Top 13 Summer Vacation Spots

2023-03-14 02:16:29 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

With the arrival of June comes the anticipation of summertime getaways. Mackinac Island and Alaska, two perennial summertime favorites, will no doubt see their usual swarms of tourists as festivals return to their schedules. Domestic travel is still popular, so we've highlighted some spots that are sure to attract first-time tourists this year despite the fact that many people are staying close to home for their vacations.

The number of people traveling abroad is increasing, so we thought we'd share some destinations that are especially lovely in spring. The season of summer is quickly approaching, and we hope that as spring gives way to summer, you'll begin to think about your own vacation plans.

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There's always a good time to be had in "Music City," and from June 9-12, CMA Fest will be returning to stages all over Nashville. Everybody is welcome to come out and enjoy the daytime events and outdoor stages that are provided free of charge. ToursByLocals and renowned historian David Steel E. Porter will teach you about Nashville's pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement. Experience the brand-new Conrad Nashville, set to open in May 2022 and located just five minutes from Music Row. Holston House, Bobby Hotel, The Westin Nashville, The Joseph, and Bode Nashville are also fantastic options. For something more spacious, try the Illume 305 or Cumberland Cool from Vacasa. Don't miss out on Nashville's fantastic restaurants, such as Party Fowl's hot chicken and Saint Stephen's modern American cuisine from James Beard Award–winning Chef R. J Cooper

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Late spring in Philadelphia in June is ideal for sightseeing, visiting museums, and attending festivals like the Philadelphia Flower Show. From June 11-18, 2019, FDR Park will host the largest and longest-running horticultural event in the country. The Philadelphia Zoo, the Please Touch Museum, and Franklin Square with its miniature golf course, carousel, and Franklin Square Fountain are all great places for families to visit in Philadelphia. Stay at the Rittenhouse Hotel, home to the Michelin-starred Lacroix restaurant. The Loews Philadelphia Hotel can be found in the former PSFS Bank building. W Philadelphia, a trendy hotel, has a fitness center, spa, and rooftop pool.

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Located in the Adriatic Sea, not far from the Dalmatian Coast, this island is a popular tourist destination thanks to its beautiful beaches, charming old town, and wealth of archaeological sites dating back to various ancient civilizations. Sailboats, kayaks, and breathtaking vistas of the coast are all available here. Since the first vines were planted on Hvar over 2,000 years ago, the island has been producing high-quality wine. The annual Hvar Summer Festival, held in June, is a popular destination for A-listers, beach bums, and festival-goers alike. Hotel Riva Marina, a landmark on Hvar Town's waterfront, is currently undergoing extensive renovations and will reopen on June 1. Beginning on May 27, United Airlines will begin four weekly seasonal nonstop flights from Newark Airport to Dubrovnik (via ferry from Hvar).

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June is a popular month to visit Alaska because of the pleasant weather and long days (around 18 hours of sunlight), which are perfect for outdoor pursuits and wildlife viewing. Cruise the Alaskan coast on an expedition ship with Hurtigruten Expeditions, and pick from a variety of itineraries that leave from either Vancouver or Anchorage. The Alyeska Resort in Girdwood is a five-star destination with a spa, a pool, a fitness center, and excellent restaurants. Salmon Falls Fishing Resort on Ketchikan's waterfront is the place to go if you're looking for a fishing adventure, complete with delicious food and all the gear you'll need to reel in and take home your catch.

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Lilacs are in full bloom as the summer season begins on this picturesque island. From June 3rd to 12th, there will be a 10K run and a huge parade to celebrate these fragrant flowers. The island's ban on motor vehicles is especially welcome this year; instead, vacationers can enjoy the fresh air and exercise by exploring on bicycles, in horse-drawn carriages, or on foot. It's a great place to go boating, fishing, and exploring, making it a good vacation spot for couples and families alike. Lodging options vary and may include hotels, B&Bs, cottages, condos, and even traditional resorts. Mission Point Resort is a family-run resort on 18 waterfront acres with six dining options, a spa, and numerous recreational opportunities. Luxury accommodations, including suites and the four-bedroom Masco Cottage, are available at the historic Grand Hotel. Other amenities include a spa, a salon, and golf on The Jewel.

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Rainfall is minimal and temperatures hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of winter in this southern hemisphere destination. That is the best possible description. Combine this with more than a hundred stunning islands, each with crystal-clear water, verdant jungles, pristine beaches, and colorful coral reefs, and you have the perfect vacation. When we think of the South Pacific, we automatically picture Tahiti. It is the most populous of the Society Islands and serves as a jumping-off point for trips to the neighboring Tuamotu Archipelago, Gambier Islands, Marquesas, Austral Islands, and the rest of the Society Islands, which include Bora Bora and Moorea. If you want to stay somewhere truly unique on an island, you can choose from a variety of options, from expensive overwater bungalows to more modest guest houses. Flights from major U.S. airports to French Polynesia are reasonably priced. S French Bee cities One-way flights from San Francisco to Tahiti, for instance, can be purchased for as little as $329.

