10 Can't-Miss Events This Summer

Stay everywhere but still this summer. From music festivals in the mountains to family getaways at the beach, Hilton’s 12 brands will be there to help you play as hard as you work this summer. Here are the 10 can’t-miss events of the summer.

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American Civil War Center
American Civil War Center

American Civil War Center

Get your Civil War fix at the nation’s first museum of its kind: The American Civil War Center interprets the war from Union, Confederate and African-American perspectives. Find the museum on the grounds of the 22-acre Tredegar Iron Works site. 960 1280

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James River

James River

With views of downtown Richmond just beyond, take a rafting trip down the James River. The 348-mile-long river is the 12th-longest river in America exclusively contained within a single state. We recommend a white-water rafting trip down the Lower James River, arguably one of the best urban white-water experiences in the U.S. 960 1280

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Science Museum of Virginia

Science Museum of Virginia

The kids will love the Science Museum of Virginia. Housed in a former railroad station, the museum showcases dozens of interactive experiences and exhibits -- the Foucault pendulum on the ground floor is sure to intrigue the kids. So will the live animals -- including the museum’s own rat basketball team (no joke)! 960 1280

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Brown’s Island

Brown’s Island

Take in a concert on Brown’s Island. This 6-acre island on the James River plays frequent host to free outdoor concerts and festivals in the spring and summer. You’ll want to check out the weekly Friday Cheers concert series; foodies, meanwhile, will love the James River Beer and Seafood Festival. 960 1280

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Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

While the tortured, macabre writer died in Baltimore, he lived the early part of his life in Richmond, where he was taken in as an orphan by a family. Learn Poe’s story through pictures, relics and verse (including several rare first printings of Poe’s works) on display at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. 960 1280

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Maggie L. Walker House

Maggie L. Walker House

Find inspiration at the Maggie L. Walker House. The home, located in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward (a historically African-American neighborhood), was owned by the ground-breaking leader who came from humble beginnings: Walker’s mother was a former slave, and her father was an Irish immigrant whom she never knew. Walker went on to become the first woman of any race to charter a bank in the U.S. 960 1280

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Richmond's Church Hill

Richmond's Church Hill

Savor local cuisine and culture in Richmond’s oldest neighborhood. Also known as the St. John’s Church Historic District, the 100-acre area is where Patrick Henry gave his “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech (at St. John’s Episcopal Church). Book a dinner reservation at The Roosevelt (pictured) for Southern fare like catfish alongside diverse international cuisine (from kimchi to gnocchi). 960 1280

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Hollywood Cemetery

Hollywood Cemetery

Head to one of Richmond’s major tourist attractions. Spanning 130 acres, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for two U.S. presidents, 25 Confederate generals and the only Confederate States president. The cemetery opened in 1849, and it continues to intrigue with its rich history and gothic landscape. 960 1280

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Maymont Mansion

Maymont Mansion

Step into the Gilded Age at Maymont Mansion. This Victorian estate was built by James H. Dooley, a wealthy Richmond lawyer and philanthropist, and his wife, Sallie, in 1893. After their deaths, the 100-acre property was left to the people of Richmond. 960 1280

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Richmond Brewery Tour

Richmond Brewery Tour

And you’ve got to try some Richmond beer! Hop aboard a mini-bus for a beer-tasting excursion, courtesy of Richmond Brewery Tours: Stops include Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Legend Brewery -- two popular craft beer makers in the city. 960 1280

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Carytown

Carytown

Get in some shopping in Richmond’s Carytown. This urban retail district comprises dozens of restaurants and boutiques. Enjoy French cuisine at Can Can Brasserie, and pick up unique specialty items (pizza-shaped chocolate, anyone?) at For the Love of Chocolate. They’re just the start to the unique dining and shopping experiences you’ll find here. 960 1280

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Richmond Canal Tour

Richmond Canal Tour

Take a relaxing, 40-minute boat tour along the James River and Kanawha Canal. Richmond’s canal system began in 1789, at the behest of George Washington, to facilitate shipments of freight and passengers between the western counties of Virginia and the coast. 960 1280

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

You’ll find world-class art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- 365 days a year, with free general admission, to boot. The museum spans African, American, East Asian, European, South Asian and contemporary art. Our personal favorite is the Art Nouveau collection. 960 1280

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Monument Avenue

Monument Avenue

They don’t call it “Monument Avenue” for nothing. This tree-lined grassy mall divides the east and westbound sides of the avenue; a 1.5-mile stretch of it is punctuated with statues memorializing Confederate figures like J.E.B. Stuart (pictured). In 1996, a statue honoring tennis great Arthur Ashe was added to the street, broadening the scope of what the city holds dear. 960 1280

