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.
Gorge on cherries at the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan, from July 4th through 11th.
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.
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.
Channel your inner cowboy at Golden Buffalo Bill Days in Golden, Colorado, which runs from July 22nd to 26th.
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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