No matter where they go, many people look forward to vacationing every year to get away from it all, explore the country with the kids, experience new and varied nightlife or enjoy many other adventures while traveling. Whether it’s a trip with the family, a romantic getaway or a solo exploration of the country, there are a few can’t-miss places to visit during your summer vacation in the USA.

    1. Memphis, Tennessee

      If you like music, then Memphis, TN, is a must-visit spot. Check out Elvis Presley’s home at Graceland, tour the Sun Records studio where Elvis cut his first record, or simply enjoy the upbeat, vibrant town that Memphis is today.

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    1. Yellowstone National Park

      You don’t often hear “Wyoming” and “getaway vacation” in the same sentence, but Yellowstone, which is located mainly in WY, is a top destination for nature lovers and family vacationers alike. See the geysers and hot springs up close and personal, or explore the many hiking trails in this expansive and scenic national treasure.

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    1. San Francisco, California

      There is no shortage of things to do when you visit the City by the Bay. Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the island of Alcatraz, have a five-star meal at Fisherman’s Wharf, or take one of the many trolleys that still operate on the city streets. The city is filled with nightlife and culture, so you can take in everything from a 49ers game to a walk down Haight and Ashbury Streets.

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    1. Maui, Hawaii

      While some of the best vacation spots in the US require you to buy a plane ticket, Maui is absolutely worth the trip. Gleaming white sand and all-around temperate weather make Maui a wonderful vacation. Visitors can surf all day long, learn the hula and attend a luau, among other things.

    1. Denver, Colorado

      Nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, there are many reasons to give Denver and its neighboring towns a visit. A perfect spot for a mountain sports vacation, Denver also offers scenic parks such as Red Rocks (where you can take in a concert) and football games at Mile High with the former Super Bowl champs the Denver Broncos.

    1. New York City, New York

      No list would be complete without including the City That Never Sleeps. An incredible time to visit NYC is over the winter holidays when visitors can watch ice skating at Rockefeller Center or the famous Christmas tree lighting. But New York City is just as good in the summer, and there are many things to do all year round. Enjoy some of the best food and drink in the nation, or make your way up to the top of the Empire State Building.

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    1. Grand Canyon, Arizona

      A perfect spot for a family vacation, a Grand Canyon getaway can include anything from camping to luxurious cabins, depending on your definition of “roughing it.” This national park has many “free entrance” days throughout the year, allowing you an affordable and educational vacation that the kids will never forget.

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    1. Washington, DC

      Washington, DC, is home to our nation’s capital, but there is much, much more to do in the District of Columbia than visit the White House. Take in the Washington Monument, or visit the Smithsonian Institute Museum. With a vibrant bar and restaurant scene and the nearby Atlantic Ocean, DC is also a fine place for a couples’ getaway during the summer.

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    1. New Orleans, Louisiana

      If you’re into jazz and good food, then New Orleans is a must for you. Down in the Big Easy, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of food influences, from Creole to Caribbean, while you take in street bands playing beautiful music. Consider a visit during Mardi Gras for an experience you’ll never forget.

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  1. Boston, Massachusetts

    A terrific destination for sports lovers, Boston offers so much more than a great football and baseball team. Visit the many Irish pubs downtown, spend an afternoon exploring Harvard or Cambridge or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside at the Boston Commons.