We're just entering the peak of the summer vacation season, but 2012 has already set some unwelcome records, including destructive wildfires and all-time high temperatures in many states.
The scorching weather may make some parks—including lakes, seashores and higher elevation locales—even more appealing, although the publicity from major western fires may give some vacationers pause. There's a lot at stake for areas whose economy depends heavily on tourism, and the governor of Colorado has emphasized that the majority of the state is unaffected by the blazes.
How about you? Will you alter your summer vacation plans based this year's heat and fires? If so, what changes will you make?