Top 7 Summer Destination Spots for Outdoor Adventurers
Choosing a summer travel destination that has a body of water included can ensure that you’ll be utilizing the full summer ensemble.
That particular ensemble should include a bathing suit, hat, suntan lotion and some sunglasses (some of us should always add a cooler and drinks on the go, just saying). These are all key items that are all very important for the right kind of summer throw down.
The challenge is choosing exactly where to go and what kind of water fun you want to have. The U.S. has plenty of adventurous, gorgeous places to go, so let’s explore some REEL Lifestyle options.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
This resort town has sandy beaches, is a travel destination spot for golf lovers, and is a fantastic spot to hike through many meandering trails. The beautiful beaches are clean and even free of cars. You don’t have to drive anywhere as you can bike and walk as slow or as fast as you’d like all over Hilton Head. There’s a ton of water sport activities that you can do, like kayaking and canoeing, SUP (stand up paddleboarding), and even a Black Sparrow Pirate Ship adventure to set sail on. If you go in September, you can time it with Talk Like a Pirate Day which is on September 19, don’t forget! There are gorgeous hotels and tons of amazing spots to eat, drink and be merry. For more details check out Hilton Head’s site for more info.
Pearl Lake State Park in Colorado
Located at the northern tip of Colorado, this is a great lake for outdoor adventurers. You can camp amid trees right on the water’s edge, go on calm, relaxing canoe rides, and the lake has really great cutthroat trout fishing. There are tons of trails to hike and explore, and there’s typically a light fog that will hang over the lake in the morning giving it a mysterious, meditative feel. Perfect to reclaim and reconnect with your higher self. Learn more about it on Colorado’s website.
San Juan Islands, Washington
The Pacific Northwest’s beauty does not disappoint, ever. These islands are between the U.S. mainland and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. The temperatures keep at about a nice even 70 degrees for a majority of the year so you don’t have to rush there during summer to take part in the warmth. San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island have the most things to do, and these islands also have the most hotel and food options to explore. Getting there is half the fun as you can take a ferry, or you can even take a small plane. Biking, hiking, and all kinds of outdoor adventures await. Visit the San Juan Islands’ site for more info.
Lake Santeetlah, NC
This lake in North Carolina sits about 100 miles from Asheville (which is one of the coolest spots next to Charlotte to check out in North Carolina), and it’s a popular destination for people that want to explore via pontoon boats, ski boats or kayaks. The town of Lake Santeetlah is quaint and the surrounding area has a small population. You can camp, visit local farms like Wehrloom Honey Bee Farm, and the clear water offers great fishing for bass, walleye, bluegill, crappie, bream, and lake trout. For more details check this site here.
Lake Tahoe, CA
Lake Tahoe is near and dear to REEL Lifestyle’s heart (given that is the region where our brand was born), but it’s important to note that there’s really cool things you can do there year-round. This includes some really fantastic skiing, but summer provides some awesome things you must check out. You can camp, hike, paddleboard from King’s Beach to Crystal Bay on the North Shore side of the lake, mountain bike, or just throw back some cocktails at the fun at the Wet Woody (Riva Grill, really popular hang out for beach lovers). Here’s a great list of the top 50 things you can do this summer to get the most out of Tahoe.
Block Island, Rhode Island
This island sits 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island and one of the best things about it is that it isn’t a major destination so you shouldn’t have to fight of hoards of people. You can instead relax and just chill out in true summer vacation style. Activities include bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, kayaking and sailing. The food experiences offer everything from five-star dining to some great seafood that’s served in a picnic style setting. There’s lots of events that go on in summer and here’s a good list to get you started to see if this spot should be your next summer stop.
Catalina Island, California
Catalina Island is about 22 miles southwest of L.A. and you can travel there at anytime during the year as the weather is warm year-round. So if you don’t have time to hit it this summer, you can make it a destination to get to some other time in the year. It’s an outdoor adventurer hotspot with tons of tours that you can do on land or via boat. There’s great camping and boating adventures including boat-in campsites that means you can be totally secluded from just about everyone. See their site to check out everything this island has to offer.