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A New Orleans Summer: Fun and Festivals in the Big Easy

If you can handle the heat, then New Orleans might be the perfect choice for some summertime fun. You’ll find fewer crowds and cheaper hotel rates—two great reasons to start planning your Big Easy getaway. Here are just some of the diversions that might keep you busy in New Orleans during the months of July, August, and September.

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New York City’s most wide-reaching summer festival brings over 100 free performances to 17 public parks in all five boroughs. This summer, check out performers like Bobby McFerrin in Central Park or Mac DeMarco at the East River Park, among many others.

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Beat the Heat and Have a Blast in Houston This Summer

Despite Houston’s high humidity and triple-digit temperatures, the city offers plenty of air-conditioned excitement and outdoor activities to beat the heat. Visitors can explore the extensive Museum District, discover nationally acclaimed restaurants, or play gulf-based water sports on nearby Galveston Island. Get ready for some fun in Bayou City this summer!

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To celebrate NYC Restaurant Week, hundreds of the city’s most famous eateries offer special three-course, prix fixe meals for a fraction of their regular price. Despite the name, festivities run for four weeks—July 22 to August 16—but reservations fill up quickly, so book your table in advance.

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Sink your teeth into some ultra-savory brisket at Delaney Barbecue’s SmokeLine food cart on the High Line, a unique urban park located atop a raised rail bed on Manhattan’s west side. Finish off the meal with an ice cream sandwich at the Melt stand.

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Brooklyn’s largest public park is a great place for picnics and softball games, but it’s also the site of one of the city’s best free music and dance festivals, Celebrate Brooklyn! This year’s lineup includes the Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra on August 3 and They Might Be Giants on August 10.

Tucson as seen from the Ventana Canyon Trail, one of the city's best early-morning summertime hikes. © Tim Hull.

Summer Travel to Tucson: Fun from Dawn to Dusk

Never too fast or ambitious, life in Tucson slows way down during the summer months, which run from around May through at least September. While it may seem surprising because of the overwhelming summer heat, this is a wonderful time to visit the Old Pueblo.