With summer knocking at your backdoor, you’re already browsing and planning an escape. Aren’t’ you? The very thought of summer switches our mind towards misty mountains, beach shacks, cocktails, flip-flops, slushies’ and plenty of water sports. So, what’s your idea of a cross-country summer vacation – a thrilling city break, lazy beach days, mountain treks or leisure at a pool-bar resort? Well, whatever might it be, there’s no end to exciting summer spots to beat the heat. From coast to coast, the USA is a pot-boiler of diverse destinations with abundant summer activities. Crystal Travel has considered several factors to decide 25 places to visit in the summer in the USfor your next getaway. Use this list for your vacation planning.

1 – Yellowstone, Wyoming

A park is a good respite from the blazing sun but Yellowstone National Park is more than a park. It’s heaven for outdoor addicts that attracts 4 million visitors each year. With unspoiled beauty, colourful pools, hot springs, lush forests, vast meadows, expansive trails and fountain of geysers make Yellowstone irresistible. While you scale its square miles of canyons, mountains, geysers and waterfalls, get prepared to meet your friendly four-legged buffalo, bears and elks.

Things to do:

  • Go rafting and paddling at Yellowstone Lake
  • Watch geysers erupt and colorful hot springs
  • See wild animals in their natural habitat
  • Explore the three waterfalls
  • Go hiking

Travel Tips:

  • Keep the laws; don’t get popped
  • Dress for the cold – hat/mittens/jacket, etc.
  • Don’t fall off ledges – people die in the park
  • Take time passing a park animal
  • No selfies 15ft away from a bison
  • Reservations fill up quickly, so plan ahead

How to reach:

Jackson Hole Airport is the adjoining airport for south entrance of Yellowstone National Park. For enter east of the park, Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is the best. If you’re traveling by road, the State Highway 191/287 are taken for entering southwards.

2 – Maui, Hawaii

Sandwiched between Molokai and Big Island, Maui is one of the best destinations to travel in summer in the US that offers a taste of everything – from appealing wildlife, culture along with professional hula dancers, coastal golfing, snorkel and dynamic beaches. The stunning archipelago is segregated into five regions but many tourists prefer heading either towards the southern coasts, which is home to the famous Wailea Beach or to West Maui, where Kaanapali Beach is located. Don’t miss the rest of the island; travel along the Road to Hana and explore the dramatic coastline and the world’s biggest volcano.

Things to do:

  • Explore 120 miles of coastlines
  • Indulge in beach activities at Makena Beach
  • Enjoy coastal sports at Kaanapali
  • Go forest hiking
  • Try snorkeling at the Molokini Crater

Travel Tips:

  • There are hotels in Kapalua, Kaanapali, Lahaina, Kihei and Makena.
  • Explore Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi.
  • Hawaii is tropical, kind of warm. So pack your summer attire.
  • Don’t miss Haleakala National Park Summit Area, Upcountry Maui and West Maui’s Rugged North Shore.

How to reach:

Maui can be reached only by Air via the United States Inland. The island has an airport at Kahalui. There are direct flights from the US to Maui and also from the US via Honolulu to Maui. The island is reachable from other Hawaiian islands by short plane rides but the most appropriate is the Hawaiian interisland Super Ferry which runs between the islands.

3 – Colorado, Arizona

What’s 19 miles in width, 278 river miles in length and a mile deep? The Grand Canyon, no doubt! This majestic orange chasm is a jaw-dropping wonder that offers an isolated escape into the bosom of Mother Nature. Thanks to the mighty Colorado River and the influx of travelers. The Southern Rim and the Bright Angel Trail is popular for hikers and sightseers. You will find most activities and amenities on this side. Now, keeping these two places aside, head to the North Rim for a break from the crowd. This part sizzles with camping and hardcore hiking towards the cooler hills.

Things to do:

  • Explore Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  • Don’t miss Strawberry Parks Hot Springs
  • White-water rafting in Arkansas River
  • Experience raw nature at Gunnison National Park
  • Admire the beauty of Hanging Lake

Travel Tips:

  • Summer and spring are perfect for a visit.
  • Avoid altitude sickness by drinking more water.
  • Weather changes quickly; keep warm.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol during your stay.
  • Don’t load yourself with equipments, you’ll get it all there.

