Top Summer Travel Destinations of 2017

Finding the perfect summer travel destination can cause more stress than necessary. Even before getting into the nitty gritty of planning a trip, you have an endless list of options to choose from, which could be a blessing and a curse, and can start feeling a little overwhelming. Fortunately, we’ve done the research so you don’t have to! We’ve narrowed down a list of the top summer travel destinations of 2017. Summer vacation is supposed to be relaxing, and with our help you can keep it that way while planning your best trip yet.


From the flourishing city of Calgary to the French influence and prime food in Montreal, Canada has become one of the most popular destinations for summer travel of 2017. Looking to appreciate nature this summer? The free Discovery Pass gives you access to all Canadian National Parks for the whole year. Expect to see wide open prairies, beautiful mountain ranges, waterfalls, and forests. Pack your hiking gear and prepare to explore to your heart’s content.

Vancouver, a beautiful city located between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, is also hard to beat if you’re looking for a Canadian escape this summer. 2017 marks this lively city’s 150th anniversary, so you will be sure to encounter plenty of celebration. Vancouver is the perfect combination of a cool, urban lifestyle paired with magnificent natural feats. To end your days, retreat to the Hard Rock Casino where you’ll find exciting events, games, and delicious food. The diverse landscape and ever-evolving city life of Canada creates a range of experiences for the summer.


Some of this year’s top summer travel trends show more people would prefer a beach vacation over any other type of top travel destinations. Where better to find your beach than in Mexico? Known for its gorgeous weather, tropical surroundings, and a calm atmosphere perfect for a relaxing break from real life, Mexico is a great place to spend your classic beach getaway this summer.

Looking to avoid the crowded and touristy cities that remind you of your college spring breaks? Check out a more low-key spot this year at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya. Hit a few balls at world class golf clubs or experience the culture of this beautiful city during your next stay. Tucked into Mexico’s Caribbean coast, private beaches, pools, luxurious dining, and more await.

Denver, CO

If you feel like getting active during your summer vacation this year, Colorado is the place to go. This isn’t just a winter destination for hitting the slopes. The Mile High City is the perfect place to enjoy nature and maybe even break a sweat if you’re feeling up to it.

Hiking and mountain biking are some of the local favorite activities when hitting the mountains in the summer. And, while spending time in the heart of Denver, you’ll encounter natural beauties like the Denver Botanic Gardens. It’s a city also known for its craft beer. You can barely go a few blocks without stumbling upon a tasting room or microbrewery serving local and regional brews. Follow where the locals go to find the best spots.


This country, located between Spain and the Atlantic Coast, is home to architectural sights unlike any you’ve ever seen. This art and design hotspot is an ideal summer vacation spot for anyone looking to explore a vibrant culture. Make a stop at the new Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology, located in the capital city of Lisbon.

Another notable museum to visit on your summer 2017 vacation is The Maritime Museum. This nautical museum is kid-friendly, if you’re planning to take the whole family on an adventure to this history-rich country. Immerse yourself in the artistic energy this region has to offer.

Tokyo, Japan

The flight searches to Tokyo, Japan have almost doubled in the past two years, and for good reason. With everything from karaoke bars to ancient temples and bullet trains to commute between the two, you won’t have a moment of boredom on this trip to the East.

Tokyo offers a variety of visual decoration, including the lines of cherry blossom trees found along the Sumida River. The bright, towering skyscrapers in the middle of the city will leave you speechless, as will the authentic flavors of Japanese cuisine. If you’re a proclaimed foodie, Tokyo is the perfect place to indulge in your adventurous side this summer, with markets offering the freshest fish and most exotic dishes you may ever encounter.

The American Midwest

Do you prefer driving the open road or boarding airplanes to get from one destination to another? In the U.S., we tend to think of the coasts when it comes to the vacation hotspots, but there’s a lot to explore in all the states in between. As a Minnesota native, the late Prince knew this. This summer, you can view his Paisley Park Estate and pay homage to one of the greatest musical artists of all time.

Another unexpected destination on your road trip may include Indianapolis, Indiana. Kicking the summer off with the Indy 500 in late May, there’s plenty to experience in this growing city. It’s also home to Milktooth, one of the best brunches you’ll ever find, plus an emerging craft beer industry.

Extend your road trip and make a stop in the Windy City, Chicago. invite yourself to the Hard Rock Chicago, located in central downtown, right by Millennium Park. It’s a pulsing metropolitan area with a hospitable, hometown vibe.  From Navy Pier to Shedd Aquarium to taking your picture by The Bean, Chicago is a city not to be missed.

Where Will Your Travels Take You?

No matter where you venture to or what bucket list items you’ll be crossing off this year, enjoy every minute of your travels. Hard Rock has hotels and resorts located in destinations around the world. It’s all just a matter of which one(s) you’ll choose.