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The return of warm weather means Americans start looking for summer vacation ideas and the best summer getaway locations. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place for the best getaway ideas.
Whether it’s a family road trip in a national park, biking through Cape Cod, kayaking in Colorado, horseback riding, a tour of California wineries, or getting away from it all in your private cottage, there’s a vacation idea right for you.
Check out these summer vacation ideas and summer getaway destinations to help plan your new adventure.
World-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said Chicago would “be the most beautiful great city left in the world.” He was absolutely inspired by the great city, building many historic structures across the windy city.
Explore monolithic skyscrapers and glorious public art from the deck of a Chicago Architecture River Cruise. Or view them from the other direction—from the Willis Tower Skydeck Chicago or John Hancock Center’s observation deck.
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Affordable national park getaways
“National parks are the best idea we ever had.” – Wallace Stegner, 1983
The national parks and state parks of America are some of our country’s greatest treasures. Their beauty is beyond compare; best of all, they can frequently be experienced without breaking the bank.
Yellowstone’s pristine lakes and dramatic peaks make this national park a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. This place has everything; whether you fancy waterfalls, hot springs, or rafting—it’s an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream.
If you have a tent, you take your accommodation with you. If you’re not interested in roughing it so much, Yellowstone National Park Lodges has over 2000 rooms available in nine different lodges.
What if you want to stay on the east coast? Then, by all means, consider North Carolina’s or Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains National Park, a jewel of natural beauty.
Look no further than the Hoh River Trail located in the great state of Washington’s Olympic National Park for epic hiking, giant ferns, and towering trees. This national park encompasses nearly a million acres—a vast wilderness with millennia of human history and several different ecosystems, including glacier-topped mountains, temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild oceanfront with spectacular ocean views.
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Describing the Grand Canyon as “grand” doesn’t do justice. One of the most popular summer destinations of all time, the famous site is perfect for outdoor adventures.
The massive chasm cutting across northern Arizona is one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Boasting over 277 river miles long, with a maximum width of 18 miles and a maximum depth of one mile, its reputation as an awe-inspiring location is well deserved. Canoeing or kayaking the Colorado River is a common item on many people’s bucket lists.
For accommodations, Grand Canyon Village and the Bright Angel Trail are particularly popular with visitors and are located near the most amenities. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, the North Rim is the best place for intense hiking trails, backwood campgrounds, stargazing and other outdoor activities.
Luxury summer vacation ideas
The exquisite Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City features five-star service, beautiful custom furnishings, and a stunning modern art collection. Penthouses measure almost 1500 square feet, and suites feature handcrafted Moroccan tiles, mahogany cabinets, and Italian fireplaces.
Located in southwest Florida by the Gulf of Mexico, the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort in Naples features private cabanas by the pool, white-sand beaches, suites with shoreline views, and the relaxing beachfront SpaTerre, and an 18-hole links-style golf course.
Are you looking for natural beauty to go alongside your luxury vacation spot? La Jolla snorkeling in San Diego is situated beside some of the best hotels this California city has to offer.
The botanical gardens of Koloa, Kauai, Hawai’i in the Lawai Valley are the only tropical gardens that were established by congressional charter. These gardens were featured heavily in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie and comprise only two-fifths of the federal park stretching throughout the islands.
And afterward, you might be able to find one or two beautiful beaches to relax on. Because, you know… Hawai’i.
There are dozens of vacation destinations available for Americans with a short window of opportunity to relax and recharge. San Francisco is an accessible day trip destination with world-class dining, artsy cafes, and vibrant nightlife.
A tourist favorite, the Fisherman’s Wharf area offers spectacular views of Alcatraz. After a fine dining experience, you can head along the bay toward the Presidio and get a glimpse of the brilliant Golden Gate Bridge. Finally, make sure you save time for the Haight, the Mission District, and the Castro for a glimpse into the diverse lifestyles of San Francisco.
If you want a more kid-friendly blast of excitement, there are dozens of water parks, theme parks, and amusement parks across the country to choose from.
From Six Flag New England (about two hours east of Boston, Massachusetts) to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida—dozens of all-inclusive resorts can pack a lot of fun and ice cream in a short period.
The best summer vacation idea of all?
If you need regular summer getaways, many Americans consider the idea of buying their own vacation home to have the perfect summer escape location. With your “home away from home,” you can relax in the environment of your choosing and with the best comfort items you care to bring with you.
That is, provided you can find the proper summer vacation home at the right price.
The housing market is tightening. Homefinity has the experience and knowledge to purchase the vacation home you want at a price you can afford. Whether you are looking to refinance your primary residence to gain the downpayment cost or looking for the right mortgage rate, home.com by Homefinity can help.
Contact home.com by Homefinity today and look to start your summer vacation memories as soon as possible.
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