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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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Bikini Debut Makes History

Bikini Debut Makes History

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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

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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

Take a scenic drive through the Blue Ridge Parkway and see why Asheville attracts creative types and vacationers alike. This eclectic town has a burgeoning River Arts District, boasts some of the nation's best craft breweries and is home to the iconic Biltmore estate, "American's very own Versailles." Start off with breakfast at the popular, farm-to-table Early Girl Eatery, which dishes up Southern comfort food with a side of retro charm. Next meander through galleries in the River Arts District before stopping at Wedge Brewery for a draft, a game of core hole and a bite from one of the food trucks posted up outside. In the evening, enjoy live music at local haunt 5 Walnut Wine Bar or curl up with a book at the dog-friendly Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne bar. 960 1280

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Cannon Beach is best known for its majestic monoliths like Haystack Rock (an ideal beach selfie spot). However, its miles of serene beaches and a charming (yet refined) art scene make it one of the best resorts on the famed Oregon coast. Surf shops, galleries and wine bars line Hemlock Street. We suggest stopping by the Wine Bar at Sweet Basil's Cafe for bacon-wrapped dates, Willamette Valley wine selections and live music. 960 1280

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Finger Lakes, New York

Finger Lakes, New York

Skip the Hamptons-bound jitney, instead road trip to this scenic, Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Popular for its wineries (nearly 100 in all) and New England scenery (think: rolling hills, deep-blue vistas dotted by Amish farmland and charming small towns) -- life slows down as you follow paved 2-lane blacktops along the slender lakes' shores. Follow the popular Cayuga Lake Wine Trail near Seneca Falls, where a host of 15 wineries (and 4 distilleries), scenic waterfalls and gourmet restaurants beckon you to stop. We like Maxie's Supper Club & Oyster Bar, a Cajun seafood restaurant and raw bar. Stop in before 6 to beat the crowds and be treated to half-priced raw oysters or start your meal off with their signature cornbread and honey butter and Southern-style fried green tomatoes. 960 1280

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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Why spend the weekend on 1 Florida beach, when you can island hop through the Florida Keys -- preferably in a convertible -- on scenic Highway 1 through Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and, last but not least, Key West. Each mile marker seems to bring a new slew of kitschy gift shops, snorkeling spots, and roadside fish shacks, but we recommend stopping for conch fritters at roadside seafood joint, Alabama Jacks on Key Largo, checking into Casa Morada on Islamorada (the half-way point between Miami and Key West) and touring the Ernest Hemingway Home on Key West. 960 1280

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Austin

Austin

Forgo the crowds at Barton Springs and instead cool off at Hamilton Pool Preserve, a lesser-known oasis. Approximately 23 miles west of Austin, this historic swimming hole was formed when an underground river collapsed. Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone cliffs to create a 50-foot waterfall. It's an approximately 10-minute "hike" from the parking lot to the pool so wear sensible shoes and leave the rolling cooler at home or you'll be cursing the stairs and uneven ground. If you're visiting Austin as well, Franklin Barbecue is worth the wait (we promise) and the landmark Allen's Boots has more than 4,000 pairs to chose from (along with hats, clothing and other accessories). 960 1280

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St. Michaels, Maryland

St. Michaels, Maryland

To enjoy a quiet weekend on the water, head to Maryland's Eastern Shore. Wander through the charming, historic town of St. Michaels (which dates back to Colonial times) popping into boutiques, stopping for a scoop at Justine's Ice Cream Parlour or capping off the day at Carpenter Street Saloon. The real attraction here is the water: spend the day sailing, jet skiing, kayaking or even crabbing. We suggest checking into the Inn at Perry Cabin -- yes, the one from Wedding Crashers -- or at least stopping by the premises for an aperitif and to see the sunset over the water from an Adirondack chair. 960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

The most obvious choice for a full-blown Fourth of July celebration, DC's A Capitol Fourth concert doesn't disappoint with the National Symphony Orchestra providing the soundtrack for a spectacular fireworks display. Locals know it's not the only thing to see at night: Skip the crowds (and sweltering humidity) by taking an evening walking tour of the National Mall -- the brightly lit monuments and memorials are just as beautiful after dark. 960 1280

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Jersey Shore, New Jersey

Jersey Shore, New Jersey

The Jersey Shore, stretching from Sandy Hook to Cape May, has undergone major recovery efforts since Superstorm Sandy -- and the more recent Seaside Heights boardwalk fire. The shore welcomes visitors looking for an All-American summer vacation filled with beaches, lighthouses, ice cream shops, amusement rides, mini golf, fishing and more. While there is still work to be done, downtown Asbury Park has been revitalized, as have most of the region's tourist-heavy destinations. Spend a day in the kitschy town of Wildwood, home to the widest beach in the state and a boardwalk that lives up to its namesake, or stay in nearby Cape May, known for its Victorian houses, historic lighthouse and gourmet restaurants. 960 1280

