Summer Vacations in the United States

May is coming to a close and June is fast approaching, which for American kids means only one thing – summer vacation! The kids have been in school all year, and it’s been an especially tough winter, so everyone is itching to get their summer fun on. Where will you take your family this summer?

Summer vacations come in all shapes and sizes. From a weekend trip to NYC, to a weeklong getaway in sunny Oahu, there’s any number of approaches to that perfect summer trip. Of course, savvy travelers know that planning the perfect vacation is about more than just deciding where to go and how long to stay. To make your dream summer vacation affordable (and be able to afford to take more than one!), be sure to pick up a money-saving Go City Card.

Oahu US Summer Vacation

An aerial view of sunny Oahu

If you’re looking to shake off those winter blues once and for all, opt for a trip that’s full of fun in the sun. Rent a bike, take a cruise, or just lounge on the beach. Travelers to Oahu love the excitement of the Makani Catamaran, a luxurious two-hour cruise that allows you to soak up all the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Or, you can opt for an Oahu Kayak Rental, and explore the shoreline at your own pace. If you find yourself in sunny Southern California, check out a San Diego Harbor tour for a fun overview of the city’s architecture, local sea life, and famous sites.

Los Angeles US Summer Vacation

Summer is the perfect time for bike tours of a U.S. city!

Vacations full of adventure and excitement are just what every kid needs to kick off the summer right. Indulge their thrill-seeking side with a visit to Los Angeles’ famous Knott’s Berry Farm, an independent theme park that’s been delighting families for generations. Or, get splashed around at SeaWorld Orlando, where you can meet Shamu and hang out with the penguins at the cool new “Antarctica” exhibit. San Francisco travelers can spend a day outside the city at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, a perennially favorite attraction that combines the thrill of a theme park with the excitement of an aquarium or zoo.

NYC US Summer Vacation

Nothing like a New York skyline in Summer!

When the summer gets too hot (or too rainy!) opt for some educational indoor fun. Chicago’s world-famous Shedd Aquarium is the ideal destination for animal lovers of all kinds, and the iconic “Jellies” show continues to draw customers from around the globe. (Insider tip: Skip the insanely long summer lines at Shedd with a Go Chicago Card Attractions Pass – one of our customers’ favorite perks.) Kids flock to the Boston Museum of Science year round, and this season’s new special exhibits and shows are bound to entice everyone; my personal favorite is the brand new IMAX film, “Pandas: The Journey Home.” A top educational attraction in New York City is the American Museum of Natural History – galleries upon galleries of cool, air-conditioned marble filled with every amazing thing a kid could think of, from enormous dinosaurs to tiny insects.

No matter what you do or where you go, don’t forget your Go City Card. Save money, save time by skipping lines, and get extra discounts on dining, shopping, and special exhibits. The savvy traveler always explores with Smart Destinations!

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