25 Ideas for Your Best Summer Ever (PHOTOS)

07/02/2014 03:20 pm ET Updated Sep 01, 2014

Summer vacation--the memories and anticipation keep you going all year long.

It's the most exhilarating season, when places gleam in the sunlight and work overtime so that travelers can make the most of their free time. There's a dizzying lineup of concerts, art fairs, craft-beer tastings, new heart-pounding roller coasters, ball games, and boardwalk amusements just waiting.

And after a rough winter in the U.S., Americans are eager to get packing. Adobe's Travel 2014 Report predicts that $61 billion will be spent on travel this summer through online bookings, a 15 percent growth over last year. Airlines for America is forecasting the busiest summer in six years, and, according to the American Express Travel survey of travel counselors, the average summer trip will be 10 days, up from seven in 2013.

So, where to go? Whatever your definition of summer, we have you covered.

--Kate Appleton

Ideas for Your Best Summer Ever