5 Top Trips for Summer Travel in the United States

By Samantha Scott
July 3, 2018

Summertime in the United States brings a couple classic images to mind: backyard BBQs, baseball, camping trips, and fireworks and the 4th of July.

Take it one step further this summer to explore some of the unbelievable landscapes and historical landmarks that make this country so fascinating and diverse. And for many summers after, you and your family can continue to regale eachother with memories of your great family trip as the bbq cooks and the sun sets. 

If you are traveling to the United States, or live here and are looking for some travel ideas beyond the backyard, there are many trips to choose from!

Here are 5 trip ideas for Summertime travel in the United States:

1. Southern USA Road Trip

Santa Fe New Mexico United States group trip

This 10 Day jaunt is great for young active travelers interested in some historic stops, exploring the native American culture, and taking foot to trail on some epic hikes through stunning desert scenery.

You will be busy - this trip takes 10 days to cover 7 states, traveling from New Orleans to Nevada - and camping each night. Ideal for those with a sense of adventure who like being outdoors and staying active.

2. Western Frontiers

Mount Rushmore

Active older travelers in the 50+ range will love this trip which explores some of the most iconic National Parks in the United States. It also includes stops at the historic Crazy Horse memorial, Mount Rushmore, and Little Bighorn Battlefield.

This trip is 10 days long, covering a relatively small area, so you won’t feel too rushed as you drive from destination to destination. It also includes about two and a half days in Yellowstone National Park.

3. Alaskan Small Ship Cruise

Bear sighting in Alaksa

Venture to the “Last Frontier” for a truly remarkable experience exploring the beautiful lands along the Alaska coast. This is a great summer destination - the weather is perfect and the summer travel crowds are never overly large.

Alaska is the perfect destination for wildlife lovers, families, and travelers who love outdoor activities such as hiking, zip-lining, and fishing. Keep an eye out for whales from the deck of the ship!

4. Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos

Horse on ranch stay, United States summer travel

Really get into the spirit of the American West with a visit to the heart of cowboy country. You’ll visit an authentic rodeo, complete with bucking broncos, and get a feel for quintessential “small town USA”.

You’ll also stay a night at a classic Guest Ranch, with the opportunity to go horseback riding or whitewater rafting, and enjoy famous western hospitality and food after a busy day.

This is a great tour for families, especially if you’re looking for a multi-gen trip!

5. Family Yellowstone Adventure

Yellowstone attractions

Family trips to National Parks are one of the best Summertime travel ideas in the United States. This trip focuses on Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons only for the full 12 days, allowing for smaller legs to really explore and learn about this parks many fascinating geological phenomena!

Yellowstone really is the perfect family park for providing nature education in the most fun ways possible due to the Geysers, impressive wildlife, and intriguing thermal activity. This tour also includes some camping for the perfect summer travel out under the stars.

Looking ahead to Fall…

Autumn leaves New England United States

As fall rolls around, one of the most popular destinations in the United States becomes the Northeast.

Travelers come from everywhere to observe the fiery reds, oranges, and yellows of the landscape as the foliage turns on it’s Autumn colors before the winter sets in.  

Consider these tours to explore this stunning fall foliage scenery:

1. Autumn Colors

2. Fall Colors of New England


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