Summer is just around the corner which means it’s time to pull out your planner and start working on how you’ll spend those sweet vacation days. If you’re looking for a few new places to add to your adventures this year, check out these 6 cities.
The Mile-High city is the mecca for culinary deliciousness and all things outdoors. With the mountains to the west, Red Rocks just outside of city limits, tons of craft breweries and Denver-born restaurants downtown, it’s hard to beat the trifecta that is Denver in the summer. Catch a Rockies game at Coors Field or meet up with friends at the Tavern for happy hour. Denver is full of sparkling surprises – explore all you can!
If you’re looking to add a little paradise to your life this summer, San Diego is the place to be. Between the world-famous San Diego Zoo, the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, Point Loma, La Jolla Cove, the Air and Space Museum, Petco Park (home of the MLB Padres), the Gaslamp Quarter, and beaches for days, San Diego is an artist’s dream and a wanderluster’s paradise. This seaside city is definitely a must-see for relaxation and summer vacay bliss.
Maybe you’re looking for something a bit more rustic and a lot more hipster this summer. If that’s your style, punch “Seattle, WA” into your GPS and head to the great Northwest. Home of the first-ever Starbucks and the famous Pike Place Market, Seattle is a great visit for coffee lovers. Take a trip up the Space Needle on a clear day to get an incredible view of the city. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to see Mount Rainier! Check out Chihuly’s Garden and Glass museum while you’re there for some gorgeous hand-blown glass art or take a stroll through Olympic Sculpture Park. No matter what you do, you’re sure to fall in love with the Emerald City.
If the West Coast isn’t your thing and you’re looking to head east this summer, Orlando is a great bet. Home to Disney World and Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando is the place to be if you’re looking to live out your childhood dreams. As if butterbeer and Ollivander’s aren’t reasons enough to put this place on your must-visit list for the summer, you can also check out the Orlando Science Center or spend your days soaking up the sun at the numerous beaches just a few hours away by car.
For the road-trippers who have their hearts set on the Midwest, Minneapolis is a perfect hub for those looking for some charm and a whole lot of shopping. Once you’ve almost exhausted your vacation budget at the Mall of America (don’t worry, we won’t judge), catch a Twins baseball game at Target Field. After the sun sets, head to the Dakota Jazz Club for some live music and good food. If you can sneak it in before you leave, Minnehaha Falls Regional Park has some stellar waterfalls.
Montana might not seem like the first place you’d put on your must-see list for summer vacation, but the entire state is a hidden gem you don’t want to pass up. Helena, the capital, offers outdoor thrills at Spring Meadow Lake State Park and educational adventures at the Montana State Capitol. With a handful of great local restaurants, it’s a savory stop to add to your list. And, while you’re in the grand state of Montana, don’t forget to visit Glacier National Park in West Glacier and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.
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