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Great last-minute summer getaway destinations

By Country Inn & Suites, 08/15/19, 11:45AM EDT


It may be August, but there’s still time for one last amazing adventure before school and another soccer season starts. To jump start your travel planning, here are five favorite family vacation destinations – and recommended activities for each -- from Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, the official Hotel and Hotel Loyalty Partner of US Club Soccer. They’ve done the heavy lifting, now all you need to do is figure out your transportation and accommodations!

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Los Angeles
There’s no shortage of fun things to do in the City of Angels. Spend a day at Disneyland Park, where everyone will rediscover their inner child. Next up: Hollywood! Immerse yourself in movie magic on the Universal Studios tour. While you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame – you never know who you might see! Love people watching? Hit Venice Beach, soak up some sun and explore the boutiques of nearby Abbot Kinney Boulevard. The whole family will love Santa Monica Pier, where you can ride a solar-powered Ferris wheel and a roller coaster seaside on the Pacific.

This majestic Midwestern city is filled with fascinating sights and attractions. Explore the impressive downtown on an architectural boat tour down the Chicago River. Browse unique shops as you stroll the legendary Magnificent Mile. See Chicago – and as far as Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan – from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. Ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy the many attractions of Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. Spend a relaxing afternoon at Millennium Park and get a selfie of your reflection in The Bean. And if the Cubs are in town, be sure to catch a ballgame at historic Wrigley Field.

New Orleans
City Park is fun, fun, fun – and there’s something for everyone! Take a romantic gondola ride around the park, rent a swan-shaped paddleboat or tour the lovely sculpture garden. Hit Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, where you can hop on a historic carousel, enjoy exciting rides, play mini golf and much more. Once you’ve experienced it all, take a relaxing streetcar ride around the city. Climb aboard a riverboat for a ride on the mighty Mississippi. Visit the WWII museum, stroll through the historic French Quarter and see Jackson Square. Wrap up your Big Easy adventure with a swamp tour, where you’ll see alligators and other fascinating critters!

Who doesn’t love The Theme Park Capital of the World? Your family will enjoy hours of fun at Universal Studios Florida– home to the incredibly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Discovery Cove, where you can swim with dolphins, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld. Is golf your game? There are over 170 courses in the Orlando area, so it’s easy to find one that fits your skill level. Be sure to include a day trip to nearby Cocoa Beach in your plans. Sun, sand and surf are all just a short drive away. While there, make time to tour Kennedy Space Center, launch site for many Apollo and space shuttle missions. 

Washington, D.C.
There’s so much to see and do in our nation’s capital – where to begin? We suggest starting on a high note by touring the Smithsonian. The Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum are must-sees! You can spend hours exploring these captivating complexes. Go on a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol or Library of Congress. See the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the many other iconic monuments and memorials. Explore Old Town Alexandria and visit Mount Vernon, George and Martha Washington’s home. When you’ve had your fill of history, head to Six Flags America for a day of thrilling rides and waterpark fun.

Whether you’re home or away, enjoy the final days of summer with your family!

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