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Richmond Liberty Trail

Richmond Liberty Trail

These blue stencil marks lead travelers on a powerful journey by foot. Spanning 6.2 miles, Richmond’s Liberty Trail connects many of downtown Richmond’s historic sites and neighborhoods. The self-guided walking tour includes stops at the 17th Street Farmers' Market, Brown’s Island and the American Civil War Center. 960 1280

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American Civil War Center

American Civil War Center

Get your Civil War fix at the nation’s first museum of its kind: The American Civil War Center interprets the war from Union, Confederate and African-American perspectives. Find the museum on the grounds of the 22-acre Tredegar Iron Works site. 960 1280

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James River

James River

With views of downtown Richmond just beyond, take a rafting trip down the James River. The 348-mile-long river is the 12th-longest river in America exclusively contained within a single state. We recommend a white-water rafting trip down the Lower James River, arguably one of the best urban white-water experiences in the U.S. 960 1280

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Science Museum of Virginia

Science Museum of Virginia

The kids will love the Science Museum of Virginia. Housed in a former railroad station, the museum showcases dozens of interactive experiences and exhibits -- the Foucault pendulum on the ground floor is sure to intrigue the kids. So will the live animals -- including the museum’s own rat basketball team (no joke)! 960 1280

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Brown’s Island

Brown’s Island

Take in a concert on Brown’s Island. This 6-acre island on the James River plays frequent host to free outdoor concerts and festivals in the spring and summer. You’ll want to check out the weekly Friday Cheers concert series; foodies, meanwhile, will love the James River Beer and Seafood Festival. 960 1280

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Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Edgar Allan Poe Museum

While the tortured, macabre writer died in Baltimore, he lived the early part of his life in Richmond, where he was taken in as an orphan by a family. Learn Poe’s story through pictures, relics and verse (including several rare first printings of Poe’s works) on display at the Edgar Allan Poe Museum. 960 1280

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Maggie L. Walker House

Maggie L. Walker House

Find inspiration at the Maggie L. Walker House. The home, located in Richmond’s historic Jackson Ward (a historically African-American neighborhood), was owned by the ground-breaking leader who came from humble beginnings: Walker’s mother was a former slave, and her father was an Irish immigrant whom she never knew. Walker went on to become the first woman of any race to charter a bank in the U.S. 960 1280

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Richmond's Church Hill

Richmond's Church Hill

Savor local cuisine and culture in Richmond’s oldest neighborhood. Also known as the St. John’s Church Historic District, the 100-acre area is where Patrick Henry gave his “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech (at St. John’s Episcopal Church). Book a dinner reservation at The Roosevelt (pictured) for Southern fare like catfish alongside diverse international cuisine (from kimchi to gnocchi). 960 1280

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Hollywood Cemetery

Hollywood Cemetery

Head to one of Richmond’s major tourist attractions. Spanning 130 acres, Hollywood Cemetery is the final resting place for two U.S. presidents, 25 Confederate generals and the only Confederate States president. The cemetery opened in 1849, and it continues to intrigue with its rich history and gothic landscape. 960 1280

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Maymont Mansion

Maymont Mansion

Step into the Gilded Age at Maymont Mansion. This Victorian estate was built by James H. Dooley, a wealthy Richmond lawyer and philanthropist, and his wife, Sallie, in 1893. After their deaths, the 100-acre property was left to the people of Richmond. 960 1280

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Richmond Brewery Tour

Richmond Brewery Tour

And you’ve got to try some Richmond beer! Hop aboard a mini-bus for a beer-tasting excursion, courtesy of Richmond Brewery Tours: Stops include Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Legend Brewery -- two popular craft beer makers in the city. 960 1280

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Carytown

Carytown

Get in some shopping in Richmond’s Carytown. This urban retail district comprises dozens of restaurants and boutiques. Enjoy French cuisine at Can Can Brasserie, and pick up unique specialty items (pizza-shaped chocolate, anyone?) at For the Love of Chocolate. They’re just the start to the unique dining and shopping experiences you’ll find here. 960 1280

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Richmond Canal Tour

Richmond Canal Tour

Take a relaxing, 40-minute boat tour along the James River and Kanawha Canal. Richmond’s canal system began in 1789, at the behest of George Washington, to facilitate shipments of freight and passengers between the western counties of Virginia and the coast. 960 1280

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

You’ll find world-class art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts -- 365 days a year, with free general admission, to boot. The museum spans African, American, East Asian, European, South Asian and contemporary art. Our personal favorite is the Art Nouveau collection. 960 1280

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Monument Avenue

Monument Avenue

They don’t call it “Monument Avenue” for nothing. This tree-lined grassy mall divides the east and westbound sides of the avenue; a 1.5-mile stretch of it is punctuated with statues memorializing Confederate figures like J.E.B. Stuart (pictured). In 1996, a statue honoring tennis great Arthur Ashe was added to the street, broadening the scope of what the city holds dear. 960 1280

