Vacation luggage on a beach

Summer Vacations

With or without school aged-children, people do most of their traveling over summer. Peak season is just about everywhere, and prices will be higher and crowds somehow more crowded. But you'll also experience landscapes, communities, and events in ways you can't any other time of the year, from North Carolina's balmy Outer Banks to Maine's summer food festivals. Whether you're looking to go north to beat the heat, or south to soak up the sun, Travel + Leisure has you covered (metaphorically—you will still need to wear sunscreen) as you plan your perfect summer vacation.
People dine below large rocks in the town on Monsanto, Portugal
This Portugal Mountain Range Is Home to Tiny Medieval Towns, Locally Made Beer, and Hidden Swimming Holes
Pair of photos from Spain, one showing an amphitheater in Tarragona, and one showing a path on the grounds of a hotel in Xerta
I Went on a Food-focused Road Trip Through Catalonia — Here's Where to Find the Best Oysters, Olive Oil, and Even Sake
An aerial view of Lake George in New York State.
This Small Town in New York Is the Perfect Summer Getaway — With Lakeside Resorts, Hiking Trails, and Craft Breweries