Last post in my “Where To Go And When” series featuring the months of summer! Here are a few great places to consider going for a summer trip based on Joseph Rosendo’s book Where To Go When. There are simply too many great possibilities in this book, so I chose to highlight three destinations for each month to give you some quick ideas. For travel suggestions during other times of the year, check out my Fall, Winter and Spring posts.
Barcelona, Spain. One of my favorite cities. Truly a center for culture and the arts, Barcelona is a pretty and exciting city to immerse yourself in. Make sure you visit Parc Güell and the Sagrada Família, both designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudi. Walk along Las Ramblas, the perfect street to experience the Boqueria food market. Street art and performances are rampant here and will keep you constantly entertained. Don’t forget to visit the medieval palaces and churches, try tapas, and check out the lively nightlife scene.
Machu Picchu, Peru. A MUST on everyone’s to-see list. Nestled between two mountain peaks in the subtropical Andes, this majestic city is absolutely breathtaking and magical. The stonework is incredible, even by today’s standards, and the site reflects the magnificence of ancient Incan civilization. Getting there can be tricky, so check out How to get to Machu Picchu if you’re interested going!
Reykjavík, Iceland. Iceland tends to get overlooked, but it’s an amazing place to visit if you can swing it. The Gullfoss Waterfall, the geysers at Geysir, and the Blue Lagoon are must-sees. Enjoy hot springs at the Fjallabak Reserve and stay in a mountain hut to fully take in the country’s beautiful scenery. The capital of Reykjavík is a great place to visit as well where you can visit the National Museum, go sightseeing, and soak in the free hot tubs in Nauthólsvík.
Corsica, France. The island of Corsica is situated in the Mediterranean and is a popular summer destination due to its great weather, charming small towns, crisp rivers, lush forests, and white sand beaches. The rivers are great for rafting and canoeing, there are many trails for hiking, the markets sell excellent local produce like cheese and honey, and you can visit the medieval citadel to learn more about the island’s interesting history shrouded in tales of giants and ogres.
Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen is known for the International Jazz Festival, the birthplace of iconic fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen, Tivoli (the world’s most magical amusement park), the “free city” of Christianshavn, and the cultural hub of Denmark. You can sightsee the city via a boat tour, bicycles are free to borrow, and explore Copenhagen’s history by visiting the numerous museums.
Mendoza, Argentina. Mendoza is located at the foot of the Andes near the Chilean border. It’s a great base to explore the surrounding area and has a relaxed atmosphere with great restaurants. You can check out the Puente del Inca, a natural stone bridge that crosses the Mendoza River, created by glaciers. Bathe in thermal hot springs, visit Argentinian vineyards, or if you’re a skier, cross the border and head to Chile’s famous ski resort – El Portillo.
Glacier Bay, Alaska. Known for its environmentalism, Glacier Bay is a beautiful place to see the wilderness in action. humpback whales, orcas, sea otters, brown bears, sea birds and bald eagles are some of the types of wildlife you can spot in the area. Take a boat ride up to Margerie Glacier and possibly witness ice chunks the size of houses break off and crash into the water.
Slovenia. Slovenia’s snow-capped mountains and glacial valleys make it another great place to experience the outdoors. Visit Triglav, a famous national park with peaks reaching 9,400 feet for a challenging but breathtaking hike. The countryside is also worth looking into with its gushing rivers, crystal clear lakes and mesmerizing waterfalls. Biking, caving, cayoning, rafting and camping are also popular activities to consider.
Kandy, Sri Lanka. August is a great time to visit Sri Lanka because the city is alive with the yearly Esala Perahera festival. The exciting event showcases a vibrant procession of elephants, drummers, and dancers throughout the streets. Visit the famed Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, the Peradenia Botanical Gardens, or the gorgeous tea plantations near Ella village and Nuwara Eliya.