Top 10 Cities for your Next Summer Vacation!

by Mahogany WaldonJune 5, 2018

School’s out, and that means for the next few months the days will be longer and the temperature will be hotter. If you’re looking for the perfect place for your next family vacation, you’re in luck! Wallethub recently compiled the best summer travel destinations for 2018. The rankings compared the top 100 most populated metros and gave them scores based on travel costs and hassles, local costs, attractions, weather, activities and safety. Below, the top 10 cities are listed to give you some ideas for your next summer vacation!

Seaside summer beach with starfish shells coral on sandbar and blur sea background. Concept of summertime on beach.

Washington, DC

Taking the number one spot is the nation’s capital. At the heart of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metro, folks will be sure to find a perfect summer getaway in this Potomac city. DC has a plethora of things to do. Tourists can take advantage of the National Harbor for shopping and dining as well as the beautiful scenery of the Potomac River, concerts and events at the Capital One Arena, tours of the Smithsonian Museums, and fireworks at the National Mall on Independence Day. DC also hosts festivals throughout the year with themes suitable for family and solo fun.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando is the epicenter for amusement parks, waterparks, conferences, and shopping: everyone loves this central Florida city. With over a dozen theme parks, your family can choose from aquatic amusement at Seaworld or zoology at Disney’s Animal kingdom to Universal Studios and Disneyworld. If you’re looking to enjoy sand and sun, Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach are close by to give you a much-needed oasis in sunny Orlando!

A shot of the entrance of Walt Disney World from the street.

Austin, Texas

If you and your family are outdoor enthusiasts, Austin might be a great city for you. Well-known for its hipster and food culture, Austin is a great city to explore. Some little-known gems in the city include the Barton Creek Greenbelt, a popular swimming hole; Lady Bird Lake, perfect for kayaking; and Zilker Park, a serene park with multiple bike and walking trails.

Chicago, Illinois

Lake Michigan is beautiful in the summer. If you want to explore a city that’s not too hot and has a great ‘big city’ vibe, then the Windy City will be great for your next summer getaway. The Chicago Navy Pier is a perfect attraction for tourists and residents alike in the Midwest. The Navy Pier has rides including a Ferris Wheel, shopping, dining and more. Situated in the city’s Millenium Park, you can also do some amazing sight-seeing in downtown Chicago, too.

A shot of Navy Pier in Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan.

Atlanta, Georgia

The bustling capital of Georgia, Atlanta is a busy town is loaded with fun things to do and see. If your family is planning on taking a trip to Atlanta, you all can enjoy tours of the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola Museum, and more. The city also hosts a number of cultural festivals and music festivals in the city throughout the summer.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati is another city that doesn’t get too hot during the summer, making it a temperate town to visit for some much-needed relief from the heat. Sharing the moniker “Queen City” with other American cities doesn’t mean that you should overlook this Ohio gem. There are lots of things to do here in the summer like visiting the Newport Aquarium and museums, the Cincinnati Zoo, and wine and arts at “Over-the-Rhine,” one of the largest urban, historic district in the nation.

Dallas, Texas

Three Lone Star cities made this top 10 list. Dallas isn’t just home to a famous sports team, this north Texas town is also home to a lot of fun things to do throughout the year, especially in the summer. Some fun things to explore in the city include the Dallas Arts District, where tourists can enjoy outdoor art as well as indoor exhibits and galleries. Dallas also has a Museum of Art that is perfect for history and art lovers. Similar to Austin, Dallas has a great food culture. The Klyde Warren Park has a daily food truck lineup plus events throughout the week like yoga and salsa dancing.

A shot of a sign in Klyde Warren Park in Dallas labeled "I love (heart) the park."

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

There’s always something to do in downtown Oklahoma City, and summertime fun is no different. As another area that’s famous for its sports teams, visitors here can visit Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for summer fun and catch a game. Oklahoma City also has great museums, a zoo, and aquarium located in the downtown area.

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas isn’t just a fun summer destination, it’s also an affordable city for fun. Just as Orlando is a major hub for entertainment, Sin City is also a great place to enjoy nightlife, casinos, and world-renowned casinos and venues. Las Vegas has amazing resorts for family fun like the Cosmopolitan, Cancun Resort Las Vegas by Diamond Resorts, and more.

Houston, Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes its big-time summer fun. Houston is a great and affordable place to visit this summer. Despite it being a major metropolitan in Texas, there are things you can do here to give you an escape from the big city feel. Houston’s Buffalo Bayou is a great place to spend time with family. It has a park and lots to do on the river. Houston also has a zoo and downtown aquarium if you want to beat the sweltering heat and enjoy indoor excitement.

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Mahogany Waldon
Mahogany is a Content Marketing Coordinator for In her spare time, Mahogany enjoys reading, writing poetry, blogging, traveling, and loves a good southern idiom. Mahogany is also a certified Reiki practitioner and enjoys all things supernatural.