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SolRx Sunscreen Featured in UK Cycling Magazine, BikesEtc

“Developed for Hawaiian Ironmen, worn by tough Tour de France types, now available to mortals.”

When it comes to articulating the essence of SolRx sport sunscreen, UK cycling magazine, BikesEtc, put it best. In the new September issue of BikesEtc, readers can find SolRx featured in the Départ Insight section of the magazine.

Praise to the South African cycling pros of Team Dimension Data at this year’s Tour de France, SolRx was recognized as the sport sunscreen of choice for grueling, long-distance stages. And with the range of SolRx products available in the UK, it caught the attention of the editors at BikesEtc. Check out the full write-up below for the complete scoop.

Sport Sunscreen Reviews

What Makes the Best Sunscreen for Runners?

best sunscreen for runnersSunscreen for runners. It’s a subject that should not be taken lightly. While most runners are quick using any sport sunscreen on the shelf at Walgreens, smart athletes know to use a broad-spectrum, waterproof formula that ensures optimal protection against the sun.

When it comes to warding-off the sun’s harmful rays during your athletic endeavors, be mindful about the products you use. Here are a few characteristics to consider when searching for the best sport sunscreen for runners.

Sweatproof

Whether you’re ultra-distance runner logging 30 miles per week or a weekend warrior who logs just 30 minutes, it doesn’t matter. When you’re outdoors working up a sweat, the sun’s harmful rays can be magnified with a layer of moisture.

And not all sport sunscreens have you covered. In fact, many can lose their SPF with sweat or water exposure. For this reason, it’s critical use a waterproof sunscreen that will retain its SPF with heavy sweat, a cooling splash of water, or even a swim (for those runners who are also triathletes.)waterproof sport sunscreen for runners

Look for sunscreens that have undergone water immersion testing. This is the best way to know with confidence just how water resistant the product truly is. As in the case of SolRx, our SPF 30 product rated SPF 35.83 after 8 hours of being in the water.

Broad-Spectrum Defense

Beyond just runners, broad-spectrum sunscreen is important for anyone who sees prolonged sun exposure. While some sunscreens block all UVB rays, broad-spectrum sunscreens are designed to protect against UVA and UVB rays.

The effects of UV exposure can have serious (even life threatening) implications for runners who are out in the sun for long periods of time. Some of the most prevalent risks of UV exposure are skin pigment fading, premature aging of the skin, immune system suppression, damage to the eyes, and skin cancer.

Don’t fall to victim to a sunscreen that doesn’t offer 100% protection. Protect yourself from harmful UVA/UVB rays with broad-spectrum defense that comes with right sunscreen products.

Application sunscreen stick for runners

Most athletes are all about efficiency. Even a sunscreen that takes too long to apply can be a major bottleneck for one’s workout. Fortunately, you can find easy-to-apply options with all the awesome features mentioned above.

One of the best options is SolRx Zinx Stix. This zinc oxide sunscreen rubs-on like a stick of deodorant and provides lasting protection for hours on end. It’s one of SolRx most popular products, and for good reason. Get the SPF 50 Tinted Zinc Sunscreen Stick available on sale now.

The Best Sport Sunscreen for Runners

For many individuals, running is one of the most liberating forms of movement. Not only is running an easy outlet for exercise, but going for a run can provide immediate freedom from our over-thinking minds.

And while a good run outdoors can be a freeing experience, it can also expose us to harsh elements. Even for winter runners, the sun can be one of the most dangerous yet often overlooked elements. When you’re in need of the best sport sunscreen for runners and other outdoor athletes, consider products by SolRx.

 

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Is Exercising Outdoors Better for Your Health?

outdoor exercise better for healthIt’s the start of Summer here at SolRx. And while it may seem inviting to take our workouts outdoors, the intensity of the sun can be an adversarial element that makes indoor exercise more inviting.

Combined with energy-zapping heat, dense city smog, and an increased concern about carbon emissions, it can seem like a safe alternative to hop on the treadmill or jump in the pool. But at the end of the day, is indoor exercise actually better for one’s health?

In short, no. No it is not. There have been a number of studies that show exercising outdoors is actually better for your health. Combined with our passion in keeping you protected from the sun’s harmful rays, below we shed light on why outdoor exercise is better for your health.

