When summer rolls around, many of us have the urge to pack up our things and go in search of an epic adventure. Soaring summer temperatures, however, can turn travel plans into a sticky situation. In order to combat the heat and ensure that all summer plans go off without a hitch, it's important to prep for warm weather pre-vacation.
Without further ado, check out our top 7 tips for beating the heat on your summer travels!
1. Dress appropriately
There's nothing worse than dressing wrong for the weather. Being uncomfortable can affect every part of your travel experience, and searching for the next patch of shade away from the scorching sun is not usually a fun past time. Make sure you pack loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing for your summer trip. Think breathable materials, like cotton or linen, in light colors that won't trap heat. Not only will this tip save you from overheating, but packing just got a whole lot easier!
2. Stay hydrated
This may seem like an obvious tip, but many people don't realize how easy it is to get dehydrated in the the heat. Excessive sweating means we lose a lot more water than we're used to, which can become dangerous if you're on the move. Invest in a reusable water bottle that you can carry around with you, which will save you money and help the environment...a win-win situation! If you know your day will be filled with activity and the temperatures are predicted to be extra hot, you can even freeze your water bottle over night, which will you keep cool throughout the day.
3. Make use of natural resources
Whether you're lying on a beach or going on a hike, use the bodies of water around you to cool off. The area of the brain that regulates your body temperature is located at the base of the neck in the brain stem. Find a stream, a lake, or the ocean for some cold water, and cool your internal body temperature down immediately. Better yet, place a small wet towel on the back of your neck for a more time-effective method. One last top tip, is to run your wrists in the water for around 30 seconds for relief against the scorching sun.
4. Wear sunscreen
Applying sunscreen may feel like a chore, especially if you have kids who won't stay still while you try to slather it on. If you're on the move, you'll need to stop and apply every couple of hours to avoid getting sunburned. Researching the best sunscreens is always a good idea, as some have more durability than others, and it will save both time and a painful burn by choosing the right one.
5. Carry a handheld fan
If the place you're traveling to is known for being humid, a handheld fan may be the only option for some extra relief from the heat. This may seem a little "extra," but we think you'll be thanking us when your feeling cooler than the rest of your group. If you're worried about it popping up in photos, check out these cute handheld fans shaped like ice cream cones that are more than worthy of an Instagram post.
6. Eat cooling foods
Eating heavy, spicy, and protein-rich foods will only make you feel worse in the heat, as they have a metabolic effect that will cause you to feel warmer. Stick to light foods, such as fruit and vegetables, which both help with your temperature and won't make you feel drowsy. Treat yourself to an cold ice cream to cool your core temperature down and reward yourself with a sweet treat, too. You're on vacation—why not?
7. Avoid the hottest part of the day
The hottest part of the day is hard to withstand and brings with it many problems that are hard to avoid. Your best bet is to not be outside during this time of day. Become an early riser and get all your activities done in the morning while the temperatures are still reasonably low, or wait until late afternoon to take that hike you've been dying to do. You'll thank yourself later!
If you still haven't decided where to take your summer vacation, check out these getaways for the perfect trip to up your travel game!
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." - Neil Armstrong
It's been 50 years since the United States put a man on the moon and this month of July will mark some extraordinary events for history and astronomy lovers alike! Five decades after the "Eagle" landed, mankind still looks to the sky in awe like they have for thousands of years. We love any excuse to get outside and bask in the awesomeness of nature, so let's honor this momentous leap that was taken in 1969 and where the space frontier will take us next!
Keep reading to find out where to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
At the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, otherwise known as “Rocket City," the whole area is celebrating its integral role in developing and building the Saturn launch vehicles for the Apollo Moon mission. There will be a whole week of events, including music performances, moon landing reenactments, and even an attempt to break a Guinness World Record by launching 5,000 model rockets simultaneously.
D.C. is home to world-class museums, and the National Air and Space Museum is no exception. Their celebration of Apollo 50 will feature special, hands-on exhibits, an outdoor festival, and a chance to see Neil Armstrong's suit on display for the first time in 13 years.
The celebrations here culminate with a late-night party called, “The Eagle Has Landed," at 10:56 p.m. on July 20 to mark Armstrong’s first step onto the moon. The D.C. celebration focuses a lot on President Kennedy's leadership and promotion of the U.S. Space Program, which makes for a great history element to this event!
At the OMSI, a.k.a. the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, they're hosting a block party for stargazers. At Rooster Rock State Park and Stub Stewart State Park, starting at 9 p.m. on July 20, you can see some sky highlights—Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, star clusters, and the gorgeous waning gibbous moon. This museum is always great, but it has a lot of extra special fun up its sleeve this week!
What better place to celebrate Apollo 50 than in Neil Armstrong’s hometown of Wapakoneta? The Armstrong Air and Space Museum is hosting a week's worth of events, filled with celebrations of their most famous resident that include rocket launches, interactive museum exhibits, music events, a fun run, a gala, and more.
If you can't make it to any formal celebrations for Apollo 50, you're still in luck for a star-filled July! There is a fair amount of notable celestial activity expected throughout the month that you can read about here. Below, you'll find the ones we're most excited about!
July 13: Close Approach of the Moon & Jupiter
July 16: Partial Lunar Eclipse (North and South America can expect to see this eclipse in the dusk and night hours of July 16, while Europe, Asia, Africa, India, and Australia can expect the early morning and before dawn hours of July 17.)
July 21: Peak of the α–Cygnid Meteor Shower
July 29: Peak of the δ–Aquarid Meteor Shower
July 31: Peak of the Piscis Australid Meteor Shower
If you can't get out to any moon events this year, be sure to check out NASA's special TV programming on Friday, July 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m EDT for their showing of "NASA’s Giant Leaps: Past and Future" to celebrate. The show will be coming to you live from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, with segments in Houston, Huntsville, D.C., Ohio, and Seattle. You'll see Apollo memorabilia, anniversary celebrations, and hear from Apollo astronauts. Find the stream here on NASA's Apollo anniversary events page.
