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The stakes are high at a fast and furious horse race. 960 1280

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Traditional garb is part of racing culture, including this collection of Belmont Stakes pins and ties with jockey silks. 960 1280

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The horses prepare for the main event at the 2010 Belmont Stakes in New York. 960 1280

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Horses rush to the finish at the 2010 Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse in northern England. 960 1280

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The Royal Ascot is a stately British tradition with the royal family who view the race from the Royal Enclosure. 960 1280

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Fancy hats are always in style at the running of the Preakness in Baltimore. 960 1280

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Mud flies through the air as the horses race to the finish at the Kentucky Derby. 960 1280

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Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, fills up with women in fancy hats, many sipping mint juleps, to celebrate Derby day. 960 1280

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The Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse offers the largest prize in horse-racing -- $10 million for the winner. 960 1280

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Spectators gather at the Longchamp Racecourse outside of Paris during the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. 960 1280

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Comerica Park

Comerica Park

Welcome to Comerica Park, where the Detroit Tigers play all their home baseball games. The Fly Ball Ferris wheel, Beer Hall, Comerica carousel and the Detroit Tigers Walk of Fame are fun park attractions for fans of all ages. 960 1280

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AT&T Park

AT&T Park

Located in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood, AT&T Park has been home to Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants since 2000. While in the area, tourists and baseball fans can picnic at China Basin Park, check out the Giants’ Wall of Fame and enjoy fun activities in the Coca-Cola Fan Lot -- before or after the game. 960 1280

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MGM Grand Detroit

MGM Grand Detroit

Stay at the MGM Grand Detroit, one of 3 casino resort hotels in the city. R&B singer Ashanti, rock ‘n’ roller Kid Rock and other celebrities have been spotted here. It is the first luxury casino resort hotel in a major metropolis outside of Las Vegas. 960 1280

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St. Regis San Francisco

St. Regis San Francisco

Built in 2005, the St. Regis San Francisco -- located in the city’s SoMa neighborhood -- offers the best in luxury: rooms with great beds and bathrooms, 24-hour butler service, Ame restaurant (which combines Eastern and Western flavors), the exclusive Remede Spa and a pool. 960 1280

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Motown Historical Museum

Motown Historical Museum

Travel back in time to see where soulful legends -- including Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross & The Supremes created some of the biggest hits in American music history. The popular tourist attraction chronicles the life of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and the evolution of the entertainment enterprise through photographs, artwork, music, costumes and other memorabilia. 960 1280

Dig Downtown Detroit, Flickr  

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Take a leisurely stroll through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to see its internationally recognized collection of modern and contemporary art. The dynamic art center is home to about 27,000 paintings, sculptures, photography, architecture and media arts for visitors to learn, reflect and be inspired. 960 1280

Caroline Culler, Wikimedia Commons  

Edsel Ford Freeway

Edsel Ford Freeway

Don’t expect a quick commute in Detroit. According to state police, 24 mph is usually as fast as cars can travel along the Edsel Ford Freeway during congested traffic or when bottleneck traffic strikes in the Motor City, going eastbound near Linwood Avenue. 960 1280

Bob Julius, Flickr  

James Lick Freeway

James Lick Freeway

Traffic reporters urge tourists to avoid driving on the James Lick Freeway (US 101) in the afternoon, when the traffic is usually bumper to bumper. Leaving the city? Try heading out of the City by the Bay in the morning when traffic is still hectic but not as congested as it is during the afternoon rush hour. 960 1280

Whole Wheat Toast, Flickr  

The Uniroyal Tire

The Uniroyal Tire

Take a short trip to the Detroit suburb of Allen Park to see the world’s largest tire. The 12-ton Uniroyal Tire, once a Ferris wheel at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, was moved to its current roadside location in 1966. 960 1280

James Marvin Phelps, Flickr  

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island

Gangsters, including Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly, were locked behind bars on Alcatraz Island, located in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz is home to an abandoned prison, the site of the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast and a military fort. 960 1280

