Top 10 Summer Vacation Destinations

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With summers almost around the corner, everyone is planning a vacation and looking for top summer vacation destinations. Soon the schools will be out and summer in its full swing. Some of you will be planning to stay local, others flying to some cooler destinations like beaches, amusement water parks or newly weds planning their romantic getaway.

But sometimes just deciding to go on a vacation is not enough, it becomes quite a challenge to plan the whole trip, right from deciding where to go. Lots of things depend on if you are going with family, as a couple or with group of friends.

If you are looking for some good summer vacation destinations, here is a list of
top 10 summer vacation destinations to choose from.

1. Cancun, Mexico: Perfect for Beach Vacation

cancun, mexico

This once sleepy village on the Yucantan coast has transformed into one of Mexico’s popular tourist attractions, thanks to the miles of fabulous beaches, great weather and endless luxury resorts. It offers unparalleled beauty and plenty of fun, great beaches with soft, white sand and brilliant turquoise blue water with well equipped facilities.

Best choice for beaches include Playa Caracol, Playa Las, Playa Chac Mool and Playa Linda. These make excellent choices for sun bathing, scenic views, swimming and snorkeling and other water activities. There are many other options for those who wish to spend the day away from beach, like shopping in downtown, multiple cuisine restaurants and swimming with dolphins. Nightlife is also great and there are many must see partying and dancing destinations.

Many websites allow to check out the various accommodations like Cancun Hotel Guide, Cancun Online and Mexico Web.

2. San Diego, CA: Perfect Destination for Family Adventure

sandiego, ca

San Diego is known for it mild year round weather, fabulous beaches, horde of outdoor activities and colorful festivals. It has emerged as one of the popular destinations for the family adventures. Most popular places to visit in San Diego are SeaWorld, that offers 200 acres of world class shows and thrill rides and unforgettable animal encounters. Children love the experience and adults feel that although little expensive, prices are well worth it.

If you love water sports, head over to Mission Bay. You will find variety of water sport adventures there. Enjoy snorkeling, ocean kayaking and boat diving. If that is not enough, indulge in hot air balloon rides in Temecula or Del Mar. If you are still looking for a thrilling experience, be in charge of the wheel and become a captain of your very own speed boat.

Looking for something exciting for your children? San Diego Zoo is something children have lot of fun at. Scenic nature coupled with Safari Park, expansive natural habitat. Kids cannot have enough of it. Find more information about San Diego Zoo and Safari Park at http://www.sdzsafaripark.org/

3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park was America’s first national park, established in 1872. This year it turns 140. Majority of world’s geysers are preserved here. This mountain wild land, nearly intact, natural ecosystem is home to grizzly bears, wolves and herds of bison and elk. Bring your bear spray as you explore high-altitude lakes by boat or snap photos of bison herds and bald eagles.

Many ways to experience Yellowstone and explore nature are biking, camping, fishing, enjoying exhibits and attending ranger led programs. If you wish to know more about the history of Yellowstone, you can visit Old Faithful Virtual Visitor Center. Kids can have lot of fun by taking animated electronic field trips. The series of these trips provide middle school children with an entertaining way to learn about the park.

It is important to note that there are park alerts in effect. Make sure to visit Yellowstone National Park website to stay connected to what is happening in the park, if you decide to pay a visit to Yellowstone National Park this summer.

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

amsterdam netherlands

Another great destinations for summer, what makes it such an attraction to it’s tourists – 17th century historical atmosphere combined with the mentality of modern metropolis creating a friendly and relaxed environment. Tourists love the uniqueness of the small scale of buildings and closely connected streets, canals and squares.

If you love a cultural, art-focused getaway, yo will find it all in Amsterdam. The city is home to highest density of museums and cultural highlights like Van Gogh Museum, that unveiled a newly acquired water color. Other attractions include Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum. Other places you are sure to enjoy are Palace on the Dam, the Artis Zoo, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrant House.

A new waterfront theater and museum, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands, opened in Amsterdam in April. The space will host film festivals and exhibits, and show art-house movies. Another famous attraction of Amsterdam is canal tour. Discover the historical canal district. If you love biking, you will love the way people get around here to their respective destinations. Yes, the best way to get around Amsterdam is on a bike. Become more local by cycling around the city, and you will love the experience.

5. Cape Range National Park, Australia

Cape Range National Park, Australia

Summer is the best time to visit Northern Western Australia since the season coincides with tropical region’s dry and sunny winter. The stunning Cape Range National Park offers spectacular deep canyons and rugged red limestone gorges cut on the range, with deep blue water flowing. It is rich in wildlife like kangaroos, emus, echidnas and lizards.

