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Travel Must-Dos for the Summer

Planning to travel this summer? It’s a fantastic time to see and do new things, and we’ve got some suggestions for where to adventure next! We’ve been inspired by the Huffington Post, which recently published a list of one standout experience people should have in each state. Here are some of our favorites!

Colorado: Try out sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park. This year is even the centennial of the National Park Service!

Illinois: Enjoy a drink on the 95th floor of the Hancock Building at The Signature Lounge — and be prepared for a spectacular view of Chicago.

Iowa: Since we’re based in Iowa, we had to include this one: visit the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair in August! The sculpture has been a fair tradition since 1911 and weighs about 600 pounds.

Maine: Watch the sunrise on Cadillac Mountain, the highest point along the North Atlantic seaboard. It’s the first place the sun comes up in the U.S. from October 7 through March 6 and makes for a beautiful hike.

New Jersey: Journey to Long Beach Island to climb the Barnegat Lighthouse, affectionately referred to as “Barney” by the locals. Prepare to be winded, though, because there are 217 steps to the top!

New Mexico: Consider holding on until October to visit New Mexico so you can watch a Balloon Glow at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the biggest in the world. Look up in wonder of hundreds of balloons in the sky at once!

New York: Please your taste buds with fine wine on Long Island’s North Fork, which offers 30-some wineries close to the city with very affordable tours. Plus get the famous strawberry pie from Briermere Farms!

North Carolina: Tour the Biltmore Estate, the largest private residence in the United States. It looks like a castle! You can even rent bikes to freely explore the huge property.

Oregon: Buy a book (and try not to get lost) at Powell’s City of Books. It’s considered the largest bookstore in the world, spanning an entire city block and boasting nine color-coded rooms and roughly one million books!

Rhode Island: Take the Cliff Walk in Newport — with the Atlantic on one side and the gorgeous (and huge) Gilded Age mansions on the other, you won’t be able to choose which view you love more!

To see what's recommended in the remaining states, check out the full list here! And of course, don’t forget to take a handful of our travel products along when you go!