Story originally appeared on Club Wyndham.
Everyone goes to the beach. Thinking outside the box for your vacation is a guaranteed way to make this summer stand out. Trying something new is the ultimate way to make summer memories that will last throughout the seasons. You will look back fondly on the decision to branch outside your comfort zone and stay at these remarkable locations.
1. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Wisconsin Dells has it all. If you are looking for a location that is activity-based, then this is your spot. Indoor and outdoor water parks are the quintessential summer attraction, and Wisconsin Dells has five of them. You can go ziplining, go-carting, trampolining, or even head to an amusement park. The adults can go to a brewery or winery after a day at the spa. There are boat tours, riding stables, and even an escape room. These attractions guarantee plenty of entertaining stories from your trip.
2. Jeffersonville, Vermont
Instead of crowded beaches, explore mountains in the sunshine. Enjoy canoeing on a gorgeous lake, mountain biking through trails, or fishing in this wooded area. This quaint New England spot is a great reminder of what nature has to offer. Try playing a round of disc golf, which is a summertime staple. Jeffersonville is the unexpected travel spot that could turn out to be exactly what you needed.
Stay Here: Club Wyndham Smugglers’ Notch Vermont®
3. Portland, Oregon
If you are looking for more of a city feel, Portland’s unique offerings make it an excellent trip idea. Bring your family to the Portland Saturday Market, which is the largest arts and crafts fair in the United States. Being in the city comes with excellent shopping and restaurant options that are within walking distance. To all the readers out there: You must check out Powell’s City of Books. This store covers an entire city block and is the world’s largest new and used bookstore. You are bound to find some gems there that will become mementos from your trip.
Stay Here: Club Wyndham Portland Waterfront Park
4. Pinetop, Arizona
With over 50 alpine lakes, Pinetop is the antithesis of the typical Arizona desert. Located a few hours outside of Phoenix, this refreshing destination has horseback riding, hiking trails, and picturesque golf courses. Traveling here is a great way to hit the reset button and relax. Collect wildflowers that seem to pop up everywhere as you explore. At 7,200 feet, the altitude and crisp air off the White Mountains is also a great way to get out of the summer heat.
Stay Here: Club Wyndham Pinetop
5. Lake Lure, North Carolina
When the crowds make you want to stay home, enjoy a calmer setting that will make everyone happy. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide the backdrop for Lake Lure. This duality between the mountains and the lake allows for a beautiful backdrop for your stay. Rent a boat and go tubing, fishing, or tanning. The kids can mini golf and explore nature. There is also a pool for everyone to enjoy. Lake Lure is a great way to relax while still being able to have fun.
Stay Here: Club Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Mountains