7 Places to Spend Your Vacation Days in This Summer

Vacation is almost here. The highly coveted days of rest and relaxation, or adventure and excitement. No matter how you choose to spend your vacation, nobody wants to waste a minute of this long-awaited time off. Here are seven great places to spend a weekend or a week this summer:

National Parks

Families and couples who enjoy the great outdoors can spend time camping, hiking, caving and kayaking in national parks from shore-to-shore. See ‘Old Faithful’ and the other geysers in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Watch grizzlies and mountain goats in Glacier National Park in Montana. In Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park has the spooky-looking hoo-doos, rock formations carved out by wind and sand that stand tall with rounded boulders atop the spires. Fill your water bottles and pack your tent for rugged primitive camping or pull in your RV to enjoy all that these places hold for visitors to enjoy.

Beaches

Who doesn’t love the smell of salty air and the brisk ocean breezes. America is ringed with great beaches for people to enjoy. Pensacola beach has pearl-white sands and the Pensacola Naval Base, which is home to the flying Blue Angels. See the jets fly over morning and evening as they practice their maneuvers. Do some fishing for spades or hunt for shells along the beach.

The Hawaiian Islands have black sand beaches like Punalu’u Beach, where you may get a glimpse of a green or hawksbill turtle as it basks in the sun. The white sands of Kauna ‘oa Beach are perfect for privacy. Only 25 people can be on the beach at any one time.

Myrtle Beach is a South Carolina hotspot of activity. Swim, surf fish, or visit the amusement park. There is a boardwalk lined with shops where you can buy pineapple slushies, t-shirts, and trinkets. See Ripley’s Aqaurium or eat at one of the many restaurants. Harley rallies and antique car shows frequently use the strip as a base for their activities, too.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls in New York is fun for the whole family. The falls are amazing to see, but there is so much more to this area. Visit the Aquarium of Niagara. Take a wine-tour along the Niagara Wine Trail where more than 20 wineries offer visitors samples and tours. Do a little gambling or visit Niagara Falls State Park.

Las Vegas

Do you feel lucky? Place your bets at roulette tables, or slide quarters into the slot machines in Las Vegas. Sin City never sleeps and there is always something to do. See concerts and shows, walk the strip, gamble or drink – you can even get married by an Elvis impersonator.

Florida’s Space Coast

Cape Canaveral is home to launch pads where rockets are blasted into space. The Kennedy Space Center has astronaut suits and memorabilia, a cafe where you can eat and watch the next launch, simulators and more. Around the area are beaches where sea turtles nest, cruise port terminals and Ron Jon’s Surf shop.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Would you prefer the cool, greenery of the Great Smoky Mountains over a sandy beach? Gatlinburg has everything visitors could want – great shopping, loads of attractions like the chairlift, Ober Gatlinburg, trolley rides and amazing restaraunts. Be sure to go outside the city limits for artist colonies and a true Tennessee treasure – Delauder’s Barbecue.

Washington, DC

With so many monuments, graveyards, and historical sites, Washington D.C. is a vacation dream. Dine in 5-star restaurants where you may even see a politician. Tour the Smithsonian Museum where you can see dinosaurs, aviation history, and so much more. Take a walking tour to see the Lincoln Monument or come in the spring and watch the cherry blossoms coat the sidewalks with snowy pink petals.

So many more destinations are available for your vacation fun. Your only problem will be deciding how to use your vacation days.

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