Outdoor Exercise for Emotional & Mental Health

While it may seem obvious that outdoor exercise improves physical health, studies have shown that getting outside can also boost mental and emotional health. In fact, a study led by scientists at Stanford revealed quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.Outdoor Hike

The study discovered that people who went for a 90 minute walk in a natural outdoor setting (as opposed to those who walked in a high-traffic urban environment) showed significantly lower activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

According to Gregory Bratman of Stanford, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban settings, and that’s forecasted to rise to 70 percent within a few decades. Just as urbanization and disconnection from nature have grown dramatically, so have mental disorders such as depression. In turn, taking a hike may be the best prescription for depression.

Mood-Boosting Benefits of Sun Exposure

In addition to the physical and emotional benefits of exercising in nature, individuals can also experience a dramatic boost in mood by getting outside on sunny days. Sun exposure is one of the most potent ways in which we absorb vitamin D, which is vital for both physical and mental health. 

Studies have shown that exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet light triggers the production of serotonin, a hormone that lifts mood. Low serotonin is associated with depression – particularly seasonal affective disorder (a form of depression that’s often experienced during the winter months when there is less sunlight.) The same lull feelings from a lack of sunlight may occur in individuals who are constantly cooped-up indoors.

Enjoying the benefits of exercise and recreation means getting outside and active, but also feeling the mood-boosting effects that stem from exposure to sunlight. Just remember to use a broad-spectrum sport sunscreen to ensure you stay protected.

Exercising Outdoors to Combat Mesothelioma & Cancer

Mesothelioma is a devastating and incurable form of cancer. For patients diagnosed with mesothelioma it means facing mortality, in addition to adapting to changes in one’s physical abilities, relationships, and overall self-sustainability.

According to an article at Mesothelioma.net, “all of this comes together to reduce a cancer patient’s quality of life and this can have a big impact on mental health. Cancer patients are at an increased risk for developing depression and anxiety and for experiencing stress, fear, and other negative emotions on a regular basis. It is important to be aware of this risk and to notice the signs of depression, either in yourself or a loved one, so you can get help and treatment.”

From medications to therapy, there are a number of tools to help fight the battle against cancer and seek relief from depression. However one of the most accessible and powerful strategies is to stay active outdoors and feel the effects of natural sunlight.

In any event, exercising outdoors is often better for your health than staying inside. Going back to nature, getting healthy exposure from the sun, and putting your body in motion can be the best form of therapy available. Just be conscious of the harmful risks at play when stepping out in the intense summer sun, and choose the right type of sunscreen to ensure you’re protected from both UVA and UVB rays.

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Summer 2017 Events

With June already in sight, SolRx is gearing up to kick off the summer season with a couple big events on the calendar. From long-distance swim races to water and beach courses, SolRx is helping its athletes (and customers) stay protected from the intense summer sun while competing in upcoming events.

Summer 2017 Events

41st Annual Swim Around Key West

With the first wave starting at 7:15 am on June 24, the Swim Around Key West is all day endeavor that involves a 12.5-mile clockwise loop around the island. For swimmers completing the distance solo, the race can involve up to 8 hours of sun exposure intensified by water immersion. Fortunately, there are a couple areas where swimmers can benefit from the tides. For more info, visit SwimAroundKeyWest.com.

Find SolRx in Key West

If you’re planning to be in Key West during the 41st Annual Swim Around Key West, you can find SolRx at the Southernmost Beach Resort and Tortuga Sailing Adventures.

2017 USLA National Lifeguard Championship

Kicking off August 9th in Daytona Beach, Florida, the 2017 USLA National Lifeguard Championships will put some of the nation’s top life guards to the test. Professional Lifeguards ranging from ages 16 to 80 and Junior Lifeguards from ages 9 to 15 will compete in myriad of events that challenge their lifesaving skills.

The water and beach course events range from surf swims to beach runs, to navigating paddleboards and surf boats. A few of the highlights include the Landline Rescue Relay, Ironman and Ironwoman events, Beach Flags and the 4×100 relay, a shuttle-run-style competition that is called “the fastest event on sand.”

For more info, visit USLA.org.

