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Ten Under-the-Radar Summer Getaways

By Anisha Shah
May 25, 2014; 12:10 AM ET

During the hottest days of summer, sometimes you just want to escape the tourist throngs, bustling sights, and crowded beaches. With so many people on the move all around the world, why not turn your attention to these understated and peacefully crowd-free destinations? In these calmer getaways, you can meet locals, enjoy regional cuisine, and explore untouched oases. Plan a more peaceful summer escape with our list of 10 under-the-radar summer escapes.

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Nestled between Switzerland and Austria, the tiny nation of Liechtenstein is blessed with outstanding natural beauty and a beloved Crown Prince. The idyllic setting is an almost surreal hideaway nestled in the Rhine Valley, with villages tumbling down lush rolling mountains.

Insider Tip: The Relais & Chateaux Park Hotel Sonnenhof has an enviably superior perch overlooking the entire city of Vaduz below. The family-run property is an institution with a Michelin-star restaurant, spa, and spacious suites facing snow-capped mountains. Grab lunch at legendary Restaurant Torkel, where the chef is the seventh generation to offer fine dining amidst the Crown Prince's vineyards.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Liechtenstein Guide

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Where: Aeolian Islands

A luxurious Italian island, Panarea is the getaway of choice for the glitterati. Unlike more upscale Capri and Sardinia, Panarea is a haven of understated pedigree and elegance. Panarea is a no-car island, so you'll have to hike or take a golf cart to see the Bronze Age ruins. The island earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site distinction in 2000, which has helped preserve Panarea's original charm. Also be sure to make time for a scuba diving excursion that will allow you to explore a shipwreck off the coast.

Insider Tip: The second smallest of the eight Aeolian Islands, Panarea is highly exclusive and thus, a favorite vacation spot for celebrities. You'll want to make reservations well in advance, but the island does offer some surprisingly affordable accommodations.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Panarea Guide

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Where: Maine

Tourism is low-key yet wildly rewarding in this northern U.S. locale. Lubec's historical harmony with the sea and its close ties to the Canadian Maritimes are securing its future as a peaceful retreat to escape from modern life.

Insider Tip: With a wealth of picturesque waterfront cottages and chalet accommodations, you'll have plenty of options when it comes to where to stay. Peacock House is a blissful sanctuary complete with a piano, fireplace, and airy deck, located minutes from West Quoddy Lighthouse and Campobello Island.

Plan Your Trip: Visit Fodor's Lubec Guide

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