5 Places to Go This Summer

My family has been fortunate to travel to some really amazing locations on this great planet of ours. We have lived in China and presently live in one of the most fabulous cities in this nation - Chicago. Chicago has so much to offer us all year long.

But this summer we wanted to head out east in our nation and let the kiddos see some of these amazing cities. Most Americans take vacations in the summer and we wanted to leave as soon a the kids were out of school. Like 50 percent of our nation, we were headed out for an adventurous summer family vacation.

So we packed our bags, gassed up the SUV, unfolded our maps, (eh, input destinations into the GPS!), and we hit the road to visit some of best American sights.

Washington D.C.

Places to Go This Summer Washington D.C.

Our first stop was Washington D.C. This is one of the most-visited cities in the U.S., our nation's capital house. Literally this city is a trove of iconic monuments. We explored everything but the the White House(we were unable to secure a tour), the Lincoln Memorial, various memorials, Holocaust Museum and the Smithsonian Museums filled our five days. And the best part about D.C: Everything is free to visit(well, almost free)!

Places to Go This Summer Washington D.C.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Places to Go This Summer Philadelphia

Our second stop was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to see the Liberty Bell! Philadelphia’s downtown area is a 25-block center city and is so super easy to navigate. Give thanks to William Penn’s great idea of creating grid streets and all the helpful “Walk! Philadelphia” signs!

New York City

Places to Go This Summer New York City
Places to Go This Summer New York City

Our third stop on our summer vacation to the east of this nation was New York City. We stayed right in the heart of Manhattan in Soho. Robust, Vibrant and Fun, but oh, so crazy busy!!  We wandered through Central Park, ate in great restaurants, and the highlight was Lady Liberty!

Places to Go This Summer New York City
Places to Go This Summer New York City

Watkins Glen State Park

Places to Go This Summer Watkins Glen State Park
Places to Go This Summer Watkins Glen State Park

Our fourth stop was a short one, but one I didn't think we should miss. Watkins Glen State Park is a small state park that has 19 waterfalls and is quite lovely to walk through. We spent several hours here and it was a highlight for my nature-loving daughters. 

Places to Go This Summer Watkins Glen State Park
Places to Go This Summer Watkins Glen State Park

Niagara Falls

Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls
Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls

Our final driving destination was to see Niagara Falls - from both sides. This is American's ultimate aquatic spectacle. We spent two days at Niagara Falls, on on the USA side and o on the Canadian side.  We did all the activities that are available on both sides and had a fabulous time.

Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls
Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls

All summer vacations are awesome! We took our children to these fabulous American spots for some superb summery memories!. This is going to be one summer vacation they will remember forever!

Places to Go This Summer Niagara Falls

Where is your favorite family summer vacation spot?