2021’s Biggest Summer Travel Trend? The Great Outdoors
This Friday marks Memorial Day weekend—the unofficial start to the summer travel season in the United States. And it’s a welcome arrival. After a year and a half of lockdown, quarantines, and restrictions, America is finally, finally open for warm-weather adventures.
Of their top 13 trending destinations for summer 2021, eight of them were near a national park or forest. It’s an interesting phenomenon—sure, in 2020, a trip to a big city was near impossible due to COVID-19 restrictions and associated health risks. But, by and large, most urban areas will reopen this summer. So it seems last year reminded us of the beauty of wide open spaces, of reconnecting with nature, and getting away from it all.
Below, Vogue highlights a few of these sought-after wilderness destinations and mountain towns, from Whitefish, Montana, to the seaside getaways near Acadia National Park. May your summer vacation planning commence.
On the cusp of Glacier National Park is the charming town of Whitefish,
Hungry? Grab a bite at Cafe Kandahar, a restaurant helmed by James Beard award-winning chef, Andy Blanton. Follow it with a scrumptious scoop of ice cream at Sweet Peaks.
It’s hard to pick one town on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, the rocky home to Acadia National Park. Luckily, we published an extensive guide to the area