No mater how many incredibly scenic drives I experience around the world, there's always one…
When it comes to summer travel, why not check out mountain destinations?
This time of year, most people are thinking beaches, amusement parks and cities. What that means for mountain locales is that the exorbitant pricing on everything melted away with the snow. Hotels can be up to 40 percent off and just think of the money you’ll save not having to rent crappy used ski equipment?
I really never understood why more people don’t head for mountain resorts in the warmer months. They are places of such incredible beauty, with their exalted landscapes of rock and forest, not to mention cooler temperatures.
Most mountain areas have lifts that run year round, so you can hike and bike through the trails as well as swim and kayak on the nearby lakes. I always find the best place to start looking for great package deals is on the state’s own visitor’s website.
Here are my two top picks.
White Mountains, New Hampshire
Goldie Hawn and her famous kids don’t vacation here and there are no glitzy film festivals, but it does offer a vacation the way it used to be: family restaurants in Swiss Chalets, motor lodges and candy stores. I grew up in New Hampshire and probably went to the White Mountains twice. I returned last year after a 25-year hiatus and felt like an idiot. Here I am, a so-called “travel expert,” and I had no idea of the immense beauty of this area. It’s a majesty combined with a down to earthiness that I love about my home state.
Tip: Unless you are a motorcycle enthusiast, avoid Motorcycle Week in Laconia, NH. It’s a week where hundreds of thousands of bikers come to celebrate the marvel of the machine, its lifestyle of freedom and the leather bra.
For budget friendly travel packages start looking here.www.VisitNH.com
Park City, Utah
It was a location for the 2002 Winter Olympics, but it Medals in the summer category as well. There’s Park City, Canyons, Deer Valley and Olympic Par– all to keep you and everyone in the family either hiking, biking, swimming, and bobsledding. Yep, bobsledding.
Sundance Institute shows free Friday night films in City park and every Sunday is ParkSillyMarket, an open market and festival held on Main Street.
Tip: one of the big pluses about Park City is its proximity to the Salt Lake City airport. While most mountain areas have 2 to 3 hour drives from the airport, Park City is a painless 45 minutes
For budget friendly travel packages start looking here. www.visitparkcity.com
Where are your favorite mountain destinations? Do you like to go in the summer months? Share your travels in the comments section.