July 30 2008 by Mike Mason
Summer is the time to get out. But where do we all want to get out to? For me, getting outdoors, period, is a step in the right direction, even if only to the local park. But summer has a way of bringing out the more adventurous side of folks, so for most people that means hitting a "major destination". Here are three summer destinations that are sure to be popular stops...think of them as the hot, the cool and the beautiful.
Mission Beach: San Diego (The Hot)
Almost goes without saying, you can't beat the beach for a summer destination. Mission Beach sits in the middle of a series of beaches known as The Strand. The Strand extends over two miles and is one of the most popular beach areas around. Being such a popular spot, it draws plenty of sun-loving summer-ites. If you are trying to maximize your beach time, you may want to stay somewhere close (Best Western Suites Hotel Coronado Island, Best Western Mission Bay). Remember, arrive early to stake out your beach spot.
New York City (The Cool, not in a temperature sense, but you get the idea.)
Hot time, summer in the city...as the song goes. Plenty of things going on in New York throughout the year, but summer is a particularly busy time. Broadway shows are in full swing. Venues, museums, and sports arenas are all offering up their best. For the baseball fan, the Yankees and Mets stadiums are only a subway ride away. The Best Western Seaport Inn Downtown, Best Western Convention Center Hotel and Best Western Hospitality House are all located in the heart of the city.
Acadia National Park, Maine (The Beautiful)
For nature bugs, the feeling of dropping out of a busy world and getting back to nature offers plenty of appeal. Acadia National Park, located on the Maine coast, can deliver on the nature part--both breath-taking and beautiful. This national park is home to 28 species of fish and 300 species of birds (for bird-watching enthusiasts). If hiking is your thing, you'll find plenty of miles to wear out your soles...over 100 miles in fact. Or if you're more of a peddler, there's 45 miles of trails for horses, bikes and carriages. And, if you are like me, nothing beats a warm bed and shower to end a day outdoors. The Best Western Inn Hotel, Bar Harbor is located minutes from the park.
What destinations are top picks for your summer travels? Let me know and we will highlight them on the blog as the summer progresses.
Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all details directly with the companies or entities before planning your trip.