50 States of Summer Travel Destinations

Alabama: Orange Beach

Located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, Orange Beach is the perfect place for some rest and relaxation. In addition to the fiery orange sunrises, this breathtaking shoreline welcomes visitors with sugary white sand, turquoise blue water, and plenty of fun-in-the-sun activities.

Alaska: Glacier Bay National Park

Not only is Glacier Bay part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site, but it is also considered one of the best things to do in Alaska. From hiking and biking to boating and fishing, this national park is a pool of adventures. Daily boat trips are also offered so you can get an up-close view of the stunning glaciers.

Arizona: Antelope Canyon

Known as the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest, Antelope Canyon will quench any thirst for wanderlust. With a 0.6-mile trail looping around the canyon, all skill levels are encouraged to come explore this spectacular work of art created by Mother Nature.

Arkansas: Eureka Springs

Once you arrive in Eureka Springs, you'll quickly realize why it has historically been called the "Little Switzerland of America." With its alpine character and winding streets that weave throughout the steep hills, there is no doubt this peaceful town is filled to the brim with charm. And how could we forget to mention Eureka Springs has its very own funnel cake factory!?

California: Sequoia National Park

So much enchantment awaits in this "Land of the Giants." While most people come to discover the supersize sequoia trees, there is a plethora of canyons, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls waiting to be explored as well in this national park.

Colorado: Steamboat Springs

If you're a lover of the Wild West, Steamboat Springs will be your kind of party. The town's annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park festival takes place each Summer, featuring a wide range of fun-shaped balloons. Chances are you'll leave this good time humming the lyrics to Will Smith's "Wild Wild West."

Connecticut: Guilford

Not only is this serene shoreline town inviting and packed with charm, but it also offers a refreshing slow-paced vibe. Start your day with a leisurely stroll through Guilford Harbor, taking in the historic Faulkner Island Lighthouse, and end it hypnotized by a gorgeous sunset along the horizon of Jacobs Beach.

Delaware: Rehoboth Beach

Warm sunshine, sandy dunes, and ocean breezes await you at Rehoboth Beach. Located on the coast of the Atlantic, this popular getaway is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the nation. And with a lively boardwalk filled with shops, bars, restaurants, and live music, it's no surprise why so many people flock from all over to join in on the fun times.

Florida: Key West

With pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters perfect for boating, fishing, and snorkeling, this southernmost point in the United States is a subtropical paradise like no other. Once the sun sets, the fun continues along the energetic strip of Duval Street. The lively nightlife among the countless bars, shops, and restaurants will ensure a memorable - or not so memorable - night ahead.

Georgia: Savannah

Step back in time as you explore the rich history of Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, and one of the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the country. From becoming mesmerized by the antebellum architecture to strolling along the lively cobblestone waterfront, there is so much to do in this charming city.

Hawaii: Maui

While the entire state of Hawaii is a slice of paradise, Maui is particularly unique and is a prime destination for nature-lovers. With lush bamboo forests, churning waterfalls, and 30 miles of golden beaches, this island is famous for its captivating natural beauty. Don't forget to take a drive on the legendary road to Hana - a 65-mile stretch along a curvy coastal road - one of the most scenic routes you will ever come across.

Idaho: Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone covers almost 3,500 square miles of wilderness and spreads between Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Hot springs, lush forests, and breathtaking canyons are just a few of the many wonders you will find here. The best way to explore the park is on foot, and with over 1,000 miles of trails, there are plenty of options for all skill levels.

Illinois: Chicago

Chicago's upbeat and energetic downtown is a playground waiting to be explored. With a huge focus on delicious food, craft beer, and astonishing architecture, you'll have enough activities for several days' worth of recess.

Indiana: Marengo

While Marengo might be small in size, it is largely popular thanks to the Marengo Cave, which is considered a national natural landmark. Voted as one of the best small towns in the state, Marengo is located in the heart of Indiana's hill country and is a great destination for all kinds of explorers, especially those seeking a slower-paced vacation.

Iowa: Des Moines

Exploring this capital city is not only a good time, but it's easy and affordable, too. From live music and Broadway shows to festivals, wineries, and food tours, this culture center of Iowa is such a versatile destination - there are activities for almost every interest.

Kansas: Monument Rocks

Rising above the flat prairies of Kansas, Monument Rocks - also known as Chalk Pyramids - are quite a sight to see. Located just 25 miles outside of Oakley, these giant chalk formations are 70 feet high and over 80 million years old.

Kentucky: Lexington

Does the Kentucky Derby ring a bell? Known as the "Horse Capital of the World," Lexington is the heart of the Bluegrass region and is an eclectic destination full of various fun activities. In addition to discovering immaculate horse parks and placing bids at horse races, celebrate the rich history of Kentucky Bourbon by taking part in distillery tours around the city.

