The Best (and Worst) Cities for Summer Travel
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As many travelers know, choosing the right summer destination is essential—and for some, that ideal spot is a city. So what makes a great urban getaway in June, July, and August? Looking at the results of Travel + Leisure’s annual America’s Favorite Cities survey, we found that the recipe is simple:
•Good weather: It’s no surprise that some of the hottest cities in the summer ranked the lowest.
•Family-friendliness: With the kids home June through August, cities with offerings for the whole clan fared best.
•Great parks and easy access to the outdoors: Out of the 10 cities voted the best for summer travel, 8 also landed in the Top 10 for parks.
•Fantastic farmers’ markets: Simple pleasures make a difference; great local produce and purveyors helped sway opinions.
Read on to see how your favorite city fared.
No. 1 for summer travel, eco-friendly Portland also grabbed the No. 1 spot for its parks and No. 2 for its farmers’ markets.
When Not to Go: Winter/Christmastime is when most respondents avoid this Oregon city. Unlike NYC with its tree lighting, Portland doesn’t offer much incentive for visitors to bear the damp cold.
Average Summer Temp: 66 degrees
Despite a sub-par offering of farmers’ markets, Denver’s great parks and family appeal may have helped hoist the Colorado city up to the No. 2 spot.
When Not to Go: Thanksgiving seems to be the low point for this ski town. Perhaps the slopes are too hard to conquer with a food coma?
Average Summer Temp: 71 degrees.