1 / Chill on a glacier.
Summit Washington’s icy Mount Rainier for stunning 14,410-foot views and the chance to say you’ve hiked the most-glaciated peak in the contiguous United States. RMI Expeditions teaches trekking techniques prior to the four-day climb.
2 / Do hot yoga under the Vegas lights.
Get away from the Strip and unwind at The Neon Museum with an outdoor yoga session surrounded by salvaged signage.
3 / Feast on watermelon.
Two hours from Atlanta, the Cordele State Farmers Market is a hotbed for the classic red seedless type, as well as crimson sweet, sangria, and yellow flesh varieties.
4 / Scour the world’s longest yard sale.
Stretching 690 miles from Gadsden, Alabama, to Hudson, Michigan, the 127 Corridor Sale snakes through six states, spans four days, and promises plenty of quirky finds.
5 / Roll on the river.
Rent a kayak or canoe and join Cincinnati locals for the Ohio River Paddlefest’s 9-mile course.
6 / Glamp in Gold Rush country.
Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California, brings you closer to nature without sacrificing a good night’s sleep.
7 / Hike by the light of a full moon.
Head to Arizona’s Red Rock State Park for the monthly 2-mile trek, led by a knowledgeable naturalist.
8 / Dig into frozen custard.
Try Mr. Wizard’s Frozen Custard for a St. Louis–style concrete or the creamy strawberry shortcake.
9 / Pick wild blueberries.
Thanks to the Pine Tree State’s long winters and acidic soil, the farm fruit at Alexander’s Wild Maine Blueberries is extra sweet.
10 / Witness a tug-of-war across the Mississippi.
Since 1987, residents of LeClaire, Iowa, and Port Byron, Illinois, have battled it out over a 2,700-foot rope. The winner receives a statue of a bald eagle and a year’s worth of bragging rights.
11 / Take part in the Tomato Art Fest.
No matter how you say tomato, you’ll love this eccentric Nashville event featuring concerts, a bloody mary competition, and tomato-inspired artwork.
12 / Dress down in The Big Easy.
A week after White Linen Night—an upscale art walk in New Orleans—Dirty Linen Night encourages guests to wander through the French Quarter, stopping at shops serving dirty martinis and dirty rice, all while wearing their dirty linens.
13 / Savor sweet corn.
Chow down on three different types of Nebraskan maize at Omaha’s Sweet Corn Festival.
14 / Explore what lies beneath.
Carlsbad Caverns This New Mexico gem contains more than 100 smaller caves and is a summer home for Brazilian free-tailed bats. At dusk, watch as they exit the caverns at speeds up to 25 miles an hour, bound for dinner in the Chihuahuan Desert.
Strataca Some 650 feet below ground in Hutchinson, Kansas, there’s a 275-million-year-old dried salt sea. See special exhibits and take a 15-minute train ride into the preserved 1940s mine tunnel.
Natural Bridge Caverns When it’s pushing 100 degrees, cool off in the largest commercial caverns in Texas. Just outside of San Antonio, take in stalagmites, flowstones, and soda straw stalactites by lantern light.
15 / Pay tribute to the King.
Forty years ago, Elvis left the building forever. Toast America’s pompadoured prince in Memphis with a weeklong tribute at his Graceland estate.
16 / Thrill on a wooden rollercoaster.
Opt for a throwback, the Shivering Timbers coaster, at Michigan’s Adventure, outside Grand Rapids.
17 / Meet the next Mike Trout.
More than 70 teams play to win at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
18 / Try all the foods at the Iowa State Fair.
Last year, culinary creations included apple fritter bites and ice cream nachos.
19 / See synchronized water skiing.
Florida’s Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team pulls off 12-person pyramids.
20 / Go fly a kite.
The annual Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach features a kite ballet and illuminated night flights.
21 / Gaze up at the Great American Eclipse.
For the first time in decades, a total solar eclipse stretches across the U.S. In St. Joseph, Missouri, experience two minutes and 38.6 seconds of darkness, use a solar-scope, and enjoy a celestial-themed concert.
22 / Take a lap on a NASCAR track.
Circle the Indianapolis 500 course via the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
23 / Island hop.
Albury’s Ferry Service, headquartered in the Abacos’ Marsh Harbour, offers ferry rides to dreamy Bahamian destinations daily.
24 / Eat ice.
Since 1945, John’s Water Ice in Philadelphia has been churning out the same four flavors—lemon, cherry, chocolate, and pineapple.
25 / Drink a sweet peach.
Visit either of Manhattan Beach Post’s California locations for Soho Punch, made with cranberry juice, cinnamon, and grilled peaches.
26 / Meet at the Falls.
Spokane, Washington’s annual pow-wow brings together Native American tribes from across the country to showcase traditional music, dance, and culture.
27 / Visit the Grand Canyon’s other side.
Forgo the crowded south rim in favor of a peaceful stay at the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge, open May through October.
28 / Lose your loose change.
The Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas features hundreds of old games and pinball machines, some dating back to the 1940s.
29 / See the world’s largest cast-iron statue.
Vulcan Park & Museum shares the story behind the 56-foot Roman god’s arrival in Birmingham.
30 / Take the table to the farm.
Collaborating with renowned chefs and local growers across the U.S., Outstanding in the Field hosts pop-up alfresco experiences to teach diners about agriculture, sustainability, and seasonal produce. This year, they visit Chatham Bars Farm on Cape Cod for the first time. Set on a sandbar, it’s sure to be an unforgettable meal.
31 / Conquer the River of No Return.
Brave 80 miles of the adrenaline-inducing Salmon River. Three hours from Boise, Idaho, Wapiti River Guides run half- to six-day trips.