The temperatures are at its all-time high and all you can think about is a getaway – that means it’s time to take a summer vacation. Here is a list of 6 best summer vacations 2018 that you should consider before booking your next trip!
United States is such a huge and diverse country. You travel to different state and see a completely new culture, climate, and people. This year, I encourage you to go somewhere you haven’t been before and check out this list for even more bucket list ideas in the US. This summer I went to San Francisco and it was magical! So, of course, San Fran will be my first recommendation on this list!
Best Summer Vacations 2019
San Francisco is a beautiful city for travelling with plenty to do and see along with some of the most diverse neighborhoods and districts in one city. It is one of the best summer vacations spots in the United States because of the nice weather and a variety of cultural activities. When you go, make sure to try authentic ramen in Chinatown and burritos in Mission District, ride a cable car to Fisherman’s Wharf and hike all the way to Land’s End.
Adventure in Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is a perfect destination in summer: the park is only open from April to October with its peak months in June, July and August. It’s a nearly 3,500-sq-mile wilderness recreation area on top a volcanic hot spot. It’s a perfect spot for day hiking and camping. You can see the canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including the Old Faithful. It’s also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
Stay the Week in Saint Louis
Saint Louis makes this list because there are so many fun and free things to do in Saint Louis! It’s a great city to visit in the summer and it’s not as crowded as the more popular destinations like NYC or Chicago. When you go to Saint Louis, you can’t miss the famous Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Zoo, the Science Center, and the St. Louis Art Museum. Also, visit Cathedral Basilica, a home to one of the largest collection of mosaics in the world. It took nearly 80 years to install the more than 40 million mosaic glass pieces that adorn the inside of the church.
Check out the Museums in Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C. is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the United States and most attractions are free. The city is home to all three branches of the federal government, as well as the White House, the Supreme Court and the Capitol Building. Visit the sites of later forts from the Civil War at the Fort Circle Parks, then take a tour of the White House built in the late 1700’s, the United States Capitol building from 1800, and the Washington Monument, built in 1885.
NYC is one of the main destinations on the United States bucket list and one of the best summer vacations this year! Learn more about the history of this remarkable city with a stroll along the Brooklyn Bridge, exploring the Central Park and the Empire State Building. Going to NYC will be a great vacation for anyone: there are so many options and activities from taking a photo at the famous Times Square to attending a Broadway Show.
If you are planning to be travelling soon, use my Free Printable Packing list to help you pack everything you need for your next summer vacation!
Chicago, known as the Windy City, is packed with places to enjoy art, film, theater, and music. For example, Chicago Art Institute has over 300,000 works of art in its permanent collection, while the Millennium Park offers 25 acres of interesting architecture, pretty landscape and a fascinating collection of public art. I also recommend going to the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the western hemisphere.
If you like going on outdoor adventures, you will love your trip to the Rockies! Camping, hiking, horseback riding or white water rafting – you will find so many fun activities in the area! The best time to go is late summer: the weather is perfect and most of the trails are open for hikers! If you think about going, I recommend staying at the Moraine Park Campground, it is right in the National Park area, very close to the trails and has beautiful views of the mountains. Check out some of the most amazing hikes you can take and views you will see!
Hike to the Bottom of the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most famous and awe-inspiring natural attractions, it is worth any bucket list. The views are even more amazing from the bottom than they are from the top, and if you would like, you could take the mules up or down.
If hiking down is not an option, choose the Rim Trail. It is a mostly paved walking path that follows the rim of the Grand Canyon for 13 miles, from South Kaibab Trailhead to Hermit’s Rest. This nearly level path, with a mix of sun and shade from scattered trees, is one of the most scenic hikes in North America, don’t miss it!
Going on a cruise is the perfect vacation: you travel while being in the comfort of a hotel and wake up to new exotic destinations every day. If you were to book a trip to Cozumel, Mexico by itself, it would be more expensive than going on a cruise, where you will be able to visit not only Mexico, but also Jamaica or Bahamas. And summers are normally the cheapest time to book a cruise. Why not spend a full week in the Caribbean for about $500 per person – and that’s with room, food, and entertainment included!