How to reach:

Colorado Springs is not well linked to other major cities of the country via frequent flights. The nearest airport is in Colorado Springs at a distance of 10 kms.

4 – Boston, Massachusetts

With everything ‘first’ – first large free municipal public library, the first subway system, the first public school and the first public park, Boston attracts a variety of visitors from all over the world. With average temperatures in the 60s and 70s, it claims to be the #1 summer destination in the USA. With thriving trails, baseball areas, historic wonders, breweries, festivals and places such as Little Italy, Freedom Trail and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston is fascinating. You might find splitting your time a bit daunting, but the city will not disappoint you when you’re venturing out for some ‘cool’ time away from home.

Things to do:

  • Tour the Massachusetts State House
  • Ascend to the Bunker Hill Monument
  • Get a bird’s eye view of Boston
  • Go Whale Watching
  • Visit the Franklin Park Zoo

Travel Tips:

  • Save huge by eating at Quincy Market, take walking tours, drink outside downtown, try Couchsurfing and save money on rideshares.
  • Be careful of any scams that are going around.
  • Summers get humid; temperatures rise 80 and above. Be cool and light.

How to reach:

The city of Boston is served by the Logan International Airport, located in East Boston, 4 km from the main city. It is the chief airport in New England and also the 18th busiest airport in the country. The airport is linked to numerous cities across the world.

5 – Sonoma, California

California needs no introduction. Once you step in the Golden State, combine food, drinks and surreal countryside tours, you get Sonoma. Visitors flocking in this summer city will come across several wineries, fabulous bakeries, farmer markets and tiny bars that you may not wish to leave. Once you’ve eaten and sipped your much-craved drink, it’s time to burn everything. Hit Sonoma Coast and explore the trails or meander through Sonoma Plaza, or you could even explore the rolling hills that give rise to the towering Sonoma Mountains. Alternatively, you could enjoy an urban escape at Santa Rosa – bustling with trendy restaurants and museums and enjoy a spa at MacArthur’s Place.

Things to do:

  • Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
  • Walking, Hiking & Zipping
  • Explore the Russian River, Lake Sonoma
  • Discover the Stunning Pacific Coast
  • Snuggle into a cedar enzyme bath

Travel Tips:

  • Watch out for the crowd and keep your valuables intact.
  • Being a summer city, carry your sunscreen on the beach.
  • Tipping is a good practice at the resorts.

How to reach:

Sonoma County is situated less than an hour from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. The Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport (STS) offers direct flights and airline services.

6 – Santa Barbara, California

Situated at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a smaller and peaceful neighbor with enjoyable temperatures year-round. It is one of the best destinations in US to visit in the summer season. With cool ocean breezes, tourable downtown and abundant hiking options, Santa Barbara makes up for an ideal summer destination. If you’re looking for beaches, the options are endless and varied. To beat the summer heat, head towards One Thousand Steps Beach for some quiet time and Butterfly Beach for some amazing sunset. Apart from beaches, Santa Barbara is reputed for wineries, hip eateries and stores.

Things to do:

  • Experience the Pacific Ocean, spot greys, blues and humpback whales
  • Visit the Sky Gallery
  • Explore Cafe-cum-Cat Yoga Studio
  • Shop at Montecito Country Mart
  • Enjoy the sunset at Shoreline Café

Travel Tips:

  • Summer welcomes most of the city’s yearly events and it’s also peak season.
  • Santa Barbara climate is second to none. Get your sunscreen!
  • Santa Barbara can be visited from March to May or from September to November.

How to reach:

Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, take the LAX shuttle or the Amtrak train to reach Santa Barbara.

