Even if traveling frequently may not necessarily be the best option this Summer, there’s no reason we can’t think about how our location might impact the Summers that lay ahead and our Summer experience in general. Summer can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year for many reasons, but if you’re not situated in a place with a comfortable climate and plenty of fun activities to keep you occupied, you’re less likely to have a pleasant time. Based on a variety of factors such as access to entertaining activities, the outdoors, and various other local attractions as well as overall level of comfort, we’ve created a list with just the food for thought you’re looking for. Read on to learn about the most enjoyable places to be during the Summer in the U.S.!
Home to some of the country’s most sought after coffee, lots of history and culture, and a bustling art scene, Seattle’s easy-going feel is something that many people find attractive. Resting between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is surrounded completely by water so it makes for a great place for various outdoor adventures such as camping, kayaking, and hiking. The close by Mount Rainier and Olympic Mountains provide beautiful views and ski slopes that are a short drive from the city. Even though Seattle may get a bad rep for its rainy weather, there’s actually less precipitation per year than in Boston or New York. Even if you’re not a big fan of outdoor activities, Seattle still has plenty to see and do. The glass-blown pieces at Chihuly Garden and Glass in addition to the artwork on display at the Seattle Art Museum are sure to satisfy the art lover in anyone. Another exciting activity available is watching ships pass by at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Seattle even offers several boat tours with an inside look at how the locks operate. If you’re a foodie, try checking out a couple of the many food markets such as Pike Place Market. Another thing that makes Seattle a great place to be during the Summer is the climate. The average daily high temperature during the summer is 77.4 degrees while the nighttime low temperature is 53.2 degrees. Seattle also averages at only 11 rainy days during the summer and only 5 days that are too hot.
San Diego, CA
With 70 miles of beautiful coastline and consistently sunny weather, there’s no wonder that many are drawn to all that San Diego has to offer. The city is also known for its delectable Mexican cuisine, one of the most popular zoos in the country, and a bustling nightlife. Not to mention all the wonderful beaches such as Mission Beach, La Jolla Beaches, Coronado. The Gaslamp Quarter is known for its vibrant nightlife and provides a perfect activity for when you’re done soaking up the sun for the day. San Diego’s climate is also sure to please with an average daily high of 83.3 degrees and a nighttime low of 60.2 degrees. With an average of only 1 rainy day each Summer, not being able to recreate outdoors is almost never an issue.
Honolulu is a great place to be during the Summer for many reasons, one being the fact that it boasts many natural attractions that are exciting to explore. One example is the Diamond Head State Monument, which offers scenic views of Waikiki and an opportunity to explore an interesting dormant volcano crater. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve provides a beautiful bay with clear, pure water that is great for snorkeling and viewing a variety of colorful fish and coral. The Waikiki Trolley offers a hop-on, hop-off tour bus that allows you to explore as much of Honolulu as you want with several exploration options. Hi5 Tours Hawaii connects you with the most vibrant aspects of the town through delicious and beautiful food and scenery.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Known for the place where Wilbur and Orville Wright took the first flight (at Kill Devil Hills), Outer Banks is definitely a town that boasts notable history. Even if history isn’t your forte, there’s plenty of other opportunities to enjoy this beautiful town. Outer Banks is home to many places to explore the outdoors, including approximately 3,000 shipwrecks that can be explored by scuba diving and snorkeling. If you love being active outdoors, help yourself to the many wonderful locations to watch wildlife, fish, and windsurf. There are also many beaches and the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island is a great place for families to take the kids. With many old lighthouses, secluded beaches, vacation rental homes, cute beach shops, and large dunes, this is a truly unique destination worth exploring.
Although at first thought, Portland may bring to mind images of sleepy beachside towns with tons of lobster, the town is much more than that. Although the city only has a population of 66,700, it has just as much to offer as many larger cities. Portland is very dedicated to the arts, boasts a wonderful dining scene, and works hard to preserve the famous Old Port. The city offers many museums and restaurants with James Beard Award-winning chefs all throughout the downtown area. It provides the best of both worlds- the city life AND the beach life.