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Ahhh, summer. Ocean Air and Salty Hair. Summer has a sweet spot in my heart. I live in South Florida, so I’m basically in an eternal summer, but this is my favorite time of the year to travel and explore. I am always cold and much happier in a bikini and shorts, so summer and I go hand-in-hand like pinas and coladas.
So if you’re planning that dream beach vacation or want to explore the states without freezing your a** off, these are the absolute best places to visit in the summertime.
Download the Skyscanner app and set up alerts to any of these cities (or others on your bucket list). I have about 30 different alerts set up at a time and whenever a price drops I get notified. Thanks to Skyscanner I booked a roundtrip ticket from Miami to London (no layovers) for less than $350, when the regular price was over $600!!
Lake George, New York
Lake George is the perfect summer getaway. Very family friendly and loads of fun. You can go hiking around the lake or rent a kayak. Check out the 18th-century Fort Henry or maybe try your luck at the old-school video arcades in the Lake George Village.
Gorgeous beaches, adorable hotels, charming cottages, and historic lighthouses. Nantucket has become a popular summer getaway. Lay out on the beach and later in the afternoon go check out the Whaling Museum, definitely a must-see.
Santa Catalina Island, California
This beautiful, lush island off the coast of California has a lot to offer. Explore the beautiful harbor or go parasailing and get a bird’s eye view. Everything is a short walk or taxi ride away. This tiny island offers a lot from paddle-boarding, ziplining, and go hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail.
The perfect blend of ruggedness and city-life. This incredibly outdoorsy city becomes especially popular in the summertime thanks to its numerous hiking trails and the historic Colorado Music Festival. Once you’re acclimated to the height, head to the Flatirons are, which has numerous trails from easy-peasy to very challenging!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach has a little bit for everyone. From over 100 golf courses to the Boardwalk on the Beach, which is an amusement park and entertainment complex. Once you’re exhausted from having all that fun, lay out on the beach. Myrtle Beach is 60 miles long, so the chances of you feeling crowded are slim to none.
New Orleans, Louisiana
An incredible mix of food, sights, people, and activities. New Orleans really has it all. Perhaps best known for being a ‘party city,’ New Orleans does have a lot more to offer guests. Explore the historic French Quarter and marvel at the beautiful balconies, art galleries, and antique shops. Take the trolley and get lost in this wonderful city, you might even catch a glimpse of Beyonce as she owns a home here.
San Francisco, California
Street fairs, kayaking, and boating are just some of the activities you can participate in during the summer in San Francisco. If it’s your first time you can’t miss the Golden gate Bridge or take a tour of Alcatraz, home to some of the most notorious gangsters in history (like Al Capone).
You’d have to be out of your mind to visit Alaska during any other time of the year that isn’t Summer. The summer months are the perfect time to go hiking, camping, kayaking, and anything outdoors. Anchorage is an outdoor lovers paradise, from birdwatching, biking, and many beautiful lakes that will take your breath away.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Located in the Rocky Mountains, this beautiful wilderness is a sight to see. Take a ride down the famous Going-To-The-Sun road and then check out the extremely photogenic Lake McDonald. The entire park is filled with wonderful hikes and views. Marvel at mother nature and then head to a restaurant to try some huckleberry! You’ll find huckleberry’s in pies, ice creams, pancakes, and even salads.
Yosemite National Park, California
If you can’t tell by now, I’m a big fan of the outdoors! Don’t get me wrong, I love staying during cold winter months, but the summer is meant for exploring. And you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere more worth getting lost in than Yosemite. This is Mother Nature at it’s best. From valleys to waterfalls, you will want to rent a cabin and never return to city life again.