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Top 12 Vacation Destinations for the Summer

Updated on June 14, 2012

Summer is on its way and everyone is thinking about the good ol’ days when you got almost 3 months of freedom to be rebellious and work on your tan. Now, all we have to look forward to is those couple of days of vacation where you can go anywhere in the world. Don’t limit your options, this is ‘relaxation time’ we’re talking about here! Think beyond the road trip and consider one of these top 15 vacation destinations for the summer.

1. London, United Kingdom

London in the summertime is probably your best chance of seeing a bit of sun in the city. This summer especially, there is a lot going on that locals and tourists wouldn’t want to miss. In June, the entire city will celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, an event that marks 60 years of the Queen being in the Monarchy. Time flies when you’re having fun! From a huge parade to 1,000 boats on the River Thames, this is an event a traveler wouldn’t want to miss. Also, don’t forget that London will be holding the Summer Olympics in July of this year. Need I say more!?

London - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
London - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
London - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
London - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
London - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
London - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

2. New York City, New York

Ah, the Big Apple. This is the kind of city you could visit 100 times and still not see everything it has to offer. From Central Park to the Empire State Building to China Town, by the time you get to Times Square you’ll feel like you went on three vacations. If you have the energy, pick at least one Broadway show to see. For food, don’t knock the food carts you’ll pass on the street! Their hotdogs will get you through the day.

New York - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
New York - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
New York - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
New York - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
New York - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
New York - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

3. Marrakech, Morocco

The only thing I have ever heard about Morocco was, “Make sure to get a hot stone massage there,” from a women I met in Spain. Since then, this spot has been on my radar. Of course, Morocco is much more than a hot stone massage. The architecture alone will have you mesmerized for days. Go camel trekking on the desert and brush up on your haggling skills at the local souk. Don’t forget to stock up on traditional spices before you go home. You’ll miss them if you don’t!

Marrakech, Morocco - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Marrakech, Morocco - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Marrakech, Morocco - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Marrakech, Morocco - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Marrakech, Morocco - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Marrakech, Morocco - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

4. San Francisco, California

This city is full of fog, but that shouldn’t stop anyone. You will barely notice by the time you’ve conquered this part of California. June is an exciting month for San Fran. The U.S Open is going to be held there for all you golf fanatics, as well as their 11th ‘Dine Out’ event where you enjoy delicious food for a great price. If you’re more interested in tourist attractions, visit the Golden Gate Bridge or rent a bicycle and ride it around the city.

San Francisco, California - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
San Francisco, California - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
San Francisco, California - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
San Francisco, California - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
San Francisco, California - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
San Francisco, California - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

5. Barcelona, Spain

This city is perfect for an architecture lover. The Gothic Quarter in particular is where all the amazing buildings are at. Football fans should do their best to visit the Camp Nou stadium. Barcelona also has a number of beaches, museums and gorgeous scenery that will make you want to extend your trip. For the full city effect, spend a day in La Rambla visiting the cafes, living statues, mimes and much more.

Barcelona, Spain - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Barcelona, Spain - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Barcelona, Spain - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Barcelona, Spain - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Barcelona, Spain - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Barcelona, Spain - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

6. Berlin, Germany

Berlin has a little bit of everything. Start your day at The Berlin Zoo, one of their most visited zoos, and leave the wildlife behind so you can catch an orchestra at night. If you’re a history buff, it’s a must to visit all of the World War II sightings. To get the true German experience, make sure to order a schnitzel at any restaurant. You’ll thank me later.

Berlin, Germany - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Berlin, Germany - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Berlin, Germany - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Berlin, Germany - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Berlin, Germany - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Berlin, Germany - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

7. Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is also known as the windy city, but I prefer to call it the windiest city. You’ll never find a city windier than Chicago. Eat at your first molecular-gastronomy restaurant, the Alinea, after you visit the Museum of Science and Industry. This museum is the biggest science museum in the Western Hemisphere that gives visitors real life science experiences! The history of this city is also something you can’t miss.

Chicago, Illinois - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Chicago, Illinois - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Chicago, Illinois - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Chicago, Illinois - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Chicago, Illinois - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Chicago, Illinois - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

8. Florence, Italy

Florence is known for being small, but it’s also known for being delightful. You have to try there gelato and variety of wines as you walk the city. Also, make it a point to watch the sunset at the Arno, their most important river. Don’t forget about their gorgeous churches that have architecture that will have you walking slow all day.

Florence, Italy - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Florence, Italy - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Florence, Italy - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Florence, Italy - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Florence, Italy - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Florence, Italy - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

9. Sydney, Australia

Australia is one of those places you visit and decide you’re going to move there one day. Between the variety of museums, the super cool art scene, the gorgeous beaches and the yummy food, you’re going to wonder where this city has been all of your life

Sydney, Australia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Sydney, Australia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Sydney, Australia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Sydney, Australia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Sydney, Australia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Sydney, Australia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

10. Beijing, China

We’ve all joked about the Forbidden City, well now you’re going there. This is another city that has architecture that you can’t find in many places. Don’t forget to check out the Great Wall of China, a wall that measures from 16 to 26 feet tall and 5,500 miles long. Of course, trying their amazing flavors and food is a must.

Beijing, China - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Beijing, China - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Beijing, China - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Beijing, China - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Beijing, China - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Beijing, China - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

11. Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is known for its ‘What happens here, stays here,’ motto. Some of the finest chefs cook here and some of the most amazing performers put on shows here. Where else can you watch Celine Dion a couple of nights a week? I wouldn’t suggest getting married here, but if you love Elvis, don’t let me stop you. If you have time, take a trip to the famous Hoover Dam for some extra knowledge.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Las Vegas, Nevada - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Las Vegas, Nevada - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Las Vegas, Nevada - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Las Vegas, Nevada - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Las Vegas, Nevada - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

12. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Two words come to mind when I think of Bora Bora – clear beaches. This trip is purely therapeutic, which definitely isn’t a bad thing! After taking a dip in the turquoise waters, enjoy the view on the heights of 2300-foot Mount Otemanu.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer
Bora Bora, French Polynesia - Top Vacation Destinations for the Summer

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    • novascotiamiss profile image

      Novascotiamiss 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Interesting hub. Obviously you are a city person and not a nature lover. I definitely miss Paris & Venice, two of the world's most romantic cities.

    • Esmeowl12 profile image

      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Bora Bora looks amazing. Thanks for the info and beautiful photos.

    • lulu16 profile image

      lulu16 6 years ago from T & T

      The world has so many beautiful spaces! I can just imagine what you went through in deciding who is in your top 12. However, it's still very surprising there is no room at the top for Mexico.

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