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Participate in the June 2-5 Platinum Jubilee holiday, commemorating Queen Elizabeth's 70 years as monarch, the longest reign in the nation's history, with parades, concerts, pageants, and more. A highlight of the month of June is the annual pageantry known as Trooping the Colour, which features the military, horses, musicians, and Queen Elizabeth II parading down The Mall from Buckingham Palace. Starting on June 27 and running through July 10, tennis fans can enjoy the prestigious Wimbledon Championship. Travel to Great Britain for these one-of-a-kind celebrations, and stick around to experience the country's rich history, culture, natural beauty, and festival scene. Throughout the month of June, King Henry VIII's historic Tudor palace hosts outdoor concerts as part of the Hampton Court Palace Festival. Beautiful hotels such as The Stafford London, The Mayfair Townhouse, The Dorchester, and The Beaumont are just a few of the many options available to guests.

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Chattanooga is situated along the Tennessee River in southeast Tennessee, not far from the Georgia border. The Riverwalk provides eateries, boat ramps, and scenic vistas. The Chattanooga Zoo is rapidly approaching a major milestone: its 85th anniversary. The Hunter Museum of American Art, as well as galleries, gardens, restaurants, coffee shops, and breathtaking views of the river and downtown can all be found in the historic Bluff View Art District, which is perched high atop stone cliffs. The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, the Songbirds Center, and the Chattanooga Selfie Museum are also worth visiting if you're looking for photo ops for your social media accounts. Lookout Mountain and Raccoon Mountain Caverns are just two of the outdoor attractions available to visitors. The Riverbend Festival is held on June 3-5, and every Friday night in June there is a concert series called Nightfall.

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More than 450 horse farms, including the world-famous Keeneland Racecourse, can be visited in Lexington, which is also known as the "Horse Capital of the World." The distilleries and centuries-long history of Lexington are well-known to bourbon drinkers. SoulFeast Restaurant Week, held June 20–26, honors Lexington's Black cuisine, and the Juneteenth Festival, held downtown on June 18, features live music, art, and food from local vendors and celebrity chefs. The Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, the 21c Museum Hotel, the Elwood Hotel & Suites, and the Origin Hotel are just a few of the many hotels available to visitors.

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This town on California's Central Coast is perfect for a day or two of rest and relaxation midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. San Luis Obispo is the location of Cal Poly, and it is also home to museums, restaurants, breweries, a mission that has been well-maintained, beaches, and many opportunities for outdoor recreation. The town's cultural offerings include a film festival and an art museum. SLO (as the locals call it) is located smack dab in the middle of the picturesque vineyards and tasting rooms of California's Central Coast. Enjoy the spa, restaurants, and central location at the Hotel San Luis Obispo. Guests of the Hotel Cerro can take advantage of the hotel's spa, rooftop pool, casual French brasserie, and spacious guest rooms.

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Located on nine miles of coastline, this Mediterranean beach town is home to a promenade lined with shops, cafes, and a plethora of people out on bikes and foot. Tel Aviv has a thriving nightlife, with jazz clubs and cocktail lounges packed with partygoers well into the early morning hours. In addition to its rich history, the city of New York also boasts a plethora of modern amenities, including a world-class museum of art, From June 8-12, thousands of people from all over the world will attend Tel Aviv's PRIDE celebrations, which will culminate in a parade on June 10 to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the city's first pride parade. The Norman is a hotel and restaurant in the heart of Tel Aviv, created by combining two historic buildings. It has 30 guest rooms, 20 suites, and the restaurant ALENA. The David Kempinski Tel Aviv, which opened this spring, has 250 rooms, most of which have views of the sea, in addition to 56 suites and a three-story penthouse.

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The south of France is already stunning, but in June, when lavender fields fill the air with fragrance and color the rolling hills a delicate purple, it is truly breathtaking. Tours of lavender farms often end with visitors purchasing souvenirs crafted from the fragrant flowers. Luberon is located in the middle of Provence and is filled with vineyards, markets, castles, and quaint villages. Set on a 100-acre estate with vineyards and olive groves, the Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa features luxurious rooms and suites, several restaurants, and the Spa Coquillade, where guests can indulge in treatments using lavender oil and products from the resort's own vineyards and olive groves. The June trip to Provence is not complete without staying at the Relais & Chateaux.

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The Okanagan Valley is well-known for its farms, orchards, vineyards, lakes, and pine forests, and it is a popular vacation destination year-round due to its proximity to both ski resorts and the snow itself. Snow will have melted by June, but summer tourists won't have descended upon the area just yet. Vineyards, distilleries, cideries, and breweries all call this valley in British Columbia home. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, and a Wide Variety of Other Varietals are Made There. Nearly fifty years ago, the first vines were planted at Phantom Creek Estates, and today the winery produces Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites, Viognier, and syrah. Spirit Ridge Lake Resort is North America's first Indigenous-owned winery, and it welcomes pets. The resort also features a spa, golf, and Nk'Mip Cellars.

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