#Top5 : Summer Destinations

Summer is officially around the corner and if you're anything like me you've been plotting your next summer trip. Yeah I know its already June but there are plenty of destinations perfect for the procrastinating traveler. Sometimes with so many options it's hard to pick one spot that can suffice all your summer needs but have no fear! I've narrowed down my top five summer destinations to help you in your search. From sandy beaches to exciting adventure activities these hot spots pretty much have it all. In no particular order...Lets begin! 

 

MIAMI

MIA is mostly known for its flashy clubs and night life which either attracts you or has you avoiding this popular summer hot spot. But even if you're not into the club scene, there are plenty of great things to do in this city. Miami is full of culture, amazing art exhibits, fun activities and has some of the best food on the East Coast. Can it get a little pricy? Yeah its Miami...but it's totally worth seeing what all the hype is about. Don't let the "Bad & Bougie" lifestyle you see depicted on TV stray you away...Miami is a good time.

A Few Things To Do

  • Get a tan on South Beach.
  • Get your ninja warrior on at the NinjaLounge.
  • Praise & worship at VOUS Church.
  • Enjoy the vibrant artwork & restaurants of Wynwood.

 

NEW ORLEANS

To be honest this might be my favorite place on the list. New Orleans is one of the most culturally diverse cities I've ever been to and I recommend it to everyone. In this city you can never be bored because there is always something going on no matter what street you're on. From food festivals to amazing live music; New Orleans is truly one of a kind. It's a city you can visit 10 times and still not do everything that can be done- and that's no exaggeration! Put New Orleans on your bucket list-- just be prepared for the heat.

A Few Things To Do

  • Take a bike ride through City Park
  • Listen to live music on Frenchmen Street
  • Grab coffee & beignets at Cafe Du Monde
  • Take a swamp tour with Cajun Encounters.

 

MONTREAL

Montreal is simply beautiful. Only a 6-7 hour drive from the Tri-State area, it's the most convenient spot on the list. If you're into architecture, learning history and having quiet nights- this is the place for you. Montreal is also home to some of the most underrated attractions in North America like the Montreal Botanical Garden (Its a MUST see) and offers many walking tours to learn about the rich history of the city. It might not gather hype like some of the other spots on this list but trust me when I say you will not be disappointed.

A Few Things To Do

  • Try an escape room at A/MAZE
  • Visit the Montreal Botanical Garden.
  • Explore the historical city of Old Montreal.
  • Grab some poutine to cure some late night cravings.

 

COSTA RICA

Zip-lining, Zip-lining, Zip-lining, oh and Zip-lining ! Costa Rica is definitely the place to go if you are an adventure seeker. It is a country full of opportunities to go water rafting, waterfall repelling, kayaking, surfing and so much more. When you're done getting your adrenaline rush for the day; relax on the beach or enjoy amazing seafood at one of Costa Rica's finest outdoor restaurants.

A Few Things To Do

  • Zip line through Rincon de la Vieja National Park
  • Hike through the Arenal Hanging Bridges tour.
  • Spend the day at Manuel Antonio National Park.
  • Try ALL the food !

 

HAWAII

Growing up I always viewed Hawaii as the "Honeymoon" spot and didn't have much interest in ever visiting. Well, I can't tell you how wrong I was! Just like Costa Rica, Hawaii is full of action activities to take part in. Each island has its own character and getting to emerge yourself in authentic Hawaiian culture is once in a lifetime opportunity. The views are amazing and will step your Instagram "like" game all the way up. Pearl Harbor is inspiring to see and a humble reminder about the sacrifices that were paid for us to be free. I could keep going on forever but I rather you check out these islands for yourself !

A Few Things to Do

  • Enjoy the views as you climb Diamond Head in Honolulu.
  • Hold on tight as you Banana Boat in Maui.
  • Visit Volcanoes National Park on the "Big Island"
  • Take part in an authentic Polynesian Luau on ANY Island !

 

What's your #Top5 ? Sound off in the comments below.

Nicholas Bowden (@nickworldtour) is Co-Founder and leader of The LIFT Project. He Graduated from Seton Hall University and is a teacher in Central New Jersey.  He enjoys playing competitive sports, traveling, trying new food, and catching up on comic books in his free time.