The Weekender: Summer Vacation


It’s officially summer, which means its time to plan a summer vacation.  There are a lot of great places to go on summer vacation, but what is the best summer trip?  The mountains?   The lake?  The beach?  Do you have a favorite place to go camping?  The perfect summer roadtrip?    Let us know your favorite place to summer vacation and tell us why its the best.  If you win you could pick up a basketball signed by NBA legend Bill Bradley.

57 Comments

  1. Saskopite

    June 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Anytime I got off from farming in the summer is spent at the golf course. I can’t figure out how a game so frustrating can be so relaxing at the same time.

  2. Binary Daoist

    June 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Water woods rock fire and dirt

    • BadNewsJeff

      June 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

      Binary Daoist Battle Beasts?

      • Binary Daoist

        June 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm

        nature

      • BadNewsJeff

        June 21, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        Binary Daoist ahh, that’s good too

  3. FanBoy1

    June 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    My Absolute Favorite vacation destination is Union Valley Reservoir, located in the crystal basin recreation area  Northern California side in the Sierras.. we relax, hike, swim,  fish eat drink and most fun of all I get to run my Jet Boat.plus we tube and wakeboard…. The lake sits at almost 5,000 feet yet its warm in the day and not to cold at night. by July the lake is warm enough to swim across (long as you dont go down to deep). and from my driveway to the campsite is less then a 2 hour drive. but this year my wifes Vacation time was cut in half due to a new Job so…. we will be lucky if we can make it one trip this summer. We usually go between 3 and 5 times from June to September. We love it that much and have been going there the first week of June for the last 12 years….. till this year.

    This is just one view form a lakeside campsite.
    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=987kvb&s=5

    • FanBoy1

      June 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      from time to time when we have planned it right we have had that entire lake to ourselves. nothing cooler then driving out near the middle on the dam end shutting the engine off and just sitting and taking it all in…… Next to scuba diving Ive never had a more serene feeling in my life.

  4. BadNewsJeff

    June 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Outer Banks by a mile and a half.  Look at the Outer Banks beach compared to the Jersey Shore above and you can see why.  Camping is great but it’s better in cold weather- ideally fall.  Water Parks have too much pee.

    • BadNewsJeff

      June 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      I’ll be there in two weeks.  CANNOT WAIT!!!

  5. Narc Zito

    June 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I think the best place for a summer vacation possible would be the lovely shrekkalove’s house.  It’s not too far from the Grand Canyon, within driving distance of Lake Havasu, and best of all you’d be staying with an adorable angel.

    • DeathProof

      June 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      I love Flagstaff, AZ.

      • shrekkalove

        June 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

        DeathProof Flagstaff is the best. Gorgeous and not 3000 degrees

    • shrekkalove

      June 21, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Narc Zito shrekkalove Gaw! Niceness. But, it’s hotter than hell here now.  I’ll meet you in Colorado!

      • Narc Zito

        June 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm

        shrekkalove Narc Zito shrekkalove See you there!

    • Moon Rocks

      June 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      I didn’t realize Hell was so close to the Grand Canyon, Narc.

      • Narc Zito

        June 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        Moon Rocks There are no adorable angels in Hell!

  6. jerkaruso

    June 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I think you gotta go with the Great American Road Trip. A couple years back my chick and I drove from San Diego to Seattle in a couple weeks but with no set itinerary. Stop when and where we want; want to stay an extra day in San Francisco, go ahead. And the drive up the west coast to the Pacific N.W. is one of the most beautiful drives ever. Easily one of the best vacations ever

    • SarahMcPants

      June 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      That sounds awesome

      • jerkaruso

        June 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

        SarahMcPants Yeah it was great. I’ve been itchy to do it again actually. I recommend it

  7. SpongeSteve

    June 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    It sounds corny, but I have never had a bad vacation as long as I have been with friends or my chick. Camping, crashing at a friend’s, staying in a cheap motel, they are al great. As long as there is water near by and my chick and or my friends are there I am always having a good time.

  8. 32_teeth

    June 21, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Newport, RI. It’s got it all, beaches, great downtown party scene, mansions, centaurs (probably), great food, Narragansett Bay for boating. The place is great.

  9. Binary Daoist

    June 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I love summer cause I can go someplace dark and stargaze all night w/o freezing my ass off

  10. Binary Daoist

    June 21, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    While Yosemite is my fav… Sawtooth Mountains, Palm Spring Mountains, Appalachian trail, Yellowstone.   You can’t lose.