7 – Oregon Coast, Oregon

With mist, year-round greenery and the Pacific breeze, the Oregon Coast is a respite from the sizzling summer. Drive down west Portland and you will come across Tillamook. It’s a place for hikers with spectacular ocean views and beautiful fruit orchards. If you keep driving on down the coast, stopping at places like Lincoln City, the stunning Newport you spot the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and get personal with the sea. Summer brings in several recreational activities in Oregon and another mind-blowing place is Florence. Do not miss the 40-mile Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area, one of the biggest expanse in the USA.

Things to do:

  • Go whale watching
  • Take your kids to Siletz Bay
  • Hike Cape Perpetua
  • Go Sandboarding in Florence
  • Explore the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Travel Tips:

  • Amazing place to explore. Take your time to soak up.
  • Check out tides before enjoyment.
  • Oregon Coast is rugged. Flip flops and tank tops are not recommended. Get hoodies, sturdy shoes. Change clothes and socks due to wetness all around.
  • Bring sunglasses, lip balm and a water-resistant coat.

How to reach:

Fly into Portland International Airport and from there hire a cab or a taxi and get on Interstate 5 that runs along the river until you reach Oregon Coast.

8 – San Juan Islands, San Juan

The San Juan Islands are an artistic display of lush landscapes surrounded by the Pacific. It’s a laid-back, dreamy place where the hills meet the sand and the sea. Despite its isolation, this offers an amazing refuelling from the concrete world. Along with your summer break, you might consider planning a getaway to the Bite of Seattle food festival. During summer, you can enjoy various delights from the farmers’ market and also explore Lopez Island.

Things to do:

  • Spend time at Friday Harbour
  • Enjoy whale watching from Lime Kiln Point
  • Arrive at Roche Harbour for happy hours
  • Go for Kayaking, Boating and Hiking
  • Go Cruising

Travel Tips:

  • When you plan your trip to the San Juan Islands, it’s vital to ponder which of the islands you want to visit – San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island or Shaw Island.
  • Ferries are the main mode of transportation.
  • Avoid booking any tours scheduled within an hour of your arrival to the island.
  • Head to Island Skillet for breakfast.
  • For lunch, head to Mia’s Café.
  • You can try Madrona Bar & Grill for Dinner.

How to reach:

Located just 90 miles north of Seattle, the town of Friday Harbour on San Juan Island is a stress-free day-trip escapade from downtown Seattle Airport. If you are driving take the Keystone Ferry and land on Whidbey Island.

9 – Glacier National Park, Montana

Nothing is more gratifying than sighting snow in July. In winter it’s impossible to get access to the Glacier National Park, one of America’s most spellbinding public outdoors. Summer is short and cool. So, take advantage of the region’s short summer and enjoy a feast for your eyes in the solitude. Fall on the curvy, twisting, mountainous road that takes people right into the Montana wilds. If you’re enthusiastic about venturing out in the woods, you can hike up the park’s 650 miles of trails and camp at one of the 13 wooded sectors.

Things to do:

  • Drive down Going-To-The-Sun Road
  • Take the Red Bus Tour
  • Go on a hike
  • Kayak or Paddleboard at Lake McDonald
  • See Goose Island

Travel Tips:

  • Come for at least five days.
  • You’ll need a car to explore some of the best spots.
  • Keep a good stock of things while you’re in town.
  • Carry first aid box.
  • Don’t walk into unfamiliar areas.

How to reach:

Glacier National Park and Whitefish are situated in the northwest corner of Montana. Visitors arriving by car will use U.S. Highway 2 to access Glacier National Park from either the East or West entrance. The Park is also accessible via Highways 89 or 17 right from Montana Airport.

10 – Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

If you have a sleepy beach town in mind, consider Delaware as your cooler shade. Rehoboth is famous for endless outdoor recreation, striking sunsets, seafood and abundant beach opportunities. The pristine coastal park – Cape Henlopen offers plenty of hiking, swimming and camping. Check out the Walking Dunes Trail that is popular with visitors despite their age. Alternatively, Rehoboth stands out for several family-friendly events and that’s what makes it the most explored spot in the US.

