On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100! With 58 parks to choose from, you can celebrate by visiting the most popular attractions - Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Point in Yosemite, the Grand Canyon - or by scoping out some of the lesser known parks. Try exploring the smaller islands in Channel Islands National Park, California. Go snorkeling and explore the reefs of Biscayne National Park in Miami, Florida. Or catch your own breakfast while fishing in Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. There’s so much more to the U.S. than its classics. Explore America’s backyard!
Anywhere in Italy is gorgeous during the summer but Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Italy. The days can get quite hot but as it’s on the water, the temperature stays cooler than popular cities more inland. The nights are pleasantly warm making it perfect for eating at outdoor restaurants. Visit popular attractions like the Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Square, and Doge’s Palace. If you want to shop for beauty products like a local, look for a Beautiful store for reasonably-priced cosmetics.
Seattle may be known for its rain, but if you visit in the summer, it is less likely that you will experience a downpour. Summer weather in Seattle is absolutely delightful. Take a cruise in the bay, try new restaurants in Capitol Hill, and shop in downtown. And if Pike Place Market is still on your list, try going in the earlier hours to avoid major lines at hot spots like Piroshky Piroshky and the original Starbucks. Pro tip: if you investigate the dozens of brands who have booths instead of brick and mortar shops, you’re likely to find plenty of handmade beauty and skincare products.
Costa Rica is one of the few countries in Central America that can please people of many backgrounds and interests. From hostels to luxury hotels, surfing to ziplining, and volcanoes to beaches, you can plan the adventure of a lifetime or a relaxing stay at a five-star resort. Tenorio Volcano National Park is one of the most popular areas in the Northern Plains of Costa Rica and would look gorgeous on anyone’s Instagram.
The Bahamas has 700 islands to visit so you better start now! We highly recommend visiting its capital, Nassau. There are dozens of resorts along the border of the island as well as hiking available in the inland. Animal lovers can meet dolphins and other animals at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort. While shopping for beauty products and sampling the local cuisine, don’t forget to visit the Nassau Public Library. It’s an 18th century jail that was later converted into the library. Climb to the top to get a lovely view of Downtown Nassau!