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Just 21 miles south of Charleston, Kiawah Island is a coastal island and world-class golf resort. While beautiful Beachwalker Park is open to the public (and provides lifeguards, picnic areas and parking), we recommend staying at the 5-star Sanctuary Hotel or renting one of the homes or villas to access the slew of amenities the resort has to offer (including its top-ranked spa). Play a round of golf at Ocean Course (1 of 5 award-winning golf courses on the island), enjoy tennis on clay or hard courts, canoe through marsh-lined creeks or simply spend a day at the beach enjoying more than 10 miles of pristine shoreline. 960 1280

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Pacific Coast Highway, California

Pacific Coast Highway, California

Hop in a car, better yet make it a convertible, for a weekend road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway. Take a detour on the private 17-Mile Drive, which hugs the craggy coastline from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. The drive not only offers views of the picturesque 7th green, but also one of California's best known landmarks, the Lone Cyprus. Back on the PCH stop a few miles south of Monterey in the artsy town of Carmel-by-the-Sea -- once home to photographer Ansel Adams and writer Sinclair Lewis -- where you can spend the night at the romantic Highlands Inn, a Park Hyatt resort overlooking the Big Sur coast. Following brunch at Mission Ranch, snake along the 30-mile stretch from Carmel to Big Sur for cliff-top dining at the Nepenthe Restaurant. End the weekend 65 miles south in San Simeon at the eccentric Hearst Castle, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst's enormous estate. 960 1280

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San Juan

San Juan

Though it's not located on the continental US, increasing direct flights from the East Coast are making Puerto Rico a viable long-weekend option. Puerto Rico is also becoming a popular year-round destination, but visit before July if you don't want to chance a hurricane. Once you land on the island, check into the luxurious St. Regis Bahia Beach resort for a secluded-island vacation or stay put in the town of San Juan. We recommend strolling Old San Juan's colorful, narrow streets, checking out the casino and nightclub inside the San Juan Hotel, and mingling with locals over live salsa at Nuyorican Cafe when not basking on the beach. 960 1280

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Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Roughly 80 miles northwest of Denver lies the majestic Rocky Mountain National Park. Families should make Estes Park -- at the east end of the park -- their base camp to experience unbelievable views from the Estes Park Aerial Tramway (which climbs over 1,000 feet in less than 5 minutes), kid-friendly hikes like the easily-accessible Alberta Falls and after-dinner ghost stories at the infamous Stanely Hotel. Those looking for solitude from the summer crowds -- and who are willing to brave a challenging hike (12.6 miles roundtrip) -- will find solace at nearby Lawn Lake, as well as 13,000-foot granite peaks, catch-and-release trout fishing and wildflowers ringing the western edge of the lake. 960 1280

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Sonoma County, California

Sonoma County, California

Escape up US Highway 101 into Northern California's wine country for a weekend of good food and fine wine in Healdsburg, CA (just 70 miles north of San Francisco). Start the weekend off at the Healdsburg Farmers Market where you can pick up Pug's Leap goat cheeses, a variety of bottled olive oils, fresh butter and other produce -- all sustainably grown on farms within 10 miles of the town's Spanish-style plaza. Flying Goat Coffee and food trucks are also on site if you aren't full from the vendors' food samples. With more than 150 wineries dotting the Wine Road (made up of the Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys) refrain from ending up Sideways by renting a bike from Wine Country Bikes or joining one of their guided tours. Afterwards, dine at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen inside the minimalist Hotel Healdsburg -- a stylish and convenient choice to stay as well. 960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

Ah, baseball. Nothing epitomizes summer leisure more than taking in a game that involves a stretch somewhere into its third hour. Cheer on the St. Louis Cardinals -- beer in hand -- fittingly, at Busch Stadium. Afterwards, check out Three Sixty rooftop bar perched atop the nearby Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark -- one of the best rooftop bars in the country. You'll get a bird's-eye view of the ballpark, the soaring Gateway Arch and more -- all from 400 feet above downtown. If you haven't filled up on stadium fare, indulge in gourmet bites like mini lobster rolls or have a House Kit Kat Bar for dessert. We suggest making Moonrise Hotel -- a unique, boutique hotel property on the famous Delmar Loop -- your home base for the weekend. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Cap off the summer in Chi-town. Grab a grassy spot and picnic at Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for the annual (free) Chicago Jazz Festival, a favorite among Chicago's many Labor Day weekend festivals. Spend the day strolling along the glistening Lake Michigan shore, taking in the expansive skyline as you round the North Avenue Beach curve and taking a break at Oak Street Beach Food + Drink. If you have kids, treat them to one last fireworks show at the Navy Pier before school starts. 960 1280

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Naadam Festival, wrestlers, Mongolia
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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