When people think of summer trips, often the only destination that comes to mind is the beach. While many enjoy having fun in the sand, many have their reasons not to like the beach. Sticky sand travels everywhere with you. Loud neighboring beachgoers make for an uncomfortable trip. Jellyfish stings and strong rip tides can put you in danger. Plus, we don’t even need to mention the sun, its heat, and the inevitable sunburn. Many don’t leave their houses much in the summer because they don’t like the beach. They don’t take many summer trips because they don’t know many other destinations within driving distance. Here are our favorite summer destinations for beach-avoiders!
Traveling through national parks and state parks are two great ways to get outside and see nature. There are so many hiking trails to explore, many of which are even ADA-accessible. Suppose you aren’t so active but love looking from the tops of mountains, simply taking a drive through the wilderness. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a great path to follow from the car. Take a look at this list of national parks and state parks so you can get your fill of nature.
There is a lot to see in cities, even if only for a weekend. Brave the crowds and learn more about history, get into different cultures, or even bar hop to get a true sense of the new place. These are some of the best U.S. cities to get your ideas going. Make sure to follow the CDC’s travel recommendations to keep yourself and others safe.
Just because you don’t like the beach doesn’t mean you don’t like the water! Lakes are a great alternative getaway. Getting a lovely, secluded cabin in the woods with a lake view sounds like a dream. Refinery29 created a list of the best Airbnb lake house rentals, so you don’t have to. Skip the crowds and take a relaxing trip by the water to create a great summer trip!
No matter where you go, travel safely. During this time of year, unique road hazards can hurt you or others around you if you are not paying attention. So watch for these summertime driving hazards, so you better enjoy your vacation!