You’ve got the travel bug, huh? We get you.
Summer is just around the corner, so what better time to plan that getaway you’ve always talked about? But before you book, why not take a look at our list of hidden gems below.
These are some of the best summer vacation ideas, both at home and abroad. Your dream summer vacation could be a moment’s read away.
Close at home or far afield. Country escape or city adventure. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got all the best summer vacation ideas for you right here.
Named by ABC’s Good Morning America as the Most Beautiful Place in America, Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan has a lot to offer.
You can enjoy activities ranging from wine and food festivals to dune buggying. Michigan’s great lakes are home to the largest source of fresh water in the world, and you’ll be perfectly situated to take them all in as you enjoy a family vacation like no other.
Are you in the mood for some of the best white water rafting the southern US has to offer? Then you need to head to Ocoee River in Tennessee.
Hold on tight as you raft down up to 10 miles of intense rapids in the hands of professionals like Quest Expeditions. Their White Water Rafting Tennessee trip is among the highest rated on sites like Trip Advisor
You can even rent a cabin if you’re looking to spend several days enjoying the river. Just be sure to bring a change of clothes, as you will definitely get wet.
If like me, you love HBO’s Game of Thrones television series then you owe it to yourself to visit Belfast.
Much of the Westeros scenes were filmed on location in Northern Ireland. Scenes like the Dire Wolf pups being found or the arrival of the King to Winterfell were shot near Belfast.
Even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, there is plenty to do in Northern Ireland. Why not visit some of Northern Ireland’s historic castles, or take a day trip to the incredible Giant’s Causeway
For those of you wanting to expand your horizons, you could do a lot worse than visiting England. Tourists are attracted to London as the country’s capital, but so many people limit themselves by not venturing further afield.
Bristol is a gem of southwest England. The city is steeped in history and is the location of the iconic Victorian-era Clifton Suspension Bridge. The bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and opened in 1864.
During more industrial times, Bristol was a functioning port. Much of that heritage is still on display now. Why not take a boat tour around Bristol’s harbors and waterways, and visit the majestic SS Great Britain on your way?
Bring your walking shoes though, because Bristol is a multi-level city. The suspension bridge sits 245 feet above the water, and some of the best museums can be found in the upper parts of the city. If walking isn’t for you though, don’t panic. Just hop into one of Bristol’s iconic blue cabs, and maybe grab some Bristol Blue Glass while you’re at it?
Bristol has its own international airport just 8 miles from the city center. This makes flying to Bristol a piece of cake. In addition, flights into Bristol are often cheaper than those into London.
Santorini is the poster-child for idyllic Greek islands. With its white-washed walls and narrow cobbled streets, Santorini is an absolute must visit for those of you wanting to adventure into the Mediterranean.
Set into the cliff face of an active volcano, Santorini is a labyrinthine town with a secret around every corner. Be sure to visit the beautiful, blue-domed Anastasi Church at the top of the town.
Have these summer vacation ideas got your rummaging through your basement looking for your suitcase? They certainly have for us!