Here at Traveler, we've been culling 2014's best summer getaways since the weather was still in its teens. Now that it's high time to hit the road, check out our roundup of weekend trips.
Seattle in the summer is pretty damn-near perfect. From late July through early September, the weather holds steady at 75, sunny, and dry—a godsend after a soggy year—and as a result, outdoor activities abound.
Boasting a half-dozen beaches along Lake Michigan, Chicago is ideal for sun seekers who’d rather not deal with the crowds—and traffic—of Malibu or the Hamptons. Beyond the beach, there are lush urban parks, lively street festivals, free al fresco concerts, hip new restaurants, and one of the best cocktail scenes in the country.
3) YOSEMITE VALLEY
Yosemite National Park is sort of like a theme park plunked into the great outdoors: Visitors can choose any number of activities during their trip, including hiking, climbing, trail rides, photography tours, live theater, and fine food. But it's special for another reason, too: On June 30, 1864, Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant that protected 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove for public use.
4) NORTH FORK, LONG ISLAND
Located on the northern shore of Long Island, the North Fork boasts about 40 wineries, rolling farmland, and miles of beaches. Besides its allure as a more laid-back version of the Hamptons, the area has developed a reputation for award-winning wines, even though its first vineyard dates back to 1973—an infant in winemaking years.
5) MIAMI BEACH
Summer is the city’s off-season, so you’ll quickly discover that the very same hotels, restaurants, and nightclubs that had absolutely no availability between December and April will bend over backward to make your stay more comfortable in the summer. Let’s not forget all the $99 treatments available at the city’s top spas in July and August for Miami Spa Month or the sub-$40 meals that await during August and September for Miami Spice.
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A 6.7 magnitude earthquake rattled Turkey’s Aegean coast and several Greek islands, killing two and injuring over 100 others early Friday morning.
Following Thursday’s violent thunderstorms, an unsettled stretch of weather will plague those with outdoor plans across Germany from this weekend to early next week.
Japanese researchers have successfully tested a new way to protect spacecraft from the intense heat of atmospheric re-entry by employing a technique featured in one of Japan's most popular science fiction series.
Cooler air will sweep from northwest to southeast across part of the central and eastern United States by early next week and will trim the extent of the heat wave.
Following a week with very few weather impacts, rain and thunderstorms could play a major factor in Friday's Tour de France stage.
The weather will once again create challenging conditions for players at the Open Championship in England.
A sudden downpour is being blamed for six deaths in northern India on Thursday, while a monsoon low continues to bring a heightened flood risk to central areas into this weekend.
During the long summer days when children are permitted to stay up later and sleep in longer, their school-year sleeping patterns might be thrown out of whack.