Summer has finally begun, which means cities across America are getting ready for a season of sight-seeing, museum-going, festivals and outdoor adventures. If you haven’t made your summer travel list yet, don’t worry! We have your list of US cities to see this summer right here.
If urban adventures are your thing, Boston is the place to be. Sample the city’s iconic food scene, soak up the history offered on the Freedom Trail, admire the architecture at Copley Square, or catch a ball game at Fenway Park. Whatever you’re into—art, the outdoors, festivals or parades—Boston has it all!
Are you tired of the ordinary? Portland will get you out of any funk with its quirky and eccentric attractions. The city is known for its love of hipster and alternative culture, and houses restaurants, shops and markets, like the Portland Saturday Market, that will at the very least brighten up your Instagram feed.
Bar Harbor, Maine
A not-to-be-missed coastal option, Bar Harbor is a peaceful town with a temperate climate, perfect for summer relaxation. Hit up the main street for quaint shops, galleries and restaurants, or spend time whale watching along the coast. The town also neighbours Acadia National Park and is a great centre point for any outdoor activities.
Rapid City, South Dakota
For those who get bored easily, Rapid City offers a diverse array of activities that will suit any traveller’s interests. What other city could give you quick access to national parks like the Badlands and Wind Cave, or national memorials like Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial, as well as all the advantages and history of a city?
With these touring options as well as Indian craft galleries, museums, and reptile gardens, a trip to the City of Presidents will satisfy even the fussiest of travellers.
San Diego, California
This city surrounded by beaches also offers a world-renown zoo and art galleries, gardens and museums in the beautiful Balboa Park. The warm climate mixed with beautiful spots to relax indoors and out make this city a great place to explore with friends and family.
Summer is the season when Seattle comes alive. Finally free from persistent rain, the birthplace of corporate giants like Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon celebrate with music and film festivals, markets and art shows.
The city is also surrounded by diverse natural environments—from mountains to oceans to rainforests to deserts—so that there is always somewhere to explore both inside the city and out.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana/Idaho
Although not a city, this deservingly popular park cannot be missed as a must-see summer destination. Nature-lovers can start their day with a paddle through the park’s beautiful alpine rivers, stop for a lunchtime picnic at the head of a canyon, and then spend the afternoon unwinding in a hot spring. To end the day, tourists can watch earth’s natural fireworks at the geysers, making sure to catch one of Old Faithful’s awe-inspiring eruptions.