Although the temperatures may still be a bit chilly outside, it’s actually the best time to plan your summer getaway. Millions will take to the roads, skies and seas this summer for some much needed and deserved rest and relaxation, but if you’re like me, deciding where to go can be a challenge. Using the expertise of our talented travel bloggers, here are some of the top summer getaway destinations we’ve highlighted over the years.
You really can't go wrong with a Caribbean getaway; however, for those looking for paradise outside of rainy season, the Exuma Cays are where it's at. Located about 30 minutes from Nassau (mainland Bahamas) or 90 minutes from Miami (Florida) by airplane, the Exumas contain 365 cays and islands worth exploring. Along with translucent sapphire blue waters and white sand beaches, you'll find unusual experiences like swimming with pigs at Big Major Spot Cay, hand-feeding stingrays on Stocking Island, swimming with nurse sharks at Compass Cay and snorkeling in Thunderball Grotto, James Bond's hidden lair in Never Say Never Again and Thunderball. Moreover, there are seemingly endless opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and diving in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, a protected area containing 176 square miles of islands and dazzling waterways.
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July 4th in Philadelphia
This city is one of the most important places to celebrate the 4th of July since it is the birthplace of our country. The celebration runs from 5 pm to 11 pm, including a parade through the historic center of the city and a concert on the Parkway. Don't forget to also visit the important landmarks in the city, like Independence Hall, Declaration House, the Betsy Ross House, Carpenters' Hall, Congress Hall, and more. These places will help you better understand the meaning behind July 4th. But, it's not all history here; you can end your celebration with the unmissable fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Known as America's quintessential honeymoon and vacation spot, Hawaii is home to some of the world's most amazing beaches and quiet getaways. Hawaii is also famed for its crystal blue waters, perfect temperatures and white sugary sand beaches. It's easy to see why Hawaii is one of the America's top summer destinations. Surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling are common water activities. If you prefer to stay dry you can go mountain biking, horseback riding and or take hikes in the jungle as you explore Hawaii's jaw-dropping scenery. Hawaii also offers a warm beachside holiday for families who just want to relax on the warm sand and decompress.
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Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio
Cedar Point has been voted the best amusement park dozens of times, a title well earned due to their constant delivery of record-breaking rides. With over seventeen roller coasters, Cedar Point is not for the faint heart. Ride after ride, you will be tossed, turned, dropped and twisted in ways you never imagined. But, thrills are not the only thing Cedar Point offers. There are also award-winning shows for the family and several recommended restaurants in the park, making it a versatile experience for the entire family.
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For a taste of Europe with a North American sensibility, there's no better place than Montreal, Canada. Simultaneously urban and quaint, the city is a surprisingly affordable location to spend a long weekend or more, no French required. A city of festivals, uber-walkable Montreal offers all manner of entertainment year-round, but it really thrives in warmer months, when denizens fill the streets after months of hibernation. Sure, Old Town is cute, but venture out to neighborhoods like Mile End and Le Plateau-Mont-Royal for a real taste of all the city offers.
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Budapest is appealing to travelers for many reasons. The city is cheap, striking, and electrifying. The most popular thing to do in Budapest, and one I highly recommend, is spending an afternoon just relaxing in the thermal bath houses. Also, make sure to spend some time checking out the Fisherman's Bastion, walking across the Chain Bridge, and visiting the Parliament Building. It's hard to go wrong in this exciting and always surprising city.
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It's hard to imagine that just a few years ago not many people visited Iceland for fun, but today it's the hottest travel destination out there. This small country in the North Atlantic offers some of the most amazing landscapes in the world, and the best way to experience them is to rent a car and start exploring. Take a few days to drive part or all of the Ring Road encircling the island-nation and you'll discover for yourself why the world has suddenly discovered Iceland.
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For decades, Myanmar secluded itself from the rest of Southeast Asia and the world. This created a bubble that not only slowed down the country’s economic development but also preserved certain cultural aspects that have already been lost in neighboring countries. But, in the past decade, Myanmar has reopened its doors and welcomed more tourism and economic trade at an exponential rate. Unfortunately, Myanmar does not have the infrastructure that can handle this increase in tourism or the rapid economic change. This, unavoidably, is forcing the country to change and adapt to a "modern era." It is possible that in the near future, popular sites like Bagan will start restricting tourism to control the increasing crows, and with the ease of commerce more locals might opt to wear Western clothes, instead of the local longyis, diminishing the local dressing traditions. If you want to see the mysterious and unique Myanmar, you should go now.
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Grab your rain gear and head to Edinburgh to kick off your Scottish adventure. Stay in town for a few days, but what this country is really known for (besides haggis) is its natural beauty. Hike to waterfalls, through moors and show your kids there is more to vacation than just visiting animated characters. Putt around the greens of St. Andrews, go on a hunt for Nessie at Loch Ness or run away with the fairies on the Isle of Skye. No matter where you go in this proud land, you will find friendly locals, wild adventures and make memories with your kids that they will always cherish. Just don’t forget your plastic swords. We hear there are dragons up in those hills.
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While a travel style and not a destination per se, this is an experience that I think everyone should have at least once in their lives. Great safaris can be found in many African countries including Tanzania, Kenya Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, and more. One unique variation I tried was a luxury safari cruise on the Chobe River straddling the border between Namibia and Botswana. There, next to a marshy part of the river, I saw herds of elephants, hippos, and more all leisurely enjoying the summer sun just as I did.
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