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Mineral Sunscreen: The Oxybenzone-free Alternative

Mineral sunscreen, also known as physical barrier sunscreen, is becoming a hot category in the world of sunscreens, and for good reason. As an oxybenzone-free alternative to chemical sunscreen, mineral-based sunscreens are naturally broad-spectrum, so they provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.Mineral-based Oxybenzone-free-Sunscreen

Mineral sunscreen contains active ingredients like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide, providing the ultimate barrier against the sun’s harmful rays. And unlike chemical sunscreens which penetrate the skin and absorb the sun’s rays like a sponge, mineral sunscreen works by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting the sun’s rays.

Why Opt for Oxybenzone-free Sunscreens?

This issue with most conventional sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and other chemicals is that they’ve been shown to bleach and cause damage to the ocean’s coral reefs. Additionally, because chemical sunscreens absorb into the bloodstream, some individuals may experience skin irritation, cell damage, or even hormone disruption. As such, many consumers are turning to mineral sunscreen as a safe and effective solution for both users and the environment.

While certain types of chemical sunscreen work just fine for most individuals, more and more individuals are becoming conscious of oxybenzone-free alternatives.In the case of SolRx, zinc oxide (the main ingredient in most our mineral sunscreen products) is also the only active sunscreen ingredient approved for use on children by the FDA. This makes products like our SPF 50 Zinc Sunscreen Stick for Face and Ocean Friendly SPF 30 Mineral Sunscreen preferred options for parents.

Benefits of Mineral-based Sunscreen

To underscore all of the reasons you should be using mineral-based sunscreen, below we list seven primary benefits.

  • Provides immediate protection from the sun as soon as it’s applied with no wait required.
  • Protects against both UVA and UVB rays, as mineral sunscreen is naturally broad spectrum.
  • Less likely to clog pores, making it ideal for those with blemish-prone skin types.
  • Lasts longer when in direct UV light (compared to sunscreens with chemicals), but this may vary when doing physical activities that cause sweating.
  • Less likely to cause skin irritation, making it a great option for those with sensitive skin
  • Better for individuals with heat-activated skin (such as those with rosacea and redness) because it deflects the sun’s heat and energy away from the skin
  • Mineral sunscreen often has a longer shelf life

While it ultimately depends on the type of mineral-based sunscreen you choose to use, SolRx can help you find an oxybenzone-free sunscreen that best suits your needs.

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UVA vs UVB Rays: What is the Difference?

What’s the difference UVA vs UVB rays? It’s an important question that doesn’t always get the attention that it deserves. So to get to the bottom of it, let’s define exactly what these rays mean.

UVA vs UVB Rays What's the Difference

The level of sunlight that reaches the earth’s surface is composed of two primary types of rays, both of which are harmful to the skin: Long Wave Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Short Wave Ultraviolet B (UVB). Unlike UVB rays, UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin’s thickest layer otherwise known as the dermis. However, both UVA and UVB rays can pose potential issues with unprotected exposure.

To further underscore the difference between UVA vs UVB rays, below we explain what each of these types mean and how you can minimize their effects.

What is UVB?

As the primary culprit of sunburn and skin reddening, UVB rays are responsible for damaging the more superficial epidermal layers of the skin. UVB rays contribute to the development of skin cancer and photoaging (wrinkling). And contrary to popular belief, UVB rays do not significantly penetrate glass.

The intensity of UVB varies by location, season, and time of day. Between 10 AM and 4 PM from April to October are the most potent levels of which UVB hits the U.S. However, UVB rays can still burn and damage skin year-round. This is particularly common at high altitudes or against reflective conditions such as snow and ice. Against these conditions, UVB can reflect up to 80 percent of the rays. As a result, they can make contact with skin twice.

What is UVA?

Unlike UVB rays, UVA are present with relatively equal intensity throughout all daylight hours during the year. They can also penetrate glass and clouds. UVA rays make up 95 percent of the UV radiation that reaches the our planet’s surface. Although these rays are less intense compared to UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent.

UVA penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB and are considered to play a major role in skin aging and photoaging. Until recently, most scientists were under the belief that UVA rays did not cause significant damage in areas of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin.). However, over the years studies have shown that UVA rays damage skin cells in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. As a result, UVA exposure can contribute to and may even initiate the occurrence of skin cancers.

