10 Activities Around the Country

What are some of your favorite summer activities? We explore some places throughout the United States that offer unique ways to enjoy the outdoors. These are perfect if you are a local searching for some fun ways to spice up your weekend. Or for that seasonal home you spend a few months enjoying!


Arizona: Early morning hikes are a great way to enjoy the beauty of Arizona, without having to deal with the heat. Camelback Mountain offers a great view of Phoenix from its summit. Another fun trail in the city limits is Piestewa (Squaw) Peak. It’s a classic climb with a stairway to the heavens feel. Remember to bring plenty of water!


California: California is known to be home to a variety of cultural experiences. Why not try them all at Balboa Park? Located in San Diego, this 1,200 acre attraction is home to a variety of museums, theatres, gardens, restaurants and even the San Diego Zoo! Those located in the northern parts of the state can view this index to see a nice selection of parks in their own area.


Colorado: Although it may be known as a playground for extreme sports, Colorado is also a wonderful place to rest and relax. The state is abounding with hot springs, so your only stress will be deciding which one to try!


Florida: There may be no better way to welcome warm weather than with a visit to the beach. Stretching 23 miles, Daytona Beach is open 24/7 with free access. This makes it one of Florida’s most popular attractions. Need a break from the water? Visit the beach’s shops, historic sites or spas.


Georgia: It’s time for an adventure in Georgia! This peach-of-a-state offers a variety of fun activities from zip lining to rafting. There are so many ways you are free to pick your own unique adventure. For a full list of fun, visit here.

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North Carolina: Spring may be over, but you can still get your floral fill by visiting one of North Carolina’s beautiful gardens. Designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the formal and informal gardens of the Biltmore House are a must-see. Enjoy some of the country’s most luxurious gardens.


Oregon: The climate of this beautiful state makes it a perfect place to produce wine. Couple that fact with the beautiful summer weather and you have the perfect recipe for wine tasting. Check out the Willamette Valley, home to over 250 wineries. Bringing the kids along? Many of these wineries host family-friendly activities, such as badminton, games and nearby museums.

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South Carolina: Having trouble deciding between visiting the zoo or botanical gardens? Make the most of the summer by taking a trip to the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden. The zoo allows you to experience attractions such as The Birdhouse, Grizzly Ridge and Riverbanks Farm. Visit next door to see the Riverbanks Botanical Garden, home to a variety of beautiful gardens. These will let you enjoy the flora of the season.


Texas: The trademark state flower of Texas is the bluebonnet. This is no surprise as the state is covered in these beautiful blooms. Already got your fill of flowers in the spring? Enjoy the bountiful fruits of the season by visiting one of the states pick-your-own farms.


Washington: Many Washington residents use their expansive ferry system as a means of commuting. Yet, it can also be used to enjoy their beautiful summers. Hop on a ferry to get an extensive view of the scenery or (if it’s not raining) to enjoy the fresh air.