Is there anything better than a summer vacation? A chance to get away from it all, explore, relax. If you’re looking for fun places to visit this summer, Lands’ End has some great ideas for you and all the gear that you will need. Let’s look at some of our best picks.
White-sand beaches anyone? Part of Georgia’s Golden Isles, Tybee Island has family-friendly beaches and plenty of entertainment for the kids. Adventures can include visiting the Tybee aquarium and climbing the historic lighthouse. There are plenty of lodging options from beach rentals to resorts to camping, and the area is known for being easy to get around on foot.
Do you prefer more metropolitan options with your nature? Seattle it is! From the gorgeous views of Puget sound to the great restaurants, shops, and nightspots, Seattle has something for everyone. Treat yourself to some seafood in the port city or explore a new type of cuisine from the many offerings available. If you crave the great outdoors, you can hike and explore the nearby Olympic Peninsula.
July and August are great months for sporty tourists as you will see more sun and less rain while still enjoying relatively mild temperatures. Although layering isn’t critical in the summer months, the evenings can still get cool, so a women’s fleece jacket is a great piece to have with you. Fleece is perfect for traveling because it is warm, soft, and breathable. And in a pinch, you can roll it up and use it as a pillow.
This family-friendly Atlantic Ocean city has a rich history, art, and fun beaches. You can spend a beautiful day at the beach and only be a quick commute away from gorgeous green farmland. There are seven different district areas within Virginia Beach and each one has its own distinct personality and attractions. From history and art tours to activities like kayaking and zip lining you can find it here. It’s also known as a great foodie spot if you want to relax with some great food and conversation. So grab that beach bag and start packing.
Myrtle Beach is known as a fabulous beach vacation spot. It sports a huge boardwalk at a free public beach you will love, on top of all the activities at Broadway at the Beach. Many golfers love to plan a summer vacation to Myrtle Beach because of the great courses, so bring your clubs and your women’s polo shirts and golf pants and reserve a tee time or two.
After a lovely day of swimming or golfing, take an evening stroll and enjoy one of the great restaurants or the local nightlife. Consider a day trip to Charleston to soak up some history and enjoy the lovely architecture. If traditional concerts or shows are more your style, you’ll find plenty of options for those, too.
If you long for sailing, high-end shopping, and Victorian charm, consider Martha’s Vineyard. It’s been a summer favorite for everyone from presidents and celebrities for years. This location just off the New England coast has much to offer from gorgeous seaside cliffs to excellent restaurants serving freshly caught fish—and all of it comes with an oh-so-picturesque small-town feel.
In Edgartown, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum is a great place to learn about the history of the island. If this is your first trip, consider exploring Martha’s Vineyard through a DIY sightseeing tour (the local public transit is quite reasonable) or by a guided tour. You can also just enjoy strolling on foot, especially if you love Victorian architecture. Wear good walking shoes and bring a canvas tote bag for shopping!
Who says you need to schedule an entire week off from work or spend a bundle for a great place to visit this summer? How about a day trip to one of your favorite spots or even one you haven’t tried yet? What is within a couple of hours’ drive from your home that you haven’t taken the time to enjoy lately (or perhaps ever)? A state park with great hiking? That lovely little town with fun shopping and great restaurants? That lake with the fun beach? That little place that serves the best ice cream you’ve ever had?
It’s amazing how often you can live by great hiking trails, museums, or beaches and not take full advantage of them. Stumped for ideas? Pretend you are a tourist in your own state and Google suggested attractions and activities. Chances are you will uncover some new ideas you will love.
Treat yourself to a fun trip this summer!