Looking for summer vacation destination ideas? We’ve got you covered. The folks at Pinterest dug into their data to figure out which are the 10 top vacation destinations their users have been saving so far this year. As you’ll see, some are tried-and-true favorites, while others are a bit more off the beaten path.
Whether you prefer the amenities of a full-service luxury hotel or the freedom of staying in an Airbnb, we’ve got you covered with recommended family-friendly lodging options for each destination.
1. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
This ancient Egyptian resort town is nestled between the Sinai Peninsula desert and the Red Sea. It is popular for its shaded seashores, pristine waters and coral reefs. One of the highlights of Sharm El Sheikh is Naama Bay, a palm tree-lined esplanade with plenty of restaurants and bars. You should also check out the national Park which is a huge diving attraction with marine life around the Shark. Visit Yolanda reefs and the wreckage of the SS Thistlegorm which is one of the top ten wreck diving sites in the world.
Seaside Luxury Villa
2. Tenerife, Canary Islands
The biggest of the Spanish Canary Islands, just off the coast of West Africa, this paradise has Spain’s highest point, Mt. Teide which is also a dormant volcanic mountain. Tenerife is famous for its massive pre-Lent Carnaval de Santa Cruz. Enjoy amazing parades, musical performances and colorful attires. Its beaches with different shades of sand color and resort areas are perfect for that getaway feeling.
Casa Ocean View bonitas vistas sobre el Valle
3. Courchevel, France
Right in the middle of the French Alps lies Courchevel. Have your pick from over 100 ski runs, snowboard rides and snowmobile adventures. No matter how good a skier you are, there’s more than enough to cater to your delight.
Le Bucher, our little chalet
4. Scottish Highlands
Search for the Loch Ness monster “Nessie” amidst the ruins of the ancient Urquhart Castle. The Scottish Highlands are in Northwest Scotland and by the east is the city of Inverness. Visit the Moray Firth to see dolphins swimming by. The West Highlands lead to Ben Nevis, the highest point in the United Kingdom. You can also find red deer and waterfalls by Glencoe Valley.
Historic Highland Home on Loch Ness
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland’s capital city is right by the coast and is where the National Museum is located. The Saga Museum is the best place to go to learn about Viking history. Sites of attraction include the Hallgrimskirkja Church and the rotating Perlan glass dome that offers panoramic vistas of the ocean and villages close by. The volcanoes of Iceland can be best experienced at the geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa at the Grindavjk village.
Lovely cabin close to Blue Lagoon
6. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto used to be Japan’s capital city and is a traditional city on Honshu Island. Visit Shinto shrines, ancient Buddhist temples and imperial gardens. Kyoto has some of the best palaces in Japan and is well-known for traditional activities like kaiseki dining. Kaiseki dining involves several courses of detailed dishes. The best of kaiseki dining is from the Gion district.
Japanese traditional house
7. Bora Bora, Polynesia
This tiny island on the Pacific Ocean, just north of Tahiti in French Polynesia is fast becoming a hotspot for fun lovers and Hollywood’s finest. Many of the luxury resorts there have amazing bungalows on water platforms where you can watch the sunset right with the ocean right by your doorstep. There’s also a 727m-tall volcanic mountain, the dormant Mt. Otemanu if you are a hiking enthusiast.
8. New York City, NY
The Big Apple’s five boroughs are seated at the meeting point of the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean. Manhattan is home to some of the largest commercial companies in the world. When in New York, you must visit the Empire State Building, Central park and the Statue of Liberty. Music lovers will have a great time at the Broadway Theatre at the neon-lit Times Square.
Large Central Park Penthouse
9. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is part of the Cyclades Islands in the Aegean Sea. Its rugged landscape was shaped by a volcano in the 16th century. Fira and Oia are its two main towns and by the cliff. Enjoy a panoramic vista of the ocean, small islands and beautiful beaches with colored pebbles.
Coco & Belle villa
10. Barcelona, Spain
This is a city of art and architecture and the capital of Catalonia region. Barcelona has amazing art and architecture all around the city. Visit the Sagrada Familia church and other iconic buildings like the Museu Picasso, the City History Museum and ancient Roman ruins.
Sagrada Familia Balcony