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Here in The Sunshine State, there is so much to see and do year-round, but one Florida destination has made a list of must-see places this summer.

Crystal River is about 90 minutes north of Tampa. It has been named by 10Best as a must-see place to visit this summer.

Crystal River, Florida is a little slice of paradise tucked away in the Sunshine State. With crystal-clear waters and lots of marine life, Crystal River is the perfect destination for anyone looking to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature. But Crystal River isn’t just your average Florida beach town. It’s a place where manatees roam free. In fact, Crystal River is the manatee capital of the world! Manatees are more often seen in the winter, as they come to warm up. But that’s not to say that you won’t see them!

But the fun doesn’t stop there. Mermaids are a common sight in Crystal River. That’s right, mermaids! The mermaids of Crystal River are a beloved local legend and can be seen swimming and performing in the waters of Weeki Wachee Springs, just a short drive from town.  Crystal River is also home to some of the best fishing in the state. You can also relax with your toes in the sand on Fort Island Gulf Beach or hit the green with some excellent golfing. Whatever kind of vacation you’re looking for, Crystal River, Florida would be make for a great vacation destination this summer.

10Best’s picks for Best Summer Travel Destinations for 2023:

  • 10. Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

    Shenandoah Valley is located between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Known for wineries, farms and hiking.

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  • 9. Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, New York

    Easily accessible by subway, you’ll find a great beach with a fun boardwalk with food and drinks, art and music.

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  • 8. Asheville, North Carolina

    Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville has a big art and music scene, a great culinary scene as well.

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  • 7. Crystal River, Florida

    Crystal River is just about 90 minutes north of Tampa and is the manatee capital of the world. A perfect location if you want to enjoy the Florida nature without the crowds and hustle and bustle of the big cities.

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  • 6. Hocking Hills, Ohio

    There’s lots to do in southeast Ohio from zip lining and canopy tours to horseback riding. Also at Hocking Hills State Park, explore trails, waterfalls and caves.

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  • 5. Chicago, Illinois

    Being from Chicago, I agree that summer is the best time to visit the city. So much to do from street festivals to sports games to the many museums the city has to offer.

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  • 4. Mystic, Connecticut

    Filming for the 80’s movie “Mystic Pizza” was done here, but there’s more to this town than that. Take a sailboat cruise, zip line at TreeTrails Adventure Park or take in some history at the Mystic Seaport Museum.

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  • 3. Door County, Wisconsin

    If you’re into water sports, you’ll find lots to do in Door County from paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, water skiing and even scuba diving.

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  • 2. Mobile, Alabama

    Mobile is on Alabama’s Gulf Coast with plenty to explore like Bellingrath Gardens and Battleship Memorial Park.

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  • 1. Mackinac Island, Michigan

    This island is home to Mackinac Island State Park, where you can enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking and natural beauty like the limestone Arch Rock.

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