By Elizabeth Preske
June 21, 2018
Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.

The official start of summer is here, and we're all longing to exchange the nine-to-five grind for fresh air, sunny skies, and relaxation. As we're planning our next getaway, we've put together a Summer Shortlist that highlights the U.S. cities we'll be dreaming of all season long.

The sea is calling our name, so this year we have our sights on Portland, Maine.

In this small coastal city, you can sunbathe, kayak, or surf at Higgins Beach for a peaceful day in the sun. If you're up for an adventure, an island-hopping sailboat ride around Casco Bay needs to be on your itinerary.

And what better place to get lobster than in Maine, which is home to arguably the tastiest lobster rolls in the U.S.? Or perhaps you'd like your pick of fresh fish by taking a trip down to Harbor Fish Market? But you won't find just seafood here. The city also serves up some of the best donuts in the country, and craft beer enthusiasts will have their pick of 17 thirst-quenching microbreweries in the area.

Take this as your sign to book your ticket to Portland now. The Mainers will be there to welcome you.