Things to do:

  • Visit Penny Lane
  • Visit Tanger Outlets for shopping
  • Go to Funland
  • Go to Jungle Jim’s Water Park
  • Watch the sun rise over the Atlantic

Travel Tips:

  • Ride a Bike or a Bus if you can.
  • Avoid parking tickets with the Parkmobile App.
  • Be aware of major spring and summer events – the NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway, Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands in Dover. DelDOT, the speedway.

How to reach:

Philadelphia airport is located 30 minutes from Wilmington, Delaware, and the Maryland airport is are located between 1 and 2 hours from Delaware. You need to take a cab to reach Delaware Bay or the beach.

11 – The Big Sur, California

One of the most beautiful places to travel in Summer in the US, the Big Sur is evident to be a relief during summer for all the right reasons – the magical coastal scenery beside California One and the winding road makes this extremely popular for photographers and nature lovers. Most beaches at the Big Sur are located on the unmarked roads and they require a short hike. Grab a bike and enjoy exploring this nature’s haven at your heart’s content. You will come across rugged coastal vistas, waterfalls and redwood forests.How about a convertible Chevrolet Corvette or a Mercedes-Benz GT down the road?

Things to do:

  • Enjoy the 17-Mile Drive
  • Explore Andrew Molera State Park
  • Visit Calla Lily Valley
  • Explore Carmel River State Beach
  • Discover Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Travel Tips:

  • Cell phone service in Big Sur is zero.
  • You can explore Big Sur in 1 day but consider spending at least 2 days there to see around.
  • Big Sur is pricey.

How to reach:

There’s no train to Big Sur. You can get to Big Sur from Monterey or Carmel by public transportation on Monterey-Salinas Transit Line from San Francisco International Airports.

12 – Madison, Wisconsin

Madison has 12 beaches that offer freshwater swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. This lake-filled city is a stunner and the waterfront city is filled with restaurants and popular cocktail bars. Summer concerts are plentiful in the city. Head towards Concerts on the Rooftop and enjoy the gratifying music and the crowd. The Kettle Moraine State Forest invites mountain bikers of all levels and the Blue Mound State Park is only for skilled bikers. The wet and wild Capital Springs Recreation Center is a complete family-oriented fun-filled place full of fun, food and frivolities.

Things to do:

  • Explore Wisconsin State Capitol
  • Henry Vilas Zoo
  • Explore Lake Monona
  • Visit Aldo Leopold Nature Center
  • Stroll down Dane County Farmer’s Market

Travel Tips:

  • Do your research.
  • Stay connected.
  • Pack light.
  • Pack earplugs.
  • Travel on off-peak days.

How to reach:

Madison is 1h 18 minutes from Wisconsin Airport. There are several cabs and airport shuttles that will take you there.

13 – Block Island, Rhode Island

Rhode Island needs no introduction; it’s a serene getaway and once you’re in, there’s no looking back. Just off the coast of Rhode Island, lies Block Island that is famous for immaculate beaches, scenic lighthouses and unsoiled nature. Boating, fishing and swimming are some of the popular pastimes and you will find an amazing balance of couples and families. To reach Block Island, you can board a ferry from Newport, Rhode Island or Fall River but a more adventurous option is to go by boat and stop at The Oar, a usual bayside for personalized paddles.

Things to do:

  • Hike the open spaces
  • Enjoy truly public beaches
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market
  • Go Shopping
  • Visit Settler’s Rock

Travel Tips:

  • Make your reservations as far in advance.
  • Halt at spots wherever you want.
  • Pack snacks and drinks ahead of time.

How to reach:

TF Green Airport is the closest airport for Rhode Island which is located 24 miles away. BOS is the second nearest airport located about 90 miles north of URI. If you land at BOS, take the free Silver Line bus to Boston South Station. There you can take an Amtrak Train to Kingston, Rhode Island that takes about 1 hour.

14 – Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

The winter wonderland – Alaska is at its best in summer. The wild expanse offers a lower of 48 when it comes to exploring the country’s wildest frontier. It’s a playground for wildlife viewing. Whether you’re exploring this land for the first time or returning to an old, you are not far from forests with bears, glaciers, dramatic snow-capped peaks and rivers with salmon. You can get in touch with the cruise operators that will further help you to get glimpses of the bald eagle, sea lions, whales and more.

