Close to home: 51 fresh summer destinations

Bear Track Landing, a 60,000-square-foot water park featuring slides, tube ride, wave pool and a treehouse with a 1,000-gallon tipping water bucket, beckons the wet-and-wild set to Grand Mound, between Seattle and Portland. Opened in April, the park is the 10th in the Great Wolf Resorts chain. Room rates at the all-suites resort range from $319-$529, sleep from two to eight, and include two-day passes for the water park. 800-640-9653; — Jayne Clark

West Virginia

For years, the Exhibition Coal Mine in Beckley has given visitors the lowdown on underground mining culture, and in late June they'll add a new dimension with the opening of a $3.5 million replica of a Company Store. The building will embrace a visitors center, gift shop and museum and will serve as a gateway to tours of the exhibition coal mine 1,500 feet below ground. 304-256-1747; — Jerry Shriver


Motorcycle fans, start your engines. A $75 million Harley-Davidson Museum roars into downtown Milwaukee on July 12, in time for the company's 105th birthday celebration in August. Among the draws: a 1956 Model KH motorcycle once owned by Elvis Presley, a replica of the Captain America bike from the movie Easy Rider and a custom-built 13-footer dubbed King Kong. 877-436-8738; — Laura Bly


Veteran cowboy entertainer Dan Miller has relocated his cowboy revue to the 1936 art deco Cody Theatre in downtown Cody. The performance combines cowboy classics (think Sons of the Pioneers and Roy Rogers), Old West history and cowboy poetry. It runs through September. 800-393-2639; — Jayne Clark

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