With the days getting longer and winter in the far distance, traveling the world is starting up again. In a recent study from Tripadvisor, 48% of people are planning to travel this summer. As the vaccinations increase, popular places are opening up again for tourists.
In this post, we will highlight the top five travel destinations you should check out this summer. We feature their top attractions, cities to see, and what makes them so special.
1. Hawaii, United States
If you are looking for bright blue waters, fresh poke, and endless outdoor activities look no further than Hawaii. Hawaii has 7 inhabited islands. The most popular islands for tourism are Oahu and Maui.
In Oahu, you can find surfing for all levels, insane skydiving, free beach camping, and hundreds of hikes with unbelievable views. Oahu on average receives 5.7 million tourists a year with this past month increasing by 5 percent increase. It’s easily one of the most desirable destinations in all of the United States.
However, if you are looking for something more secluded and just as charming, you should check out Maui. This island is known for its world-famous beaches, Haleakala volcano, snorkeling, and breathtaking waterfalls.
Both these locations are sure to leave you hooked on the island life and never wanting to return to the mainland.
Croatia is a country you will find on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea near Greece and Italy. Croatia is one of the few countries that is open to almost everyone if you provide a COVID test or vaccine card. Beyond being open, it is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe with thousands of tourists visiting every year.
In Croatia, you will find historic stone streets, crystal Mediterranean seas, top-notch wineries, waterfalls, and outstanding international cuisine. Plus the best risotto around.
Dubrovnik and Split are the two most popular spots to visit in the summer. Top attractions include ancient city tours, museums, boating, and sitting at waterfront cafes. Another popular destination is Hvar an island near Split home to some of the biggest yachts and best parties. So if you are looking for a change of pace, alluring architecture, and sunshine, Croatia is just the place for you.
3. Alaska, United States
Alaska is another popular US summer destination. The weather is comfortable (averaging about 60 degrees Fahrenheit) and some days have daylight for almost 22 hours. This means plenty of time to hike, canoe, golf, or search for whales.
From museums to wildlife tours it’s easy to plan an array of outdoor and indoor activities while visiting Alaska. Given its typically cold and dark winters, this place is something you don’t want to put off for later in the year. The most popular destination for tourists is Anchorage. Anchorage features huge mountains, modern buildings, and is right on the coast. Top attractions are the Alaska Native Heritage Center ,Chugach State Park, and hopping on the Alaska railroad. The views of this city will leave you breathless.
Greece is another European country open to almost all travelers with a COVID test or valid vaccine. Whether it be a walk through historic Athens or a trip to the islands painted in blue and white, there is so much to see.
The weather is almost always sunny, food is affordable, there are endless museums and so much history along the way. This is why 33.1 million tourists visit each year.
The top places to visit in Greece are Santorini, Athens, and Mykonos. Given the short distance between all these places, hitting all three is recommended. Top attractions include the Acropolis, touring the cliff town Oia, boating, and checking out the historic churches. The greek culture is sure to have you eating gyros, floating in the sun, and soaking up the legends of the greek gods.
Belize is one of the most underrated Caribbean destinations. From Mayan ruins and National parks to some of the best snorkeling in the world, there is no shortage of things to do in Belize. Plus it is open to almost anyone with a COVID test or a valid vaccine. The most popular islands to see are San Pedro and Caye Caulker. On both of these islands, you will find sandy beaches, rare fishes, boating tours, and a laid-back island lifestyle. Making it perfect if you are looking to relax with a cold drink in your hand.
The other city worth checking out is San Ignacio. This is in inland Belize and is close to 5 different Mayan ruin sites. This city is also popular for adrenaline seekers. With activities featuring cave tubing, ziplining, and thrilling ATV trips through the jungle. San Ignacio also can offer a real taste of authentic Mayan culture so make sure you try the stew.
In conclusion, whether it be traveling to the vibrant colors of Hawaii to exploring ancient ruins this summer there is so much to do. Also, don’t forget to grab your Hydaway to stay hydrated while you explore. It’s the perfect travel accessory for a day at the beach or flying through a dark cave.
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