Now is the best time to book your travel plans for a June vacation to get the best deals before they’re gone. If you’re wondering where to go this summer, look no further than our list of some of the most serene, exciting and relaxing places in North America.
Click through to discover some beautiful destinations you might not be familiar with — and then plan your trip for the summer.
Alaska Highway, British Columbia & Yukon Territory
Cost to fly: $610
Summer is the perfect time to plan a road trip, and the Alaska Highway between Dawson Creek and Delta Junction, Alaska, rolls out 1,387 miles of the ultimate summer trip. Rent a motorhome at Dawson Creek and spend your days exploring quaint shops, eating at home-style restaurants, swimming in a mountain lake or hiking as you travel the highway. Pull into one of the many campgrounds along the way for a good night’s sleep.
Ardmore/Lake Murray, Okla.
Cost to fly: $202
Tucked 90 miles from both Oklahoma City and the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Lake Murray State Park rolls out 12,500 acres of sandy shores, tree-flecked campgrounds and hiking trails. Stay at one of several campgrounds with a beach or head to the Sunset Beach day-use area. Other area sights include golf courses, horse stables, a marina, a radio-controlled flying field and ATV trails.
Cost to fly: $569
A renowned winter ski destination, Aspen is a top-notch spot for an outdoor summer vacation as well. Instead of skiing down the slopes, rent a bike, take a lift and enjoy the view as you work your way down more than 50 miles of trail at Snowmass Bike Park. Head into town to cool off at the Aspen Recreation Center’s indoor pool with waterpark features that include a lazy river and two-story water slide. Enjoy festivals, dining, hiking and miles of forested views.
Cost to fly: $218
Austin’s warm, humid summers make an ideal time to explore the city’s water features. Jump in for a cooling dip at spring-fed Barton Springs Pool, where the average water temperature is 68 to 70 degrees and where lifeguards are on hand to supervise. You also could take a hike along the Barton Creek Greenbelt to refresh in the mist of a waterfall or plunge into swimming holes complete with rope swings that add to the watery fun.
Avery Island, La.
Cost to fly: $336
Avery Island serves up a taste of the exotic that might make you feel farther away than the bayou of Iberia Parish, La. The island is home to the Tabasco Co., but a self-guided tour and regional culinary experiences aren’t all the island has to offer. Explore the 170-acre Jungle Gardens to discover magical landscapes decked with flowers and watch for wildlife that includes thousands of snowy egrets, deer and alligators.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Cost to fly: $728
Watch the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain on a summer’s morning in Bar Harbor and you’ll be among the first in the United States to greet the light of day. The city is near Acadia National Park, where you can camp, walk sandy beaches and get an up-close view of the Bass Harbor Lighthouse. Paddle a kayak along the shore to watch for seals and whales, stroll through museums dedicated to the area’s centuries-old history or pop into nightclubs and bars to experience the city’s music scene. Accommodations book months in advance, so don’t expect to save big on last-minute travel.
Berkeley Springs, W.Va.
Cost to fly: $166
Pamper yourself with a trip to Berkeley Springs, the first spa in the U.S. Take a dip in mineral waters, get a massage or engage in an extensive menu of recreational activities from golf to hiking. The first weekend of June transforms the resort into the “Girlie Capital of West Virginia” for the ladies’ only event “Hey Girlfriend.” The weekend benefits survivors of domestic violence and includes goodie bags, spa specials, belly dancing, live music and shopping.
Cost to fly: $317
Summer family vacations are made for fun, and Branson is full of family-friendly entertainment. Step inside the half-scale replica of the front half of the Titanic to experience sights and sounds of the infamous ship’s maiden voyage or shriek your way through thrill rides at Silver Dollar City. Soar through the treetops at Branson Zip Line and Canopy Tours and fill up on Ozark cuisine with dinner and a show at Dolly Parton’s Stampede.
Columbia River Gorge, Ore.
