When you think of beautiful places to travel to in the summertime, you're probably hoping you can hit up a beachy spot — complete with a fresh fruit smoothie in-hand — so you can spend the whole season hanging out in your swimsuits and sunnies. That sounds like so much fun, and you should definitely do it at some point, but there are a ton of underrated summer vacation spots in the U.S. that are just as amazing and Instagrammable.
From an awesome ranching experience in Montana, to seeing the herds of wild horses at Assateague Island on Virginia and Maryland's coast, there are so many beautiful places across the country that'll make for a fun — and unexpected — summer vacay. Don't get me wrong: Relaxing by the beach is still at the very top of my to-do list for the summer, but I think that these alternative destinations should also snag some spots.
If you're like me and want to travel as much as you can throughout the summer — and the rest of the year, really — check out these stunning destinations around the country for summer vacay inspo. You just might find your new favorite place on this list, and you'll definitely leave with some epic memories and gorgeous pictures to commemorate the trip.