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Five U.S. Summer Trip Ideas

© Bob Krist A beach on the north end of Hilton head

Photo: A beach on the north end of Hilton head

4. Mountain Retreat

After the snow melts, the list of options at alpine resorts actually grows much bigger—and more affordable, whether you enjoy rafting, hiking, golf, or cultural events. “In the off-season you can get out and explore, without worrying about snow delays or putting chains on your tires,” notes Sandra Owings, a Memphis-based travel agent.

Destination: Park City, Utah

Do Your Research

  • Browse and book trips, including many at or near ski resorts, at iexplore.com, a well-organized site that specializes in adventure itineraries. Check tourism bureau Web sites for cultural calendars, including events like the Food & Wine Classic (July 10–13) and the Jazz Festival (late August).

Find Deep Discounts

  • Prices, like the weather, get better after April. Hotels in Park City, for example, slash their rates by as much as 50 percent. Rental prices drop too; visit resortquest.com to book a condo in the United States or British Columbia.

Seek Off-Season Activities

  • Many ski resorts keep at least a few lifts open in summer. In Deer Valley, Utah (deervalley.com), where mountain biking on the slopes is a popular summertime sport, an all-day lift pass goes for less than one-third of the ski-season price. With exhaustive listings of hiking and biking trails and the best fishing spots, wildernet.com is a great starting point for planning outdoor activities near Park City, or anywhere in the country. —Darrell Hartman
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