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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