25 Best Summer Vacation Destinations in the USA

With summer knocking at your backdoor, you’re already browsing and planning an escape. Aren’t’ you? The very thought of summer switches our mind towards misty mountains, beach shacks, cocktails, flip-flops, slushies’ and plenty of water sports. So, what’s your idea of a cross-country summer vacation – a thrilling city break, lazy beach days, mountain treks or leisure at a pool-bar resort? Well, whatever might it be, there’s no end to exciting summer spots to beat the heat. From coast to coast, the USA is a pot-boiler of diverse destinations with abundant summer activities. Crystal Travel has considered several factors to decide 25 places to visit in the summer in the USfor your next getaway. Use this list for your vacation planning.

1 – Yellowstone, Wyoming

A
park is a good respite from the blazing sun but Yellowstone National Park is
more than a park. It’s heaven for outdoor addicts that attracts 4 million
visitors each year. With unspoiled beauty, colourful pools, hot springs, lush
forests, vast meadows, expansive trails and fountain of geysers make
Yellowstone irresistible. While you scale its square miles of canyons,
mountains, geysers and waterfalls, get prepared to meet your friendly
four-legged buffalo, bears and elks.

Things to
do:

  • Go rafting and paddling at Yellowstone Lake
  • Watch geysers erupt and colorful hot springs
  • See wild animals in their natural habitat
  • Explore the three waterfalls
  • Go hiking

Travel Tips:

  • Keep
    the laws; don’t get popped
  • Dress
    for the cold – hat/mittens/jacket, etc.
  • Don’t
    fall off ledges – people die in the park
  • Take
    time passing a park animal
  • No
    selfies 15ft away from a bison
  • Reservations
    fill up quickly, so plan ahead

How to
reach:

Jackson Hole Airport is the adjoining airport for south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. For enter east of the park, Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is the best. If you’re traveling by road, the State Highway 191/287 are taken for entering southwards.

2 – Maui, Hawaii

Sandwiched between Molokai and Big Island, Maui is one of the best destinations to travel in summer in the US that offers a taste of everything – from appealing wildlife, culture along with professional hula dancers, coastal golfing, snorkel and dynamic beaches. The stunning archipelago is segregated into five regions but many tourists prefer heading either towards the southern coasts, which is home to the famous Wailea Beach or to West Maui, where Kaanapali Beach is located. Don’t miss the rest of the island; travel along the Road to Hana and explore the dramatic coastline and the world’s biggest volcano.

Things to do:

  • Explore
    120 miles of coastlines
  • Indulge
    in beach activities at Makena Beach
  • Enjoy
    coastal sports at Kaanapali
  • Go
    forest hiking
  • Try
    snorkeling at the Molokini Crater

Travel Tips:

  • There
    are hotels in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Kihei and Makena.
  • Explore
    Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi.
  • Hawaii
    is tropical, kind of warm. So pack your summer attire.
  • Don’t
    miss Haleakala National Park Summit Area, Upcountry Maui and West Maui’s Rugged
    North Shore.

How to reach:

Maui can be reached only by Air via the United States Inland. The island has an airport at Kahalui. There are direct flights from the US to Maui and also from the US via Honolulu to Maui. The island is reachable from other Hawaiian islands by short plane rides but the most appropriate is the Hawaiian interisland Super Ferry which runs between the islands.

3 – Colorado, Arizona

What’s 19 miles in width, 278 river miles in length and a mile deep? The Grand Canyon, no doubt! This majestic orange chasm is a jaw-dropping wonder that offers an isolated escape into the bosom of Mother Nature. Thanks to the mighty Colorado River and the influx of travelers. The Southern Rim and the Bright Angel Trail is popular for hikers and sightseers. You will find most activities and amenities on this side. Now, keeping these two places aside, head to the North Rim for a break from the crowd. This part sizzles with camping and hardcore hiking towards the cooler hills.

