A couple of people in the office are on vacation this week and it just makes me wish more and more that my vacation days were less than a month away. My family isn’t quite sure where we’re going yet, but I’ve been doing a lot of research on new vacation destinations around the country. I’d like to share some of my findings with you, and they might surprise you.
A not so surprising choice for a summer vacation is Orlando. Florida always comes to mind when you think of taking a vacation, but there are reasons why you should head to Orlando over any other Florida city. Orlando has been experiencing a very large boom recently and has many new family-friendly attractions worth visiting in 2015.
I-Drive 360 is a brand new retail, dining, and entertainment complex full of things to explore. The greatest part is the 400 foot tall observation wheel that offers an amazing view of central Florida. Other attractions in the complex are a wax museum, arcade, aquarium, and a museum full of animal skeletons that’ll certainly amaze the young scientist in the family.
For the sports lovers, the brand new MLS team, Orlando City Soccer Club, are in the middle of their inaugural season. MLS is certainly exploding in popularity and what better team to watch than Orlando City, which features the Brazilian national and 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year, Kaká.
Universal Studios Orlando…
Walt Disney World Resort…
Need I say more?
Queens, New York
Without a doubt, everyone should visit NYC at some point in life. But don’t forget about the neighborhoods surrounding NYC. Queens has been coming into its own. Queens is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the country. Want to eat food from all over the world, visit microbreweries, walk through a 24-block arts district, and relax at the beach? All is possible in Queens. This borough can certainly offer an international experience without leaving the country.
Nice hotels are popping up in Queens, with substantially lower prices than the Big Apple. Not to mention, you can still spend a day in NYC with a quick cab ride.
Olympic National Park, Washington
If you’re looking to really get away, head to the northwestern tip of the US, just past Seattle. Olympic National Park is a gorgeous destination for those looking to connect with nature through camping and hiking. The park covers nearly one million acres of land, so you’ll be far away from the noise and stress of every day life. If you want to socialize though, there are still plenty of restaurants within reach of cabin resorts. Sit back and relax in your cabin, go on a hike and see breathtaking scenes, or cruise on one of the many lakes and rivers.
Also, don’t forget to swing by Seattle on the way to or back from your peaceful visit.
Arches National Park, Utah
If you haven’t visited the Grand Canyon. Do that. If you have, and think that’s the only thing worth seeing in the Southwest, you don’t know what you’re missing. There are plenty of beautiful natural landscapes and structures, United Nations World Heritage Sites, and then there’s Arches National Park. There’s nowhere else in the US or maybe even the world that is as unique as this place. It’s impossible to translate the pure beauty through only photos, it’s something you have to see for yourself and you and your family will never forget it.
There are plenty of different options to choose when exploring the arches. There is horseback riding, biking, auto tours, hiking, and rock climbing. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the Delicate Arch at sunset!
Last but certainly not least…
There’s no typo here. If you still think Indianapolis is boring and rightly named “Naptown,” you need to look again. This is not your parent’s Indianapolis. This might be easier if I list a few of the reasons to visit Indy.
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Dallara Indycar Factory (only one in the US)
- Indianapolis Children’s Museum (largest children’s museum in the world)
- Restaurants, so many amazing restaurants
- Endless amount of local boutiques and bars
- Indianapolis Museum of Art
- Indianapolis Zoo and their new Orangutan Center
- Pacers Bikeshare
- BlueIndy (the USA’s largest electric car sharing program)
- The monuments (Indy is second in the nation behind Washington, DC for the number of war memorials)
If you’re still not convinced, this article on Lonely Planet does a great job of showing off everything Indy has to offer.
Where ever you plan to visit this summer, stay safe!