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Detroit People Mover

Detroit People Mover

Get around Detroit’s Central Business District with the Detroit People Mover -- a light-rail system that operates on an elevated, single-track loop, with connections to local courts, sports arenas, major hotels, retail districts and more. 960 1280

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Market Street Railway

Market Street Railway

Locals and tourists make their way around San Francisco on the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and the Market Street Railway, aka streetcars. A streetcar ride is a great way to explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, stunning vistas and historic sites. 960 1280

Smart Destinations, Flickr  

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Coney Island Hot Dogs

Chili dogs called Coney Island hot dogs are a hot commodity in the Motor City. Try one of these delicious hot dogs with all the fixings at Lafayette Coney Island (pictured) or stop by next door to sample one at American Coney Island. 960 1280

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Cioppino

Cioppino

During your visit to the City by the Bay, make sure you try cioppino. This fish stew originated in San Francisco. The Italian-American dish is usually a combination of Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels, fish, fresh tomatoes and wine sauce. 960 1280

Kelly Sue DeConnick, Flickr  

2014 Winter Olympics

2014 Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the 22nd Olympic Winter Games, will be held in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. Sochi, located just north on the Black Sea coast, is Russia’s largest resort city. 960 1280

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Snowboarding in Sochi

Snowboarding in Sochi

Sochi is located near the Caucasus Mountains, making it a perfect destination for snowboarding, skiing and other Winter Olympic sports. 960 1280

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2016 Summer Olympics

2016 Summer Olympics

In 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympic Games of the XXXI Olympiad. The borough of Barra de Tijuca will host most of the venues of the Games. The rest will be located in 3 other zones: Copacabana Beach, Maracanã and Deodoro. Maracanã Stadium (pictured) is currently closed for renovations and upgrades in preparation for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. 960 1280

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Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain

While you’re in Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, make sure you check out some of the top tourist attractions, including a cable car ride to Sugarloaf Mountain. Take your best shot, and get great panoramic views of the bustling city below. 960 1280

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2018 Winter Olympics

2018 Winter Olympics

For the 2018 Winter Olympics, head to Pyeongchang, located in South Korea’s Taebaek Mountains region. Alpensia ski resort (pictured) -- a tourist attraction with 6 slopes for skiing and snowboarding -- will be the focus of the 2018 Cultural Olympiad. A new, multipurpose concert hall will be built within the resort. 960 1280

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Gyeongbok Palace

Gyeongbok Palace

South Korea has already set the wheels in motion to build an express rail line that will get tourists and locals from Seoul to Pyeongchang in about 50 minutes. The new rail line is scheduled to be completed in 2017. Travelers will have an opportunity to visit historic landmarks like Seoul’s Gyeongbok Palace, and enjoy the Winter Games at the InterContinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort. 960 1280

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Remembering the 2012 Summer Olympics

Remembering the 2012 Summer Olympics

Millions of athletes and spectators from around the world converged on London’s Olympic Park and Olympic Stadium (pictured) for the 2012 Summer Games. The stadium, surrounded by waterways on 3 sides, is the heart of the Olympic Park. Two spectacular opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were held here, as well as some of the most iconic sports events. 960 1280

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Tower Bridge Summer Festival

Tower Bridge Summer Festival

In addition to the Summer Games in London, locals and visitors enjoyed the Tower Bridge Summer Festival 2012, a season of events held at D&D London’s 4 Butlers Wharf restaurants. Spectators sat back and enjoyed a variety of special events while eating and drinking alfresco. 960 1280

VisitBritain/Craig Easton  

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

The show must go on! The Mall and half of St. James’s Park, near Buckingham Palace, shut down for the Olympic beach volleyball tournament, marathon and road cycling events. The Changing of the Guard on Horse Guards Parade took a new route and was held on different days at different times to preserve the royal ceremony and avoid a clash with the sports schedule. 960 1280

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Torch Relay

Torch Relay

The Olympic torch relay is one of the first signs that the Summer Olympic Games are only a few months away. Here, the ceremonial torch is passed on to another lucky Olympic torchbearer. The torch relay for the 2012 Summer Games in London started in Land’s End and concluded on Friday, July 27, 2012, at the Olympics opening ceremony. 960 1280

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