With two months of summer left and the clock ticking, many of us are masterminding our next vacation. Will it be a little trek out of town or a bigger getaway? From everyday haunts to exotic locales, we’re dreaming up fun places to go that we hope will inspire your warm weather plans.
HIT THE PAVEMENT
Cities around the world await! From New York and San Francisco to Paris, London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and beyond, every metropolis is rich with the best cuisines, museums, music and theaters. Grab an airline ticket to a city you’ve always wanted to see and wander the city streets, soaking in the local food, architecture and entertainment.
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME
Want to see what previous civilizations lived like? From Cambodia’s Angkor Archaeological Park to Peru’s Inca Trail and Macchu Picchu to The Parthenon in Greece, there are scores of incredible relics dotting the world that will take you back hundreds and thousands of years. Check out UNESCO’s incredible World Heritage List to get an idea of all the places you can discover.
Because of their Arctic Circle locales, regions like Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia have a smaller warm weather window – making the summer months absolutely gorgeous and the best time to visit. Want to live in a world where the day never ends? Travel up to small towns like Barrow in Alaska, where you can experience their 82-day stretch of sun until it finally sets again on August 2.
Alaska images courtesy of C. M. McMillan
BEACH BUM IT
If your style is less roughing it and more lapping up luxury, find a posh resort and grab the next ticket to Hawaii, The Caribbean, Seychelles, Fiji, Costa Rica, Thailand – the list goes on. Destinations like Maldives and Turks and Caicos are great for scuba diving and exploring the underwater world. Want to stay close to the mainland? Great islands line both coasts, each with their own unique personality – from the wild horses of Georgia’s Cumberland Island to festive Avalon on California’s Catalina Island.
TACKLE THE TRAIL
It’s high season for the great outdoors, and there are a million places to venture: coasts, mountain ranges and everywhere in between. From the Great Smoky Mountains to Canyonlands, caves to great plains and rocky ocean cliffs, there’s a vast, beautiful land waiting for you to explore. Recreation.gov and ReserveAmerica have tons of ideas that will inspire you.
RELAX WITH FAMILY
Got kids? Amusement parks are always booming in the summer and are guaranteed to keep you and the little ones entertained. Pack the car, take a road trip and make the journey your destination. Even those who have to stay in their hometown can turn every weekend into their own staycation: day tripping to local aquariums, water parks and more.
Tell us where you plan to go in the comments! And take some snaps on your next big getaway in Skechers for our #ShoecationSweeps contest on Instagram. Enter now through September 4, and you can win a travel prize pack every Monday this summer with Skechers, sunglasses, a DK Eyewitness Travel Guide and a cooling mask and sunscreen from Peter Thomas Roth! Learn more here.