Theresa's Mixed Nuts: The Top 4 Most Underrated Summer Break Destinations for 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Top 4 Most Underrated Summer Break Destinations for 2013

Miami, South Padre Island, and Cabo are all popular places to go for summer breaks, but they're a little overrated these days, don't you think? Summer offers you the opportunity to relax from all the stresses of studying, writing papers, and taking exams, so you need to head to a place that provides a mix of excitement and total relaxation. If you really want to explore, you need to visit some of summer's best kept secrets.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66

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One of the most underrated activities you can enjoy during summer vacation doesn't involve visiting a destination—it involves visiting many. Route 66 is an iconic highway ideal for road trips and adventures. Grab a couple of your closest friends, a reliable vehicle, and the best driving music you can find, and follow Route 66 from start to finish.

Traveling the Mother Road is a great way to relax and have the time of your life. Along the way, you can sleep in Illinois motels, Missouri bed and breakfasts, Kansas hotels, and Texas lodges. Make sure you bring your camera and your ID along with you, though.

Aquatic Adventures in Alabama

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If you're used to spending summers on Florida's crowded Gulf Coast, why not shy away from all those people? Remember, there's more to the Gulf than what you find in Florida. Many of the Southern states feature gorgeous beaches, but Alabama is probably the most underrated of them all. In addition to an exciting party atmosphere once the sun goes down, there are tons of things you can enjoy in the sun, such as:
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • And off-beach adventures in museums, on golf courses, and along the boardwalks

Living It Up in Leavenworth, WA

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Do you really want to travel off the beaten path during your summer break? Then take it to the West Coast—but bypass California. By day, charming Leavenworth, a themed village in Washington State's Alpine region, seems like a picturesque fairy tale. It's a Bavarian town with gorgeous architecture, lovely streets, and the sort of European charm you don't expect to find on the West Coast.

By night, however, you soon realize that you get to enjoy all the highlights of a Bavarian theme: drinking authentic brews; eating delicious, traditional food; exploring nature; and partying your butt off. Given its scenic location, you can visit the Alpine Lakes for swimming, biking, and hiking, not to mention all those shore-side parties.

Take It to the Tetons

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Any fan of the Dave Matthews Band knows that fun awaits in the Tetons. That's why your summer break should find you visiting Wyoming, so you can get serious in the Grand Teton National Park. Forget about Yellowstone; while the Tetons are still family friendly, they're also quite wild. You'll get to enjoy lots of amazing music and you can really commune with nature, what with the lakes, mountains, and scenic views.

You have your entire life to spend the summer in all those typical vacation spots, so make the time to visit the unexpected. What's your ideal way to spend your summer break?

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  1. We love to travel.... A few years ago, we did travel Rt 66. I took a lot of pictures along the way but have no idea where they are at this point.

  2. It's funny, but my hubby and I actually did look into the beaches in Alabama. Neither of us have ever been there, but we thought it might actually be TOO hot down there during the summer.

  3. I would LOVE to see the Grand Tetons someday. All these destinations look so woderful :)

  4. My ideal Summer Break involves Cedar Point, always. ;)

    I have a friend who did the Old Route 66 w/her stepdad before he passed and she still says it's one of the best trips she's taken.

  5. They all look like quite the spots the third looks so quaint

  6. These sound like some great places!! I really need to expand my travels in the states lol. I haven't been to ANY of these destinations but they all sound awesome :)

  7. There are a lot of places to go to!

  8. I have done part of the route 66 thing, since I grew up not far from part of it. We also spent some time in a different coastal city in Washington last summer and had fun.

    Alabama us one of the places a would like to visit in the near future, too.


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