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As the world reopens, restrictions are easing and attractions are fully reopening – Americans are visiting their favorite destinations despite rising gasoline prices and rising flight prices.
And according to Google, these destinations are the most searched destinations in the summer of 2022 for Americans:
1. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park was the world’s first national park and is perhaps the most splendid in America. It was the most popular destination for Americans this summer.
Yellowstone National Park spans 3,472 square miles, with the highest peak at 11,358 feet. The park is so large that it is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. In 2019, more than 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 Old Faithful Lookout Point
- Visit the Upper Geyser Basin and Geyser Hill
- Marvel at Fairy Falls
- Non-commercial private vehicle – $35 (valid for 7 days)
- Motorbike – $30 (valid for 7 days)
- Single entry – $20 (valid for 7 days)
- Annual pass – 70$ (valid 365 days)
2. Glacier National Park
The second most searched destination by Americans in the summer of 2022 is Glacier National Park. Located in the incredible Rocky Mountains, often called The Rockies— Glacier National Park covers 1,583 square miles.
Additionally, Glacier National Park is known for its amazing hiking trails. Popular trails include Grinnell Glacier Trail, Avalanche Lake via Cedars Trail, Highline Trail: Logan Pass to Granite Park Chalet, Hidden Lake Trail, and Iceberg Lake Trail.
There are currently—although the number is decreasing—26 ice cream parlors in Glacier National Park. The largest glacier is the Blackfoot Glacier. However, the other 25 glaciers are magnificent. The national park remains incredibly popular; it attracted 3.05 million visitors in 2019.
Best things to do in Glacier National Park
- Visit the Grinnell Glacier
- Stroll around Lake McDonald
- Walk down Going-to-the-Sun Road
- Entrance fees by private vehicle – $35
- Individual entrance fee – $20
- Motorcycle entrance fees – $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 nearly two years. But masks are now optional at Disney World. Additionally, travelers do not need to be fully vaccinated to enter Disney World.
However, Disney World suggests travelers with symptoms of COVID-19 — such as fever, chills, fatigue, body aches, shortness of breath and congestion — not enter the theme park.
Best things to do in Disney World
- Climb Space Mountain
- Enjoy the view of Thunder Mountain
- Join the Pirates of the Caribbean Inland Cruise
- magic kingdom park – 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- EPCO – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- 1 park ticket per day – $109 per ticket
- Park Hopper Option – $169 per ticket
- Park Hopper Plus Option – $194 per ticket
4. Lake Tahoe
Americans looking for a peaceful summer vacation should look no further than Lake Tahoe. The vast freshwater lake is found in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The lake is over 2 million years, and experts have tested the water to be 99.994% pure.
If you are looking beautiful beaches but don’t feel like heading to Florida, California or Mexico, Lake Tahoe is a great place.
The lake receives around 15 million visitors a year, making it one of the most popular destinations in the United States. It’s not hard to see why!
Best things to do in Lake Tahoe
- Visit Emerald Bay
- Hiking in South Lake Tahoe
- Enjoy the boat cruise on Lake Tahoe
- sand harbor – open 365 days a year between 7 a.m. and one hour after sunset.
- Spooner Lake – open from sunrise to sunset every day.
- cave rock – open from sunrise to sunset every day.
- Sand Harbor, Spooner Lake and Cave Rock – $10.00 for Nevadans and $15.00 for all others.
5. Hershey Park
Finally, Hershey Park is the 5th most searched destination in the United States in the summer of 2022. Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey Park is a family-friendly theme park 95 miles west of Philadelphia.
Additionally, the theme park includes an impressive 121 acres of outdoor activities mixed with green spaces, shady trees and a wonderful summer sun.
The park also has a zoo, a museum, 13 roller coasters, 15 water attractions and 26 kiddie rides.
Best things to do in Hershey Park
- Explore Hershey Gardens
- Visit the world of chocolate
- Ride Laff Trakk
- 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week or 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. week ends
- 1 day ticket (9 to 61 years old) – $56.95
- 1 day ticket (3-8 years old / 62+) – $54.95
- 2-day ticket (9 to 61 years old) – $49 per day
- 2-day ticket Junior & Senior (3-8 years old / 62+) – $48 per day
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