The Best Places to Travel to in the Summer

The Best Places to Travel to in the Summer
Summer presents many reasons to travel: excellent weather in most locales; children out of school; and an easy, relaxed vibe that makes vacationing a natural activity for city dwellers as well as suburbanites. No matter where you live in the country, you're within an easy drive to many destinations. Should you wish to hop a flight to the 50th state in the summer, you'll discover good weather and unparalleled tropical beauty amid the genuinely friendly aloha spirit of the people.

Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii, the land of aloha, is comprised of six main islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, Molokai and Lanai), which present outstanding vacation opportunities year round for the outdoor enthusiast. Hikers will find trails and destinations of every conceivable fitness ability on most islands. On Kauai, the stunning Na Pali Coast with its sculpted, emerald-green cliffs and zig-zagging trails, offer hikers one-of-a-kind ocean promontories through dense tropical flora. Although often hot and humid in summer, the Big Island of Hawaii affords numerous opportunities for pleasant hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which is located at an elevation of 4024 feet. On Maui, don't miss hiking or biking the crater of Haleakala, which means "House of the Sun" in Hawaiian.

Big Sur, California

Very few summertime destinations could surpass the altogether stunning views offered by world-famous Highway 1 (designated an American National Scenic Byway) in Northern California. Backed by the dramatic Santa Lucia Mountain range, Big Sur in particular makes a thoroughly enjoyable locale for the outdoor enthusiast with its numerous hiking trails, meandering creeks, and tall redwoods. Camping is permitted within the state parks as well as on private property.

Taos, New Mexico

Famed and labeled "Land of Enchantment", New Mexico is not misnamed. Visitors flock to this lovely mountain region even in summer to enjoy its special brand of recreation, including rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, running and cycling. The nature lover will relish New Mexico's scenic vistas, stark landscapes, ultra-clear air, blue skies and puffy clouds, all of which have made beloved subjects for such legendary American painters as Georgia O'Keefe.

Article Written By Fiona Farnsworth

Fiona Farnsworth has been writing professionally since 1987. An award-winning senior advertising copywriter, she's written for major clients in Southern California and Hawaii. As lead writer for a popular Big Island home magazine, she specializes in Hawaii homes and interior design. She has also written for national magazines. Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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