Hot for August: Cool Places to Go this Month

  • Wolffer Vineyards on Long Island, New York

    Wolffer Vineyards is Cool Respite

    Long Island helps make New York one of the country's top wine-producing states, to the surprise of many.   Wolffer Vineyards, with its landmark windmill, makes for a fun stop on any New York vineyards tour.   

    Photo courtesy of jiashiang

  • Dallas skyline and park

    Dallas: Home of America's Team

    As NFL season approaches, football fans who haven't yet seen architectural marvel Cowboy Stadium should consider a trip to Dallas.  You don't have to cheer for "America's team" to enjoy being in this amazing venue.

    Photo courtesy of steevithak

  • Don't leave Chicago without taking in the view from the John Hancock building

    Chicago from the Top of the John Hancock

    Chicago's Air & Water Show is a fantastic reason to take in the Windy City.  But shopping, dining, cool neighborhoods, lake access, great museums and the chance to bump into Oprah or Derrick Rose. 

    Photo courtesy of Bernt Rostad

  • Gorgeous Clos Pegase Winery in Napa Valley

    Napa Valley Shines at Sunset

    There may be no more relaxing vacation in America than leisurely visiting the wineries of beautiful Napa Valley, eating a fabulous dinner - paired with wine, of course - then returning to one of the valley's lovely inns for the evening.

    Photo courtesy of lyng883

  • There's more to Sydney than the Opera House in the Harbor

    Traverse City is Gateway to Wine and Cool Coastline

    Sydney is a worthy destination in its own right for a thousand obvious reasons, but it's also Australia's primary threshold. Fly into Sydney and spend a few days exploring the city, then hit the coastline or strike out to area vineyards, many of which are getting increasing press and notoriety in the wine world.

    Photo courtesy of jimmyharris

  • Sunset at San Juan's harbor

    San Juan Islands: Get Back to Nature

    San Jan Islands–part of an archipelago that's considered a National Park–is known for splendid views, orca watching, and for being one of the last remaining native prairies in the Northern Straits region. Getting to the islands requires a bit of leg work, but it's well worth your while.

    Photo courtesy of indywriter

  • Bar Harbor as seen from Cadillac Mountain

    Bar Harbor on Maine's Mt. Desert Island

    Filled with antique stores, ice cream shops and galleries sporting maritime paintings, quaint Bar Harbor is the bustling heart of Mt Desert Island.  It makes a perfect home base for whale watching excursions, ferry rides to Nova Scotia, and exploration of Acadia National Park. 

    Photo courtesy of Dana Moos

  • Yosemite Falls in the distance

    Yosemite National Park Offers Photo-Worthy Adventures

    Whether you're visiting for a hike or with more adventurous motives (Yosemite is a premier destination for rock climbing!) this national park is arguably the gold standard of US national parks. Yosemite embodies the quintessential tranquility of the High Sierras, and should be considered a mecca for any enthusiastic outdoors person.

    Photo courtesy of Mats Molin

  • Cool off at a hot destination

    Hot, Hot, Hot for Miami

    Miami is a hot destination in the most literal sense of the word, there's no doubt about it. Still, the city knows how to cool its visitors off, most commonly with water sports. Whether you're striking out into the deep sea on a fishing charter or scuba diving at the site of a shipwreck, you're sure to have a blast.

    Photo courtesy of BryanSereny

  • The Gates of Graceland

    Dust Off Your Blue Suede Shoes in Memphis

    Early August is an ideal time for a visit to Memphis. Why, you may ask? Well, August 10-18 is Elvis Week, when the entire city erupts in a celebration of Tennessee's favorite son! Pay homage to the King with a visit to Graceland.

    Photo courtesy of ianloic