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Top 10 Hottest Summer Vacation Destinations

Take a look at the best hot spots for couples this season (and start planning your trip now!)

1. Maine Lobster Festival: Get your nutcrackers and bibs ready, because this event celebrates everything about your favorite crustacean, from feasting to cooking contests to lobster crate races and more. July 31st - August 4th. Tickets range from $2 to $25. http://www.mainelobsterfestival.com

2. Burning Man: About 50,000 people attend this annual arts festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. The organization itself, a nonprofit, even has trouble articulated what the Burning Man festival is, but suffice to say it’s an event where freedom of expression is embraced and just about anything goes. First-timers: leave your inhibitions at the door. August 26th - September 2nd. $380 per ticket. http://www.burningman.com

3. Telluride Film Festival: Head to the cozy mountain town of Telluride, Colorado to check out this famous movie fest, now in its 40th year. But as with every year, nobody knows what's playing or who will be in attendance. August 29th – September 2nd. $390 - $3900 per pass. http://www.telluridefilmfestival.org/

4. Outside Lands: The second biggest music festival in California (Coachella, in April, is the biggest), takes place in San Francisco and this year, headliners include Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Hall and Oates. August 9th – 11th. Available tickets range from $195 to $545. http://www.sfoutsidelands.com/home

5. Fremont Festival of the Arts: The largest free arts and music festival east of the Mississippi takes place right on the streets of Freemont California. It usually draws over 350,000 attendees and about 650 artisans. August 3rd – 4th. http://www.fremontfestival.net

6. Minnesota Renaissance Festival: With seven themed weekends, sixteen stages of live entertainment, jousting, artisan booths – plus food and drink – this festival is your Renaissance dream come true. August 17th – September 29th. Tickets range from $6 to $85. http://www.renaissancefest.com/

7. Elvis Week: Strap on your blue suede shoes and head over to Graceland in Memphis, TN for the 37th anniversary of Elvis Week, baby! Die-hard fans will find Elvis tribute concerts, fan meetups, Elvis film viewings and lots more. August 10th – 17th. http://www.elvis.com/elvisweek/

-- Rachel Sylvester