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Summertime, and the Living's ... Relaxing

May 17, 2007
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As summer approaches, we get the urge to travel. Whether you want to make the trek to your favorite tourist attraction, or go somewhere and try a new activity, summer is a great time to travel.

Here are some great travel ideas for every summer mood:

· Relaxation: If some rest and relaxation is what you're looking for, you're sure to be satisfied with the sunshine and beauty of Florida's beaches. You can spend some time enjoying the sun and a good book, nap your days away or even take long walks along the beach looking for seashells.

For a little adventure, try boogie boarding. You can purchase a boogie board quite affordably at many beach stores and practice catching the waves and riding to shore.

Deciding on where to stay in Florida can be difficult. Some prefer popular tourist destinations like Disney World and Busch Gardens. Places like Fort Myers with its slower pace will feel more like a getaway. Others might prefer to visit a quainter town such as Bonita Springs. Located north of Marco Island and just between Naples and Fort Myers, this community offers the unique and inviting Old Florida lifestyle of a charming small beach town.

· Adventure: For those seeking lots of opportunities for adventure, look to the mountains! And there is no better place to visit for adventure than Colorado. During the winter, ski bums around the world hit the slopes, but during the summer the mountains offer just as much for the adrenaline junkie.

Imagine rock climbing one of Aspen's world famous peaks. Instructors can be hired for excursions from several hours to days and are available for all levels of climbers.

Experience world-class whitewater rafting on the Cache La Poudre River, located in Fort Collins. If you want a milder adventure, try hiking at one of the thousands of trails located in the beautiful mountains.

· City Life: For those who want a taste of the city and everything it has to offer, there is no better place than Chicago. With its museums, restaurants, cultural activities and night life, you really can't go wrong.

The Art Institute of Chicago boasts an extensive collection of world-famous art. The Shedd Aquarium is a favorite to locals and tourists alike. The Magnificent Mile offers enough stores to satisfy anyone's shopping addiction.

And don't forget to grab a slice of famous Chicago-style pizza when you need a break from it all.

· Mother Nature: For those who want to get back in touch with Mother Nature, or perhaps just experience the outdoors and breathe in some fresh air, head to the Midwest.

Try visiting the surrounding areas of the Great Lakes. Head to Duluth, Minn., for access to many outdoor activities and one of the largest ports in the Midwest. Head farther north for the legendary Iron Range and Boundary Waters.

To see some of the best of the untouched north woods visit the Superior Hiking Trail, a 205-mile-long footpath that follows the rocky ridgeline above Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota.

Look for a variety of wild animals, including deer, water foul, fox, and even bear and wolves. Try packing a picnic lunch, sit on the lake shore and listen to the waves crash on the rocks.

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