Featured Destination: U.S. Summer Vacations
Written by: Sydney M Crago on May 13, 2019
Summer vacation is just around the corner, and travelers will be taking to the skies and highways in search of sun, fun, and adventure. Whether it’s scenic coastline, historic charm, or natural splendor, these U.S. summer vacation spots continue to draw in summer vacationers of all ages.
1. The Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park is turning 100 this year! Founded in 1919, this national park is one of the country’s most beloved UNESCO World Heritage sites. Its universal draw makes it an ideal stop for multi-generational trips and for children of all ages. The canyon’s awe-inspiring beauty has long made it a favorite detour on road-trips, but there is so much to do there that it warrants more than a quick roadside stop.
Guided hikes, river rafting, and astronomy activities give travelers a chance to connect with nature and discover more about the world they live in. Preservation of Native American sites within the canyon and surrounding areas also offer children and adults the chance to learn about the indigenous peoples of the region. With a series of centennial events in 2019, there’s even more reason to make sure to see this spectacular place in 2019.
2. Charleston, South Carolina
In recent years, Charleston’s classic charm and seaside locale have landed it on top destination lists in Conde Nast Traveler, Afar, and Travel and Leisure, and with good reason. Since its founding in 1670, the city’s four rivers, which flow into the Atlantic Ocean, have made Charleston a hub of activity.
Visitors can spend time soaking in the salt and sand of the coast, while history buffs will be fascinated with a stroll or carriage ride along its cobblestone streets. Fort Sumter National Monument commemorates the first shots of the Civil War. Historic plantation homes, such as Boone Hall, Magnolia, and Middleton Place showcase the beauty of their land and gardens while educating visitors on the plantation’s roots with blacksmithing demonstrations, reconstructed slave quarters, and on-site museums.
3. Portland, Maine
From lobsters to lighthouses, Maine has so much to offer in the summer. The rocky shores call to visitors who want to see the picturesque lighthouses or catch a glimpse of sunbathing seals. The warmer months are also popular times for whale-watching tours and sailing.
Back on land, travelers will find the flavors of Maine. With an array of craft breweries and wineries, adults will have plenty to explore, while the whole family will want to taste the lobster rolls and crab cakes, among the many seafood dishes the area is famous for. Lesser known than its cuisine, Portland is also home to a vibrant and unique art scene. Guests can spend the days exploring the Victorian architecture of the town or admiring the quirky art and history museums before spending the evening at listening to the Opera Maine or the Portland Symphony Orchestra.
This mid-west city is known as “The City Beer Built.” For craft brew enthusiasts, the city abounds with iconic beers, and some of the best places to drink them, including the country’s first beer garden established after prohibition, Estabrook Beer Garden. For those who prefer a more classic bar scene, Wolski’s and the Landmark 1850 Inn are among the must-visit bars in the city. And for those who want to make the most of family time, Sprecher Brewery offers tours and tastings of their craft soda line in addition to their adult brews.
Travelers can imbibe in more ways than one in the unofficial “frozen custard capital of the world.” Diving into a sundae or a custard cone while strolling along Lake Michigan is a favorite past time of residents and visitors alike. For a sample of Midwestern culture, guests can tour the Harley Davison Museum or visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, known for its stunning architectural design.
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