• Melissa Lipari

The Best Places To Travel During The Summer

Updated: Jun 19

For me, the summer consists of 3 months that are full of endless travel possibilities. With beautiful weather in most places and a little extra vacation time, there’s no better moment to take a trip with a loved one, friends, or explore some solo travel. With a more open calendar, you might be wondering where you should take a trip this summer.


Today on Pedacitos Blog, we have you covered with the best places to travel to during the summer months, that are catered to everyone’s preferences. With a foreign and domestic option for each category, you are sure to find at least one place on this list that you’ve either never visited or have been thinking about for a while.

For the Beach Lover

Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii sounds like an obvious choice for any traveler that loves to be emersed in the sun and sand. But it truly is the ultimate summer destination for its famous Waikiki Beach. Oahu is also famous for surfing, so if you’re looking to take up some lessons this summer, you’ve found the perfect place.


If Waikiki Beach is a little tourist-heavy for your liking, don’t sweat! There are some other incredible beaches on Oahu, like Ko Olina Lagoon.

Check out the famous Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii for sun and surfing
Check out the famous Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii for sun and surfing

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is beautiful all year long, and it’s a place that I have been dying to venture to when the weather is cold in the tri-state. However, it’s known that Hermosa Beach is a traveler’s paradise during the summer months.


Located in the province of Guanacaste, this beach-front town is famous for its resorts, endless snorkeling and diving opportunities, and sailing!

Hermosa Beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is known for its snorkeling and diving
Hermosa Beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is known for its snorkeling and diving

For the City Dweller

San Diego, California

The beautiful city of San Diego is situated on the Pacific coast of California. While it’s known for its beaches, the city is subsequently rich in culture. I’m a sucker for a city-oriented vacation since I live close to several beaches here in New Jersey, but a bit farther from a metropolitan area.


I visited San Diego with my parents a few years ago and loved every minute of it. The weather is impeccable, and you can take day trips to the San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Museum of Art, The Air and Space Museum, and the Belmont Amusement Park like we did.

San Diego is full of summer attractions, like the San Diego Zoo and Museum of Art
San Diego is full of summer attractions, like the San Diego Zoo and Museum of Art

Rome, Italy

There’s nothing quite like an Italian summer, or so I’ve read. With most of Rome’s attractions being outdoors, it’s a no-brainer to add this city to your summer travel list. You can visit some of the world’s most historical sites like the Colosseum and Pantheon. When it gets a little too hot, take a break at the Trevi Fountain and snack on some gelato!

Italy in the summer is ideal due to its hundreds of outdoor historical sites, like the Colosseum
Italy in the summer is ideal due to its hundreds of outdoor historical sites, like the Colosseum


For The Outdoorsy Type

The Great Smoky Mountains, Appalachian Mountain Trail, Tennessee

If you’re a fan of being outdoors, even in the heat, the Great Smoky Mountains are a prime destination for the summertime. The 71-mile trail that corresponds with hiking along this sector of the Appalachian Mountains is no small fete, but there are huts that you can rent along the way to make the trek easier!


When all else fails, you can bring your own tent and turn this summer vacation into an adventurous camping trip.

The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect summer trip for hikers
The Great Smoky Mountains are the perfect summer trip for hikers

Milford Track, Lake Te Anau, New Zealand

Located in the Fiordland National Park, the Milford Track has been the go-to hiking destination for over 150 years! The lush rainforests and staggering mountains that surround this track are more than noteworthy.


Don’t be fooled, this hiking trail is not for beginners, it takes up to 4 days to hike this entire track! But, from the photos alone, the view looks worth it.

While the Milford Track in New Zealand isn’t for beginner hikers, it has incredible nature views
While the Milford Track in New Zealand isn’t for beginner hikers, it has incredible nature views

For the Whole Family

Washington, D.C.

I love Washington, D.C., and have been there numerous times from childhood to adulthood! I love D.C. because it’s truly a place for all ages. It provides rich U.S. history for the entire family to enjoy.


Take a trip to the White House, Capitol Building, or Presidential Monuments for the full D.C. experience. To go off the tourist books, you can also check out beautiful museums like the Renwick Gallery (my personal favorite) or try some yummy food at the Union Market!

Washington, D.C. is an educational and fun vacation spot in the summer for the whole family
Washington, D.C. is an educational and fun vacation spot in the summer for the whole family

Palm Beach, Aruba

Aruba is a great foreign destination for people of all ages. Palm Beach specifically is an awesome spot for families with its Pirate Cruises and Butterfly Conservations. You are bound to find a plethora of activities that will satisfy the entire clan.


Plus, Aruba sits just outside of the hurricane belt, making it a safe tropical destination that is out of reach from storms in the summer.

Aruba is a family-friendly international vacation spot, with pirate cruises and butterfly conservations
Aruba is a family-friendly international vacation spot, with pirate cruises and butterfly conservations

For A Couple

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod is the dreamiest peninsula that I’ve ever visited. I would love to go back with my significant other this time, as this quaint village is full of delicious seafood, private beaches, boutiques, and lighthouses.


You can even take a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket from Cape Cod to check out some of the more touristy summer destinations in Massachusetts. The summer is Cape Cod’s peak season so keep this in mind when booking your trip!

Cape Cod peaks during the summer months, with quick nearby trips to neighboring tourist attractions like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket
Cape Cod peaks during the summer months, with quick nearby trips to neighboring tourist attractions like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

Paris, France

If you’re experiencing a summer of love, why not go to the city of love and lights? France’s capital is home to The Eiffel Tower, Louvre, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. However, it’s quite cheap to take a train to Nice or Cannes from Paris.


The South of France is famous during the summertime for its unbeatable weather and insane yachts. Treat yourself to a luxurious summer in France with your partner!

There’s no better place to spend the summer than in the city of love and lights!
There’s no better place to spend the summer than in the city of love and lights!

No matter what your preference is, adventure awaits during the summer! Take some well-earned vacation for some rest and relaxation this summer and go on a trip. Even if that trip is somewhere nearby, we all deserve a break when the weather is beautiful. Happy travels!

 

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