Traveler's Advisory

It's a picnic, it's a party, it's summertime, and the hills -- valleys and city streets too -- are alive with the sound of music, of drama, of good times. The pageants go on all across the land; all you have to do is get there.

Summer festivals are an American rite, as varied and delightful as a dazzling July 4 fireworks. They can be elaborate affairs with star performers who draw throngs. Or they can be simple: a series of concerts or readings in the park for listeners lolling on the grass. Leading dance companies and symphony orchestras emerge from...

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