Cost to fly: $217
Lose yourself in the majestic beauty of the Columbia River Gorge. Hike to tumbling waterfalls, ride a raft down a wild river or pedal your way through Post Canyon. When you’re ready for a change of pace, visit local fruit orchards and wineries along the Hood River Fruit Loop. Pick your own berries, peaches, nectarines and fragrant lavender straight from the field or sip a local vintage at more than a dozen wineries and cideries.
Cost to fly: $202
One of the best travel tips for visiting Corolla in the Outer Banks of Carolina: pack light. You won’t need much more than your swimsuit, flip-flops and a cover-up to have a fun-filled vacation in the beach town. Be sure to bring your camera to capture photos at the beach where wild horses roam free. The city has photo-worthy — and tourable — historic buildings to whisk you away to times gone by, including a lighthouse, romantic arched bridge and sprawling mansion.
Cost to fly: $340
Step back into the Old West, where legends such as Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok once walked the streets. Venture into underground shafts of the Broken Boot Gold Mine to relive the city’s gold mining history and enjoy its 19th-century prosperity at the Adams Museum and House mansion. Take a scenic drive through Spearfish Canyon to the west of the town that holds natural treasures like Bridal Veil Falls, Roughlock Falls and panoramic vistas of Spearfish Creek tumbling along the canyon floor.
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Dewey Beach, Del.
Cost to fly: $190
Nestled on a barrier island straddling Rehoboth Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Dewey Beach sets the stage for your favorite watersports. Ride jet skis, take surfing lessons or just catch a few rays on the soft sand. June is the time for the annual Running of the Bull — where two people in a bull costume chase participants along water’s edge, culminating in a comic bullfight that the event’s website describes as “ritualistic silliness.”
Fundy National Park: Alma, New Brunswick
Cost to fly: $426
If sitting at water’s edge watching the tide roll in and out is a relaxing thought, witness the dramatic tide shifts at Fundy National Park. They are the most spectacular in the world, rising and lowering the height of a four-story building each day. Go beachcombing along a swath of seafloor more than a half-mile wide at low tide. Camp in a yurt, paddle a kayak in the bay or hike into Acadian forests to discover hidden waterfalls.
Cost to fly: $188
A vacation in Galena is one of the best travel tips for those on a budget. The small town rolls out a wide range of things to do on the cheap. Ponder 40-foot towers and other artistic marvels tucked along wooded paths at the West Street Sculpture Park. You also can delve into contemporary art and architecture at The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design or spend time on the beach at Lake Galena.
Glacier National Park: Columbia Falls, Mont.
Cost to fly: $475
Ditch the heat with a vacation to the cool climate of Glacier National Park. Places to get away from it all abound throughout the park. Escape the crowds with a hike to Goat Haunt, tucked along the International Boundary with Canada. Or pack a backpack and trek into the backcountry to set up camp with a view with no one else around at one of the park’s many designated campsites.
Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia
Cost to fly: $466
Head to the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia and you might be lucky enough to spot a “spirit bear,” the elusive white Kermode bear. Travel by boat or floatplane to find spots for fishing, kayaking and hiking into the old growth forests. Soak in natural hot springs, take a heli-hiking adventure or float on a lazy river through the Bella Coola Valley.
Gulf Shores, Ala.
Cost to fly: $332
Gulf Shores is one of 2018’s best summer travel deals. Camp in scenic Meaher State Park with all the amenities plus trails leading through the wetlands of Mobile Bay. Stretch out on the sand along miles of beaches or slip your way through 20 acres of waterslides and other watery features at Waterville USA. Or take to the air at Hummingbird Ziplines to soar above the treetops with bird’s-eye views.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cost to fly: $426
The charming seaside city of Halifax brims with history, colorful buildings and seaside cuisine. Visit the historic wharf to shop in buildings once used by privateers during the War of 1812. The waterfront is also the scene of public events that include the Scotia Festival of Music in May and June and the East Coast Cider Festival in June. Take your taste buds on a tour of local cuisine along one of four seafood trails to experience lobster, oysters, fish and chips and chowder.
