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It’s official — summer is finally here (well, this Sunday, to be exact)!  Now you have roughly 13 weeks or 95 days to take advantage of all the best things about summer, from food-fueled road trips to rooftop cocktails to lazy beach days. Don’t have a plan yet? Get inspired to create your own list with our 7 summer must-dos.

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All month long, we’ve been giving you the chance to be a high roller on a $10,000 getaway to Las Vegas. True, only 1 lucky winner will get VIP access to Vegas’ red-hot culinary scene or a bird’s-eye view of the Strip from a hot-air balloon, but there’s nothing stopping you from planning a last-minute trip to Sin City. Already picturing yourself lounging in a poolside cabana or testing your luck at the craps tables? Mentally add these Vegas weekend must-haves to your packing list.

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Last week, Skift released a report that the majority of Americans will take little to no vacation this summer. We’d find that hard to swallow, but our friends at the US Travel Association echo the sentiment, stating that Americans failed to use 429 million vacation days in 2013. That’s 3.2 days of paid time off wasted per worker. We sympathize with the half of vacation-deprived people who say they simply can’t afford it this summer, but for the other half, we imagine the reasoning goes something like this:

Because you prefer to enjoy your coffee from the comfort of your cubicle.

Espresso in Mallorca, anyone? #LiveTravelChannel Photo by: @chubbychinesegirleats

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And who craves more quality time with loved ones? Not you.

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While narrowing down the picks for Travel’s Best All-American Vacations 2015, you start to face facts: Our nation is both vast and wonderfully diverse, home to stunning white-sand deserts, towering redwood forests, snowcapped mountains and charming seaside towns. With so many natural wonders and man-made institutions, it’s impossible to distill the American experience into a single list. Each year, we try to show off the wealth of destinations that make it the US without repeating former picks such the Dakotas’ Black Hills and the island of Nantucket, MA.

El Yunque National Forest

Photo by Wade Eakle/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images

So what just missed the cut?

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Here at Travel Channel, we like to say we live the brand — whether that’s flying to Stockholm, Sweden, for dinner, frequently volunteering in Haiti or making the most of a weekend in Palm Springs — and we know you do, too. That’s why we want to see your best travel photos in all of their (filtered or unfiltered) glory. Share your summer photos with us, and our favorites may be featured on TravelChannel.com, on our Instagram account or even on-air.

Here’s how to submit your photos:

1. Instagram your favorite summer travel photos. (Submit as many as you like!)

2. Use the hashtag #LiveTravelChannel in the description. (Note: See our Terms of Use here.)

3. We love emojis as much as you do, but be sure to tag your destination or mention it in the description. Please and thank you!

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Join the Conversation #TC_Chat

We’re just over a week away from Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial beginning of summer. And there’s no better time than the present to start planning for a fun summer getaway. Join Travel Channel for a live tweet-up on Wednesday, May 20, at 2 p.m. ET. Travel + Leisure, Trip Advisor, Travel Channel host Bert Kreischer and our resident beach expert, Marianela Pereyra, are just a few of the panelists who will join in to offer their summer advice, tips and recommendations.

We’ll tweet about everything, including the best summer drives, underrated destinations, food, beachfront hotels and more. And we want you to chime in, too! Join the conversation by using the hashtag #TC_Chat, and get inspired with unique summer vacation ideas from a variety of travel experts.

PANELISTS
Travel Channel (@travelchannel)
Travel + Leisure (@TravlandLeisure)
Trip Advisor (@TripAdvisor)
Bert Kreischer, Travel Channel Host (@bertkreischer)
Marianela Pereyra, Beach Expert (@MarianelaTV)
Robb Alvey, Amusement-Park Expert (@themeparkreview)
Ryan Van Duzer, Outdoors & Adventure Expert (@duzer)
Lissa Poirot, Family Travel Expert (@lissapoirot)
Kelly Purkey, Solo Traveler/Foodie Expert (@kellypurkey)
Summer Hull, Family Travel Expert (@Mommy_Points)

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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