Summer has finally arrived and for many of us, that means itâ€™s time to plan a vacation. If you still havenâ€™t decided where you and your family, friends or special someone will retreat to this year, youâ€™re in luck because we have compiled a list of the top five vacation destinations this summer. Whether youâ€™re looking for rest and relaxation or an exciting adventure, below are some vacation spots to inspire your summer travel plans.
Main Beach in East Hampton, NY â€“ East Hamptonâ€™s Main Beach was named Americaâ€™s Best Beach for 2013 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, better known as â€śDr. Beach.â€ť Main Beach is known for its grand pavilion and picturesque scenery. Donâ€™t let the recent Superstorm Sandy deter you; this favorite Hampton beach is expecting a beautiful summer season.
Yellowstone National Park â€“ U.S. News Travel named Yellowstone National Park the #1 best vacation destination in the country, and itâ€™s easy to see why. Abounding with natural wonders, Yellowstone allows you to experience majestic mountains, wildlife, hot springs and famous geysers like Old Faithful. Plus, a visit to Yellowstone can meet nearly any budget, as accommodations range from affordable camp sites to upscale lodges.
Portland, Oregon â€“ Portland topped one of Travel and Leisureâ€™s former lists of Americaâ€™s Best Cities for Summer Travel, saying â€śyou can literally taste summerâ€ť here. From tons of farmersâ€™ markets bursting with fresh produce to cafes and restaurants known for their fresh fish, the city of Portland is a foodieâ€™s dream! The biking, hiking, and waterfalls are also popular among locals and visitors.
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia â€“ Budget Travel says Colonial Williamsburg â€śmay be the ultimate kid-friendly destination.â€ť Like an interactive living history lesson, the town allows you to step into the 1700s. From costumes to entertainment that was popular in the 18th century, youâ€™ve never experienced history like this before.
Amsterdam â€“ Several travel magazines listed Amsterdam as a top travel destination this summer for those looking to vacation abroad. International Business Times lists the re-opening of Rijksmuseum as one of the top reasons to visit this European town. The museum has undergone $491 million in renovations over the past ten years and now features an updated layout, new facilities, and a revamped garden in addition to its 8,000-plus works of art and history.