Things to do:

  • Go fishing at Kenai River
  • Enjoy Canoeing
  • Take a Guided Tour
  • Visit Cordova Museum
  • Explore the Alaskan Wilderness

Travel Tips:

  • Always pack a towel.
  • Buy a small backpack/suitcase.
  • Pack light.
  • But take extra socks.

How to reach:

To reach Kenai Peninsula, land at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and enjoy a road trip for 40 miles till your reach Kenai Peninsula.

15 – Acadia National Park, Maine

Located east of the Mississippi, Acadia National Park is one of the oldest national parks is wild and beautiful at the same time. With acres of mountains, streams and forests there’s plenty to explore – miles of trails, biking, hiking, rock climbing and of course, driving through the vast wilderness. But nothing beats exploring Acadia on two wheels. You can rent a bike from Acadia Bike and your wonder bike will be delivered right at your doorstep. Grab your camera and food and do not miss capturing the harbor views.

Things to do:

  • Take in the view from the top of Cadillac Mountain
  • Drive Park Loop Road
  • Check out Sand Beach
  • Watch the sunset at the Bass Harbor Head Light
  • Take a stroll around Jordan Pond

Travel Tips:

  • Consider visiting outside the peak tourist months.
  • Consider the time of year when choosing your lodging.
  • Plan ahead to take advantage of dining options and save.
  • Get Off-the-beaten-path and choose hikes where you can save.

How to reach:

Direct flights from Boston’s Logan Airport land at the Hancock County Airport, 10 miles from Acadia National Park. National airlines serve the Bangor International Airport, about one hour from the park. Car rentals are obtainable at both airports.

16 – Essex, Massachusetts

Situated 30 miles from Boston, the hamlet of Essex offers fun on the water with its proximity to the Essex River and the Bay. You name it, it’s there – kayaking, boating, sunbathing, deep-sea fishing and other appealing activities. The hamlet’s waterways and water sports play a huge role in shaping your summer getaway. The coolness of the countryside will help you explore more than 30 antique shops where you can shop anything, from technical merchandise to American products. Do not miss sunset boat cruises that will surely make your day.

Things to do:

  • Enjoy Essex River Cruises & Charters
  • Visit Cox Reservation
  • Discover Essex River Basin Adventures
  • Dine at the Top of a Lighthouse
  • Sail Aboard a 65-Foot Schooner

Travel Tips:

  • Carry an extra bank card and credit card.
  • Make sure to use no-fee bank cards.
  • Travel by yourself at least once.
  • Don’t be afraid to use a map.

How to reach:

The nearest major airport is Boston Logan International Airport (BOS / KBOS). This airport has international and domestic flights from Boston, Massachusetts and is 32 miles from the center of Essex, MA.

17 – Gulf Shores, Alabama

Gulf Shores is reputed as a summer break hotspot. As soon as schools and colleges break out in March, the city takes up a fun-filled feeling. With a warm climate, powdery beaches, seafood, sunbathing and abundant activities, the Gulf Shores are irresistible. If you move away from the warm waters, you can find several golf courses, gigantic water parks, the Coastal Zoo, alluring shopping outlets and roadside restaurants with lots of good food and drinks to cool down.

Things to do:

  • Explore Gulf State Park Beach
  • Visit Alligator Alley
  • Enjoy Parasailing at Orange Beach Marina
  • Discover The Wharf
  • Eat at LuLu’s& The Hangout

Travel Tips:

  • Make a list of where you’d like to eat.
  • If you are on a tighter budget, consider eating out for lunch.
  • Look for Groupons! Often restaurants will offer discounts.
  • Shop at Souvenir City.

How to reach:

By flight, you can reach nearby airports such as Mobile, Alabama or Pensacola, Florida. By car, the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach areas are easily accessible from Interstates 65 and 10 as well as US Hwy 98.