Hot Springs, Ark.
Cost to fly: $411
Bubble your cares away at Hot Springs National Park, where eight bathhouses from the late 19th and early 20th centuries once attracted wealthy patrons. Fill your water bottle from jug fountains dispensing hot and cold spring water throughout the park or soak in the springs with massages and other spa services at one of the few bathhouses that remain open to the public.
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Cost to fly: $262
There’s no better place to catch a wave than Surf City USA, aka Huntington Beach. Watch surfers ride the waves at sunrise and sunset. Rent a boogie board and ride the waves into shore or take a dip in the cool Pacific. When hunger turns your attention to your stomach, head to the end of the Huntington Pier to grab burgers and shakes at Ruby’s Diner.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: Porter, Ind.
Cost to fly: $179
Tuck in along a secluded beach on the shore of Lake Michigan when you visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Or drive to one of eight public beaches, most of which are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., to have access to public restrooms and lifeguards. When toes turn pruney, tie on your hiking shoes and explore 50 miles of trail along 14 trail systems in the park. Don’t want to leave? Check in to one of the park’s 66 primitive campsites.
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Cost to fly: $559
Get a National Parks annual pass and go wild when you make your base camp in the Old West town of Jackson. The town is a short drive from both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, but there also is a lot to do in the town itself. Head into Jackson, where the town square is graced with arches constructed from elk antler sheds and 1800s architecture houses, shops, galleries and eateries.
Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Cost to fly: $293
Escape to the cool climate of Pennsylvania’s picturesque Pocono Mountains with a vacation in Jim Thorpe. The Victorian town rolls out stunning architecture dotted with museums and summer events that include live entertainment. Tucked in the Lehigh Gorge, the area serves up outdoor adventure that includes whitewater rafting, horseback riding and trails for biking and hiking.
Cost to fly: $855
Beat the summer crowds when you visit Kauai in early June. Soak up Hawaiian sunshine on “the Garden Isle,” which is home to soaring cliffs, dazzling beaches and inland rainforests. June is one of the least-rainy months, making it an ideal time to explore the lush rainforest. Hike inland to Hali’i Falls, where you can take a swim or soar over the multi-tiered fall on a daring zip line.
Cost to fly: $518
Colorful buildings along its raised waterfront and the most extensive collection of totem poles in Alaska make Ketchikan an intriguing vacation destination. Learn Native crafts at the Totem Heritage Center or explore the city’s more recent history of miners, fishermen and miscreants who gave the town its colorful reputation. Step outside the city boundaries into the Tongass National Forest to explore 17 million acres of rainforest.
Lake Champlain Islands, Vt.
Cost to fly: $561
Tucked along the Canadian border, the Lake Champlain Islands invite slowing down to a more leisurely pace, making it an ideal vacation getaway. Check out a log cabin built in 1783, or follow the Champlain Coast Wine Trail to Snow Farm Winery, the state’s first vineyard. Take a close look at rocks protruding from the surface on Isle La Motte. Known as Chazy Reef, it contains fossils from the oldest reef on the planet.
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Lake Louise, Alberta
Cost to fly: $529
Rent a canoe and paddle out on the turquoise waters of Lake Louise, tucked in the jaw-dropping scenery of Banff National Park in Alberta. Set out on a trek along trails leading into the mountains that circle the lake and get bird’s-eye views. After your hike, pop into the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Spa for a Hiker’s Foot Therapy treatment to relieve legs and feet of tension.
Lake McConaughy, Neb.
Cost to fly: $334
Lake McConaughy makes an ideal vacation destination for families looking for cheap travel this summer. The recreation area rolls out everything from inexpensive campsites with full hook-ups to affordable cabins and condos with full kitchens. Or set up camp on the beach for just $10 and enjoy lake access and birdwatching just outside your front door.
