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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Graffiato

Graffiato

Top Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella opened Graffiato, an Italian-inspired restaurant in DC's Chinatown in 2011. Make sure you check out the second floor's ham bar -- 6 seats that face the kitchen where you can watch prosciutto being prepared to perfection. 960 1280

  

Rogue 24

Rogue 24

Enjoy Rogue 24's theater-in-the-round style restaurant, where tables surround an open kitchen. The menu is delivered after the meal to maintain the suspense and drama, while keeping dishes like “liquid chicken” a surprise. 960 1280

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Restaurant Eve

Restaurant Eve

Chef-owner Cathal Armstrong grows his own organic vegetables in a garden behind Restaurant Eve. At this "very unstuffy fine dining eatery," you can choose from among tasting menus with 5, 7 or 9 courses. 960 1280

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Maple Ave Restaurant

Maple Ave Restaurant

Maple Ave is a tiny gem in the suburb of Vienna, VA, with big flavors, blending Asian, Latin American and French cuisines. 960 1280

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Mintwood Place

Mintwood Place

Adams Morgan's Mintwood Place blends French and local cuisines with dishes like escargot hush puppies and pickled deviled eggs. Or try a creative cocktail not meant for sharing, such as The Scrooge: a refreshing black rum, spicy ginger ale and molasses elixir. 960 1280

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Toki Underground

Toki Underground

Chef Erik Yang reinvents the traditional Taiwanese noodle at Toki Underground, an artsy new H Street hotspot. Save room for the dessert bento box. 960 1280

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Oya Restaurant & Lounge

Oya Restaurant & Lounge

Penn Quarter’s Oya offers innovative dishes such as the hamachi jalapeno sushi roll and the lobster mac 'n' cheese in a sleek and sophisticated lounge space. 960 1280

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Asia Nine

Asia Nine

Asia Nine puts a modern and playful spin on Pan-Asian cuisine with favorites such as Biden Vice Presidential Roll -- crab meat, cucumber, pickled ginger and chili bean sauce. 960 1280

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Rose's Luxury

Rose's Luxury

Ranked as one of the best restaurants in the United States, and a popular favorite of president Barack Obama, Rose’s Luxury on Capital Hill serves up the tastiest of American tapas. However, this local hot spot is so in demand, you may wanna get in line for a table now. 960 1280
Granville Moore's

Granville Moore's

Chef Teddy Folkman stands behind Granville Moore's bar, which has the largest selection of Belgian beers in the Mid-Atlantic (over 50 Belgian brews in bottles and 11 on tap). What goes best with a Belgian brew? Mussels, of course -- and here they’re soaked in blue cheese, pork belly, coconut milk … the list goes on. 960 1280

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Landmark vs. Landmark
The Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island in New York Harbor.
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Landmark vs. Landmark

Landmark vs. Landmark

Paul Revere Statue
The Paul Revere statue outside of the Old North Church in Boston’s North End, where the famous "1 if by land, and 2 if by sea" signal was sent.
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Lincoln Tunnel

Lincoln Tunnel

Driving Challenge vs. Driving Challenge
The Lincoln Tunnel, which connects New Jersey to Manhattan, is notorious for traffic backups.
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Driving Challenge vs. Driving Challenge

Driving Challenge vs. Driving Challenge

One-Way Streets
Boston’s narrow 1-way streets often make it difficult to maneuver your way across town.
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New York Style

New York Style

Food vs. Food
New York-style, thin-crust pizza.
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Food vs. Food

Food vs. Food

Clam Chowder
Boston is known for having some of the best clam chowder in New England.
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Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

Museum vs. Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
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Museum vs. Museum

Museum vs. Museum

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts
With more than 450,000 works of art, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is one of the largest museums in the United States. Attracting more than 1 million visitors per year, this museum is one of the most visited art museums in the world.
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Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue

Shopping vs. Shopping
Lined with upscale shops, Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is one of the most expensive shopping destinations in the world.
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Shopping vs. Shopping

Shopping vs. Shopping

Newbury Street
Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, Newbury Street has been a trendy shopping spot for Bostonians since the late 1970s.
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The Subway

The Subway

Transportation vs. Transportation
The NYC subway.
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Transportation vs. Transportation

Transportation vs. Transportation

The T
Boston’s MBTA, better known as The T.
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Central Park

Central Park

Park vs. Park
A city landmark since 1857, Central Park is located in, you guessed it, the center of Manhattan.
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Park vs. Park

Park vs. Park

Boston Common
Going all the way back to 1634, the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States. It consists of 50 acres of land, including the famous “Emerald Necklace” of parks that extends from Common south to Roxbury.
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Metlife Stadium

Metlife Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium
Metlife Stadium, also known as New Meadowlands, is actually located outside of NYC -- in East Rutherford, NJ.
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Gillette Stadium

Gillette Stadium

Stadium vs. Stadium
Gillette Stadium is located outside of Boston in nearby Foxborough, MA.
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Meatpacking District