The region’s Ningaloo Reef is one of the newest World Heritage sites, officially designated last summer. The place is certainly getting its share of recognition of late, but it remains a truly remote, pristine destination. Popular local activities include bush walking (hiking in the Australian Outback) and snorkeling off the coast.

To find more information about this spectacular summer destinations, you can visit Milyering Visitors Centre that has comprehensive display of the area’s natural and cultural history, maps and publications.

6. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean

St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Caribbean

St Vincent and the Grenadines are the most popular destinations to visit in June and July for their enticing summer festivals, including Vincy Mas, a carnival style celebration. St. Vincent, the mainland is almost 18 miles long and made imposing by it’s seething giant volcano which last erupted in 1979. You will find mainly dark volcanic sand with some very attractive jungly coves.

St Vincent and the Grenadines are a string of stunning cays. There is excellent sailing and inter island travel, mainly by ferry. It is very easy and lot of fun. Most of the tourism is geared towards beach, sailing and regattas, yacht charters, sailing cruises, scuba diving, visiting gardens, nature and hiking on St. Vincent.

7. San Francisco, California

Golden Gate San Francisco

If San Francisco is short listed in your summer vacation destinations list, you should definitely consider this iconic attraction this summer. Golden Gate Bridge marks it’s 75th anniversary this year. There are many cool things to do in San Francisco, no wonder it has become one of the nation’s top destinations for travelers.

Besides Golden Gate, Fisherman’s Wharf, different piers, barking seals, cafes and bistros in North Beach, gardens and museums of Golden Gate Park make visit to San Francisco an unforgettable one. Historical part of San Francisco is easily reminded by taking Alcatraz Lunch Cruise. Guests can enjoy lunch as well as take in views of San Francisco Bay’s flora and fauna, Angel Island and Alcatraz. A live narration explores the history of Alcatraz.

Other summer activities include special exhibits, musical performances, and September’s Architecture and the City Festival that will feature architect-led tours of the city. Find a full list of events on the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary website at http://goldengatebridge75.org/.

8. Jamaica, Caribbean

Jamaica, Caribbean

Another great summer destination for beach vacation, Jamaica boasts of beautiful beaches, lush rain forests, spectacular waterfalls and green mountains. Enjoy the duty free shopping in Montego bay, explore through vast sugarcane fields or climb Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios. Cascading 600 feet to the sea, this waterfall tumbles over a series of protruding rock ledges that act like natural stair steps. There is something unique to discover in each of Jamaica’s popular cities.

Popular summer vacation resorts located in Jamaica, will bring you within close proximity of a variety of favorite island activities and attractions – so you won’t miss out on the local experiences that this dynamic destination is known for. Sizzle your summer even more by feasting on Jamaica’s world-renowned flavors! From deliciously seasoned Jamaican jerk chicken to sweet fruit from a local food stand, tasty coconut water to refreshing rum punch, Jamaica offers something that will excite all your senses.

9. Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

There is a reason why Maui has been voted “Best Island” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler for seventeen years. Maui is a piece of Hawaiian paradise that’s perfect for summer travel. There is lot to enjoy in Maui right from it’s heavenly beaches to its scenic natural wonders, unique terrain, surfing and more.

If you’re looking for an unbelievable scenic area that captures this island’s beauty, visit Haleakala National Park or discover the arts and culture of Kahului and Upcountry Maui. Complete with over 30,000 acres of public land, you’ll find a variety of natural environments in this breathtaking habitat.
Hike above the clouds atop the highest peaks of Haleakala volcano, relish lush tropical areas filled with massive waterfall or take pictures of blooming tropical flowers and Hawaiian geese in their natural surroundings. One visit to this beautiful paradise is all it takes to fall in love with this place.

10. Anaheim-Santa Ana, California

Anaheim-Santa Ana, California

Anaheim and Santa Ana are the major tourist destinations in California’s Orange County. Both cities are a short distance from the coast, making them especially popular for summer vacations. Children love the Santa Ana Zoo, that is 20 acre site focusing on animals and plans of Central and South America. The main focus of Santa Ana Zoo is on recreation, education and conservation. This is a good educational and learning experience for children.

Disneyland calls Anaheim home, the Walt Disney Company is the city’s largest employer, and According to the Anaheim & Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau, the 42.7 million visitors to the area in 2009 spent $7.1 billion.

Orange County museum of art is another popular destination among visitors. The museum’s collection comprises nearly 2500 objects, with concentration on the art of California from the early 20th century till present. Enjoy the traditional paintings, sculptures and photography,digital and installation art.

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