big Sky country. Bosworth’s 4-day wedding celebration included a modern hoedown, horseback riding and a farm-to-table reception at The Ranch at Rock Creek near Philipsburg, MT. The bride arrived in a horsedrawn carriage before walking down a wildflower-adorned aisle at her mountaintop nuptials -- talk about a fairytale. 960 1280

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Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto, Palm Beach, FL

Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto, Palm Beach, FL

The NBA legend wed the former model at Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, FL (where Donald and Melanie Trump also tied the knot). Built in 1925, the beautiful Episcopal Church was built in the English Gothic Revival style and boasts Tiffany stained-glass windows. The reception that followed was held in a 40,000-square-foot tent (to accommodate approximately 2,000 guests) at the Bear’s Club --an exclusive golfing (and gated) community in Jupiter, FL, where Jordan owns a home. 960 1280

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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

The R&B singer and Sports Illustrated model said "I Do" at the Villa Pizzo, nestled in the Italian hillside. Guests were driven in golf carts to the lakeside location in Lake Como -- where they fell in love. 960 1280

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barrosso, St. Lucia

Matt Damon and Luciana Barrosso, St. Lucia

After nearly 8 years of marriage, Matt Damon and his wife Luciana lavishly renewed their vows in the Caribbean. They rented out St. Lucia’s entire Sugar Beach Resort for roughly 50 guests, including BFF’s Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner. Married under thatched roofs at sunset, the newlyweds -- with their daughters in tow -- headed to the beach for a cocktail reception complete with tiki torches. 960 1280

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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, Vallery, France

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, Vallery, France

Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry tied the knot with French beau, actor Olivier Martinez, in an intimate ceremony at the Chateau des Conde in Vallery in France’s Burgundy region. Berry and Martinez’s guests partied all night in the romantic Renaissance castle. Fitting for a star wedding, a unique fireworks display, which even included snow and water, concluded the festivities in the chateau gardens. 960 1280

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Charleston, SC

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Charleston, SC

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds exchanged vows at Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest working plantations. The romantic “Avenue of Oaks,” a 3/4-mile pathway bordered on each side by 268-year-old giant oaks draped with Spanish moss, is just one of the reasons this is such a dream wedding destination. 960 1280

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Fasano, Brindisi, Italy

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, Fasano, Brindisi, Italy

Justin Timerlake and Jessica Biel tied the knot at the Borgo Egnazia Resort in Fasano, in Italy’s Puglia region. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the gorgeous 40-acre grounds are fit for a fantasy wedding, with ornate stone architecture and 28 villas, each with private pools and gardens. 960 1280

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Bracciano, Rome, Italy

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Bracciano, Rome, Italy

Though they didn’t end up happily-ever-after, who could forget the fairytale wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes? The lavish nighttime wedding was held at one of Italy’s most stunning landmarks, Odescalchi Castle at Lake Bracciano, where Martin Scorsese and Isabella Rossellini also once wed. 960 1280

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Brooke Burke and David Charvet, St. Barts

Brooke Burke and David Charvet, St. Barts

Brooke Burke and David Charvet had an intimate sunset wedding ceremony on a sailboat off St. Barts. The star-studded Caribbean island is a hotspot for celebrities and a favorite vacation spot for this famous couple. 960 1280

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Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, Big Sur, CA

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, Big Sur, CA

Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman tied the knot on a private estate on California's Big Sur coast. The wedding weekend started with a rehearsal dinner at Ventana Inn and Spa, a luxurious hillside hideaway with dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. 960 1280

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Turks and Caicos

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Turks and Caicos

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner got hitched in an idyllic Caribbean paradise, Parrot Cay Resort in Turks and Caicos. After exchanging vows on the powdery white sand beach, the couple spent their wedding night and a few days afterward at the laid-back and very private resort. 960 1280

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The Beckhams, Dublin, Ireland

The Beckhams, Dublin, Ireland

The Beckhams are often viewed as unofficial royalty, so it’s only fitting that the famous duo wed in Luttrellstown Castle, a 15th-- century castle in County Dublin, Ireland. The couple spent their wedding night at the royal suite in the luxurious castle resort, which sprawls over a lush and magical 560-acre estate. 960 1280

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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski said their "I dos" at the grand Villa d'Este in Italy's Lake Como region. Dating back to the 16th century, this palatial estate is fit for nobility, with beautiful English gardens, stalely decor and majestic views of Lake Como and the surrounding mountains. 960 1280

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Jaipur, India

Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Jaipur, India

While singer Katy Perry’s marriage to Russell Brand was short-lived, it certainly began with a memorable, exotic wedding in Jaipur, India. An unexpected ceremony for an equally unpredictable couple, the Indian-themed wedding was held at Sher Bagh resort in Rajasthan, a luxury eco-resort on the edge of Ranthambore National Park, known for its tiger population. 960 1280

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Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Fiji

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott, Fiji

Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott eloped to Wakaya Club and Spa in Fiji. A perfect star-hideaway in the South Pacific, this private island resort rests upon a 2,200-acre island with a protected coral reef, endless white-sand beaches and blue lagoons. 960 1280

