Best Places for a Travel Contract in Summer 2023 (based on proximity to fun)

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If you’re looking for a summer contract or just summer fun in the United States, we have sussed it out! There are so many amazing destinations to choose from and a collection of unique events to enjoy. We did the research so you didn’t have to, and now let’s take a look at some of the best places to travel to in the US in summer 2K23! (whether on assignment OR funemployment)

West Coast: 

West coast best coast!

Now we know why they call it the Golden State.

Napa Valley, California – If you’re a wine lover, Napa Valley is the perfect destination for you. With its beautiful vineyards and world-class wineries, Napa Valley is a wine lover’s paradise. And with its gourmet restaurants and luxurious spas, Napa Valley is also a great place to indulge in some self-care. Notable events: Bottlerock May 26-28th and Festival Napa Valley July 8th -23rd. 

Seattle, Washington – A traveler’s paradise in the summer, Seattle is an excellent destination for those looking for a mix of urban and outdoor adventures. With its iconic Space Needle and Pike Place Market, Seattle is a great place to explore. And with its proximity to the mountains and the ocean, there are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures. Be sure to check out: 

  • Capital Hill Block Party – July 21 – 23rd
  • Edmonds Arts Festival July 16th
  • Seattle Boba Fest April 29
  • Sequim Lavender Season 

Las Vegas, Nevada – If you’re looking for a more lively vacation, Las Vegas is always a great option. From its world-class casinos to its vibrant nightlife, Las Vegas has something for everyone. And with its close proximity to the Grand Canyon and other natural wonders, there are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventures. Vegas is an experience on its own with endless events, concerts, and shows, but be sure to mark your calendars for NBA Summer League between July 5-15!


East Coast: 

Miami, Florida Miami is a must-visit destination for beach lovers. With its white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, it’s no wonder Miami is known as the “Magic City.” From sunbathing to water sports, Miami has plenty of activities to offer. And with its vibrant nightlife and Latin-inspired cuisine, Miami is a great place to party the night away. Get tickets now to:

  • Miami Swim Week 14-21st
  • June 22-24 Rolling Loud Miami
  • Wynwood Pride June 12th 
  • July 25th Miami Salsa Congress

New York City, New York – Summer in the city is like no other. With countless events, concerts, and festivals taking place, there’s always something to do in New York. From Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge, there are endless sights to see and experiences to be had. You’ll never regret taking the trips or spending the money on the following: 

  • US Open Tennis Championship August 30 – September 12
  • Coney Island Mermaid Parade, Brooklyn, New York 
  • Maine Lobster Festival July 28 – August 1 (fit of a drive but worth it!)
  • Rochester Lilac Festival May 12-20th
  • Tribeca Film Festival 


Middle America

Chicago, Illinois – For those looking for a city adventure, Chicago is a great option. With its world-class museums and iconic

Chicago River, IL

Chicago summers are as all-american as it gets.

architecture, Chicago is the perfect place to explore. And with its famous deep-dish pizza and hot dogs, Chicago is also a great place to indulge in some delicious food. Some events you don’t want to miss in Chicago this year are: 

  • Lollapalooza in Illinois July 29 – August 1
  • Taste of Chicago (July 7-11)
  • Chicago Blues Festival June 9-12
  • Millenium Park Music Series June 20 – August 18th 






American South

French Quarter, NOLA

You’ll never be the same after a night in NOLA.

New Orleans, Louisiana – Known as the “Big Easy,” New Orleans is a vibrant and exciting destination. With its rich history & culture, New Orleans is the perfect place to explore. From its famous jazz clubs to its delicious Cajun cuisine, there’s always something to discover in New Orleans:

  • New Orleans Oyster Festival June 4-6 
  • New Orleans Jazz Festival April 28- July 7th
  • Essence Music Festival June 28- July 2
  • New Orleans Pride- June 10th

Charleston, South Carolina – For those looking for a more laid-back vacation, Charleston is a great option. Known for its charming historic district, Charleston is a great place to stroll along cobblestone streets, take in the architecture, and enjoy southern hospitality.


Nashville, Tennessee – Known as the “Music City,” Nashville is a must-visit for any music lover. From honky-tonk bars to the

Broadway in Nashville, TN

Music City!

Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the country music scene. And with its vibrant food and drink scene, Nashville is also an excellent destination for foodies and funnies. Find all that and more at: 

  • Bonnaroo in Tennessee (June 16-19)  
  • Tennessee Craft Fair May 5-7th
  • Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival – April 15th
  • CMA Fest June 8th -11th
  • 17th Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival July 4th





There you have it, several of the best places to travel to in the US this summer. Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation, a city adventure, or a nature escape, there’s a destination for everyone and a new activity to indulge in. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable summer vacation because we’re living in the moment and seeking out new experiences in 2023! 

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