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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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The month of August calls for savoring the last bit of summer fun, and what better way than with a little rum. In honor of National Rum Month, these 6 rum-infused cocktails will take you on a journey from the bright blue waters of the Caribbean to the plush highlands of Guatemala.

Born in Barbados
Rum was the first alcoholic spirit produced in the New World, in Barbados to be exact. This little Caribbean island is home to Mount Gay Rum Distilleries, which produces the starring ingredient in Elegant Hotels’ signature Rum Punch, which isn’t lacking any punch.


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To kick off the summer, we asked Travel Channel fans to send us their most Instagram-worthy travel moments — and they didn’t disappoint. After combing through thousands of awe-inspiring submissions, we chose some of our favorites to share on-air and online. Check out 26 of the best #MySummer photos, sure to inspire a #YOLO adventure during the last days of summer and beyond.

#MySummer Photos

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Parachute Jump at Steeplechase Park, Coney Island

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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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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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Paris Plage (Photo Courtesy of Reuters / Charles Platiau)

Celebrated on July 14, French National Day or Bastille Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. Celebrations are held all over France, but thousands line up along the Champs-Elysees in Paris to watch the oldest and largest military parade in Europe. These annual festivities aren’t limited to the celebration on the ground, but locals and tourists can look high above the crowds to see the Patrouille de France aerobatics team in action.

Bastille Day isn’t the only thing tourists should add to their agenda when visiting Paris in the summer. Here’s a quick list of 5 fun summertime experiences you don’t want to miss when vacationing in Paris.
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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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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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Whether you’re headed to the beach or are just lounging in your backyard hammock, summer is the perfect time to escape with a good book. Our summer reading list includes quintessential steamy beach reads and quirky family memoirs, but all of our picks also have us wanting to pack our bags for summer vacations of our own — from sexy Spanish beaches to the wild Amazon rainforest.

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