Looking to get away this summer but not sure where to go? Our 10 can't-miss destinations for summer 2014 span the globe, from the World Cup in Brazil to the Vienna Jazz Festival. Or, if you're looking for something closer to home, we've got the scoop on the Aspen Ideas Festival, the new Glacier Skywalk in the Canadian Rockies, and hot restaurant openings in Nashville. But with several new hotels on the horizon, including an Aman Resorts property in Croatia and Istanbul's Raffles Hotel, you might not even want to leave your room.
BRAZILFootball fans will be flocking south as the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 12, with matches running through July 13. Brazil's national football team has taken the Cup home five times (the most in the sport), and its home country will be hosting matches in 12 different cities. Between matches in São Paulo, check out the art of coffee cultivation at historic Nossa Senhora da Conceição Farm. Dining at Alex Atala's world-famous restaurant D.O.M is also a must. If in Bahia, explore the colonial African/European city center of Salvador, and make time to relax on one the lovely coastal beaches, such as Trancoso. If you prefer to be a bit more off-the-beaten path, Manaus, deep in the jungle, reveals the history of the "rubber barons" in places such as the elaborate 1896 Teatro Amazonas. Bookend the trip with a river cruise aboard the Amazon Clipper.
Where to Stay: The contemporary design earns Hotel Unique its name and reputation in São Paulo. In Trancoso, the Bahia Uxua Casa is made up of restored fisherman cottages outfitted with modern comforts. In Rio de Janeiro, stay in pousadas or favelas.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's World Cup Guide
The Aspen Ideas Festival (June 24–July 3), an open exchange among the best and brightest journalists, politicians, artists, entrepreneurs, musicians, and many more leaders, celebrates its 10th anniversary this summer with various programs, seminars, and tutorials. The end of June also sees the kick-off of the Aspen Music Festival (June 26–August 17). Now in its 35th year, this season celebrates "The New Romantics" with performances such as Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Philip Glass’s The American Four Seasons. Later in the summer, the city's new Cooking School of Aspen will open, while Chefs Club by Food & Wine will feature the cuisine of Matthew Gaudet of Boston’s West Bridge and Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston. The brand-new, environmentally-sustainable Aspen Art Museum, designed by Shigeru Ban, unveils 12,500 square feet of gallery space on August 1.
Where to Stay: The luxury boutique style of Hotel Jerome, which dates to 1880, combines rustic Western touches and historic elegance. Modern tastes will love the playful ambiance of The Sky Hotel and its custom-designed bicycles for loan.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Aspen Guide
Let the crowds battle for hotel rooms in Dubrovnik during the 65th Annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which includes music, Shakespearean performances, dance, and much more (July 10–August 25). The quiet coastal town of Cavtat, just 10 miles away, offers easy access to the Dalmatian hub along with an under-the-radar art scene, waterfront restaurants, beaches, and boating activities.
Where to Stay: This summer, the grand opening of the Aman Resort is reason alone to visit Cavtat. The views, especially from the rooftop infinity pool, seem endless at the well-regarded Hotel Cavtat.
Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Croatia Guide
Much cooler air with temperatures more typical of mid- to late September will sweep across the Great Lakes and Northeast into next week.
Much of the southern United States dealing with the aftermath of Cindy will get a break from hot, humid and stormy conditions by the end of the weekend.
This weekend’s taste of September across the north-central United States will give way to a resurgence of heat, steamy air and severe weather by midweek.
The recent April-like rainy stretch of weather will quickly get erased by a resurgence of sizzling heat in northeastern China this week.
A welcome period of more seasonable conditions will grace Germany this weekend before the risk of stronger thunderstorms returns around the middle of next week.
Cooler air will continue to pour across the United Kingdom this weekend, providing relief from the longest June heat wave in more than 40 years.
Tropical Depression 4-E in the eastern Pacific Basin threatens to increase downpours along Mexico's southern coast into Monday.