Take a Last-Minute Summer Trip
Summer is nearly over. But there’s still a few more weeks until most kids start school, and at least another two months of hot, humid, Houston weather. So why not book a fun trip before the summer ends? Sure, many people like to plan ahead, but sometimes you can great deal by making a spur-of-the-moment decision.
Whether you have money saved and can splurge on a luxury trip, or you’re looking to get away for a long weekend, there are many great destinations that are just a short flight (or long drive) away. Here are the Top Five places our recent clients have traveled to on last-minute trips.
Scenic Highway 30A stretches across the Florida Panhandle’s Gulf Coast from Grayton Beach to Rosemary Beach on the southern coast of Walton County. Located between Destin and Panama City Beach, it contains several charming beach communities, including Inlet Beach, Rosemary Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside and WaterColor. These towns feature gorgeous beaches, delicious local restaurants, diverse shopping opportunities and family-friendly activities.
If you’re looking for a fun city with cooler weather, head to the Pacific Northwest? Portland has an average high of 80 degrees during August with high 50s at night, so you might even want to pack a jacket! The city has a lot of great bars and dance clubs, and the food is as delicious as it is full of variety. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure away from the city, be sure to check out gorgeous Multnomah Falls.
With nearly 400 years of history, Boston is a beautiful city packed with architecture, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture and education. Boston is also great to visit in the summertime, when average temperatures are in the 60s and 70s. Take a scavenger hunt of historic sites along the Freedom Trail, visit numerous breweries and catch a baseball game at Fenway Park.
When you think Nashville, you’ve got to think legendary country music. The Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium all need to be on your list, but it’s also fun to stumble upon random honky-tonks featuring live music. And if music is not your jam (pun intended), there’s art and culture too. The city has a state-of-the-art science center, botanical gardens and a great zoo.
It’s hard to pick just one national park for this list, but this wonder in Montana is worth the trip, especially in August. It’s known for its waterfalls, more than 100 lakes and stunning geological features as two mountain ranges cross 1 million acres. Hike the scenic trails, take a leisurely sightseeing drive or kayak across one of the many lakes.