Summer Solstice

Today’s the summer solstice and the longest day of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere. Consider traveling to a spot to embrace the sun, just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Monument to the Sun

Stonehenge HDR

Stonehenge might be one of the most easily recognized landmarks in the world. While mystery still surrounds these stones, on the summer solstice the sun will align just over the Heel Stone. This alignment makes many people believe Stonehenge was designed around the sun and the modern day pagans that come here only make that idea seem more likely.

First Light

Head to Acadia National Park in Bay Harbor Maine and up to the summit of Cadillac Mountain. It’s the tallest mountain on the East Coast and provides panoramic views of the sunrise. It’s also the first US state to see the sun.

All Day Fun

Fremont Solstice Parade

The weekend closest to the solstice is when Seattle celebrates the sun with an all-day street fair. Fremont Fair just took place over the weekend and each year it includes a parade, vendors, and a beer garden.

All Day Light

This is the perfect time of year to visit Iceland. The sun shines nearly all day and that means the fun never has to stop. You can also find this kind of sun closer to home in Alaska or in “the world’s northernmost town” or Hammerfest, Norway. Here you can spend nearly all day at Sommertorget (the town square) with the many activities that go on here.

Light of God

Many religions consider the solstice to signify not only the light of the sun, but also the light of God. While this tradition probably evolved from the pagan celebrations of this day, many Catholics and those of the Eastern Orthodox faith set aside this day to honor St. John the Baptist with fire and light. You can find celebrations in Finland, Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, Lithuania, Denmark, Italy, Croatia, Estonia, France, Hungary, Latvia, Portugal, Russia, and most enthusiastically in Spain.

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