Meatpacking District

Nightlife vs. Nightlife
The Meatpacking District is known by many as one of the more trendy or "hip" places in New York City for after-dark fun. Places such as club Tenjune, located beneath the upscale restaurant STK, and Plunge, at the Hotel Gansevoort, create endless buzz and good times.
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Lansdowne Street

Lansdowne Street

Nightlife vs. Nightlife
Located right next to Fenway Park, Lansdowne Street has something for every sun-down socializer. Take in a show at the House of Blues; have a pint at Lansdowne Pub; or catch a Sox game from Bleacher Bar.
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Biarritz, France

Biarritz, France

With friendly locals, groovy cafes and far more enthusiasm about wave reports than Parisian fashion, Biarritz has been called “the California of France” more than once. And now, in a special program funded by the regional Olympic committee, Biarritz doctors are prescribing surfing and other ocean sports as remedies for health problems. The 12-week surfing program is luring more and more people to the waves to heal what ails them.  960 1280

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Biarritz, France

Biarritz, France

With this healthy respect for the surfing life, Biarritz is a great choice for newbie surfers. Try Surf Training school; the ultra-experienced surf coach Philippe Beudin will have you catching waves right in to the soft sands of the Cote des Basques beach in no time. 960 1280

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Nosara, Costa Rica

Nosara, Costa Rica

Thanks to its warm and consistent waves, the dusty surfing outpost of Nosara is a dreamy locale for beginners to first feel the thrill of riding a wave. With a friendly scene, top-rated surf instructors and rental shops aplenty, Nosara sets you up to succeed. Check out the Safari Surf School; with both day lessons and longer camps, it is a favorite in town. After hours in the water, work out your paddle-weary muscles at one of the many yoga schools in town and sip a smoothie at the boho Harmony Hotel. Wind down your day with a cold Imperial beer on Playa Pelada, the perfect place to watch the sun sink into the ocean. 960 1280

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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s beaches, generally less populated than Costa Rica’s, are the latest surf hangouts of Central America. San Juan del Sur, a village on the Pacific coast, is surrounded by remote beaches with waves workable for all levels; Remansa, which means “extra calm” in Spanish, is the perfect spot for beginners. Just ask Javier Baldovinos, former coach of the Nicaragua Surf Team, veteran instructor and one of the most respected coaches in town; he’ll hook you up with a board and teach you the basics in one day. Or opt for an awesome all-inclusive surf camp, like Nicaragua Surf Report; here you sleep, eat, and surf with your surf gang for days. The women-only Chica Brava surf camp offers yoga, healthy food and an epic surf adventure. 960 1280

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Encinitas, California

Encinitas, California

Encinitas is the dream So-Cal surf town, brah; it’s mellow and friendly, with a lot less of the “locals only” attitude you might find up or down the coast. While you can marvel at the pros out carving on the hardcore beaches like Swamis or Seaside Reef, there are quieter spots further afield for beginners, like the north end of Moonlight Beach. 960 1280

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Encinitas, California

Encinitas, California

For a thoroughly uplifting first surf experience, check in with Jason Weber at Encinitas Surf Lessons. Weber is a believer in the healing power of the surf, and his Surfing for Empowerment classes are designed to help everyone get in touch with their inner flow. 960 1280

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Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Just because Hawaii is home to killer big waves like the Pipeline doesn’t mean beginners should shy away from the Aloha state. With its warm electric blue waters (no wetsuit needed!), Maui has waves enough for every level. 960 1280

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Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Although some beaches may have a locals-first rap, that’s no deterrent – you just need an in-the-know resident surfer to lead the way. Zack Howard, a 25-year-veteran of the sport, runs one of the most respected surf schools in Maui and is also a guide to the secret spots that most visitors would miss. 960 1280

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Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

The long established Maui Surf Girls, with both daily lessons and camps, is not just for girls; they empower everyone – men, children, grandparents and even dogs included – to get up and feel the power of the wave. 960 1280

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South Padre, Texas

South Padre, Texas

Texas doesn’t have a reputation for great surf, but there is one place where almost everyone can catch a wave. Down in South Padre, just on the tip of the Texas Coast near Mexico, husband and wife team Rachel and Gene Gore run the South Padre Surf Company where the motto is: “It’s not about how good you are; it’s about how much fun you have.” In a jetty-side beach protected from unpredictable Gulf winds, they teach first timers on foam-topped boards that make everyone feel steady and safe. Standing beside you in the water, they push you out into the wave at just the right moment, and, voila, next thing you know you are floating on water. Exhilarating.  960 1280

Wade Dunkin  

Bakio, Spain

Bakio, Spain

If you want to surf in Spain, set your compass north to the Bay of Biscay in the Basque Country. Mundaka, 23 miles northeast of Bilbao, may be regarded as a surf capital of Spain, but beginners may want try their luck at the lesser known nearby town of Bakio. With few tourists and only a handful of laid-back hotels and restaurants, Bakio has the low-key vibe and regular waves that make the beginner feel welcome. You will want to check out Lokal Surf School, where the fun-loving instructors can teach in Spanish, English or Basque. When you are out in the cool blue water catching your first wave, you’ll be happy beyond words, no matter which language you speak.  960 1280

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