THE LAST, LAZY DAYS OF SUMMER
Is it August already? The summer is slowly winding down and school draws ever closer. We’re already starting to return to our everyday lives and getting back into the old routine. But don’t sell summer short, there are still a few weeks left for a spontaneous road trip or long weekend in the RV!
If you still haven’t gone on that hiking trip you swore you’d do this summer, now’s the time. Whether you are looking to push yourself to the edge of your endurance in the mountains or you just want a gentle country walk, summer is a great time to experience the lush vibrancy of nature.
The Berkshires of Massachusetts have so many options for walking, biking, and hiking that it’s hard to know where to start. The Mohawk Trail State Forest is a great place to see pre-settlement old growth forest. Not far away is the Bridge of Flowers in charming Shelburne, MA, and the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in Deerfield. Pewits Nest Canyon in Colorado is an off-the-beaten path spot great for a day of hiking, as well as nearby attractions Witches Gulch and Natural Bridge State Park in Wisconsin.
End of summer is a great time for day trips and picnics in the park. Beautiful picnic areas are not hard to find, but if you’re in Georgia, Forsyth Park in Savannah is a stunning, old world park perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Brackenridge Park in San Antonio, Texas, is a peaceful Japanese Tea Garden that is definitely worth a stop. And Silver Falls State Park in Oregon has 10 gorgeous waterfalls to choose from if you’re looking for the perfect scenic spot.
Before the season slips into fall, be sure to get a few last beach trips in as well. If you’re in Hawaii, then you are lucky enough to have access to some of the best beaches in the world. Be sure to check out the Queen’s Bath on Kauai, a beautiful natural tide pool for a unique swimming experience. For a swim in far brisker water, Ogunquit Beach in Maine is a stunning northeastern beach. On the west coast, California is of course lined with beautiful beaches, but National Geographic suggests Mirador Escenico in Mexico has one of the most beautiful ocean views in the world.
No matter what your plans for the final days of summer, don’t be too sad. Autumn is right around the corner, with tons of wonderful seasonal travel experiences.
What’s on your itinerary for the final days of summer? Let us know in the comments below.