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10 Great Summer Vacation Destinations

If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a week long excursion we’ve rounded up some of the best summer vacation destinations.If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a week long excursion we’ve rounded up some of the best summer vacation destinations.  The truth is most of these cities can be enjoyed all year long so whether you’re looking for a Labor Day trip or a place to visit during the holidays these American cities have a lot to offer.

A few weeks ago we reached out to our friends on Facebook and asked about their favorite summer vacation destinations.  Some of you prefer spending your time in the city and others prefer to relax in the woods or soak up the sun on the beach.  Whatever your cup of tea is when it comes to travelling we suggest you check out these amazing spots around the country.

Our favorite summer vacation destinations:

New York City, New York

Bright lights, big dreams all looking pretty.  With a population of over 8.4 million, New York is the city that never sleeps. Home to the Empire State Building, Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and other iconic sites, New York City is a fast-paced center of art, culture, fashion and finance.

Nashville, Tennessee

If you love country music then Nashville is for you because it’s packed with legendary honky-tonks, dive bars and dance halls.  Nashville is the capital of the state of Tennessee. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are some of downtown Nashville’s most popular tourist spots.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is a popular summer vacation destination on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast with over 60-miles of beaches. It’s known for its celebrity-designed golf courses and brown-sugar-colored sand. Along its beachfront boardwalk are arcades, souvenir stands and restaurants, as well as the old-fashioned Family Kingdom Amusement Park and the Sky Wheel which is one of the country’s tallest Ferris wheels.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is in the Pacific Northwest and it’s surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests. Its nickname is The Emerald City and its home to a thriving tech industry, with Microsoft and Amazon both headquartered in the area. Its most recognizable landmark is the Space Needle, a legacy of the 1962 World’s Fair.

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

The Outer Banks are barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, into the Atlantic Ocean. Their open-sea beaches, state parks and shipwreck diving sites make them a popular holiday destination.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park is home to the Teton mountain range, the 4000-meter Grand Teton peak and the Jackson Hole Valley.  It’s a popular destination for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping and fishing and it’s also close to Yellowstone National Park.

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is a city New England and yes it’s a real island. If you love fresh air, history and the water then you should take a trip to Rhode Island.  Its yacht-filled harbor hosted the America’s Cup, a renowned annual regatta, for many years. Newport is also known for the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue, some of which are now museums.

Austin, Texas

Things are always bigger in Texas.  Austin is no exception.  Not only is it the state capital, but Austin also claims to be the “live music capital of the world.” It’s also a center for film and home to the University of Texas and Formula 1’s Circuit of the Americas raceway. Its abundant parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming, boating and other outdoor pursuits.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Rehoboth Beach is a city along the Delaware Beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.  With a population of less than 1400 it should be at the top of your summer vacation destinations list if you want peace and quiet.

Morro Bay, California

All you need to do is Google the name and you’ll see exactly why Morro Bay is a perfect vacation destination.  With a population of less than 24,000 you will have all the necessities of a big city without the crowded streets.  If you want to sit and relax at the beach from morning to sunset, then Morro Bay is your place to be.

 

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TK

TK is a Certified Financial Planner with over 15 years of experience in the banking industry. She started blogging in 2009 after the market crash. TK enjoys helping people plan their retirement, pay off debt, invest wisely, live on a budget and enjoy happy financial lives. You can see what she's up to on Twitter @TahnyaKristina.

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