Summer is usually when most families make plans to travel.
Sometimes it’s out of the country and sometimes it could be a destination nearby. It might be a favorite family camping trip or an adventure to a new city. Whatever the case may be, summer is definitely a busy time when it comes to making vacation plans. And why not? Kids are usually off from school and while it may seem like a competition to see who can request time off first; working parents make the best of it as well.
So what are our top picks for summer travel destinations in the United States?
Have you ever considered a family road trip through the United States?
You don’t have to leave the country to enjoy your summer. There are many fascinating travel hot-spots in the U.S. that are waiting to be discovered. And one of the best parts? If you take a road trip from your hometown to your destination; you could discover a plethora of off-beat and off the road attractions.
From slow to fast-paced and everything in between, here are a few ideas for you this summer if you want to stay close to home and still have an amazing time.
If you’re traveling by airplane, be sure to check out our tips for traveling with a toddler.
Top Six Summer Travel Destinations in the United States
Come summertime, the Windy City is an amazing place to visit. Enjoy great music at one of Chicago’s many jazz clubs, or soak in the sun while attending one of its festivals, such as the well-known Chicago Jazz Festival. Take in some shopping on the famous Magnificent Mile, and grab some crazy photos of yourself in front of the well-loved Bean.
If it gets hot and you want to head indoors, visit the Shedd Aquarium and check out the interesting underwater life. Then put on your running gear and get some exercise on the lakefront running paths, to burn off Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza that you will surely wish to try.
Seattle is another great summer hot spot. If you are craving delicious, fresh seafood then be sure to visit Pike Place Market and one of its many restaurants. Take a trip to the top of the Seattle Space Needle, and enjoy the view from 520 feet in the air. Learn about the city’s amazing history while on the Seattle Harbor Tour.
California will always be a great place to visit in summer. With its warm climate and long stretch of beautiful beaches, there is never a shortage of places to relax outdoors in the sun. Yosemite National Park, with its majestic beauty, is known for its amazing waterfalls and glaciers.
Or roam around Los Angeles and count your celebrity sightings. Participate in an oceanside yoga class, or have a drink by the beach on a rooftop bar. There are many attractions in the Los Angeles area for adults and children alike.
And well, to be perfectly honest? Sometimes summer in San Francisco can be a welcoming break from the heat. With that fog rolling in daily, Mark Twain put it best: “The coldest winter I’ve ever spent was July in San Francisco.” But don’t let that put you off! San Francisco and the Bay Area has so much to see and do. Before you go, find a place in San Francisco where you can stow your bags while you sightsee.
You could spend a month in California, just going from Northern to Southern and exploring everything (or almost everything) that this dynamic state has to offer.
Yellowstone National Park
If you prefer a more relaxed and nature-oriented vacation this summer, head to Yellowstone National Park. Be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of Old Faithful, and most of the world’s other geysers. Observe all that nature has to offer while hiking, and consider camping in one of the park’s several campgrounds. You will most certainly not regret your visit.
Throughout the state of Florida, summer draws the crowds. There is no shortage of great places to visit here. The Florida Keys has become a place where Americans flock when they desire a tropical vacation in the comfort of their own country. Snorkeling, scuba diving and sailing are some of what this area has to offer on and around its lovely beaches.
Another great summer destination is Miami, with its fascinating nightlife. Miami also has amazing beaches. It is less crowded in summer than when visitors from all around the U.S. flock there in the winter season.
If you have children, consider heading a little farther north in Florida to the Orlando and Kissimmee area for a visit to Disney World, SeaWorld, or one of the area’s many other amusement parks and attractions. And don’t forget to hop onto an airboat ride so you can see a few of the state’s alligators up close and personal.
New York has so much to offer- beyond New York City, I might add. And maybe I’m being a little bit biased but I think that there’s really a lot to do here! In the Buffalo region, of course, you have stunning Niagara Falls. The Adirondacks are an outdoor playground with forests, lakes, and mountains to explore.
Lake George is home to the Great Escape amusement park and several water parks.
And well, yes, there is New York City to explore as well. A cultural hot spot if there ever was one, NYC is a family friendly destination that seemingly offers something for everyone.
You will not be disappointed if you decide to spend your summer vacation at home in the U.S.
With a variety of vacations to choose from, there is something for everyone. Take your pick and make your summer exactly the one you want, without even stepping foot outside your country.
Which one of these destinations would you put on your summer travel itinerary?