It's warming up and the sun is finally coming out of hibernation. April showers will lead to May flowers and summer will be underway (unless you live in coastal cities where you have to push through June gloom). With the current state of the economy, summer vacations are less possible for a lot of people, but there are ways to cut corners and still have that little summer vacation to get out of town and beat the heat.
Las Vegas used to be known for gambling, clubbing, and sinful behavior, but it really has cleaned up its image recently to make it more family friendly. There are plenty popular things to do in Las Vegas, including amusement parks, zoos, shopping malls, and shows to see that even makes Vegas the perfect family destination. Before you go, make sure to check out the 10 things you need to know before traveling to Las Vegas.
Experience the Great Outdoors
Camping is a great alternative to visiting a different city and staying in a hotel because it's a lot less expensive. California has a great array of national parks including Yosemite and Redwood National Park. You can see Yosemite's highlights in three days (part 1, part 2, part 3) or even try your hand at tent camping outside of Yosemite. Another great destination (which our expert deems "California's unappreciated treasure") is Redwood National Park which is neither hot nor dry and a fantastic place to witness some wilderness firsthand.
Singletons, Try Your Hand at Jamaica, Man.
If you're a single pleasure-seeker, try going to Jamaica. From the nature to the indulgent activities to the salty water of the Caribbean, Jamaica is a great retreat from everyday life. We recap where to stay in Jamaica if you're single (don't get us wrong, you can still visit if you're attached).
Other Great Spots to Hit Up this Summer
You don't have to limit yourselves to the spots that we feature, but if you are going there, we have a lot of great content that can help you make your vacation the best it can be. Miami Beach is another hot spot (10 things you need to know before traveling to Miami Beach) with beautiful people, hot sandy beaches, and delicious food. It also hosts a great nightlife and music scene.
If the Canadian Rockies are more your style, you can always visit Banff, Canada where popular activities include hiking, skiing, and sightseeing. For more details read popular things to do in Banff, Canada.
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