The 5 Most Popular Summer Vacation Ideas
5 Exercise Events
This is the time of year when the weather is warm enough to comfortably race outdoors. If you have a competitive edge and want to run, bike and/or swim somewhere different from your regular training location, pick your place and theme. For instance, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon usually takes place in San Diego on the last Sunday of May or first Sunday of June each year. As we reach the peak heat in July, only Vermont and Washington State welcome marathoners due to their cooler northern climates.
4 Entertainment Destinations
If you’re itching to follow your favorite music artists, a summer concert series may be music to your ears. In August, go where the wind blows to Chicago for Lollapalooza at Grant Park or grace Memphis, Tennessee, with your presence by paying homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll during Elvis Week.
3 National Parks
Go out into the wilderness and discover nature at its finest at a national park. Take the scenic route as you hike along trails or drive through safaris. Camp out in the great outdoors or find lodging and fish along the lakes. The No. 1 U.S. national park is the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. With its slew of trees, plants and flowers across a half-million acres, you can spot black bear, deer and elk. Or, you can explore great heights at the Grand Canyon in Arizona or visit Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, home to thousands of miles of trails and Old Faithful.
2 Sunny Beaches
Surfing along crashing waves or laying out on the sand and soaking up the sun’s rays would tickle any beach bum at heart. Hawaii, whose Statehood Day is on August 16, takes pride in its beaches on Oahu, Maui and The Big Island. Continental stateside seashores worthy of summertime pleasure include Malibu, California, and The Hamptons, New York, for couples, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, for pleasant temps and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for southern hospitality. Outside the U.S., take a Caribbean cruise over to the Bahamas before hurricane season hits in July, party in Nice in the French Riviera or Mykonos, Greece, in the Mediterranean or seek seclusion in the sunny island country of Fiji in the deep South Pacific Ocean.
1 Theme Park Resorts
What do we hear when an athlete wins a championship? “I’m going to Disneyland!” Whether you’re with your better half, your family or friends, there’s something spectacular about amusement parks. People of all ages can experience the magic in the air at these resorts, from children who board rides and meet their favorite life-sized cartoon characters to couples who honeymoon or renew their wedding vows. The “Wonderful World of Disney” offers amenities, including cruises, in the U.S., Europe and Asia.