Summer Top Travel Destinations
TripAdvisor (the world’s largest travel site) just recently posted their results for their annual summer travel survey. Comprised of 2,500 respondents, 89% are planning a summer vacation. We have the winter to thank for these numbers, people chomping at the bit to get away on a nice, long, warm vacation. The survey also compiled a top 10 list of destinations people said they would like to go. So, where are they headed?
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – This gem of a beach town is a guarantee for excitement, and all the golf you can imagine. From the East Coast’s only 200-foot SkyWheel to mini golf to the beach itself, Myrtle Beach has plenty for you to do.
Las Vegas, Nevada – What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But that doesn’t mean we can’t tell you what there is to do! Try your luck at a casino, catch an amazing show (Love by Cirque de Soleil, perhaps?), or swim with the sharks at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay. There’s also “the other Las Vegas,” the natural part of this city that is definitely worth exploring, too.
New York City, New York – Regardless of the winter, people are still willing to flock to the Big Apple for vacation. It’s hard to say no to this enticing city, with its fashion, theatre, dining, and other intriguing aspects. It’s New York City. Just being able to say you were in Times Square is pretty exciting.
Ocean City, Maryland – If you want to spend time near the water a little farther north, Ocean City is the place to go. It stretches along 10 miles of beautiful beach, and the classic wooden boardwalk offers 3 miles of food, games, and shopping. You could easily spend the entire day soaking up the sun here.
Destin, Florida – This Florida gem is known for its sugar-white sands and emerald colored waters. It’s also known as “the world’s luckiest fishing village”, for its abundance of underwater inhabitants. The recently opened Northwest Florida Regional airport makes this summer vacay destination easy to get to! Even taking a boat out is easy, thanks to the 100 Fathom curve providing deep water access to the Gulf.
Orlando, Florida – It’s probably no surprise that this city made the list. Known widely for its enchanting theme parks—Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld—it’s a popular spot for vacation. It’s all-season golf, shopping, and world-class resorts only make this destination even more appealing.
Virginia Beach, Virginia – Thirty-eight miles of shoreline is only the beginning. Virginia Beach offers fun in the sun on and off the beach. Dolphin kayak tours, exploring the Cape Henry Lighthouse, biking along the Back Bay National Refuge—you can do it all here.
San Francisco, California – Here’s your chance to leave your heart in San Francisco. Explore historical landmarks like Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or move on to the inner workings of the city—its neighborhoods. Hayes Valley, Mission District, Noe Valley, just to name a few. The excitement here is endless.
San Diego, California – Known as “America’s finest city,” San Diego has miles of white sand beaches awaiting your toes. Boasting an incredible climate—average temperatures around 70 degrees—with warm dry summers and mild winters, you can explore this city comfortably anytime. Places like Old Town, LEGOLAND California, and the San Diego Zoo only help the appeal.
Key West, Florida – How about a day of diving and snorkeling at St. Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas? In Key West, you can do that along with much more. Visit the home of famous author Ernest Hemingway (and maybe grab a drink at his favorite bar, Sloppy Joe’s!). Stroll Duval Street, full of hip shops, bars and cafes. Take a walking tour of the city, beginning in the Key West Cemetery, where you’ll get a glimpse of the city’s humorous past, as exhibited by the sayings on the headstones. Enjoy the Caribbean culture without leaving the US.