15 Weekend Getaways to Take This Summer

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you have 15 weekends (count 'em) to make the most of your summer. Check out our getaway picks — then start packing!

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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

REUTERS/Mark Wallheiser  

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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

REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz  

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

REUTERS/Ho New  

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

Getty / David McNew  

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

Getty / Jeff J. Mitchell  

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

Getty / Chris Honros  

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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Women in bikinis on the beach with surfboards
Women in bikinis on the beach with surfboards

Women in bikinis on the beach with surfboards

Four beautiful ladies hit the beach with their surfboards on Travel Channel's all-new series, Bikinis & Boardwalks. 960 1280

  

Coney Island's Wonder Wheel in Brooklyn New York

Coney Island's Wonder Wheel in Brooklyn New York

Catch a ride on Coney Island's Wonder Wheel at night, as featured on Bikinis & Boardwalks. 960 1280

  

Bret Michaels and others from Rock My RV

Bret Michaels and others from Rock My RV

Bret Michaels stands with Dan "Punk Ass" Caldwell (left) and Tim "Skrape" Katz (right) in the all-new series Rock My RV With Bret Michaels. 960 1280

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The welding of a main beam on Rock My RV

The welding of a main beam on Rock My RV

Bodie Stroud welds the main beam of his spiral staircase, a special feature within one of the “rocked-out” RVs on Rock My RV With Bret Michaels. 960 1280

  

Surfer in Siam Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Surfer in Siam Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands

A cast member surfs giant waves on a wave pool at Siam Park in Tenerife, Canary Islands, on Xtreme Waterparks. 960 1280

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Host Adam Richman on Fandemonium

Host Adam Richman on Fandemonium

Adam Richman stands tall in the middle of a mud field on the all-new series Fandemonium. 960 1280

  

The Colossos rollercoaster train in Germany on Insane Coaster Wars

The Colossos rollercoaster train in Germany on Insane Coaster Wars

The Colossos train goes racing by the "destroyed" Statue of Liberty in Heide-Park in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany, as featured in the returning series Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination. 960 1280

  

George Motz has a cheeseburger in Texas

George Motz has a cheeseburger in Texas

George Motz points to a delicious cheeseburger at Tookie's in Seabrook, TX, on Burger Land. 960 1280

  

Andrew Zimmern holds up a fish in St. Croix on Bizarre Foods

Andrew Zimmern holds up a fish in St. Croix on Bizarre Foods

Andrew Zimmern shows off a pretty shellfish in St. Croix on all-new episodes of Bizarre Foods America. 960 1280

  

South Bay, CA
South Bay, CA

South Bay, CA

Look out, here come the South Bay surfers! Head to the South Bay area, southwest of Los Angeles, for cool waves and plenty of sun. For top surfing action, check out the annual International Surf Festival -- one of South Bay’s biggest events of the year, held in late July. 960 1280

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Waimea Bay, HI

Waimea Bay, HI

If everybody had an ocean, across the USA … they might wish it looked like Hawaii’s Waimea Bay. Top gun surfers -- called 'rhino chasers' in the Beach Boys’ day -- love the area’s tall waves. 960 1280

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Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

Everybody’s gone surfin’ at Redondo, too. While in the South Bay area stop by Redondo Beach, one of 3 prized beaches in the region. The South Bay waves here turn into killer kahunas -- as high as 20 feet! 960 1280

Neil Kremer, flickr   

Sandals Cay, Jamaica

Sandals Cay, Jamaica

Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand … welcome to Sandals Cay. Once known as Kokomo Island, Sandals Cay is just 2.5 acres but big on tropical relaxation: a Thai restaurant, Jacuzzi and secluded beach can be found here. 960 1280

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Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Tach it up, tach it up, buddy gonna shut you down! The Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson used to rev it up in a Shelby Cobra car around the now-gone San Fernando Raceway. These days, head to places like Auto Club Speedway, which has hosted NASCAR racing every year since 1997. 960 1280

Massimo Mazzocca, flickr  

Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, CA

Under Big Sur sky, that’s where you belong. This stretch of California’s Central Coast inspired the Beach Boys with its 'cashmere hills filled with evergreens, flowin’ from the clouds down to meet the sea.' 960 1280

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San Miguel, Mexico

San Miguel, Mexico

The Beach Boys sang they could be in San Miguel forever. However long your visit, take time for a stroll through this central Mexican city’s quaint cobblestone streets, lined with colorful homes and churches. 960 1280

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Trestles Beach

Trestles Beach

And who can forget Trestles Beach? The Beach Boys didn’t in ‘Surfin’ USA.’ Trestles Beach remains one of California’s best surfing spots, with some of the last undeveloped coastal areas in Southern California. 960 1280

Rian Castillo, flickr  

Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland is worth a trip to LA. The theme park made the list in the Beach Boys’ hit ‘Amusement Parks USA.’ In true Beach Boys-style, get behind the wheel of a specially-designed car and zoom around the track at Disneyland’s own roadway, Autopia. 960 1280

Larry Johnson, flickr  

Narrabeen Beach, Australia

Narrabeen Beach, Australia

It may not be surfin’ in the USA, but Australia’s Narrabeen Beach got a nod from the Beach Boys in their famous hit. The beachside suburb, northeast of Sydney, has 4 beach areas – and plenty of water activities, including rowing. 960 1280

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Islamorada, Florida Keys

Islamorada, Florida Keys

The Beach Boys called Islamorada the real inspiration for their hit ‘Kokomo.’ Four islands in this upper Florida Keys attraction offer tranquil spots to stretch out on the sand. And don’t forget your fishing pole -- locals call this the ‘sport fishing capital of the world.’ 960 1280

