Summer has finally arrived and for many of us, that means it’s time to plan a vacation. If you still haven’t decided where you and your family, friends or special someone will retreat to this year, you’re in luck because we have compiled a list of the top five vacation destinations this summer. Whether you’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 – East Hampton’s Main Beach was named America’s Best Beach for 2013 by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, better known as “Dr. Beach.” Main Beach is known for its grand pavilion and picturesque scenery. Don’t let the recent Superstorm Sandy deter you; this favorite Hampton beach is expecting a beautiful summer season.
Yellowstone National Park – U.S. News Travel named Yellowstone National Park the #1 best vacation destination in the country, and it’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 – Portland topped one of Travel and Leisure’s former lists of America’s Best Cities for Summer Travel, saying “you can literally taste summer” here. From tons of farmers’ markets bursting with fresh produce to cafes and restaurants known for their fresh fish, the city of Portland is a foodie’s dream! The biking, hiking, and waterfalls are also popular among locals and visitors.
Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia – Budget Travel says Colonial Williamsburg “may be the ultimate kid-friendly destination.” 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, you’ve never experienced history like this before.
Amsterdam – 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.