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Travel Guide: Summer Vacation Ideas

May 21, 2015

With Memorial Day weekend around the corner, we’re already thinking about summer and, with it, planning a summer vacation! After a longer than expected winter for many, it is no surprise you’re looking forward to sunny days, the beach, get-togethers with friends, and all the great summer festivals and events. So, if you are ready for barbecues, outdoor activities, ice cream cones, and 4th of July fireworks, read on to see some of our picks for splendid summer vacation destinations.

The northern-most state in New England is full of scenic drives, historic trails, awe-inspiring views, and more. Make sure your first stop is the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine—this coastal jewel of New England is a mile-and-a-half amble along the spectacular Maine coastline. Then move north to historic Presque Isle, nicknamed “The Crown of Maine” because of its location and the breathtaking views. With dozens of lighthouses, the gorgeous Acadia National Park, and plenty of delicious dishes (we’re already dreaming of lobster and blueberry pie!), there’s a reason Maine is known as “Vacationland.”

We are all in for some fun in the sun and the Florida Keys is perfect for it! The 120-mile island chain is home to the continental United States’ only living-coral barrier reef. If you are into scuba diving, snorkeling, and diving, this is the place to be. Looking for some pampering? Reconnect mind, body, and spirit at one of their spas, yoga studios, or house resorts. You won’t want to miss August’s Lobsterfest in Key West!

The “Windy City” welcomes you with green parks, shining shores, and many wonderful outdoor events. Take a stroll along the Lake Michigan, listen to some jazz at Ravinia or Millennium Parks, and enjoy shoreline cruises departing from the Navy Pier. And for the foodie in the family, you’ll want to stop by the Taste of Chicago, known as the world’s largest food festival.

Grab your passport and head south of the border! Puerto Vallarta has more than 300 days of sun each year and is brimming with relaxing beaches, world-class restaurants, and the latest in ecotourism and extreme adventures. Visit The Romantic Zone in Old Vallarta and stroll the famous cobblestone village streets. Here you’ll find shops, cafes, galleries, and more. If you are ready to kick off the night activities, put your party shoes on and head to the one of the many nightclubs and bars at the Malecon (boardwalk) in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Spend the day lounging under a palapa (palm roof) at Playa los Muertos (Deadmen’s Beach). It’s within walking distance of the Malecon, in the Romantic Zone.

Where are you heading this summer? Share your favorite summer vacation spots in the comments below.