On April 17, visitors milling about on the National Mall in Washington, DC, got to snap some quick photos of a once-in-a-lifetime event –Space Shuttle Discovery’s very last flight. It wasn’t flying solo though; the space shuttle was mounted to a 747 carrier aircraft as it was transported to its final resting place at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Now that’s an awesome photo-op! Discovery replaced Space Shuttle Enterprise, which has now been loaded onto a 747 to be flown to JFK International Airport on Monday, April 23. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City will become the new home for the Enterprise.

Discovery Shuttle

This week also marked the start of the 100-day countdown to the 2012 London Olympic Games, sparking celebrations around the world. BMX Riders got air at the “100 Days Out” event held in Times Square; torch bearers unveiled a garden planted to resemble the Olympic rings — made out of over 20,000 flowers and plants — at London’s Kew Gardens; and Coca-Cola hosted a giant celebration in front of the famed Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Only 98 day left to go!

Another world-renown sporting event drew massive crowds this week. On Monday, more than 22,426 runners participated in the 116th Boston Marathon, traversing the hilly 26.2-mile course.  The marathon was one of the hottest in Boston’s history. Organizers, in an effort to prevent any heat-related medical problems, encouraged participants who had not run Boston’s marathon before to sit this one out. In a highly unusual gesture, runners who dropped out were offered to defer their admission to the highly-competitive race until next year. That heat didn’t stop Wesley Korir and Sharon Cherop. Check out a photo of the 2 winners celebrating their victory, along with photos of this week’s other top travel moments in our weekly gallery, This Week in Photos.

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Allee SangioloA Boston native and Washington, DC, resident, Allee has been growing her bucket list since she began working as an Interactive Producer for TravelChannel.com. When not playing with her Frenchie...

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