55 awesome things you should do in the US this summer

In the US, summer is the season of cookouts, festivals, and water sports, among other activities.

The season is only a few months long though, so it’s best to start crossing off the items on your summer bucket list sooner than later.

In order to help with that, we’ve made a comprehensive list of some of the best ways to spend your time this summer.

From sailing on Lake Michigan to stargazing in Hawaii, here are some activities everyone will enjoy.

An earlier version of this post was written by Sara Bower and Jill Comoletti.

See the professional eaters chow down at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Brooklyn's Coney Island on July 4th.

Tackle the water slides at Hyland Hills Water World, one of the best water parks in America.

Gorge on cherries at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan, from July 4th through 11th.

Tube down a lazy river.

Try a little bit of everything at the Taste of Chicago festival, which runs from July 8th to 12th.

Soak in some rays at Cape Hatteras -- which we rated the best beach in America this year -- in North Carolina's Outer Banks.

Transport yourself to Scotland at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in Linville, North Carolina, which runs from July 9th to 12th.

Taste flavorful wines at the California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, from July 16th to 18th.

Brave the waves and go surfing in Malibu, California.

Eat some BBQ at Joe's BBQ in Blue Ridge, Georgia, the best BBQ joint in America.

Go camping and take advantage of the great outdoors.

Challenge yourself to run a marathon, like the Aspen Valley Marathon in Colorado on July 18th.

Ride the roller coasters at Splashin' Safari Water Park in Santa Claus, Indiana, which Travel Channel ranked one of the best amusement parks in America.

Drink outdoors on a rooftop.

Roadtrip down the coast of California on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Channel your inner cowboy at Golden Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, Colorado, which runs from July 22nd to 26th.

Rock out at Lollapalooza in Chicago from July 31st to August 2nd.

See a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Dock your boat at Big Island in Minnesota's Lake Minnetonka, and party hop from boat to boat.

Don a crazy outfit and party in the Nevada desert at the Burning Man festival, which takes place from August 30th to September 7th.

Celebrate one of the world's finest drinks at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which takes place in Bardstown from September 15th 20th.

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