Best Vacation Spots in Our Eight States

Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time for a VACATION!! Whether you want to stay close or travel far, we are here to give you a list of some of our favorite vacation spots and getaways from our eight states.



Pittsburgh is a great spot for a weekend trip to see the best in food and art. Are you a true foodie? If so, Pittsburgh can meet all of your culinary needs. Whether you go to the Pittsburgh classics like Primanti’s and Pamela’s, or other fantastic local culinary options, your inner foodie will be satisfied. Take a trip to the Strip and find the best in specialty foods and eccentric shops. Pittsburgh is also home to the Carnegie Art and Natural History Museum. See the work of the iconic Andy Warhol at the Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh is also known for their strong theater scene. Come to see some of the shows that are playing this summer at Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center and more. If you are feeling more adventurous, go boating or kayaking on the three rivers. Take a trip on the Incline and see a perfect view of the city’s stunning skyline. And be sure to head to PNC Park, one of the nation’s best baseball stadiums, for a Pirates game.


Looking for the best combination of adventure and relaxation? Ohiopyle is the perfect destination. Located in the Laurel Highlands region of the Allegheny Mountains, Ohiopyle offers fun for everyone in the family. Hike or bike along the 135-mile Great Allegheny Passage. Go fishing along the river’s edge or go on a whitewater rafting adventure with your family. Splash around in the natural beauty of Cucumber falls or slide down the natural rock waterslide. Explore the inside of the Laurel Caverns and its over three miles of passages. Take tours of the exquisite and iconic architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and his three homes in the area, Fallingwater, Duncan House, and Kentuck Knob. Just minutes away from Ohiopyle is Necomalin Woodland Resorts. This four-star resort offers world-class accommodations, a spa, fine dining, golfing, zip-lining, high ropes course, a wildlife academy, and so much more. Ohiopyle offers so many opportunities for an amazing summer vacation.


Beautiful Lake Erie is another great vacation spot. Go swimming, fishing, sailing, boating, hiking and biking in Presque Isle State Park, or relax on the 11 miles of beaches. Every week during the summer nights, set up a picnic and listen to great music as the beach is turned into an open-air concert venue. Take a trip to the Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Check out the lighthouse at the North Pier. Go kayaking or canoeing in the lagoons. Bike the Multi-Purpose Trail. Enjoy spectacular sunrises or sunsets. Visit the exhibits in the Tom Ridge Environmental Center and learn about the history of the park. Kids will love to learn and have fun in the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum. Go to the top of the Bicentennial Tower to see amazing views of the lake from its observation decks. Have a fun-filled day at the Waldameer Park and WaterWorld.


New York

Lake George

Lake George offers plenty of opportunities for adventure on a great summer trip! Go rafting, tubing, and kayaking in the nearby adventure center. Lounge on Lake George’s “Million Dollar Beach”. Rent a boat and spend the day out on the water. Splash around at the Six Flags Great Escape amusement and water park. Climb high in the trees with a great ropes course and zip-lining at Adirondacks Extreme. Set up shop in one of the nearby campgrounds or spend time relaxing at the spa. Enjoy horseback riding through the beautiful landscape, and if you are not afraid of heights, go hot air-ballooning to see the lake from above.


Put on a swimsuit and head down to one of the many lakeside beaches in Chautauqua, NY. This lakeside town is a great destination for tons of summer fun! Spend a day out on the water boating and sailing. Rent stand up paddleboards, canoes, or kayaks for a fun day on the lake. Take classes and enjoy a diverse set of phenomenal entertainment at the Chautauqua Institution. Go bird-watching at many great observation sites. Take a hike in the surrounding state forests. Midway State Park is one of the oldest continuously operating amusement parks in the country. The park offers fun rides, games, and treats for the entire family. Get a bird’s eye view of Chautauqua Lake on a ride in a two-seat silent glider with dual controls. Hidden away in an ancient forest is the unexpected beauty of Panama Rocks. Hike and climb through its 60-foot-high rocks, forming crevices, passages, and caves.