Things to
do:

  • Explore Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Don’t miss Strawberry Parks Hot Springs
  • White-water rafting in Arkansas River
  • Experience raw nature at Gunnison National Park
  • Admire the beauty of Hanging Lake

Travel Tips:

  • Summer and spring are perfect for a visit.
  • Avoid altitude sickness by drinking more water.
  • Weather changes quickly; keep warm.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol during your stay.
  • Don’t load yourself with equipments, you’ll get it all there.

How to reach:

Colorado Springs is not well linked to other major cities of the country via frequent flights. The nearest airport is in Colorado Springs at a distance of 10 kms.

4 – Boston, Massachusetts

With
everything ‘first’ – first large free municipal public library, the first
subway system, the first public school and the first public park, Boston attracts
a variety of visitors from all over the world. With average temperatures in the
60s and 70s, it claims to be the #1 summer destination in the USA. With
thriving trails, baseball areas, historic wonders, breweries, festivals and
places such as Little Italy, Freedom Trail and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace,
Boston is fascinating. You might find splitting your time a bit daunting, but
the city will not disappoint you when you’re venturing out for some ‘cool’ time
away from home.

Things to
do:

  • Tour the Massachusetts State House
  • Ascend to the Bunker Hill Monument
  • Get a bird’s eye view of Boston
  • Go Whale Watching
  • Visit the Franklin Park Zoo

Travel Tips:

  • Save huge by eating at Quincy Market, take walking tours, drink outside downtown, try Couchsurfing and save money on rideshares.
  • Be careful of any scams that are going around.
  • Summers get humid; temperatures rise 80 and above. Be cool and light.

How to reach:

The city of Boston is served by the Logan International Airport, located in East Boston, 4 km from the main city. It is the chief airport in New England and also the 18th busiest airport in the country. The airport is linked to numerous cities across the world.

5 – Sonoma, California

California
needs no introduction. Once you step in the Golden State, combine food, drinks
and surreal countryside tours, you get Sonoma. Visitors flocking in this summer
city will come across several wineries, fabulous bakeries, farmer markets and
tiny bars that you may not wish to leave. Once you’ve eaten and sipped your
much-craved drink, it’s time to burn everything. Hit Sonoma Coast and explore
the trails or meander through Sonoma Plaza, or you could even explore the
rolling hills that give rise to the towering Sonoma Mountains. Alternatively,
you could enjoy an urban escape at Santa Rosa – bustling with trendy
restaurants and museums and enjoy a spa at MacArthur’s Place.

Things to do:

  • Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
  • Walking, Hiking & Zipping
  • Explore the Russian River, Lake Sonoma
  • Discover the Stunning Pacific Coast
  • Snuggle into a cedar enzyme bath

Travel Tips:

  • Watch out for the crowd and keep your valuables intact.
  • Being a summer city, carry your sunscreen on the beach.
  • Tipping is a good practice at the resorts.

How to
reach:

Sonoma County is situated less than an hour from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) offers direct flights and airline services.

6 – Santa Barbara, California

Situated at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a smaller and peaceful neighbor with enjoyable temperatures year-round. It is one of the best destinations in US to visit in the summer season. With cool ocean breezes, tourable downtown and abundant hiking options, Santa Barbara makes up for an ideal summer destination. If you’re looking for beaches, the options are endless and varied. To beat the summer heat, head towards One Thousand Steps Beach for some quiet time and Butterfly Beach for some amazing sunset. Apart from beaches, Santa Barbara is reputed for wineries, hip eateries and stores.

Things to
do:

  • Experience the Pacific Ocean, spot greys, blues and humpback
    whales
  • Visit the Sky Gallery
  • Explore Cafe-cum-Cat Yoga Studio
  • Shop at Montecito Country Mart
  • Enjoy the sunset at Shoreline Café

Travel Tips:

  • Summer welcomes most of the city’s yearly events and it’s
    also peak season.
  • Santa Barbara climate is second to none. Get your sunscreen!
  • Santa Barbara can be visited from March to May or from
    September to November.

How to
reach:

Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, take the LAX shuttle or the Amtrak train to reach Santa Barbara.

