With summer upon us, it only natural that you’re looking for something adventurous to kick-off your vacation. Whether its saving up for a trip to a jaw-dropping location, or visiting a hidden gem nearby, these are some ways you celebrate the first day of summer right!
1. Watkins State Glen Park in New York
Located in the village of Watkins Glen, New York, Watkins Glen Park is a lesser-known gem, usually overshadowed by the Niagara Falls. It is south of the Seneca Lake and Finger Lakes region, and contains many 19 small waterfalls. Its notable feature is the gorge path that winds under the waterfalls. A visit here is perfectly matched with a tour of the nearby Letchworth State Park.
2. Hamilton Pool Preserve in Texas
Texas is known for its hot weather and tumble weeds, but what many might not know is that Texas is also the home of one the most beautiful natural pools in the U.S. Located 23 miles west of Austin, Hamilton Pool Preserve is the perfect for a summer swim!
3. The Wave in Arizona
Probably one of the most unusual natural formations in the U.S., the Wave in Arizona is the perfect place for a summer adventure. The sandstone rock formation is located near the Utah-Arizona border and attracts thousands of travelers each year. The wave-like formations and bright colors make for a great photo opportunity.
4. Glass Beach Fort Bragg in California
Located in MacKerricher State Park in Fort Bragg, this unique beach makes for a great beach visit and a great souvenir hunting adventure. Try to find some of the most unique piece of sea glass there, and take a little part of the beach (and this moment), home with you.
5. Sanibel Island in Florida
Tourists that want to feel as if they were on a get-away can no look further than Sanibel Island in Florida! Its beach is almost equal to the beauty and calmness as the beaches of Hawaii. It is also the perfect beach to visit if you don’t want to be caught by the crowded beaches of Miami. Explore it and the Everglades on a fantastic 2-day trip!
6. Oneonta Gorge in Oregon
A perfectly sized waterfall and located in the Columbia River Gorge, the Oneonta Gorge in Oregon is one of this unique places for a dip. The Oneonta Creek runs through the gorge, and showcases four of its major waterfalls. Plus, from Seattle its an easy 2 day trip!
7. Savannah in Georgia
For those who want to explore a city that is both historical and beautiful; Savannah Georgia is right for you! It is the oldest city in Georgia and its Savannah Historic District and the Savannah Victorian Historic District, showcases some of the most antique architecture and landscapes. It also has an historic trolley tour that will take you to the best attractions in the city!
8. Great Smokey Mountains in North Carolina/Tennessee
Hiking has always been a popular form of adventure during the summer, so why not hike in the beautiful and unique Great Smokey Mountains? Stroll through the Great Smokey Mountains National Park or take a hike on one of the many hiking trails the mountains have to offer. If you’re looking for a nice trip away from DC its perfectly packaged together with the scenic Shenandoah Valley and Lurray Caverns.
9. The Caves in Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska
Summer means extremely hot weather, so why not cool down by visiting the ice caves in Mendenhall Glacier! The ice caves are located in the 12-mile long Mendenhall Glacier, and will surely take your breath away when you enter its icy blue surroundings that look like snow clouds.
10. Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness in Colorado
Considered to be the most photographed landscape in Colorado, the twin peaks of Maroon Bells is a scenic landscape is perfect for hiking and venturing out. You can also take refreshing into its gorgeous Snowmass Lake!