The longest days of summer call for celebration, and in Alaska, where summer offers up just a few hours of darkness, the summer solstice is truly a call for a party. In Fairbanks, the Midnight Sun Festival offers up entertainment, music, and local food for Alaskaâ€™s largest single-day event. And Fairbanks is a summer paradise, with rafting and hiking and access to the Arctic and several national parks, including Denali, not to mention six breweries and distilleries, as well as dozens of restaurants. Find out 31 things you never knew about the summer solstice.
Looking for a summer destination that offers fabulous beaches as well as great summer entertainment? Portugal has it all, including the best beach in all of Europe. According to Best of Europe magazine, itâ€™s Carvoeiro Beach in Portugalâ€™s enchanting Algarve region, which boasts scenic fishing villages, charming seaside restaurants, hidden grottoes, and turquoise waters. And for entertainment, itâ€™s hard to beat the Feast of Saint John the Baptist (Festa de SĂŁo JoĂŁo) in nearby Porto, held June 23 and 24, a celebration with fireworks, concerts, lots of food, oh, and the interesting tradition of hitting each other with garlic or plastic hammers (evidently a nod to pagan courtship rituals). Stay at the Tivoli Carvoeiro Algarve Resort on the clifftop of Vale de Covo, with an incredible pool with views over the sea and easy access to the beach. For more beach fun, check out these great beaches for every month of the year.
The best time to travel to the nationâ€™s capital is for the countryâ€™s birthday when you can attend the free â€śA Capitol Fourthâ€ť concert, line up along Constitution Avenue for the National Independence Day Parade, and at night take in the spectacular fireworks that light up the sky over the national museums and monuments. This patriotic week is also a good opportunity to explore the Smithsonian museums and zoo, pay your respects at Arlington National Cemetery, stroll along the Georgetown waterfront, or root for the home team at Nationals Park. The Washington Marriott Georgetown, is the perfect home base to explore D.C., away from the hustle and bustle of the city center itâ€™s still in a prime location to explore the quaint shops and restaurants of the Georgetown area and close to attractions such as the Lincoln Memorial and Dupont Circle.