10 of the best vacation destinations in the United States for summer travel

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With summer fast approaching, families and friends are busy planning their trip to take advantage of all the American offers. From national parks to bustling cities – and every small town in between – the United States has a wide range of travel destinations perfect for any adventure. Here are the top 10 spots to explore this summer.

Jackson Hole

Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon are always popular destinations during the summer, but crowds and long wait times can be obstacles. Head to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for an equally beautiful and fun alternative. There you can explore the wilderness of Grand Teton National Park. The mountain formations and wildlife are equally stunning and you will only encounter a fraction of the tourists. Jackson Hole itself is a great summer destination, offering unique downtown shopping, festivals, and plenty of guided adventure tours in the surrounding area.

Chicago

Head to Chicago for a fun urban destination. Summer temperatures are milder than many other places in the United States, and the area’s many festivals and events are worth seeing. You’ll enjoy a unique blend of beachfront activities along Lake Michigan, art and theater exhibits in city galleries and parks, and access to fine dining and to boutiques suited to the most chic travellers.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Outdoor enthusiasts will look forward to a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer. This Appalachian destination is a hidden gem and one of the few parks with no admission fee. With plenty of accommodation options, including campgrounds, you can easily spend several days exploring the area’s historic buildings and abundant wildlife.

Sedona

Head west to enjoy the red rocks of the high desert of Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is a summer haven for those wishing to escape the heat of the lower elevations of the Southwest. It is a perfect place to unwind and relax in nature: go hiking or swimming to enjoy the breathtaking view! You will find many new-age stores and events, as well as famous restaurants and galleries in the area.

San Francisco

Another excellent destination city for summer travel, San Francisco enjoys a mild climate at this time of year, ideal for exploring the region on foot. Visit famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge or spend time at Fisherman’s Wharf enjoying delicious seafood. Descend to the surrounding rocky cliffs (home to sea lions!) and admire Alcatraz and the famous seascape of the Bay Area. The diversity of San Francisco offers opportunities for discovery around every corner.

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Cape Cod

The New England region is a popular summer destination for its beaches, quaint towns, and famous arts and food festivals. Cape Cod is perfect for your trip to the northeast this year. With accommodation options ranging from cozy cabins to luxury resorts, every group will feel comfortable. There’s plenty to do beyond the beach: golf, a drive-in movie theater, spas, and plenty of breweries and wineries make this town a great summertime recommendation.

Manitou Island

One of the best places to enjoy crystal-clear waters, forests, and beaches in the United States, Michigan’s Manitou Islands offer family-friendly adventures for nature-loving travelers. Visit the South Manitou Lighthouse or hike through the 15,000 acres of natural land. Beach camping is particularly popular here, especially since the ferry to the mainland provides easy access to the restaurants, art, and entertainment available in nearby towns.

Stowe

This charming Vermont town is known for its stellar leaves in the fall and world-class skiing in the winter, but the summer season offers just as many opportunities for outdoor fun and beautiful scenery. The city hosts several music, art, and food festivals throughout the season, and local venues host weekly specials and events. You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities, from hiking and biking to swimming and ziplining, making this area ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.

golden islands

Rather than heading to the crowded beaches along the Florida coast this summer, book a trip to Georgia’s Golden Isles. You’ll experience the same waters and beaches of the Gulf Coast with fewer crowds and a diverse array of adventures. The Golden Isles are a collection of five islands and are home to world-class restaurants, pristine golf courses, natural habitats for animals, and miles of beaches ready to be explored. This visitor’s guide is your gateway to the summer splendours of these islands!

Sources of Steamboats

A bustling Colorado town, Steamboat Springs offers vacationers a range of adventures, from indoor art workshops to extreme outdoor mountain biking. You can easily relax breathing in the fresh mountain air while fishing for trout or walking along the road to your next brewery stop.

Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or historic sites, these top travel destinations will make your summer one to remember!

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