Bring on the sunshine, road trips, food, beer, wine, and the beaches – summer is upon us!
While the long summer days approach and slows time down, they still seem to fly by, which is why now is the best time to start planning. With a whole season of endless sunshine, long weekends, and holidays to look forward to, where will your next summer adventure be? Cottage Country for Canada Day? Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival? Croatia for a sailing adventure?
Although a true list of Best Summer Trips is never-ending, here are some of our favourites:
Go on a Sailing Adventure in Croatia
Nothing says summer like beach barbecues, snorkelling, and the jewel tones of a sapphire blue sea on a small yacht with seven new friends. Sail the scenic Dalmatian Coast and watch charming hillside villages slowly pass you by as you island-hop along the Adriatic. Sunbathe on top-secret secluded beaches revealed to you by your skipper, explore caves, and marvel in ancient Roman architecture.
Road Trip Through Italy
Take a road trip through the sun-drenched hillsides of Tuscany. Summer romance is in the air of this golden countryside and surrenders a vision of timeless style and beauty. Navigate through the winding country roads, witness the presence of these sweeping vistas, stop at vineyards, and indulge in fresh farm-to-table Florentine cuisine. Drive your way to the Eternal City and discover the ancient wonders of Rome, a city shaped by its own works of art, from the Sistine Chapel, to the Colosseum, to the Pantheon.
Madrid effortlessly breathes sophistication, street style, and culture. Walk through the warm terracotta-hued streets of Madrid that lead to endless shopping and sightseeing on the Gran Via, world renowned museums that house original works by Dali and Picasso, and rows of cafes to enjoy a glass of wine in between. From the heart and hub of Spain, venture out and see Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona, sit mountainside and savour Michelin-star cuisine in San Sebastian, sunbathe on the Costa del Sol, and experience the best flamenco in Seville.
Attend the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago
Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Miguel, FKA Twigs, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Sufjan Stevens headline this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival lineup in Chicago’s Union Park. This annual festival, dedicated to new, emerging, and independent music, takes place just outside of the great Chicago area, making it easy to head about 20 minutes downtown to Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, and Millennium Park before and after your stay in the Windy City.
Spend the Fourth of July in New Orleans
Celebrate American independence over the Fourth of July in the Big Easy. Catch a patriotic fireworks display in the night sky over the Mississippi River, which is free to attend. Explore the French Quarter, enjoy a beignet and café au lait from Café du Monde, sample authentic Creole cuisine, paint the town red, white, and blue on Bourbon Street, and enjoy the local southern hospitality.
Celebrate 100 Years with U.S. National Parks
Journey out to some of the greatest natural wonders of the world as America’s National Park Service celebrate their centennial this summer. Marvel in the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, the wild desert plains of Joshua Tree National Park, the snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys of Denali, the slots of sandstone walls between the canyon narrows in Zion National Park, and more natural park wonders country-wide.
See the Valleys and Vineyards in the Okanagan
Affectionately known as Canada’s Napa Valley, the Okanagan Valley is British Columbia’s premier grape-growing region ripe with acres of vineyards and orchards and more than 140 wineries. Summers are sunny and arid, perfect for sunbathing lakeside and the best time to head out on a wine tour adventure as the night begins to cool down. Summer in Summerland, one of the small towns on the lake that make up the Okanagan Valley and indulge in a long weekend of summer wine paired perfectly with the freshest farm-to-table fare.
Discover The Great Canadian Outdoors
While Canada gears up to turn 150 years old in 2017, this is going to be the best summer to beat the crowds of next year and venture out to the great Canadian outdoors. Stand in the greatness of the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, wade through rivers and navigate steep slopes on the West Coast Trail in Pacific Rim National Park, or camp out in a yurt at Kluane National Park in the Yukon and watch the midnight summer sunset as it descends over the horizon.
Samba, Sway, and Sunbathe in Rio de Janeiro
Bask in the rays on Copacabana Beach, hike up Sugarloaf Mountain, take in the views from atop Christ the Redeemer, and watch the starry summer nights turn in to golden summer days with Rio de Janeiro’s legendary nightlife.
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