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Vail, Colorado hosts the 27th annual International Dance Festival this weekend.
(Photo by Jeff Dzadon, via Flickr.)

It's time to plan your weekend! Here to help: Our 5 favorite travel finds of the week.

Travel rightThe Wall Street Journal takes a scholarly look at the smartest ways to vacation. (Who knew? Shorter, more frequent trips are better for your brain than long, once-a-year excursions.)

Watch pirouettes beneath the peaksThe International Dance Festival wraps up this weekend in Vail, Colorado. Go if you can: The Rockies-framed, outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a pretty heavenly spot to watch ballet, ballroom, and modern performances.

Go on safariWolves, whales, and brown bears—oh my! The 10 best wildlife-viewing trips of the West.

ListenLatin-jazz and salsa acts take over stages across the heart of Silicon Valley this weekend (Aug. 7 - 9) at the 26th annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

ShopL.A. is hosting the biggest made-in-America pop-up shop in the country this weekend. Unique USA runs Saturday and Sunday (Aug 8 - 9) at the California Market Center. Want a preview? Los Angeles Magazine has a slideshow of covetable buys.

Looking for more travel inspiration? You can find past travel roundups hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere, and here!

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