Lake Okoboji, Iowa
Cost to fly: $305
Known as Iowa’s Great Lakes, Okoboji’s lake chain extends southward from the Minnesota border, offering a half-dozen watery playgrounds perfect for a summer getaway. The area brims with fun for the entire family, including waterside resorts with silky stretches of sand, amusement parks, paddle-boards and lots of kid-friendly fare. Grown-ups can check out two local breweries, a cocktail tasting room and waterside pubs.
Lake Placid, N.Y.
Cost to fly: $319
Although it was home to the 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid always has been a playground for all seasons. The family-friendly town in the Adirondacks rolls out resorts with kid-friendly amenities such as movie theaters and bowling alleys and events such as stargazing and s’mores around a bonfire. Hike Whiteface Mountain, browse through the Olympic Museum or just go jump in the lake from a sandy beach.
Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Cost to fly: $395
Straddling the border of Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe serves up 191 square miles of vacation adventure. Pitch a tent at the Nevada Beach Campground and enjoy the broadest sand beach on the lake. Or rent a houseboat and journey across the sparkling water to find hidden coves for picnics, swimming and just getting away from it all.
Cost to fly: $224
Louisville probably is best known for the Kentucky Derby, but it’s also one of the best places for a 21-and-over summer vacation. June brings events to celebrate the Old Fashioned — the city’s official cocktail — as well as the Kentucky Bourbon Affair commemorating the state’s whiskey history on National Bourbon Day. A Whiskey Live USA event brings together whiskeys, bourbons and scotches from around the world.
Mackinac Island, Mich.
Cost to fly: $364
Nestled in Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Mackinac Island is accessible only by boat and plane. With no motor vehicles on the island, people travel by foot, bicycle, electric scooter or horse-drawn carriage. Mackinac Island State Park takes up more than 80 percent of the island, serving up over 70 miles of trails across the island for finding a secluded beach, exploring scenic forests or marveling at the view.
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Cost to fly: $411
Tucked on the southern shore of Payette Lake, McCall rolls out a vacation setting perfect for those who love watersports and lazy days at the lake. Bring a tent or RV and camp at Ponderosa State Park on a 1,000-acre peninsula extending into the lake and you’ll be perfectly poised for hiking, mountain biking, swimming and embarking on a watery adventure. Hike the Huckleberry Trail to pick pails full of the sweet berries that ripen during summer.
Cost to fly: $590
An ideal time to visit Moab is in June, when temperatures generally are under 100 degrees and rain usually is nowhere in sight. The great weather makes an excellent time to explore Moab’s red rock trails on foot, bicycle or in a four-wheel drive without having to worry about tire-sucking clay mud or slickrock. Take a rafting trip down the Colorado River and stay overnight for as little as $15 at a Bureau of Land Management campground.
Cost to fly: $420
The weather is always perfect in Montreal’s Underground City, where covered tunnels and walkways connect stores, public transit and many businesses. Venture outside into the great summer weather and marvel at panoramic views from Mount Royal, browse themed displays at Montreal Botanical Garden, or scream yourself hoarse on thrill rides at La Ronde amusement park.
Cost to fly: $317
Make Morristown your vacation headquarters to be in the center of the best Tennessee vacation activities. The city lies about 40 miles north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but there’s plenty to do without ever leaving town. Explore the boyhood home of Davy Crockett, camp lakeside at Panther Creek State Park or rent a boat at Cherokee Park and set out to explore Cherokee Lake.
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Cost to fly: $117
A genuine vacation classic, Myrtle Beach has delighted generations of families with boardwalk amusements and sugar-soft sands. Get breathtaking views from nearly 200 feet in the air when you take a ride on the SkyWheel, visit attractions such as Ripley’s Aquarium and the Hollywood Wax Museum, or see live entertainment at Broadway at the Beach. Check out amusement parks, a water park and nature centers, too.
Cost to fly: $247
Steep your vacation in New England seaport charm with a visit to Mystic. Marvel at historic wooden ships and explore a 19th-century village at Mystic Seaport, then see beluga whales and more at the Mystic Aquarium. Avoid costly travel mistakes to both places by getting a Mystic Pass card that admits you to attractions and gives discounted admission to other area attractions.
