With sunshine and ice cream as a summer staple, outdoor recreation is on the minds of new travelers looking for getaway options that are affordable and fun. And summer is not over yet! Here are a few vacation ideas to consider:
Explore Santa Fe, New Mexico
This destination is loaded with family-friendly museums that showcase art, history, and culture. Step into the popular Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and experience the largest collection of her work worldwide. Don’t miss the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, either. Santa Fe is also a shopper’s delight, especially for lovers of antiques and collectibles. Numerous galleries line their streets. And for those seeking outdoor adventures, Santa Fe has a variety of hiking trails. Look into the Dale Ball Trail system, located at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, before you head out.
Take A Cruise To Alaska
If the summer heat has got you down, consider an Alaskan cruise. While you may not see ice caps this time of year, you will be guaranteed to witness some of the best wildlife scenery mankind has ever seen. A cruise allows new travelers to enjoy a vacation hassle-free since everything is inclusive. That is right! Lodging, food, and entertainment are just a few of the amenities you will enjoy. And these trips are suitable for any traveler whether it’s a solo trip or a family vacation.
Marvel The View At The Grand Canyon
New travelers will love visiting the Grand Canyon. In addition to the amazing scenic views, tourists can book a train excursion through the canyon that allows them to experience the canyon’s beauty from the comfort of a train car. Summer temps in the canyon also make for fun white water rafting trips, and some areas of the canyon are ideal for camping. Make sure to do your research before embarking on this adventure, as visiting some areas requires a permit.
Enjoy Perdido Key State Park, Pensacola, Florida
Known for its emerald green waters and sandy-white beaches, Pensacola should be on every new traveler’s radar. Pensacola’s downtown area also offers history buffs an enchanting story of how this Spanish settlement (1559) evolved into a seaport. The historic downtown area includes 8.5 acres with 28 preserved buildings and museums from colonial times to WWII. You will have plenty to see and do here after you have soaked up the sun!
Visit Richmond, Virginia
If you love science, you don’t want to miss the Science Museum of Virginia. This museum features four floors of exhibits that will leave you awestruck. Although, it is a family favorite, this would be a great attraction for couples or solo travelers. You will want to spend a day here, but do not miss other Richmond attractions that include historical sites, shopping, and outdoor adventures. You will also enjoy the food since Richmond is notoriously one of the best under-the-radar foodie towns in America, according to USA Today. Plan to stay a few days here. You will not regret it.
Travel can be one of the best educational and entertaining experiences of a lifetime. New travelers can plan their vacations with confidence if they will take time to research destinations. Budget-friendly options such as cruises also offer unforgettable vacation experiences whether traveling solo or with a group. With proper planning and a sense of adventure, any new traveler can fill his or her travel diary with stories he or she will want to share for years to come.