Top 10 Must-Visit Summer Vacation Spots In The US

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning your next vacation! Whether you’re interested in traveling to beaches and boardwalks, beautiful nature trails or bustling city locales, you’re sure to find the perfect spot in the United States. With fifty states to choose from, get ready to pack your bags and hit the road to visit the top 10 American vacation destinations.


10. Tuscon, Arizona

Although the summers in Arizona can reach a sweltering 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, don’t let that dissuade you from visiting its gorgeous hiking trails. Mount Lemmon is Arizona’s highest elevation, who’s 9,000-foot peak offers bubbling brooks and plenty of shade along the way.


9. Santa Barbara, California

Just north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara has a laid-back vibe that makes it the perfect summer vacation spot. The ocean breezes, inviting downtown area and ample hiking opportunities leave no room to be bored in this coastal gem.


8. Ithaca, New York

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The Finger Lakes region in upstate New York comes alive during the summer months, offering fresh produce, wine tasting, and plenty of nature trails to explore. The permanent Farmers Market in its lakefront pavilion and the incredible Buttermilk Falls are must-see destinations during this summer getaway.


7. San Juan Islands, Washington

To travel to the San Juan Islands is to be transported to a peaceful hideaway, where the mountains meet the sandy beaches. If you’re looking to unwind, the San Juan Islands are the perfect spot to take a break from the hustle and bustle of a stressful work week. July might be the best time to visit if you’re hoping to take part in the Bite of Seattle food festival.


6. Wellfleet, Massachusetts

For a low-key alternative to the popular Cape Cod destination, try visiting Massachussett’s hidden gem. The bay waters are perfect for swimming and kayaking, while the ocean offers plenty of windsurfing opportunities. The shoreline offers a scenic backdrop for hiking and biking, where you can get up close with salt marshes, barrier reefs, and fascinating marine life.


5. Knoxville, Tennessee

Located between the Tenessee River and the Smoky Mountains, Knoxville makes for an attractive warm-weather vacation town. The pedestrian-only Market Square is a food destination in itself, with tempting bakeries and restaurants bordering it. Visit Old City or the Knoxville Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture, Art in Public Places, to get a taste of southern charm.


4. Glacier National Park, Montana

Where else in the lower 48 can you find glaciers in the summer? Due to its inaccessibility over the winter months, it’s important to take advantage of the opportunity to visit Glacier National Park while its open to the public. The park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road lays a twisting path that takes visitors deep into the wilds of Northern Montana. Whether you’re interested in a guided tour or would rather set out on your own, the park boasts over 700 miles of trails to choose from.


3. Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island off the coast of Savannah gives a southern twist to the classic beach experience. Secluded islands, marshlands, sea turtles and rare birds greet you on this bike-friendly island. The relaxed nightlife and bottlenose dolphin tours set the scene for the perfect summer getaway.


2. Lousiville, Kentucky

Although Lousiville is well populated during Derby mania, you can still visit the famous Churchill Downs during the summer months, where lesser known races are held in June. Bluegrass on the Square hosts local musicians every Saturday and is home to a star-studded bluegrass festival during June nearby Bardstown. Since you’ll be in the heart of bourbon country, it would be criminal not to visit the Louisville Urban Bourbon Trail or Kentucky Bourbon Trail during your stay.


1. Boulder, Colorado

Boulder is the perfect blend of cosmopolitan and rugged. It serves as the home to the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Museum, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Boulder Ballet, which are all within 300 miles of some of the most well-known hiking and biking trails in the country, including Boulder Creek Path which runs directly through the city. The Bald Mountain Trail, Eldorado Canyon and Rocky Mountain National Park are more breathtaking sites that the city has to offer.

With the top picks on our list located only a few miles away, pack up your bags and visit one of these spectacular vacation spots this summer!

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