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Summer Fun

Get outside and enjoy the best of the season with these activities.

elevated view of Hamilton Cove on Catalina Island, California.

Catalina Island: 5 Things We Love

This Southern California island retreat is full of relaxing activities.
Summer visitors flock to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk on the Fourth of July.

Santa Cruz, California: Fun on the Boardwalk and Beyond

Oceanside fun, tasty eats, and California history converge in Santa Cruz.
Patrick’s Point ocean view near Trinidad, California .

Readers' Favorite State Parks to Visit in Summer

AAA Members share their top state parks from the West to hike, camp, swim, or just take in the view.
Bighorn River cuts through the steep canyon walls in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

7 Late Summer Day Trips

It’s not too late to sneak in a road trip.
Panoramic of lake and hills in Utah's Bear Lake State Park.

Bear Lake, Utah Summer Weekend Escape

Frolic in water, nosh on pizza, and explore a cave at Bear Lake on the border of Idaho and Utah.
Historic train station in Flagstaff, Arizona, at sunset

Summer Getaway in Flagstaff, Arizona

Enjoy a scenic high country escape this summer.
A group of friends ride on a dedicated bike path.

5 Places to Explore By Bike in the West

An engaged cycling community, carefully-planned infrastructure, and interesting landmarks make these areas top biking destinations.
a person cups freshly-picked cherries in Brentwood, California.

Best Summer Fruit U-Pick Spots

Check out these popular u-pick farms for the sweetest, juiciest fruit in the West.
A woman paddles a kayak on Watson Lake in Prescott, Arizona with rocky walls behind her.

Lake Hopping in Prescott, AZ

Head to Arizona's mile-high city for refreshing outdoor fun.
picture of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at sunset

7 Spots for a Short and Sweet Summer Trip

Enjoy the sunshine—or beat the heat—with a few days away in one of these summer-fun destinations.
A while raft on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

Rafting the Grand Canyon's Colorado River

Take an exhilarating ride through the Grand Canyon.
Wildflowers carpet the slopes beneath Mount Rainier.

10 Best Places to See Alpine Wildflowers in the West

Catch these summer delights before they’re gone.
woman stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Tahoe, picture

Lake Tahoe Summer Fun Activities

Warm weather activities on, above, and along the water.
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course Zip Lines in Arizona, picture

7 High-Flying Aerial Adventure Parks

Get a dose of adrenaline at these aerial adventure parks in the refreshing outdoors.
View toward the Olympic Mountains from Lime Kiln Lighthouse, San Juan Island, Washington.

10 National Monuments to Visit in the West

Instead of crowded national parks, head to these often overlooked but remarkable destinations instead.