7 – Oregon Coast, Oregon

With
mist, year-round greenery and the Pacific breeze, the Oregon Coast is a respite
from the sizzling summer. Drive down west Portland and you will come across
Tillamook. It’s a place for hikers with spectacular ocean views and beautiful
fruit orchards. If you keep driving on down the coast, stopping at places like
Lincoln City, the stunning Newport you spot the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and get
personal with the sea. Summer brings in several recreational activities in
Oregon and another mind-blowing place is Florence. Do not miss the 40-mile
Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, one of the biggest expanse in the USA.

Things to
do:

  • Go whale watching
  • Take your kids to Siletz Bay
  • Hike Cape Perpetua
  • Go Sandboarding in Florence
  • Explore the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Travel Tips:

  • Amazing place to explore. Take your time to soak up.
  • Check out tides before enjoyment.
  • Oregon Coast is rugged. Flip flops and tank tops are not
    recommended. Get hoodies, sturdy shoes. Change clothes and socks due to wetness
    all around.
  • Bring sunglasses, lip balm and a water-resistant coat.

How to
reach:

Fly into Portland International Airport and from there hire a cab or a taxi and get on Interstate 5 that runs along the river until you reach Oregon Coast.

8 – San Juan Islands, San Juan

The
San Juan Islands are an artistic display of lush landscapes surrounded by the
Pacific. It’s a laid-back, dreamy place where the hills meet the sand and the
sea. Despite its isolation, this offers an amazing refuelling from the concrete
world. Along with your summer break, you might consider planning a getaway to
the Bite of Seattle food festival. During summer, you can enjoy various
delights from the farmers’ market and also explore Lopez Island.

Things to
do:

  • Spend time at Friday Harbour
  • Enjoy whale watching from Lime Kiln Point
  • Arrive at Roche Harbour for happy hours
  • Go for Kayaking, Boating and Hiking
  • Go Cruising

Travel Tips:

  • When you plan your trip to the San Juan Islands, it’s vital to ponder which of the islands you want to visit – San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island or Shaw Island.
  • Ferries are the main mode of transportation.
  • Avoid booking any tours scheduled within an hour of your arrival to the island.
  • Head to Island Skillet for breakfast.
  • For lunch, head to Mia’s Café.
  • You can try Madrona Bar & Grill for Dinner.

How to
reach:

Located just 90 miles north of Seattle, the town of Friday Harbour on San Juan Island is a stress-free day-trip escapade from downtown Seattle Airport. If you are driving take the Keystone Ferry and land on Whidbey Island.

9 – Glacier National Park, Montana

Nothing
is more gratifying than sighting snow in July. In winter it’s impossible to get
access to the Glacier National Park, one of America’s most spellbinding public
outdoors. Summer is short and cool. So, take advantage of the region’s short
summer and enjoy a feast for your eyes in the solitude. Fall on the curvy,
twisting, mountainous road that takes people right into the Montana wilds. If
you’re enthusiastic about venturing out in the woods, you can hike up the
park’s 650 miles of trails and camp at one of the 13 wooded sectors.

Things to do:

  • Drive down Going-To-The-Sun Road
  • Take the Red Bus Tour
  • Go on a hike
  • Kayak or Paddleboard at Lake McDonald
  • See Goose Island

Travel Tips:

  • Come for at least five days.
  • You’ll need a car to explore some of the best spots.
  • Keep a good stock of things while you’re in town.
  • Carry first aid box.
  • Don’t walk into unfamiliar areas.

How to
reach:

Glacier National Park and Whitefish are situated in the northwest corner of Montana. Visitors arriving by car will use U.S. Highway 2 to access Glacier National Park from either the East or West entrance. The Park is also accessible via Highways 89 or 17 right from Montana Airport.

10 – Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

If
you have a sleepy beach town in mind, consider Delaware as your cooler shade.
Rehoboth is famous for endless outdoor recreation, striking sunsets, seafood
and abundant beach opportunities. The pristine coastal park – Cape Henlopen
offers plenty of hiking, swimming and camping. Check out the Walking Dunes
Trail that is popular with visitors despite their age. Alternatively, Rehoboth
stands out for several family-friendly events and that’s what makes it the most
explored spot in the US.

