Last-Minute U.S. Summer Vacation Ideas

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This barrier island has the best beach in the state and is highly affordable and ranked among the best weekend getaways in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report. With 10 miles of coastline, two beautiful bays, a 3-mile boardwalk, and over 200 restaurants, Ocean City, Maryland, has earned its reputation as “Somewhere to Smile About.”

Ocean City, Maryland

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Each of these locations has received a substantial number of excellent reviews from people all over the world. These accommodations have gone above and beyond to provide service and amenities to make each vacation the highlight of a lifetime.

Best Luxury Hotels

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The Hamptons, synonymous with being the summer playground for the rich and famous, is an affluent eastern region of Long Island featuring seemingly endless beaches, quaint historic towns and villages, gorgeous wineries, cute farm stands, and high-end art galleries.  

The Hamptons, New York

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San Diego is a vibrant and diverse community that combines laid-back beach vibes with a lively urban atmosphere. With 17 miles of coastline and nearly year-round sunshine, San Diego is a beach vacation filled with adventure, culture, and nightlife. Whether in the city with friends, on a family vacation, or traveling solo, things to do in San Diego, California, are plentiful!

San Diego, California

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Montana’s Glacier National Park is a one-of-a-kind experience. Part of the northern Rocky Mountains, the park offers breathtaking scenery, outdoor adventure, and unique natural attractions. If you’re a lover of all things outdoors, you’ll want to visit Glacier National Park before the glaciers are gone!

Glacier National Park

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Vacationing in a city known for its party scene can be an incredibly enjoyable experience. With a vibrant nightlife, energetic atmosphere, and endless entertainment options, party cities offer a unique vacation experience for vacationers looking to add a little excitement to their itineraries. 

US Party Cities

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Situated along the Atlantic Coast in the southeastern corner of the state, Virginia Beach, VA, is a popular spring, summer, and fall vacation destination. This coastal community offers miles of beautiful beaches, outdoor recreation, amusement parks, museums, an art district, a town center, breweries, festivals, and a variety of culinary experiences.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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From rocky beaches and iconic lighthouses to lobster rolls and Whoopie pies, the state of Maine is a huge draw for tourists each year. But the place to be this summer is Portland, Maine. And while most people know the larger tourist attractions, there are tons of lesser-known things to do in this wonderful city. Things that even Portland locals rave about.

Portland, Maine

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Is Cleveland worth visiting? Absolutely! There is so much to do in this Ohio city. You can visit world-famous museums, explore a national park, kayak Celveland’s beautiful lakes, or enjoy a day at Edgewater Beach. With its fun neighborhoods, culinary scene, arts culture, and events year-round, things to do in Cleveland are endless. 

Cleveland, Ohio

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Destin-Fort Walton Beach is a fun-filled beach vacation destination in the Florida panhandle. In the heart of the Emerald Coast, the area’s beaches are known for their soft sugar-white sand and the sparkling emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Destin, Florida

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