You read the title right. Summer is right around the corner and although COVID put a damper on everyones vacations last year, restrictions are lifting and it's time to start planning! We put together the TOP TEN Summer Vacation spots in the US according to multiple sources online. Break out the planner (if you're old school like that), make sure you're stocked up on your favorite Hagwood Soaps for the road, and let's get to it!
10. Zion National Park - Utah
Ah, Utah's first National Park. Named for the Hebrew word "refuge", Zion Park is known for the apricot-colored Zion Canyons which can be viewed while wading through it's Virgin River or by ascending Angels Landing. With being 166 miles from Las Vegas or 308 miles from Salt Lake City, it's the perfect road trip to hit this summer and reflect of one of America's greatest National Parks
09. Glacier National Park - Montana
Montanas Gem... The Glacier National Park. How could you go wrong with 700+ lakes, tons of breathe taking waterfalls, and two mountain ranges across from than a VAST ONE MILLION ACRES! In the Summer months, you can expect the mid-day temperatures reaching the mid 80's, although you may want to bring some warm clothes if you decide to climb higher. This park holds a plethora of activities to do such as kayaking, canoeing, hiking or even just enjoying the scenic roads.
08. San Diego - California
You can't simply think about Summer vacations and NOT think of California. Not only is San Diego known for it's crazy amount of shorelines, but it's also home to a highly regarded dining and drinking scene, ranging from Authentic Mexican cuisine to more than 150+ Craft Breweries. Another badass thing to check out in San Diego is Coronado Beach. Not only is it a beautiful beach, but it's home to the US Navy training program, BUD/s. Almost all times of the year you can watch candidates get thrashed by instructors while on their path to becoming United States Navy SEALs. How badass is that?!
07. Yellowstone - Wyoming / Idaho / Montana
No, we aren't referring to the Hit Series "Yellowstone" featuring Kevin Costner. We are referring to the beautiful, breathe taking, ENORMOUS Yellowstone National Park that stretches throughout Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Come and gaze and the wild, natural colors of Grand Prismatic Springs, spot big game animals, and breathe in the crisp mountain air. Yellowstone National Park offers some of the best trails and lodging you could expect in a National Park.
06. Cape Cod - Massachusetts
Not only are the best chips from there, Cape Cod is a very family-friendly New England Vacation Spot. Unlike anywhere else, visitors can expect to see colorful clam shacks, cozy cottages, fancy resorts, and of course... beautiful seashore which stretches 40 miles. A few other sights to check out are the Heritage Museums & Gardens, the Wellfleet Dive-In Theatre, and of course the infamous Light House. Summer temperatures usually spike to the 70's.
05. Grand Canyon - Arizona
What TOP TEN Summer Vacation article would this be without the famous Grand Canyon! It's only the most iconic, family-friendly American Summer vacation spot, period! Known for it's views, the Grand Canyon is loaded with scenic trails, leading to some pretty epic lookouts. Take the Grand Canyon Railroad from Williams, Arizona to the South Rim for the most popular vantage point.
04. Outer Banks - North Carolina
Known for some of the most historic Lighthouses on the East Coast, the Outer Banks has some epic spots for you to hit this summer. Cape Hatteras, being one of the most iconic areas on the Outer Banks has some spectacular views. From the dramatic sand dunes to the vast Atlantic Ocean, there is plenty to check out along the Outer Banks this summer.
03. Jekyll Island, Georgia
Now I already know what you're thinking. How could there possibly be islands, especially AWESOME islands, in GEORGIA?! Well guess what, Jekyll Island is real, and it's waiting for YOU to go explore the serene coasts filled with driftwood, historic sites, and native sea turtles. Jekyll Island is part of the Golden Isles, four barrier islands off of Georgias coast including St. Simons Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Sea Island.
02. Key West - Florida
Key West, home of some of the worlds best fishing and best bars. Whether you're wanting to hit the local night life, or stand at the very Southernmost Point of the United States, the Keys have everything you need. Go ahead and take a dive charter boat out for the day and experience the most beautiful reef you will see in Florida. It's a truly unique place with nothing else like it.
01. Jupiter - Florida