Come to Boston and park your car in Harvard yard (not really). The long trip up north will be worth it as Boston has everything one could want in a summer excursion: great food, great shopping and you can't take a step without walking into an arts festival. Distance from Baltimore: 402 miles Summer events/activities: Summer Arts Weekend at Copley Square (560 Boylston St.; boston.com or 617-635-4505), features free, diverse musical acts as well as new arts, food and cultural programs; Radical Roxbury on July 25 (discoverroxbury.org/biking) takes riders through Boston's oldest neighborhoods; Restaurant Week Boston (restaurantweekboston.com) returns Aug. 18-23 and 25-30. Cool lodging: Overlooking the Boston Harbor, the Seaport Boston Hotel (1 Seaport Lane; seaportboston.com or 617-385-4000) includes an indoor pool and fitness center and serves as a MBTA and water taxi stop. If money is a concern, check out Hotel 140 (140 Clarendon St.; hotel140.com or 617-585-5600), a discount boutique hotel in a great location. Eat here: There is a lot of buzz at The Beehive (541 Tremont St.; beehiveboston.com or 617-423-0069), a bohemian New American restaurant with live music performances at night. Also look out for the Salty Pig (130 Dartmouth St.; thesaltypig.com or 617-536-6200), a pub-like joint that specializes in meats and cheeses. Don't miss: Take a walk around Newbury Street (newbury-st.com). Come for the world-renowned shopping, stay for the diverse dining options.