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Atlanta

Atlanta

There may be no better place in the South to catch this year’s fireworks than Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. The Fourth of July celebration features live entertainment, followed by an impressive display of fireworks. Doors open at 6 p.m. 960 1280

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis

Get ready to celebrate our nation’s independence, Midwest style, at Minneapolis’ annual Red, White and Boom festival. Located at the city’s downtown riverfront, the two-day celebration from July 3rd and 4th features live music and family fun, as well as one of the largest fireworks displays in the country. 960 1280

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Addison, TX

Addison, TX

Kaboom Town in Addison, Texas, is the largest fireworks display in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. With more than 1,500 pounds of fireworks, this Texas-sized party — complete with live entertainment, air shows, family-fun and more — has been recognized by the American Pyrotechnics Association as one of the top 10 fireworks displays in the country.  960 1280

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Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City, NJ

Visible for a 1-mile stretch of the boardwalk and beach, the fireworks in Atlantic City, NJ, are a show not to be missed. For more bright, colorful fun, check out the nightly 3-D light show on the Boardwalk Hall facade.  960 1280

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Boston

Boston

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular attracts more than 500,000 visitors to the Charles River Esplanade for the annual July Fourth celebration. The spectacle includes concerts and fireworks. Many locals argue that the best viewing spot for Boston's fireworks is across the river in Cambridge, Mass. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Navy Pier offers the perfect view of Fourth of July fireworks in the Windy City. Make the holiday even classier and take in the show from a dinner cruise on Lake Michigan, where fireworks are also shot off every Wednesday and Friday during the summer.  960 1280

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Miami

Miami

What would Miami’s South Beach be without a little flair? Take in the dazzling fireworks display over the picturesque downtown landscape as the celebration on the Fourth is every bit as spectacular as the city’s world-famous nightlife. 960 1280

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Houston

Houston

Houston proves that everything is bigger in Texas with the country's largest land-based fireworks show. The annual "Freedom Over Texas" Fourth of July celebration features six hours of family activities and entertainment, followed by a fireworks show perfectly choreographed to music. 960 1280

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Lake Tahoe, CA

Lake Tahoe, CA

Dig your feet into the sand at Lake Tahoe, Calif., and take in the display that the "Today" show has recognized as one of the country's top fireworks shows. The Lights on the Lake spectacle, which takes place twice a year, on July Fourth and Labor Day, can be seen from all over town, but it doesn't get much better than watching fireworks from the two best spots on the beach — Edgewood and Lakeside Beach.  960 1280

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Nashville

Nashville

You’ll find fun for the whole family at the annual Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing celebration in Nashville, which attracts the largest Fourth of July crowd in the South. The event features daylong activities, musical performances by A-list country artists and the region's largest fireworks show — a 27-minute spectacle choreographed to a live performance by the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony.  960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

Barges battle on the Mississippi River at Go 4th on the River. The fireworks display, set to music provided by the Navy Band, can be seen from many places in New Orleans if you want to avoid the downtown scramble. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

The annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration in New York City is the country's largest pyrotechnic show, with fireworks shot from multiple barges along the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge. In addition to fireworks, the event features performances by A-list artists such as Meghan Trainor, Kenny Chesney and 5 Seconds of Summer. 960 1280

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Pasadena, CA

Pasadena, CA

AmericaFest celebrates its 90th fireworks show at the Rose Bowl stadium this year. It's the largest fireworks show in Southern California. The family event begins at 2 p.m. and includes live entertainment, motorcycle stunts, exhibits, vendors and a Pyro Spectaculars by Souza fireworks show at 9 p.m.  960 1280

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia

For the best fireworks viewing in Philadelphia, lay out a blanket along Boathouse Row or in Schuylkill River Park. 960 1280

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San Francisco

San Francisco

Launching from Municipal Pier and barges in San Francisco Bay, fireworks can be seen all along the waterfront. But before the show begins, don't miss performances by local bands at San Francisco's Fourth of July celebration at Fisherman’s Wharf. 960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

Celebrate July 4th at "America's biggest birthday party" under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. The day kicks off with a 4-mile run, followed by a parade, concerts and, of course, fireworks. 960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Fireworks launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool illuminate the sky behind the Capitol and Washington Monument during the annual Capitol Fourth celebration. If you’re looking to avoid crowds on the National Mall, book a boat cruise on the Potomac River for another great view of the fireworks.  960 1280

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

No matter where you are in Los Angeles, the fireworks displays are as big as the movie stars who roam the streets. From the famed Hollywood Bowl to the quaint waterfront in Long Beach, Los Angeles County is quickly becoming one of the best cities in the U.S. to celebrate America’s independence. 960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

It’s hard to imagine even more bright lights illuminating the skies of Nevada’s most electric city, Las Vegas. However, they don’t call it the entertainment capital of the world for nothing! To get the best views in town, head to one of Sin City’s many rooftop bars overlooking the Strip. 960 1280

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Denver

Denver

Believe it or not, the biggest Fourth of July celebration in the Mile High City actually takes place July 3rd at the annual Independence Eve Celebration in Civic Center Park. Overlooking the Denver City and County Building, this elaborate light and fireworks show attracts people from all over Colorado. 960 1280

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