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Best Summer Vacations

For many of us, the almost primal urge to travel peaks when summer rolls around. Going back to our elementary school days, it is the season that has always been directly associated with freedom and vacation. Of course, the ideal trip depends on the type of traveler and the type of experience that you are seeking. We've come up with a list of some of the best summer vacations out there, with a little something for everyone.

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Why go: Maui has multi-colored beaches, jaw-dropping scenery and five-star resorts. What's not to love? Adventure-seekers can hike through the lush Haleakala National Park or drive the winding Road to Hana. Or if you're craving a bit of sun, spend your summer lounging on Wailea's shores. Read More»

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Why go: Nice makes a great home base for a Riviera getaway — Cannes, Antibes and Monaco are just a short train ride away. Just make sure to bring your credit card; if you're going to roll with celebs in the French Riviera this summer, you're going to rack up quite a bill. Read More»

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Why go: Summer turns this little Mediterranean island into a late-night party hot spot. Drawing travelers from around the world, the beach parties here stay alive well into the wee hours of the morning. However, Mykonos also boasts a relaxing side with soft shores and ancient cultural sites. Read More»

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Why go: Visiting "The City of Love" in the summer certainly has its cons — particularly the heavy crowds and high prices. But the excellent weather more than makes up for it. Plus, Paris is a great base of operations for those doing an extended tour of Europe. Read More»

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Why Go: There really isn't a bad time to visit Fiji, but many consider the summertime — with its constant sunshine — to be the best season. If you're able to get away in early June, you might be lucky enough to score an over-water bungalow without busting your budget. Read More»

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Why go: While the City by the Bay has year-round appeal, San Francisco really shines in the summer. Thick crowds cluster around top sites, but most travelers remain satisfied by the glorious weather. Note: If you're looking for a California beach experience, you'll be better served by southern California. Read More»

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Why go: Now that the chilly winter breezes have passed, Montreal is a great choice for travelers looking for a taste of European culture without the trans-Atlantic flight. Historic sites, shopping venues, world-class eateries and a pulsating night scene will keep you busy for at least a week. Read More»

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Why Go: With pleasant temperatures hovering around the 70s and 80s, you'll find it hard to resist staying outside to admire the Vineyard's scenery. However, you'll be facing peak season prices and crowds during this time, so make sure to book your hotel or cottage rental as early as possible. Read More»

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Why Go: This Inca capital is worth visiting year-round, but summertime's pleasant 60-degree temperatures are ideal for adventurous pursuits, such as hiking to Machu Picchu. Just remember: You won't be the only one in Cusco. Plan your trip several months in advance. Read More»

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Why go: While everyone else flocks to the beach, head to Munich for a less cliché summer trip. You can spend your days touring medieval palaces, wandering through art galleries, biking down historic streets and lounging in beer gardens. Munich also makes a great jumping-off point for trips to Zurich, Prague and Vienna. Read More»

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Why go: Seattle is one of America's most unique destinations, and summer is a prime time to go. The sun is out, the skies are clear and the temperatures are comfortable. That said, hotel rates are above average, and tourists are prevalent. Still, the weather makes for a more than fair trade-off. Read More»

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Why go: Neighbor to Palm Beach (the longtime harbor of American millionaires), West Palm Beach is now a premier Floridian destination in its own right. Peak season may be winter, but you can still enjoy attractions (like the Norton Museum of Art) and long stretches of powdery, white sand. Read More»

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Why go: If you thought the Caribbean was off-limits due to tropical storm threats, you'll be happy to hear that Aruba sits well outside the hurricane belt. Because the island is most often considered a winter destination by American travelers, you can often find great deals in the summertime. Read More»

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