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We’re getting ready for the summer, and there’s no better way to help you prepare than to take a virtual vacation to some of the best beaches in the US. Go sunbathing or surfing on Santa Monica Beach, take a stroll along the Santa Monica Pier, or enjoy the rides — like Pacific Plunge, West Coaster or Sea Dragon — at the amusement park.

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Located just 1 mile northeast of downtown Atlanta, the 189-acre Piedmont Park hosts special events like the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Festival Peachtree Latino and “Screen on the Green,” with beautiful Lake Clara Meer as the backdrop. Two playgrounds, picnic shelters and tennis courts make this a family-friendly destination for local and tourists alike.

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Reaching heights of 16 stories, these unique trees can be found throughout Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay. Visitors can also enjoy an elevated view of the gardens from the OCBC Skyway or Supertree-Top Bistro.

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Head to Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor to experience Dolphin Discovery and Shark Alley at the National Aquarium.  For more kid-friendly fun, families should visit attractions like the USS Tork submarine, Lightship Chesapeake and paddleboats.

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Famous sunbathers like Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and Clark Gable have graced the beach at Fontelina, which has seen its share of owners and reconstruction since 1949.

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According to the “Guinness Book of Records,” Prague Castle is listed as the largest ancient castle in the world. It is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic.  Inside the Prague Castle Complex, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Vitus dominates the skyline and houses the Archbishop of Prague.

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Travel to the luxurious French Riviera, where Villefranche-sur-Mer is not only known as a famous winter haven for the rich and famous, but it is also featured in dozens of movies like To Catch a Thief, The Bourne Identity and the 007 flick, Never Say Never Again.  In May, we recommend a quick 45-minute road trip to Cannes, France, to mingle with the Hollywood celebs at the Cannes Film Festival.

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In Prague’s Old Town Square, the Church of St. Nicholas serves as both a church and a venue for classical concerts, including the city’s Spring International Music Festival. Experience the music in this avant-garde city, and enter to win a $10,000 trip for 2 to Prague.

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Travel to the romantic port of Cefalù, located on Sicily’s northern coast on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Unplugging from the real world is the only requirement when visiting this town, known for its beaches and seafood. Hotel fixer Anthony Melchorri travels to Palermo, Sicily, to revive the Solunto Mare Hotel, on Hotel Impossible.

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Take a relaxing, leisurely bike ride along the coast of Big Sur for picturesque views of the majestic Santa Lucia Mountains and Pacific Ocean.

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