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    10 Perfect Weekend Getaways

    By cntraveler.com
    July 29, 2014, 5:13:33 AM EDT

    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.


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    1) SEATTLE

    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.


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    2) CHICAGO

    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.


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    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.


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    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.

    See the rest of the list at CNTraveler.com

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