Outside of the U.S.
If you're not in the U.S. for this momentous, month-long space extravaganza, don't worry! We've got you covered with a few other places around the world that are known for their incredible nighttime views.
La Palma, Canary Islands
The northernmost island of the Canary Islands' seven main islands, La Palma is known for its incredible stargazing and has been named an UNESCO Starlight Reserve, in honor of the amazing celestial views you can catch there.
This small town in South Iceland is known for not only amazing star views, but also the Northern Lights! It's one of the southernmost viewpoints for the Aurora Borealis, making it perfect if you're not quite prepared for the arctic cold.
The birthplace of the telescope is another spot well known for its stargazing. See the same stars Galileo did when he first looked to the heavens, and enjoy a dazzling display out in the Tuscan countryside.
You can find more details about these places, as well as some more European stargazing locations here.
There are some great spots for viewing the stars in Australia—its low light pollution and unique southern hemisphere placement make it a premier spot for star enthusiasts.
At the Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, you'll find the telescope that was watching when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon in 1969. This spot offers great views, interesting exhibits, and activities for the whole family to explore the stars.
In Western Australia, visit the Gravity Discovery Centre to find this observatory, which houses the world's largest radio telescope ever built. The dark skies, guidance from expert astronomers, and accessible telescopes make this a top-notch spot.
Back in NSW, just outside the capital city of Sydney, this observatory can be found on a hill overlooking the harbor. The Sydney Observatory houses the oldest working telescope in Australia, which was originally built to view the Transit of Venus in 1874.
For more details about Australia stargazing, check out these resources here.
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As far back as 480 B.C, the rivaling city-states of Ancient Greece faced fierce power struggles from within, as well as the threat of slavery and death by distant tyrants with armies so massive they shook the ground. Throughout the passing centuries, the war-torn region experienced periods of conquest by the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires, who left footprints that would echo throughout eternity. From these complex political movements and often brutal confrontations, the influx of new technologies, engineering techniques, and precious materials allowed Greece to prosper into the multi-faceted culture we see today.
On March 25, 1821, Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire and was officially recognized as a country in its own right, ushering in an age of freedom. Nowadays, the spellbinding history surrounding the aptly named cradle of Western civilization sees over 30 million visitors flock to its lands each year to soak up the rich historical legacy, as well as enjoy world-class beaches and a continental climate.
We've compiled the ultimate summertime guide to Greece, the legendary home of the gods of Greek mythology.
Before you go and good to know
Getting there and around
The busiest airport in Greece is in the capital of Athens. This international hub receives direct flights from most European cities; however, the airports in Santorini and Crete also run several flights throughout Europe.
As a country with thousands of hidden islands, the ideal way to travel to them once in Greece is by ferry, while taking in the epic coastlines along the way. One of the best sites to book ferries is Ferryhopper, which offers daily trips to the major ports scattered across the peninsula. Although tickets don't generally sell out, it is a good idea to book at least a few weeks in advance to give yourself some peace of mind while vacationing.
In terms of traversing the islands, there are several options. Renting a car from Athens and taking it on the ferry can be a handy way to avoid wasting time once the ferry arrives; however, all of the islands have affordable rental companies that offer scooters, buggies, ATVs, and bikes at a reasonable price, too.
Widely considered to be the birthplace of democracy and Western civilization, Greece's evolution has transformed the country into one that enjoys a captivating mix of both history and myth. With a tale that traverses the Bronze age and the classical, Roman, and Ottoman periods, the secluded islands and vast mainland of Greece offer a compelling insight into human history.
Start your own Herculean adventure by visiting the birthplace of civilization at the Acropolis in Athens and the throne of Zeus at Mount Olympus on the mainland, all before journeying across the horizon to the Minoan palaces of Knossos on the island of Crete.
A great way to discover the roots of the time of legend is by attending one of the diverse and vivacious events around the country every year. The Athens Epidaurus Festival takes place from June to August and showcases ancient drama, plays, ballets, operas, art exhibitions, and classical music concerts around several theaters in Athens.
Other popular summer festivals include Megaro Gyzi Festival in Santorini every August, with its traditional music and eclectic art exhibitions; Naxos Festival in the Cyclades, showcasing theater performances and art workshops between July and August; and Sani Festival in Halkidiki, which offers dance performances and painting exhibitions from July to September.
Food and drink
The Greek's intense pride in their history means that many of the dishes found in the charming restaurants nowadays very closely resemble those eaten decades, even centuries, ago. One such ancient dish is the absolutely delicious, sun-dried octopus. Found in most fish taverns across the remote islands, the octopus is first hung out in the sun for up to 24 hours before being charcoal grilled, seasoned with fresh lemon, and washed down with a generous glass of some local ouzo. Truly a meal fit for Zeus himself!
Other tastebud-tingling dishes not to be missed in the land of the setting sun include creamy feta cheese salads; fried fish and calamari fresh from the Mediterranean or Aegean Sea; gyros filled with spit-roasted meat and Tzatziki sauce; the iconic, oven-baked Moussaka; and, of course, olives with lashings of that famous olive oil that has been perfected by the Greeks over thousands of years.
Places to visit
As the capital of Greece and one of the world's oldest cities, with a recorded history dating back over 3,000 years, Athens is an ideal way to start your Greek adventure. There are few sites as iconic as the 2,500-year-old Acropolis, which rests majestically on a rocky outcrop right in the heart of the city. Some of the monuments found at this fabled site are generally considered the greatest architectural achievements of Ancient Greece, such as the towering Parthenon. The city flourishes with history around every corner; however, those looking to delve deeper into how advanced the ancient Greeks were shouldn't miss the chance to visit The National Archaeological Museum—widely regarded as one of the best in the world.
In terms of soaking up the local culture, the Monastiraki Flea Market offers a veritable feast for the senses. It's one of the liveliest squares in the city, where locals come from far and wide to sell their wares. The crisscrossed streets of the neighborhood itself are also a great spot to take a much-needed break by sipping on a cocktail at one of the rooftop bars while gazing upon the monumental views of the magnificent Parthenon. After a busy day exploring, there's no better end to the day than watching the sunset over the Acropolis from Mount Lycabettus.
