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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Vintage Summer Pictures

The Runaway Bridesmaids surged ahead in the NYRR Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City.

This month, newly-hired American Airlines flight attendants got the chance to dump freezing water over the head of their CEO minus the risk of being fired: They were taking part in the viral ice bucket challenge to raise funds and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease. The trend of flight attendants having fun for a good cause continues next month as male and female travel workers from many of the major airlines will be running in recycled bridesmaids dresses as part of the Runaway Bridesmaids 1-mile fun run on September 27 to raise awareness and funds to help fight human trafficking.

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And the Nominees for Most Dramatic Getaway Are…

Photography by Moment Open / Getty Images

This year was a fantastic year for TV dramas, from Game of Thrones to Downton Abbey to House of Cards. Honestly, it’s hard to pick a favorite among the nominees. But the best part about some of our favorite dramatic series (aside from the writing and the acting, of course) is that they took us to a few epic, sweeping landscapes, perfect for inspiring your own dramatic adventure.

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Paris, France

The posts and photos that found themselves into this week’s travel blog roundup can be described as none other than full-on travel porn. You’re welcome.

The Lazy Travelers spent a year living in the Île-de-France, here are their favorite Parisian places to drink and dine.

Camels & Chocolate got an awe-inspiring view of Montana’s Glacier National Park on a Glacier Jet Center helicopter ride.

i wander discovered one of the world’s best airport hotels right in his backyard — Singapore.

The Style Junkies recommend Aenaon Villas, positioned right on the edge of the world-famous caldera in Santorini. The “wow factor” is in the pictures.

And for those looking for even more eye candy, Inside the Travel Lab rounded up 7 of the best travel photos blogs out there.

Summer is coming to an end, and still there are 41% of you out there who don’t plan to use all of your PTO (paid time off) before the end of the year. But why are we so reluctant to hit the road for a little fresh air? The U.S. Travel Association released a survey of 1,300 employees and business leaders, and their findings explain why Americans take so few much-needed days of rest and relaxation.

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Zak Bagans among the crypts at St Michan's Church

Standing among the crypts at St Michan’s Church

Recently back from filming the Ghost Adventures 2-hour Halloween special in Ireland, Zak Bagans shares his tips for traveling to the country so known for its folklore, haunted castles and mythical creatures. Zak offers his advice on where to go and what to eat when searching for ghosts among the rolling green hills of Ireland. Tune in Friday, October 31 at 9|8c to watch Zak investigate Dublin and beyond.

What brought you to Ireland?

Ireland is steeped with so many mystical legends and so much dark history, it is literally a land of fantasy for the Ghost Adventures Crew. We wanted to investigate tales of the devil himself by visiting 2 locations and exploring other places said to be inhabited by ancient Celtic demons and spirits.

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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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Delray Beach (Photo Courtesy of Panoramic Images / Getty Images)

Book by September 30.

Looking for a quick, end-of-summer getaway that’s as good for your spirit as it is for your budget? Try Florida’s Palm Beach. The area offers all the trappings of a classic beach getaway — miles of sand, excellent swimming and water sports galore — plus a posh vibe that extends to its restaurants, shops and (of course) its championship golf courses.

Starting at $430 per person, you can book an air-inclusive 3-night vacation package that lets you stay at the Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront resort, and includes all taxes and fees. You’ll also receive exclusive discounts to nearby attractions such as the Palm Beach Zoo, Delray Yacht Cruises, MacArthur Beach State Park and more.
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Santorini, Greece

They say curiosity killed the cat, but curiosity about people and far-flung places is intrinsic to travel. This week’s roundup is filled with bits of inspiration that will leave you craving more.

Johnny Jet highlighted a summer destination that’s near and dear to our hearts. May we present to you, 10 Greece moments to live for.

For your weekly dose of eye candy, Fathom featured a couple who free dives with sharks in Honduras — and lives to photograph them.

For an otherworldly experience, live vicariously through the Expert Vagabond as he crawls inside an active volcano on Reunion Island.

Chances are when you board a flight you aren’t particularly looking forward to airplane food. According to Skift, some airlines are trying to change that. Enter: celebrity chefs.

Lastly, we suggest you get lost in The Great Affair’s illustrated love letter to Vashon Island, near Seattle. You’ll thank us later.

Hollywood, FL

By the time August rolls around, you’re already wondering how you’ll spend those last few sweet days of summer (whether or not you’ve already maxed out those vacation days). Our friends at HomeAway ranked the top 5 destinations bursting with vacation rentals perfect for a last-minute long weekend. Chances are if you stay off the beaten path, watch for cancellations and book soon, you can still savor the end of summer’s long days and nights from your own piece of (rented) paradise.

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