Summer is still HERE. After months of waiting, it’s finally time for summer vacation and travel, and fun and relaxation. Sure, exotic beaches and foreign towns can be cool, but if you’re not ready to jet set around the globe, take a look at some of the best vacation spots here at home.
Finding fun places to go in the summer that are also in the continental U.S. can be tricky. But don’t worry, we’ve done our research and have all the best spots to travel to for your summer vacation. Get your summer started in one of these vacation places:
Summer Vacation Hitlist:
1) Seaside, Oregon
A relaxing resort town, Seaside is one of the best places to visit on the West Coast for a summer getaway. With activities from shopping to hiking, to watching wildlife, Seaside has all the makings for the best summer vacation yet.
Get moving by strolling, biking, or hiking. There are local trails and a 1.5-mile-long promenade to get you outside and active. Seaside also offers kayaking or canoeing in the town’s waterways. Of course, you can’t forget about the seaside itself in Seaside, Oregon. The sandy beach is known for surf breaks and is the perfect spot to relax or take a dip.
The town’s website boasts “there’s always something going on in Seaside,” and it’s not wrong. Check out the many events around town for more summer ideas and don’t forget to book your accommodation in advance with AllTheRooms.
2) Boston, MA
Believe it or not, Boston is one of the best places to visit in the U.S. during the summertime. Ranking in at number one on the list of Best Sumer Vacations in the USA by U.S. News, Boston holds many more attractions for travelers than just baseball.
This historic and coastal city integrates the classic with the contemporary, U.S. News says, as you can visit historic sites including the Paul Revere House, Faneuil Hall, and the first public school as well as modern attractions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Check out the best of Boston on a tour of the city such as a trolley sightseeing tour or an American history tour.
More of a music fan? Boston holds plenty of summer concerts in awesome outdoor venues. If nature is more of your thing, head out on the water for some whale watching or other summer cruises. And, if you’re looking for a summer place by the sea, Boston also has some gorgeous beaches to escape to on a nice day. For all travelers planning a trip to Boston here’s a list of where to stay.
3) Tucson, Arizona
Although temperatures can get steamy in the region and Arizona may not seem like one of the best places to visit in August and other summer months, on the list of cool places to go in the U.S. before school starts up is Tucson, Arizona. The city surrounded by mountain ranges becomes a quiet and peaceful summer place beginning in May once the thousands of undergrads at the University of Arizona head elsewhere for their summer break.
If you love hiking, Tucson’s got it. Climb Mount Lemmon and cool down, as the mountain’s peak is at least 30 degrees cooler than the base of the mountain, according to Frommers. On the other hand, if you’re looking for places to go in the summer that host less active activities than climbing mountains, Tucson has that too. The city holds charming courtyard dining all over, making for a lovely cool summer night.
4) Steamboat Spring, Colorado
Named as a “must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure junkies” by U.S. news, Steamboat Springs in Colorado is one of the best places to visit in the U.S. during the summer months. Surrounded by ranches and the beautiful outdoors, what attracts many summer vacation-goers to the city is a plethora of outdoor pursuits such as backpacking, fishing, and camping.
Whether it’s your summer vacation or your winter travel destination, you can always take a ride on the Steamboat scenic gondola rides to see breathtaking panoramic views. Then, enjoy a sunset happy hour and many dining options to top off the day and night.
Which of these ideas for summer travel and vacation are you most interested in? Let us know which of the best summer vacation spots in the U.S. you want to hit in 2018 in the comments!