Summer is just around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s the season of fireworks, street parties, beach parties, barbecues and, of course, travel. Take a look at our list of top summer cities for your next vacation. We looked for cities that truly shine in the summer sun - factoring in everything from the weather to prices, seasonal events, and amenities. From surfing in Australia to the mountains of Peru, these cities are at their best in the summer.
Nothing says summer like the glowing sun and beautiful beaches of Australia! Sydney is an easy choice for a summer vacation with amazing activities and natural beauty. While the city is popular all year, the best time to visit is in the summer when it’s winter in the southern hemisphere, and the temperature is in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit, rather than a scorching 100! Of course, if you need to cool off, you’re never far from the ocean. Located on the East Coast of Australia on the world’s largest natural harbor, Sydney is famous for its beaches, swimming, and sailing.
Head on down to Bondi Beach, which means “noise of the water breaking over rocks.” The beach has great surfing, sunbathing, volleyball, and free WiFi. Of course you won’t bury your nose in your phone, you’ll be too busy taking a surfing lesson and learning how to ride the waves! But don’t just hit the surf inside the city, take a day and visit the pristine beaches and soaring cliffs of the Royal National Park just south of the city.
But it’s not just outdoor activities. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge are two of the most iconic landmarks in the world and for good reason. The Opera House is a collection of performance centers, including opera, ballet, music, and theater. The Opera House offers comprehensive tours for those who just want a peek inside. Next door is the Sydney Harbor Bridge, just called “The Bridge” by Sydneysiders. The bridge is accessible on foot for beautiful views of the city and the ocean. If you’re particularly adventurous, book a BridgeClimb and clamber up the steel arch for a truly exhilarating view. If that’s enough for you, the Sydney Tower has an observation deck over 879 feet (268 meters) above the ground. Back on the ground, take a stroll through the public park, known as The Domain, right next to the Opera House, and catch an outdoor concert or visit the Royal Botanical Gardens. Winter in Australia is the best summer you’ll ever have.