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6 Great Places to Travel in the Summer

Hot Summer Travel Tips

Sunshine, warmer weather, longer days — summer has arrived! For many of us, that also means it’s time for some summer travel.

If you’re looking for the best places to travel in the summer, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll also share some summer travel tips to help make your vacation even better!

Where to Travel During Summer 2023

Whether you’re looking to lounge on the beach, get some hikes in or explore a new city, there’s a summer travel spot on our list for you!

1. Glacier National Park, Montana

While it’s hard to go wrong with almost any national park, Glacier National Park is an absolute must-visit summer destination.

With sunny weather and temperatures in the low 80s, exploring Glacier’s hundreds of lakes and waterfalls and two mountain ranges in the summer is ideal. Plus, certain areas of the park are only open in the summer.

Make the most of your trip to Glacier by kayaking, canoeing, hiking and driving along the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Road, a 50-mile road that was constructed to make the park’s wilderness more accessible.

Check into Glacier’s largest hotel, Many Glacier Hotel, for an incredible view of the park. Rates start at $247 per night.

For an upscale glamping experience, check out Under Canvas Glacier. Rates start at $249 per night.

2. Glen Arbor, Michigan

As a Michigan native, summertime in Michigan holds a very special place in my heart. While many travel blogs recommend Mackinac Island as one of the best places to travel in summer, Glen Arbor is the true star of Michigan’s summer destinations.

While visiting Glen Arbor, a trip to the awe-inspiring Sleeping Bear Dunes is a must. You can also rent a boat on Big Glen Lake and swim in its picturesque turquoise water. Afterward, enjoy wine tastings at Glen Arbor’s three wineries.

You can stay on Lake Michigan’s coast at the Homestead Resort. Rates start at $150 per night.

There are also many bed & breakfast stays in Glen Arbor, like the lovely Sylvan Inn. Rates start at $196 per night.

3. Portland, Maine

For a charming coastal vacation, head to Portland, Maine. This unique city comes to life in the summer with live music, a thriving farmer’s market and its stunning waterfront views.

While visiting Portland, stroll through the Old Port and check out all the unique boutiques and eateries. Marvel at the coastline and Maine’s beautiful lighthouses while sailing with Portland Schooner.

For a quick day trip, take a 15-minute ferry ride to Peaks Island and walk or bike around the peaceful island.

Stay in the middle of the action at the Old Port’s Cambria Hotel. Rates start at $241 per night, or treat yourself to a night at this luxurious waterfront hotel: the Black Point Inn. Rates start at $480 per night.

4. Chicago, Illinois

If you prefer big cities, Chicago should be at the top of your list this summer! With gorgeous lakefront beaches, tons of outdoor dining and rooftop bar options and a lively festival scene, summertime in Chicago is hard to beat.

Attend one of Chicago’s legendary summer events, such as Lollapalooza or the Chicago Blues Festival. If you’re more into sports, head to one of the city’s two baseball stadiums to watch the Chicago White Sox or the Chicago Cubs.

Budget travelers should stay in the lovely Lincoln Park neighborhood at the Getaway Hostel. Rates start at $36 per night for a shared room.

For a more upscale stay, check into the Ambassador Chicago in the Gold Coast neighborhood. Rates start at $167 per night.

5. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach is one of the best places to travel in summer for a fun-filled family beach vacation. Unlike many other towns in the South, Myrtle Beach stays comfortably hot, with average temperatures in the high 80s. Plus, you can’t beat this area’s affordable accommodations!

With 60 miles of beaches, there’s a lot of coastlines to explore. Your whole family can stay busy swimming, going on dolphin-watching cruises, trying watersports or fishing.

For a break from the beach, you can go play a round of golf at one of Myrtle Beach’s 90 golf courses.

Your family will love all the water amenities at the Breakers Resort. Rates start at $94 per night.

Or you can enjoy relaxing spa services while your kids play unlimited rounds of mini golf at the Anderson Ocean Club And Spa. Rates start at $137 per night.

6. Cannon Beach, Oregon

For a different kind of coastal experience, head to the Pacific Northwest’s Cannon Beach. This quaint town has a walkable downtown, charming boutiques, gorgeous natural landmarks and a relaxing vibe.

A trip to Cannon Beach isn’t complete without a visit to the iconic Haystack Rock. This area is also perfect for a sunset picnic or a beach bonfire.

You can immerse yourself in nature by exploring the beach’s critter-filled tide pools or by heading north to Ecola State Park for breathtaking views and hiking trails.

Relax in style at this nearby boutique hotel, The Arch Cape Loft. Rates start at $210 per night.

Or gather your family or friends to stay at this dreamy, beachfront 3-bedroom home. Rates start at $346 per night.

Summer Travel Tips to Remember

Now that you know the best places to travel in summer, here are some useful summer travel tips to help you make the most out of your vacation!

  • Summer hotspots book up quickly, so plan your trip in advance!
  • Stay flexible with your dates to secure the cheapest rates.
  • Utilize any credit card points you have to book hotels and flights.
  • Head to popular attractions on weekdays for smaller crowds.
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen! Nothing ruins a vacation like a painful sunburn.
  • Pack layers. Many summer destinations cool off a lot at night.

Are there any amazing spots that we missed? Let us know in the comments!