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Non-Beach Summer Vacations Packed With Endless Fun for Everyone Author: Savy Huynh

When people think of “summer vacation”, they often conjure images of warm sunbathing, cool ocean waves, and making sandcastles on a beach. However, summertime fun doesn’t have to be exclusively in the sun. There are so many places to go and things to see and do – from high in the mountains to lowland country plains or from quiet woodland cabins to bustling city landmarks – that will leave your summer unforgettable even if it’s not beachside. Here are some destinations worth venturing to before summer is officially over.

Bozeman, MT

Tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with endless memorable activities, Bozeman has plenty for the entire family to enjoy. Escape the summer heat with activities like whitewater rafting down the Gallatin River or tubing down the Madison River. After working up an appetite, head downtown and dine at one of the city’s best-reviewed restaurants such as South 9th Bistro and take part in Bozeman’s annual Music on the Main festival.

Vail, CO

Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts are all too familiar with Vail in the winter, but the summer attracts a mesmerizing mountainous view that will leave you breathless. Come enjoy the Summer Nights concert series that features free music, local craft beer, and yard games. If you are looking for even more things to do, be sure to head out on a guided fly-fishing trip or take in the scenic and thrilling river rafting adventure with family and friends.

San Diego, CA

San Diego has so much more to offer than just gorgeous beaches and perfect weather. The opportunities here are truly endless. Go on an electric bike tour of La Jolla and Mount Soledad to soak in the incredible views of the ocean and hills, visit the iconic San Diego Zoo to discover a wide array of animals and interactive exhibits guaranteed to create lasting memories, or explore the Embarcadero to learn about the region's colorful maritime history via museums and harbor tours, historic ships, a working fishing harbor, and a plethora of restaurants and shops.

Portland, ME

Portland is a summer haven known for its waterfront beauty, fresh seafood, and rich history. Be sure to view the seaside in style on a Casco Bay Custom Charter boat tour, where you’ll pass several awe-inspiring lighthouses as you take in Maine's lovely landscapes. If you’re an art enthusiast, be sure to check out the Portland Museum of Art or tour the grand interiors of the Victoria Mansion for artistic gratification and inspiration.

Jackson, WY

Escape to the genuine wild west in more ways than one. This little town is as authentic as they get, where moose and mule deer roam the streets and ranchers rub shoulders with the locals. The valley is home to the Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest, which have some of the most incredible alpine scenery in the world, as well as an impressive array of wildlife from marmots and mountain lions to elk, bison, and grizzly bears. For the brave and daring, check out the Grand Teton Wildlife Safari which brings you in an open-air vehicle through rugged terrain where you can get up close and personal with various wildlife. Did I mention you will be surrounded with sublime and breathtaking views of the majestic mountains during the excursion?

Williamsburg, VA

A history-lovers paradise, Williamsburg has several sites worth a visit including Historic Jamestown and the Colonial Williamsburg village. Learn more about the city’s haunted past with the Williamsburg Ghosts and Witches Tour that strolls past old homes, taverns, and cemeteries, embellished with spooky and chilling ghost stories along the way. If you have kids in tow, explore popular kid-friendly attractions such as Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Boise, ID

Get the best of both worlds in Boise. Featuring a unique mix of urban life and natural attractions, Boise has everything from art museums, concerts, and festivals to scenic hiking and biking trails, impressive golf courses, and picturesque parks. For a memorable experience, book a Boise Hot Air Balloon Ride and enjoy breathtaking views for miles in all directions as you float across the sky. If you prefer to stay at ground level, visit Barber Park to rent a tube and spend a relaxing afternoon floating down the Boise River. Be sure to take advantage of some of Boise’s best local cuisine with a Culinary and Cultural Tour to six or more chef-picked restaurants where you will get to taste and learn about the city’s history and culinary culture.

Happy and safe travels!

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