Louisiana: New Orleans

Discover Louisiana's historic roots by visiting the lively city of New Orleans. Home of the lavish Mardi Gras celebration, New Orleans has so much to offer. If you're a lover of jazz, French-inspired architecture, and beignets piled high with powdered sugar, then you'll feel right at home in this vibrant pocket of the South. If you're feeling extra daring, be sure to embark on one of the area's local swamp tours!

Maine: Portland

While Portland is Maine's largest city, this area has much more of a small-town feel to it, making it quite a quaint and relaxing getaway. Explore the buzzing waterfront, tour the local lighthouses, and be sure to chow down on some of the nation's freshest lobster. Lobster rolls, anyone!?

Maryland: Annapolis

Whether you're in the mood to take sailing lessons, need a place to tie up your own boat, or simply want to gaze at the boats passing by on the water, there is no doubt that Annapolis is a sailor's paradise. Known as the "Sailing Capital of the World," Maryland's state capital is perched on the banks of Chesapeake Bay at the mouth of the Seven River.

Massachusetts: Provincetown

Located at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Provincetown - also known as P-Town - is a delightful seaside getaway. This picturesque town is a haven for artists, as it is home to a vibrant art community and overflows with unique shops, museums, and local galleries.

Michigan: Empire

With sand dunes reaching 400 feet high, scenic overlooks, and countless hiking trails, Empire is a prime location for any adventure seeker. And because this area is located in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, it houses over 35 miles of Lake Michigan's breathtaking coastline.

Minnesota: Rochester

Rochester is an intriguing blend of a big city and small town, making it a popular destination for a Summer getaway. Tour the famous Mayo Clinic, along with the Nature Center and Chateau Theater. Be sure to save time to explore the Zumbrota Covered Bridge, Minnesota's only remaining historic covered bridge.

Mississippi: Biloxi

Escape to Mississippi's Gulf Coast where the small city of Biloxi will embrace you with warm temperatures, calm waters, and sandy beaches. Test your luck at the local casinos and then unwind at the luxurious resorts and surrounding spas.

Missouri: Lake of the Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is a giant reservoir and is known as the Midwest's premier lake resort destination. With a main channel that stretches 92 miles, this lake offers world-class water adventure, not to mention jaw-dropping sunsets.

Montana: Glacier National Park

Straddling the American-Canadian border, Glacier National Park is a must see when in Montana. Known as the "Crown of the Continent," Glacier is the headwaters for all streams that flow to the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Coast, and Hudson's Bay. With over 700 miles of hiking trails, this national park delivers big time when it comes to adventure.

Nebraska: Toadstool Geologic Park

Discover the fascinating geology of Toadstool Geologic Park located in the far northwestern corner of Nebraska. Not only are these bulky sandstone blocks millions of years old in age, but their unique moonscape appearance makes them a true natural wonder to explore.

Nevada: Red Rock Canyon

Escape the temptations from Sin City by visiting the fiery red rocks of Red Rock Canyon. Whether you're looking to hike, rock climb, or simply take in the surrounding scenery from your car window, taking time to discover this magnificent natural wonder will be an afternoon well spent.

New Hampshire: Hampton

Nestled along the shores of the Atlantic, Hampton embodies full relaxation, and once you arrive to this seacoast region, it sure will be hard to leave. From the fun in the sun taking place on the 1940s-style beach boardwalk to the slow sipping of locally made wine and spirits off in the countryside, this coastal town has brought gleaming smiles to several generations of visitors.

New Jersey: Cape May

Cape May is a charming town located in the southernmost tip of New Jersey. With its candy-colored Victorian homes and serene shores, this seaside gem offers a laid-back vibe far from the world of Snookie and JWoww in Jersey Shore.

New Mexico: Sandia Mountains

Located to the east of Albuquerque, people flock to this beautiful mountain range to climb, hike, and explore. And with activities for all skill levels, it's no wonder the Sandia Mountains are the most visited mountains in all of New Mexico.

New York: The Hamptons

The Hamptons is more than just a location for posh parties and sunbathing. This string of seaside communities located in the heart of Long Island is a delightful summer destination, not to mention a much-needed city escape from the Big Apple. Launch your getaway by strolling along the beach, renting bikes, or catching a ferry to the nearby Shelter Island.

North Carolina: Asheville

Immerse yourself in the heart of western North Carolina by exploring the eclectic city of Asheville. From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Parkway to the architectural masterpiece of the Biltmore Estate, it won't take long for you to realize why Asheville's mountain vibe is unmistakable.

North Dakota: Fargo

If you're looking for a fun-filled weekend getaway, Fargo has you covered. Not only is this North Dakota's largest city, but this area has a vibrant downtown full of local art galleries, museums, street food, and cafes, ensuing a good time for all.

