Some of us notice the back-to-school displays, fall clothing drops, and the faint imminent waft of pumpkin spice lattes in the air. Despite all that, there’s still time and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the summer! To help you kick things off, check out our list on how to discover the joys of the short-lived warm-weather season.
One of the summer season’s quintessential pleasures is having classic fun with family and friends at theme parks. From tasty treats and souvenirs to carnival games and entertainment, there’s something for everyone! Of course, the main draw is always the thrills and adrenaline-fueled amusements and rides! When someone says theme parks, the happiest place on earth is always on top.
Transport yourself back to your childhood with a trip to Orlando’s Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, or SeaWorld. These parks are easily accessible by staying in our vacation rentals in Davenport, Kissimmee, Clermont, Haines City, and of course, Orlando. If you want to visit the Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure in Orange County, book accommodations in Anaheim. You can also visit Knott’s Berry Farm and Adventure City.
The warm weather is the perfect excuse to get out of the house and into the water. While partying, sunbathing, sipping cocktails on the beach or the lake, water sports should be on your to-do list. Explore lake Lake Tahoe by kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, or paddling. Miami is a great place to parasail, snorkel, do some wreck diving or scuba diving. If you love surfing, one of the top destinations to catch some waves is in the Caribbean waters. We’re telling you, these are worth trying!
Gardens or State Parks
Add joy and calmness to your life by walking through a beautiful garden or exploring nature parks. No list would be complete without the world-famous garden and national historic site of Canada in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia. Butchart Gardens of Vancouver Island has theme gardens, exotic flowering plants and pods, and is home to 700 varieties of plants. One of the most beautiful and largest in the world is the Gardens of Versailles in France. Aside from hundreds of thousands of trees and plants, it contains 300 hectares of forest, hundreds of flower beds, 35 km. of canals, 600 fountains, and 372 statues.
Who’d forget Yosemite National Park? With numerous attractions scattered throughout its 3,400-plus sq. miles of land, Yellowstone is a national treasure – and America’s first national park. While there, be adventurous and see incredibly famous arches, landscapes, and go on a tour of Arches National Park in Utah. There’s no better time to celebrate these national treasures and natural wonders than now!
Trails & Scenic Routes
One of the things that travel teaches you is that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination. These are just some of the trails and roads that can prove that. Highway One is arguably the most famous, scenic, and love driving route on the west coast of the US. The Pacific Coast Highway connects San Francisco with Los Angeles and San Diego. It winds about 200 km past rugged cliffs and coastline, making brief contact with old mission towns and seaside havens such as Malibu.
US Route 163 of Arizona is seen on the silver screen countless times making it one of America’s iconic roads. Love exploring on foot? Pacific Crest Trail in California, Oregon, and Washington gives you the sheer beauty and variety of the great Pacific mountain ranges with the journey of a long thru-hike. Franconia Ridge Loop/Traverse in New Hampshire is truly a rite of passage for explorers and an iconic hike in the White Mountains.
Lakes, Beaches, & Watering Holes
About 71% of Earth is water. Apart from its importance in daily life, it also allows us to have fun in, on, or under the water. It’s that time of the year to jump into a refreshing lake or swimming hole or spend lazy days at the beach. Enjoy a deeper connection with nature as well as picturesque surrounding by literally immersing yourself in it.
You can visit the Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park of Alberta, which is the largest glacial lake of the Canadian Rockies; or The Grotto of Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario that sits on a thin stretch of land between Lake Huron on the west and Georgian Bay on the east. If you’re up for an even bigger adventure, dive under and swim through a sunlit tunnel out to the bay.
Are you interested in swimming in a world heritage site in Croatia? The Plitvice Lakes National Park comprises of woodlands, lakes, caves, and waterfalls. How about a magnificent watering hole that is a deep natural pit that opens up to the sky? Cenote Ik Kil in Yucatan, Mexico sits about 82 feet beneath the surface and was sacred to ancient Mayans.
Again, these are just some of the best. Get out there and enjoy what’s left of summer! What else would you add? Let us know your ideas of having some fun in the summer sun.