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London Pop-Up Offers Stylish Olympic Spectating

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For months T+L has been counting down to this summer in London, a city already pulsating with game-changing events and pioneering cultural festivals. Now, we’re adding another spot to your London itinerary: The Fringe 2012, a new pop-up members club that will offer ticket-holders some respite from all the Olympic buzz. Just a hundred yards from Olympic Stadium, The Fringe is housed in a converted Victorian stable house at Swan Wharf and will provide some of London’s finest food and drink (with Sweet&Chilli bringing their unique brand of creative cocktails to the experience). Olympic fans shouldn’t fret about missing any of the actionlarge LCD screens will broadcast all the main events.

The Fringe 2012 will officially pop-up on July 20th, a week before the Opening Ceremony, and operate through the Olympic and Paralympic Games until September 9th. Individual tickets start at $112 per day.

2012-hs-briana-fasone.jpg Briana Fasone is a digital editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure. You can follow her on Twitter @brifasone.



Photo courtesy of Nylon Communications Limited.

TODAY Show: Five Fun Facts About America

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Did you know that the world’s tallest roller coaster is right here in the U.S.? Read on to find out which state it’s in, plus more fun facts about America.

Fun Fact #1: The world's tallest roller coaster is in New Jersey
At 45 stories, Kingda Ka, at Six Flags Great Adventure in N.J., is the tallest roller coaster in the world, plummeting 456 feet and reaching speeds up to 126 mph. The highest roller coaster recently opened in Colorado at an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet.
Source: The Rollercoaster Database and News.com.au

Related: See the World’s Scariest Roller Coasters

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Grateful Dead Archive Opens in Santa Cruz

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The world’s most famous peripatetic band has finally set down some roots. Today, the complete Grateful Dead archive opens at the legendarily laid-back UC Santa Cruz. The collection—housed in the newly renovated McHenry Library and free to the public—includes coffee-stained contracts, original lyric manuscripts, fan mail, and Stanley Mouse poster art.

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Newly-opened Lycian Ruins Connect Turkey and America

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Instead of your standard fare of hot dogs and fireworks this 4th of July, we suggest you visit Patara, an ancient city off the coast of Turkey. Why in the world would I think about Turkey for the most American of holidays, you ask? Turns out our Constitution has roots in the ancient Lycian League, whose federation-style government had so much influence on our Founding Fathers that James Madison and Alexander Hamilton even mention them in the Federalist Papers. Check out the beautiful beachside town of Patara, Turkey for the recently opened excavaction of Lycian ruins, which includes their parliament building, a large necropolis, Roman baths, and a Byzantine basilica. You may have to trade hot dogs for veal kebabs, but just think: you’ll have a leg-up on your high school US history teacher who didn’t give you an A. 

Corinne White is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure. 

Photo courtesy of Equinox Travel Antalya 

Celebrate the Fourth (And More) in Denmark


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Ninety-seven thousand five-hundred tickets, 200 bands, nine days—it’s not too late to check out Northern Europe’s largest culture and music event of the year: the Roskilde Festival, located 20 miles west of Copenhagen, Denmark

This year’s agenda includes everything from social gaming and pingpong to art from Berlin-based urban activists and graffiti artists to a giant slumber party (last year, 50,000 tents were pitched), and, of course, music.  Approximately 200 international bands–including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, The Cure, Jack White, Mew, and Wiz Khalifa–will rock the Festival’s eight stages.

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Beat the Heat: NYC's Hotel Roof-Top Pools

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Summer in New York City can be notoriously grueling—the cement holds the heat through the night and denizens get to feeling like they are slow-baking with nary a respite. Bathtubs filled with cold water and ice cubes and day-long movie-theater marathons are formidable weapons, but there’s a more elegant strategy to beating the heat: hotel roof-top pools. Of course, this costs the price of a night’s stay, but checking in and taking a dip gives perfect staycation relief. Here are three in downtown Manhattan (consider booking back-to-back stays!) where you can find a cool, aquatic oasis.

Trump Soho
On the seventh-floor terrace of Trump Soho, service is top-of-the-line at this waterfall-lined plunge pool (ask for a Kindle to use poolside!), and a fresh menu is on offer at Bar D’Eau for 2012, featuring treats such as a Spicy Tuna Tartare with Won Ton Crisps and a Kiwi Krush Caipirinhia.

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School’s Out: 5 Sweet Summer Festivals in College Towns

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Just because the school year is over, don't expect college towns to turn into ghost towns. Here's how five cities are living it up in the summertime.

Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor Summer Festival

Through 7/8

A boutique music and arts festival, the three-week spectacle offers over 100 varied activities and events. The Ann Arbor Summer Festival produces two concurrent programs— one indoor and one outdoor—at different venues and spaces across the University of Michigan campus and in downtown Ann Arbor. The indoor Mainstage series includes ticketed performances of world-class music, dance, theater, spoken word and comedy. This year's line-up: Circa, an Australian circus troupe, This American Life co-creator and host, Ira Glass and Grammy-winning jazz artist Esperanza Spalding. The outdoor program, Top of the Park, is held on the campus green and offers free concerts, movies under the stars, open-air spectacles, and fun family attractions.

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Video: GloboMaestro Checks Out La Biblioteca de Tequila

Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: A trip to the library may not be high on your to-do list this summer—unless you find yourself in New York City. At La Biblioteca de Tequila, books are replaced by bottles of Mexico's finest, which line the shelves of this legendary subterranean tequila bar. The library concept doesn't stop there: customers are free to "check out" their favorite brand by purchasing their own bottle, which is then stamped with an ID card and subsequently locked away for safe keeping. Tequila isn't the only menu item (though you'll have your pick from about 400 bottles): Chef Richard Sandoval's creative Latin-fusion street food—like the special tuna wanton tacos—is another reason to stop in.

2012-hs-briana-fasone.jpg Briana Fasone is a digital editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.

 

Video courtesy of GloboMaestro, the only web series where hotel concierges dish their insider destination tips.

Editor Finds for Your Summer Reading List

 

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Attention summer travelers, these titles will put your extra free time—on the road, in the air, or poolside—to good use.

If you’reCraving a Beach Read (but don’t want it to be so embarrassing that you have to hide it on an e-reader).

ReadSeating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf, $25.95)

BecauseForget Fifty Shades of Gray—Shipstead’s tale feels salacious enough to satisfy while still allowing you to maintain your literary standards. Shipstead, a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, chronicles a family’s retreat to a fancy New England beach town amidst their daughter’s fast-approaching wedding day. You know it’s a WASP satire when the characters names are Winn, Daphne, Livia, Greyson, and Biddy. 

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TODAY Show: Family Travel Tips for Summer

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Traveling with kids doesn’t always feel like a vacation, but these tips for summer flights and road trips will make things easier for your family.

Plane Travel

When/What To Book: To pick the best seats for your family consult a site like SeatGuru.com. Planes will be more full this summer than before, so book your flight early—six weeks or more is a good rule of thumb—to improve your odds of getting seats together. If you use social media, follow @airfarewatchdog and @smartertravel on Twitter to learn about last-minute deals. Both carefully vet price drops and unadvertised sales. As for flying, Saturday mornings at airports are more quiet and flights can often be cheaper. Plus, the first flight out in the morning usually takes off on time.

Related: America's Best and Worst Airports

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