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Pool at Tropicana Las Vegas

Pool at Tropicana Las Vegas

Summer is way too short. How are you going to cram in all the best drinking, dining and vacationing? Strategy: Make a list! Pick and choose from these 22 great summer travel lists, featuring the best local, regionaland national food, festivals, day trips and destinations of the season. From beaches and barbecue to bike trails and beer gardens, this is the mother of all summer 2014 lists.



One Tank Getaways

A single tank of gas can really get you somewhere. These journeys span North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, and Alabama, but if you’re new to Georgia, check out one of the Peach State’s beautiful and historic destinations.



The Best New England Beaches

Whether you’re keen on camping, fishing, surfing or seafood, the best beaches of New England run the gamut of summer fun.


Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico

Rosewood Mayakoba, Mexico


Top 30 Resorts in Cancun and the Yucatán

Leave the tequila shots to the spring breakers, and class up your Cancun getaway at one of the Yucatán’s finest resorts as voted by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.



Guide to Al Fresco Dining

Chicago natives and visitors alike relish the few months of outdoor drinking and dining afforded by eateries with backyard, street-side and rooftop patios nestled in neighborhoods across town.



Dallas-Fort Worth Area Barbecue Guide

Summer in Texas is an indoor season of air conditioning, so settle in for some great barbecue at one of several top spots in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.



Best Las Vegas Pools

Cool off in style and sip a cocktail in a chaise while listening to DJs at one of Las Vegas’ many swimming pools or poolside lounges.



The 10 Best Los Angeles Hikes for the Summer

From Malibu to Orange County, the outskirts of Los Angeles offer beaches, canyons and forests for hikes with scenic California vistas.


Rooftop bar at Hotel Empire, New York CIty

Rooftop bar at Hotel Empire, New York CIty


Best Rooftop Bars in New York City

With an obvious deficit of green space and sidewalk cafes, Manhattan lauds rooftop drinking as one of the finest aspects of summer in the city.



Summer 2014: All-Star Block Parties

After a winter of endless shoveling and workdays restricted to skyways, people of the Twin Cities are ready to dance in the streets. Soak up music, culture, food and drink at local block parties nearly every weekend through September.



Guide to 2014 Summer Concerts in the [Pacific] Northwest 

Blues, reggae, folk, classical, rock and electronic are only a few of the genres moving concert goers in the Pacific Northwest this summer where there’s truly something for every kind of music fan.



Farmers’ Markets – Best of 2014

Experience unparalleled freshness of California’s bounty at one of the Bay Area’s very best farmers’ markets.



Best Food Trucks in Washington D.C.

Home to monthly food truck festival, Truckeroo, Washington, DC has become a metropolitan mecca of wheeled food merchants with menus boasting everything from Bahn Mi to gourmet grilled cheese.


Fish Boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant in Door County, WI

Fish boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant, Door County, WI ©Jon Jarosh/Door County Visitor Bureau


Door County Summer Fish Boils

Many Midwesterners are familiar with the classic Friday Fish Fry, but its summer sibling, the Fish Boil is a tradition reserved for Door County Peninsula proprietors serving up freshly caught Lake Michigan whitefish, boiled over a bonfire with potatoes and onions.



We turned up plenty of lists that span multiple states and coastlines, so we’ve rounded up eight more exceptional options with tastes and sights for wiling away those warm summer days.

10 Best U.S. Summer Food Festivals for 2014

10 Best Amusement and Water Parks of 2014

10 Best U.S. Road Trips of 2014

15 Fantastic Bike Trails

The Absolute Best National Parks

America’s Top 10 Beaches of 2014

12 Best Beer Gardens in America

21 Best Ice Cream Shops in America

Tagged: California, Florida, Las Vegas, Mexico, Midwest, New York, Top 10 Lists

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Amy Burkhardt

Amy Burkhardt

Amy Burkhardt is an occasional itinerant who has lived and worked in five states over six years while writing for advertising, travel, and automotive clients. When her exact geographic whereabouts are in question, Amy can easily be found on Twitter @aim4thahardt

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