18 – Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is your entrance to the nations most visited National park. Several tourists flock to the Smokies to take in the foggy views from the top and explore the waterfalls. Beyond nature, Gatlinburg has other things to keep you entertained – amazing food, attractive shops, theme parks and one of the best aquariums.

Things to do:

  • Explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Get a ride on Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram
  • Go skiing
  • Visit Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts
  • Discover Ripley’s Aquarium

Travel Tips:

  • Take advantage of technology. Plan ahead with Gatlinburg App.
  • Learn about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Get all the info!
  • Arrive hungry! Some amazing restaurants and eateries are around here.
  • It’s easy to get around Gatlinburg! Park your car and ride the trolley.

How to reach:

Situated 12 miles south of Knoxville, TN, McGhee Tyson Airport is the closest airport to the Smoky Mountains. The drive from McGhee Tyson to downtown Gatlinburg is about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

19 – Sun Valley, Idaho

A people’s favourite, the Sun Valley has been a popular tourist spot since the 1940s for endless things. Today, it’s a haven for ski lovers and summer is the best time to soak up nature and indulge in several activities. Explore the snowy meadows, go fishing and paddling across the Sun Valley Lake or try your luck shooting skeet.

Things to do:

  • Go sledding at Penny Hill
  • Enjoy ice skating at Atkinson Park
  • Explore Bald Mountain and Dollar Mountain
  • Try Snowmobiling
  • Rent a bike and follow the trails

Travel Tips:

  • Get all the info before exploring.
  • Lookout for insects (snakes, scorpions and others).
  • Carry water, sunscreen, first-aid and other essentials.
  • Ask before treading off to other places.

How to reach:

Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN) in Hailey, is the nearest airport served by Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines that is easily reachable. Horizon Air now offers daily direct, non-stop flights between Sun Valley.

20 – White Mountains, New Hampshir

The White Mountains are usually green during summer. It is one of the best places to visit in June and July. Situated 2 hours from Boston, the White Mountains are heaven for every type of enjoyment. Enjoy scenic drives from wonderful mountains and explore Franconia Notch State Park for hiking. For a much stronger adrenaline rush, there are other outdoor activities such as canoeing, horseback riding, kayaking and ziplining. You could keep the uphill drive on Mount Washington for later, where you can sit back, rest and relax before heading back.

Things to do:

  • Drive the Kancamagus Highway
  • Visit Nostalgic Amusement Park
  • Explore Lost River Gorge and Boulder Caves
  • Stay at an Indoor Water Park
  • Hike a network of trails

Travel Tips:

  • The most popular time to visit the White Mountains is summer (mid-June to Labor Day).
  • Winter in the White Mountains is particularly popular with skiers and snowmobilers.
  • The temperatures in the summer normally range from the 70’s to mid-80’s.
  • Nights remain cold; a sweater or light jacket will suffice.

How to reach:

To reach the White Mountains, you need to get down at New Hampshire airport, which is 1 hour 49 minutes via White Mountain National Forest.

21 – Orlando, Florida

Orlando – every kid, teenager and even elderly people are well-versed with this amusing city. Recognised as the Theme Park Capital of the World, there’s no dearth of things to do in Orlando. Right from Disneyland and Universal Studios to SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND, Kissimmee and Sanford – these are the top summer destinations that set Orlando apart. Catch the amusement parks that are polar-themed and you can eventually play with snow. You can also explore the city’s centrepiece – Mt. Gushmore. You’ll encounter a number of winter-themed waterslides and rides. There are amazing activities for a family adventure. The world’s longest white-water raft rides will give you all the thrill you want. When you’re ready to relax, the Melt-Away Bay will melt your heart away.

Things to do:

  • Explore Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Visit Disney World with your kids
  • Check out Universal Studio
  • Discover the Kennedy Space Centre
  • Walk into Discover Cove and SeaWorld

Travel Tips:

  • Plan what you want to do in advance.
  • Buy your attraction tickets in advance.
  • Multi-Day and combo tickets are huge savers.
  • Prepare for the tropical weather.
  • Orlando theme parks are huge, little ones will get worn out.

