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Naadam (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Naadam (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Naadam, also known as “the three games of men,” is the biggest traditional festival held in Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. Each July, men compete in Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery in the city’s multipurpose National Sports Stadium. Today, women also participate in the archery games and girls in the horse racing. 960 1280

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Elvis Week (Memphis)

Elvis Week (Memphis)

If swinging your hips to Blue Suede Shoes this summer sounds good to you, then head to Memphis for Elvis Week, usually held in mid-August. Movies, special performances and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest (to crown the best Elvis impersonator) are just a few activities to keep fans occupied. The week of scheduled events is held to mark the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley.   960 1280

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Tango Festival (Buenos Aires)

Tango Festival (Buenos Aires)

Keep it hot during the dog days of summer and join half a million spectators as they watch tango dancers’ sexy moves at the annual Tango Dance World Championship in Buenos Aires. Some believe this sultry dance may have originated in the Argentine brothels in the 1800s. Today, UNESCO recognizes the tango on its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. 960 1280

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Burning Man Festival (Black Rock Desert, NV)

Burning Man Festival (Black Rock Desert, NV)

Where can you find a bagpipe player and a belly dancer on stilts? Head to the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to witness the eccentric spectacle that is the Burning Man Festival. It has grown into one of the biggest festivals in the US, with the size doubling virtually every year, drawing people from as far away as Japan, Europe and Australia. 960 1280

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Wife-Carrying World Championships (Sonkajarvi, Finland)

Wife-Carrying World Championships (Sonkajarvi, Finland)

In Sonkajarvi, Finland, male competitors throw their wives or female teammates over their backs to see who can make it through an arduous obstacle course and cross the finish line. The lucky winner of the Wife-Carrying World Championships gets a supply of beer equal to his wife’s weight. Cheers! 960 1280

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World Bodypainting Festival (Seeboden, Austria)

World Bodypainting Festival (Seeboden, Austria)

This festival is not for the very shy or bashful. Artists use scantily clad bodies as their canvases at the annual World Bodypainting Festival in Austria. Artists from as many as 40 countries compete using a variety of techniques, including brushes, sponges and airbrushes. Alex Barendregt organized the first festival in 1998, when he was tasked with organizing a new summer event in Seeboden, Austria. 960 1280

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe (Edinburgh, Scotland)

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest performing-arts festival in the world, hosting more than 3,000 shows in nearly 300 venues across the city. 960 1280

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Pride Week (New York)

Pride Week (New York)

June is Gay Pride Month, but there are several celebrations held in different cities throughout the summer. Paradegoers show their pride by dressing up in colorful and festive outfits during the New York City Pride Parade. In addition to the parade, other NYC Pride events include a LGBT rights rally, a family movie night, a street fair and the Dance on the Pier, which has featured popular artists including Janet Jackson, Cher and Ariana Grande.    960 1280

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Inti Raymi Festival (Cusco, Peru)

Inti Raymi Festival (Cusco, Peru)

Inti Raymi, or "Festival of the Sun," is an Andean festival in Cusco, Peru, during which more than 500 actors assemble to re-enact an ancient Inca ceremony in adoration of the sun god. The 9-day winter solstice celebration is held in the great square of the Sacsayhuaman fortress and includes large banquets, festive music and thousands of people dressed in colorful costumes. 960 1280

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Dragon Boat Festival (Hong Kong)

Dragon Boat Festival (Hong Kong)

Are you a top dragon-boat athlete? Then grab an oar and start rowing! Dozens of athletes man their boats and paddle across the finish line for the annual Dragon Boat Festival, aka Duanwu Jie, which spans 3 days in June. Drummers and spectators cheer from the sidelines while watching the heart-stopping action in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor. 960 1280

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Glastonbury Festival (Somerset, England)

Glastonbury Festival (Somerset, England)

Get your tickets before this popular music festival sells out. More than 175,000 people converge on a dairy farm in Somerset, England, every year for the Glastonbury Festival. Notable bands and singers who have appeared at the 4-day music celebration include Florence and the Machine, Mary J. Blige, Hozier and Pharrell Williams. Admission to the festival was $1.54 when the festival started in 1970, but today, full-weekend general admission tickets go for about $338. 960 1280

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Haro Wine Festival (Haro, Spain)

Haro Wine Festival (Haro, Spain)

Get ready for a wine fight at the Batalla Del Vino (Battle of Wine) in Haro, Spain. Thousands of locals throw as much as 34,000 gallons of wine at one another on June 29, the day of the patron saint San Pedro. The festival also includes wine-drinking competitions, contests and “bullfights” for kids and heifers. 960 1280

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Heiva i Tahiti (Pape'ete, Tahiti)

Heiva i Tahiti (Pape'ete, Tahiti)

Celebrate Polynesian traditions and culture during Heiva in Tahiti. This cultural festival showcases traditional Polynesian dance performances, sports, games and a singing competition. 960 1280

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El Colacho (Burgos, Spain)

El Colacho (Burgos, Spain)

El Colacho, also internationally known as the baby-jumping festival, is a traditional Spanish holiday that started in 1620 in Burgos, Spain. Men dressed as the devil — donning red and yellow jumpsuits — jump over babies born during the previous 12 months to cleanse them of original sin and to guard them against illnesses and evil spirits. 960 1280

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Fly-Fishing, Idaho

Fly-Fishing, Idaho

For the dad who loves fly-fishing.. Book a rustic vacation by the bend of a river. Eastern Idaho’s Natural Retreats South Fork Lodge rests along the south fork of Snake River, the largest North American river that empties into the Pacific Ocean. It’s also one of the best places in the US for tailwater and dry fly fisheries. 960 1280

