NEW JOYS OF SUMMER

16 Best Summer Attractions for Families

At the end of every summer comes a day of reckoning, the time when every man, woman, and child must answer a crucial question: So, what did you do on your summer vacation? We're here to make sure you have a very good answer.


Moab Photo Workshop, Moab, Utah

You'll need to develop some fortitude for this one-day photo boot camp in canyon country. Class runs from dawn to post-dusk to take advantage of the exceptional light, but then there's the payoff: frame-worthy images of red earth and rock formations, not to mention techniques and tips you can use in less spectacular surroundings. Photo pro Bret Edge takes each beginner-level group (no more than five folks at a time) to three locations each day, places like Dead Horse Point State Park, Mesa Arch, and Balanced Rock in Arches National Park. Instruction covers composition, depth of field, aperture and shutter speeds, and the basics of filters and tripods. moabphotoworkshops.com, photo workshop $250, including breakfast, park admission, instruction in the field, and image critiques.


Wonderlust Festival, Bondville, Vt.

You'd think that achieving inner peace would be enough for one long weekend, but not at Vermont's Wanderlust Festival. A spin-off of a Tahoe-based retreat, the four-day workshop (June 23-26) is built around a serious yoga program, with intensive instruction by 30 of the world's top gurus. Once you've attained your desired level of tranquility, you can shift your heart rate into high gear-with muscle-shaking arm-balancing classes and alfresco live-music performances. Bonus: Attendees get unlimited gondola access for meditative hikes on Stratton Mountain. stratton.wanderlustfestival.com, from $34.50 for a music-only day pass to $450 for four days of all-access activities.


Twilight Territory, Forks, Wash.

Although the Twilight movies were actually filmed in Oregon and Canada, a red-blooded Edward-and-Bella tourism industry is emerging in the small towns of western Washington where the series is set. A handful of outfitters are hawking package-deal tours, but our money's on the DIY option: Twilight Territory: A Fan's Guide to Forks & LaPush, a photo-filled handbook sold by the Forks Chamber of Commerce that points the way to key locations such as Forks High School, the police station, and First Beach. If you have to ask what those places are, this is not the tour for you. forkswa.com/twilight, $10.

 

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