12 U.S. Destinations for the Perfect Last-Minute Summer Vacation

The school year and autumn are closing in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in one last summer adventure.

The following summertime destinations will help you pull a trip off regardless of how many days or dollars you can spare for travel. And because they’re all in the continental U.S., you won’t need a passport.

1. Lake Mead, Nevada

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Last year, Lake Mead National Recreation Area was the No. 6 most visited of the National Park Service’s 400-plus locales, drawing more visitors than the neighboring Grand Canyon.

Attractions include the Hoover Dam, built in the 1930s, and Black Canyon National Recreation Trail, designated in 2008.

This year, however, newly revealed attractions are drawing visitors, CBS News reports.

Lake Mead is down more than 60 percent from its capacity due to drought. So hikers can now access the ruins of the Old West town of St. Thomas, which had been underwater for decades.

And divers now can see the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber that crashed into Lake Mead while on a secret mission in 1948. Previously, it was too far under the surface for sunlight to reach it.

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