The whitewashed oasis of Mykonos is just a scenic, two-hour ferry ride from Athens, with tickets generally costing between 20 and 40 euros. Located in the center of the Cyclades, the picturesque paradise offers a fantastic mix of glamorous nightlife and old-world simplicity. The winding streets of the capital, Hora, or Mykonos Town, create a wonderful, labyrinth-like setting, with colorful wooden doors, charming local houses, and tiny Greek churches at every turn, while Little Venice boasts jaw-dropping vistas come sunset.
Other must-see corners of this island gem include the iconic Mykonos windmills, standing high on a hill near Mykonos Town; the Church of Panagia Paraportiani, with its four, unique chapels, each built at a different point in history; and the mythical birthplace of Apollo, Delos island, which showcases the ancient ruins of temples, villas, and theaters. If dancing until the sun comes up is what you're looking for, Cavo Paradiso is the place to be. The international DJ lineup at this beach club offers an unforgettable night of clubbing, meeting fellow partygoers, and watching an indescribable sunrise across the vast Aegean Sea.
As one of the lesser known islands, compared to tourist hubs, such as Santorini, the enchanting island of Milos truly is a hidden gem not to be missed during a Greek adventure. Generally cheaper and less crowded than its more popular counterparts, the undisturbed coves and caves of Milos make a welcome respite away from the crowds.
The beaches of Sarakiniko and Kleftiko will leave you breathless with the sheer beauty of their white cliffs and rich geology. Kleftiko, an old pirate hideaway, is only reachable by boat, meaning that taking a trip around the island from one of the many tour companies is an absolute must. At Sarakiniko, you'll find a moonscape, alien-like environment, where you can explore the hidden coves, bathe in the calm, shallow inlet, and even try some exhilarating cliff jumping.
There are so many remote beaches on the island that you'll need at least a few days and a rental car to truly get the most out of Milos, including Firiplaka Beach, Paliochori Beach, Firopotamos Beach, the ancient village of Klima, and the fishing village of Mantrakia, which has some of the best seafood found anywhere in Greece at the superb Medusa Restaurant.
The quintessential image of the Greek islands for many is the blue domed churches of Santorini. This rugged, volcanic island affords some spectacular sunsets, and the whitewashed towns that dot the jagged slopes are sure to captivate visitors.
That world-renowned image of the dreamy, blue domes can be found in the quaint village of Oia, located on the northern point of the island. Although this may be one of the most picture-perfect spots on the planet, it's important to take note that the town gets incredibly busy in the afternoon—often with hour-long queues just to get that perfect snap. Try getting the early bus to arrive by around 9 a.m. so you can take in all the beauty away from the impending mobs.
Another unique spot in Santorini is Red Beach, found on the south side of the island, which is a curious red sand cove that is towered by dramatic, Mars-like cliffs. There are other black and gray sand beaches nearby that are worth a visit, including Perivolos, Perissa, and Kamari, while the towns of Akrotiri, Caldera, and Fira offer a generous combination of old-world charm and Instagram-worthy photo ops.
The ferry route from Santorini to Crete runs several times a day and takes just a few hours—making the historical center of Europe's earliest advanced civilization an essential stop while island-hopping. As the biggest island in Greece, it's advisable to prolong a stay at the birthplace of Zeus to take in all the godly sights on offer. Regularly spoken of as Europe's oldest city, the Palace of Knossos is an ancient architecture lover's dream, while the Sacred Monastery of Arkadi and the Koules Fortress both offer a glimpse into the more recent history of Crete.
Heavenly beaches are also scattered across the island, one of the most beautiful and notable being Balos Lagoon. Wedged between the capes of Gramvousa and Tigani, the shallow turquoise waters are simply divine. Another essential day trip while in Crete is Elafonisi Beach, made famous by the movie, "Captain Corelli's Mandolin." In this dreamlike nature reserve, the angelic pink sand and clear turquoise water offer a genuine celestial slice of paradise.
Local culture brims on the island, too, with Chania's Venetian Harbour, Lake Voulismeni, and Rethymnon Old Town containing a gorgeous blend of sweet cobblestoned streets, intriguing Renaissance architecture, and a plethora of lively bars and delectable local restaurants that serve fresh local produce.
For more exciting travel guides, jam-packed with helpful information for your upcoming trips, check out our Travel Guide series on the blog!
As we ease into July, we asked Glamping Hub staffers what their favorite summer traditions are. With 78 people from 17 different countries, we got a lot of fun answers that we wanted to share with you.
"Going to music festivals around Europe!"
Director of Business Development
"Strawberries, Pimms, and Wimbledon!!! Just kidding—glamping, of course!"
"My favorite summer tradition is definitely to connect with nature in a new destination and do different activities that involve movement, like trekking, hiking, and cycling, as well as my two favorites, skateboarding and surfing."
Business Development Intern
"Go as deep as possible in the sea in Tangier by boat and then swim for hours!"
"Music festivals or non-touristy places."
"I'm very simple. My favorite summer tradition is going to the beach with my friends or family and spending all day swimming and rolling around in the sand. My favorite time of day is sunset—that moment when the whole world seems to stop and the sea is reflecting the pink and orange lights. For me, those days at the beach are the ones I feel most alive."
Business Development Manager
Social Media Manager
"It's not very unique, but for me, the summer means the beach! There is nothing better then spending days at the beach swimming in the ocean and spending nights eating dinner, playing board games, and laughing with the people you love!"
SEO Content Writer
"The obligatory summer festival—music, mates, BBQs, and everything in between."
"Healthy food and drinks, sports, and the beach."
