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Best Summer Vacation Spots in the US!

As the warm weather approaches, we all know Summer is soon to follow!!  After a cold and brutal Winter, you might be thinking about how much you need a vacation!!

But with all the destinations out there and so much to see and do…how do you choose?  Well with a little help from U.S. News and World Report, we are here to give you some ideas!

Boston, Massachusetts


Boston has so much to see and do!  From walking tours, museums and galleries, shopping, dining, theaters, sports and farmers markets, Boston really does have something for everyone!

On a budget?  There are plenty of FREE things to do in Boston too!

  •  Walk to the Sea – A one mile walking tour…get those steps in and learn some History too!
  •  Public Art – Art lovers…enjoy the outdoors and all the art you can handle! (Click the link for an interactive map of all the public art on display around Boston!)
  • View the night sky on any clear Wednesday night at Coit University’s observatory.
  • Go to one of the free Summer events at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade
  • Tour the State House for free.

Traveling with kids? Don’t worry, Boston isn’t only history and art!

  • Ride the Swan boats through the Public Garden Lagoon.  Only $2.75 for adults and $1.50 for kids.
  • Wanna be on the water but not paddle? The ferry has you covered.  Fares vary depending on where you want to go.
  • Boston’s Children’s Museum – a great way to let your little ones explore and learn! (shhh don’t tell them it’s educational!) Admission is $17 except for Friday’s from 5pm-9pm where admission is only $1.  DEAL!

Seaside Oregon

Seaside, Oregon boasts being the end of Louis & Clark’s expedition, back in 1806! Seaside is rich in History and beauty!  Here a few things you can do…some are even budget friendly!

  • Walk the Prom – a 1.5 mile Promenade offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, beachgrass-covered dunes, and the rainforest covered Tillamook Head.
  • A few steps from the Promenade is the Seaside Aquarium.  Click here for admission details and hours! Here you can feed the seals, and view the 35-foot skeleton of a Gray Whale!
  • The Seaside Museum will take you back thousands of years into Seaside’s rich history and bring you back! Admission is only $3!
  • Nature lovers, there’s something at Seaside for you too! You can watch birds (including eagles), see elk and even watch migrating Gray Whales!
  • See Seaside from a different perspective in a kayak, canoe or paddle boat!  Experts will enjoy the challenge of ocean kayaking, from the mouth of one of the rivers to the Pacific Ocean! What a thrill!
  • Surfers can have a blast too, surfing some of the Northwest’s best surfing conditions!

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is an internationally known winter ski resort destination.  But there’s plenty to do there in the Summer!! Here are a few:

  • Opening Memorial Day weekend, you can ride North America’s longest coaster, the Outlaw Mountain Coaster! You control the fun on this unique coaster that offers curves, hairpin turns and steep descents!
  • Need something a little less exciting?  The new Maverick Mini-Golf course might be for you! This course features local landmarks and lots of family fun!
  • A gondola ride up Mt. Werner allows you to take in the natural beauty of the area, and at the top, enjoy the views of Yampa Valley, hike the mountain on one of the many trails or enjoy lunch on the Oasis Sundeck.
  • After July 7th, you can grab your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an open air movie on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square!
  • Steamboat Springs also offers rafting, kayaking, paddleboating, horseback riding.

There’s something for everyone in Steamboat Springs!!

Nashville, TN

Music City, as Nashville is known has so much to do…day or night!!  Music has surrounded the history of Nashville since the 1700’s!  In fact, this city boasts FREE music 24/7/365…just take a walk around Nashville and listen!!

  • Nashville offers plenty to do, including lots of outdoor activities.  There’s biking, ziplines, paddleboarding, and plenty of parks.
  • Love animals? Check out the Nashville Zoo, with the new Expedition Peru, home of the Andrean Bear. Check here for operating hours and ticket prices.

With so much to do, your wallet can a feel a little abused! No worries there are some free and cheap things to do here too!

  • Music City Walk of Fame Park – a tribute to those from all music genres who have made their contribution to the music industry.
  • Arrington Vineyards – every year they host Music in the Vines. Admission is free.  Bring a picnic lunch or dinner and enjoy music and a chance to taste amazing wine!
  • Duke’s of Hazzard fans will enjoy Cooters Place Museum and Store, where you can see pictures, props, costumes and the classic cars from the show! Admission is FREE!
  • Car lovers, come explore the National Corvette Museum , which displays over 70 Corvettes displayed in periodic settings!


Nashville is well known for it’s music of course, but it’s food is second to none! Conde’ Nast Traveler recently said: “There’s enough going on food-wise to warrant a trip solely for eating!” From coffee, to barbecue to vegan and gluten free restaurants, there’s a bite for every mouth in Nashville!

Portland, Oregon

Last, but certainly not least on our list is Portland, Oregon.  Oregon’s largest City, featured on the TV show Portlandia is everything quirky you thought it would be.  So what is there to do?

  • On Saturdays, enjoy the Portland Saturday Market.  Featuring 252 booths full of arts and crafts sold by local artisans, this market has been going on since 1974! Not only are there arts and crafts, but local live music and a food court with all types of food, including vegan and organic!
  • Hoyt Arboretum will fascinate you with it’s over 6,000 specimens of trees!  This 190 acre property has 12 miles of hiking trails, and houses 63 vulnerable or endangered plant species.
  • Washington Park is filled with things to see and do! They have an archery range, the Oregon Zoo, Rose Garden, Children’s Museum and Japanese Garden.
  • Breweries – Portland is home to 104 breweries, with 14, 180 beers!!  If you are a beer lover, Portland is a must!
  • Coffee – Portland is called The Best Coffee City in America!  Coffee here isn’t just a beverage, it’s a part of Portland’s character!  It’s so great, someone even wrote a book about it! Check it out here!
Need a place to stay in any of the cities we talked about above?  We’ve  made it easy for you with our  Hotel Booking tool. 

We hope we have given you some great ideas for things to do this Summer!  Now it’s time to get out there and get exploring!

The Wander The World Team

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