Summer is around the corner, and it is time to “hit the road” and explore America. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly destination where you can experience history come alive, a romantic tropical island escape or want to lose your inhibitions in a city where anything goes, HotelQuickly has something just for you.
Southern comfort in the “Big Easy”
There’s nothing as intoxicating as a steamy summer night in the Louisiana bayou, and the antebellum charm of New Orleans never seems to go out of style. It’s a city with an edge to it, where you feel like anything is possible, and you can really “let your hair down.” World-renowned as the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans is highly regarded for its regional spicy southern cuisine, Creole and Cajun cultural heritage, and its connection to voodoo and the occult. Although party revelers flock to the city for its annual Mardi Gras celebration, the French Quarter is a draw year-round with its quaint shops and boutiques, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants. A great summer hangout for couples, groups of friends or even the lone adventurer, there’s a bevy of things to do including a visit to Bourbon Street, shopping at the French Market and having an iconic perfect cup of coffee and a beignet at Cafe du Monde. The Garden District with it streetcars made famous by author Tennessee Williams is the ideal location for a mint julep or carefree afternoon tea. Visit the New Orleans Cigar company to see how local artisans hand roll these classic favorites and visit America’s oldest rum factory with an Old New Orleans Rum Distillery tour. Try your hand at Cajun cooking with a cooking class, take a bayou swamp tour or make time for a day trip to visit the beautiful antebellum architecture and plantation homes found outside the city. The Spanish colonial architecture of the French Quarter with its wrought-iron balconies and wood shuttered windows, is a hallmark of New Orleans design, and you will find an alluring mix of both modern and historic hotels to stay at that combine the best of both worlds. Popular hotels include the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, the historic Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery as well as the Bienville House, The W New Orleans, the Royal St. Charles Hotel and the famous Hotel St. Pierre.
Luxury Hawaiian Getaway
Palm trees, colorful sand beaches, active volcanoes, majestic waterfalls and awe-inspiring rainforests and canyons, these are a few of the many things you can experience in the island state of Hawaii. Popular with honeymooners and those who consider themselves romantics at heart, Hawaii is the perfect place to plan a summer escape for two. Although the island chain comprises eight different islands, most visitors stick to Oahu, where Honolulu is located, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii which is aka the “Big Island.” If sheer romance is what you are after, skip Oahu and Maui and concentrate on either Kauai, the Big Island or the tiny island of Lanai. Kauai is called the garden island and is home to tropical rainforests, stunning waterfalls, as well as Waimea Canyon which is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon” of the Pacific. A nature lover’s paradise, this island is hauntingly beautiful and with a laid-back style all its own. The Big Island of Hawaii is another must see. Nothing in the world compares to a helicopter ride to Mauna Kea in Volcanoes National Park where you can view the smoldering and sputtering activity in all its fuming glory. You can additionally drive or hike the crater and then head to a black sand beach for a thrilling experience like no other. Make your way to Kona for the nightlife, shopping, and horseback riding at one of the big cowboy ranches, and visit Hilo for diving or deep sea fishing. One of the best-kept secrets of Hilo is Papakōlea Beach, which is a brilliant green sand beach located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island. Be sure to visit the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm, the sacred Hawaiian sites and enjoy traditional hula dance performances and delicious local Hawaiian food. If you want to get off the beaten track and explore Hawaii like a local, go to Lanai which is aka the pineapple island because of its historical connection to producing the fruit. As one of the smallest islands, privacy, and seclusion are readily available here. A visit to “sweetheart rock” aka Puʻu Pehe Platform should be one of the first things you do, as well as make time for snorkeling in Hulopoe Bay. Learn about Hawaiian history at the Lanai Cultural & Heritage Center and visit the Dole Pineapple Factory. There are a million reasons to fall in love with Hawaii, and the environment truly enhances romance. No matter how you slice it, Hawaii is an island paradise and a fantastic holiday destination for summer lovers.
Living history in Boston
From Paul Revere and the “freedom trail,” to Boston Common, and the ongoing legacy of its ivy league universities, Boston is one of the best cities in the US to visit with your kids in tow. Boston, Massachusetts is the ultimate historical travel destination that is jam-packed with architecture, culture, and entertainment. The Science Museum is always a hit with the kiddies, as is the Boston Aquarium. Boston is home to one of the oldest and largest kid-centric museums in the world, as the Boston Children’s Museum was founded in 1913 and remains one of the most popular and engaging “learn-and-play” locations to this very day. Take a trip along the 2 ½ miles of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Here you can see the sites such as the Old South Meeting House, and Old State House as they bring to life the events that led to American Independence. If you don’t want to walk or hike, you can use the “hop-on, hop-off” trolley or opt for a special one-hour walking tour of the trail designed for kids 6 -12 years old, called Boston by Little Feet. Free “Concerts in the Courtyard” usually take place every Wednesdays and Friday night at the courtyard of the Central Library during the summer months. A visit to the museums at Harvard University is always a wonderful thing to do with the family, and there are usually street performers and musicians in Harvard Square in the evenings. Some charming hotels to stay at including the Boston Park Plaza, The Westin Boston Waterfront, the Boston Harbor Hotel and the historic The Bostonian. There no other city where history “comes alive” like it does in Boston, and it’s perfect for a summer family vacation.
Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”