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Rock Climbing, Utah

Rock Climbing, Utah

For the dad who likes to live on the edge... Head to Moab, UT, the adventure capital of America. Popular places include Wall Street, a sandstone cliff along the Colorado River. After a day of climbing, Dad can unwind with a hearty meal of Grilled Cowboy Steak at Sorrel River Ranch. 960 1280

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Mega-Male Spa Treatment at the Arizona Biltmore

Mega-Male Spa Treatment at the Arizona Biltmore

For the dad who needs a little pampering... Treat him to a mega-male spa treatment at the Arizona Biltmore, a resort crowned the “Jewel of the Desert” when it opened in 1929. Spa options include the deep tissue and soothing back treatments. 960 1280

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Golf Getaway, Wyoming

Golf Getaway, Wyoming

For the dad who likes to tee it up... Treat him to a golf getaway at Hotel Terra near Jackson Hole, WY. Dad will enjoy a round of golf on a Robert Trent Jones course. When he’s not hitting the green, he can explore Grand Teton and Yellowstone. 960 1280

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Paintball, West Virginia

Paintball, West Virginia

For the dad who likes to let loose... See Dad put his strategic skills to the test in the forests of West Virginia at Ambush West Virginia’s paintball center. He’ll enjoy a real-life gaming adventure on a 4-acre paintball course, with game options such as Civil War-style battles and the ever-popular “Capture the Flag.” 960 1280

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Skydiving, Chicagoland

Skydiving, Chicagoland

For the dad who’s got skydiving on his bucket list... Help him score bragging rights (and maybe a few laughs) with a tandem skydive. Dad will get his “knees in the breeze” as he ascends 18,000 feet in an aircraft courtesy of the Chicagoland Skydiving Center, one of the safest skydiving facilities in the US. 960 1280

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Foodie Getaway, New Orleans

Foodie Getaway, New Orleans

For the foodie dad... Satisfy his gourmet taste buds with a trip to the Crescent City. Try the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, where Dad will enjoy a breakfast buffet at 8 Block Kitchen & Bar with classic and local menu options such as fried-oyster eggs Benedict and New Orleans beignets. 960 1280

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Diving, Grand Cayman

Diving, Grand Cayman

For the diving dad... He just might love Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. The 5.5-mile beach has received travel mag accolades as “the Caribbean’s best beach.” During his stay at the Westin Grand Cayman (where the fifth night is free), Dad will enjoy diving beneath the area’s aquamarine waters -- and seeing coral reefs, colorful fish and even shipwrecks. 960 1280

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Brewery Tour

Brewery Tour

For the dad who can appreciate a good craft ale... Take him to a major beer destination. Our top picks for Dad: Portland, OR, which has more breweries per capita than any other city in the US; and Milwaukee, home to 4 of the world’s largest breweries.  960 1280

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Flight School, Florida

Flight School, Florida

For the dad who always wished he could do something really cool... Help his dreams take flight. Cover his admission to Paragon Flight, an FAA-approved flight training center. Dad will enjoy the scenic flights over Florida, and will be speaking pilot lingo in no time. 960 1280

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Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains

For the dad who loves the outdoors... Enjoy a hike through the Great Smoky Mountains. June is an especially good time to visit; mark National Great Outdoors Month with an America the Beautiful Annual Pass for Dad. 960 1280

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NASCAR Glory, Myrtle Beach

NASCAR Glory, Myrtle Beach

For the dad with a need for speed... Treat him to short-track racing stint at the Myrtle Beach Speedway. The racecourse has been the training grounds for some of NASCAR’s top names like Dale Earnhardt Jr. Now it’s Dad’s turn to shine. See Dad zoom around the half-mile racetrack in a NASCAR vehicle -- at speeds of about 100 mph.  960 1280

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Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut

Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut

For the dad seeking high-stakes gaming fun... Head to the largest resort casino in the Western Hemisphere. A complex of 6 casinos, Foxwoods Resort Casino spans 4,700,000 square feet. For something closer to home, check out more of America’s high-stakes casinos. 960 1280

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Yankee Stadium Tour

Yankee Stadium Tour

For the baseball-loving dad... Take him out to the ballpark. Enjoy a tour of classic Yankee Stadium. Or take your pick from among more of baseball’s great stadiums. 960 1280

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Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world, after Paris. 960 1280

  

While French is the official language, over half of the population reports being able to speak both French and English, as seen on this exit sign. 960 1280

  

This striking sign is on the wall of an excellent pub: The Black Isle, in the Latin Quarter. 960 1280

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You get "3 minutes max" to idle in the well-to-do town of Westmount in Montreal. 960 1280

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Casa del popolo, a hip cafe, also sells offbeat art. 960 1280

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Montreal's seasons are prone to drastic temperature changes. This sign warns of falling ice during the winter months. 960 1280

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This environmentally-friendly sign leaves little to interpretation: "Pick up your papers and droppings." 960 1280

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In case you were wondering, Montreal is to the left. Feel free to bike or rollerblade there. 960 1280

  

A sign beside the foot bridge going over a frozen canal indicates "no cars, no motorcycles." 960 1280

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You can squint and tilt your head to the left, but you probably still wouldn't guess that this sign represents, a double fire hydrant. 960 1280

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Each metro station in Montreal is unique and filled with public artwork by some of the biggest names in Quebec. 960 1280

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This is a restaurant sign inside the Montreal Forum, called "the most storied building in hockey history" and arguably the most famous sporting venue. 960 1280

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People visiting Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal Basilica are greeted with this manicured lawn sign. 960 1280

  

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