Photo tour: Summer hot spots around the country

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We made it – it’s officially summer! Which, of course, means it’s time to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen for a weekend getaway to one of the country’s sunny waterfront locales.

We made it – it’s officially summer! Which, of course, means it’s time to pack your swimsuit and sunscreen for a weekend getaway to one of the country’s sunny waterfront locales.

The U.S. shores easily offer some of the country’s most popular summer hot spots, ranging from favorites like Cape Cod and Lake George on the east coast to California’s Catalina Island and the sunny, serene beaches of the Oregon Coast. But within the country, you’ll also find summer gems like the lakefront Saugatuck, Michigan, a small town known for its indie shops, art galleries and Lake Michigan beaches. Lake Tahoe, meanwhile, sheds its reputation as a haven for snow sports come winter, offering a tranquil blue lake, quiet mountain air and plenty of natural beauty in California and Nevada.

Still not sure where to head to this summer? Find a little inspiration with this photo tour of the hottest summer spots around the country.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts (Image: sukhchander)
Cape Cod, Massachusetts (Image: sukhchander)
Cape Cod, Massachusetts (Image: sukhchander)
Cape Cod, Massachusetts (Image: sukhchander)
Lake George, New York (Image: Rick Freebs used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Lake George, New York (Image: Rick Freebs used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Lake George, New York (Image: T. Rowe)
Lake George, New York (Image: T. Rowe)
Saugatuck, Michigan (Image: Juan Carlos Martín-Loeches)
Saugatuck, Michigan (Image: Juan Carlos Martín-Loeches)
Saugatuck, Michigan (Image: caitriana)
Saugatuck, Michigan (Image: caitriana)
Long Beach, Washington (Image: Upupa4me used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Long Beach, Washington (Image: Upupa4me used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
San Diego, California (Image: Port of San Diego)
San Diego, California (Image: Port of San Diego)
San Diego, California (Image: kellinahandbasket)
San Diego, California (Image: kellinahandbasket)
Catalina, California (Image: JMR_Photography)
Catalina, California (Image: JMR_Photography)
Catalina, California (Image: Robert Raines)
Catalina, California (Image: Robert Raines)
Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada (Image: ChrisYunker used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada (Image: ChrisYunker used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)
Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada (Image: Ridge Tahoe Resort Hotel)
Lake Tahoe, Sierra Nevada (Image: Ridge Tahoe Resort Hotel)

(Main image: Ben+Sam used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license)

Photo tour: Summer hot spots around the country was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Marissa Willman
Author: Marissa Willman (786 posts)

Marissa Willman earned a bachelor's degree in journalism before downsizing her life into two suitcases for a teaching gig in South Korea. Seoul was her home base for two years of wanderlusting throughout six countries in Asia. In 2011, Marissa swapped teaching for travel writing and now calls Southern California home.