Early summer is a fantastic time to take a vacation for many reasons. The first is because everything is still a little cheaper than it will be in later June, July, and August. When you go somewhere, you want to walk around and actually enjoy yourself, which can be difficult to do in the summer months with all of the tourists.
Going somewhere is a great way to kickstart a summer vacation, but where to go? While anywhere is great, here are some places that are particularly fun to visit in the early summer:
1. San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the most culture-filled cities in the United States. It is also a burgeoning city that is at the forefront of the tech movement. Combined, this makes it a great trip for anyone to go on, especially children. You’ll find plenty of events and museums that have specials in the early summer. It is also right between a lot of the weather you’ll want to avoid. Fog tends to be at an all-time low and the waters are beautiful.
Bring your walking shoes, go see the Giants, and explore a city unlike anywhere else.
2. New York City
While there are many times to visit New York City, if you want to do it during the summer, early summer is the best time to go. When the days get hot, the city can feel stifling and let’s be honest, it stinks. It is filled with more tourists than you can imagine and the subways are unbearable.
Go in the early summer to take advantage of cheaper Broadway tickets, more outdoor space, and a general feeling of happiness for the people that live there.
3. Niagra Falls
Niagra Falls is beautiful during all times of the year as well, but it gets extremely crowded once people start taking their children in the middle of summer. Try to beat the crowd and go on a weekend before a majority of schools let out. This will allow you to take advantage of the specials that are offered (check Goldstar or GroupOn) as well as have plenty of space to roam.
Almost every kid loves exploring Boston, from the harbor to Fenway. It is another common place to go for educational trips, which means it fills up extremely quickly. Go early, take advantage of the deals, and maybe treat yourself to a few games. It is an experience they will never forget. Even better, Boston is so well connected that you can stay for a week and do day trips all over the New England states.
5. Puerto Rico
If you are looking for something a little more exotic, going to Puerto Rico will be fantastic. There is a lot of culture there, the people are extremely nice, and you’ll be able to learn a lot about the history of the island. Make sure to stay in an all-inclusive resort if possible. If you can book in advance, you’ll find some awesome accommodations on AirBNB.
If you can, wait until the last minute to book your flights because you’ll get the best deals.
6. Cape May
Cape May, New Jersey is a place where it feels like you are taking a step back in time. The houses are all pastel and Victorian, with women in long dresses and men in their finest serving you tea and lunch. The shops are filled with China and delicate clothing that is unique. The shopping situation is amazing and you’ll feel like you stepped back in time.
The beaches in Cape May sparkle and shine in the sun and you can explore the shipwreck at Diamond Beach. For a relaxing time, go to Cape May.
It is the nation’s birthplace and a great city to visit for a few days. From checking out a Phillies game (and seeing those die-hard fans in action) to visiting the Liberty Bell, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied. There are plenty of museums (the art museum is world renowned and the Mutter Museum is particularly creepy and interesting), lots of shopping, tons of concerts, great outdoor space, and a TON of great food. If you enjoy the water, go visit Boat House Row.
At the end of your vacation, you’ll be able to say whether you’d prefer a Philly cheesesteak from Pat’s or Geno’s – or maybe somewhere else altogether.
Nearly everyone dreams of going on a vacation during the summer months. However, it isn’t always possible for all families and friend due to budgetary restraints. A good way to get around that is to look for deals in the early summer.