The sun is shining, people are outside, and the water starts to warm up. It is finally summer! During this time of year, many people chose to explore new destinations. There are some go-to places such as local beaches, that many choose as their vacation spot. Our world has so many beautiful places. If you are willing to take a risk, there are an abundant amount of locations that are outside of the typical summer vacation experience. Check out some of them below!

 

St. Petersburg, Florida

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If you can handle the Florida humidity in the summer time, then make sure you add St. Petersburg to your list of destination. This city, located on the Gulf coast of Florida, is flourishing with art and culture. Lined with museums, shops, and restaurants, the downtown area has something for everyone. For those still wanting to catch some rays or swim in the ocean, the St. Petersburg beachfront are recognized as some of the best in America. If you are planning to stay for longer than a few days, there are many resorts and hotels that accommodate to any budget. Visitors can even see the Tampa skyline, so venturing there for a day-trip is another great option.

 

 

San Antonio, Texas

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Although it is one of largest cities in Texas, San Antonio is often forgotten about as a tourist destination. Their River Walk is lined with unique shops and restaurants and at night is lit up with culture and history. For families, theme parks such as Six Flags and Seaworld can be found within the city limits. Texas is rich with food from all parts of the world. Adding Mexican flair to many dishes is a tradition in this state. However, many visit the Lone Star state for their famous take on barbecue. After indulging there are various walking and cycling tours available. If you’re feeling really adventurous, check out Barney Smith’s Toilet Seat Art Museum (yes, it really exists).

 

 

Westerly, RI

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This hidden gem located in New England is the perfect destination for a true getaway. As the temperatures are frigid in the winter, summertime is ideal for a Westerly visit. With dozens of local beaches, tourists are sure to find time to relax in the sunshine. For families, there are a few water and amusement parks to keep busy at. Many people take boat tours and long walks on the beach to pass the time while on this beautiful island. A fun fact about Westerly is that it is home to one of Taylor Swift’s mansions! If it’s good enough for the stars, it must be good enough to vacation too.