Treat yourself to one of these great drives, islands, beach towns, lakes, or wilderness escapes .
Splashy adventures in Kremmling, CO
This a real-deal ranching town at the confluence of the Colorado, Blue, and Muddy Rivers serves up splashy outdoor adventures for summer, from rafting to dips in hot springs.
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Poolside R&R in Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs in summer? Yep, we said it. Zero crowds, killer deals, and a pool around every corner make this the place to be.
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Climb to your heart's content in Lander, WY
Dip into Lander, Wyoming, a cool town of climbers, killer coffee, and cowboys. Epic hiking trails also await you there.
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Sizzling deals in Scottsdale, AZ
In Scottsdale, expect summer temps of triple digits with a chance of more triple digits. But hotels and resorts-even the ultraposh ones-drop their room rates by as much as two-thirds in summer.
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Cowboy cool in Cody, WY
Grab your cowboy hat and hit the rodeo in this wild west town. Mountain trail horseback rides and whitewater rafting are just a few of the adventures that await you.
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Vineyard hop in Geyserville, CA
Sip some poolside vino in low-key Northern California.
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Hang ten on San Diego's Solana Beach
Visit artsy, cool shops, munch on good eats, or catch some waves at picturesque Solana Beach.
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History lesson in Jerome, AZ
Explore this old mining town and you'll find an up-and-coming art scene, handmade pottery, and a refreshing cooler temperature than nearby Phoenix.
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Splash around in Cascade, ID
Explore nature's very own water world in Cascade, Idaho. Sparkling lakes, flowing rivers, and natural hot springs boast fun activities for the whole family.
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On a budget in Ashland, OR
See a world-class play, hear live music, wander galleries, and beat the heat in woodsy 93-acre Lithia Park. Here's what to do, where to eat, and where to stay on a bargain weekend in Southern Oregon's famous culture town.
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Sun and surf in Huntington Beach, CA
Whether you're carving up the waves or watching the pros from the sand, this classic beach-town will work its charms on you. Here's where to stay, get lobster tacos, watch the surfers, and learn to catch a wave.
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Escape to Edmonds, WA
Summer brings out the all-American spirit in this small waterfront ferry port town. Grab some gourmet picnic grub and head to the beach, or hop a ferry for a scenic tour of the nearby Kitsap Peninsula.
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Cool off in Sierra City, CA
In summertime, a cool pine forest laced with bracing-cold streams sounds just right. Take a dip in ice-cold swimming holes, hike through fields of wildflowers, then jump back into the crisp alpine waters to cool off again.
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Surrounded by nature in Sawtooth Mountains, ID
Imagine a national park-level wilderness without national park-level crowds. No bus tours. No traffic. No entrance fees. Just drop-to-your-knees gorgeous land full of hiking trails, hot springs, trout-filled streams, and some of the best lemonade we've ever tasted.
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Raise your sail in Gig Harbor, WA
Set sail-or just watch the boats glide by-in this mile-long harbor town. Rent a boat, watch one being made, or count them up in the harbor, then feast on the catch of the day at a local tavern.
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Take in the beauty of Maui, HI
Maui's got all the essentials for the ultimate tropical vacation. Snorkel, shop, head out on a horseback ride, and enjoy the island's immense beauty.
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One perfect day in Yosemite
See the sun rise over glistening meadows, trek to three waterfalls, eat lunch beneath El Capitan-and still have time for an ice cream break. Here's our hour-by-hour breakdown of the perfect day in Yosemite.
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Explore nature in San Juan Islands, WA
A long summer weekend in Washington's San Juan Islands is just enough time to savor the area's patented pleasures: orcas and eagles, kayaking and hiking, and a food scene that shows the influence of a burgeoning slow-food movement.
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Sparkling scenery at Lake Tahoe
Clear, blue, and still a classic: Summer in Tahoe is the same as it ever was. Go for a sunset sail, take a shot at paddleboarding, or find a slice of beach and take in the to-die-for beauty.
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Go wine tasting in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley
This achingly beautiful wine country is in full-throttle discovery mode, with new wineries and different kinds of grapes going in all the time ― nearly 60 varietals, planted all over the benchlands, hillsides, and valley floor.
Add to this the Okanagan's pristine lakes, orchards, and wide range of non-wine-related things for the whole family to do (from riding the century-old Kettle Valley steam train to biking and hiking), and you have a wine-country experience like no other.
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Kayak through Denver, CO
Rock the South Platte River's rapids or simply relax on the banks of Confluence Park and sip a beer at notorious Beat Generation hangout My Brother's Bar.
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