"Sun and surf" might be the stuff of summer, but that doesn't mean a trip exclusively to the beach is in order. Some of our favorite summer destinations are located inland -- but we don't have to miss out on enjoying the cool off-water breeze or stunning scenery associated with beachy spots when we visit them. River locales, such as charming San Antonio or rugged Snoqualmie, possess all that and then some. Flowing past some of America's best cities, around mountain ranges, and through desserts, these rivers are the optimal alternative summer spots for boating, fishing, hiking, and more while on vacation. So (bathing) suit up, and get ready to dive into our favorite river destinations.
--Kristina Fazzalaro, Oyster.com