Though I am not the type of person who praises summer times after times since I live in the city where winter doesn’t quite exist, but I know there are many of you who cannot appreciate summer more and treasure all the good times that come with it. For this reason, I am writing these summer pieces for you, including this one.
Depending on your interest, summer could be about enjoying big events in the city or, camping out in a national park. Whichever you choose, America has it for you. So, if you not yet have an idea, here are a few useful thoughts:
City Break: Chicago, Illinois
As far as I can remember, this is one of the few places where I don’t see it being mentioned as a winter destination – none that I can recall. Once, I told my colleague there’s a chance of me moving up there. The next thing I know, I was hearing “Are you sure? The winter is horrible, so cold and windy. You probably have about 3-4 warm months where you can really enjoy the city”
Chicago is a place for architecture lover. Walking around town, you will see buildings in various architectural styles, from gothic to contemporary. Moreover, art sculptures are scattered around the city. Some are quite hidden, but I think that gives us the fun hunting for them. Don’t miss out Millennium Park, home to the famous, cool sculpture known as “The Bean” (as shown above). Once there, snap pictures of the Chicago Skyline. The park has such great angle of the city.
The fun doesn’t stop there, especially now that it’s summer. Between the months of June through September, many events are offered to both local and visitors. Movies in the Parks, for example, show multiple family-friendly films at the Chicago Park District Parks (between Lake Shore Drive & Belmont Avenue) for free of charge, starting at dusk from June 14 to September 17. Other popular summer events include Downtown Sound: New Music Mondays, Chicago Air & Water Show, and Chicago Summer Dance.
If time allows, walk or bike along Lake Michigan. Summer is warm enough for people to enjoy the outdoors, may it be the laying on sandy beaches or cruising along the river. With that being said, Chicago Architectural Cruise is a fun way to explore and obtain some cool historical and architectural facts about this windy city.
Lastly, when in Chicago, do try the Chicago’s deep dish pizza. It’s pretty much on almost every street corner. The big names are Lou Malnati’s Pizza, Gino’s East Pizza, and Giordano’s.
Out in the Wild: Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone is no joke – the park is about 2,219,879 acres, covering parts of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho making it a very large area to view spectacular nature and diverse wildlife. It’s a great and educational trip for family with kids since there are many activities to do together: hiking, bicycling, picnicking, fishing, and boating – you name it. Additionally, adults and children can sign up for various educational programs offered at a few different locations within the national park. For example, Yellowstone for the Young is a course designed for children age 5-12 to learn about the park’s history, geology, and wildlife.
Aside from activities, what to see around Yellowstone? The following areas are the focus of the park: Old Faithful, Mammoth, Norris, West Thumb & Grant Village, and Canyon. Again, this is a very large area and seeing all the highlighted spots will take more than a day. It’s important to have a map handy, and plan your trip out.
Keep in mind traveling to Yellowstone requires advance planning, as road conditions and weather change frequently.