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Fall is officially here, and we couldn’t be happier to start enjoying a few of our favorite things: sweater weather, heart-thumping adventures and pumpkin-flavored food galore.

There’s no shortage of things to do in fall, but we whittled down our list to 6 of our favorite seasonal musts. There are only 90 days in fall, so get crackin’.

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Yosemite National Park, 1903

Photography by National Park Service

On August 25, the National Park Service celebrated its Founders Day, marking the day in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which created the Park Service.

In this week’s throwback Thursday, President Theodore Roosevelt and famed naturalist John Muir — considered the “Father of the National Park Service” — are pictured riding horses in California’s Yosemite Valley, with Half Dome standing in the distance, in 1903. Without Muir’s influential writings on Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park — one of America’s first wilderness parks — may not exist today.

In honor of the Park Service, plan a family fun trip to explore the natural beauty and wildlife of one of the 401 national parks in the US — say, Yosemite. Known mainly for its waterfalls, Yosemite offers a plethora of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and fishing for park visitors to enjoy. Plan ahead and visit on one of the Free National Park Days throughout the year!

 

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Hawaiian Luau, Honolulu, 1960s

Photography by Retrofile / Getty Images

Grab your grass skirts, leis and umbrella drinks, and get in the Aloha spirit for Hawaii’s 55th birthday! On Aug. 21, 1959, Hawaii officially became the 50th US state. And each year, on the third Friday of August, the Aloha State observes its Statehood Day.

Pictured above, a group of hula dancers perform during a luau in Honolulu — the capital of Hawaii — in the 1960s. An ancient Hawaiian tradition, hula dancing was used as a way to pass down history and myths from generation to generation. And today, luaus have become a popular way for tourists to experience Hawaiian culture and the tradition of hula.

Hang loose and travel to Hawaii’s island paradise! Book a stay at one of Hawaii’s top resorts, attend a luau on Oahu (or any island, really) and catch some waves on Waikiki Beach.

And don’t forget to check back next week for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursday!

 

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Elvis Presley performs for crowd in 1957

Photography by Archive Photos/Getty Images

Put on your blue suede shoes and celebrate the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll! This week, fans of all ages flocked to Memphis, TN, for the annual Elvis Week celebration. And this year, fans are also celebrating the 60th anniversary of rock ‘n’ roll! On July 5, 1954, Elvis recorded “That’s All Right” at Sun Studio in Memphis, which brought rock ‘n’ roll to life, and transformed the music industry forever.

In 1957, just 3 years after recording “That’s All Right,” Elvis is pictured above performing on an outdoor stage to the adulation of a large crowd.

Pay homage to the King, and travel to Memphis, where you can book a stay at Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel, tour Sun Studio and visit Elvis’ home and gravesite at Graceland — Memphis’ most popular tourist attraction, welcoming more than 600,000 visitors a year!

And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!

 

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Photography by Retrofile / Getty Images

For years, cruising has been a popular vacation trend enjoyed by families, couples, and the young and old alike. And as summer comes to an end, there’s no better time to hop on board a cruise ship, visit a few ports and relax, while soaking up the last bit of summer sun — with a drink in hand, of course.

In this week’s throwback Thursday, men and women in vintage swimsuits lounge in and around the pool on board a cruise ship in the 1950s.

Find your own inspiration to sail the open seas, and take a look at Travel’s Best Cruises 2014. Whether you’re looking to cruise the Mediterranean, Caribbean or someplace else, there’s no easier way to see the world than from the deck of a cruise ship.

And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!

 

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Parachute Jump at Steeplechase Park, Coney Island

Photography by SuperStock / Getty Images

In the 1920s and 1930s, the renowned Coney Island Boardwalk, located in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, was home to one of America’s biggest amusement park destinations. Opened from 1903 to 1964, Steeplechase Park — one of the first Coney Island amusement parks — was one of the leading attractions of its day.

Pictured above, Parachute Jump — the only part of Steeplechase Park still standing today — towers over a bustling Coney Island in the 1950s. Originally built for the New York World’s Fair in 1939, the ride quickly became a NYC landmark. And although it discontinued operating when the park closed, the “Eiffel Tower of Brooklyn,” as it’s often called, became listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Today, Coney Island remains a popular summer attraction, chock-full of fun and entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Check back every week in August for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!

 

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Photography by Hulton Archive / Getty Images

This July, we’re all screaming for ice cream! Enjoyed by children and adults alike, ice cream is an iconic American summer treat. So much so, that in 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month, and the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day.

In honor of this sweet holiday, this week’s throwback Thursday features a young boy eating ice cream from an Austin, TX, ice cream van on July 20, 1961.

Take a break from the summer heat and celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a visit to one of America’s coolest ice cream shops. And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays!

 

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Over the years, Las Vegas has evolved into a mecca for gambling, parties and entertainment. And since 1959, the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign has been a symbol for the city, greeting travelers as they arrive, and providing them with a memorable photo op.

This week, we’re throwing it back to the 1970s when a Vegas showgirl posed in front of the historic landmark on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.

 

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Niagara Falls, 1859

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Niagara Falls, the collective name of 3 waterfalls (Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls), straddles the border between the US and Canada, and is one of the most visited waterfalls in the world.

Pictured above, 2 people enjoy a breathtaking view of the American Falls from Prospect Point in Niagara Falls State Park — America’s oldest state park — in 1859.

If Niagara Falls is on your list of “Places to Visit,” enter this month’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a $10,000 trip for 2 to the Falls!

And don’t forget to check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.

 

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Photography by Archive Photos / Getty Images

Tomorrow, people across the US will don their red, white and blue in celebration of America’s 238th birthday.

Pictured above, actress Louise Synder wears a vintage swimsuit and a Stars & Stripes top hat to set off fireworks for a Fourth of July celebration on the beach in 1950.

Whether you’re planning to spend Independence Day with family and friends at the beach, grilling in the backyard, or watching one of the best fireworks displays in the US, we hope you’ll enjoy this week’s holiday-themed, throwback Thursday as much as we do.

Check back every week this month for our Vintage Summer Throwback Thursdays.

 

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