Follow The Sun
Summer is meant for cashing in those vacation days. Whether your ideal trip involves a big city, relaxing beaches, historic architecture, or plenty of outside activity, the United States is a great holiday destination for 2019. Because the U.S. has such a variety of landscapes and travel opportunities, it can be difficult to choose – so we’ve compiled some of the best travel destinations in the U.S. to spark your curiosity, no matter your holiday style.
1. DEL MONTE BEACH – MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA
Tucked away from the more popular stretches, Del Monte Beach is a local favorite. Though quiet, there’s plenty in Montereto help you unwind and get in touch with nature. Here you can surf or stroll, or just sit and watch the waves. Book your aquarium admission in advance to see a variety of marine life in a tranquil setting.
2. BANDON, OREGON
Set on the southern coast of Oregon, Bandon is a one of the best beach vacations in the west that is often overlooked. It offers a gentle pace, with views so incredible, it’ll be hard to do anything else but admire the beauty. It’s a year-round hub for hikers, cyclists, and wildlife fans who come to watch migratory birds and the occasional sea lion appear on the beautiful beaches.
3. EASTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
The eastern coast of the US offers a different vibe than the west coast but is just as beautiful and relaxing. The 17th century pilgrim settlement of Eastham makes for a tranquil Cape Cod getaway. For those who appreciate leisurely strolls and quiet time with a good book, this is a summer destination to put on your list. To get away from it all, turn off your phone and head to Dyer Prince Beach. It’s only accessible via a (rather) overgrown pathway, making it a bit of a hidden gem. Here you’ll find a small beach edged with calm waters.
4. CAMDEN, MAINE
Considered the jewel of the Main Coast, Camden is a great destination for the adventure of a lifetime! Head to Camden’s Penobscot Bay for sailing activities or to take a scenic boat around the coast. For visitors looking for a bigger adventure, join a fishing vessel and set off in search of fresh seafood and lobster. For outdoors lovers, explore over 30 miles of hiking and walking trails at Camden Hill State Park or climb to the top of Mt. Battle and witness a once in a lifetime sunset or sunrise view. For those wanting to relax and soak up the sun, notable beaches include a freshwater beach on Megunticook Lake called Barret’s Cove and Laite Beach, which is small but offers big views of Camden Harbor.
Discover lighthouses of Camden, including Curtis Island (a lighthouse still used by the US Coast Guard) and the famous Vinalhaven Lighthouse. For an incredible adventure, head to Maiden’s Cliff, one of the most famous hiking trails in Camden.
5. FIFTH WATER HOT SPRINGS – DIAMOND FORK CANYON, UTAH
Utah has a lot to offer in terms of stunning views, but if headed to the US Southwest, Fifth Water Hot Springs in Diamond is a must. These natural bathing pools are about walking distance from the main trailhead and feature several soaking pools as well as a spectacular waterfall. The hot springs look like something out of a fairytale story; they are perfect for a soak at the end of a hike.
6. ZION NATIONAL PARK
Another Utah gem, Zion National Park is another favorite travel destination, particularly for the outdoorsy type. Zion brims with awe-inspiring views and tons of outdoor adventures. Travelers can experience the burnt amber-colored canyons along any of the park’s hiking trails, such as Angel’s Landing or Observation Point. For a different perspective of the canyon, adventurers can walk through the canyon by wading through the Virgin River via the Narrows. And if you’d rather see the canyon by shuttle, the park offers a free shuttle. At night, stargazers will be amazed by the view of the Milky Way.
7. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – ARIZONA
Grand Canyon National Park stretches over more than 1,900 square miles of river valleys that are up to a mile deep. It’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of the world, and is a quintessential travel destination. There is a multitude of outdoor activities ranging from hiking to guided tours to rafting. And 2019 is a special year to visit as the park is celebrating its 100th birthday!
8. CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
If you are taken by charming cities and luscious flora, the US Southeast may be of interest to you. Charleston, South Carolina is a charming southern city with colorful historic architecture and a beautiful coast, making it a perfect destination for a summer getaway. Hop on an old-fashioned horse and buggy on Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour and ride around downtown Charleston while your guide teaches you 300 years of city history. There are also beautiful American restaurants housed in converted historic homes, and there are plenty of culinary food tours and mixology, history, and cocktails tours.
9. SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
Savannah is one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. Its historic downtown district is full of towering live oak trees, horse drawn carriages, and dramatic antebellum mansions. Savannah has maintained a storybook look and is a great destination for a relaxing summer vacation. If you aren’t taken by southern architecture, Savannah is surrounded by secluded islands, marshlands, and beaches.
10. JUNEAU, ALASKA
Alaska isn’t a US state that necessarily comes to mind when brainstorming destinations for a summer vacation, but it isn’t one that should be excluded. Vacation rentals in Juneau, the state’s capital, sit in a magnificently beautiful area between the Gastineu Channel on the west, and the Juneau Icefield on the east. On the north side of the city you can find the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center which features exhibits on the 13-mile river of ice, and trails that will take you to observation points for viewing the glacier itself, nearby waterfalls, a verdant rainforest, and local wildlife like bears and bald eagles. By taking the Mount Roberts Tramway, you will arrive at a tower where you have a panoramic view of Juneau and the surrounding mountains and waterways.
For those interested in wildlife, join Juneau Whale Watch for a trip through the Inside Passage to observe humpback whales, orcas, and dolphins. Annual summer events in Juneau include the Gold Rush Days and the Golden North Salmon Derby. And no need to bundle up; the summer weather in Juneau averages around 65°F.