16 Best Places to Vacation in the Summertime

With so many options for travel all over the world, how do you choose where to spend your summer vacation? The best destinations in summer have a combination of good weather and great festivals, museums, or other cultural experiences. Here are some of the best places in the world to take a summer vacation. Which one will you book?

Chicago

Chicago is well known as a world class city with amazing restaurants, museums, and beautiful public spaces. If you go in the summer when the weather is sunny and warm, plan to be there during June for the World’s Largest Free Blues Festival, which has happened annually for over 30 years. Add some deep-dish pizza, a stroll along the waterfront, and a Cubs game, and you’ve got a fun, culturally exciting vacation.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam is special for many reasons, but one of the best things about it is that it’s small enough to not be overwhelming, yet large enough to have plenty of interesting neighborhoods, lots of culture and museums, and great food. It’s walkable and bikeable, so summer is the perfect time to go.

Plan to visit the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum — both are excellent. Skip Amsterdam’s most notorious neighborhood and walk along the canals in some of the beautiful residential neighborhoods. Take a break and dangle your legs over a quiet canal. For sightseeing further afield, head out to Edam and rent a bike — you can ride for hours and not get tired on the extremely flat terrain — or take the train to Zandevoort, a beach community right on the sea.

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Yellowstone

Camping, kayaking, hiking, and fishing are only some of the things to do in beautiful Yellowstone National Park. Bordering Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, Yellowstone was the first national park in the world, boasting diverse terrains and elevations, and some of the most breathtaking scenery you can imagine. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, so you are not limited to seeing the very popular Old Faithful with its throngs of tourists. In the summer, the weather is gorgeous here.

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Mini Guide to Russia

Russia is the largest country in the world and has a population of nearly 150 million, though around 77 percent live in the western part of the country. It’s best known for being the first constitutionally socialist state and its role in World War II and the ensuing Cold War. The country has also many technological accomplishments, including sending the first human to space. Nowadays, it’s the world’s 12th largest economy by GDP, the biggest producers of natural gas and oil, and also a permanent member of the UN Council.

Most Interesting Small Towns to Visit in the United States

If you’re used to living in a city or a big suburb, it can be hard to picture what life is like outside of all the hustle and bustle. In fact, U.S. cities house 62.7 percent of the population (as of 2015), but take up just 3.5 percent of the land area — and those numbers continue to grow as more people move into cities every day. If you need to get away for a bit, check out some of these incredible American towns. They may be small, but they’ve all got their own unique attributes that make them popular vacation destinations.

Most Interesting International Fast Food Chains We Wish Would Come to the USA

To connoisseurs of fast food, visits abroad bring the opportunity to see how the rest of the world eats on the go. Although we have our own fast-food chains at home — many which have spread around the world — the most exciting chains around today are regional chains, which use local ingredients flavored to perfectly suit the local’s palate. To get a taste at what’s out there, here are some amazing international fast food chains we wish would come to the United States.