Things to
do:

  • Visit Penny Lane
  • Visit Tanger Outlets for shopping
  • Go to Funland
  • Go to Jungle Jim’s Water Park
  • Watch the sun rise over the Atlantic

Travel Tips:

  • Ride a Bike or a Bus if you can.
  • Avoid parking tickets with the Parkmobile App.
  • Be aware of major spring and summer events – the NASCAR races
    at Dover International Speedway, Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands in
    Dover. DelDOT, the speedway.

How to
reach:

Philadelphia airport is located 30 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware, and the Maryland airport is are located between 1 and 2 hours from Delaware. You need to take a cab to reach Delaware Bay or the beach.

11 – The Big Sur, California

One
of the most beautiful places to travel
in Summer in the US
, the Big Sur is evident to be a relief during summer
for all the right reasons – the magical coastal scenery beside California One
and the winding road makes this extremely popular for photographers and nature
lovers. Most beaches at the Big Sur are located on the unmarked roads and they
require a short hike. Grab a bike and enjoy exploring this nature’s haven at
your heart’s content. You will come across rugged coastal vistas, waterfalls
and redwood forests.How about a convertible Chevrolet Corvette or a
Mercedes-Benz GT down the road?

Things to
do:

  • Enjoy the 17-Mile Drive
  • Explore Andrew Molera State Park
  • Visit Calla Lily Valley
  • Explore Carmel River State Beach
  • Discover Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Travel Tips:

  • Cell phone service in Big Sur is zero.
  • You can explore Big Sur in 1 day but consider spending at
    least 2 days there to see around.
  • Big Sur is pricey.

How to
reach:

There’s no train to Big Sur. You can get to Big Sur from Monterey or Carmel by public transportation on Monterey-Salinas Transit Line from San Francisco International Airports.

12 – Madison, Wisconsin

Madison
has 12 beaches that offer freshwater swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing.
This lake-filled city is a stunner and the waterfront city is filled with
restaurants and popular cocktail bars. Summer concerts are plentiful in the
city. Head towards Concerts on the Rooftop and enjoy the gratifying music and
the crowd. The Kettle Moraine State Forest invites mountain bikers of all
levels and the Blue Mound State Park is only for skilled bikers. The wet and
wild Capital Springs Recreation Center is a complete family-oriented fun-filled
place full of fun, food and frivolities.

Things to
do:

  • Explore Wisconsin State Capitol
  • Henry Vilas Zoo
  • Explore Lake Monona
  • Visit Aldo Leopold Nature Center
  • Stroll down Dane County Farmer’s Market

Travel Tips:

  • Do your research.
  • Stay connected.
  • Pack light.
  • Pack earplugs.
  • Travel on off-peak days.

How to
reach:

Madison is 1h 18 minutes from Wisconsin Airport. There are several cabs and airport shuttles that will take you there.

13 – Block Island, Rhode Island

Rhode
Island needs no introduction; it’s a serene getaway and once you’re in, there’s
no looking back. Just off the coast of Rhode Island, lies Block Island that is
famous for immaculate beaches, scenic lighthouses and unsoiled nature. Boating,
fishing and swimming are some of the popular pastimes and you will find an
amazing balance of couples and families. To reach Block Island, you can board a
ferry from Newport, Rhode Island or Fall River but a more adventurous option is
to go by boat and stop at The Oar, a usual bayside for personalized paddles.

Things to
do:

  • Hike the open spaces
  • Enjoy truly public beaches
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market
  • Go Shopping
  • Visit Settler’s Rock

Travel Tips:

  • Make your reservations as far in advance.
  • Halt at spots wherever you want.
  • Pack snacks and drinks ahead of time.

How to
reach:

TF Green Airport is the closest airport for Rhode Island which is located 24 miles away. BOS is the second nearest airport located about 90 miles north of URI. If you land at BOS, take the free Silver Line bus to Boston South Station. There you can take an Amtrak Train to Kingston, Rhode Island that takes about 1 hour.

