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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Alpine Meadows

Alpine Meadows

Guests at Alpine Meadows have the option of skiing on the resort’s 2,400-acre estate with 13 different lifts and a vertical drop of 1,800 feet. Alpine Meadows is known for its quality and variety of terrain, ranging from beginner to advanced trails. And with 402 inches of annual snowfall, this resort often has the longest snow season among the Lake Tahoe ski resorts. 960 1280

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Guests can cozy up to the 55-foot-tall granite fireplace in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. This resort has large rooms (some with views of the sweeping mountain vistas), comfy beds and rustic furnishings. Enjoy decadent dining options, including French-Californian fusion restaurant Manzanita, headed by chef Traci Des Jardins. 960 1280

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Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort offers an array of condo and townhouse-style lodging. Guests have the choice of making reservations at 6 different lodges, including Timber Ridge, Lost Cabin, Meadowstone Lodge and Snow Crest Lodge. Keep the kids busy! The Ski & Ride program, available at the resort, includes Mini Rippers and Mini Gnome introductory programs to teach children how ski and snowboard. 960 1280

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Village at Squaw Valley

Village at Squaw Valley

The Village at Squaw Valley isn’t just a place to stay, it’s also the center of a European-style village with an array of shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues. Guests can stay in a standard room or a 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom suite with amenities, including full-service Trilogy Day Spa, children’s game room, whirlpool spas and dry saunas. 960 1280

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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, nestled within the Sierra Mountain range, is a AAA Four Diamond hotel that offers guests a relaxing stay. Take a cruise on one of their private boats, get a deep-tissue massage in the world-class Stillwater Spa, tempt Lady Luck at the Grand Lodge Casino and sip on hot-buttered rum or hot chocolate near a warm pit fire after day of skiing. 960 1280

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Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Harrah's Lake Tahoe

Stay in a luxurious suite at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel. Guests have easy access to the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, Cliché Lounge, Reflections the Spa, Lulu Hair Design Salon, Peek Nightclub, the hotel’s domed indoor pool, casino, 7 restaurants and a lot more. The 18-story hotel tower offers ski packages to area resorts, including Diamond Peak, Sugar Bowl and Boreal. 960 1280

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Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Go skiing and snowboarding at the Heavenly Mountain Resort. Overlooking Lake Tahoe, this resort offers skiing and snowboarding lessons at 3 different levels -- beginners, intermediate and expert -- for sports enthusiasts of all ages. In the spring or summer, we recommend taking a short walk to South Lake Tahoe’s Lakeside Marina, the beach, Heavenly ski gondola and the Village Shopping Center. 960 1280

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Squaw Valley Lodge

Squaw Valley Lodge

Squaw Valley Lodge is a 4-season condominium resort located on the slopes of the Sierra Mountains. Visitors vacationing in this winter playground can go skiing, ice skating, tubing, hiking or biking. Guests can easily walk or ski to Squaw’s village to shop or dine. 960 1280

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Resort at Squaw Valley

Resort at Squaw Valley

Conde Nast Traveler magazine ranked the Resort at Squaw Valley in the top 50 ski hotels in North America because of its hospitality and full-service amenities. One of the perks for families with kids is the Mountain Buddies, a comprehensive children’s program that offers everything from nature hikes and sliding down the resort’s 120-foot waterslide to playing broom ball and cross-country skiing on private trails. 960 1280

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Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Rise to new heights and experience snowboarding and tree skiing at Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort. Local pro athletes, like Robby Franco, Jamie Anderson and Maddie Bowman -- have graced the slopes, parks and pipes at this ski resort. Guests can also stay active with multiple weekly and monthly events hosted by the resort, including themed ski weeks (e.g. College Week), ski camps, wine tastings and live concerts. 960 1280

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Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe

This 1,200-acre resort is located about 30 miles south of Reno, NV. Despite the name, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe is actually on the slopes of Slide Mountain rather than Mt. Rose, which is on the other side of Nevada State Route 431. In addition to ski and snowboarding lessons, Mt. Rose also offers a freestyle ski training program for skiers, ages 9 to 12, to learn the correct techniques in terrain park pipes, upright aerial jumping and how to ski on the mountain in all conditions. 960 1280

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Cedar House Sport Hotel

Cedar House Sport Hotel

Guests will enjoy staying at this cozy-yet-chic hotel, which also happens to be pet-friendly. The hotel staff at Cedar House Sport Hotel welcomes your 4-legged friend with treats, beds, bowls and other perks for your pooch. In addition to these unique amenities, the hotel showcases rooms with an eclectic mix of contemporary design; the hotel was built using unrefined and recyclable materials. 960 1280

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Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo Beach

Tamarindo is ground zero for snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding enthusiasts. Several snorkel and kayak tours launch here because of the calm, clear waters, which are home to sea turtles and schools of tropical fish. 960 1280

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Flamenco Beach

Flamenco Beach

Before it was named one of the world’s best beaches, Flamenco Beach was a naval munitions training ground. This Sherman tank is a remnant of that past. 960 1280

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Culebrita Tide Pools

Culebrita Tide Pools

Culebrita is one of the smaller islands in Culebra’s archipelago of 23 islands. Explore its tide pools, which are teeming with tiny fish. 960 1280

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Culebrita Lighthouse

Culebrita Lighthouse

Dating back to 1886, the Culebrita lighthouse helped guide seafarers between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Today, it’s a popular site for Culebra day-trippers, thanks to its great views of the Caribbean. 960 1280

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Casa Robinson: Guesthouse With a View

Casa Robinson: Guesthouse With a View

Many visitors to Culebra choose to stay in rentals or guesthouses. Some have a front-row seat to stunning scenes, such as the one at Casa Robinson. 960 1280

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The Road to Zoni Beach

The Road to Zoni Beach

Pass by Culebra’s prime real estate and the homes of Puerto Rico’s rich and famous on the way to Zoni Beach, an active sea turtle breeding ground. 960 1280

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Dinghy Dock

Dinghy Dock

When the sun sets, visitors and locals head to Dinghy Dock. Order a fruity drink, grab a bite and maybe linger for live music. 960 1280

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Fulladoza Bay

Fulladoza Bay

Boats touring the Caribbean from all over the world drop anchor here and in Ensenada Honda. 960 1280

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Punta Soldado

Punta Soldado

You’ll find the locals at Punta Soldado, at the southern tip of Culebra. The rock-strewn beach is known for its sunsets. 960 1280

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Club Seabourne

Club Seabourne

If you are staying at Club Seabourne, relax in a hammock on the beautifully manicured lawn or gaze out at Fulladoza Bay from your private balcony. 960 1280

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Dewey

Dewey

Pretty murals decorate the streets of Dewey, Culebra’s only town, where the ferry from mainland Puerto Rico arrives several times daily. 960 1280

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Arte Fango

Arte Fango

Get a taste of Culebra’s Calypso roots and culture at Arte Fango, which sells art featuring local heroes and symbols of island life. 960 1280

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Dreamliner

Dreamliner

First Dreamliner Commercial Flight
All Nippon Airways (ANA) piloted the first commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Tokyo’s Narita airport to Hong Kong on Oct. 26. The world's first major airliner to use composite materials for most of its construction made its debut after years of delays and billions of dollars spent over budget. The inaugural flight was filled with aviation enthusiasts who paid thousands of dollars for a seat and raved about the plane’s amenities.
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Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene Shuts Down East Coast
Hurricane Irene came ashore at North Carolina on Aug. 27 as a Category 1 storm. The huge, slow-moving tempest traveled up 1,100 miles of US coastline, leaving a trail of destruction resulting in 45 deaths and losses of up to $7 billion. The severe weather crippled travel along the East Coast, where more than 10,000 flights were cancelled, much of Amtrak’s service between Washington, DC, and Boston was suspended and many highways were closed.
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Arab Spring

