The temperature is rising, and so is your patience. You NEED a Summer Vacation! Soaking up the sun in a picturesque landscape; while the sensational summer breeze carries all your troubles away. Spend a few days touring some of most interesting attractions this country has to offer. Dance the night away then sleep in absolute comfort until 2 in the afternoon. Just to do it all again tomorrow. Or maybe you’d rather take in some rays while flying through the tree tops of an immense forest on a zip-line. Then spend the night camping under a clear starry sky. In a perfect world we’d all be afforded the luxury of a two-week paid vacation every summer. But for the rest of us “worker bees” out there this blog is dedicated to you! With out further ado, I give to you: Temple Display’s Top 3 Mini Summer Vacation Destinations.

  1. Austin, TXCity view of Austin, TX

Austin has been coined the city that likes to “Keep Things Weird”. But there is nothing weird about an amazing mini summer vacation in Austin; Texas’s fourth largest city! Whether you’re looking for an authentic Texas vacation with BBQ, cowboys, and longhorns. Or an eventful city scape that is heavily driven by art and music. You will find there is something here for everyone. The Austin MotelBook a room at the Austin Motel for a uniquely divine lodging experience. A historically classic 60’s style motel, the Austin Motel is located just South of the Colorado River. Dating back to 1938, this hotel has offered up its’ own sense of style. Featuring amenities with a funky flair; such as their bean shaped swimming pool or whirlpool tubs in select rooms. Looking for a more trendy, modern place to lay your head? Check out Hotel Saint Cecilia located in the South Congress District of Austin. Hotel Saint Cecilia Only a mile away from the Long Center for the Performing Arts, Hotel Saint Cecilia has an almost Bohemian type vibe. But with all the trendy, techy amenities you could ever imagine. Such as top of the line sound systems with iPod connections in the rooms as well as a vintage library. Featuring written works and historic vinyl for the music buff. Foodies flock to Austin to enjoy a wide variety of culturally influenced nibbles. Indulge in Austin’s specialty, breakfast tacos, at the famous Juan in a Million. Dive into the best “one of a kind” Central Texas BBQ at Stiles Switch BBQ. Or sightsee AND munch your way across Austin with the Salt Lick and Winery Shuttle Tours by Austin Detours. Austin is also known for being the “live music capital of the world”.The White Horse So, don’t miss out on the cool country at The White Horse or some good ole’ rock and roll at Barracuda. Take time to visit Waterloo Records too. It’s said to be one of the best record shops in the world! The coolest thing about planning to visit Austin in the Summer is getting to see the South Congress bats.Congress City Bats Austin, TX From May thru August huge swarms of bats fly out from under the Congress Ave. Bridge just before sunset! (Peak season being the end of July thru early August) Thousands of bats, in large groups, take flight in search of food. See this amazing sight for free on shore. But for a more in depth, personal experience you can take a tour boat on Lady Bird Lake. It’s a truly unforgettable experience. Austin has a little something for everybody making it an easy pick for our #3 spot in Temple Display’s Top 3 Mini Summer Vacation Destinations!

 

  1. The Black Hills of South Dakota

The Black Hills in South DakotaJust like the money hungry prospectors of 1876, you too will be drawn to the bountiful Black Hills of South Dakota. You may not have “Gold Fever”, like the disheartened founders of the Black Hills region of South Dakota, but you will leave feeling like a million bucks! Whether, you love American history, want to explore nature, or just love a good party; the Black Hills of South Dakota is the PERFECT place for a mini summer vacation. You cannot visit South Dakota without witnessing it’s infamous Mt. Rushmore. This amazing tribute to 4 of our most influential US presidents will leave you starstruck. Dynamite was used to remove 90% of the 450,000 tons of granite that sat upon this Keystone mountainside. Once the granite was removed they were able to carve these iconic “figure heads” into the mountain. Mount RushmoreIf you are lucky enough to visit The Black Hills of South Dakota from the end of May thru September, be sure to check out the Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony. Every evening this event features a video about the history of the monument, honors veterans in attendance, and gives all who attend the magnificent experience of viewing Mount Rushmore lit up against the night sky. Guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience! Looking for an all-inclusive affair? Stay at the amazing The Grand Gateway Hotel. Located on North Lacrosse St. in Rapid City. Housing a 134 ft. water slide, a lounge and bar, as well as a 24/7 Perkins Restaurant making The Grand Gateway Hotel one of The Black Hill’s Best Kept Secrets! Want more of a unique experience. For the brave, you can choose to stay at the Hotel Alex Johnson. Hotel Alex JohnsonBuilt in 1928 this historic hotel has played host to many US presidents over the decades. Decorated in a combined effort of eclectically stunning late 1920’s motif and Native American Art this hotel is classy, yet affordable. But the Hotel Alex Johnson’s claim to fame is that it is said that this hotel is haunted! But only you and other ghost hunting enthusiasts will be able to say so for sure. After you embark on this exciting lodging experience.  Home to early tribal hunting grounds the Badlands National Park, just outside Rapid City, has more to offer then just dramatic landscapes, layered rock formations, and steep canyons. Observe American bison, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs among the sprawling grasslands. For the adventurous camping is allowed. The Badlands offers two campgrounds onsite, but back country camping, and backpacking is also permitted without a permit currently. Due to the unpredictable nature of the terrain and weather, it’s advisable to plan your back country trip with a park ranger. Sturgis Bike RallySouth Dakota is the place to be this summer if you love a good time. Sturgis, SD is home to the illustrious Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and only 30 minutes from Rapid City. This motorcycle rally goes on for ten days during the first full week of August. Enjoy music, street food, people from all over the country, and of course motorcycles!  Don’t be surprised if you feel “love in the air” while at Sturgis. Many weddings often take place at Sturgis during the rally! There is no doubt that there will never be a dull moment on your “one of a kind” mini summer vacation to The Black Hills of South Dakota!

