Summer is approaching and I know so many of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors, enjoying longer daylight hours and soaking up the sun. Reports show that travel for Memorial Day weekend and summer is on the rise. According to surveyed travelers 30% said they are planning to travel this Memorial Day weekend and an astonishing 86% said they are planning a leisure trip this summer. In fact I’m taking a trip to NYC in mid June and I can’t wait! If anyone else is planning to be there around the same time please leave a comment! I would love to help you plan or even meet up to grab a bite in the city. I’ve done some research on what the most popular summer activities and vacation destinations will be this year. These are my picks for popular summer activities and where to do them.
Shopping in NYC
Surveys show that the most popular activity this summer is shopping and what better place to shop than NYC, which happens to be the most popular U.S. destination for summer travel according to respondents. Shopping in Soho is how I plan to start my trip in NYC. Soho is the city’s poshest outdoor mall with cobblestone streets and loft like spaces. You can find designer pieces such as Chanel, Docle and Gabbana and Marc Jacobs. Madison Ave will be the next stop on my list followed by Herald Square on 34th street where the largest Macy’s in the world is located. Shopping in NYC wouldn’t be complete without a trip to famous China Town where thousands of tourists go every year to get knock offs that look like their favorite designer pieces. I will be writing another blog about my NYC trip when I get back so stay tuned!
Catch a Red Sox game in Boston
Boston is projected to be another popular U.S. destination this summer. With tons of parks and green spaces Boston has a lot of outdoor activities to offer. Boston is also home to the major league baseball team the Boston Red Sox. Fenway Park, home to the Red Sox, sits conveniently in the middle of the city making it easy for fans to catch a game. Arriving a few hours early gives fans the opportunity to have drinks and watch batting practice before the game starts. If you can’t get tickets to the game or the Red Sox are on the road you can always take a tour of the stadium and grab a beer at one of the many surrounding bars in the area.
Visit a Museum in D.C.
With D.C. being so rich in history it’s no surprise that it will be a popular travel destination this summer. If you love local Museums like I do then you’ll absolutely love D.C. because there’s a ton of really great Museums! Travel Tip: Talking to locals is a great way to explore a new city or even visit a destination that you’ve been to before because they can tell you about their city better than anyone else can. A dear friend of mine recommend that we go to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum which was the most memorable part of my trip. The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Newseum are also great museums in the area. Visiting the nation’s capitol wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Nation Mall to see historic monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial, the War Memorial and the National Monument.
Go to the beach in Miami
Trips to the beach are usually popular during the summer, especially after a long harsh winter and a chilly spring. Now that summer is almost here we are all dying to gather a group of friends to pile up in the car for a beach trip. South Beach is one of the hottest beaches in Miami and I mean that both literally and figuratively. South Beach has beautiful clear blue water and a lot of eye candy. Near by Ocean Drive offers a variety of activates and events as well as several restaurants. There is always something going on at South Beach. Other beaches in Miami include Haulover Beach, Sunny Isles and Virginia Key Beach.