Home to the fifth annual Beach, Boogie and BBQ Festival in Grand Park, Myrtle Beach's festivities include a barbecue competition, car shows, arcades, food vendors and live entertainment.
Step into the capital's music scene, including the National Symphony Orchestra, performing free on the West Lawn of the Capitol and the DC Blues Festival Saturday, September 4, at the Carter Carron Amphitheater. In Abbey Road on the River, Beatles fans can hear more than 50 bands from around the world playing tribute from September 2 to 6.
Tune into the Detroit Jazz Festival in "Motor City," including tributes to artists like Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Betty Carter and Gil Evans, and local performances by jazz groups, school ensembles and choirs.
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Enjoy the season's championship golf and serious fishing.
Fire Island, New York
Take advantage of the no-cars-allowed island by cycling, talking a walk on the boardwalk and lounging on the beach.
Block Island, Rhode Island
Experience New Shoreham's beaches, stores and bars during the day, including the Mohegan Bluffs and the untouched shore.
Attend the 58th Annual Art Festival, featuring contemporary artists' work displayed along the water.
Great Falls, Montana
Get a view of the area's river canyons and white sandstone cliffs, then try your hand at water fly-fishing, white-water rafting, kayaking and canoeing.