If you’re looking for a vacation this summer, here are 4 stunning locations to choose from without having to leave the US. Whether you’re looking to laze on beautiful beaches or shop till you drop, these destinations have it all.

San Francisco

New York, LA and Vegas can often steal a lot of the USA’s thunder but you’d be a fool to overlook San Francisco. San Fran is a truly fantastic summer spot. There’s a lot to do in San Francisco and one of the best things about the city is that it’s relatively compact at just 49 square miles.

Jump on one of the city’s famous cable cars and get yourself to Fisherman’s Wharf. Home to Pier 39, a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf will see you ogling at Sea Lions, sampling crab and shrimp cocktails and taking in the marketplace atmosphere.

When it comes to the stalwarts of any good summer vacation, restaurants and shopping, San Francisco is sure not to disappoint. San Francisco is also a happy snapper’s paradise with the stunning Golden Gate Bridge being one of the most photographed structures on earth.

Accommodation can be expensive here so you could look into finding alternatives like staying outside of the city or even doing a home swap within the USA – visit this page for more information.


Nothing spells summer like Miami. If sinking your toes into soft white sand and taking a dip in warm turquoise water sounds like your bag, then look no further than Miami’s famous South Beach. When you’re done with beach time saunter through the colorful Art Deco city until you find yourself at Little Havana. This vibrant corner of the city will have you sampling the tastes, sights and sounds of Cuba.


Hawaii’s capital is a beautiful place to visit. Aside from plenty of beach time, Honolulu can also boast amazing shopping. The Ala Moana Shopping Centre is the largest open-air shopping mall in the world. If you’ve got your walking shoes on then heading up Diamond Head is a must. The Diamond Head crater is 350 acres and affords amazing views of Hawaii.


With summer temperatures averaging 34 degrees, Sedona is a great summer spot for those who love the heat. Sedona is one of the most popular tourist spots in Arizona and is especially loved by fans of the outdoors. It is home to fabulous hiking and biking trails, all with a backdrop of the stunning red rock formations. Sedona is packed with fishing and swimming spots as well as golf courses and tennis courts.

There are so many options of things to do here, you could opt for a rental party bus in Arizona. If you prefer a more relaxed approach to your summer holiday then go on one of the many wine country tours available.

mountains in sedona

If you’re on a budget and you can’t afford expensive hotels in these locations, look into alternative options like couch surfing, staying in hostels, or if you own a property you could visit www.lovehomeswap.com or another home exchange website and arrange a house swap.

Whether you decide on the turquoise waters of Miami or the heat of Sedona, you are sure to have a great summer trip. Have a great vacation!