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Fall colors

  As the warm summer fades, a crisp autumn takes hold with an imaginative palette. Full story

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Image: Children run through a sprinkler system installed inside a playground to cool off during a hot summer day in New York
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Sizzling summer

  With summer in full swing, people are heading outdoors to soak up the sun or doing their best to stay cool

Tropical Destinations

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Image: Waimea Canyon, Kauai
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Hawaiian paradise

The Hawaiian Islands are the perfect vacation destination for travelers of all types.

Cuba opens up
Honolulu, Hawaii at night
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Mexico - Refurbished Centro District
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Lounge Chairs on Beach at Club Med
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Image: Waimea Canyon, Kauai
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Europe

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Image: Revellers toast with beer during Oktoberfest in Munich.
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Bottoms up at Oktoberfest!

Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital over the next two weeks for the 179th Oktoberfest, which began Sept. 22 and runs until Oct. 7.

Image: A car travels along Westminster Bridge past the Houses of Parliament in London.
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Image: An exterior view shows The Titanic Belfast building in Belfast
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Athens, Greece
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Image: Leaning Tower of Pisa
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Image: The Sacred Heart (Sacre Coeur) is seen in Paris
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Tourist walk through the Alhambra palace
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David by Michelangelo at the Galleria dell' Accademia
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Image: The Sacred Heart (Sacre Coeur) is seen in Paris
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Rhodes - Places To Visit
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Asia

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Chinese New Year celebrations around the world

Millions around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, which began on Jan. 23 and welcomes the year of the dragon.

Tokyo's famous landscape Sensoji-temple
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South America

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    Rio de Janeiro

    Brazil's 'cidade maravilhosa' (marvelous city) steps into the international spotlight as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Explore some of the sights the city offers.

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    Image: Two tango dancers perform  
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    U.S. West Coast

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    Image: San Francisco Will Study Golden Gate Tidal Movement As Energy Source
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    San Francisco: City by the Bay

    San Francisco’s unique mix of physical characteristics, landmarks and attractions make it one of the most popular cities in the United States.

    Image: Originally built for the 1962 World's Fair, the now iconic Space Needle marks its 50th anniversary on April 21, 2012.
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    Image: Visitors watch the sun rise at 10,000 feet in Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii.
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    Alpenglow on a Snow Covered Mountain
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    Las Vegas Strip Exteriors
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    Bald Eagle Diving
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    Image: Hollywood Sign Repainting Project Completed With LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
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    U.S. Midwest

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    Image: Dallas skyline
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    San Antonio: Jewel of Texas

    Unless, of course, you want to visit. Take a visual tour of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and other attractions in the Lone Star state.

    USA - New Orleans - Mardi Gras 2006
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    Metrodome at Night
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    Image: General Jackson in downtown Nashville
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    U.S. East Coast

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    National Cherry Blossom Festival's 100th anniversary

    This year marks 100 years since the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki to Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Prepares To Open To Public
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    Image: Liberty Bell in Philadelphia
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    Image: Art Deco District in South Beach
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    World?s Largest Aquarium Set To Open
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    Obama Family To Spend Summer Vacation On Martha's Vineyard
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    Image: Hidden Chinatown
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    Canada, Australia & New Zealand

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    Image: The fast running rivers of the Mount Aspiring National Park
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    New Zealand: Snow, sand, sun, surf

    Breathtaking and unique, New Zealand is the perfect travel destination.

    Image: An Australian koala
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    Africa & Middle East

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    Image: The Great Sphinx of Giza
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    The treasures of Egypt

    Explore a wealth of history and mystery in and around Cairo, the heart of Egypt.

    Image: Camps Bay Beach over looked by the Twelve Apostles
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    Global & Seasonal

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    Image: New York City's Times Square during a recent blizzard.
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    Winter's frozen splendor

    Ice and snow changes our environment, as winter engulfs our world.

    Image: A 1965 Chevy pick-up truck decorated for Christmas.
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    Image: Ice crystals on leaves and flowers
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    Image: Revellers toast with beer during Oktoberfest in Munich.
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    Image: Blossoming fruit trees
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    Image: A frozen house is seen on a track of the Sedivackuv Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach
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    Image: A woman holds an offering of fruits as shamans perform a ritual for good luck for the new year in Lima
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    Image: Jeju Island voted as new natural wonder
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    Image: An aerial view of Burj Dubai is seen in Dubai
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    Image: Deep powder at Heavenly Ski Resort
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