 

 

  1. Atlanta, GeorgiaCity view of Atlanta, GA

Although Atlanta is known for being an important commercial control center for the southern part of the US. It is a mecca for any hodophile. There is a constant pulse that this city grooves to; full of creative, hard working people that are always on the go. Atlanta is a city that thrives off innovation, industry growth, and a strong sense of community. A city that has embraced the art of self-expression through art, music, and immense athleticism has everything to offer, any day of the week! A great place to start your vacation in Atlanta is by visiting Centennial Olympic Park.Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta was host to the 1996 Summer Olympics; and Centennial Olympic Park was the main hub for all the Olympic festivities. Play Frisbee or picnic on the park’s grassy lawns. Let the kids run off that energy at the park playground. Or take a walking tour and discover amazing fountains, the Ferris wheel, and Olympic landmarks. Centennial Olympic Park is also an event venue and there is almost always some event happening. Click here to check out the calendar of events this year at Centennial Olympic Park. The Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the US. Not to mention a great way to beat the Atlanta heat for a few hours. Dive into the awesome habitats of these amazing sea creatures and experience the world through their eyes. The Georgia Aquarium offers several interactive tours, including the unique opportunity to swim with a whale shark. Don’t forget a selfie with your favorite California sea lion when visiting the famous Georgia Aquarium! Atlanta is a city that is passionate about the arts. And The Fox Theater is a living tribute to music and art. The Fox Theater Atlanta, GAYou won’t need to have to tickets to a show to enjoy one of Atlanta’s most iconic landmarks. Architectural tours are given regularly, and you can see Mighty Mo’. The largest working Moller theater organ in the world. Make sure to “look up” when visiting The Fox Theater as the celling is adorned with brilliant colors, complete with painted clouds and stars. Just the cherry on top of the architectural masterpiece that is The Fox Theater. Click here to check out the calendar of events for The Fox Theater during your mini vacation to Atlanta. Get a great deal on your stay at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead. At the heart of the trendy Buckhead neighborhood, the Grand Hyatt Atlanta is the best place for the traveler on the go. The Grand Hyatt in Buckhead is held in high acclaim for its chic decor, luxurious accommodations, and large list of extra features. This hotel has an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and has culinary stylings of the amazing Cassis restaurant. Need to wind down from an exciting day of sightseeing? Head to the Japanese Zen garden on property. This garden features a waterfall, pond and local plants selected to evoke peace and tranquility. Close to magnificent shopping, many culinary delights, and great parks The Grand Hyatt in Buckhead is the place to stay while vacationing in Atlanta. Last but certainly not least you want to visit this iconic World of Coca-Cola Museum. The World of Coca-Cola Atlanta, GAThe World of Coca-Cola Museum pays homage to everything we know and love about Coca-Cola. Learn the story of Sprite boy, take selfies with the Coca-Cola polar bear, and taste over 100 different Coca-Cola products. Don’t forget to visit the vault of the secret formula, we’re keeping Coca-Cola formula top secret. And so should you! Want to experience everything Atlanta has to offer and receive huge savings? Click here to get info on Atlanta’s CityPASS. The best (and cheapest) 9-day pass to Atlanta’s top attractions. No matter where you go or what you do in Atlanta you will be sure to be entertained on your Fantastic Atlanta Mini Summer Vacation!

Now that summer is officially in full swing take that much needed moment to yourself. Because you have all you need to know about Temple Display’s Top 3 Mini Summer Vacation Destinations. What are you waiting for? Get packing!

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