Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Summer Vacation Alternatives If You Hate the Beach

You may think that you summer vacation is going to stink this year, especially if you cannot think of an alternative to a beach vacation. However, you do not need the beach to have a perfect summer vacation, because there are plenty of other options.
 
Here are 8 summer vacation alternatives if you hate the beach:

1    Chicago, Illinois

The windy city can be cold most of the year, but the summer brings warm temperatures with a warmer breeze. You can stroll along the Magnificent Mile as you shop for hours on end and then enjoy a picnic snack at Millennium Park. The panoramic views from the top of the Ferris wheel at the Navy Pier are phenomenal and you may want to ride it during the day and at night to get the full experience. Wrigley Field is the perfect place to catch a baseball game if you are a fan, and if you are not, you may want to head over to listen to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra instead.
 
Chicago, Illinois
 
2    New Orleans, Louisiana

The parties in New Orleans are going to be bigger this year as they celebrate their 300th anniversary. You can be part of all the action this summer as you stroll down the newly restored Bourbon Street or take the cable cars on the new route past the French Quarter. The architecture in the city will keep you fascinated, no matter which area you are in. New Orleans City Park is a great place to hang out while enjoying the great outdoors.
 
New Orleans, Louisiana
 
3    Key West, Florida

You may be thinking that Key West should be nowhere on this list, because it is surrounded by water that leads to sandy beaches. However, this area offers much more than the beach. You will find yourself exploring the historic homes and museums along with the other attractions like the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Before you leave Key West, you will want to snap a picture at the buoy at the Southernmost Point.
 
Key West, Florida
 
4    San Juan Islands, Washington

You will need to take a ferry or a seaplane over to these islands, but that is part of the adventure of this type of vacation. While you are there, you can hike up the mountains to see the spectacular views, go kayaking, or go on a whale watching tour. You will find that you have plenty of time to do everything that you want when you are here, because every summer day has up to sixteen hours of daylight.
 
San Juan Islands, Washington
 
5    Napa Valley, California

The beautiful vineyards will keep you busy as you spend time in Napa Valley in California. The summer months do not seem to have as many tourists as other times of the year, so you may find that you have more room to enjoy yourself. A trip on the Napa Wine Train will fill part of a day as will the Oxbow Market.
 
Napa Valley, California
 
6    Stowe, Vermont

You may think of skiing and snow when you think of the state of Vermont, but this area is just as amazing during the summer months. You can go zip lining or mountain bike riding before taking a hike on one of the trails. A visit to the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory will keep everyone happy as will a trip to Cabot Cheese and the local cider mill. A side trip to Sugarbush Farm is worth the tasty maple syrup that you can pick up there.
 
Stowe, Vermont
 
7    Washington D.C.

The nation’s capital is full of things to do and there is not a beach in sight! You can walk through all the museums that can be found on the National Mall, but don’t forget to make a stop at the Capitol Building and the White House. There are plenty of monuments and memorials to see while you are there, and you won’t want to forget about the one at the Pentagon. Arlington Cemetery isn’t too far away, and it is worth the trip to see JFK’s grave and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
 
Washington D.C.
 
8    Montreal, Canada

A trip north of the border can be a lot of fun, as long as you have the proper documentation to cross. During the summer, the weather in Montreal is fabulous, and you will want to take advantage of it as you take a walk through the Botanical Gardens. You will want to wander through Old Montreal as it is full of old architecture, stores, and restaurants.
 
Montreal, Canada
 
These are a few of the fantastic summer vacations ideas that will have you enjoying yourself without putting a beach on your itinerary. Now you won’t need to stress over your summer vacation, because you have plenty of options to choose from.
 

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