Business Development Manager
"Summer in Miami is really hot, so we spend most of our time at the beach. Most locals have both mango and avocado trees in their backyards, and summer means that both are available in extreme abundance—lots of tropical meals and drinks! On weekends, we visit Key Largo or Key West, but typically spend most of our time at Miami's beautiful beaches because, let's be honest, it's Miami (and summer is actually our low season tourism-wise, so less tourists on the beaches and at the best restaurants!)."
"Celebrating my niece's birthday together with my family in Galicia."
PR Partnerships Manager
"Beach and BBQs."
"I'm from Martha's Vineyard, and a really special summer tradition is visiting the old fishing village, Menemsha, at least once a summer. You can order whole lobsters and fresh seafood at one of the fish markets and then enjoy it with some white wine at the nearby beach—all while watching one of the prettiest sunsets there is! People come from all around the world to enjoy this unique summer tradition."
P.S.You can tell we love the beach, right?
For more Glamping Hub staff favorites, check out our Staff Picks blog series!
School is out, and summer is here, so as temperatures warm up, it's no wonder that kids want to spend their free time outdoors, whether in the backyard or on a fun-packed day trip. Making sure your kids are entertained for the whole summer can be a daunting task for any parent, but rest assured, as we've complied a list of summer activities and adventures that will supply hours of endless fun.
Read on to find some awesome activities and adventures that will create summer memories your kids will never forget!
1. DIY slip 'n' slide
Cool the kids down (and tire them out!) with this frugal, DIY slip 'n' slide. Visit the hardware store and invest in a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet or a camping tarp. Place the material on a slope, add flowing water from a garden hose and a bit of baby shampoo, and watch the hours of entertainment unfold for the kids, no matter what their age.
2. Outdoor arts and crafts
Kids love to get creative. When you supply them with paints, pens, and paper, though, things are sure to get messy. An outdoor arts and crafts station allows them to spend time outside on a sunny day and will hinder your worry of them spilling paint on the floors, walls, and everything in between. Combine bubble mix and food coloring, and watch the kids create a masterpiece while simultaneously in complete awe of this cool craft.
3. Obstacle course
A backyard obstacle course can help kids use up the endless amount of innate energy they all seem to have. Create a mini competition for the older kids and offer a small prize, which is bound to make things more interesting. You could even include the aforementioned slip 'n' slide for even more enjoyment!
Using pool noodles is a great way to create your own obstacles while also being safety conscious and preventing injuries. Be sure to check out these other awesome backyard games just using pool noodles, too—who knew they were so versatile?
4. Scavenger hunt
A backyard scavenger hunt is a great way for kids to use there curiosity and discover new things. Hours of determined exploration to find these items—and the inevitable excitement on their faces when they do—will be a joyous afternoon for both you and them. Check out this free, printable scavenger hunt checklist to make your job even easier!
Day trip adventures
5. Visit a local fair or theme park
It's no surprise that visiting a fairground or theme park during summer holidays is a popular adventure. Kids love the epic rides, fairground games, and food and sweets that are likely to pair with this kind of day trip. With rides and activities catered to all ages, this is sure to be a hit no matter the age.
5. Explore a national park
Share the serene beauty of a national park with your kids, and prepare for a look of wonder to spread over their faces all day long, thanks to the views, lakes, and wildlife spotting sure to ensue. Many national parks have events, trails, and activities catered towards children, which is super helpful to know before choosing which one to head to.
The U.S National Park Service has a page where you can check out what park is best suited to your children's ages and what ongoing events there are to participate in. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, for example, is perfect for visiting with kids, as there are many smaller hikes and free activities available, as well as some adrenaline-pumping activities for eager teens.
Bring the basics, including SPF and plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Create games using the surrounding nature.
Be prepared for spontaneous exploration.
Don't forget to take snacks with you!
Feeling inspired? Want to plan an outdoorsy vacation with the kids? Tiny Camper Pro is ready to help you find the ultimate outdoor getaway for when you don't have a camper here!
Spanning an astonishing 3.8 million square miles and bordered by three different oceans, the U.S. is one of the most geographically diverse countries on the planet. From the vast deserts in the southwest and the plains of the Midwest to the Colorado Rocky Mountains and icy tundras of Alaska, it really is a world unto itself—and it doesn't stop there. The sheer diversity of the U.S. extends all the way to its 12,383 miles of coastline, which means a plethora of beautiful beaches for you to visit and enjoy.
Plan your summer trip accordingly with our breakdown of the best beaches by region in the U.S.
The West Coast
The West Coast cozies up to the Pacific Ocean and offers a fantastic variety of stunning beaches—from rugged, windswept cliffs to soft sand that stretches on as far as the eye can see. Although the temperature may be lower than the beaches of the southeast and Gulf Coast, this area more than makes up for it with its peaceful beauty and awe-inspiring views.
1. Laguna Beach, California
For many, the 36 stretches of Orange County's Laguna Beach are the epitome of a West Coast beach getaway. Whether you're spending the day spiking up a volleyball at the popular Main Beach, exploring ancient caves at Thousand Steps Beach, or snorkeling the epic underwater marine park at Crystal Cove, a summer vacation at Laguna Beach offers something unforgettable for everyone.
2. Cannon Beach, Oregon
The iconic image of Haystack Rock, reaching up 235 feet into the heavens, is one of the most recognizable natural attractions on the coast of Oregon, and Cannon Beach itself is full of majestic coves just waiting to be discovered. The upscale resort town has many charming boutiques and quality restaurants, which are great to stop in at after days of long, scenic walks and, of course, saying hello to the resident puffins!
3. Cape Disappointment State Beach, Washington
Contrary to its name, the 2,032-acre Cape Disappointment State Park on the Long Beach Peninsula is the ideal spot to enjoy a beach vacation, with a great variety of both terrain and wildlife. The freshwater lakes and majestic cliffs create a unique landscape right where the Pacific Ocean meets the Columbia River. If its hiking, calm weather, and endless ocean views you're looking for, you've just found your perfect beach getaway!