Cost to fly: $247
A traditional playground for the wealthy, Newport’s yacht-filled harbor and sprawling Gilded Age mansions make picturesque backdrops to any vacation photos. Better yet, step inside. The Preservation Society of Newport County offers self-guided or guided tours through 11 famous structures. Then climb aboard a yacht on a sunset or daytime sailing tour.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Cost to fly: $175
One of the most famous destinations for a summer vacation, Niagara Falls has viewing from both the American and Canadian side of the Niagara River. The Canadian side of the Falls has the best view, with sweeping vistas of the three falls that comprise Niagara Falls — the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Go up in the Skylon tower for overhead views and savor a meal or drinks with a spectacular view.
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Ocean City, Md.
Cost to fly: $283
Settle in seaside for a relaxing or action-packed vacation in Ocean City, Md. The city tucks on a strip of land dividing the Isle of Wight Bay from the Atlantic Ocean, creating a perfect paradise for watersports and just splashing in the waves. A business-lined wooden boardwalk leads to a theme park at its south end.
Ocean City, N.J.
Cost to fly: $311
Ocean City, N.J., rolls out family fun with amusement parks, eateries and other adventures along its wooden boardwalk. Kids will delight to visit Lucy the Elephant, a six-story structure with an interior spiral staircase that leads to panoramic views from the howdah on her back. Or get a view stretching to Atlantic City from the Giant Wheel at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, where there are rides suited for all family members.
Ocean Springs, Miss.
Cost to fly: $336
Home to five species of sea turtles that come to lay their eggs during the summer, Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ocean Springs makes for a vacation ripe for discovery. Rent or bring your boat for a boat-in camping adventure or spend lazy days hiking woodland areas, exploring a historic fort or just relaxing by the sea.
Cost to fly: $115
Delve into history dating to 1623 during a vacation to Portsmouth. Attractions include a decommissioned submarine-turned-museum and an 18th-century Georgian mansion open for tours. The walkable seaport city brims with one-of-a-kind restaurants and shops and a vibrant after-dark nightlife.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Cost to fly: $498
One of the destinations you should travel to before it gets too expensive, Prince Edward Island brings to life the setting of the fictional character “Anne of Green Gables.” Visit the Green Gables complex that was the inspiration for the farm in the series and now is a museum. Camp beachside at Prince Edward Island National Park and ride a bike along the Confederation Trail constructed from a decommissioned railbed.
Cost to fly: $115
Tucked on the northern tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown is best known as the site where pilgrims disembarked the Mayflower in 1620. Check out numerous galleries, specialty shops and nightclubs in town or scope out treasure from an 18th-century shipwreck at the Whydah Pirate Museum on MacMillan Pier. Picturesque beaches and a 19th-century lighthouse complete the idyllic vacation setting.
Put-in-Bay Island, Ohio
Cost to fly: $147
From its vibrant nightlife to a charming downtown, Put-in-Bay brims with reasons you should make it your summer vacation destination this year. The Lake Erie Island has parasailing, jet skiing, fishing and swimming as well as a winery and cave. Have a cookout at the state park, explore trails through nature preserves or just kick back along the pebble beach.
San Juan Islands, Wash.
Cost to fly: $211
Spend lazy days exploring some of the 172 San Juan Islands in western Washington. San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island are the most populated and deliver miles of pastoral farms, seaside vistas and picturesque lighthouses. Bike wooded trails, go for a horseback ride or take a drive on the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. The list of vacation activities is nearly endless.
Sanibel Island, Fla.
Cost to fly: $188
Known as one of the best places to go shell hunting in the U.S., Sanibel Island has miles of white sand ideal for beachcombing. Start your vacation with a trip to the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum to learn about the shells you’re likely to see and the creatures who inhabit them. Head out with a sand scoop and bucket or net bag after low tide, especially after a storm churns the Gulf waters.
