5 U.S. End-of-Summer Vacation Spots
The warm, inviting sun tantalizes you through your office window, and there’s only one thought on your mind. Where did summer go? Better yet – why didn’t you plan the vacation you’ve been dreaming of? Suddenly you realize any chance of “summertime fun” is slim, as the end-of-summer blues begin to set in.
Stop! Quit that crazy talk. Who says your time is up?
Summer officially ends September 22, giving you plenty of time to whisk yourself away to a joyous, relaxing seasonal hotspot. On a budget? Looking to go big? No matter your travel preferences, Tripeese understands the desire for a much needed getaway. Plan your end-of-summer vacation today, and use these five must-see destinations as your inspiration.
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Sandy Serenity: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
For a quiet, unique escape you’ll find solace here. You can spend time along the 12-mile stretch of seashore, play a round of golf, or simply wander the streets for a taste of the town’s natural beauty. As the sun fades each night, you’ll spot swarms of shrimp boats heading into port, and the food you’ll indulge in each day is worth writing home about. (Food Network star Robert Irvine has a restaurant here, and Paula Deen’s Lady and Sons eatery is only a 45 minute drive to Savannah, GA.) Aside from the food and fun, Hilton Head takes pride in its rich history, having served as a battleground during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Today, land developers work hard to preserve the natural state of the area while creating new, modernized expansions to further the island’s sense of charm.
Relaxing Road Trip: The Ozarks, Arkansas
Get your music playlist ready, and hit the pavement for a winding drive through this breathtakingly beautiful Arkansas region. Begin your journey in Eureka Springs where hippies, bikers and religious freaks alike converge to create one truly eclectic town. Browse through the countless vintage shops and dine at any of the area’s local eateries before heading to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. Here you’ll find free roaming lions and tigers and…cougars, oh my! Once you’ve had your big cat fix, make your way to the Buffalo National River where you can become one with the nature scene around you. Your second to last stop will be Jasper, known for its homely atmosphere and country-fied food and craft offerings. Complete your route by ending at Blanchard Springs Caverns. Beware: you’ll be crawling through some dark and dirty crevices, but the experience will be worth it.
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Affordable Adventure: Biloxi, Mississippi
While this destination may seem off-the-beaten-path, it’s a popular option for those looking to travel cheaply. With miles of beaches, a handful of casinos (Hard Rock, Beau Rivage and IP Casino Resort Spa to name a few), delicious local seafood eateries and a coliseum that’s held past performances by Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Aerosmith, there’s no denying you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Boat excursions to the Gulf of Mexico’s barrier islands are a popular tourist attraction, as are dolphin cruises, parasailing and deep-sea fishing. This coastal community welcomes all vacationers with open arms, showcasing their signature southern hospitality.
Isolated Island: Molokai, Hawaii
This tropical paradise makes the perfect end-of-summer trip mainly because of its desolateness. You won’t have to worry about large crowds or annoying tourists. In fact, even finding a hotel on this crystal clear island proves difficult. Rent a vacation home for the duration of your stay, and spend every waking moment among the pristine beaches. Imagine salty waves crashing to shore as you dig your toes into the warm sand. We can hardly think of anything more perfect. Snorkeling, kayaking and hiking remain favorite summertime activities. And of course, no Hawaiian trip is complete without fresh fish tacos and a fruity alcoholic drink in hand.
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Gorgeous Getaway: Glacier Bay, Alaska
A wild and adventurous summer extravaganza is what you’ll find at Glacier Bay National Park. With so many activities to enjoy, you can’t possibly fit them all into one visit. From wildlife tours and nature hikes to boat excursions and whale watching, this cool-weathered vacation spot makes the perfect place for travelers seeking a nontraditional summer experience. Make sure to bring your camera because the sights you’ll encounter are among the most spectacular to ever witness.
Don’t let your summer go to waste! Let us know in the comments below how you’ll be closing out the season.
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