How to reach:

The city is served by Orlando International Airport, which is situated 10 kilometres from the main city. You can reach Orlando from surrounding cities by taxi/train/bus.

22 – Windy City, Chicago

Chicago and its neighbours are perfect hubs for summer escapes. Despite being called the Windy City, tourists have no issue flying in. Lake Michigan and the Chicago River are one of those places where people love to hangout. The city will not question you if you mix shopping and champagne. Head towards Randolph Street Market and explore priceless treasures and vintage clothing. So, done with shopping? Stop at one of the famous places RM Champagne Station to soak up one of the most enchanting atmospheres in the city.

Things to do:

  • Walk through Millennium Park
  • Feel top of the world at the Willis Tower Skydeck
  • Enjoy shopping along the Magnificent Mile
  • Sail the Chicago River
  • See the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo

Travel Tips:

  • Know the terms.
  • Remember where the lake is.
  • Know the grid system.
  • Check the weather.
  • The L train system is the best way to travel between Chicago’s sprawling expanses of neighborhoods.

How to reach:

The two major airports in Chicago connect it with the rest of the world. Buses and trains can be taken if you are coming from another city in the US.

23 – Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Are you a hardcore skier or an adventure fanatic? Jackson Hole is the name for you. This place is recognised where freeskiing began and summer is the best place to enjoy this sport. To begin, we recommend staying in Teton Village, which acts as the base to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Apart from skiing, you can explore the nearby villages, relish traditional American food, converse with the locals, take a plunge into the natural pools and capture the surrounding vistas.

Things to do:

  • Climb the Tetons
  • Go Mountain Biking
  • Enjoy Paragliding
  • Take a Scenic Flight
  • Enjoy some water adventure

Travel Tips:

  • Avoid peak season.
  • Book in advance.
  • Ride for free.
  • Walk or hop on a bus and explore Ketchum.

How to reach:

Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) is the only commercial airport in the United States located within a National Park. Upon arrival at the airport, it will take a 36-minute drive to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort by road.

24 – Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

Alaska is the ultimate respite and the gateway to several amazing beauty that loves to be crowded with tourists. Do not hurry and pass through this splendid town; you will fall in love with this place. Anchorage is home to some of the best restaurants, shopping, cultural attractions and museums. Several outdoor activities begin right here – from cruises, goldmine tours, nature trails and wilderness explorations. The Lake Hood Seaplane base is the largest seaplane base in the world and entrance to Alaskan glaciers, Denali National Park and Mt. McKinley.

Things to do:

  • Explore Ulu Factory
  • Walkthrough Eklutna Village Historical Park
  • Step into Earthquake Park
  • Discover Potter Marsh Bird Sanctuary
  • Take in the views at Portage Glacier

Travel Tips:

  • Casual clothing and get suitable footwear.
  • Avoid exploring unknown areas.
  • Lookout for wild animals.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Keep warm.

How to reach:

Anchorage is served by most major American carriers including Icelandair. Air travel is the cheapest and most efficient form of transportation in and out of the state. Non-stop flights are available from Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Portland, and Seattle year-round.

25 – Lake George, New York

Lake George, New York

Thomas Jefferson described Lake George as –‘the most beautiful water I’ve ever seen’. That explains all! No doubt, this place is the mecca of vacation. Lake George might be known as the most pristine lakes in the US, but the view here is stupendous. You can explore the rich history, cherish island camping, enjoy family-style fun and eat some of the most delectable food during your vacations.

Things to do:

  • Explore Prospect Mountain
  • The Tiki
  • Explore Shepard Park
  • Visit Million Dollar Beach
  • Go Eagle Flyer Zipline

Travel Tips:

  • Preserve the laws; don’t get nipped.
  • Dress light and casual.
  • Don’t fall for stranger’s pranks.
  • Take time to explore.

How to reach: The Albany International Airport is 50 miles south of the Lake George Area and serves most major airlines. Car rentals and bus service are available from the airport. From New York City it’s a 4-hour drive to Lake George.

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