2014

Reader's Digest Kicks off Summer with June/July Cover Story: Best of America Highlighting the must-see, must- do, must-eat to keep busy all summer long

NEW YORK, May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Temperatures are rising and Reader's Digest is giving a warm welcome to summer by unveiling their annual Best of America list, celebrating the greatest summer attractions across the country. This cover story, found in the June/July issue, highlights the best things that America has to offer from Best Ballpark Food to Best Road Trip. With this list of what makes America great, learn the Best Ice Cream Flavors (including Bacon, Lobster, Guinness, and Breakfast Bash!), the Best Roadside Attractions (including a 12-foot-high ball of twine in Kansas), the Best Workout and more. Reader's Digest gives you the tips and tools to make the most of your summer - because why settle for anything but the best during everyone's favorite season!

Best Irresistible Ice Cream Flavor: What better way to welcome summer than to indulge in the season's beloved snack, ice cream! Reader's Digest scoured the country and found the most inventive and delicious flavors. Featured flavors include 'Cold Sweat,' found at Sunni Sky's Homemade Ice Cream in Angier, North Carolina, which consists of hot sauces and three different types of peppers. Now that's a hot summer treat! In Bar Harbor, Maine, Ben and Bill's Chocolate Emporium offers Lobster flavored ice cream which is made of creamy butter-flavored ice cream and lobster chunks.  Max & Mina's Homemade Ice Cream in Queens, New York sells their delectable 'Breakfast Bash' ice cream, made with maple-walnut ice cream, pancake and French toast pieces, and topped with confectioners' sugars.

Best Road Trip: There's no better time to embark on a cross country adventure than summer - great weather is the best complement to beautiful scenery. Reader's Digest awarded 21-year-old Tyler Kellogg with the Best Road Trip award.  He set out on a road trip with only one goal: bestowing random acts of kindness on 100 strangers. Among the many good deeds Tyler did was helping a cop fix a broken barricade, installing a stranger's boat lift, and befriending a newly widowed stranger. Many think that summer road trips mean fast food, sing-alongs and games of Geography, but we think that Tyler's generous quest takes the cake.

Best Roadside Attraction: While on your road trip, be sure to stop by Reader's Digest's picks for Best Roadside Attraction, the 40-foot-long covered wagon in Lincoln, Illinois. Coming in second place is the 12-foot-high ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas. Last but definitely not least is a 46-foot-long steel and stucco buffalo in Jamestown, North Dakota.

Best Ballpark Food: Summer and baseball have long been synonymous for each other. There is no better way to spend a summer day than heading to the ballpark and watching a game. Recently America's major-league baseball stadiums have made the experience even more wonderful by adding gourmet food. With the help of a new book, The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip, Reader's Digest has picked their top five concession-stands with homerun-worthy goodies: The Shackburger at the New York Mets' Citi Field, Ben's Original Chili Half-Smoke "All The Way" at the Washington Nationals' Nationals Park, The Barbeque Baker at the Houston Astros' Minute Maid Park, Shrimp Tacos at the San Diego Padres' PETCO park, and the Miller's Dog at the Oakland A's' McAfee Coliseum.

Best Workout: To most, warm weather means the beginning of bathing suit season, a time to put down the junk food and hit the gym. The Reader's Digest award for best workout goes to the Green Gym in Detroit. The gym, which was built by Cass Community Social Services, is comprised of ten stationary bikes that convert pedal power into electricity, generating energy for the gym while helping to cut costs and helping the environment.

Best Town Names: Summer won't be complete without a visit to the Best Town Names, including, Pie Town, New Mexico and Cranky Corner, Louisiana.

Reader's Digest magazine (www.rd.com), the world's most widely read magazine, is published in 21 languages and reaches 70 million readers worldwide. Each edition is produced and published locally for its own audience. The magazine celebrates the best of humanity and delivers a compelling mix of special reporting, humor and human interest. It is part of The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., a global multibrand media and marketing company that educates, entertains and connects audiences around the world. RDA headquarters are in Pleasantville, New York, USA.

SOURCE Reader's Digest



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