As the world reopens, restrictions vanish, and attractions fully reopen—Americans are visiting their favorite destinations despite rising gas costs and increased flight prices.
And according to Google, these destinations are the top-searched destinations in summer 2022 for Americans:
1. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park and is perhaps America’s most splendid. It was the most searched destination among Americans this summer.
Yellowstone National Park stretches over 3,472 square miles—with the highest peak at 11,358 feet. The park is so vast it’s bigger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. In 2019, over 4 million tourists visited the national park.
Yellowstone National Park is also home to 67 species of mammals, 285 species of birds, 5 species of amphibians, and 16 species of fish.
Best Things To Do In Yellowstone National Park
- Hike to the Old Faithful Observation Point
- Visit the Upper Geyser Basin and Geyser Hill
- Marvel at the Fairy Falls
- 24 hours per day
- Private non-commercial vehicle – $35 (valid for 7 days)
- Motorcycle – $30 (valid for 7 days)
- Single entry – $20 (valid for 7 days)
- Annual pass – $70 (valid for 365 days)
2. The Glacier National Park
The second most searched destination for Americans in the summer of 2022 is the Glacier National Park. Located within the incredible Rocky Mountains—often referred to as The Rockies—the Glacier National Park spans 1,583 square miles.
Furthermore, the Glacier National Park is notorious for its incredible hiking trails. Popular trails include the Grinnell Glacier Trail, Avalanche Lake via the Trail of the Cedars, Highline Trail: Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet, the Hidden Lake Trail, and the Iceberg Lake Trail.
There are currently—although the number is decreasing—26 glaciers in the Glacier National Park. The largest glacier is the Blackfoot Glacier. However, the 25 other glaciers are stunning. The national park remains incredibly popular; it attracted 3.05 million visitors in 2019.
Best Things To Do In Glacier National Park
- Visit Grinnell Glacier
- Walk around Lake McDonald
- Drive down Going-to-the-Sun Road
- 24 hours per day
- Private vehicle entrance fee – $35
- Individual entrance fee – $20
- Motorcycle entrance fee – $30
- Annual pass – $70
3. Disney World
After two years of COVID-19 restrictions, Disney World is open without restrictions.
Disney had a mask mandate at its theme parks for almost two years. But masks are now optional at Disney World. In addition, travelers don’t need to be fully vaccinated to enter Disney World.
However, Disney World suggests travelers presenting symptoms of COVID-19—such as fever, chills, fatigue, aches, shortness of breath, and congestion—should not enter the theme park.
Best Things To Do At Disney World
- Ride on Space Mountain
- Enjoy views on Thunder Mountain
- Go on the Pirates of the Caribbean indoor cruise
- Magic Kingdom Park – 9 am to 11 pm
- EPCOT – 8 am to 8 pm
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 8.30 am to 9 pm
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – 8 am to 8 pm
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – 10 am to 6 pm
- 1 Park Per Day Ticket – $109 per ticket
- Park Hopper Option – $169 per ticket
- Park Hopper Plus Option – $194 per ticket
4. Lake Tahoe
Americans seeking a peaceful summer vacation should look no further than Lake Tahoe. The extensive freshwater lake is within the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The lake is over 2 million years old, and experts have tested the water as 99.994% pure.
If you’re looking for gorgeous beaches but don’t fancy heading to Florida, California, or Mexico, Lake Tahoe is an excellent spot.
The lake receives around 15 million visitors yearly, making it one of the most popular destinations in the United States. It’s not hard to see why!
Best Things To Do At Lake Tahoe
- Visit Emerald Bay
- Hike at South Lake Tahoe
- Enjoy the Lake Tahoe Boat Cruise
- Sand Harbor – open 365 days a year between 7:00 AM and one hour after sunset.
- Spooner Lake – open from sunrise to sunset each day.
- Cave Rock – open from sunrise to sunset each day.
- Sand Harbor, Spooner Lake, and Cave Rock – $10.00 for Nevadans and $15.00 for everyone else.
5. Hershey Park
Last but not least, Hershey Park is the 5th most searched destination in the United States in the summer of 2022. Situated in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey Park is a family theme park 95 miles west of Philadelphia.
In addition, the theme park includes an impressive 121 acres of outdoor activities mixed with green spaces, shady trees, and gorgeous summer sunshine.
The park also has a zoo, museum, 13 roller coasters, 15 water attractions, and 26 children’s rides.
Best Things To Do At Hershey Park
- Explore the Hershey Gardens
- Visit Chocolate World
- Ride on Laff Trakk
- 11 am to 7 pm on weekdays or 11 am to 8 pm on weekends
- 1-Day Ticket (Ages 9 – 61) – $56.95
- 1-Day Ticket (Ages 3-8 / 62+) – $54.95
- 2-Day Ticket (Ages 9 – 61) – $49 per day
- 2-Day Ticket Junior & Senior (Ages 3-8 / 62+) – $48 per day
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