When most people think of a summer vacation, they think of relaxing on a beautiful beach. Although that sounds lovely, it is most people’s thought process — causing popular beach destinations to be packed to the gills all summer long. But, who said paradise has to come in the form of an ocean? If you’re without a shoreline in sight or simply itching for something new, you may want to pass on a coastal vacation. From family-friendly waterparks to tranquil mountain retreats, here are five unique destinations to enjoy this summer that aren’t the beach.
1. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Long summer days are best spent in Wisconsin Dells, where endless entertainment meets the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking to take a float down the Wisconsin River or spend a day at one of the city’s renowned water parks, the Dells offers countless activities for both solo travelers and families alike. Tuck in at Club Wyndham Sundara Cottages at Wisconsin Dells, Club Wyndham Glacier Canyon, or Club Wyndham Tamarack while visiting the water park capital of the world — and don’t forget to bring your swimsuit!
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
If New York is the city that never sleeps, then Las Vegas is its equally bright-eyed twin. Located just one mile from the famous Las Vegas Strip, both Club Wyndham Desert Blue and Club Wyndham Grand Desert will serve as a convenient, amenity-rich oasis for your stay in the city. Spend the day lounging poolside, then venture out and hit the casino or catch a show. There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in Las Vegas, so you never know where the night will take you.
3. Napa, California
What better way to spend a summer afternoon than with a glass of wine in hand? While skipping the beach, check wine tasting off your bucket list in the land of lush vineyards, aka Napa Valley. The charming Vino Bello Resort is located in the heart of the valley, which means an award-winning winery is never too far away. If you’re feeling adventurous, try experiencing Napa by air with a hot air balloon ride. All beverages aside, visiting this beautiful corner of the world is a must.
4. The Poconos, Pennsylvania
If you’re looking for a picturesque place to unwind, look no further than the Poconos. From scenic waterfalls to historic towns — this Pennsylvania mountain region looks like something out of a postcard. A stay at Club Wyndham Shawnee Village puts you in close proximity to the Poconos’ range of outdoor activities while offering fun ones of its own like on-site miniature golf and bocce ball. The only thing sweeter than the Poconos? Callie's Candy Kitchen! Round out your trip with a stop at the quaint candy shop in nearby Mountainhome. There’s something for everyone in the Poconos.
5. Banff, Alberta
Broaden your horizons and take a trip up north to breathtaking Banff. Nestled within Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, this serene mountain town is what dreams are made of. Available through Wyndham Club Pass, the cozy WorldMark Canmore - Banff is less than seven miles from Banff National Park’s entrance, where you can begin your journey into one of nature’s greatest wonders. Enjoy the piercing blue waters of Lake Louise or take one of the region’s many hiking trails to catch an unparalleled view of the Canadian Rockies. No matter what you do, prepare to be left in awe by Canada’s oldest national park and all the incredible wildlife that call it home.