There’s nothing like a well-planned American summer holiday. With the warm weather, summer a vacation in the USA can be a great time to enjoy sun-kissed beaches, hiking, and surfing or if you’re the conservative type, a stargazing expedition at the darkest ends of the Allegheny Mountains could be an experience to relish.
If you’re planning to spend you summer holiday in the United States, a visit to any of the following destinations will guarantee unforgettable recollections.
The Huntington Beach, California
Christened as the “Surf City,” a visit to the Huntington Beach during the summer would give you a perfect break. With up to 10 miles of uninterrupted beach, this is the place to be if you watch experience what one the top surfing destination on the planet has to offer. Here, you can play beach volleyball, surf and watch the sunset from the comfort of your beachfront restroom. It might catch your attention to know that up to 11 million visitors mill the Huntington Beach every year.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
Accessible via a 20 minutes boat ride from the Upper or Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Mackinac Island bursts to life during summer weekends. While most of the area is designated parkland, the island is an ideal destination of hiking and cycling as well as water sports. That’s not all there is to do here; be sure to check out the Victorian cottage and other ancient architecture, some dating as way back as a couple of years after the civil war.
Ocean City, Maryland
This Atlantic resort town nestled in Worcester County, Maryland is famous for its boardwalk that has been hailed as one of the top 10 boardwalks to visit in the United States by the National Geographic. If you’re with your family, be sure to visit the Trimper’s Rides amusement park as well as the Windsor Resort, which is more than 100 years old.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Boasting as the largest resort along the vast South Carolina’s Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach is touted as the as one of the best summer holiday spots on the East Coast. Everything about the Beach is in line with the summertime action, from the Grand Strand to the amusement parks and restaurants as well as live entertainment. If you’re in pursuit of an extensive stretch of white sand with opportunities for swimming, surfing, sailing and sunbathing on the East Coast, Myrtle Beach could as well be your best bet.
If you want to take time off the swimming and water sports for something more historical, be sure to pay a visit to Graceland, the home of the Rock and Roll King, Elvis Presley. The second most visited house in the United States, a stop at the Graceland with your family would be an excellent opportunity for the young ones to learn a thing or two about Presley as you take a look at some of his antique collections including the famed Pink Cadillac, gold records, and career memorabilia. You also get the chance to savor the King’s favorite snack, the banana sandwiches. How about that!
Do you love to snorkel and are looking for something entirely different this summer holiday? If so, look no further than Marathon, Florida. Here, you get to see the world-renowned Sombrero Reef Marine Sanctuary thanks to the Spirit Snorkeling. The Spirit allows you to visit the shallow spots, thereby giving you a closer look at the reefs. And with the water temperatures reaching an unprecedented 80 degrees Fahrenheit, you will certainly have a good time.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
Sitting in the northwest corner of Arizona, the Grand Canyon is a spectacle you have to see to believe. The Canyon is about 1 mile deep and 277 miles long and is visited by more than 5 million holidaymakers every year. At the Canyon, be sure to hike the Bright Angle Trail, the most famous route, complete with rest rooms, water and lots of shade. It is the sheer size of the Grand Canyon that makes it one of the top destinations for a summer holiday in the USA.
A visit to the Nantucket mimics a trip to a far away enchanted land; one that is snuggled against a blue, picturesque scenery of an ocean bay surrounded by simple, weather-beaten white cottages. The Nantucket is a former whaling community that has charming neighborhoods and a beach to suit everyone’s needs including the Surfside Beach and the Children’s Beach, both featuring calm waters and sandcastles.
One last thing, when holidaying stay safe and avoid exposing your skin to the sun UV rays, especially during mid day when the sunlight is at its peek. Apply sunscreen on exposed skin and wear sun protective clothing and sun hat when possible!