The Top 10 Destinations for a Perfect Summer Getaway, According to Meteorologists

Weather experts weigh in on the locales that are prime for exploring in the summer.

Knowing when to visit a destination can make all the difference, both for having a comfortable vacation (read: not during rainy season) and for making sure you don’t miss out on the prime activities and events.
To highlight the destinations that really shine in the summer, we spoke to meteorologists and hurricane and storm specialists from The Weather Channel.

From magnificent meteorological phenomena to ideal summertime temperatures, here are the spots weather experts love heading to in the summer, and why.

Greenville, South Carolina

Greenville’s summer events include First Fridays, where you can enjoy free art, and river concerts that range from rock and funk to reggae and jazz.

There are plenty of ways to cool off when temperatures do get high in the summer, including strolling through Falls Park and trying gelato at one of Wilson’s favorite locations, Luna Rosa, while the many restaurants that line Main Street offer seasonal cocktails.

Lisbon, Portugal

“The views of the ocean mixed with castles and romantic cobblestone streets and a warm, sunny subtropical climate makes it one of my favorite European destinations,” Brackett said.

Summer is when you’ll find musical festivals, and beaches bustling with action. Although the city can get hot in the summer, “when the sea breeze kicks in, it’s sublime,” Brackett said.