Summer has reached its last days and the school year is starting already, but that doesn’t mean you can’t free a few days for one more summer adventure, the weather is still good anyways and we should take advantage of it.
The one barrier we have is figuring out a destination that should not be a disappointment regardless of how many dollars or days we are willing to spend.
So when it comes to which direction you should take, you have to figure out first if you are staying in the United States. In case you are, then here are the 10 U.S. destinations that will provide for you the perfect last-minute vacation. Plus, you will not even have to take your passport.
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Lake Mead, Nevada
Here is our first popular destination that has one of the most beautiful lakes located in the heart of a desert. Also, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon are very close to it, but these are not the main reasons why this destination is popular.
Recently, the volume of Lake Mead dropped due to the expanded drought, and now hikers can easily access the Old West Town of St. Thomas ruins that have been underwater for decades.
In addition to that, divers can now find the Boeing B-23 Superfortress bomber easily. Back in 1948, it crashed into the lake while being on a secret mission and it has been way too under the surface for anyone to reach it.
St. Augustine, Florida
Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is America’s oldest city that was built by the Spanish explorers, which means it still has the touch of that exciting Spanish culture.
Spending your vacation in St. Augustine is going to give the feeling of actually being in Spain walking the streets of Barcelona, except everyone can actually speak English. Don’t forget to visit the Fountain of Youth, Fort Matanzas National Monument, and the old jail.
Are you a fan of the King? If yes, then you have to pack right away and head to the Memphis home. It is the great mansion he used to call “Graceland”.
If you don’t care about the king, then Memphis still has so many attractions that satisfy all tastes and ages. From the musical landmarks of Beale Street to the National Civil Rights Museum, you will have a great time!
Speaking of Tennessee, there is another city that presents a great summer vacation destination as well, especially that it gets high marks for music, affordability, and hip neighborhoods.
Nashville is known for the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony. Plus, there is hundreds of free live music that will satisfy and cleanse your soul.
Denver was ranked as the most affordable destination in 2015, and it is also the city that is kicking it “Amsterdam style” because back in November 2012, Colorado legalized marijuana for adult recreational use, and it is considered as the first state to do it.
So if you are a fan of that magical plant, you can fly to Denver to get it legally and practice cannabis yoga… it exists! However, if being high is not your jam, then you can still enjoy many other attractions in the most affordable way.
Summer is the best time to visit Ohio’s second largest city because nothing compares to relaxing on the shores of Lake Erie or to ride the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
But when you are in the mood to stay indoors, then you can go to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Cleveland Museum of Art that was just renewed for Egyptian and Asian art.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville has become an increasingly popular destination and everyone is talking about it because it is very affordable, youth-friendly, and the best location to have a sweet lifestyle.
This destination is popular for its flourishing artist community, bohemian culture, the River Arts District, great historic streets, the New Belgium brewery, and the Biltmore Estate’s Gilded Age mansion.
South Carolina’s Beaches
With more than 200 miles of Coastline, South Carolina is a beautiful and affordable destination where you can rest your head on the shores of remarkable beaches. This is the perfect place where you can have adventurous experiences kayaking and hiking the National Wildlife Refuge or just laying back at the shores.
If you couldn’t make it this summer, then it is fine; the water’s temperatures stay very comfortable throughout September and October.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco doesn’t need an introduction because we all know it got amazing outdoor activities that will never make you bored. It is actually the best U.S. destination for what remains of summer.
There are hundreds of historic landmarks and great parks that make visitors forget that all of that beauty and knockout vistas were made for war, and not photographers!
Road trip on a scenic route
If you can’t make up your mind on one single destination or you just want more adventure, you can grab all your stuff, car, loved ones and go for a spontaneous trip that will basically not cost you that much.
Driving is basically the cheapest among all other forms of travel, which will also make your bank account happy. Don’t miss the opportunity to inhale summer’s last fresh breezes and enjoy the warm weather that makes the gorgeous roads shine.
Be adventurous, flexible, and create wild memories that will help you get through the upcoming cold season.