Cost to fly: $227
Enjoy a grown-up spa getaway or an outdoorsy family vacation in Sedona. Towering red sandstone formations pick up the sun’s glow at sunrise and sunset and house miles of trails leading to stunning views of the canyonlands. Slip down naturally slippery water chutes at Slide Rock State Park, drop a line for rainbow trout or pamper yourself with treatments at a dozen or so area spas.
Cost to fly: $454
Spanish Colonial adobe architecture and a thriving arts culture are two reasons Taos makes an ideal summer vacation getaway. It’s also one of the places where your vacation dollar goes the furthest in New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Raft the wild waters of the Rio Grande River, mosey through frontiersman Kit Carson’s home-turned-museum or head into the Sangres for hiking or mountain biking.
Terra Nova National Park: Sandringham, Newfoundland & Labrador
Cost to fly: $528
Discover Appalachian trails north of the international border when vacationing in Terra Nova National Park in Canada. The far northern reaches of the mountain range give way to seacoast with rocky promontories stretching fingerlike into Bonavista Bay. Camp for days; there are RV campsites, tent sites and away-from-it-all backcountry spots. Flying in? You also can have a tent set up and waiting for you.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park: Medora, N.D.
Cost to fly: $373
Experience North Dakota’s prairies the way they used to be at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Sleep under the stars when you camp beside the Little Missouri River at Juniper Campground in the northern portion of the park or Cottonwood Campground in the southern unit. See buffalo, elk and other wildlife as you hike, ride horses, canoe, kayak or bicycle through the park.
Cost to fly: $356
Immerse yourself in Southern charm when you visit Thomasville on vacation. Explore the downtown shopping district and challenge the kids to spot all 12 quail statues that celebrate local quail-hunting plantations, hidden in plain sight. There also are statues of a dog, otter and various wildlife. Take a self-guided tour of historic homes, visit sprawling plantations or surround yourself with birds and butterflies at the Birdsong Nature Center.
Virginia Beach, Va.
Cost to fly: $202
Explore Virginia Beach’s three-mile boardwalk to discover museums, eateries and unique artwork on foot or in a rented bicycle or shaded four-person surrey. Take a break at the Atlantic Fun Park to savor the view from a 100-foot Ferris wheel or challenge gravity on a thrill ride. North of Resort Beach, First Landing State Park has quieter beaches and the Cape Henry Lighthouse is open to the public.
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Voyageurs National Park: International Falls, Minn.
Cost to fly: $476
One of the best vacation spots in Minnesota, Voyageurs National Park is accessible only by boat and has boat-in campsites where you can enjoy an island paradise all to yourself. Or rent a houseboat to head out into the watery wilderness to find a hidden cove for a romantic picnic or family-friendly splash fest.
Wilson Lake, Kan.
Cost to fly: $194
Take a lakeside camping vacation at Wilson Lake and choose from full RV hookups, primitive tent sites or cabins to play in the lake just outside your front door. Bring a kayak or canoe to paddle quiet coves or rent a motorized boat from the Wilson Lake Marina. The park is a bass fishing hotspot and has a one-mile accessible trail conducive to strollers or wheelchairs.
Cost to fly: $546
If you like to stay busy seeing the sights during vacation, Winnipeg delivers the goods. Watch polar bears swim overhead at the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Journey to Churchill viewing dome or venture into nine immersive galleries at the Manitoba Museum to transport yourself back in time to discover Canadian history firsthand. Get up close with bison at the FortWhyte Alive, paddle out on a lake or explore the historic city.
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Cost to fly: $231
Whether you like getting back to nature or whiling away days at a time in theme parks, Wisconsin Dells has something you’ll love. Known as the Waterpark Capital of the World, the city has a half-dozen water parks and 10 amusement parks and rides to entertain the family for days. Stay at a waterpark resort, rent a cabin or set up in a scenic campground.
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Flight prices were sourced from Skyscanner for a one-week vacation from June 12-19, 2018. When those dates weren’t available, we chose dates within the same time period. Flight prices originate from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, except for Chicago-area destinations, which are sourced from New York’s JFK Airport.