The annual Festival of San Fermin is underway, with locals of Pamplona, Spain — along with visitors from all over the world — filling the streets for outrageous parties, parades and, lest we forget, the running of the bulls.
A tradition with a hazy history, the running of the bulls has grown from a convenient way to get the bulls from the corral to the bullring, to an event worthy of any thrill-seeker’s bucket list.
Get your adrenaline pumping — and learn a little, too — with our Festival of San Fermin photo gallery.
Or vicariously run with the bulls with a personal account by one of our writers and learn how you, too, can live the experience of a lifetime in the streets of northern Spain.
Have you been to the Festival of San Fermin? Tell us about your experience in the comments!
Every week we scour the travel blog universe to see where people are going, what they’re seeing and if they know something we don’t about their favorite destinations. From preparing to run with the bulls to capturing breathtaking photos of colorful Panama, travel bloggers have been busy.
Presumably, your local fireworks went off without a hitch this week — not true for San Diego residents. Gadling shares a video of the Big Bay Boom — with all of the city’s fireworks exploding at once.
Can you believe tomorrow is the Fourth of July already? It’s not too late to make your holiday plans. From Boston to San Francisco, we rounded up the best fireworks the Fourth has to offer. And to make your planning even easier, we even found out which cities will have the best and the worst weather for pyrotechnics. Get out your picnic blankets – it’s time to get patriotic!
Check to see if the weather is going to ruin your fireworks with our friends at WeatherTrends360.com.
Get in the mood with photos of the best fireworks displays in the nation.
Impress your friends when you show them where the best viewing spots are for fireworks around the country.
Where will you be catching the fireworks this year? Let us know in the comments!
Start celebrating Independence Day a few days early at Boston’s 31st annual Harborfest! There’s no better city to celebrate our nation’s independence than in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. All day today, enjoy fun (and free!) children’s activities – including juggling shows, dance performances and all kinds of balloon-animal fun. When you’re all ballooned-out, get a history lesson from representatives of the USS Constitution Museum, Historic New England and the New England Aquarium. READ MORE
What better way to show off your love for “the land of the free and the home of the brave” than with a visit to this weekend’s aptly named “Star-Spangled Sailabration” in Baltimore? Put on your American flag pants (or bowtie!) and scoot down to this weeklong festival, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 and the writing of every American’s favorite tune … “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
This Saturday, ditch your spot on the couch and get moving in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. Each of the 132 different celebrations nationwide will promote healthy living and outdoor activities through their information centers and “active fun areas.” Brush up on your survival skills, learn to fish and pitch a tent, or have your photo taken with Smokey the Bear! READ MORE
Fleet Week in New York City …
Remember that Sex and the City episode when Carrie meets a sailor from Louisiana? It didn’t work out too well for her, but the rest of the ladies enjoyed the Fleet Week festivities. This past week was Fleet Week in New York City and sailors, marines and coasties took over Manhattan for parades, concerts and other events. READ MORE
Cannes Film Festival …
Stars descended on the small French Riviera town this week for the beginning of the annual Cannes Film Festival. Among the guests was “The Dictator,” a character played by actor Sacha Baron Cohen in the upcoming movie of the same name. READ MORE
NBC’s 17th annual TODAY Summer Concert Series kicks off (appropriately) … today! If you’re an early bird and in Manhattan on any Friday this summer, head down to Rockefeller Plaza around 6 a.m. to stake out your spot for a free live show. Usher is the first on the all-star roster of performers, which also includes Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, Train and Jason Mraz. READ MORE
By Jimmy Im
The 2012 Mayan Doomsday is upon us (insert maniacal laughter). You’d think most travelers would make plans to avoid archaeological Mayan sites on Dec. 21, but it’s in fact the other way around — and with good reason.
“End of the World” packages and tours have skyrocketed with the upcoming Dec. 12 date, which Hollywood deems the end of the world (according to experts, the Mayan calendar simply indicates Dec. 21 starts a new life cycle). There’s so much popularity around this date that Mayan-civilized countries once at the top of their game (including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and, of course, Mexico) have seen a growth in hotel and tour bookings for next December. READ MORE