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Can You Take the Heat?

It’s prime time for travel, especially for families with kids who are on summer break from school. The sun, the beach, the pleasant evenings — there’s nothing better. Not to mention all the great summer festivals and events, from farmers markets to Fourth of July fireworks and parades.

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Sóller, Mallorca, Spain
Sóller, Mallorca, Spain

Sóller, Mallorca, Spain

"Nice #diving today. Great picture taken by my lovely colleague @spanish_mason #scubadiving #Soller #Mallorca #Spain #expatlife #travel #instatravel #ocean" -- @whereissanne 960 1280

  

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Ley Island, Thailand

Maya Bay, Phi Phi Ley Island, Thailand

"I jump you jump he jumps!" -- @criswerebe 960 1280

  

Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

"BIXBY bridge. Big Sur Ca." -- @akirazoe 960 1280

  

Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

"Missing #Maui #sunset #palmtrees #beach @beautifuldestinations #holiday #aloha #mahalo #sun #sand #sea #hula #islandgirl #paradise" -- @iamstephaniedawn 960 1280

  

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

"The thermal Springs at #Yellowstone are just incredible! #70dayroadtrip #travel #travelblogger #camping" -- @lifewith4boysblog 960 1280

  

Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal

"Deshi deshi basara basara" #rise #scary #sansvaca2014 #sintra #regalera" -- @therealdipti 960 1280

  

Pongara National Park, Gabon, Africa

Pongara National Park, Gabon, Africa

A peek at the latest post on The Becky Diaries sharing my adventure in Gabon #gabon #africa #traveldeeper #traveltuesday #beach #beckydiariestravel" -- @thebeckydiaries 960 1280

  

The Bahamas

The Bahamas

" I have to admit I'm majorly depressed our vacation is over #vacation #lighthouse #bahamas @norwegiancruiseline" -- @jacolynmurphydesigns 960 1280

  

Little Hickory Beach Park, Fort Myers, Florida

Little Hickory Beach Park, Fort Myers, Florida

"One of our favorite places to hang out. #LittleHickory #ShellKing" -- @TheShellKing 960 1280

  

Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada

Lake Huron, Ontario, Canada

"Clear Georgian Bay waters. #nature #travel #canada" -- @leenmath 960 1280

  

Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward, Alaska

"This happened today annnd I drank from it. #glacierwater #lifesgreatestaccomplishments" -- @marksbucket 960 1280

  

Lake Powell, Utah

Lake Powell, Utah

"Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. #gopro #besomebody#roadtrip #lakepowell #backflip #travel #explore #adventure #betheadventure #sunset #thegoodlife #exploremore" -- @con3081 960 1280

  

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

"Snorkel time. #oahu #hanaumabay #beach" -- @thefootballfamily 960 1280

  

Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

"The sun doesn't go down it's just an illusion caused by the world spinning' around" -- @liket0tally 960 1280

  

Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii

Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii

"Waimanalo Beach Park Lookout Hawaii" -- @bing1206 960 1280

  

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

"Multnomah Falls #travel #summer2014" -- @nayaswanderlust 960 1280

  

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska

"Kenai Fjords Alaskan Wildlife & Glacier Cruise #unforgettable #pureaslaskanwilderness #sewardalaska #kenaifjords" -- @marksbucket 960 1280

  

South Africa

South Africa

"classic africa #giraffe #pilanesberg #safari #wildlife #southafrica #visitsouthafrica #southafricaza #travel #adventures #gamedrive" -- @jsokua 960 1280

  

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado

"Hiking the flatirons with my #1 adventure buddy @rskaplan93 #explorer #travelgram #boulder #hiking #colorado #solitude #quote" -- @jacecullen 960 1280

  

St. George, Utah

St. George, Utah

"Red Cliffs Hike #stgeorge #utah #hike #redrocks" -- @elabela1 960 1280

  

Lake Manyara, Tazania

Lake Manyara, Tazania

"#safari day 1 -- elephant family #babies #Tanzania #lakemanyara" -- @eajohnston87 960 1280