14 – Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

The winter wonderland – Alaska is at its best in summer. The wild expanse offers a lower of 48 when it comes to exploring the country’s wildest frontier. It’s a playground for wildlife viewing. Whether you’re exploring this land for the first time or returning to an old, you are not far from forests with bears, glaciers, dramatic snow-capped peaks and rivers with salmon. You can get in touch with the cruise operators that will further help you to get glimpses of the bald eagle, sea lions, whales and more.

Things to
do:

  • Go fishing at Kenai River
  • Enjoy Canoeing
  • Take a Guided Tour
  • Visit Cordova Museum
  • Explore the Alaskan Wilderness

Travel Tips:

  • Always pack a towel.
  • Buy a small backpack/suitcase.
  • Pack light.
  • But take extra socks.

How to
reach:

To reach Kenai Peninsula, land at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and enjoy a road trip for 40 miles till your reach Kenai Peninsula.

15 – Acadia National Park, Maine

Located east of the Mississippi, Acadia National Park is one of the oldest national parks is wild and beautiful at the same time. With acres of mountains, streams and forests there’s plenty to explore – miles of trails, biking, hiking, rock climbing and of course, driving through the vast wilderness. But nothing beats exploring Acadia on two wheels. You can rent a bike from Acadia Bike and your wonder bike will be delivered right at your doorstep. Grab your camera and food and do not miss capturing the harbor views.

Things to
do:

  • Take
    in the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain
  • Drive
    Park Loop Road
  • Check
    out Sand Beach
  • Watch
    the sunset at the Bass Harbor Head Light
  • Take a
    stroll around Jordan Pond

Travel Tips:

  • Consider
    visiting outside the peak tourist months.
  • Consider
    the time of year when choosing your lodging.
  • Plan
    ahead to take advantage of dining options and save.
  • Get
    Off-the-beaten-path and choose hikes where you can save.

How to
reach:

Direct flights from Boston’s Logan Airport land at the Hancock County Airport, 10 miles from Acadia National Park. National airlines serve the Bangor International Airport, about one hour from the park. Car rentals are obtainable at both airports.

16 – Essex, Massachusetts

Situated
30 miles from Boston, the hamlet of Essex offers fun on the water with its
proximity to the Essex River and the Bay. You name it, it’s there – kayaking,
boating, sunbathing, deep-sea fishing and other appealing activities. The
hamlet’s waterways and water sports play a huge role in shaping your summer
getaway. The coolness of the countryside will help you explore more than 30
antique shops where you can shop anything, from technical merchandise to
American products. Do not miss sunset boat cruises that will surely make your
day.

Things to
do:

  • Enjoy Essex River Cruises & Charters
  • Visit Cox Reservation
  • Discover Essex River Basin Adventures
  • Dine at the Top of a Lighthouse
  • Sail Aboard a 65-Foot Schooner

Travel Tips:

  • Carry an extra bank card and credit card.
  • Make sure to use no-fee bank cards.
  • Travel by yourself at least once.
  • Don’t be afraid to use a map.

How to
reach:

The nearest major airport is Boston Logan International Airport (BOS / KBOS). This airport has international and domestic flights from Boston, Massachusetts and is 32 miles from the center of Essex, MA.

17 – Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf
Shores is reputed as a summer break hotspot. As soon as schools and colleges
break out in March, the city takes up a fun-filled feeling. With a warm
climate, powdery beaches, seafood, sunbathing and abundant activities, the Gulf
Shores are irresistible. If you move away from the warm waters, you can find
several golf courses, gigantic water parks, the Coastal Zoo, alluring shopping
outlets and roadside restaurants with lots of good food and drinks to cool
down.

Things to
do:

  • Explore Gulf State Park Beach
  • Visit Alligator Alley
  • Enjoy Parasailing at Orange Beach Marina
  • Discover The Wharf
  • Eat at LuLu’s& The Hangout

Travel Tips:

  • Make a list of where you’d like to eat.
  • If you are on a tighter budget, consider eating out for lunch.
  • Look for Groupons! Often restaurants will offer discounts.
  • Shop at Souvenir City.

How to
reach:

By flight, you can reach nearby airports such as Mobile, Alabama or Pensacola, Florida. By car, the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach areas are easily accessible from Interstates 65 and 10 as well as US Hwy 98.

