55 Things to Do Now

Travel + Leisure
January 26, 2011

It's the height of summer, but it's not too late to make the most of it. Whether you're looking to find the best beach, sleep under the stars, cruise down the open road (or take an unexpected detour), we've got you covered, with great trips across the U.S.A., insider tips, and the coolest gear. So dive in.

MAKE A SPLASH

TAKE A DRIVE

GRAB A BITE

HIT THE BEACH

GET OUTSIDE

HAVE A DRINK

L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

Minutes from Rodeo Drive, this sleek, residence-style hotel is a favorite with visiting fashionistas (no less than Giorgio Armani stays here when he’s in town, and Julia Roberts makes appearances, too). A streamlined, uncluttered aesthetic prevails in the newly minted 116 suites, some of the most spacious in town. All have platform beds and fluffy duvets, flat-screen TVs, surround-sound Bose speakers, and personal lighting and temperature controls. The rooftop pool, with its teak chaises and panoramic views over the Hollywood Hills, is a scene unto itself; if you’re a VIP (or want to feel like one) book one of the two Moroccan-style cabanas, which come with stereos and drink-stocked fridges.

L'Enfant Plaza Hotel

Popular with business and government workers — HUD, Energy, and NTSB all have offices in the same complex — this '60s-era hotel in L'Enfant Plaza attracts international conventioneers by the thousands. The hotel has a multilingual staff and more than 21,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Located above a Metro station, L'Enfant Plaza Hotel is a few short blocks from the Smithsonian, the Mall, and scores of government office buildings. Besides the 343 rooms, the hotel has a heated rooftop pool providing fantastic views of the river and the monuments.

Le Parker Meridien

Situated just south of Central Park, Le Parker Meridien hotel juxtaposes classic chic with whimsical details. The cathedral-like lobby has a marble floor, tall hand-painted columns, and Neoclassical arches, while the elevators are furnished with TV’s showing Tom and Jerry and old comedy shorts. The 727 guestrooms emphasize modern functionality with low platform beds, swiveling cherry-paneled TV stands, and large windows, some of which overlook the park. The hotel is known for its two-story Gravity fitness center, which includes a glass-enclosed rooftop pool, as well as its renowned Norma restaurant, home of the famous $1,000 omelette.

Hyatt Regency, San Antonio

The only hotel in San Antonio that directly overlooks the Alamo and the Riverwalk, Hyatt Regency offers guests a four-diamond hotel experience. Despite this high rise's plain, office-building façade, the hotel is home to a rooftop pool, a 16-story atrium lobby, and a 2,700-square-foot day spa. After a restful night in one of the Hyatt Regency's "rooms with a view," take a coffee break at Einstein Brothers, sample Texas barbecue at Q restaurant, and enjoy live entertainment from Jim Cullum's Jazz Club. This Hyatt Regency also offers help and accommodations for meetings and weddings.

The Hotel, Miami Beach

Located on Collins Avenue, this Art Deco hotel is enhanced by the colorful interior design of famed decorator Todd Oldham. His designs combine with original elements, such as 1939 terrazzo floors, to create an updated take on the classic Art Deco features. The hotel’s 53 rooms and suites are decorated in shades of blue, yellow, and green and outfitted with custom furniture. Amenities include a rooftop pool, a fitness center, and complimentary beach chairs. A complimentary yoga class is available on Saturday mornings.

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