5 Must-Do Summer Activities in the United States

Photo by  frank mckenna

Photo by frank mckenna

 

The United States is a vast and diverse country, and most travelers don’t even come close to visiting even half of all the states. There is so much to explore!

No matter where you end up going, you’re bound to have a completely unique trip. You could spend your vacation going to different spots or stay in a certain area and never run out of things to do.

It can be like ordering at a restaurant: there are so many great options that it can be hard to narrow them down. You might have a list of 100 things you want to do or you may not even have a list at all. Below you’ll find five recommendations for fun activities to do this summer in various destinations across the United States.

 
Photo by  Christine Roy

Photo by Christine Roy

 

Visit the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the world’s true natural wonders. Formed over millions of years through erosion, the Grand Canyon offers countless activities. You can go there for one day and walk around, stay there for a week or bring your bike and go along the trails.

You can go with a donkey and hike all the way to the bottom or raft in other parts of the Colorado River. Surely you’ve seen pictures of the Grand Canyon, but the pictures just don’t do the scale and immensity of it justice.

There are multiple different entry points so make sure you figure out which one is the best and easiest for you. You’ll have the option to take your car into the park or simply park it and take a bus that will drop you off. If you’re feeling really adventurous, there is also a train that operates in the area. You can also take a helicopter ride and see the canyon from completely unique aerial views.

 
Central Park
 

Bike Through Central Park

If someone had to describe New York City in one word, that might be hard to do. There are countless activities throughout the city. You might find that three or four days just aren’t enough!

One thing that all New Yorkers can agree on is that the city is a bustling, busy place. There are people everywhere, taxis constantly honking at each other, and hundreds of hot-dog vendors offering you a delicious frank.

One way to escape the noise is to take a leisurely ride through Central Park. There are many companies that offer bike tours or you can rent a bike and strike out on your own. There are plenty of sites to check out in Central Park!

Be sure to visit the John Lennon Memorial located in the Strawberry Fields (in Central Park West between 71st and 74th Streets). If you’re a cinephile, you’ll surely recognize Bethesda Fountain from countless movies. And if you want to get on the water, ditch the bikes and grab a paddle boat. You can also simply have a picnic or spend the day relaxing in the shade.

 
 

Hit the Strip in Las Vegas

There really isn’t a city in the world quite like Las Vegas. Whoever thought a vacation paradise could thrive in the middle of the desert? With countless casinos, shows, and even a new football stadium, the city is showing it isn’t going anywhere.

You don’t have to be a sports better or gambler to enjoy Las Vegas as the strip has something to offer everyone. Grab some of your friends and go out for a night to a nice restaurant or show. The summer has plenty of concerts and pool parties as well so your list of options will never run out. If nothing else, it’s a great place to people watch.

 
Horse drawn tour Mackinac Island
 

Head to the Upper Peninsula and Mackinac Island

Perhaps the least well-known place on the list, the Upper Peninsula belongs to Michigan and borders three of the Great Lakes. It’s a great place for pure nature and outdoor activities such as biking and walking. It’s quite a drive but well worth it.

While you’re up there, you should head to Mackinac Island, a car-free destination that can be reached by ferry. The island doesn’t have any cars on it, besides emergency vehicles. Take a horse-drawn tour around the island and try some of its famous hand-made fudge. The island has a unique feel to it as well, mixing colonial times with modern-day delicacies. Don’t miss checking out the Grand Hotel and Fort Mackinac.

 
4th of July celebrations
 

Find a Good 4th of July Spot

Ask any red-blooded American, and they’ll tell you that the 4th of July is a great time to be in the country. Fireworks, barbeques, and the sun make the day perfect for anyone who’s looking to celebrate America’s independence. While you may be tempted to go to a major city like Los Angeles or New York, the following places consistently rank high on any 4th of July celebration list:

  • Nashville

  • New Orleans

  • Lake Tahoe

  • St. Louis

  • Myrtle Beach

So find a good spot, grab a hot dog and celebrate the 4th in style!

 

This article was produced in collaboration with Clarissa Caouette.


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The United States is a vast and diverse country, and most travelers don’t even come close to visiting even half of all the states. There is so much to explore! Below you’ll find five recommendations for fun activities to do this summer in various destinations across the U.S.A.