Summer isn’t just a great time to hit the beach. It’s also the perfect opportunity to enjoy beautiful weather in some of the most fascinating cities in the U.S. and re_take advantage of special activities designed especially for the season.
If you want a summer vacation where there’s more to do than swim, we have 3 beloved cities to recommend where you can also find fun, new experiences, and adventure under the sun and stars.
Summer is probably the best time to visit Chicago, especially in June when the temperature is in the high 70s, but hasn’t reached the more intense 80s of July, and chances of rain are minimal. So visitors can join Chicago natives enjoying the outdoors as they move around the city, and grab an ice cream to keep cool.
And once summer hits, Chicago is full of activities for locals and visitors alike. It’s the concert season, so you’ll find music for all tastes at big events like Lollapalooza, Chicago Blues Festival, Spring Awakening Music Festival, and Pitchfork Music Festival.
You can also take a break from the heat at the Chicago Ale Fest held in Grant Park, serving up 150 brands of craft beer, food stands, live music, and a festive atmosphere that’s sure to charm.
After a day touring the city, check out a park for the evening where the Chicago Park District presents outdoor film screenings for the whole family. You’ll find both recent blockbusters and beloved classics on screens throughout the city. Spread a blanket out on the grass, kick back with popcorn and candy, and go to the movies under the stars.
New York City
The Big Apple typically reaches temperatures around 80° in June and 85° in July, making for the perfect cliimate to enjoy hundreds of outdoor summer activities across the city. An icon of summer in New York is Coney Island, offering up rides, concerts, parties, and carnival food.
Tuesday nights mean a visit to the High Line, where the Society of Amateur Astronomers hosts a weekly stargazing event using the telescopes they installed at the unique, above-ground park. Society members will be on hand to tell you about the stars visible that night in the summer sky above you.
With the weather so welcoming, it’s also a perfect time to prepare a basket and grab a blanket for a picnic in the park. It’s the classic way to enjoy a park that never goes out of style. Central Park is the most obvious destination, but you’ll also find welcoming grounds at Astoria Park, with its breathtaking view of the East River, or at Bryant Park, where you can check out a free class in Tai Chi, beekeeping, and other interests.
If you’re seeking a milder summer climate, seaside San Diego is perfect. In June, the city reaches temperatures of 77° and in July doesn’t pass 80°. You can spend a full day touring the gardens of Balboa Park, its 15 museums, and its historic buildings without having a meltdown.
Visit Barrio Logan and get a fresh re_take on Chicano culture and marvel at the Chicano Park murals. At night, take to the Gaslamp Quarter and soak in the streets illuminated with gaslamps while finding food and fun in local restaurants and bars.
Of course, the San Diego Zoo cannot be missed. Considered to be one of the very best in the world, the zoo pioneered the movement to put animals on display without using cages. On select nights, you can even join a sleepover at the zoo during its “Roar and Snore” program. Check ahead of time for dates and availability.
Start planning your summer vacation today and discover new places and things to do. If you already know where your next adventure will take you, Re_set can help you find accommodations with discounts of up to 70%.
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