Learn why Columbus was ranked as one of Trip Advisor’s Top U.S Cities to Visit in 2018, when you visit on your summer trip! Go on a tour of the Ohio Statehouse! See exotic animals at the famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is home to the world’s only botanical garden with a permanent collection of glass artwork by Dale Chihuly. See a show at the stunning Ohio Theatre, a historic movie palace. Visit art galleries, shop in specialty boutiques and grab a bit to eat in the Short North Arts District. Explore the city’s natural beauty with a zipline canopy tour. The Scioto Mile is a fantastic 145-acre park, where you can cool off in the interactive fountain, go climbing on some of the county’s largest climbing walls, or have a picnic and enjoy its free summer concert series.


Take a summer trip to this cool Ohio City! Rock out at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Explore the city’s many museums, or go the Cleveland Zoo or the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Visit the iconic West Side Market. Go on a FREE 90-minute walking tour of the city this summer. Also enjoy the great nightlife, dining and world-class entertainment with the Cleveland Symphony and the many other live music events throughout the summer. On July 24th, take the kids fishing at the Kids Fish Cle for Free event. Swim, surf, and sail on Lake Erie and enjoy the many beaches that surround the city. Whether you want to explore the city or relax by the lake, Cleveland offers you a great summer adventure!


Located on Lake Erie, Sandusky is another great summer destination. Enjoy a walking tour of historic downtown, Sandusky. Did you love Merry-Go-Rounds as a kid? Visit the Merry-Go-Round Museum. Hop on a ferry from Sandusky and visit the two Islands Kelleys Island and South Bass Island. While on the islands, hike, lay out on the beach and go on a wine-tasting and vineyard tour at one of the wineries. You can have a drink at the longest continuous bar in the world! When you’re back from your trip to the islands, spend the day enjoying the rides and thrills at Cedar Point, one of the world’s best amusements parks.


North Carolina

The Outer Banks

Pinned as “America’s First Beach” the Outer Banks is the perfect spot for a summer beach vacation. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or lots of family fun, the Outer Banks is sure to have something for everyone. Climb to the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Sled down sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge, where you can also go hang-gliding, or simply enjoy the sun while relaxing on the pristine beach. You can visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. Watch the Lost Colony Outdoor Drama and learn about the mystery of the Roanoke Island colonists. Take a stroll through the Elizabethan Gardens. Get close with the wildlife at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. You can also see wild horses galloping on the beach near Currituck. There are also fantastic dining options at the over 100 locally-owned restaurants. End your days by having s’mores and bonfires on the beach at the permitted locations.




Looking for a great weekend trip? Look no further! Norfolk is a great spot for a weekend getaway. Go on the USS Wisconsin (BB-64). This battleship served in both World War II and the Korean War, and it is open for visitors to tour its quarters. After touring the battleship, spend time examining the science and technology exhibits at Nauticus. Take a tour of the city on the water with a boat cruise or charter tour. Or, if the sky is more your scene, take an aerial tour of the city on a helicopter. Go fishing and crabbing or even learn to sail. Norfolk has a thriving arts and entertainment community, including the Chrysler Museum of Art and its extensive collection. Norfolk Botanical Garden offers an ideal spot for nature and bird lovers alike, especially with its hummingbird garden. Home to more than 500 animals, the Virginia Zoo can also be found in Norfolk. Explore the city’s culinary scene with a food tour of Norfolk specialties.

Virginia Beach

Located where the Chesapeake Bay meets the Atlantic, Virginia Beach is home to gorgeous beaches and plenty of fun for the entire family. Relax on the pristine beaches or have fun at the Oceanfront with its outdoor restaurants and live performers and entertainers. Spend a day on the bay paddle boarding, kayaking, parasailing, and boating. Go shopping in the area’s wide selection of boutiques and specialty stores. Grab dinner at one of the locally-owned restaurants at Virginia Beach’s art hub, the ViBe Creative District. In August, watch the East Coast Surfing Championship. Go dolphin watching or take a tour of an oyster farm. Climb to the top of Cape Henry Lighthouse. Go golfing in the more than 170 holes of golf in Virginia Beach. Ride one of the 15 rides at the Atlantic Fun Park. Visit the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center which feature more than 300 hands-on marine exhibits, and bay and ocean pavilions. Before you leave, be sure to take a selfie with the iconic King Neptune statue on the Boardwalk.


