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.
New Mexico: Ride the Lightning
In 1977, sculptor Walter De Maria planted 400 stainless-steel lightning rods on a remote desert plane, enticing natural pyrotechnics during the summer storm season. You can book the Dia Art Foundation's six-person cabin at The Lightning Field. A local cowboy will meet you in Quemado and drive you to the mile-long secret location. Then watch for thunderheads: Lightning strikes the installation about 60 times a year.
Getting there: From Albuquerque, drive to the Dia Art Foundation office in Quemado. At 2:00 p.m., a van will shuttle you 45 minutes to the Lightning Field. Stay in the three-bedroom cabin for $250 per person per night in July and August or $150 in September and October. Reservations should be made well in advance.
Credit: Illustration by Kagan Mcleod