Summer begins tomorrow in the northern hemisphere with the longest day of the year, while below the equator, winter is coming.
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Saint Lucia wants you to visit this summer — so more than 20 hotels are offering deals of up to 60% off.
Summer is officially here, but it isn't really summer until you step onto the sand, lay down a towel, and soak in some rays at the beach. There are tons of beaches along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts that are beautiful, expansive, and full of fun activities, but they also come with one major drawback: huge crowds. And if you’ve ever trekked down to the beach on a hot summer’s day and found the shore packed with people, you know how difficult it is to find the perfect spot and not have to fight for it. But you can have the sand and tides all — or mostly — to yourself. You just need to know where to look. Related:These State Parks Have All the Beauty of National Parks — and None of the Crowds Outside popular coastal cities are several charming beach towns that offer gorgeous shorelines without tons of tourists. And you can find these towns across the United States, from New England to Hawaii. Whether you want to take in some sea air on the coast of Maine or California or go swimming in the Great Lakes, you're sure to find an idyllic village that promises rest and relaxation during the hotter months. These quaint towns are not only some of the best-kept secrets in beach hunting, they also offer fun things to see and do. Ice cream shops, boardwalks, local cafés, and much more make for the perfect summer vacation. Plus, small towns often also come with the added perk of being excellent affordable vacations for the whole family.
Each year, the 4th of July brings Americans together to eat hot dogs, drink beer, and celebrate the founding of the United States. But no Independence Day celebration is complete without a show of colorful explosions. From sea to shining sea, there are some pretty amazing places to take in an all-American light show over the long July 4 weekend. Related: The Best Fourth of July Celebrations Across the U.S. We've compiled the best places to see fireworks regardless of what part of America the Beautiful you find yourself in this Independence Day.
Some cities are just better in one season over the other three. Take Chicago, for example. A lot of people like Chicago, but some only love it one season of the year. “I’ve had a lot of clients in Chicago,” says Miami public relations exec Julie Fogel, “and I dread going there in the brutally cold fall or winter months.” But summer? “It’s my favorite place to visit,” she says. “The weather, the people, the ambience—it’s absolutely phenomenal. The city comes alive.” Come to Chicago in July, and you’ll find the lakeshore beaches hopping with volleyball players, restaurant patios buzzing with patrons, and fireworks going off from the Navy Pier. The majority of Americans plan to take a vacation during the summer season, a 2016 poll by the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker found. While eight in 10 respondents expect to have a summer getaway, 72% plan to stay within the United States and just 15% anticipate traveling overseas. Many vacationers are planning for brief getaways, like over Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends, making some major U.S. cities appealing choices. San Diego, Los Angeles, and Honolulu typify the dream beachy vacation, while places like Kansas City lure travelers with great summer cuisine and street festivals. Mention Portland, ME, and naturally people start waxing poetic about that lobster. But the New England city also shares a quality with other cities joyfully emerging from winter’s Gore-Tex cocoon. In the summer, these cities are infused with new energy, drawing tourists who want to bask in the excitement. In Providence, for instance, the Waterfire festival literally sets the city ablaze, with bonfires burning along the city’s three rivers. And in Minneapolis, they’ll do anything outside in summertime, whether it’s strolling around lakes or racing boats made out of milk cartons at the annual Aquatennial. “Every man, woman, and child in Minnesota spends the warmer months out and about, stockpiling vitamin D,” says Annie D’Souza, a community manager for Yelp. “We’re all just so thrilled that winter is over.” Ready to plan your own weekend summer getaway? Read on for intel on the best summer vacation spots in the country.
You Can Get a Rare Glimpse of Buckingham Palace's White Drawing Room — and the Queen's Secret Door — This Summer
The White Drawing Room has been the setting for Queen Elizabeth's annual Christmas broadcasts as well as the backdrop for formal family photos.
This isn’t your typical swimming hole.