It’s mid-summer and you haven’t taken a vacation yet! What to do? Thankfully, there are some pretty great places that aren’t too far away that will allow you to get away last minute for a great vacation that will sustain you through the dreary days of winter.
Plantation houses, thick canopies of trees, and nearby Tybee Island make Savannah the vacation spot for history buffs and beach lovers. While the humidity and heat can sometimes get pretty thick in the middle of summer, visitors can escape to Tybee Island for coastal breezes and warm waters.
For northerners, Toronto isn’t that far of a journey. This is a great place to take the entire family because of its intense cultural scene and its abundance of amusement parks. Visit Canada’s Wonderland with over 200 attractions, 65 rides, and the best variety of roller coasters in North America. Stay in comfort at a hotel like Monte Carlo Inns and enjoy the culture that Toronto has to offer.
You don’t have to worry about breaking the bank when you visit these northeastern mountains. Travel experts say the best time to travel here is from May to August when the temperatures are warmer and the tourist sites are open for longer hours. Kayak through the St. Regis canoe area for a relaxing and scenic way to see the river’s ecology and wildlife.
Moderate summer temperatures make San Diego a comfortable summer destination. Kitschy Mission Beach is filled with quirky shops, unique individuals, and a love for dogs with the beloved Dog Beach. Visit La Jolla beach for stunning ocean views and an adorable seal population. You can soak in the history of San Diego (dating back to the 1700s) in historic Old Town that’s lined with tasty restaurants and great tourist shops.
New England mainlanders flock to the Cape as an affordable alternative to Martha’s Vineyard and the Nantucket Islands. See glass blowing demos at the Sandwich Glass Museum and catch a local play at the longest running summer theater at the Cape Playhouse. Indulge in coastal fare like crab cakes and lobster rolls as you explore the pristine Cape Cod National Seashore.
Avoid the throbbing beaches in the Gulf of Mexico and head north to some of the wildest wild in the US. The beauty of Anchorage is your access to big city amenities like fine dining, shopping, and performance arts. You’ll still being in close access to places like the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail where you might catch a glimpse of beluga whales over the Cook Inlet.
This town in the middle of Colorado is often overlooked as a vacation destination. Summer temperatures hover in the 80s and 90s and the nearby mountains are just a half hour drive from almost anywhere in town. Take the kids to the North Pole, a Christmas themed amusement park smack in the middle of the mountains and home to the world’s highest (elevation) Ferris wheel. Pikes Peak, the inspiration for “America the Beautiful”, towers over the town and can be accessed by vehicle on the Pikes Peak Highway or via a train that chugs straight up the side of the mountain.
The City of Roses is every outdoor lover’s dream. Summers are relatively mild compared to the rest of the country and often dotted with rainstorms. The pedestrian friendly streets are lined with trendy cafes, locally owned boutiques, and plenty of art galleries. Make it a point to visit the Portland Saturday Market in the Old Town District for local foods and fun souvenirs.
The close proximity to the Grand Tetons and miles of national forest make this a great vacation spot year round. While ski season can sometimes extend through June, midsummer is the season for art and performance, soaking in the Granite Hot Springs, and challenging hiking through the snowcapped mountains of the Grand Tetons. The Teton County fair is held in July and offers a glimpse into local traditions and foods that you won’t find anywhere else in town.
If you’re in the mood for a vacation that doesn’t require much more than walking from a plush air conditioned hotel to the pool, then Phoenix is that place for you. The town has taken advantage of its nearly perfect weather and created a thriving resort industry that rivals that of coastal towns. The Arizona Grand Resort was voted by the Travel Channel as one of the top 10 water parks in the country. The seven acre park has an eight story water slide, a wave pool, a lazy floating river, and the Wild Cat Springs for the kids. Rooms are big and comfortable and the onsite amenities means you won’t even have to leave the resort to experience a complete vacation experience.
There are plenty of places to visit in mid-summer that will give you everything you need to create the perfect summer vacation. Think outside the box and remember that a summer vacation doesn’t have to take place on a beach or at a fancy resort to make the memories you’ll cherish forever.