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Top Five Most Scenic Music Festivals in North America

This summer, millions of travelers will head to North America’s most scenic destinations, and more than a few will be bringing their instruments. To some, summer means hearing world-class concerts in some of the most beautiful destinations around. Here are five stand-out festivals that benefit from the local scenery.

Offerings at the Moab Music Festival, from late August through early September, take advantage of the monumental Utah scenery, presenting music in Arches and Canyonlands national parks and other extraordinary backgrounds. Known for its Grotto concerts in which musicians, instruments and the audience are shipped up the Colorado River in jet boats, the festival also stages performances along hikes and canoe trips, as well as ones in a traditional concert venue, Star Hall. Concerts range from traditional fare featuring chestnuts by Schumann and Brahms to more contemporary and jazz programs usually presented by chamber groups.