Arab Spring

Arab Spring
On Jan. 25, Arab Spring uprisings spread from Tunisia and other North African countries to Egypt, culminating in the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak 17 days later. While Egyptians rejoiced at the peaceful coup, the fallout crippled the tourism industry, the country’s largest source of revenue and jobs. Even as tourists began to return to landmarks such as the Pyramids at Giza and Cairo’s Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, Egyptians again took to the streets in November, protesting the interim military government.
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Flip Cam

Flip Cam

Cisco Ceases Production of the Flip Video Camera
On April 12, Cisco announced that it was ceasing production of the Flip video recorder, a device that revolutionized the digital video camera market and became the trusty companion of travel bloggers worldwide. Cisco purchased Pure Digital Technology Inc., the inventor of Flip, in a $590 million deal in 2009.
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Earthquake and Tsunami

Earthquake and Tsunami

Earthquake and Tsunami Hit Japan
On Friday, Mar. 10, Japan’s eastern coast was rocked by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, one of the largest ever recorded, then slammed by a ferocious 23-foot tsunami. The initial disaster killed thousands of people and wiped out entire towns and villages. Survivors endured weeks of aftershocks and rolling blackouts, while explosions and radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear plant caused worldwide panic. Measurement of the economic, environmental and human toll is ongoing.
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LOT Polish Airlines

LOT Polish Airlines

LOT Polish Airlines Makes Emergency Landing in Warsaw
No one was hurt when a LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767 flying from Newark, NJ, with 230 people onboard made an emergency landing at Warsaw's airport after its landing gear failed to deploy. Live television footage showed the plane sliding on its belly, sparks flying as it hit the runway, then being covered in flame retardant foam.
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Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding, England
Britain’s Prince William married Catherine Middleton in a lavish ceremony at London’s Westminster Abbey on April 29. More than a million tourists flooded England’s capital to witness the nuptials, spending tens of millions of pounds on refreshments, hotels, attractions and souvenirs. Meanwhile, highlights for the TV audience of 2 billion people worldwide included Kate’s much anticipated gown designed by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton, the crazy hats worn by female wedding guests, and the bride’s sister and maid of honor, Pippa.
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Volcano

Volcano

Eruption of Puyehue Volcano, Chile
On June 4, Chile’s Puyehue volcano erupted, spewing plumes of ash 6 miles into the atmosphere. Dozens of South American flights were scrapped and 6 airports in Argentina were closed as clouds of volcanic ash rode the wind toward the Atlantic Ocean. Thousands of people were evacuated from surrounding rural communities in the southern Andes mountain chain.
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Qantas Airlines Strike
On Oct. 29, Qantas Airways, the world’s 10th largest airline, grounded its entire fleet around the world and locked out striking employees. The airline said it made the move because it could not meet the "extreme demands" of 3 unions representing pilots, mechanics and ground staff. The airline resumed flights 2 days later after an Australian tribunal ordered an end to the dispute that affected nearly 70,000 passengers.
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Flooding

Flooding

Unprecedented Flooding Slams Australia and Thailand
Massive floods hit 2 of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations this year. In January, much of south and central Queensland, Australia, experienced its worst flooding in half a century, triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains. In Thailand, unusually heavy rainfall in September, October and November resulted in flooding across 64 of the country’s 77 provinces. Bangkok’s main international airport remained open throughout the flooding, but the domestic airport was shut on Oct. 25 as floodwaters covered the runway and began seeping into terminal buildings.
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Virgin Galactic Begins Taking Reservations
If you’re sitting on an extra $200,000, why not join the 430 would-be amateur astronauts who have already signed up for a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight? The deposit is only $20,000, and since the company has yet to reveal an exact launch date, you have time to save up for the rest. If that’s still a little much, buy a T-shirt on the website for just $40.
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