Where do you want to go this summer – hiking along the Oregon coast or surfing the Snake River, stargazing in the darkest corners of the Allegheny Mountains or exploring late-night Chicago? We scoured the USA in search of every state's hidden summer gem. All you have to do is get there.
Georgia: Tee Off Like a Rockefeller
Built in the 1880s for men with silly money, The Jekyll Island Club Hotel had a woolly golf course along a wild Atlantic coast, anchored by a turreted Queen Anne clubhouse. To golf at the luxury resort today – on a barrier island six miles off the mainland – is to step onto a Victorian-era set. The grand details remain – the lofted ballroom ceilings, Ionic columns, the oak-clad lobby bar, and the deep, shady verandas on which to enjoy a plate of fried oysters or sip mint juleps. There are three 18-hole layouts of varying toughness, and the nine holes left from the original track, which looks and feels like a Scottish links, with the slower hackers lingering under moss-draped oaks in the distance. This is life as the one percent once lived it. For the rest of us, that's not half bad.
Getting there: From Jacksonville, Florida, drive an hour to Jekyll Island. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel offers a room, green fees, and an electric cart for $175 per night.
Credit: Illustration by Kagan Mcleod