4. El Matador State Beach, California
The jagged coastline of El Matador State Beach is one of the most unmistakable coastlines in Malibu, and the area is brimming with long sandy stretches, fabulous rocky inclines, and otherworldly sunsets. With the ocean full of kelp forests, visitors to the area can embark on an amazing whale-watching tour with majestic views of the coastlines massive boulders, steep cliffs, and mysterious sea caves.
5. San Gregorio, California
As one of the many state beaches running along the scenic Route 1 between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, San Gregorio boasts one of the best places to enjoy the gorgeous bluffs, vast sandstone cliffs, and sandy beaches found along this gorgeous coastline. Nature lovers will also be in their element, with a protected estuary housing a variety of native birds and animals, as well as the opportunity to spot a whale passing by.
The Gulf Coast
The Gulf Coast stretches on for hundreds of miles through the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, and Florida—welcoming millions of tourists each year for summers of enjoying year-round warm waters, idyllic fishing conditions, and water sports. The white sand and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico are sure to enchant any visitor, making it the ideal beach vacation destination.
1. Galveston Island State Park, Texas
As a protected territory, Galveston Island State Park offers a more peaceful getaway than many of the Gulf Coast beach destinations, with its vast wetlands, dunes, and tranquil beaches being a respite from the busier tourist traps. Located just an hour from Houston, the 32 miles of sandy beaches couldn't be more of a contrast from hectic city life.
2. South Padre Island, Texas
Located off the southern tip of Texas, the half-mile-wide barrier island of South Padre offers a retreat packed with incredibly clean shorelines and shimmering water. The shallow water makes the island a perfect spot for families, while those looking to get their blood pumping can try their hand at boating, kayaking, and parasailing. With some of the best waves on the Gulf Coast, those surfers out there will have also found their slice of southern heaven.
3. Gulf Shores, Alabama
The "sugar sands" in Gulf Shores, Alabama, offer a family-friendly destination full of impeccably well-maintained beaches and glistening ocean. Although Alabama doesn't boast as many miles of beaches as its neighboring states, the champagne shores dotted around this area are simply incomparable, and the 6 miles of soft sand at West Beach are a testament to this. Get ready for relaxing beach days full of collecting seashells, taking a dip in the calm waters, and enjoying the warm gulf breeze.
4. Orange Beach, Alabama
Situated just a 10-minute drive east from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach offers even more white quartz beaches and pristine, green-blue ocean waters. Open year-round, with public beach access, Orange Beach has earned a reputation as one of the best beaches on the Gulf Coast. Why not spend days swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles with the kids? You can even take a thrilling parasailing trip high above the scenic beauty of this fabulous area.
5. Gulfport, Mississippi
The second-largest city in Mississippi after the capital of Jackson, the diverse downtown of Gulfport is a southern tourist hub steeped in charming local history. With pristine sands stretching 6.2 miles and outlined by swaying palm trees, this is a paradise for those looking to kick back and enjoy a true beach vacation. The theme and water parks draw many visitors each year, while the various water sports rentals along the coast are perfect for some high-thrill experiences on the emerald waters.
The East Coast
While the West Coast gets a lot of the credit for the best beaches in the U.S., the 3,000 kilometers of Atlantic Ocean coastline on the other side of the country boast their own unique selection of sandy shores, rocky outcrops, and charming beach towns. From the hip vibes of Miami Beach to the peaceful sunsets of Hilton Head Island, the East Coast is a must-visit destination in and of itself.
1. Block Island, Rhode Island
Nicknamed "The Bermuda of the North,” New England's Block Island is home to 17 miles of beaches, which surround the vibrant town center. The clear waters of Crescent Beach are simply unmissable, while the dramatic clay cliffs at Mohegan Bluffs are well-worth making the descent down the 141 wooden steps to the spectacular shoreline. Those seeking some history should head to the northern tip of the island to the North Lighthouse, built in 1867, and nature lovers can spot migratory songbirds at the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.
2. Miami Beach, Florida
Connected by bridges to mainland Miami, the island city of Miami Beach truly is one-of-a-kind, in terms of the unique atmosphere found in this idyllic area. Models, A-list celebrities, and eccentric locals alike can all be found at South Beach every summer, making it a perfect destination for afternoons of people-watching in the Florida sunshine. The wide beaches, full of fine sand, are just begging for you to sink your toes in them while sipping a mojito, and after sunset, the clubs and bars start to fill with nightlife-lovers ready to dance late into the night.
3. Virginia Beach, Virginia
Just a short 30-minute drive southeast of Norfolk International Airport in Virginia, where Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean, Virginia Beach is an outdoor enthusiast's dream. The North American Sand Soccer Championships and annual Coastal Edge East Coast Surfing Championships both draw in fans from far and wide, while the opportunities to go kayaking, parasailing, and jet skiing are practically endless. An iconic part of the beach is the 28-foot-wide boardwalk, which stretches on for 3 miles, with arcade games, live music, and street entertainers.
4. Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Full of tranquil Atlantic Ocean beaches, world-class golf courses, and historic lighthouses, the coastline of Hilton Head Island offers a laid-back vacation surrounded by scenic natural beauty. The subtropical climate also means the boot-shaped sea island enjoys mild weather year-round, while the high-class restaurants, summer festivals, and epic water sports provide something for everyone. With a welcoming atmosphere and small-town charm, this really is one of the best family vacation destinations on the East Coast.
5. Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Those looking for an undisturbed, peaceful beach getaway have found their solution with a vacation on Nantucket. Found at the easternmost end of the island, Great Point is widely regarded as one of the most secluded beaches in the U.S. The reason for this is that visitors to the area need a beach permit to drive their 4x4 across the rugged sandy tracks to the historic Great Point Lighthouse. The beauty of this hidden gem is simply breathtaking, while watching the sun set across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Madaket Beach, located on the opposite side of the island, is an unforgettable experience.
From absolutely incredible reefs and some of the most romantic coves imaginable to beaches with green, red, and black sands, its no wonder that Hawaii is widely considered to have some of the best beaches on the planet. If you're looking for a vacation of discovering a stunning new coastline every day, you've found your perfect getaway in Hawaii.