18 – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is your entrance to the nations most visited National park. Several tourists flock to the Smokies to take in the foggy views from the top and explore the waterfalls. Beyond nature, Gatlinburg has other things to keep you entertained – amazing food, attractive shops, theme parks and one of the best aquariums.

Things to
do:

  • Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Get a ride on Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram
  • Go skiing
  • Visit Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts
  • Discover Ripley’s Aquarium

Travel Tips:

  • Take advantage of technology. Plan ahead with Gatlinburg App.
  • Learn about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Get all
    the info!
  • Arrive hungry! Some amazing restaurants and eateries are
    around here.
  • It’s easy to get around Gatlinburg! Park your car and ride
    the trolley.

How to
reach:

Situated 12 miles south of Knoxville, TN, McGhee Tyson Airport is the closest airport to the Smoky Mountains. The drive from McGhee Tyson to downtown Gatlinburg is about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

19 – Sun Valley, Idaho

A
people’s favourite, the Sun Valley has been a popular tourist spot since the 1940s
for endless things. Today, it’s a haven for ski lovers and summer is the best
time to soak up nature and indulge in several activities. Explore the snowy
meadows, go fishing and paddling across the Sun Valley Lake or try your luck
shooting skeet.

Things to
do:

  • Go sledding at Penny Hill
  • Enjoy ice skating at Atkinson Park
  • Explore Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain
  • Try Snowmobiling
  • Rent a bike and follow the trails

Travel Tips:

  • Get all the info before exploring.
  • Lookout for insects (snakes, scorpions and others).
  • Carry water, sunscreen, first-aid and other essentials.
  • Ask before treading off to other places.

How to
reach:

Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Hailey, is the nearest airport served by Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines that is easily reachable. Horizon Air now offers daily direct, non-stop flights between Sun Valley.

20 – White Mountains, New Hampshir

The
White Mountains are usually green during summer. It is one of the best places to visit in June and July.
Situated 2 hours from Boston, the White Mountains are heaven for every type of
enjoyment. Enjoy scenic drives from wonderful mountains and explore Franconia
Notch State Park for hiking. For a much stronger adrenaline rush, there are
other outdoor activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, kayaking and
ziplining. You could keep the uphill drive on Mount Washington for later, where
you can sit back, rest and relax before heading back.

Things to
do:

  • Drive the Kancamagus Highway
  • Visit Nostalgic Amusement Park
  • Explore Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves
  • Stay at an Indoor Water Park
  • Hike a network of trails

Travel Tips:

  • The most popular time to visit the White Mountains is summer (mid-June to Labor Day).
  • Winter in the White Mountains is particularly popular with skiers and snowmobilers.
  • The temperatures in the summer normally range from the 70’s to mid-80’s.
  • Nights remain cold; a sweater or light jacket will suffice.

How to
reach:

To reach the White Mountains, you need to get down at New Hampshire airport, which is 1 hour 49 minutes via White Mountain National Forest.

21 – Orlando, Florida

Orlando
– every kid, teenager and even elderly people are well-versed with this amusing
city. Recognised as the Theme Park Capital of the World, there’s no dearth of
things to do in Orlando. Right from Disneyland and Universal Studios to
SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND, Kissimmee and Sanford – these are the top summer
destinations that set Orlando apart. Catch the amusement parks that are polar-themed
and you can eventually play with snow. You can also explore the city’s
centrepiece – Mt. Gushmore. You’ll encounter a number of winter-themed
waterslides and rides. There are amazing activities for a family adventure. The
world’s longest white-water raft rides will give you all the thrill you want.
When you’re ready to relax, the Melt-Away Bay will melt your heart away.

Things to
do:

  • Explore Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Visit Disney World with your kids
  • Check out Universal Studio
  • Discover the Kennedy Space Centre
  • Walk into Discover Cove and SeaWorld

Travel Tips:

  • Plan what you want to do in advance.
  • Buy your attraction tickets in advance.
  • Multi-Day and combo tickets are huge savers.
  • Prepare for the tropical weather.
  • Orlando theme parks are huge, little ones will get worn out.

