The past year has taken away the idea of traveling during summer vacations. In fact, it might have even left you a bit rusty when it comes to planning itineraries or deciding where to go. Fortunately, with travel becoming a norm once again, and your wanderlust creeping back up, we have compiled a list for you of our favorite must-visit places during the summers.
This summer is all about exploring the outdoors, reconnecting with nature, and taking on big adventures. That is why our list consists of the best vacation spots where you can hike on looming mountains, dunk in beautiful waters, relax in quaint small towns, and much more.
1. All of Utah
The State of Utah is basically just a huge national park, which is why it begs to be explored by adventurers. It is also one of the most beautiful states in the country. What makes this such a great destination is the fact that it offers you a multitude of opportunities for hiking, camping, and exploring nature on your own.
The Big Five National parks —Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capitol Reef, and Canyonlands, are scattered with vast landscapes, stunning views, scenic rocky trails, and so much more. You can hike to these mountains or use eBikes, either way, exploring these national parks in Utah is a must. Wherever, you go, don’t forget to take some time out at night for one of the best stargazing experiences.
2. Yosemite National Park, California
This is a favorite national park for most Americans and draws millions of visitors each year, which is why it has to be on our list of the best open spaces for vacations. The focal point of this gorgeous national park is the glacier-carved Yosemite Valley. But besides that, it also dons the stunning natural wonders of the Half Dome, El Capital, and the Yosemite Falls.
The best thing to do while you are there is to simply hike or climb the mountains and marvel at the beautiful landmarks and lookout points. Moreover, compared to other national parks, Yosemite also offers excellent dining options. You can visit the several dining rooms, lodges, and restaurants in the area for delicious food.
3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This is not just the first national park in the United States, but also one of the first few in the world. This is why it is considered to be one of the best vacation spots in the country. This park is as enchanting as ever, with large canyons, colossal mountains, water streams, and wildlife out in the open.
At this National Park, there are many things you can do. From taking a hike at the park, to watching geysers erupt. You can also go camping, rafting, fishing, and much more. The must-see attraction at Yellowstone National Park is undoubtedly the Old Faithful, which happens to be the park’s largest geyser. Watching it erupt and shoot out water at regular intervals is a tradition of the National Park. Witnessing this incredible sight is not to be missed.
If you are looking for a place that is truly natural and beautiful, then you must go to Yellowstone National Park during the summers. While you are there though, make sure to stay safe and follow all guidelines as the wildlife and nature can prove to be lethal.
4. Maui, Hawaii
If you’re someone who enjoys the Island life, then you’re going to love Maui. Situated at the heart of the country, this island is one worth visiting because of the myriad of activities and things to explore there. For example, you can hike up to the edge of the volcanoes, or go whale-watching, or simply soak under the stunning waterfalls.
At Maui, one of the best things to do is travel on the road of Hana. This road trip on the Hana highway will allow you to explore the less populated areas of Maui. You can stop along the way at stunning locations, such as waterfalls, gardens, red and golden beaches, and bamboo forests. Besides that, Hawaiian cuisine is truly a must-try. The local dishes that are worth trying include poke, noodles, and fresh seafood.
5. Big Sur, California
Located in the sunny state of California, the Big Sur has to be one of the best coastal destinations in the country. Whether it is your destination or a stop on your road trip on Highway 1, Big Sur definitely should be on your itinerary. It consists of incomparable natural beauty, gorgeous sandy beaches, and nature at its rawest.
You can hike up to the edge of the cliffs, take a dip in the blue waters, or simply take in the calming nature of the area. In a lot of ways, this is not a destination, but rather a state of mind. The best thing to do at Big Sur is to stop at the Nepenthe eatery that is perched on the Big Sur Cliffside. Here, you can enjoy jaw dropping scenery while feasting on delicious food. The must-try dishes at Nepenthe include the Ambrosia burger with fries, the berry pie with ice cream, and their wine.
6. Nantucket, Massachusetts
One of many American’s favorite places to visit during the summers is undoubtedly this quaint island of Nantucket. It is the epitome of New England’s summer life. With a pristine coastline, Nantucket offers a myriad of activities for tourists.
While staying at the five-star hotels here, you can admire the pre-Civil War homes, walk on the beach, visit the tiny boutiques for shopping, or stroll through the town. Nantucket thrives on outdoor dining, so don’t forget to experience that and taste their unique lobsters and oysters, among other fresh seafood.
One such dining experience you should not miss is at the Keepers Restaurant. From fish tacos to broiled shrimp, here, the delightful seafood will leave you wanting more. To experience the true culture of Nantucket, you must also try out the Cisco brewers. With live music and absolutely divine drinks, you will definitely have an amazing time there.
These were some of the top places to go if you are looking for stunning views, unforgettable adventures, and an all-around amazing time. Regardless of which destination you choose from this list, you will likely have a great time!