  

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

"First walk across the Charles Bridge in Prague.#amazing #architecture #bestoftheday #globe_travel #instadaily#noregrets #picoftheday#photooftheday #seetheworld #travel #travelgram #travelling#travelbrilliantly #travelphotography#tv_travel_landscape #worldplaces #worldinggram#whereitravel #prague #praha" -- @eachapman4 960 1280

  

Geilo, Norway

Geilo, Norway

"'The world is a looking-glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it and it is a jolly kind companion.' - W. Thackeray #quote #thinkexist" -- @drcpherrera 960 1280

  

The Himalayas, India

The Himalayas, India

"#mysummer in the #Himalayan #mountains of #India #nofilter" -- @rignam 960 1280

  

Caribbean

Caribbean

"Limestone Waterfall #tbt #landscape #travel #trinidad #caribbean #coast #art #instagood #greennature #thephotosociet #waterfall #paradise #photooftheday" -- @bsdlife 960 1280

  

Morocco

Morocco

"Throwback to the sunrise in the Sahara #nofilter #Morocco #Sahara #Africa #Jamal" -- @allicyn1 960 1280

  

Bikini Debut Makes History

Bikini Debut Makes History

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Timeless Treat

Timeless Treat

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Before Selfies

Before Selfies

On Santa Monica Beach, CA, circa 1950, a woman photographs a man perfecting his handstand. 960 1280

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1950s Aquaplane

1950s Aquaplane

Americans on vacation in the 1950s aquaplane over 30 miles per hour in San Diego, CA. 960 1280

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Beach Bombshell

Beach Bombshell

A 1950s woman on a sailboat applies sunscreen. 960 1280

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

A young woman in cat-eye sunglasses lounges on a lawn chair reading a magazine. 960 1280

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Vegas Pool Life in the ’50s

Vegas Pool Life in the ’50s

In the early 1950s, a Las Vegas hotel offers the ultimate pool experience -- cocktails and gambling in a swim-up casino bar. 960 1280

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Retro Hotel

Retro Hotel

A woman sits outside a hotel pool. 960 1280

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Summer Drive-Ins

Summer Drive-Ins

Two women in a vintage convertible drive past a sign advertising Hollywood's Olympic Drive-In Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, in 1951. 960 1280

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Vintage Coney Island

Vintage Coney Island

A bird’s eye view of tourists on the beach in Coney Island, NY. 960 1280

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Retro Paragon Park

Retro Paragon Park

A look back at Paragon Park, a small amusement park in Hull, MA, across from Nantasket Beach, in the 1950s. 960 1280

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Dive in to the 1950s

Dive in to the 1950s

A group of teenagers swim off a floating wooden dock with a diving board in Eel River, Garberville, CA. 960 1280

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Vintage Hawaii

Vintage Hawaii

A group of ‘60s surfers perform stunts in Hawaii. 960 1280

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Vintage Hamptons

Vintage Hamptons

Sunbathers on a beach near Southampton, NY, greet a trio of surfers pulled along the beach by an all-terrain vehicle in 1955. 960 1280

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Road Trip Throwback

Road Trip Throwback

RVs became an increasingly popular mode of transportation for road trips and long family vacations in the 1960s and 70s. 960 1280

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Kiddie Pool

Kiddie Pool

In 1971, a mother, father and teenage daughter all squeeze in a kiddie pool on a hot summer day. 960 1280

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Kiddie Pool

Kiddie Pool

In 1971, a mother, father and teenage daughter all squeeze in a kiddie pool on a hot summer day. 960 1280

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Atlantic City in the 20s

Atlantic City in the 20s

Circa 1920, beachgoers stand in front of a boat in Atlantic City, NJ. 960 1280

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Naadam Festival, wrestlers, Mongolia

Summer Festivals Around the World

From the celebration of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to a bizarre baby-jumping tradition, here’s a few fun and unique festivals you should travel to see this summer.

Naadam (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Naadam (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)

Naadam, also known as “the 3 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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