Places to visit over the summer in the U.S.

Ever wanted to travel over break, but couldn’t afford it? Look no further

| May 3, 2016

 

Photo by Angie Baquedano

Photo by Angie Baquedano

Summer is right around the corner everybody and it’s time to start planning trips to make your summer an eventful and memorable one! So here’s your guide to visiting places in the U.S. for people who can’t shell out 700+ dollars for a flight to Europe.

  1. Graceland, TN: Who doesn’t love Elvis? This is the King of Rock n’ Roll people! You get to go into his mansion, and you’re guided through the property by the method of an iPad tour that is narrated by none other than John Stamos. You get John Stamos’s voice and Elvis’s home in one sitting, it’s a win-win.
  2. Santa Barbara, CA: It neighbors LA, but it’s a much calmer laid back town. There are a ton of places to go hiking, and there are beautiful beaches including Butterfly beach which are said to have some of the most beautiful sunsets. Santa Barbara is a charming and classy place, but it’s also a place that embraces the hipsters out in the world with eclectic little shops and eateries.
  3. Knoxville, TN: Okay, I swear I don’t have a weird obsession with Tennessee, there’s just a lot of things to do there. Knoxville is a beautiful little town located on the banks of the Tennessee River, so the weather is forever wonderful. This place is the ideal location to go for Labor Day where the town celebrates ‘Boomsday,” the self-proclaimed largest fireworks display in the nation.
  4. Miami, FL: Visit the Falls Mall and Lincoln road! The weather is great and there are a gazillion places to shop at. What more could you ask for? If you need to de-stress after summer session or from work, head on down to Miami where warm weather and beautiful beaches wait.
  5. Farmville, VA: Okay the farm part makes it sound lame, but I swear if you are a person that likes to stay active and adventurous then this is the place for you. Head on over to The Adventure Park at Sandy River Retreat. You can go zip-lining on one of 17 or even go on all 17. You can also go through the 61 high rope obstacle courses, or even go kayaking.
  6. Outer Banks, NC: Don’t want to stray away from home too much? Just go the outer banks and have fun in the sun! Go swimming, windsurfing, or even paddle boarding! If water sports aren’t your thing, take in the beauty of the outer banks from the air and go hang gliding.
  7. Greenwood, SC: Again if you don’t want to stray too far, but want to get out of NC and you don’t mind gaining a few pounds this summer, mark on your calendar the food festival that takes place in Greenwood July 10-12. It’s good southern food for three days at the Festival of Discovery!
  8. Brooklyn, NY: If you’re an art lover make your way up to New York, skip the met and check out the Brooklyn Museum that has been dubbed the mini met, although the collection of art is anything but mini. Beware—it does get extremely hot in the summer in New York but if you can take the heat go for it!
  9. Asheville, NC: Checkout the blue ridge parkway and get some tasty food from this eccentric little mountain town. You can also take a tour through the Biltmore Estate, which is just absolutely beautiful. Asheville is a very laid back town, so you are sure to meet a ton of cool people and hear great music.
  10. San Diego, CA: Okay, this last one is just me being biased because I went to San Diego over spring break and I loved it! I went hiking on the Torrey Pines Trial, and the view was just breathtaking. On one side you had ridges and dips and on the other you overlooked the ocean. Also, San Diego is home to La Jolla Seal Beach where tons of seals sunbathe right on the beach for everyone to see.

Well, there you go. Now you have ten places you can potentially visit and hopefully have a great time at. Remember to pack some sunscreen, a camera and a few good friends. Happy traveling!

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Angie Baquedano is the Assistant Lifestyle Editor at Niner Times. She is close to completing her Creative Writing major and Journalism Minor as an Undergraduate and hopes to one day work for The National Geographic Society. When Angie isn’t swamped with homework or working her CNA job she can be found traveling, reviewing restaurants for Charlotte Food Adventures or taking up new hobbies such as painting with oil pastels (It changes depending on what inspires her that week).

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Angie Baquedano is the Assistant Lifestyle Editor at Niner Times. She is close to completing her Creative Writing major and Journalism Minor as an Undergraduate and hopes to one day work for The National Geographic Society. When Angie isn’t swamped with homework or working her CNA job she can be found traveling, reviewing restaurants for Charlotte Food Adventures or taking up new hobbies such as painting with oil pastels (It changes depending on what inspires her that week).

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