Get thee on a plane! If you’re single, here’s where you should go
I hate to break it to you, but the summer is half over (unless you live in Southern California, where it’s summer year-round). If you’re bemoaning the fact that you still have no one to show off your newly toned beach bod to, fret no longer. Travelocity.com and Match.com have banded together to reveal what destinations are the hottest this August. After analyzing where singles seem to be heading to, they’ve ascertained that metropolitan areas seem to be the go-to hot spots. So if you’re feeling lonely, bored or just want some summer lovin’, book your ticket and get ready to spread your wings (I said nothing about your legs – no need to be slutty). Bonne chance!
1. Las Vegas
It’s probably no surprise that Sin City comes in at the number-one destination for singles this summer. You could spend all your time gambling of course, but then you’d be missing out on the red-hot pool scene for which Las Vegas hotels are famous. If you’re on a budget, great news: Las Vegas has some of the cheapest room rates of any destination in the U.S. this summer.
2. New York City
It’s hot. It’s humid. But it’s also brimming with beautiful people. Pack a picnic for Central Park and feast your eyes on all the sunbathers, or spend the day people watching from a sidewalk café. Great news: New York hotels are less expensive in the summer than many other times of year.
3. Los Angeles
There’s more to Los Angeles than celebrities. There are also many aspiring celebrities. Because of the city’s sprawl, you’ll have to decide in advance for what kind of mate you’re looking. If it’s the surfer type, Los Angeles hotels in Santa Monica and vicinity — think Malibu, Manhattan, Hermosa and Redondo beaches — are where you want to set up shop. For a sugar daddy / mama, head to L.A.’s Westside which includes the neighborhoods of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.
This Washington city is famous for rain, coffee and the grunge rock movement, but for singles looking for love, it also helps to have a love of the outdoors. From kayaking to hiking and mountain biking, some of Seattle’s most attractive offerings – and perhaps people – are actually found outside the city center.
5. San Francisco
The City by the Bay is known for its many outlandish residents, so if you’re looking for the cookie-cutter type, this probably isn’t the place for you. If, however, you love free thinkers, abundant restaurants specializing in locally grown food and cultural attractions galore, San Francisco vacation packages are ideal. Body not quite bikini ready? Not to worry — the average temperature rarely tops the mid-60s in the summer months.
6. Washington, D.C.
If you’re a sucker for a man — or gal — in a suit, this is the place for you. Though the city has a fantastic arts scene, the majority of people you’re likely to meet work for the government and will sport the buttoned-up look, at least during the work week. Your hunt for Mr. or Mrs. Right should hone in on happy hour, the time when D.C. bars are most likely to be filled with young professionals before they head home to the city’s outskirts where the majority live.
If your soul mate is someone more likely found on a hiking trail than on a bar stool, choose the Denver area for your summer escape. The city makes the perfect home base for easy day trips to the nearby Rocky Mountains. Though famous for skiing, ask any local why they chose the nearby mountains as their home and they’re likely to say it’s because of the incredible summers and hiking, biking, golf and rafting opportunities they offer.
The Midwest may not be famous for its beaches, but it just so happens to be home to one of the loveliest – and largest – lakes in the land. And it’s on the shores of Lake Michigan where you’re likely to find Windy City singles this summer, bronzing their bods on Oak Street Beach after some retail therapy on nearby Magnificent Mile.
Come summer, all those college kids head home and the median age of the city rises, especially with the influx of tourists. A Boston vacation, like the tourists they attract, runs the gamut, from historical to cultural to cosmopolitan to raucous. If you’re looking for a love in their low-to-mid twenties, stake out the bars in the Faneuil Hall area; for a slightly more mature crowd with deeper pockets, set up shop in Back Bay.
10. San Diego
If it’s surprising that the home of a famous whale and a world-famous zoo is also a hotbed for single travelers, maybe it shouldn’t be. With some of the world’s loveliest weather and 70 miles of beautiful beaches on which to enjoy it, perhaps it’s no surprise San Diego vacation packages are popular with every kind of traveler. Come nightfall, head downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter for lounges and rooftop hotel bars.