Listen, this is Chicago. Few people actually need to be told what to do on a summer’s day in the Windy City. The Bean, The Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier, a Cubs game at Wrigley Field or a White Sox game at Cellular Field, the Lincoln Park Zoo, going to the top of the Hancock Building, or taking a run along the waterfront. But the real draw of Chicago in the summer is the immense amounts of food festivals. Sure, there’s Taste of Chicago but there’s also Summer on Southport, Windy City RibFest, Chicago Food Truck Fest and Six Corners BBQ Fest, just to name a few. The beauty of these fests is that you get more than a taste of the food the city has to offer, you get a taste of the city itself, too. Plus, you leave with a full and satisfied belly whatever your palette.

If you think Telluride’s not for you because you’re not a skier or you think it’s not for you because you are a skier and there’s no snow in the summer, think again. The trails that give you the best powder November through March also give you the most amazing, vibrant hikes amongst wildflowers you’ll ever see April through September. This traveler especially loves its nearly pervasive dog friendly attitude and summer couldn’t be a better time to bring Fido along. If your dog has a better day than the one when you hike The San Miguel River Trail and end with a swim in the actual river, then he has a better life than nay of us mere mortals. After working up a thirst, pull up a stool at the outdoor patio at Smuggler’s Brew Pub where 12 seasonal beers are rotated on tap. Need to get around and see this beautiful town at once ? all for free? Hop on The Gondola ? it links Telluride and Mountain Village and points in between. Every third cart is Fido-friendly.