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10 Great Places to Go This Summer

  • Turkmenistan Boots, Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, Great Places to Go This Summer
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    Folk Art in Santa Fe

    Take a one-stop around-the-world tour at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe on July 8-10. Some 130 folk artists from more than 50 countries sell their wares — from beadwork and scarves to baskets and pottery — under tents at the city’s Museum Hill.

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  • Costanoa, Luxury Camping, California, Great Places to Go This Summer
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    Luxury Camping on California’s North Coast

    Sleeping in a tent doesn’t have to leave you with a stiff neck. The canvas-tent bungalows at Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero, California, not only have electricity, they also have four-poster beds and Adirondack chairs. Plus, there’s an on-site spa!

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  • Jane Austen House Museum, Chawton, England, Great Places to Go This Summer

    A Literary Tour in England

    Travel through some of the U.K.’s most appealing landscapes and visit authors’ homes, literary museums, towns and villages where stories are set, and places that inspired the likes of such literary giants as Jane Austen, John Keats and Charles Dickens.

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  • Outdoor Stage, Evening, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Great Places to Go This Summer
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    Shakespeare in Ashland, Oregon

    You don’t have to fly across the pond to enjoy Shakespeare this summer. Ashland’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival runs 10 months out of the year, but it reaches its peak in summer with outdoor performances at its Elizabethan theater. This summer, you can catch HamletRichard II or Timon of Athens, along with modern plays.

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  • Orcas, San Juan Islands, Sunset, Great Places to Go This Summer
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    Spot an Orca off the San Juan Islands

    Your best shot at seeing a killer whale in the Pacific Northwest is when the salmon runs are strongest — which means summer is the time to sign up for an orca-watching trip near the San Juan Islands of Washington state. You may spot a few calves this year. 

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  • Sunset Lake Placid, New York,  Adirondack Park, Great Places to Go This Summer
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    Relax for a Week in a State Park

    Book a few nights at the Mirror Lake Inn in New York’s Adirondack Park; walk the lake loop and take a dip in Lake Placid. Then lounge on the porch and watch the sun go down. For something more rustic, rent a cabin on Saranac Lake, where Mark Twain spent a summer writing A Double-Barrelled Detective Story.

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  • Broad-Billed Hummingbird, Prickly Pear Blossom, Arizona, Great Places to Go This Summer
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    A Southwest Bird-Watching Tour

    Schedule a tour during the Arizona highlands’ “second spring” (July and early August) to spot rare species of hummingbirds and other birds that have migrated from Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range for the green vegetation and flowing streams.        

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  • Hotel. Beach, Sylt Island, Germany, Great Places to Go This Summer
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    An Island in Germany

    Leave the noisy pubs and the hustle and bustle of Germany’s mainland behind, and take a ferry or train to Sylt, an island with a laid-back attitude. The northernmost of Germany’s islands, Sylt is just as close to Denmark as it is to Germany. Besides windsurfing and browsing galleries, you can sit in one of the island’s famous white-wicker beach chairs and soak up the summer sun.

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  • Cherry Trees Bloom, Traverse City, Michigan, Great Places to Go This Summer
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    America’s Third Coast

    Plan a driving tour of one — or all — of the Great Lakes. A scenic road system links them together. A good starting place is Traverse City, Michigan. Not only is it one of the top wine regions in the Midwest, it also offers a botanical garden and lakeside activities.

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  • Man feeding chickens at poultry farm, Ten Places to Go This Summer
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    A Free Adventure

    Check out Workaway or WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), two organizations that link budget travelers and culture seekers to individuals and organizations in need of helpful hands for a work-abroad exchange. Pitch in with gardening and animal care at a small farm in Sweden and stay in your own private house on the grounds. Or earn your board on the edge of a Peruvian jungle by helping set up a shelter for homeless dogs.

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  • Costanoa, Luxury Camping, California, Great Places to Go This Summer
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