New year, new vacation plans. If you’re anything like us, you’re already fantasizing about where you’re going to spend summer 2018. Whether you dream all winter of feeling sand between your toes, eager to explore the history of a vibrant new city, or have an exciting adventure full of extreme sports, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best places to travel to this summer.
1. Napa Valley, California
Nestled between the North California hills, Napa Valley in Napa County is famous for being one of the country’s most prominent wine growing regions. With its rich soil and balmy summers, it’s easy to see how this lush landscape produces the delicious wine it is famous for. But, whether you’re a wine buff or a tee-totaller, there’s plenty to do in Napa that doesn’t involve drinking!
Explore the beautiful landscape with guided tours from its farmers or dine at one of its gourmet restaurants. You can also take a hot air balloon ride over the lush green vine fields or take a stroll around one of its charming farmers markets. Napa Valley is the ideal destination for travelers wanting to unwind and enjoy the natural abundance and beauty California has to offer.
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2. Tulum, Mexico
Famous for its ancient Mayan ruins, Tulum is one of those rare places that combines a gorgeous beach with modern spas and inexpensive hotels with history and culture. Stretch out on the white sands, explore the mangroves along the coastline, or take a tour through the well-preserved archaeological sites and walk in the footsteps of the ancient Mayans. Head to Sanara yoga studio for a Zen yogic experience or tuck into an authentic taco at Taqueira La Eufemia. Tulum is the perfect place to experience a taste of all Mexico has to offer.
3. Glacier National Park, Montana
For lovers of fresh air and stunning views, Glacier National Park is the dream destination this summer, especially for those looking to get away from the heat of the lowlands. Pack your best pair of walking boots and plenty of snacks, and choose from one of the beautiful trails to explore. Avalanche Lake Trail and Highline Trail are notable favorites.
4. Šolta, Croatia
Croatia is rapidly becoming one of the most desirable destinations in Europe: it’s inexpensive, the weather is beautiful and the culture rich. The island of Šolta is located less than an hour from the mainland. Catch a ferry across and enjoy tranquil beaches and delightful family-run hotels, with authentic Croatian delicacies. This is the perfect trip for those looking to travel a little further afield, without spending a fortune.
5. Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Back to the USA and one for the adults: Walla Walla Valley. Located inWashington State, is not only a great name, but a fabulous destination for those longing for a breath of fresh air and a touch of relaxation this summer. Avoid the crowded beaches, and instead take a trip to a famous Walla Walla winery, where you can savor a glass (or three) of wine, learn about the rich culture of Washington’s wine region.
6. Crowsnest Pass, Canada
Canada is a wonderland of incredible scenery and awesome wildlife. Crowsnest Pass is a point in the Canadian Rockies to the south of Crowsnest Mountain. Originally an important shipping route in the early 20th century, Crowsnest Pass is now the place to go to experience a taste of Canada’s breathtaking views and stunning geologic foundations. Engross yourself in the mysterious history of Belle Vue Underground Mine, or explore one of the dozens of hiking trails. Crowsnest Pass is a must for escapists this summer.
7. Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is the ultimate European destination this summer. The lively capital city is one of the oldest in the world and is one of Europe’s westernmost ports. Its colorful history and vibrant architecture have made Lisbon and increasingly popular destination for culture-lovers and contemporary artists worldwide. Take a Tram 28 day trip in one of Lisbon’s characteristic yellow trams, enjoy delicious seafood, cheese and wine at one of Lisbon’s many charming restaurants, or unwind with a glass of wine on one of the seafront bars. With so much to do in one place, once you’ve visited Lisbon, there is no doubt you’ll want to keep coming back again and again.
8. Zion National Park, Utah
Zion National Park is one of the jewels of Utah. It stretches over 200 square miles, across woodland, canyons, mountains and rivers. Famous for appearing in several Hollywood films, the park is home to beautiful rock formations and hundreds of species of animals; including deer, squirrels, lizards and cougars. Walk in the footsteps of ancient civilizations in a landscape that has scarcely changed for millennia, and round it all off with a stay in one of the park’s cozy lodges, or have a more rustic experience in one of the three campgrounds.
9. Valletta, Malta
Malta is rapidly becoming one of the cultural hubs to watch in Europe. Located in Southern Europe, the island was previously part of the British colonies, now a proud nation of its on with two official languages – Maltese and English. The capital Valletta is a blossoming city. A patchwork of different historic cultures, from 16th Century palaces to one of the world’s oldest theaters, as well as tours of Game of Thrones filming locations. There’s something for everyone in this vibrant little city.
10. Vancouver, Canada
Last but not least, Vancouver is easily accessible from anywhere in the USA and is a must-visit, especially in the summer months when the sun is out in full force. There’s something for everyone in this coastal city, which has been voted one of the best places in the world for living well. It’s easy to see why, with everything from nature parks to museums, and for night owls the party scene is unrivaled, with enough casinos, bars and clubs to keep you occupied until the early hours.
There you have it – 10 awesome destinations for the holiday season this summer. Bon voyage!