It might be the end of June, but it isn’t too late to plan a summer getaway! We’ve put together a list of our favorite places in the US to visit over the summer.
1. Savannah, Georgia
It might be the oldest city in the state of Georgia, but Savannah’s gothic and historic sights make it one of the greatest landmark cities in the South. The city that was saved from destruction is made up of different squares lined with Spanish moss. The famous River Street is home to many great restaurants and shops, as well as breathtaking views of the water. Pick from one of several historic hotels and be sure to visit some of the famous restaurants like Mrs. Wilkes and the Crystal Beer Parlor. First time in town? Hop on the trolly and get a personalized tour!
2. Charleston, South Carolina
Charming Charleston is a place with endless possibilities in terms of lodging, restaurants, and activities. Hide away in Isle of Palms at the Wild Dunes resort or get a feel for historic downtown at the King Charles Inn. Stop by Hyman’s for some fresh seafood, or get some comfort food while taking in the views of the Ravanel bridge at California Dreaming. Take a tour of the city in a horse and carriage, and end your evenings with some dessert from Karminsky’s. Be sure to spend a few days at the beach, whether that be Folly, Isle of Palms, Kiawah, or Sullivans Island. Just make sure you bring sunscreen, the South Carolina sun is hot!
3. Dallas, Texas
Would this even be a “best places to travel” list without the Lone Star state?! Dallas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The progressive additions coming to the city haven’t strayed from the long time Texas traditions. Take a drive out to Fort Worth to visit the historic Stockyards, and don’t leave without having a meal at Hard Eight BBQ in Coppell. Spend a night at the original Top Golf, and tour the world renowned AT&T Stadium.
4. Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
A hidden gem along the Outer Banks, Ocracoke Island is a 9.6 mile island only accessible by ferry. The Ocracoke experience is one unlike any other beach town can offer. Take your pick at hotels, motels, and houses to rent while you’re there. Our favorite is the Pony Island Motel. This cute and cozy motel is family owned and affordable. Once you get settled, ditch your car and rent a golf cart to ride around town. Stop by the wild horse enclosures on your way to the beautiful private beaches, and grab a bite to eat at the famous Howard’s Pub. Make sure you grab a t-shirt on your way out, and don’t forget some dessert at Sweet Tooth!
5. Washington, D.C.
Let’s be real, there is never a bad time to visit the nations capital! There are endless options for activities, and often times, you can’t fit in everything you want to do in one trip! We recommend making a list of things you absolutely want to do, and try to hit those places first. For first timers, we recommend hitting the following places:
- Georgetown Cupcakes. This is the same cupcake store that is featured in the TLC show, “DC Cupcakes”.
- Stop by all the monuments, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court building.
- Take a photo in front of The White House!
- Hop on a paddle boat in the Tidal Basin and get a good workout!
- Take a stroll through Arlington National Cemetery. There is truly nothing like it in the entire world. Visit the eternal flame of JFK, the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, and anyone you may know who is resting in the hallowed grounds.
- Pick a few museums to visit! Our favorite is the Newseum.
- If you have time and the schedule works out, check out a Nationals game! Even if baseball isn’t your thing, the stadium is absolutely beautiful!
In terms of lodging, there are unlimited options. You can stay in Virginia or Maryland for cheaper rates, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, the Trump hotel is absolutely beautiful!