Minimizing the Deleterious Effects of UVA & UVB Rays

For active lifestyles, avoiding sun exposure in its entirety is not always an option. However, you can minimize the deleterious effects of UVA and UVB by following these guidelines:

  • Seek shade whenever possible, especially between the peak hours of the sun (10 AM and 4 PM.)
  • Do not let your skin burn. When the skin turns pink, take this as a sign that your skin is starting to burn.
  • Avoid artificial tanning, such as UV tanning booths.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a brimmed hat and polarized sunglasses.
  • Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least a SPF of 15 before going outdoors. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher (such as SolRx’ Zinc Sunscreen Stick for Face.)
  • Keep newborns and young children out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Take time every month to examine your skin from head-to-toe.

At SolRx, the best line of defense against both UVA and UVB rays is a broad spectrum sunscreen. We’ve formulated many different products that provide this protection under some of the most extreme conditions, including 8 hours of water immersion and high-altitude, snowy conditions. See what’s in store and shop SolRx sunscreens to ensure you’re protected against both UVA and UVB.

 

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Best Hiking Spots in the U.S.

Because the United States is so large, it offers a diverse variety of naturally beautiful places that can be best seen by walking. Mountains, lakes, rocks, waterfalls, oceans, and other natural visions are available all over the country. Here are some of the best places to hike the majestic landscapes of America:

Best Hiking in USYellowstone – The many trails at this amazing national park near the border of Wyoming and Montana lead to volcanoes, hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. There are few places in the country with such dramatic views.

Grand Canyon – Located in Arizona, this unique landform carved by the Colorado River is 277 river miles long and a mile deep. Fascinating geologic color and erosional forms can be viewed as you hike to the bottom on some challenging trails.

Yosemite – Best known for its waterfalls, this great valley in California offers 750 miles of trails for people of all abilities. View meadows, giant sequoias, granite, and glacier-formed regions in your trek through a true wilderness.

Glacier National Park – Explore more than 700 miles of trail for day hikes or extended backpacking trips into mountainous areas, around lakes, through passes, and by waterfalls and caves. The glaciers are truly awe-inspiring.

Rocky Mountains – Hiking through the 350 miles in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park often involves altitude changes, but it’s worth the trip if you’re excited by viewing wildlife and traversing major peaks. Adventure awaits!

Hawaii – Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island of Hawaii all have beautiful landscapes that are unlike anything else in the U.S., thanks to deep blue waters, volcanoes, rainforests, beaches, steep cliffs, caves, and more.

Zion National Park – Utah’s national park, with its towering sandstone cliffs, soaring plateaus and colorful canyons, can provide different hiking levels because of a 5,000 ft. altitude change and diverse ecosystems all within the same region. Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail – This Eastern trail, which extends through the mountains from Georgia to Maine, allows people to hike 2,200 miles – or jump on and off the path to make smaller trips. Landmarks along the way consist of wildernesses, museums, cafes, and state parks.

Sedona, Arizona – Sedona’s memorable rock formations, mesas, buttes, and canyons are best viewed through walking the trails of this rugged and dry region. The geology of the area is worth investigating, as is the history.

Anywhere Near You – Wherever you are, you can often find hidden gems just by checking out the hiking trails near you. You may not be able to travel as far as you like, but you’ll discover so much if you just venture out your door and look for local wildernesses and natural beauty. Be sure to stay protected from the sun with long-lasting, sport sunscreen from SolRx with WATERBLOCK technology.

 

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9 Lake Sports to Spice-Up the Warm Season

You may not have an ocean close to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy recreational water activities! Lake living can be just as fun, with fewer unpredictable waves, less salt water, and warmer temperatures. Activities can be safer, as well, with fewer variables and calmer winds. If you’re lucky enough to have access to a lake, here are some fun lake sports (other than swimming!) that you can enjoy with just a little bit of extra equipment.

lake sports sunscreenKayaking – These small and inexpensive canoes have light frames and an opening that allows you to sit on the bottom of the boat; you can even buy inflatable ones. Simply push them into the water, grab a paddle, and go as fast or slow as you want.

Canoeing – Lightweight, narrow, and open boats can often hold more than one person, as well as supplies. These stable and roomy boats are paddle-operated, so you’ll be rowing. Canoes are great for family leisure time and exploration.

Paddle boating – Paddle boats and pedal boats are very popular on closed systems like lakes. They have no motors, and usually require two people to power the boat by pedaling with their feet. Paddle boats are a relaxing, family-friendly option for lake fun.

Tubing – Basically, when tubing you’re riding on an inner tube in the water. They can be towed by boats for a faster, more thrilling ride, or you can use them for free-floating tubing, to let yourself go with the water’s flow. You use webbed gloves to steer.

