Top Travel Destinations for Summer!

It’s that time of year again! The temperatures are getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the smells of BBQs and freshly cut grass fill the air. Yes, it’s summertime, and if you’re still looking for a summer contract, we’ve got a list of top travel destinations for summer that will help you take full advantage of the season. Whether you prefer lounging by the pool and working on your tan, or staying busy with outdoor activities like hiking, swimming, and boating, we’ve got options for everyone! So without further ado, here is our list of the top travel destinations for summer!

Bay City, MI

Turnip Rock in Lake Huron near Bay City

Located on the shores of Lake Huron, Bay City is one of the top tourist destinations in Michigan’s Great Lakes region. In the summer, the city is abuzz with activity, and thousands of visitors flock to the area every year for world-class festivals, sailing, and other lake activities. The Bay City Fireworks Festival takes place around the Fourth of July and is considered one of the best fireworks displays in the entire state. There’s also a carnival in Veterans Memorial Park and live music and events in Wenonah Park. Over 200,000 people attend the Fireworks Festival each year, so it’s a great chance to mingle with local Michiganders. Other festivals like Rockin’ the River and the Munger Potato Festival make Bay City a lively place to be during the summer months! In addition, Bay City’s Historic Downtown is full of unique attractions like the Third Street Star Bridge and Sidewalk Days, which happen every July.

Bozeman, MT

Aerial view of Bozeman

Located in Montana’s Big Sky Country, Bozeman is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, and people come from around the world to enjoy world-class outdoor recreation in the summer. Surrounded by natural beauty, there are tons of hiking trails close to the city, and Gallatin Canyon has become synonymous with fly fishing after being immortalized in the Robert Redford movie A River Runs Through It. Surrounded by natural beauty, Bozeman is also less than two hours from Yellowstone National Park, which averages almost 5 million visitors per year. Yellowstone’s environment is truly unique, and the park is home to half of the world’s active geysers and hydrothermal features. The city is also known for nationally recognized museums like the Museum of the Rockies and a downtown area that’s packed with trendy restaurants and laid-back bars.

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Lake Tahoe, CA/NV

Sand Harbor State Park on Lake Tahoe

Just two hours east of Sacramento, Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake in North America, and a popular vacation destination in the summertime. The lake straddles the border between California and Nevada, and there are several state parks to visit on both sides of the state line, including Emerald Bay State Park in California, and Sand Harbor State Park in Nevada. Popular summer activities include hiking, swimming, mountain and road biking, fishing, kayaking…the list goes on and on! South Lake Tahoe, CA is the most populous city in the area and has some of Lake Tahoe’s swankiest hotels. The city is also close to several lakeside casinos just across the Nevada border. Incline Village is another lakeside town that makes a great home base and is a little more low-key than South Lake Tahoe. They have a nice beach park that’s a little less crowded, and delicious local eateries like Mofo’s Pizza and Pasta.

Pueblo, CO

Downtown Pueblo during summer

Just 2 hours south of Denver, Pueblo is a charming community situated in the high desert of southern Colorado. With an abundance of outdoor recreation, eclectic bars and restaurants, and a revitalized downtown area, more and more people are discovering one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. Lake Pueblo State Park is a popular summertime spot, located just 15 min east of downtown. The lake provides 4,600 surface acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline for visitors to enjoy. There are also three campgrounds in the state park if you want to camp overnight. In addition, Pueblo is just a short drive from Great Sand Dunes National Park, home to the tallest sand dunes in North America. In town, the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk is a 32-acre urban waterfront experience complete with paved walkways, fountains, natural areas, and great shopping and dining options.

Tacoma, WA

Mount Rainier National Park

Just 30 miles south of Seattle, Tacoma is Washington’s third-largest city and has a good mix of indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy! You can explore national parks like Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic, both of which are less than two hours away from the city. Furthermore, you can visit local natural areas like Point Defiance and the newly-renovated Owen Beach. In town, explore world-class museums like the Museum of Glass, which features artwork from world-renowned glass blower Dale Chihuly, or America’s Car Museum, which has an impressive collection of classic cars. Take a walk along the revitalized Thea Foss Waterway and Ruston Way Waterfront, with several options for dinner and drinks along the waterfront. Also, check out Tacoma’s vibrant downtown, with trendy bars and restaurants like McMenamin’s Elks Temple and Devil’s Reef!

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