1. Sunset Beach, Hawaii
Located on Oahu's North Shore, the 200-foot-wide Sunset Beach stretches on for 2 miles and boasts prime surfing conditions, so much so that it forms part of the world-famous Triple Crown surfing competition. You can spend an afternoon watching surfers try their luck on the legendary waves or spotting some of the exotic tropical fish in the reef. Don't miss the enchanting sunset over the distant horizon before nightfall, too!
2. Kailua Beach Park, Hawaii
With crystal-clear, aquamarine water and talcum white sand, along with great swimming conditions, it's no surprise that Kailua Beach Park on Oahu regularly ranks at the top of the list of the best beaches in the U.S. Located on the eastern shore, it's difficult to imagine an ocean more turquoise blue than it is here, and with the powdery, 2.5-mile beach, kayaking along the coast is sure to be a dream-like experience that no one will ever forget.
3. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii
As a constant rival to Kailua Beach Park, Lanikai Beach also often ranks as one of the best beaches in the world. As the endless, aqua blue waters stretch on seemingly forever, it comes as no shock that the meaning of Lanikai is actually "heavenly ocean." The alluring waters are simply asking to be dived into! One of the main attractions here is the staggeringly beautiful sunrise, so be sure to get up early and make your way down to the beach for some other-worldly imagery at dawn.
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Memorial Day is fast approaching—time for family get-togethers and barbecues galore! Potlucks are a popular way to dine for summer holidays, with picnic tables piled high with salads and starters, delicious grilled mains, and a dozen different desserts. If you're wracking your brain on what to bring, let us help you figure out how you'll add to the spread.
We've gathered a list of things that are easy (and tasty!) for guests to bring and hosts to have ready for party time.
Crockpot Little Smokies
No one can resist cocktail weenies, so you know that Crockpot Little Smokies will be a win-win, both easy for you and popular at the party! This recipe has only three ingredients and tastes like you spent hours slaving away—when in reality you mixed the ingredients in and set the timer for two hours.
Black bean corn salsa
Chips and guac are always a crowd pleaser, so why not spice up a classic with a unique, easy-to-make black bean corn salsa? It tastes so fresh that no one will ever guess you made it in less than 15 minutes. What makes this recipe extra great is you can customize it to your favorite flavors! Throw in diced avocados or fresh heirloom tomatoes, and call it your signature salsa. Wowing the party? Check.
Herbed red potato salad
We love this healthy take on the classic potato salad, an American barbecue staple. With no mayo and plenty of fresh herbs, this light herbed red potato salad is sure to be a hit with party guests of all ages. At under 20 minutes to prepare, you'll have plenty of time to make a playlist for the car, take the dog for a walk, or enjoy a cat nap before the festivities.
"Punch For a Bunch"
When doing party drinks, being able to prep as much in advance is key. This delicious pineapple "Punch For a Bunch" can be customized with other fruits and add-ins. Added bonus? On the recipe page, you can enter in the number of guests you're making the punch for, and it will convert the amounts and measurements for you!
From cocktail to mocktail
Another crowd pleaser with a short ingredient list, this sparkling raspberry lemonade can be transformed from cocktail to mocktail by swapping out sparkling wine for sparkling water! Killing two drinks with one stone, as we like to say.
Bonus idea for hosts
We love this creative idea to keep drinks cold—just use balloons! Fill balloons ⅔ full with water and freeze them the day before the party. Day of, place them in your drink buckets for drip-free drinks, some color for your party, and the opportunity for a water balloon fight at the end of the night.
Summer is that time of year that most of us are eager to head out into the great outdoors, enjoy the sunshine, and make more long-lasting memories with friends and family. Whether it be a day of lazing around at the beach sipping a cold brewski, an epic mountain hike with majestic summit vistas, or exploring vast lakes by kayak, it's vital that we, as well as our guests, have an idyllic spot to retreat to.
With these handy tips on how to prepare your accommodation for summer, you can brighten up your guests' glamping getaway, making it as comfortable and unforgettable as possible.
1. Maintain the pool
Chilling out poolside is the epitome of summer for many of us, so making sure your pool is in tip-top condition is an absolute must when summer is approaching. Important processes in keeping your water pristine include regularly checking the pool's pH balance, cleaning out the skimmer baskets, checking the water level and chlorinator, and cleaning pool filters. Blow your competition out of the water by having your pool in perfect condition, just asking to be dived into!
2. Set up outdoor furniture
Decking out your accommodation with comfy outdoor furniture is the perfect way to allow your glampers to really make the most of all the outdoor spaces in your unique getaway. Be sure to place well-maintained tables and chairs in spots with the best views, as well as provide equipment, such as barbecues for them to cook up some tasty treats out in nature. Bring a vacation of pure bliss to the table this summer and kit out your decks and outdoor spaces with the highest quality furniture!
3. Offer summer sports equipment
If your getaway sits by a peaceful body of water that already attracts thousands of tourists each year, offer your guests the chance to get out on the water by providing a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Most glampers are looking to explore the area where they stay, so what could be better than throwing on a life jacket and taking some water sports equipment out for a spin? With many affordable options on the market, this may be a purchase that keeps your guests coming back year after year. Splash out this summer, and the guests will be streaming in!
4. Put in mosquito nets
The sound of a pesky mosquito flying around your ear when you're trying to get a good night's sleep can be a real buzzkill when it comes to guests leaving a positive review of your accommodation. For that reason, it's imperative that your mosquito nets are well-maintained and free of any rips or tears from the previous year. Checking your nets and regularly buying new ones when necessary will ensure your guests are not bitten and sleep soundly.
6. Supply cold drinks and snacks
Arriving at a seemingly perfect romantic getaway with your significant other after a long drive can be slightly ruined if you have to head out right away for some essential supplies, such as cold drinks and snacks. A delicious local beverage and a few tasty treats laid out for your guests upon arrival may only cost you a few bucks, but it will mean the world to your guests. Make sure you're unique retreat is well-stocked this summer to avoid your next glampers wine-ing as soon as they get there!
