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The Ultimate Summer Travel To-do List

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In 2013, Southwest Airlines hosted more than 11 million Customers in the air per month.  While some were traveling for business, others were traveling for leisure—remember a vacation is good for your brain!  If you can manage, use the summer months to explore the many cities Southwest can take you to, and enjoy some time unwinding or searching for adventure.  Pick a couple of things off this to-do list (or try them all!) for an ultimate summer travel experience. Collect seashells from a beautiful beach (Visit West Palm Beach, FL)
The classic (and most obvious) way to celebrate summer starts with visiting a beach.  Whether it’s time to get your tan on or time to practice your sandcastle-building skills, spend at least a day getting some Vitamin C and sand between your toes.
Climb a mountain (Visit Denver, CO)
With strong-soled shoes and a good hiking stick, make the trek up one of Colorado’s mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Denver

Explore a famous zoo (Visit Kansas City, MO)
The Kansas City Zoo plays host to over 1,200 exotic species, making it a good place to be for those already and soon-to-be animal lovers.
Shop at one of the largest malls in America (Visit Minneapolis, MN)
Prepare to be wowed at the Mall of America.  With more than four million square feet of mall area, you’re sure to find that perfect something (or somethings) you’ve been looking for.  The mall is also home to a number of non-shopping related attractions.
Rent a house boat on a scenic lake (Visit Little Rock, AR)
A short drive outside Little Rock’s city limits, Lake Ouachita is one of Arkansas’ most beautiful lakes due to its clear waters and rock bottom.  Staying on a house boat is an adventure everyone should try!  Why just visit nature when you could float in it?
Get lost in waterfall mist (Visit Buffalo, NY)
Of all the wonderful waterfalls that fall (pun intended) in the U.S. borders, the American Falls (part of the Niagara Falls trio of waterfalls) is one of the most exciting.  Catch the view from the Niagara Falls Observation Tower or brave the mist by climbing down the stairs to the Crow’s Nest.

American Falls

Experience an original, iconic location (Visit Seattle, WA)
Whether you’re into architecture, seafood, or coffee, Seattle has an icon for you!  Check out the view from the Space Needle and sip a mocha latte from the original Starbucks coffee shop.  Also, don’t forget to see the famous flying fish at the Pike Place Market.
Visit a hometown treasure off the beaten path (Visit Spokane, WA)
When you think wine, you may think Napa Valley, but think again!  Home to great wine growing conditions, Spokane is full of local wineries with quaint charm ready to host your taste buds.
Check out some interesting architecture (Visit New York, NY)
New York City not only has the memorable Empire State building, but tons of additional stacked brick and shaped metal buildings waiting to be seen.  For architecture enthusiasts or for the newbies, NYC is a great place to explore.
Snap a photo next to a larger-than-life monument (Visit Washington D.C.)
Take a photo with some of the most famous sites in the United States, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Jefferson Memorial.  If the statue isn’t larger-than-life, its meaning sure is!

Washington DC

Relive history (Visit Houston, TX)
As the largest city in Texas, Houston offers a diverse list of activities.  Visit Space Center Houston to learn more about space travel—don’t forget to say, “Houston, we have a problem.”  And visit Galveston, Texas, a short drive south, to learn about the power of hurricanes and the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900.
Search a unique museum (Visit San Diego, CA)
Balboa Park in San Diego is home to 15 museums, a zoo, and much more.  Spend the weekend exploring the park grounds and gardens, and don’t forget to take an afternoon to explore an intriguing museum.