Paddleboarding – You can lie down, settle on your knees, or stand on a paddleboard or surfboard. You’ll just use your arms to move, or, if you’re standing, a paddle. It’s a great full-body workout, offering unique views.

Water-skiing – This sport consists of people skimming the water on skis as they’re pulled by a boat. Because it requires a smooth stretch of water, it’s ideal for lakes. Good water-skiers can do tricks; balance and strength is required.

Wakeboarding – Ride a wakeboard over the surface of the water while being towed by a motorboat! This sport is a combination of water skiing, snowboarding, and surfing, and isn’t hard to learn – although doing tricks might take a bit more time. windsurfing

Windsurfing – On a lake, this mixture of surfing and sailing can feel less daunting than in an ocean because the nearby land provides security. Waves and wind aren’t as unpredictable or wild, either. This is a dynamic sport that’s not hard to learn, and offers great exercise.

Fishing – Once you’re done exhausting yourself, you can enjoy a calmer activity. Fishing in a lake requires nothing but a fishing rod and the right bait. Remember, in lakes fish tend to hang out in cooler water, near sunken structures – and once you find your sweet spot, there’s no going back!

Many lakes will offer rental equipment, so you can try out one or more of these exciting activities with little or no commitment. You’ll be able to find one that suits your ability and interests, no matter what they are. Just remember, the sun can also be strong on lake waters, so protect yourself with sunglasses, hats, cover ups, and a good sport sunscreen, like the highly-rated SolRx SPF 50 with WATERBLOCK technology.

 

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Differences Between Sport Sunscreen vs. Regular Sunscreen

Sport sunscreen vs. regular sunscreen. It’s a common comparison that can carries some misconceptions.

In short, there are many characteristics that define sport sunscreen vs. regular sunscreen. Sport sunscreen offers enduring SPF protection compared to most regular sunscreens. But that’s not all. Below are a few more reasons why you might want consider sport sunscreen over regular sunscreen products.Sport Sunscreen vs Regular Sunscreen

Not All Regular Sunscreens Offer Broad-Spectrum Protection

There are two primary types of UV light that can harm your skin — UVA and UVB. A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you from both. According to Mayo Clinic:

“UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin. Too much exposure to UVA or UVB rays can cause skin cancer. The best sunscreen offers protection from all UV light.”

While it’s common for most sport sunscreen formulas to be broad-spectrum, not all regular sunscreens offer this line of defense against UVA and UVB rays. For this reason alone, it’s highly advised to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to ensure complete protection against the sun.

Sport Sunscreens Are A Win For Prolonged Water Immersion

Unlike regular sunscreen, sport sunscreens are usually tested to measure how water resistant a formula is before its Sun Protection Factor (SPF) starts to wear off. While such testing is tailored for prolonged water immersion, such as sunscreen for swimmers, it can also reflect sweat resistance.sport sunscreen for swimmers

As defined by Mayo Clinic, “the term water resistant means that the SPF is maintained for up to 40 minutes while swimming or sweating. Very water resistant means the SPF is maintained for 80 minutes.”

Here at SolRx, we teamed-up with AMA Testing Labs to design a trial that would measure the performance of our WATERBLOCK® formula (the basis to our sport sunscreen products.) After testing the formula, AMA Labs confirmed our sports sunscreen to be water resistant for over 8 hours. This test defined our WaterBlock® products as some of the best sports sunscreen for water immersion.

Some Sport Sunscreens Offer Easier Applications Vs. Regular Sunscreens

sport vs regular sunscreenThere are many different types, or applications, of sunscreen. Some of the advantages and disadvantages of using different applications include:

  • Sticks – Sunscreen sticks, such as zinc oxide sunscreen sticks, are useful for quick application, particularly around the face and eyes.
  • Creams – Cream sunscreens often contain moisture-rich qualities making them ideal for dry skin
  • Lotions – While lotions might take longer to rub-in and absorb into the skin, they are often preferred for application on large parts of the body that need more coverage. Lotion sunscreens also tend to be less greasy compared to creams.
  • Gel – Although less common, gel sunscreen works best in hairy areas, making them good options for men.
  • Spray – Popular among parents because they’re easy to apply on children, spray sunscreens are a convenient option found in both sport sunscreen and regular sunscreen products. Because it’s difficult to determine how thorough you’re applying a spray sunscreen, apply a liberal and even coating.

