Summer is the perfect time to travel. The weather is great, spirits are high, and if you’re lucky, you can squeeze a break from work or school to make room for a vacation. Here’s a list of worthwhile outdoor summer destinations that are guaranteed not to disappoint:
Big Sur, California
The 90 mile coastal stretch between San Francisco and Los Angeles has it all: beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and more. The sights are endless, from the famous Bixby Bridge to the breathtaking McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Be sure to check out the popular 17 mile drive to witness sea lions, gorgeous canyons, and stunning views. The vibrant blue sea that lines California’s Highway One is a breathtaking sight you’re sure to remember.
Zion National Park
While the Grand Canyon is an obvious travel destination, a lesser-known but equally enjoyable destination is Zion National Park. The extensive canyons, giant waterfalls, and beautiful hikes offer numerous activities that will provide you with invaluable experiences. A variety of memorable hikes are offered from riverside strolls to the more ambitious canyon overlooks. Just be sure to pack sunscreen and stay hydrated; the desert sun can be harsh in the summer!
For an authentic, east-coast southern experience, Savannah, Georgia offers the perfect mix of coast-meets-city charm. The Spanish moss draped over the beautiful live oak trees that line the streets of the city is a site that can be appreciated by all. During the day, take a day trip to the adorable Tybee Island for a fun beach experience or a trip to Wormsloe Plantation to incorporate a bit of history into your vacation. At night, be sure to check out the spooky ghost tours or experience the fun bars that line the historic River Street.
Bar Harbour, Maine
For a northeastern adventure, the rocky coasts and mountains of Bar Harbour, Maine offer a great escape! The cute town has a variety of local shops and restaurants to explore. The fresh seafood (especially lobster) alone is a great reason to book a flight to Maine, but Bar Harbour is also home to the beautiful Acadia National Park. If you like biking, rock-climbing, kayaking, and hiking, all are offered at Acadia with stunning coastal and mountainous views along the way.