Whether they need a place to cool off as the heat spreads along the Northern Hemisphere or they want a place to enjoy all the sunshine has to offer, private jet flyers are taking to the skies in larger and larger numbers. To help you make the most of your summer vacation, here are the top international destinations (in no particular order)!
Whether you want to attend events like the Monaco Yacht Show or the Formula 1 Monaco GP, check out the Festival de Cannes, or simply relax in gorgeous St. Tropez on the coast, France has much to offer the summer traveler. Enjoy the evening lights of Paris or check out the summer glaciers for skiing at Tignes or Les 2 Alpes.
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Les 2 Alpes offers one of Europe’s largest summer ski glaciers, with courses as long as 3600 meters. The Mont-de-Lans is open through late August. Runs include, blue, green, and red. On the other hand, Tignes offers a large variety of terrain – blue, red, and black runs – to explore along the Grande Motte Glacier. Tignes also offers a lake for when the slopes close at 1pm.
2. Balearic Islands
If you’re looking for a party or an upbeat nightlife, Ibiza is your destination. Top DJs start arriving at the trendiest clubs in late spring. Ibiza also boasts a variety of fine dining restaurants and boutiques. Palma de Mallorca is another popular destination in this area.
3. Italy’s Sorrentine peninsula
Summer is the peak season to explore the Sorrentine Peninsula’s most stunning sites. The peninsula includes travel favorites Sorrento, Amalfi, and Naples. Amalfi offers breathtaking landscapes, with overhanging cliffs, pristine beaches, and stunning coastlines. If Naples calls to you, plan to spend some time in the bay, check out Mt. Vesuvio, and don’t forget to visit Capri or Ischia. www.ohbeautydirect.com Naples also offers famous dining experiences like Il Comandante and The Beluga Lounge Bar & Terrace. Book a private guided tour of Pompeii and take in the history slowly being revealed by archeologists.
Embark on a high-end nautical experience at Tivat, located in southwest Montenegro. Luxury resorts and gorgeous beaches call out to us with offers of relaxation and respite from the chaos of the past few years, while the more water-inclined can stop by with their superyachts for day trips to the Island of Flowers or Kotor’s Bay.
Impeccable service awaits at the Croatian seaside. Explore the Sea Organ within Zadar and experience Old Town beauty and gorgeous architecture. Check out Rovinj and the villages of Green Istria for a guided tour of their picturesque hilltop villages. The Euphrasian Basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is nearby, as is Pula, home to the last Roman amphitheater with its full circular wall standing. Or you can head to Sibenik for the Krka National Park and a lovely waterfall experience. For more historical itineraries, check out Trogir or Split.
Fine dining, picturesque views, the echoes of history, and more await in Croatia.
Whether you want to hit the slopes or experience the quaint peace of a mountain village, Colorado has plenty to offer. There is a reason this state has always been a favorite for jet-setters. Vail offers a relaxing experience with gorgeous mountain vistas and picturesque landscapes. Or you can head up to Aspen, a ski resort that also includes upscale boutiques and restaurants nestled around incredible landmarks.
If you’re looking to ski, consider Arapahoe Basin in the Rockies. The Basin is typically the last American ski resort to close its doors for the season, often lasting into August. It’s also fairly close to Denver, a destination in its own right.
Historical buildings and architecture, magnificent landmarks, and several fantastic slopes await in Austria. From the Schönbrunn Palace to the open year-long ski destination of Hintertux, there is something here for everyone.
Take a stroll along the historic center of Vienna or peruse the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Enjoy the brisk fresh air, and fascinating views from the Hallstatt Skywalk, “Welterbeblick”. Or exercise your shopping legs at a designer outlet in Parndorf. The skiers in your party will want to try out the slopes at Kaprun or Dachstein. Fans of cross-country skiing, bi-athletics, and Nordic combination competitions may recognize the name Dachstein – it’s the international training ground for each sport.
Storybook charm, snowcapped Alps, glittering blue lakes, peaceful glacier hamlets…welcome to Switzerland. Attractions range from awe-inspiring landscapes to cultural experiences. Medieval Old Towns, famous music festivals, and inspiring galleries and museums await. Switzerland also boasts ski areas such as Zermatt and Saas-Fee. Zermatt lies at the base of the Matterhorn. To ensure the peaceful ambiance and enjoyment of experiences like horse-drawn carriage rides, all motorized vehicles have been banned.
Let’s be honest: a grand total of no one is surprised to see Florida make this list. Like Colorado, the Sunshine State is a destination favorite. From gorgeous beaches to theme park experiences like Sea World, Disney World, and Universal, there really is something here for everyone. Fine dining, incredible shopping, the Kennedy Space Center, NASA launch sites…need we go on?
For high-end restaurants and boutiques, cobblestoned streets, and picturesque steepled churches, turn your jets towards Nantucket. More a fan of lighthouses and peaceful villages? Cape Cod is waiting for you.
And how could we not mention Martha’s Vineyard? Explore the Oak Bluffs or visit the Polly Hill Arboretum. A picturesque bike ride can help you explore, or you can head to the Edgartown Lighthouse.
11. Northern California
Our list wouldn’t be complete without a reminder of the beautiful Napa Valley in northern California. The world-famous wine region has a long list of attractions, including but not limited to arts & culture destinations, bike tours, breweries and distilleries, and premier golf courses. You can also book a ride in a hot air balloon to experience the scenery from breathtaking heights. Want to bring the kids along? Absolutely! Napa Valley has a selection of family-friendly destinations like Connolly Ranch and Bothe Napa Valley State Park.
Take to the Skies
Wherever your summer takes you, enjoy! It’s time to step away from the chaos of daily life and start exploring the world around you. Take a deep breath… and rest.