39 Things You Should Do In The US This Summer

Sara Bower

Summer is more than halfway over, but there's still plenty of time for cookouts, festivals, and outdoor events. 

From finding the best private swimming holes to partying at summer festivals like Burning Man, here are the best things to do in the U.S. this summer. 

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Eat a fresh, delicious lobster roll in Maine.

Go whitewater rafting on the Snake River in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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Tackle the water slides at Hyland Hills Water World, the best water park in America.

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Sample ice cream at the Ben & Jerry's factory in Vermont.

Go whale watching in the waters of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Cheer on your favorite team at a baseball game.

Catch a free concert in New York City's Central Park during the Summer Concert Series.

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Go horseback riding on a mountain trail.

Pig out at the annual two-day Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival on August 15th and 16th.

Find out more about the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival here >

Tube down a lazy river.

Host a summer BBQ with friends and family.

Ride a mule into the Grand Canyon.

Bike on a sandy beach, like in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Watch cowboys wrangle bulls at a rodeo, like the Ellensburg Rodeo, which takes place in Ellensburg, Washington, on Labor Day weekend.

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Brave the waves and go surfing in Malibu, California.

Go camping and take advantage of the great outdoors.

Waterski on a lake.

Go sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado.

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Experience an epic Las Vegas pool party at the Hard Rock Las Vegas pool.

Ride the roller coasters at Six Flags Magic Mountain, which we ranked the best amusement park in America.

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Drink outdoors on a rooftop.

Lay out at Hanalei Bay Beach in Kauai, Hawaii, which we named the Best Beach in America.

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

Sail on Lake Michigan.

Stargaze at Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.

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Comb the shore for shells at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.

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Take a scenic hike through the lush forests in Olympic National Park in Washington.

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Don a crazy outfit and party in the Nevada desert at the Burning Man festival, which takes place from August 31st to September 7th.

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

See a show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Jump into a local swimming hole.

Eat some BBQ at Franklin Barbecue in Texas, the best BBQ joint in America.

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Swim in the crystal clear glacial waters of Lake Tahoe, which straddles California and Nevada.

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Take a cruise in Alaska and watch for orcas, grizzlies, and eagles.

Feast on deep fried food at a state fair.

Wait for Old Faithful to erupt at Yellowstone National Park.

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Celebrate one of the world's finest drinks at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, which takes place in Bardstown from September 16th to 21st.

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Go fishing and bring home your catch for a fresh meal.

Visit one of the many wineries in Long Island's North Fork.

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