How to
reach:

The city is served by Orlando International Airport, which is situated 10 kilometres from the main city. You can reach Orlando from surrounding cities by taxi/train/bus.

22 – Windy City, Chicago

Chicago
and its neighbours are perfect hubs for summer escapes. Despite being called the
Windy City, tourists have no issue flying in. Lake Michigan and the Chicago
River are one of those places where people love to hangout. The city will not
question you if you mix shopping and champagne. Head towards Randolph Street
Market and explore priceless treasures and vintage clothing. So, done with
shopping? Stop at one of the famous places RM Champagne Station to soak up one
of the most enchanting atmospheres in the city.

Things to
do:

  • Walk through Millennium Park
  • Feel top of the world at the Willis Tower Skydeck
  • Enjoy shopping along the Magnificent Mile
  • Sail the Chicago River
  • See the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo

Travel Tips:

  • Know the terms.
  • Remember where the lake is.
  • Know the grid system.
  • Check the weather.
  • The L train system is the best way to travel between
    Chicago’s sprawling expanses of neighborhoods.

How to
reach:

The two major airports in Chicago connect it with the rest of the world. Buses and trains can be taken if you are coming from another city in the US.

23 – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Are
you a hardcore skier or an adventure fanatic? Jackson Hole is the name for you.
This place is recognised where freeskiing began and summer is the best place to
enjoy this sport. To begin, we recommend staying in Teton Village, which acts
as the base to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Apart from skiing, you can explore
the nearby villages, relish traditional American food, converse with the locals,
take a plunge into the natural pools and capture the surrounding vistas.

Things to
do:

  • Climb the Tetons
  • Go Mountain Biking
  • Enjoy Paragliding
  • Take a Scenic Flight
  • Enjoy some water adventure

Travel Tips:

  • Avoid peak season.
  • Book in advance.
  • Ride for free.
  • Walk or hop on a bus and explore Ketchum.

How to
reach:

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is the only commercial airport in the United States located within a National Park. Upon arrival at the airport, it will take a 36-minute drive to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort by road.

24 – Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska is the ultimate respite and the gateway to several amazing beauty that loves to be crowded with tourists. Do not hurry and pass through this splendid town; you will fall in love with this place. Anchorage is home to some of the best restaurants, shopping, cultural attractions and museums. Several outdoor activities begin right here – from cruises, goldmine tours, nature trails and wilderness explorations. The Lake Hood Seaplane base is the largest seaplane base in the world and entrance to Alaskan glaciers, Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley.

Things to
do:

  • Explore Ulu Factory
  • Walkthrough Eklutna Village Historical Park
  • Step into Earthquake Park
  • Discover Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary
  • Take in the views at Portage Glacier

Travel Tips:

  • Casual clothing and get suitable footwear.
  • Avoid exploring unknown areas.
  • Lookout for wild animals.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Keep warm.

How to
reach:

Anchorage is served by most major American carriers including Icelandair. Air travel is the cheapest and most efficient form of transportation in and out of the state. Non-stop flights are available from Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle year-round.

25 – Lake George, New York

Lake George, New York

Thomas Jefferson described Lake George as –‘the most beautiful water I’ve ever seen’. That explains all! No doubt, this place is the mecca of vacation. Lake George might be known as the most pristine lakes in the US, but the view here is stupendous. You can explore the rich history, cherish island camping, enjoy family-style fun and eat some of the most delectable food during your vacations.

Things to
do:

  • Explore Prospect Mountain
  • The Tiki
  • Explore Shepard Park
  • Visit Million Dollar Beach
  • Go Eagle Flyer Zipline

Travel Tips:

  • Preserve
    the laws; don’t get nipped.
  • Dress
    light and casual.
  • Don’t
    fall for stranger’s pranks.
  • Take
    time to explore.

How to
reach:

The Albany International Airport is 50 miles
south of the Lake George Area and serves most major airlines. Car rentals and
bus service are available from the airport. From New York City it’s a 4-hour
drive to Lake George.

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