Destination summer: A tour guide for a great vacation


Carol M. Highsmith's

The Garden of the Gods, a public park in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA.

Kaitlyn Marshall, Howler Staff Writer

As the school year comes to an end, The Howler wants to give you some interesting places to visit for your summer vacation, ranging from budget-friendly vacations to more expensive vacation spots.

On the cheaper scale of vacation places, we have the Grand Canyon, a great place to see nature and capture its beauty. While the Grand Canyon can get crowded, the photo opportunities are definitely worth it. According to U.S. news travel,  Some campsites start at just $18 per night during the warmer months, while the park entrance fee for vehicles is $35 and lasts seven days. Make sure to pack your own food and drinks to save money and enjoy the beautiful nature presents.

Colorado Springs is a great place to climb mountains, zipline and breathe that fresh air. Colorado offers a wide range of outdoor activities for your inner adventurer. Biking through Garden of the Gods and going to Pikes Peak is a treat, as you get to see the beautiful scenery of Colorado Springs. Lodging and hotels remain affordable and have a wide range of stores and spas to visit.

If you’re seeking some old history in your vacation, Williamsburg, Virginia is the right place for you. You can visit the first Jamestown settlement and wander around the Yorktown battlefields. If you want a more historical thriller, then you can go on a late-night ghost tour of Colonial Williamsburg.

If you want to summon your inner zen, the Arizona Hot Springs are a great place for you with free entry to the park and $30 a night campsites. If you’d like to stay on the free side, then you can wander through the historic bathhouses and learn about the healing auras they have.

Some summer travelers visit the other side of the pond.

The Eiffel Tower makes Paris, France a popular tourist destination. The vast collections of art and food add to the appeal of Paris. You’ll probably want to visit the well-known Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Notre Dame, but don’t forget about some other beautiful places like the Musée d’Orsay, the Luxembourg Gardens or Le Marais. Hotels will range from $500 up a night, and the shopping will blow your mind as well as your bank. Visit Paris for a glamorous vacation in the City of Love.

When in Rome, you need to visit the iconic landmarks that cover the city, and admire the beautiful architecture and culture. Some places to visit are the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Trevi Fountain, as well as the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona and Janiculum Hill, all under the Roman sun. Hotels will be pricey and Rome will be busy. According to U.S. news travel, if you visit the places early in the morning, you will have a better chance at getting a little more of Rome to yourself.

If you’re looking to stay close to home for the summer, here are some great vacation places to visit in Oklahoma. Frontier City and Six Flags is a great family fun place, if you have a Frontier City season pass you can use it for Six Flags. If you want to stay cool, visiting some of Oklahoma’s historic museums is just the place. And if you can’t wait to get out of Oklahoma for the summer but have a tight budget try Texas. Dallas is the place for you as well as Austin. Here are some things to do in Dallas and some things to do in Austin.

Now that some interesting vacation places have been named, give them a thought for your summer vacation. 

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it” – Robert Orben.