Summer 17 is more than half way gone, so before you miss your opportunity to have some well needed R&R, get your budget right and book your getaway today. To help you narrow down your scope of potential vacation destinations, Avstar, an executive and corporate ground transportation company in New York City, weighed a variety of factors, such as activities and entertainment options, lodging and dining venues and weather, to determine the best summer vacation places. Use our list to help plan your last-minute getaway. These 5 trips are guaranteed to make everyone in the family happy.
1. New York City
Summer is a hugely popular time to travel to the Big Apple, and for good reasons. Outdoor sights like Central Park and the High Line are buzzing with activity. If you need a reprieve from the heat, spend the day in one of the world-class museums or catch a memorable Broadway show.
The Big Apple blends big city splendor with small-town charm. Amongst the iconic landmarks and towering skyscrapers, the city is at the forefront of food, fashion, and the arts. You’ll experience a vibrant culture permeating each of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods and boroughs. There are endless ways to spend your time in the city that never sleeps!
Got some extra funds in the bank? This may be a perfect time to travel internationally, and the City of Lights is always a premier destination. There’s the must-do list: climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower, taking a relaxing boat ride on the Seine, or strolling the Louvre. There are also plenty of under-the-radar family-friendly sojourns, like touring the Sunday pet market on the Ile de la Cité, attending the puppet shows at Jardin du Luxembourg, or a family cooking class.
3. Key West, Florida
This passenger cruise ship destination in south west Florida is home to some of the most exquisite beaches in the country. It is also home to the Dry Tortugas National Park, which has attractions ranging from snorkeling to camping and includes food and drink options. Walking tours of Key West are the best way to see the island’s beautiful architecture, courtyards, and gardens.
The best time to experience the history of the Freedom Trail and the Old North Church is when temperatures hover in the 70s and 80s. It’s also when Beantown comes alive with multiple outdoor events, festivals and baseball games at Fenway Park. Boston is also home to America’s first large free municipal public library, the first subway system, the first public school and the first public park. A well-rounded trip to Boston integrates the classic with the contemporary: Split your time between cherished sites like the Paul Revere House and Faneuil Hall and modern attractions like the Museum of Fine Arts.
If you’re looking for a big city with plenty to see and do, this Midwestern treasure fits the bill. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, the Windy City is chock-full of family activities including an architectural boat tour on the famed Chicago River, an amazing children’s museum on the kid-friendly Navy Pier, and open-air concerts in Millennium Park next to the much-photographed Chicago Bean – all in a manageable, walkable setting. The food scene is also pretty great – who doesn’t love the famous Chicago-style pizza at Giordano’s or sampling the Grade-A beef at Weber Grill?