With the airlines adding high 'fuel surcharges' to the cost of expensive peak-season plane tickets, and an exchange rate situation that has gone from sad to downright embarrassing, many Americans are working on a Plan B for their vacations this summer. Okay, so spending two weeks skipping around Europe might be best saved for another year, but what to do?

If you get creative you'll realize there are many ways of doing something new on your vacation this year. Those of us in the United States are lucky enough to live in one of the most amazing countries on Earth in terms of varied sights and natural beauty, but few of us have really explored some of the better attractions in our own parts of the country.

Partly as an experiment to show that our summer vacation options near home are almost endless, BootsnAll has gathered up one destination in each of the 50 states that could be a cool part of a summer trip. No matter which corner of the country you live in, something interesting is not far away. Some of these places are very famous, and others might be news to you, but either way we think these are interesting and worth a look for those who are struggling to find an affordable way to have a blast this summer.

New England


Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT

Connecticut Mystic Seaport - This historic fishing village has an aquarium, a lovely downtown, and yes, Mystic Pizza

Maine Bar Harbor - The postcard-perfect village is a summer playground and home to the gorgeous Acadia National Park

Massachusetts Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield - Come see this perfectly restored 200-year-old historic village and look at Shaker life, but don't stir your drinks!

New Hampshire White Mountains - Excellent hiking, gorgeous scenery, and plenty of family activities to keep everyone busy

Rhode Island Narragansett - Possibly the best beaches in New England are surrounded by plenty of summer recreation opportunities

Vermont Long Trail - The oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country runs the length of the state


Delaware Dewey Beach - This sandbar island is one huge beach party all summer long


Wild pony on Assateague Island, Maryland

Maryland Assateague Island National Seashore - Take a wildlife tour of this unique island and see the wild ponies

New Jersey Cape May - This historic Victorian town on the state's southern tip was the country's first seaside resort and maintains much charm today

New York Yankee Stadium - This is the last year to visit the authentic house that Ruth built before they tear it down

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Dutch Country - The fascinating Amish locals don't actually like outsiders so try your best to blend in

The South

Alabama Gulf Shores - This pretty beach town hosts the National Shrimp Festival in October

Arkansas Hot Springs National Park - Historic district of Bathhouse Row is an interesting look at the spa scene from 100 years ago


A beach on Key West, Florida

Florida Key West - The long drive starting at Key Largo feels like half the fun, but there's plenty to see once you actually arrive

Georgia Stone Mountain - Huge park in the Atlanta suburbs has tons of interesting things to do

Kentucky Mammoth Cave National Park - The world's longest cave system is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Louisiana New Orleans - The city is open for business and crowds and prices are down in this post-Katrina era

Mississippi Vicksburg - A historic downtown, civil war sites, and a whole bunch of casinos will keep you busy

North Carolina Great Smoky Mountains National Park - The most visited national park in the country is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

South Carolina Myrtle Beach - Golf heaven and great for beachgoers along the regions famous Grand Strand


Graceland in Memphis, TN

Tennessee Graceland - This Memphis attraction is always packed, but it's the kind of place everyone has to experience once anyway

Virginia Colonial Williamsburg - There's the living history, but also golf courses and spas to balance things out nicely

West Virginia Blackwater Falls State Park - The water in this gorgeous park isn't exactly black, but it is an interesting shade and only one of the many attractions



Architecture of Galena, Illinois

Illinois Galena - This small town is packed with history and classic architecture, but also golf courses and resorts

Indiana Wyandotte Caves - This is the most popular of 4 completely unique cave systems in this part of the state

Iowa Amana Colonies - These 7 mysterious villages keep up their European traditions, but they also have endless summer festivals and events to enjoy.

Kansas Dodge City - The Boot Hill Museum is one of dozens of attractions dedicated to the Old West history of this legendary town

Michigan Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore - This park is a combination of stunning sand dunes, beaches, forests, and ancient glacial phenomena


Mississippi River headwaters in Itasca, MN

Minnesota Itasca State Park - No end of things to do in this scenic area, including seeing where the Mississippi River begins as just a stream

Missouri Branson - Entertainment galore for most people, but also with loads of irony for hipsters

Nebraska Scotts Bluff National Monument - Stunning scenery and plenty of interesting exhibits about the history of the settlers and the Oregon Trail that passed right by

North Dakota Devil's Lake - The state's largest natural lake has unlimited summer recreation possibilities, and there's even a casino nearby for fun after dark.

Ohio Lake Erie Islands - Take a car ferry out to one of these resort islands in the lake and leave your cares behind

South Dakota Mount Rushmore - The sculpture is as breathtaking as you'd expect, but the surrounding park is worthwhile as well

Wisconsin Door County - This lovely area between Lake Michigan and Sturgeon Bay booms with recreational opportunities every summer


Arizona Sedona - Whether you believe in energy vortexes or not, this city is stunning to see and pleasant to visit


St. Francis Cathedral, Santa Fe, New Mexico

New Mexico Santa Fe - This 400-year-old city offers amazing views and history mixed with great museums and a thriving art gallery scene

Oklahoma National Cowboy Hall of Fame - This Oklahoma City attraction is the biggest of its kind and holds a big sale and exhibition each June

Texas South Padre Island - More famous for Spring Break, this place is an ideal spot for a Texas summer beach trip



Glacier Bay, Alaska

Alaska Glacier Bay National Park - The massive glaciers are only one part of the charm of this park filled with wildlife and recreational opportunities

California Yosemite National Park - One of the most famous and scenic of the national parks is also a UNESCO World Heritage site with excellent facilities throughout and plenty of places to hide from the crowds

Colorado Mesa Verde National Park - The famous and well-preserved cliff dwellings here make this one of the most important archaeological sites in the country

Hawaii Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - In addition to the volcano there is also rare and exotic flora and fauna and many other things to see and do

Idaho City of Rocks National Reserve - Climbers and hikers flock to this scenic collection of granite columns that reach up to 600 feet high


Canyonlands, Utah

Montana Yellowstone National Park - The world's first national park is spread over 3 states, and Old Faithful is only one of hundreds of things to see and do here

Nevada Lake Mead - This huge man-made lake south of Las Vegas is scenic and jammed with water recreation to cool you off

OregonHood River - This popular recreation area not far from Portland offers windsurfing, kiteboarding, hiking, and even wine tasting

Utah Canyonlands National Park - The breathtaking scenery at this place competes well with the state's many amazing parks and monuments


Devil's Tower, Wyoming

Washington North Cascades National Park - This favorite among hikers and mountain climbers contains over 300 glaciers, but don't wait to long to visit

Wyoming Devils Tower National Monument - This 'Close Encounters' natural monolith is only one of many amazing formations and parks in this area in addition to Yellowstone