Spring temps and sunshine have got us feeling hot, hot, HOT for summertime! Whether you have your sights set on a wild camping trip or a relaxing escape to the beach this summer break, travel, near or far, is good for the soul. There are endless options available to design your perfect summer plan that will be memorable and fun! So about those vacation days just sitting there waiting patiently – they’re literally yours for the taking and we’ve rounded up a list of hottest places to use them on.
Double your fun in the heart of the Smoky Mountains! Pigeon Forge is the perfect family vacation destination filled with fun activities. The town is best known for Dollyworld, Dolly Parton’s signature amusement park that offers up thrilling rides, delicious food and stellar entertainment. The park focuses on Southern charm and features live artists performing country, gospel and Appalachian music, and craftsmen showcasing glass blowing and blacksmithing.
Start your adventure at the pinnacle of the city, the Gatlinburg Space Needle, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the town and its Smoky Mountain backdrop. From there, take a leisurely walk downtown to enjoy the many sweets shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, specialty attractions like Ripley’s Believe it or Not, and entertainment venues. For the adults in the group, there are also various wine and moonshine tastings along the way.
As if these two amazing towns weren’t enough, explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park by hiking one of the 150 trails that cover 800 miles. Waterfalls, wildlife, valleys, and vistas will delight your senses at every turn!
A charming city located in Northwest Montana, Whitefish offers visitors a unique blend of big city elements, like a walkable downtown and first-rate restaurants and bars, and the relaxed, hometown feel of a small community. Roam through gift shops and the indoor Stumptown Marketplace, eating refined cuisine, and relaxing to the sounds of live acoustic music.
Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort may be known for fantastic skiing but don’t let the name fool you. This wonderful resort can be enjoyed all year round! During the summer months, the resort offers endless activities from hiking and biking trails to zip lining, alpine slides and an obstacle course high up in the trees at Aerial Adventure Park.
Just 16 miles away from the heart of downtown Whitefish, Glacier National Park is one of the only places to see dozens of glaciers in the continental United States. The beautiful mountain scenery will take your breath away. The park is home to some incredible wildlife ranging from grizzly bears and wolves to elk and lynx. Take advantage of the highly trained Glacier National Park tour guides to get the true insider’s view.
The glaciers may be frozen, but the temperatures are not! With an average high of 70 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August, you can marvel at these frozen giants but still enjoy all the hottest outdoor activities.
Vienna is one of the world’s hottest destinations to take it slow and lose yourself in the history of the city’s narrow streets. Enjoy a cup of mélange coffee at one of the many contemporary cafes in the shadows of the baroque palaces. Vienna sets the standard for classical music and is home to many prestigious venues where you can see almost daily performances of operettas, operas, musicals or ballets.
With countless free walking and cycling tours, Vienna has something for everyone. Your family can access all the city’s top attractions, including a vast array of museums, the world’s oldest zoo, and a 213-foot high Ferris wheel that offers spectacular views of the city, day or night.
San Miguel de Allende is a quaint city off the beaten path nestled among Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains. Rich with vibrantly colored buildings and a fantastic music, food and arts scene, the city is known for old world charm and first world amenities.
You will feel like you slipped into a time capsule with its cobblestone streets lined with jewel tone facades, stone pillars, and its most impressive feature, La Parroquia, an immense Victorian Gothic church made of pink stone. Beyond city life, relax in the natural hot springs or race to the top on one of the many hiking trails of Sierra Madre.
If it’s sea, sand and sun you’re after, look no further than the coastline of Croatia. With more than 1000 islands, there’s plenty of island-hopping to be done. The most popular sailing route runs from Split to Dubrovnik with plenty of private cruise, ferry, and catamaran options to choose from. Enjoy the scenery of Croatia’s numerous beaches as you explore all that the islands have to offer.
If taking in some of the less visited hidden gems is more your speed, there are eight national parks, and a multitude of rich cultural and historical sites located inland. Croatia’s national parks each offer their own unique experiences, from spectacular mountain views to adventurous hiking where you will come across glistening waterfalls and colorful lakes, and even perhaps secret tunnels and medieval fortresses. Speaking of medieval fortresses, Croatia’s most recent claim to fame is being featured in the HBO series Game of Thrones. Tourists can experience the Red Keep, the House of the Undying, Daenerys’ Throne Room, Blackwater Bay, and much more in cities such as Dubrovnik and Split.
As you plan your perfect summer trip, understand that travel requirements are constantly in flux—certain things may be closed or have limited capacity and countries have differing rules in place. Let one of Fox’s experienced advisors guide you through planning the perfect vacation for you! Keep in mind, you won’t be the only one ready to start your long-awaited getaway. Flights and accommodations are a HOT commodity and are filling up fast!
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