Ohio: Cincinnati

The spirited city of Cincinnati has so much to offer and practically hums with excitement. Start your day by taking in 360-degree views of the city from high above on the Carew Tower Observation Deck, and then hop on a river cruise to sail along the tranquil Ohio River.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City

Known for its friendly vibes and cowboy culture, Oklahoma City has a unique blend of Southern charm and a metropolitan feel. Whether you're a sports fanatic, history buff, or nature-lover, you'll find a full list of fun attractions here in this growing capital city.

Oregon: Crater Lake National Park

Be ready to be struck with amazement when you arrive at Crater Lake - a lake so pure, it's considered to be one of the cleanest and clearest large bodies of water in the world. While this national park's main feature is the deep blue lake, there are numerous recreational activities to take part in, such as hiking, picnicking, camping, and backpacking. Driving the scenic route along the rim of the lake is also encouraged.

Pennsylvania: Pocono Mountains

Bounded by forest peaks, valleys, and lakes, the Pocono Mountains are a prime destination for chasing waterfalls, hiking, and white-water rafting. Don't be surprised when you fall in love with this area so much, you'll be returning for a romantic Winter getaway.

Rhode Island: Block Island

An oasis often overlooked by the Summer crowds, Block Island is located just 13 miles south of Rhode Island's mainland. It is one of the state's best-kept secrets - well, that is, until now. Climb aboard a ferry to explore the island's diverse wildlife, salt marshes, and white beaches. Be sure to tour the island's Southeast Light, one of the nation's most spectacular lighthouses.

South Carolina: Charleston

History buffs be warned - once you visit this charming historic town of South Carolina, chances are you will never want to leave. Defined by horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, and aristocratic estates, Charleston is the nation's well-preserved Southern belle. Don't miss strolling along the Battery, a waterfront promenade, to watch the sun magically light up the sky as it sets for the day.

South Dakota: Black Hills National Forest

Come face to face with the nation's rich heritage by exploring Black Hills National Forest. Here, you will not only stumble upon Mount Rushmore, where you can gaze at the massive 60-foot face sculptures carved into the mountainside, but you will also be able to explore rocks, canyons, grasslands, and over 350 miles of hiking trails.

Tennessee: Nashville

Do the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Ryman Auditorium sound familiar? Go ahead and "Boot Scootin Boogie" your way to Nashville and discover all that this vivacious city has to offer. From street performances to honky-tonks, it won't take you long to realize why this corner of Tennessee is nicknamed "Music City."

Texas: Waco

Giraffes in Texas? While your first thought might be Chip and Joanna Gaines when you hear of Waco - and with good reason - but there are also many other treasures to go along with Magnolia Market that make a visit to this town in Central Texas well worth it. Take, for instance, the Cameron Park Zoo. This 52-acre zoo houses everything from lions, tigers, and bears . . . to giraffes.

Utah: Arches National Park

With more than 2,000 natural stone arches, it's no surprise why so many people gravitate to this national park to satisfy their hunger for adventure. While the massive Delicate Arch takes the win for popularity, there are countless other fascinating rock formations waiting to be explored, too. Whether you're seeking to hike, camp, climb, or simply take a scenic drive, Arches National Park is calling your name.

Vermont: Chester

If you're on the hunt for a quintessential Vermont experience, the picturesque town of Chester is ready to be of service. Best known for its historic district, Stone Village, Chester overflows with beauty and charm. Enjoy the small-town vibes as you peruse antique shops, marvel at colonial homes, and take in the local cuisine.

Virginia: Natural Bridge State Park

With a 215-foot natural arch spanning 90 feet above Cedar Creek, Natural Bridge is a fascinating geological formation. Although this natural wonder was discovered back in the 1700s, this area just recently became a state park in 2016. Become even more inspired by exploring the lush forests, open meadows, and surrounding mountains.

Washington: Seattle

With a soaring skyline and buzzing downtown, this exuberant metropolitan city guarantees its visitors an unforgettable experience. Whether you're exploring iconic landmarks - such as the futuristic Space Needle - or wandering along the waterfront or around Pike Place Market - home to the original Starbucks - chances are you'll just be scratching the surface as to what Seattle has to offer.

West Virginia: Fayetteville

Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains, Fayetteville is best known for being the home to the New River Gorge Bridge, a 3,030-foot-long steel arch bridge. To best experience the magnificence of one of the oldest river gorges on earth, you can kayak, canoe, and even raft down 53 miles of the free-flowing New River.

Wisconsin: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Apostle Islands - also known as the Jewels of Lake Superior - consist of 21 unique islands and are a spectacular Summer getaway. Hiking, sailing, paddling, and camping are just a few of the many outdoor activities you can take part in at this breathtaking national lakeshore.

Wyoming: Grand Teton National Park

Let your imagination run as free as the wildlife located in this breathtaking national park. At approximately 310,000 acres, there is no chance you'll run out of things to do. Surrounded by the captivating Teton mountain range, this portion of Wyoming is a hot spot for hiking, fishing, and backcountry camping. And, with Yellowstone National Park not too far away, you're be sure to have a remarkable outdoor experience.