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The U.S. is beginning to open up thanks to the COVID vaccine, so it’s time to pack your swimsuit and start planning your summer destination. Places all over the country are opening their front doors and welcoming tourists back into town. Airlines are reducing the cost of plane tickets and hotels are price-cutting their suites. Plan your summer vacation today.

Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida, is one of the top-booked destinations for Summer 2021. If you’re itching to get out of your home and immerse yourself in the beauty of tropical beaches, palm trees, and margaritas, push Orlando to the top of your list. Many round trip flights have been reduced in price – some even as low as $200 from Dallas. There’s something for young travelers here, too, between the many excursions and Disney World.

Anchorage, Alaska

Looking to beat the Texas heat with a cooler summer destination? Check out Anchorage, Alaska, for breathtaking views and moderate weather. Plan a romantic getaway with your partner or take the family on a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Go whale watching, take a hike along the scenic trails, visit glaciers, and spend the night under the stars taking in the Northern Lights.

Maui, Hawaii

Most of us have dreamed about vacaying in Hawaii and experiencing island life. Knock this dream off your bucket list this summer, and check out Maui. Fill up on Spam, ride the surf, and visit a volcano. However, keep in mind that Hawaii is a small island with a small population of indigenous islanders, so that’s why Hawaii is doing what it can to protect its native Hawaiians. There are stricter COVID-19 travel restrictions. You must present a negative test upon arrival, even if you’ve been vaccinated.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is also a top summer destination among avid vacationers. Fly into San Juan to enjoy the spectacular beaches and delicious food. Plus, you can explore historic sites around the city. Make sure to get a COVID test before your flight, because a negative test is needed 72 hours before departure.

Las Vegas, Nevada

If you’ve never been to Las Vegas, now’s your chance. After limited partying last year, Sin City is prepping the blackjack tables and pouring shots. This is the ultimate summer vacation destination if you work hard but party harder.

Can’t wait to see even more summer hot spots and activities? Check out the Olympus Waterford blog for more.