7. Provide outdoor games
Whether it's a family get-together or an annual camping getaway with friends, outdoor games are the perfect way to hit a home run with your glampers. Games like Jenga, darts, ring toss, bocce ball, and even the odd soccer ball and football are a cheap way to ensure that your guests get a real kick out of your property. Don't drop the ball and make sure your getaway is a frontrunner in your area this summer.
8. Update your listings with upcoming events
Maybe your property is near an upcoming music, arts, film, or even beer festival? If so, it will be music to your guests' ears, while also enticing them to make that all important booking. Sites like Eventbrite offer a user-friendly way to find out what's happening in your region this summer (and year-round!). Blow your own trumpet, and hit the right note with your glampers by keeping your listing, as well as your guests, up-to-date about all the events happening near you.
For more GH Tips, created just for our hosts, stay on the blog, grab a notebook, and keep track of all of our top tidbits for your accommodation!
With summer well on its way and temperatures heating up, it's time to plan that well-deserved summer getaway with the family. Whether you're looking for your next camping trip in New York or heading to the West Coast for some Californian sunshine, these unique getaways are sure to inspire you to stay somewhere out of the ordinary this year. At less than $160 dollars a night, these rentals are sure to keep the kids—and your wallet!—happy.
1. Coastal Cabin on Herron Island, Washington
From $148.17 a night, this stunning retreat offers up to six guests a vacation full of peace and quiet on a secluded island—and the opportunity for some quality family time spent out on the calm waters with a canoe or kayak. With a beautifully-decorated interior, elegant bedrooms, and a sprawling deck with gorgeous views that overlook Puget Sound, a vacation here will leave the whole gang feeling relaxed, rested, and rejuvenated.
2. Cabin Rental in the Mojave Desert, California
From $154.48 a night, this charming cabin rests on two private acres in Joshua Tree National Park and is ideal for four glampers to enjoy a summer getaway full of awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets. The location also offers some of the best conditions to stargaze, warm cup of cocoa in hand. After days spent getting to know the local wildlife in nearby Eureka Peak and Quail Mountain, what could be better than slipping into your very own clawfoot bathtub?
3. Charming Cabin near Woodstock, New York
From $134.82 a night, this classic cabin rental near Woodstock, New York, is the epitome of a tranquil vacation surrounded by nature. With space for just two glampers, the pet-friendly retreat is the perfect place for a bonding opportunity while exploring the lake on the provided canoe, toasting s'mores around the fire pit, and grilling up some tasty snacks on the barbecue.
4. Luxury Cottage in Texas
From $138.42 a night, this adorable cottage sleeps up to six guests, making it the perfect choice for a Texan-style vacation with a twist. Located just outside of Bandera, glampers can spend the day exploring the cowboy capital of the world before retiring to their home-away-from-home for a few colds drinks out on the lovely deck and a soothing dip in the private hot tub.
5. Rustic Cabin near Mount Hood, Oregon
From $97.11 a night, this fairytale cabin, built all the way back in 1927, is an ideal choice for four glampers looking to discover the Oregon wilderness. Guests will love waking up to the sunlight streaming in, the peaceful sounds of the forest all around, and the charming decor found throughout the cabin. Discover all that Mt. Hood National Forest has to offer during the day before heading back to the cabin for some well-earned chill-out time in the private hot tub. With pets allowed, your trusty pooch will be thanking you for this vacation, too!
6. Camping Tent near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
From $122.35 a night, this cozy tent rental in the woodlands of Tennessee makes for a great mother-daughter retreat. In the morning, the sounds of the forest make the deck a peaceful place to sit back and reflect with a coffee before another great day of hiking, cycling, or whitewater rafting. This rental really is the perfect choice for those looking for an off-the-grid vacation in a beautiful setting.
7. Log Cabin near Zion National Park, Utah
From $75.05 a night, this is the classic log cabin getaway. Soaring ceilings, expansive windows, plush seating, and a roaring fireplace make the living area a fabulous spot to kick back after a day out in one of the several national parks that dot the landscape. With enough space to sleep six guests, the whole family will be talking about this Utah summer vacation for years to come.
8. Vacation Rental near East Vail, Colorado
From $132.14 a night, this vacation rental can sleep up to eight guests—ideal for larger families to enjoy a holiday surrounded by the majestic mountains of Colorado. The kids will love the loft area, where they can have their own space while parents enjoy an evening around the fireplace, cold drink in hand. The balcony just off the living room is also a peaceful spot to relax in the evening while listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.
9. Dome Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia
From $154.77 a night, this luxury dome offers a one-of-a-kind retreat in Georgia. Sleeping up to five guests, the interior of this unique structure boasts some fantastic touches, such as charming wooden furniture, rustic decor, and luxurious bedding. After spending some quality time as a family up in the Appalachian Mountains, you can return to your stunning accommodation and rustle up some burgers on the barbecue before having a relaxing soak in the outdoor tub.
10. Tipi and Vintage Camper near Lake Michigan
From $129.20 a night, this rental consists of both a tipi and a vintage camper, accommodating three guests comfortably. The luxury tipi comes with a queen-size bed and gorgeous Indian rugs, while the vintage camper, located just a few steps away is ideal for the kids. An outdoor shower, comfy seating, a fire pit, and a barbecue complete the exterior set up—ensuring nights are spent together around the fire, chatting late into the evening about each day's adventures on and around Lake Michigan.
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Summer is a time like no other—the air gets warmer, nights get longer, and the urge to travel gets stronger. How will you choose to spend your summer? Whether you are booking the perfect girls trip, a relaxing family vacation, or a romantic getaway for two, our 14 days of Summer Glamping Guide provides all the inspiration you need to get planning.
Why should you make glamping your next summer adventure? The answer is simple. Glamping allows us to connect with nature while escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s the necessary pause everyone must take to relax, rejuvenate, and reconnect with nature with our loved ones around us.
