Time to get out your shorts and flip flops and load up the van because summer is well underway. If you’re planning a summer vacation this year, you’re in good company—travel volume this season is expected to be at its highest in a decade. In other words, whatever else may be going on, there are still plenty of people who are determined to get away for a while and enjoy a little fun in the sun.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular summer travel destinations for this year. These warm weather hotspots offer a little something for everyone, from single travelers to large families:
Bermuda takes a traditional beach vacation and serves it up with a side order of international flair. You can spend a day soaking in the sun on Bermuda’s white sands (try Horseshoe Bay Beach) or take a snorkeling adventure (see a sunken ship!) in its crystal blue waters. If you get tired of swimming and sunning, you can explore some of Bermuda’s history by touring St. George’s Town, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While London always has more than its fair share of out-of-town visitors, this site of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games is bracing for a huge influx of international sports fans this July and August. Even if you don’t have tickets to one of the main events, visiting the British capital while it’s all decked out in Olympic glory should be fun. The city has planned a number of once-in-a-lifetime cultural festivals, concerts, and displays. In addition, if you get tired of the big city, you can always sneak off to spend a day or two in the English countryside. Not bad as vacations go.
3. Juneau, AK
While Juneau may not at first strike you as the perfect warm weather destination, this beautiful city located in southern Alaska has plenty to do to keep travelers entertained. This is a nature-lovers paradise—you can find hiking, fishing, boating, and even gold panning as well as more extreme sports like hand gliding and ice climbing. While you’re there, be sure to take a cruise around Glacier Bay National Park. The park is only accessible by boat or plane, but is well worth it, either as a day trip or an overnight camping adventure.
4. Wilmington, NC
Wilmington, NC, offers plenty of Southern charm combined with great beaches and family-friendly activities. Take a tour of the World War II battleship North Carolina, or stroll through Wilmington’s historic district for a view of colonial architecture. You should also check out Airlie Gardens, one of the most stunning displays of formal gardens and freshwater lakes anywhere.
5. Lake Tahoe
If you’re looking for some old-fashioned summer fun, you could do worse than plan a trip to Lake Tahoe. Here, you can participate in your favorite water sports to your heart’s content or learn to do something new, like parasailing. If that’s not enough to keep you occupied, you can also find golf courses, arcades, casinos, and plenty of hiking and biking trails to fill your time with.
Where are you traveling this summer?