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Richmond Liberty Trail

Richmond Liberty Trail

These blue stencil marks lead travelers on a powerful journey by foot. Spanning 6.2 miles, Richmond’s Liberty Trail connects many of downtown Richmond’s historic sites and neighborhoods. The self-guided walking tour includes stops at the 17th Street Farmers' Market, Brown’s Island and the American Civil War Center. 960 1280

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Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go

This includes visiting the doctor before the trip and researching doctors, pharmacies, and hospitals at your destination. The American Diabetes Association (ADA), the Mayo Clinic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation all provide comprehensive travel information. 960 1280

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Plan Snacks and Meals in Advance

Plan Snacks and Meals in Advance

Holley Grainger, a registered dietitian and culinary nutrition expert, recommends bringing meals or snacks that are rich in fiber and protein, such as individual peanut butter packets with whole grain crackers, dried fruit and nuts, or string cheese. Conversely, depending on your destination, some of these items can also be found at airports and convenience stores. When eating out, Grainger says to be mindful of portion control, and choose meals that offer a balance of protein, fiber-rich carbs, healthy fat, and a vegetable. Beware of alcohol; the ADA has a tip sheet that covers specifics.

On international flights that include meals, request a diabetic meal in advance if possible, since Grainger says many airplane meals include too many carbohydrates. 
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Pack Enough Medical Supplies

Pack Enough Medical Supplies

“Be over-prepared in case of every scenario that you can think of,” says Dr. Amber Champion, director of The Diabetes Center at Mercy Medical Center. For example, she recommends pump users bring a spare pump and an extra supply of basal (or long-acting) insulin. Other necessary supplies, depending on the type of diabetes, might include insulin, medication, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, syringes, a blood glucose meter, and test strips. Be sure to pack these in a carry-on bag. A cooler for insulin is also necessary if traveling to the beach, an extremely hot destination, or for an extended period of time. Otherwise, Dr. Champion says insulin can last for 28 days at normal room temperature. 960 1280

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Know Airport and Flight Procedures

Know Airport and Flight Procedures

Allow extra time for going through security and customs at the airport; review the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) guidelines for special procedures beforehand concerning medications, liquids, supplies, and more. Dr. Champion says the TSA doesn’t typically question items like pumps or syringes, but they’re less common in some foreign countries, so it’s best to bring a doctor’s letter. It’s equally important to be aware of what’s allowed through customs at your destination; certain prescription medications are illegal in other countries, like Dubai. The ADA provides a comprehensive guide to air travel and diabetes, as does the CDC.

During the flight, the altitude change during the ascent and descent can affect some pumps. Dr. Champion advises disconnecting it during take-off and landing to prevent it from administering extra insulin. However, speak with a doctor about your personal situation beforehand.
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Be Alert for High and Low Blood Sugar Symptoms

Be Alert for High and Low Blood Sugar Symptoms

Signs of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can include nervousness, dizziness, and feeling shaky or light-headed. Grainger notes that symptoms can strike quickly and affect a person’s ability to think clearly, in which case the travel companion should carry glucose tablets as a quick fix. They’re easy to find at drugstores and supermarkets in the U.S., but carry extra when traveling abroad. Grainger notes that orange juice is a good backup too, and Dr. Champion says that small bags of candy such as Skittles or jelly beans are easy to carry and also work. For extreme hypoglycemia, a travel companion should know how to inject glucagon, a hormone that raises blood sugar. Dr. Champion recommends an app called Glucagon that walks you through the steps.

Signs of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, can include increased thirst, dry mouth, blurry vision, vomiting, shortness of breath, headache, and even stomach pain. Consult a doctor before a trip to discuss treatment options, which, depending on the severity, range from administering an extra dose of insulin to visiting an emergency room. Dr. Champion says to leave insulin injections to the paramedics.
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Make Sure Travel Insurance Includes Medical

Make Sure Travel Insurance Includes Medical

Some travel insurance plans only cover financial losses. Check the U.S. Department of State for a list of recommended medical providers. Be sure to choose one that includes medical evacuation, or medevac, in case of an emergency; that option could be cost-prohibitive if insurance doesn’t cover it. It’s also important to research doctors and hospitals at your destination. 960 1280

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Adhere to a Regular Schedule

Adhere to a Regular Schedule

Both Grainger and Dr. Champion advise sticking to a regular schedule as much as possible, both with meals and insulin, especially when changing time zones. Those with Type 1 diabetes need to time insulin injections with meals, and injections need to be at set times. Eating at least every three to four hours can also help prevent any blood sugar dips. 960 1280

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Monitor Blood Sugar Levels Frequently

Monitor Blood Sugar Levels Frequently

An increased activity level, time zone changes, and eating differently can all affect glucose levels. Stay on track by checking glucose levels more than normal. Travel companions shouldn’t be afraid to remind those with diabetes to check it, since it can be easy to forget while on vacation.   960 1280

