Summer 2012 Hot Spots

Need a little inspiration to plan your summer escape? From lively Rio to laid-back Telluride, check out our picks for this summer’s hottest spots.

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As the temperature rises in the Caribbean during the summer, airfare and hotel rates to places like St. John drop. 960 1280

  

Between May and December, Maho Bay Camps on St. John is a bargain for families. 960 1280

  

The beauty of a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, vacation: a week at a budget-friendly hotel for under $1,000. 960 1280

  

Family deals at the Myrtle Beach Sea Mist include admission to the resort's own water park. 960 1280

  

In the afternoon at Medomak Camp in Rockland, Maine, everyone heads to the lake. 960 1280

  

Swimming, sculling, sailing and, of course, kayaking are among the most popular activities at Medomak Camp. 960 1280

  

The Ace Adventure Center in Oak Hill, West Virginia boasts a prime location on the New River Gorge National River. 960 1280

  

At the Ace, you can carve some family-bonding time into the summer with wild outdoor adventures for one set price. 960 1280

  

Shake up your summer routine with an urban getaway to Boston. 960 1280

  

With no slush and snow underfoot, it's a great time for a stroll along Boston's Freedom Trail. 960 1280

  

Maine
Maine

Maine

The coast of Maine was one of your favorite summer spots. Reader Kim Bernard said the things she loves about Pemaquid Point, Maine were "camping and falling asleep to the sound of the waves, eating lobster at Shaw's and hanging out at the beach or the lighthouse during the day. Heaven...." 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii was another one of your top summer destinations. Reader Keschan Taylor described her favorite Hawaii haunt, Oahu: "it's like stepping in to a different culture every time you step out the door." 960 1280

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Disneyworld

Disneyworld

The happiest place on Earth, Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida, was another top pick. 960 1280

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Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya

You also loved the Riviera Maya, home to some of the most beautiful resorts on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. 960 1280

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Destin, Florida

Destin, Florida

One of your favorite spots has bounced back from tragedy: About a year after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico left the beaches of Destin, Florida, deserted, the area has seen a return of vacationgoers. 960 1280

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is home to both beautiful beaches and stellar golf resorts, like Punta Cana (pictured). 960 1280

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Key West

Key West

The southernmost point in the continental US, Key West was another one of your favorites. Here, wreck divers visit the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 960 1280

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San Diego

San Diego

Whether you're visiting the famous zoo or looking for year-round balmy weather, San Diego is the perfect summer getaway. 960 1280

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Alaska

Alaska

Many of you prefer to spend your summers in the misty cool and spectacular landscapes of Alaska. 960 1280

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Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies

Many others love to spend summers in the Colorado Rockies. Reader Dale Underwood Bremner's favorite activities include "fly fishing for trout on the Frying Pan River, hiking to the Maroon Bells, horseback riding through beautiful meadows and a jeep ride to Marble to see a rock quarry. Just add gorgeous scenery and enjoy your summer." 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

The Emerald Isle is a great choice for a summer getaway for those who'd like to travel to near (but foreign) shores. Pictured here, people make their way across one of the bridges over the famous river Liffey in Dublin. 960 1280

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

What keeps you going back to Yellowstone National Park, summer after summer? According to reader Lori J. Thorne, it's the "Gorgeous scenery and gorgeous wild animals!" 960 1280

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Outer Banks

Outer Banks

The Outer Banks in North Carolina are the perfect location for a family beach getaway. Surfboard not included. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

For a great city trip, what about Chicago? Reader April Wright is a fan. "Wrigley Field, Taste of Chicago, a helicopter tour of downtown, a cruise on the lake and fireworks at the Navy Pier... Chicago seems to have it all," she said. 960 1280

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