5 Best American Cities to Visit This Summer
With summer fast approaching, travel plans should be getting finalized by now, as this is your chance to visit destinations that you and your family still haven’t explored. But with so many options out there, take a look at these five cities to get you started. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to check out our very own packing tips here on Autumn-Rain.
The city of Portland has become known for its laid-back vibe and indie scene that attracts younger and more adventurous travelers. Thrillist notes that there are rows and rows of organic cafés and bustling food parks like the Portland Mercado, as well as dive bars and wineries like the Enso Winery. Visit the Portland Art Museum for an afternoon if you want to get to know the local culture and then go ahead and catch a live show at famous venues like the Alberta Street Pub, The Doug Fir, and the Crystal Ballroom.
Miami’s share of the Atlantic Coast makes it a prime summer getaway. Lummus Park Beach, Haulover Beach, and South Pointe Park Pier are some of the best destinations for laying around in the sun, taking a dip in the ocean, fishing, and maybe even catching some gnarly waves. After you’ve had your fill of water sports, don’t pass up the chance to sample some excellent Cuban cuisine in Little Havana, like the quintessential Cuban sandwich.
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City may be more widely known as a skiing destination, but its summer scene is just as energetic. Trip Savvy’s collection of activities in the city dubbed as the Crossroads of the West highlights just how scenic the natural spaces are. Make sure not to miss out on a hike up the Parley’s Canyon, or if you’re up for it, Mount Olympus. Take a stroll around any of the urban parks, such as the stunning Liberty Park, or head to the water fountains at the Legacy Park.
New York, New York
NYC has a well-earned reputation for being the cultural and economic center of America, which is evident in everything from its vibrant creative community and always-evolving storefronts to its vast high-rises and beautiful architecture. Yoreevo point out that the city has seen a consistent 7% real estate growth over the past 70 years — an impressive feat for any metropolis and one of the key indicators of this concrete jungle’s continuous and exciting growth. So go ahead and explore the different activities and experiences these structures hold for you. Hop on a ferry to see the iconic Statue of Liberty; examine valuable artwork from some of the world’s greatest artists at the Met Museum; take a mandatory photo at the busy Times Square; and go on an extended shopping spree along Fifth Avenue. You won’t run out of things to do in the Big Apple.
Honolulu is in Oahu, the state’s third largest island. No trip to this city is complete without visiting Laniakea Beach, where sea turtles swim close to the shore. But the highlight of any trip to this city paradise is definitely the amazing food. Fill up on traditional Hawaiian poke, acai bowls, and the local favorite shaved ice.