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Wear a Medical Alert Bracelet

Wear a Medical Alert Bracelet

It’s reasonable to assume that someone with diabetes will have periods when they’re alone, if even for a few minutes. In the event of an emergency, such as a rapid onset of hypoglycemia, a medical alert bracelet can help paramedics quickly identify the problem. In addition, Dr. Champion advises that everyone with diabetes should carry a card with them at all times that includes a list of medications, their doctor’s name and number, and medical conditions.   960 1280

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Avoid Going Barefoot

Avoid Going Barefoot

Dr. Champion says this is especially true for patients with neuropathy, a condition that causes numbness in the feet, which poses an infection risk if they step on something and cut their foot without knowing it. However, Dr. Champion notes even those with Type 2 diabetes don’t always realize they have neuropathy. It’s best to err on the side of caution and always wear footwear, whether indoors or at the beach. 960 1280

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‘The Two Faces of January,’ Athens, Greece

‘The Two Faces of January,’ Athens, Greece

A film that might have gone slightly under the radar in 2014, The Two Faces of January featured a throwback to the golden age of travel in the 1960s and the timeless intrigue of ancient Greece. While an American trio dressed in tailored linen entangle themselves in crime among crumbling ruins, Greece’s classic beauty steals the scenes. With sun-drenched shots of the Acropolis, the Agora ruins and the idyllic island of Crete, this film has us dreaming of a Greek vacation, but one without all the drama. 960 1280

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‘Wild,’ Pacific Crest Trail

‘Wild,’ Pacific Crest Trail

Wild is something of a phenomenon. First, Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of her 1,100-mile solo trek gets the seal of approval from Oprah; then, it gets the Hollywood treatment in a film adaption starring Reese Witherspoon. Strayed’s rookie hike along the Pacific Crest Trail is also inspiring a record number of fans to lace up their hiking boots and follow in her footsteps. Embracing the growing interest, the Pacific Crest Trail is sharing the best-selling author’s exact route, or you can channel your inner Strayed and go your own way.  960 1280

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‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ Görlitz, Germany

‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ Görlitz, Germany

Wes Anderson’s award-winning film The Grand Budapest Hotel transported us back to a time when travel was grand and dripping with glamour. While you can’t check into this fictional hotel, you can visit the picturesque prewar town in eastern Germany where the movie was filmed, Görlitz. It’s no stranger to the big screen, thanks to its Old World charm and preserved historic architecture; Inglourious Basterds, The Reader and The Book Thief were also filmed in Görlitz. Built in 1910, Görlitzer Warenhaus, a department store that had become rundown and abandoned, was restored to its former glory and made over into the grand hotel you see in the film. 960 1280

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‘Boyhood,’ Big Bend, TX

‘Boyhood,’ Big Bend, TX

Not only did Boyhood, a film shot over 12 years with the same actors, have us rethinking our own life trajectory, but it also has us rethinking a visit to Texas. Forget line dancing and BBQ; the scenes of Texas in this film that caught our attention were the larger-than-life desertscapes of Big Bend National Park. The sublime sunset shots over the Lone Star State’s limestone cliffs reawakened our childhood wonder and love for the open wilderness.  960 1280

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‘The Lego Movie,’ Legoland, Carlsbad, CA

‘The Lego Movie,’ Legoland, Carlsbad, CA

If your kids dragged you to see The Lego Movie or you remember spending hours as a child creating Lego homes, you know the power that this iconic plastic building block has to inspire imaginations. Now, you can bring your childhood fantasy to life by spending a night in a hotel that features models made of more than 3 million Lego bricks. A kid hotel heaven, California’s Legoland Resort lets families stay and play a Lego’s throw away from the park and even take a behind-the-scenes tour of “sets” from the animated film with the Lego Movie Experience. 960 1280

  

‘The Trip to Italy,’ Italy

‘The Trip to Italy,’ Italy

A Trip to Italy? We’re in. A road trip through Italy feasting on the country’s carb-loaded dishes? We’re definitely in. Watching an odd couple banter and eat their way from northern Italy’s Piedmont region to the sun-soaked island of Capri has us ready to jump in a Fiat and follow their olive-oil-soaked trail. Or at least dig into some pasta al pesto. 960 1280

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‘The Hobbit,’ New Zealand

‘The Hobbit,’ New Zealand

New Zealand tourism owes a big thank-you to Peter Jackson, the creator of the Hobbit film trilogy, for bringing the country’s otherworldly beauty to the big screen. Last year’s latest installment of the epic fantasy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is continuing to lure even more fantasy and travel enthusiasts to Middle-earth, aka New Zealand, to see filming locations. The mecca of all Hobbit Tourism is Hobbiton, a private-farm-turned-movie-set where you can tour 44 hobbit holes to see how the furry-footed creatures live. 960 1280

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