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Swami’s Beach, CA

Swami’s Beach, CA

Surf’s up on Swami’s Beach. This stretch of sand near San Diego was made famous in the Beach Boys’ ‘Surfin’ USA.’ To this day, Swami’s remains a major surfing destination -- its large number of right-hand point breaks is a big reason why. 960 1280

Phil Price, flickr  

Kona Coast

Kona Coast

Welcome to an “island mecca.” Yep, that’s what the Beach Boys called Kona’s coast. Part of the Big Island of Hawaii, the coastline includes Kealakekua Bay -- a popular spot for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. 960 1280

Travis Thurston, Wikimedia Commons  

Pasadena, CA

Pasadena, CA

Make like the ‘little old lady from Pasadena,’ and take a drive around this LA County city. One of the most scenic driving spots is Orange Grove Boulevard, a street lined with so many mansions it’s called ‘Millionaire’s Row.’ 960 1280

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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

iStockphoto  

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

REUTERS/Ho New  

Disneyworld

Disneyworld

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

REUTERS/Issei Kato  

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

REUTERS/STR New  

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

REUTERS/Mark Wallheiser  

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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

REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz  

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

REUTERS/Ho New  

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

Getty/Donald Miralle  

Alaska

Alaska

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

Getty / David McNew  

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

iStockphoto  

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

Getty / Jeff J. Mitchell  

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

REUTERS/XXSTRINGERXX xxxxx  

Outer Banks

Outer Banks

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

Getty / Chris Honros  

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

Getty / Scott Olson  

South Bay, CA

South Bay, CA

Look out, here come the South Bay surfers! Head to the South Bay area, southwest of Los Angeles, for cool waves and plenty of sun. For top surfing action, check out the annual International Surf Festival -- one of South Bay’s biggest events of the year, held in late July. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Waimea Bay, HI

Waimea Bay, HI

If everybody had an ocean, across the USA … they might wish it looked like Hawaii’s Waimea Bay. Top gun surfers -- called 'rhino chasers' in the Beach Boys’ day -- love the area’s tall waves. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Redondo Beach, CA

Redondo Beach, CA

Everybody’s gone surfin’ at Redondo, too. While in the South Bay area stop by Redondo Beach, one of 3 prized beaches in the region. The South Bay waves here turn into killer kahunas -- as high as 20 feet! 960 1280

Neil Kremer, flickr   

Sandals Cay, Jamaica

Sandals Cay, Jamaica

Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand … welcome to Sandals Cay. Once known as Kokomo Island, Sandals Cay is just 2.5 acres but big on tropical relaxation: a Thai restaurant, Jacuzzi and secluded beach can be found here. 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Tach it up, tach it up, buddy gonna shut you down! The Beach Boys’ Dennis Wilson used to rev it up in a Shelby Cobra car around the now-gone San Fernando Raceway. These days, head to places like Auto Club Speedway, which has hosted NASCAR racing every year since 1997. 960 1280

Massimo Mazzocca, flickr  

Big Sur, CA

Big Sur, CA

Under Big Sur sky, that’s where you belong. This stretch of California’s Central Coast inspired the Beach Boys with its 'cashmere hills filled with evergreens, flowin’ from the clouds down to meet the sea.' 960 1280

Thinkstock  

San Miguel, Mexico

San Miguel, Mexico

The Beach Boys sang they could be in San Miguel forever. However long your visit, take time for a stroll through this central Mexican city’s quaint cobblestone streets, lined with colorful homes and churches. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Trestles Beach

Trestles Beach

And who can forget Trestles Beach? The Beach Boys didn’t in ‘Surfin’ USA.’ Trestles Beach remains one of California’s best surfing spots, with some of the last undeveloped coastal areas in Southern California. 960 1280

Rian Castillo, flickr  

Disneyland

Disneyland

Disneyland is worth a trip to LA. The theme park made the list in the Beach Boys’ hit ‘Amusement Parks USA.’ In true Beach Boys-style, get behind the wheel of a specially-designed car and zoom around the track at Disneyland’s own roadway, Autopia. 960 1280

Larry Johnson, flickr  

Narrabeen Beach, Australia

Narrabeen Beach, Australia

It may not be surfin’ in the USA, but Australia’s Narrabeen Beach got a nod from the Beach Boys in their famous hit. The beachside suburb, northeast of Sydney, has 4 beach areas – and plenty of water activities, including rowing. 960 1280

Getty Images  

Islamorada, Florida Keys

Islamorada, Florida Keys

The Beach Boys called Islamorada the real inspiration for their hit ‘Kokomo.’ Four islands in this upper Florida Keys attraction offer tranquil spots to stretch out on the sand. And don’t forget your fishing pole -- locals call this the ‘sport fishing capital of the world.’ 960 1280

Thinkstock  

Swami’s Beach, CA

Swami’s Beach, CA

Surf’s up on Swami’s Beach. This stretch of sand near San Diego was made famous in the Beach Boys’ ‘Surfin’ USA.’ To this day, Swami’s remains a major surfing destination -- its large number of right-hand point breaks is a big reason why. 960 1280

Phil Price, flickr  

Kona Coast

Kona Coast

Welcome to an “island mecca.” Yep, that’s what the Beach Boys called Kona’s coast. Part of the Big Island of Hawaii, the coastline includes Kealakekua Bay -- a popular spot for snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. 960 1280

Travis Thurston, Wikimedia Commons  

Pasadena, CA

Pasadena, CA

Make like the ‘little old lady from Pasadena,’ and take a drive around this LA County city. One of the most scenic driving spots is Orange Grove Boulevard, a street lined with so many mansions it’s called ‘Millionaire’s Row.’ 960 1280

Thinkstock  

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

  


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