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It’s official – summer is finally here (well, this Saturday, 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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Olympic Drive-In Theatre, Hollywood, CA

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Summer nights spent under the stars at the drive-in. Sounds like a thing of the past, right? This week, we’re throwing it back to the 1950s when drive-in theatres became popular for family outings and date nights. In 1951, 2 women drive past a sign advertising Hollywood’s Olympic Drive-In, formerly named the Pico Drive-In — California’s first outdoor movie theatre. Moviegoers in more than 750 cars were able to enjoy movie nights at the drive-in until it closed in 1973.

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

 

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There’s no better time than summer — the air is warm, the sun is shining and vacations are tempting you to explore America. Get out and experience your hometown again — like Adam Richman explores Brooklyn — or stop by Sam, Andrew and Bert’s favorite beaches for a barbecue. While you’re on your great All-American vacation, don’t forget your camera to snap the perfect shot.

If you’re not confident that you have the skills to take The Perfect Shot, join Ghost Adventures’ Aaron Goodwin on this new video web series to learn the craft behind taking the perfect photo. Aaron travels around Las Vegas with professional photographers to learn how to use different cameras, from the professional dSLR to the consumer point-and-shoot to the ubiquitous smartphone. READ MORE

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Summer — the season for beach vacations, sunbathing and swimsuits — is fast approaching, so it’s only fitting that we throw it back to the debut of the first modern-day bikini in 1946. Designed by French automobile engineer Louis Reard, the bikini was modeled by 19-year-old nude dancer Micheline Bernardini at a poolside fashion show at the Piscine Molitor swimming pool in Paris. Since then, the bikini has become a more “itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny” staple for summer fashion.

Need some inspiration for this summer? Take a look at how swimsuits, especially the bikini, have transformed throughout the years here.

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Travel's Best All-American Vacations 2014

Click on the image to see our top 10 All-American vacations for 2014.

Whether you’re looking to live the American dream (which, according to the movies, is a cross-country road trip), craving an old-fashioned family beach vacation or hoping for a heart-pounding adventure in our national parks, check out our Travel’s Best All-American Vacations for 2014.

Each vacation was hand-picked by our expert panel of advisors, which includes Travel Channel hosts Don Wildman and Kinga Philipps, Roadtrippers.com founder and CEO James Fisher, and the Martin family who documented their RV trip to all 50 states at thatTripUSA.com.

With all this country has to offer, there were plenty of destinations that couldn’t make our list. Check out this year’s top 10 and let us know if we missed one of your favorite US getaways. Then, visit our Fan Favorite page and comment on which All-American destination should be added to our experts’ picks.

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When the winter thaws and the days get warmer, many people look forward to hitting the beach, grilling outside and baking away that pasty, cold weather glow. But for those of us within fan culture, summer is the season of the con.

Although cons, short for comic and fan conventions, already take place nearly every weekend across the nation, the warm months are a prime time for nerdery. For me, the uptick of blockbuster superhero and genre flicks in theaters during the summer, along with more free time spent daydreaming or reading –not to mention extra opportunities to strike a hero pose in the sunshine — makes me want to hangout even more with my fellow fans. READ MORE

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For Canadians, the 3rd weekend in May, or the “May Long” (weekend is implied), is the unofficial start to summer.  While technically this is the Victoria Day weekend — named in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday — most Canadians are feeling victorious for surviving yet another cold northern winter. This is a nation where we break out the shorts at the first thaw; so, we’re pretty pleased to kick off the season with a weekend at the cottage or in our backyards with a barbecue. For tourists, here are 5 classic things to do in Canada this summer:
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Calling all Instagrammers! Do you often find yourself spending wayyyy too much time pondering which filter to use on that amazing travel photo you snapped? Well, it’s time to put your skills to use! We want you to share your fun summer photos with us, and our favorites may be featured on TravelChannel.com, on our Instagram account or even in an on-air commercial!

Here’s how to submit your photos:
1. Instagram your favorite summer travel photos (you can submit more than 1!)

2. Use the hashtag #MySummer and tag @TravelChannel in the description
Note: You must do this in order for us to see your photo! See our Terms of Use here.

3. Be sure to enter the destination of your photo in the description!

So when you’re on vacation this summer, watching waves break on the shore or soaking up the sun by the pool, don’t forget to snap a pic and Instagram it! You could end up seeing it on TV!

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Labor Day weekend may already be upon us, but it’s not too late to rustle up some fun! So whether you want to head across the country or stay close to home, here are 5 last-minute ideas to make this Labor Day weekend one you’ll never forget.

1. Hit the road. Be spontaneous, get in your car, and go wherever the road leads you. Armed with an app like Hotel Tonight, you can figure out where you’re staying each night on the fly.

2. Stay-cation. Tour a neighborhood you’ve never been to before. Visit that restaurant you’ve heard so much about, try a new yoga practice, or spend an entire day exploring a park. You’ll discover hidden gems that make you feel like you’ve entered a whole new world (with the benefit of getting to sleep in your own bed).

3. Travel the world through your tastebuds. I challenge you: 3 days. 9 meals. 9 global cuisines. Go!

4. Spa retreat. Haven’t you always been curious about what those wacky spa treatments are like? Now’s your chance to find out what a fish-nibbling pedicure feels like.

5. Do one thing that scares you. Whether it’s sky diving over the Kennedy Space Center or biking across the city, push yourself to try something you’ve haven’t had the guts to do this summer, or in your entire life for that matter.

–  by Ruzwana Bashir

Ruzwana Bashir is co-founder and CEO of Peek.com, a site where you can find amazing things to do in your hometown or in a new destination, and easily book them online. Whether you’d like to explore underground street art, go swimming with sharks, or head to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Peek has handpicked the best activities from the highest quality operators. Bashir, formerly of Gilt Group, Art.sy, the Blackstone Group, and Goldman Sachs, is a self-proclaimed travel junkie, having navigated her way through 40 countries.

 

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“Bubble Cheeks” by Susan

Who could resist those “Bubble Cheeks?” Certainly, not us.

This week’s winner in the “Travel Fun for Less” category is Susan, who says “I was enjoying a fun afternoon in the pool with my 4-year-old nephew, who is learning to swim. He was showing me how to make ‘bubble cheeks.’”

Congrats, Susan, on winning a $500 Choice Hotels voucher to use at any location!

See the other finalists from this week below, and remember we have 3 grand prizes left! Upload your best vacation photos now for a chance to win.

“African Dream” by Rochi

“Midnight Sun in Iceland” by MikelDallas

“Hiking up High” by MANelson

For more information — or to size up the competition — check out our 2013 photo contest.

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