Glamping can take many different forms, making it the perfect way to create an experience tailored to your personal desires. From bell tents and houseboats to caravans, tree houses, and everything in between, we have no doubt that your next glamping experience will be the trip of a lifetime.
With so many places to explore, choosing your summer getaway may seem like the most daunting part. With an eye for detail, but mainly an eye for adventure, we have handpicked accommodations for our summer inspiration guide that will not disappoint. Without further ado, here are our top 14 picks for glamping in the U.S. and beyond.
1. Extraordinary Houseboat Rental on Manatee River in Sarasota, Florida
Nothing says summer more than a trip to Florida! This unique, floating chapel accommodation is the perfect escape to the Sunshine State, allowing you and your fellow travel companions time to soak up the sun and enjoy the charming town of Palmetto. With beautiful views from the marina and your own barbecue on deck, this glamping experience is one for the books!
These luxury tents are guaranteed to take your breath away. With magnificent views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and your own fully-equipped kitchen, you won't want to leave. Whether you want to plan a full day of hiking or are looking to explore the countryside on ATVs, this accommodation is full of outdoor adventure. Make this your summer destination, and we promise it will be the glamping experience you've been dreaming of.
Floating cabanas on a private island in Belize? Say no more! This glamping trip has relaxation written all over it. Whether you choose to spend your time swaying in a hammock overlooking the water or plan a day of snorkeling in the nearby barrier reef, these cabanas provide the ultimate mix of leisure and adventure. Add Belize to your summer bucket list, and start planning your trip to paradise.
4. Picturesque Caravan Getaway near Taos, New Mexico
Plan your trip to this caravan for the perfect glamping experience!
This blue caravan is the perfect place to call home for your summer adventures! Located near Taos, New Mexico, glampers can explore the landscape of Mesa or plan a hike in one of two National Parks nearby. Looking to spend a day in town? Venture into Taos to experience the local culture, which is rich in art and history. No matter how you choose to spend your time, this glamping hot spot will not disappoint.
5. Amazing Floating Cabin Getaway in Key Largo, Florida
This floating cabin offers the ultimate escape from reality. No need to dock for dinner—this boat includes a barbecue that allows you to cook up your personal catch of the day. Enjoy canoeing and kayaking during the day, and then relax and lounge on your private patio while taking in the gorgeous sunsets each evening. Book a stay at this cabin, and we have a feeling you'll fall in love with its charm just like we did.
6. Cozy Luxury Tent for a Romantic Getaway near Zion National Park, Utah
This luxury tent is situated on a 120-acre glamping site that proves to be the perfect landscape for any adventure. Whether you want to venture into Zion National Park or explore the Canaan Mountain Wilderness, you're guaranteed a unique experience each and every day. What could make this property even better? Its pet-friendly, meaning you can share this amazing glamping experience with your favorite four-legged friend.
7. Deluxe Bell Tents at Camp West Sonoma near San Francisco
Plan your trip to these bell tents at Camp West Sonoma!
Whether you are in desperate need of a girls' weekend or looking for the perfect romantic escape, these bell tents nestled in Sonoma, California, are a go-to for your next glamping trip. The tents are conveniently located near vineyards for a day of wine tasting, but you can just as easily stay on-site and take the party poolside for a day of sun and relaxation. However you choose to spend your time in Sonoma, these bell tents provide the ultimate glamping experience.
8. Unique Vacation Rental with Ocean Views near Pahoa, Hawaii
Pack your bags, and get ready to head to Pahoa, Hawaii! Hawaii is the perfect pick for a tropical and luxurious vacation with endless places to go explore. Black sand beaches, snorkeling, and beautiful forests are all just a short drive away from this amazing accommodation! Whether you are looking for a vacation full of adventure or something a bit slower paced, this glamping spot will have you saying aloha in no time.
Ready for a European adventure? These bell tents are located near Venice, Italy, and provide the ideal balance between city and beach life. Within a 30-minute drive of Venice and just a quick walk from the beach, each day is guaranteed to be full of new scenery. Book a stay at this accommodation, and get ready for the glamping experience of a lifetime.
10.Romantic Getaway Cottage Overlooking Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand
Whether you're looking for the perfect honeymoon or a romantic couples retreat, this cottage is the perfect place to vacation. With gorgeous views and the coastal downtown just a five-minute drive away, this cottage gives you the perfect balance of hideaway and adventure. It's time to head to New Zealand for a destination getaway you'll never want to leave.
11. Delightful Dome Nestled in Appalachian Mountains, Georgia
Glamping in this Georgia dome is the perfect withdraw into the Appalachian Mountains. With Carters Lake just minutes away, glampers can fish, kayak, and hike during the day and return to the ultimate outdoor kitchen and campfire in the evenings. Conveniently located near the historic city of Ellijay—home to vineyards, apple orchards and an annual apple festival—there is always something new to discover. A summer escape to Georgia is exactly what every glamper needs to reconnect with nature alongside loved ones.
Tree houses are the perfect way to escape the ordinary, and this accommodation located near Austin, Texas, will not disappoint. Nestled in Texas Hill Country, it offers a wide variety of places to explore, including a day trip to Austin to experience the "Live Music Capital of the World." What's the best part of this gem? You can book a private, on-site zip-line tour with the host, and you'll find out.
13.Custom Designed Tree House near Mochian State Park, Ohio
We love tree houses so much we just had to add another to the list. Conveniently located near Mohican State Park, you will be able to create your own hiking adventure every day. Made from 100% reclaimed materials and nestled within the pine trees of Ohio, this property is the perfect escape to become one with nature. Adventure is calling—it’s time to head to Ohio!
Our last pick is none other than this charming tree house located near Germantown, Kentucky. Situated on 200 acres of secluded wilderness, this is the ideal spot for hiking and exploration. What makes this accommodation even more unique? You can book a hiking canopy tour with the host to truly experience all the beauty this tree house has to offer. End each night with quality time by the campfire, and this trip will surely be the summer experience of a lifetime.