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.
Wyoming: Surf the Snake
When the snow melts, Jackson Hole residents trade their snowboards for surfboards and ride one of the country's best surf breaks – 700 miles from the nearest ocean. On the Snake River, Lunch Counter is a four-foot stationary wave formed when water pushes into submerged boulders, rising and folding over itself in a perpetual loop. Brave the 48-degree water as locals lounge atop boulders. "If you don't catch it at first," says local surfer Kevin Keane, "it's always going to be there."
Getting there: Fly into Jackson Hole and head to Rendezvous River Sports to rent a surfboard for $30 per day. Snake River is just 10 minutes west of town, and most surfers jump off one of the riverside rocks right into the Lunch Counter on the far side of the river.
Credit: Illustration by Kagan Mcleod