Beautiful Summer Destinations

Escape the stress and worries of your life and travel to the most beautiful states the U.S. has to offer. You and your family have pinched pennies to save up for a wonderful vacation, so make the most of it. From water activities and hiking trails to vast culture and national landmarks, these states will have you jammed packed with activities.

North Carolina

North Carolina is a beautiful state located in the Southeastern part of the U.S. Whether you're looking for relaxation, adventure, mountain activities or fun in the sun, this state offers it all. Spend the day hiking through High Country or relax on white-sand beaches of the coast. Visit the quaint city of Asheville, where nature is abound. Visit the Biltmore House, the largest private home in America according to ashevillelist.com. Tease your taste buds at Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co., a Mountain Xpress "Best of WNC" 2012 winner.


Alaska is home to some of the highest mountains in the U.S. Of the 20 highest peaks, Alaska has 17, including the famous Mt. McKinley. Aside from the mountains, the state has an estimated 100,000 glaciers, according to alaska.gov. Alaska is a top destination for tourists because it's filled with raw beauty, exquisite nature and chilly waters. Consider taking a cruise to this vast state. A variety of Alaskan cruise packages are at your disposal through the web and will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There are many excursion options available. Imagine watching humpback whales dance through chilly waters, or take a helicopter ride through the snow-capped mountain tops.


With vibrant culinary foods, urban and eccentric neighborhoods, amazing weather and gorgeous landmarks, Washington is a top summer destination. This Pacific Northwest state is filled with amazing nightlife and an abundance of outdoor activities. There are two major ranges: the Cascade Range and the Olympic Mountains. Both offer countless places for activities such as hardcore climbing or mountain biking and peaceful hikes and romantic picnics.

For history buffs, visit the Space Needle, the landmark of the Pacific Northwest. It's also the symbol of Seattle and is recognized all over the world. For exciting culture, take a stroll through Pike Place Market where you can buy a variety of goods and see fish fly in the process. It is the place for fresh, locally produced food.

The Go Seattle Card and Seattle CityPass are available to save money on the city's top attractions including the Space Needle and the Museum of Flight, according to Travel.USNews.com.


California is a dreamer's state and offers a variety of cultures and activities. Some could argue that San Diego is the most well-rounded U.S. destination since it satisfies the needs of many different vacationers and families. The beach is a main attraction as well as the countless amusement parks lining every corner of the state. The city of San Diego boasts an energetic sporting culture and vibrant downtown scene. Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and Mission Beach are the top visited destinations for their appeal to families and solo travelers.



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