  11. edrooney

    June 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I go out to the Cape every year.  We stay in Brewster.  Same house.  Outdoor shower.  1/4 mile from the bay side where the waterline between high tide and low tide vary by a mile and a half.  Love the Beachcomber in Wellfleet and how it sits a good 150 feet atop the dunes overlooking Cahoon Hollow beach.  Wellfleet flea market is always a good time.  Provincetown is a sight to be seen!  Fez needs to get there pronto.  The Ocean House in Dennisport is one of my favorite places to dine, along with the Brewster fish house, The Impundent Oyster and 28 Atlantic in Chatham, Abba in Orleans and Sesuit Harbor Cafe in Dennis.  Can’t wait till August.

  12. sailor

    June 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Gaycation

  13. Binary Daoist

    June 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Love hiking in New Paltz then going to the microbrew…

  14. Binary Daoist

    June 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Whatever you do be Tom Sawyer

  15. mattearle

    June 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Load up the motorcycle and ride the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The view along the way will take your breath away. Your on top of the world.

  16. SarahMcPants

    June 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I am land locked so I love to go to the beach and stare at the ocean for hours. Driving around Florida is fun because so many beaches and big cities are packed into that one state. Also, bath salts.

  17. BadNewsJeff

    June 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Tubing is absolutely brilliant.  Go with a bunch of friends and coolers packed full of beer.  It’s like a sore peter.

  18. DeathProof

    June 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    What the hell is a vacation??!

  19. SarahMcPants

    June 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    That geoguessr game makes me want to go *everywhere* especially Canada.

  20. shrekkalove

    June 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Summit County, Colorado.  Gorgeousness!  Hike, bike, lake.  Fresh air, running water, great food, better beer.

  21. Docintoxicated

    June 21, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I like to go up to NH and Maine to camp and go gem mining. You combine all the great stuff from camping with adventure/treasure hunting and usually you get to head into local towns and drink at there bars and meet the people. Nothing tastes better than a beer and a cheeseburger when you’ve spent the last 2 days chiseling, smashing rock with sledgehammers, and hiking up nearly vertical terrain getting bit by bugs the whole way. Also it’s the little things, you explore and find some of the most beautiful sights, you feel filthy and sweaty and then go and swim in lakes that look like scenes only from Country time lemonade commercials. There is a such a beautiful disconnect from society that lets you reflect.

  22. HummusMagnate

    June 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    This is gonna sound unconventional and it’s really fucking hot, but if you’re not from there (like myself) D/FW would be a great vacation spot. Lakes are everywhere. You can now float the trinity river. Six Flags Over Texas. Rangers baseball. There are too many waterparks to name. Fort Worth has a good live music seen. Real cowboys and bulls roaming the historical “Stock Yards”. Willie might show up at “Billy Bob’s Texas”. Great mix of southern food, Mexican food, and great steakhouses. I’d rather be in Austin or at the beach in NC personally, but there you go…

    • HummusMagnate

      June 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Scene

  23. Derwood OMalley

    June 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Berkley Springs WV – Up the hill to a cabin on the Cacapon River.  True Peace.  Going on the 4th.

  24. Archbishop Boozebag

    June 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Berkshires , go to Tanglewood , shop for antiques ( happy wife ) , and then Mrs lets me go to the Berkshire Brewing Company and get me drink week .

  25. JonNockels

    June 21, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    2 weeks ago we did the classic American family vacation; Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills of South Dakota. The forest was beautiful, the people are friendly, and we found out Where The Heck Wall Drug is.

  26. Saratoga Chick

    June 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    There’s a lobster shack just south of Rockland, Maine called Mitchell’s (you’ll never find it unless you ask the locals for directions). We drove up/stayed at a B&B called ‘A Little dream” in Camden 13 summers in-a-row (1989-2001). Tell the “Little Dream” owners, Saratoga Chick sent you (Camden’s marina also got a lobster shack serving great lobster/crab rolls).

    • BadNewsJeff

      June 21, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Saratoga Chick I can’t afford a vacation this summer.  Got some bad tips at the track.

      • Saratoga Chick

        June 21, 2013 at 3:22 pm

        Keep the faith, Badnews. I’m just warming up. By late summer  – if you keep following my tips – you’ll be in lobster roll/mink stole heaven

  27. Saratoga Chick

    June 21, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I’m just warming up, Badnews. By late summer  – if you keep following my tips – you’ll be in lobster roll/mink stole heaven.

  28. Moon Rocks

    June 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Sullivan’s Island, SC. Quaint, great food, great drinks, beautiful beach, very few tourists, and only 30 minutes from Charleston. Sullivan’s is also home to one of the best burger joints in the nation, Poe’s.
    Oh, and Bill Murray lives there.

  29. Moon Rocks

    June 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Your actual poop shit has to be buried? Or like your gear shit?

  30. Foggy_Otis

    June 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Astoria Queens at the Pepper Hicks Health Resort.
    Tito’s, molly, hashish, smack, meth, weed.
    Name your poison, its all happening here!