Sports Sunscreens Are Often More Eco-friendly & Reef Safe

Whether you plan to go surfing or just hit beach, many individuals are conscious of the environmental impact that some sunscreens can have. A recently released report claims that most regular sunscreen is damaging the ocean’s coral reefs, impacting the reefs ability to cope with fluctuating climate change and other environmental issues. That’s why countless sunscreen producers are designing products that are eco-friendly and reef safe.

Eco-Friendly Sport Sunscreen

Most of these sunscreen manufacturers, like SolRx, design sport-specific sunscreen for individuals who are active around oceans and other natural bodies of water. In fact, SolRx products have been tested by the industry’s leading provider of SPF waterproof testing. The science-based results show that it is impossible for SolRx sunscreen to deposit on the reef if it is on the skin.

Like many of the best sports sunscreens, SolRx formula remains on the individual for 8 hours and sustains 97% or more of its SPF protection that entire time. This translates to no deleterious effect to the our ocean’s reefs and the environment as a whole.

Sport Sunscreen vs. Regular Sunscreen: The Last WordBest Sport Sunscreen vs Regular Sunscreen

In addition to athletes, sport sunscreen is often an appropriate option for anyone looking to get wet, work-up a sweat, or enjoy several hours of sun exposure. Offering more advanced, broad-spectrum protection capabilities, a good sport sunscreen is often the better choice versus regular sport sunscreen.

Endless Summer: Some Hot Spots That Are Still Hot

Most of the country is no longer experiencing the heat of summer, but there are places within this country that are still warm, breezy, and beautiful. If you’re missing the sun and need to channel some warm weather, try these vacation spots – there’s one close to you!

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Key West, Florida – The sunsets from Key West are second to none, and the laid-back lifestyle will draw you in. Even the drive from Miami is relaxing. Because of the coral reefs certain watersports aren’t available – but restful yet stimulating beach fun is always de rigueur.

Topsail Beach, North Carolina – This area offers a friendly and family-oriented style of beach living, complete with surfing, boating, fishing, and sunset cruising. Recreation in the form of shops and restaurants, a skating rink, and other small-town amusements abound.

San Diego, California – From beach resorts to SeaWorld and Legoland and an incredible zoo, San Diego is always a hot destination. Enjoy amazing vistas, culture, hiking spots, and more along the Pacific coast. For family fun and sun, this is the place!

San Francisco, California – If you enjoy more urban environments, northern California might be your cup of tea. There are plenty of natural wonders here too. Go hiking nearby in Big Sur or Muir Woods, then enjoy some excellent meals and ocean views.

Savannah, Georgia – Steeped in history, Savannah is a beautiful and atmospheric town on the Atlantic, full of southern-style hospitality, cultural touchpoints, and maybe a ghost or two. Tybee Island nearby is a gorgeous spot for visiting the beach.

Florida KeysHawaii – Pretty much the whole state of Hawaii, consisting of eight main islands, is worth seeing for its natural beauty and sun-drenched beaches. Hike along a volcano on the Big Island, revel in the thriving nightlife of Honolulu, or visit the quieter beaches of Kauai.

South Padre Island, Texas – A popular spring break spot, South Padre Island is an active community where you can enjoy watersports, fishing, spas, and bars and nightclubs. Mild weather and calm waters can be enjoyed all year.

New Orleans, Louisiana – It’s not just for Mardi Gras – New Orleans is a city that embraces its French heritage and its unique southern mystique simultaneously. You can visit a swamp, immerse yourself in the rich history of the region, and enjoy the culture.

Phoenix, Arizona – Arizona has the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, but for a bit of civilization, Phoenix is perfect. With bustling downtown areas, great shopping and golfing, and spring training, it’s a great place to enjoy the warmth anytime of year!

Las Vegas, Nevada – It’s always easy to find your way to Vegas, where blockbuster live shows, great dining, and monumentally scaled casinos appeal to a diverse international audience. Not far way, you can get away from the glitz and glam with Nevada’s natural beauty.

We know you haven’t explored all the places you want to go yet, so why not escape the coming cold seasons (brr) and find a new place to go? Our country boasts such a variety of summery destinations, you’re sure to find one that has everything you want. While you’re out exploring your destination of choice, don’t forget to lather up with sunscreen by SolRx!

 

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