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5 Amazing Summer Vacations You Haven’t Thought Of

I've never been to Canada, but I've always wanted to go. I might just have to add this destination to my summer bucket list! I also wouldn't mind a five-day trip to Big Sur to live out my Big Little Lies dreams.

Joanna Berliner Curator

PureWow

It’s not even Memorial Day, but summer travel is already on your brain. That’s because you’re a planner. (Also, you know the best spots book up super fast.) Here are five destinations worth considering this year.

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A Canadian Road Trip

Block out two weeks and drive from Montreal to Banff. Okay, so it’s a grand total of approximately 40 hours on the road, but break it into chunks over the course of 14 days and it’s worth it, given all the sights you can detour to see (like Ottawa – Canada’s capital city – or Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan). Book a night at Hotel Le Crystal in Montreal so you get a good night’s sleep as you kick off the trip, then use an app like Hotel Tonight (or Airbnb’s instant-book feature) to book accommodations last minute on the road.

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A Western Dude Ranch

Vacation is for fresh air and wide-open spaces, which is why you can’t go wrong with a getaway to Colorado, specifically Grand County (located about an hour west of Denver). The Latigo Ranch will whisk you far away from pesky annoyances like email – although Wi-Fi hot spots are available if you need it – and fix your attention instead on the land around you. Forty thousand acres of prime national forest, to be exact.

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A Charming Southern City

If you haven’t been to Charleston, summer is the perfect time (although preferably in June and July, before the August humidity hits). It’s the perfect blend of city culture and country charm – spend your days touring nearby plantations (FYI, Boone Hall is open to the public and the spot where Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds got hitched) and your nights at reputable high-end restaurants like Husk or FIG. You could even detour to Kiawah Island, no more than a 45-minute drive away. Plan to stay at the Planters Inn, a chic destination right in the heart of the downtown.

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A Lakeside Adventure

The ocean isn’t the only option if you’re looking for a family getaway where your kids can splash in the waves. Michigan’s west coast offers gorgeous water views without having to worry about the tides. (FYI, we love South Haven, often referred to as the “Catskills of the Midwest.”) Or, if the east side of the state is more your style, take a ferry to Mackinac Island in the middle of Lake Huron. (The Grand Hotel is a majestic historic resort you won’t want to miss.)

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A Coastal Escape

Big Little Lies on the brain? Book a five-day weekend in and around Big Sur. The cliff views of the Pacific Ocean (visible from the Highway 1) alone are worth the trip, but the chance to experience the breathtaking vistas seen on your new favorite HBO show? You can’t go wrong. We recommend booking a stay at the swank Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa (delicious cocktails and epic oceanside sunsets all included).

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