This historic town is an ideal getaway for any history buffs. Go back in time to the 1700s and the Revolutionary War at Colonial Williamsburg, where you can take tours, shop in authentic shops and try 18th-century meals. Check out the gorgeous Governor’s Palace within Colonial Williamsburg, or if you’re in the mood for a thrill, go on a ghost tour. Water Country USA is a great water park in Williamsburg, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. See history come alive when you visit Jamestown, where some of the very first colonists lived, and take guided tours through this living-history museum. Busch Gardens has something for all ages with the Sesame Street Forest of Fun, thrilling rides, excellent shows, and country-themed areas. Enjoy wine tasting on the Colonial Wine Trail. Williamsburg is rich in history, culture, and fun for everyone in the family.




Detroit, the largest city in Michigan, has so much to offer for a great summer trip. Admire Van Gogh’s “Self Portrait” at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, one of the largest art collections in the country. Go on a riverboat tour of the city. Walk around beautiful Belle Isle Conservancy. Learn why the city is hailed as “Motor City” at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Car lovers will also love the Automotive Hall of Fame. Try Detroit-style pizza and Coney Dogs. Get your groove on at the Motown Museum and learn about the birthplace of Motown. Have some delicious Greek cuisine in the Greektown district. Take in all of the rich cultures that Detroit has to offer.

Ann Arbor

This unique town offers a great and unexpected destination for a summer trip. Little ones will love searching the town for the “fairy doors”. Kayak down the Huron River. Walk through the beautiful campus of the University of Michigan. Visit one of the many museums in the area. Summer in Ann Arbor is filled with many food, art, and music festivals. Ann Arbor also has an extremely diverse culinary scene, so you will be sure to find something that will satisfy your taste buds. Go shopping in Kerrytown, the historic district of Ann Arbor. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library can also be found in Ann Arbor. This eccentric town offers many opportunities to make a great trip.




Catch a water taxi from the Inner Harbor, the heart of the city, and begin to explore Baltimore. The scenic Inner Harbor is also home to the USS Constellation, the last all-sail ship in the Navy. Visitors can tour the decks of the ship and watch daily cannon demonstrations. Find more than 20,000 sea animals at the National Aquarium. Engage in the national pastime by watching a baseball game at Camden Yards.  Check out the unconventional American Visionary Museum that exclusively features the work of self-taught artists. Have your mind blown at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! In late July, find a masterpiece at Artscape, which takes places in Mount Vernon and is considered the largest free arts festival in America. Poetry lovers can visit the home of Edgar Allan Poe. Have a history lesson at Fort McHenry, and learn about the battle that inspired the “Star Spangled Banner” And of course, be sure to eat some fresh Maryland crab at one of Baltimore’s many great restaurants.

Ocean City

Soak up the sun at this iconic beach! Bring the family to the Boardwalk for the outrageously fun rides, games, and treats. Relax on the beach or have fun on the water jet-skiing, tubing or parasailing. Check out the famous Assateague Island’s Wild ponies and other fascinating wildlife. Enjoy some delicious and fresh Maryland crab. During the summer, Ocean City offers free family events almost every night of the week. From beach dance parties, movies on the beach, Family Olympics, fireworks, sunset party nights and more!


West Virginia

Cheat Lake

Located just miles from Morgantown, Cheat Lake is a beautiful spot for camping, biking, hiking, fishing, and exploring. Have fun tubing and water-skiing on the lake. Tap into your inner lake yogi, and do some yoga on a standup paddle-board. Also, close by is Coopers Rocks State Forest for even more scenic views and adventure. Go into town for a great meal, or prepare your own at your campsite. Cheat Lake is the perfect spot to get outdoors this summer.

Written by Brooke Echnat, Marketing Intern

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    Thank you for this! AWESOME “Bucket List!” 🙂