This Summer’s 7 Hottest Vacation Destinations

Written by: Amanda Bailey on May 30, 2015

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With warm weather often comes wanderlust. We’re suddenly struck with the strong desire to breathe in the salty air at the ocean’s shore, and spend whole afternoons just people-watching over drinks at an outdoor cafe.

Summer is the quintessential season for getting away, for embarking on new adventures, and for finding fresh inspiration. This collection of accessible, activity-packed destinations are the most popular vacation destinations this summer.

Yellowstone National Park

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Yes, summer is tourist season at America’s national parks, but the truly ambitious can avoid the crowds by hitting the trails early in the morning and up their chances of catching glimpses of the park’s diverse wildlife. Travelers can cross a few of Mother Nature’s most impressive creations off their bucket lists here, including the Old Faithful geyser and the brilliantly colored Grand Prismatic Spring.

Barcelona

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A perfect mix of urban sophistication and relaxed Mediterranean beach vibes, this Spanish coastal city has a lot to offer summer vacationers. Soak up Gaudí’s world-famous architecture at Parc Güell and La Sagrada Familia, and wash it all down with a refreshing glass of sangria.

Chicago

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In the middle of America’s heartland lies an urban center with an endless itinerary of sights to see and 26 miles of public beaches to crash on afterwards. Cruise through the city on a boat tour, catch a baseball game at the historic Wrigley Field, and snap the obligatory selfie in front of “The Bean” in Millennium Park.

Fiji

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Waters surrounding this tropical paradise are typically calmer in the summer, making it a perfect haunt for snorkelers and scuba divers. Relax on one of the many stretches of pearly white beach on the Coral Coast, or visit one of the island chain’s world-famous nature reserves.

Montreal

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Summer temperatures here are perfect for strolling along the riverbank in this Canadian culture center. Montreal also plays hosts to dozens of events between June and September, including the Formula One Grand Prix, the Montreal International Tango Festival, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Paris

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The City of Lights is nothing short of charming in the summer. Hit the mandatory sites like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower early before rush, and spend the remainder of your days at one of Paris’s ubiquitous outdoor cafes.

Coastal Maine

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Those searching for a pictaresque drive need look no further than the 158-mile stretch of road between Portland and Acadia National Park. No cruise along the coast would be complete with a fresh lobster roll or two, so be sure to stop at one of the many seafood shacks dotting this scenic route.

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