    • Saskopite

      June 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      That sounds awesome. After you get good and wasted you can take A centaur ride up and down the block

  31. Glennfah

    June 22, 2013 at 8:05 am

    About 18 miles west of Wilkes Barre lies Good’s Campground; it is a privately owned camping site butted right up to Rickets Glen State Park. I mile away is a free spring water tap; you fill up your water jugs with the freshest water you have ever tasted. The park has hiking trails that feature some of the most beautiful waterfalls in PA. There is a spring lake at the top of the mountain; it is so clear that you can see the bottom in 10 feet of water from a boat. At night, you can see the milkyway from the campground. 

    This is a great trip for 2-4 nights in the summer.

  32. Pool Keepers Son

    June 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    About 5 hours south west of denver in the Rocky Mountains is a small little town. South Fork Colorado is a small town with camping just outside of town and 80000 acres of national forest. We like to go every other year or so and fish, camp, ride atvs & razors. We catch hundreds of trout and drive these 2 seat golf carts on steroids about 60mph through forest on trails that go on for days. Great Sand Dunes National Park is also a few miles away and the dune buggies are a blast. After that we like hit Pagosa hot springs with some beers and relax. What would vacation be with out some great food, they have a little diner that’s of the charts, and it’s always busy. Cell service is limited outside of town make sure bring some Willie talkies. Also at high altitude SPF 50 sunscreen and drink a bottle of water for every hour your outside.also a quick note we don’t have many bugs, for some reason they get eaten by all the birds and fish…
    When your done you will be tempted to move here but not so quick, our rule is you have to talk 2 people into moving away before your welcome!

  33. caseypickles

    June 22, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    The Jersey Shore: Asbury Park, Seaside, Wildwood. It’s my first love and first loves die hard. I was conceived in Wildwood and 50 years later I still love it!  My family is going down again this summer to play fascination, eat at Geoff’ s and watch the tram car!

  34. LatinoComedian

    June 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Paterson, NJ where you will always feel like a baller. No matter where you go, you will always be the one with the most money in yo pocket.

  35. BillLehecka

    June 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    There’s nothing better than a road trip. Whether you go east to west or north to south. The US has so many sights and sounds that are best experienced in the summer. Take three weeks, pick a direction, and you have an instant best memory.

  36. RyanBrook

    June 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Yellowstone National Park! Because I took these photos there.
     http://www.flickr.com/photos/69026102@N07/sets/72157634292099170/
    It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to walk 30 feet from their car to someone who wants to do a demanding 10 mile hike. Not knowing what kind of wildlife you’re going to see around the next corner is enough to keep just driving through the park exciting. The natural landscape is jaw dropping and never gets old. Can’t say enough good things about it. Including that you won’t have to worry about the people you’re there with having their faces buried in their phones because there is just about zero cell service in the park. Perfect.

  37. skins

    June 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    I will be taking a trip on my motorbike this summer. I am going from the US / Canadian border to the US / Mexican border along The Continental Divide. The trip will be approximately 2,600 miles long, cross the actual Continental Divide at least 25 times and 80% of it will be off-road. My motorbike is a dual purpose street / dirt bike with a couple of saddlebags that will carry my tent and such. I will be taking four weeks to do it and doing it solo so that I can linger in the cool places and fly right through the shitty spots. Here’s a link that can probably explain it better than I can for anyone interested.
    http://www.twotaildog.com/Motorcycling_the_Great_Divide/00Intro/Great_Divide_Intro.htm
    Next summer will be a vacation along the same lines but east to west along the Trans America Trail and I am allowing up to eight weeks to finish that one.
    I plan on doing the Alaska to Argentina trip the same way but allowing up to a year to complete it. I am saving for that one now and will hopefully be able to do it in two or three years.

  38. jlb6486

    June 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    teton national park through yellowstone north through western montana, end at glacier national park.  3 national parks and countless national forests to camp, bike fish whatever

  39. Drock623

    June 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Best time is the UP of Michigan. My family has 2 places on the shore of lake Huron. Bring 6 cases of beer, vodka, whiskey and once of weed. For food its grilling for all meals. No vegetarians aloud. Got jet skies and atv’s to play with and a private beach. So remote you can go in the woods and fire off your guns. Just throw on some tunes and party till you drop. You will come home very relaxed.

  40. Plastic Thoughts

    June 23, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    I’ve been to some truly beautiful places in America, but none have affected me the way Highlands North Carolina has. At 4118 feet above sea level it is higher than any town in the eastern United States. The high elevation mixed with the fact that it gets over 90 inches of annual rainfall means it has some of the largest trees in the East United States. The rich and complex ecosystem is like no were else. Something about the lush forests and ancient mountains gives me hope and reminds me of just how beautiful this world can be.