The city to with most action this summer will be London. The Summer Olympics run from July 27 through August 12. If you don't have tickets, don't fret. Hyde Park and other large venues around the city will offer live broadcasts on giant outdoor screens. If you're planning on visiting the city before the Olympics (and avoid the crowds), a three-month arts festival starts on June 21.
Marking 60 years on the throne, QueenElizabeth's Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated from June 2-5.
In addition to the Olympics, London also hosts Wimbledon June 25 through July 8. And the British Open will be held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire July 19-22.
If you're thinking about a trip to Orlando, try February 24-26 and the 61st NBA All-Star Weekend (yes, the NBA has been playing since before Queen Elizabeth took the throne). It's a hip sporting event, drawing stars from the music industry and featuring slam-dunk contests, after-hours parties, concerts and the game itself. Since the NBA avoided a cancellation of its season, the mood promises to be even more festive. Plus, there are a variety of Orlando vacation rentals.
This quaint country on the Adriatic across from Italy has shown up as an up-and-coming travel destination in several best places to travel surveys. It's easy to see why, with 1,105 miles of coast, pine-fringed beaches, rocky coves and timeless beauty. In Dubrovnik, streets are made of white marble and Renaissance sculpture and architecture can be seen throughout the city. Croation vacation rentals abound, so you'll have no problem finding accommodations.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana is best known for its beaches, which face both the Caribbean and the Atlantic. It's postcard perfect--you'll find 25 miles of gorgeous white sand, coconut trees and endless ocean views. If you're looking for a relaxing time by the sea, try a Punta Cana vacation rental.
Upcoming post: Centennials, Bicentennials and other historical trips for 2012.