Make this a summer to remember by snowboarding in the Australian Alps, stargazing in a Sedona red rock canyon, or exploring a volcanic Global Geopark in South Korea. Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, our list offers a world of possibilities.
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant in Indianapolis, IN, United States
Serious eaters with a free weekend can be among the first to check Indianapolis off their list. The city has notable chefs building national profiles with innovative menus that aren’t ambitiously overpriced, but you’d be forgiven for missing the news with Chicago hogging the Midwestern food spotlight. When you fly in—and it’s easier than ever, with nonstops from 33 cities—head straight to Marrow (fried tandoori chicken; cucumber wakame salad) for a quick orientation to the city’s best.
So you’ve decided to go to Cuba—but you’re intimidated by everything planning your own trip will require: trolling Airbnb, refreshing airline websites, e-mailing transportation companies in Havana, and dialing on-the-ground cultural institutions and dance troupes to make sure your itinerary is legit. Skip the hassle and simply call an expert, like Tom Popper at InsightCuba or Adam Vaught at Zicasso, who can handle all the details—’cause that’s what they do.
Everyone forgets about St. Barts in summer, but that’s when flights to the modish French isle run you about half as much as they would in winter. Two of the original resorts, Eden Rock and Le Guanahani, recently underwent major facelifts—just get there before September, when the rainy season starts and hotels and restaurants close down.
For just three weeks starting on June 18, the quixotic environmental artist Christo will weave 753,500 square feet of yellow fabric across pine-shrouded Lake Iseo in Northern Italy to create The Floating Piers,which visitors can literally walk across. Shake off the crowds by booking L’Albereta, a Relais & Châteaux hotel set amid the region’s vineyards, where you’ll be less than 45 minutes by car from the lake.
Now’s the time to go: In 2014, the dollar-to-peso exchange rate was one to 1,995; today you get 3,051.50 pesos for a buck. Once you’re there, stay at the sleekly designed and newly opened Four Seasons Hotel Bogota or the recently renovated Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá, a colonial-style retreat.