Travel DO: Plan A Last-Minute Summer Vacation

It’s not too late to plan a getaway to one of these fabulous destinations.
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Providence, Rhode Island

Summers in the city means WaterFire season, which is an art installation of about 100 bonfires blazing on Providence’s rivers. If you’re a literary buff, don’t miss the Providence Athenaeum library, which shelves first editions by Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman. For more information click here.
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Seattle, Washington

Don’t let thoughts of rain keep you away: August is Seattle’s driest month. The West Coast city is a cultural epicenter whose residents pride themselves on environmental consciousness (lots of bikes). Make sure to visit the iconic Space Needle-built for the 1962 World’s Fair-and stop by bustling Pike Place Market, which includes the world’s first Starbucks. Don’t forget to relax: Escape to calmer surroundings at Volunteer Park and Gas Works Park, which both offer sweeping views of the city. For more information click here.
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Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket is the name of the island, town and county, which might seem a little confusing for such a simple vacation escape. Here, you’ll get the full upscale New England coastal experience, with idyllic bike paths, harbors and beaches, and of course plenty of chances to chow on clam chowder. For more information click here.
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Vancouver, BC Canada

Consider a jaunt up to our Northern neighbor, especially to visit Vancouver, named one of the world’s most livable cities. Water surrounds Vancouver on three sides and mountains on one, and ethnic food options abound within the city. Consider staying over in the Corkscrew Inn, which houses a wine museum and the world’s largest collection of corkscrews. Take a trip out to Granville Island where glass and pottery artists keep studios. For more information click here.
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San Diego, California

Influences from Spain and nearby Mexico add some flavor to the sunny SoCal city, where people love their beaches (visitors do, too). Balboa Park, called the "Smithsonian of the West" is a concentration of nine theaters and 15 museums including surfing and air and space museums. And no matter your age, the San Diego Zoo is a must. For more information click here.
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Chicago, Illinois

The Midwest City can claim top architecture, world-renowned dining and perhaps soon Olympics host to its name. A visit to the metropolis is incomplete without a walk in Millennium Park and pictures with the reflective sculpture people affectionately refer to as "the bean." (Really "Cloud Gate.") Take in the impressive buildings and learn about their history on an architectural boat tour that cruises down the city’s rivers and check out the beaches that border Lake Michigan. For more information click here.
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Napa Valley, California

The fact that Napa Valley is wine country probably is enough to sell you on a visit. The Northern California destination is also home to premier restaurants, including French Laundry. Visit the wineries-on an organized tour or on your own-and choose between quaint bed & breakfasts, ritzy hotels and private resorts for lodging. For more information click here.
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First Published Fri, 2009-08-07 12:14

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