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Hilton Grand Vacations Members Share Their Top Tips For A Stellar Summer Getaway

Get the inside scoop on mastering summer travel

The Vacationeer
Mother and two young sons run through the waves on a tropical beach

Summer vacation — for many of us, the mere mention of these words evokes a sense of excitement and anticipation. The days are longer, the weather gets warmer and the possibilities seem endless.

Whether you’re planning one big trip or want to spread the fun over multiple mini breaks, here are six tips from Hilton Grand Vacations Members to help you maximize every moment.         

Tip #1: Use The World As A Classroom

Twilight visual of the Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River with the National Mall in the background, Washington, D.C.   

School’s out for summer, but class is always in session when you travel. That’s because taking a vacation can be just as educational as it is fun. The world can be an incredible teacher, complete with iconic history lessons and unforgettable cultural experiences. And Hilton Grand Vacations Member Eric Z. agrees.         

"We turned a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. into an education in history and politics. The world is a perfect set for making classroom lessons come alive."

— Eric Z., Member since 2006

Tip #2: Let Nature Be Your Playground

Father and son in a yellow kayak catch a wave in a tropical ocean   

Summer is an ideal time to step outside and let Mother Nature be your guide. It’s also your chance to enjoy all the Hilton Grand Vacations resorts located near incredible national parks, beaches, lakes, rivers and mountains. 

Cast a line in the Smokies, swim with sea turtles in Maui or go whitewater rafting on the Colorado River. Family-friendly activities like hiking, biking, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, snorkeling, rafting and fishing are great ways to unplug from the day to day and reconnect in the moment.         

"Two of our family’s favorite outdoor travel destinations for sun and surf are Ocean 22 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and Lagoon Tower in Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii. If you prefer to keep your feet on dry ground, follow the mountains' call to Valdoro Mountain Lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado."

— Apryl S., Member since 2014                     


Tip #3: Plan A Trip Around An Event

For those craving a vacation that goes beyond sightseeing and relaxation, consider planning an entire trip around a special event. Whether you want to feel the rush at a NASCAR race like the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in Daytona, Florida, go see your favorite band live in concert or add an HGV Ultimate Access experience to your trip, there’s no shortage of memorable experiences when you get away with Hilton Grand Vacations.

A group of people watch a signer and two guitarists perform on stage at an HGV Live! event   

"During my vacation in Oahu, my daughter-in-law and I embarked on a South Shore Secret Island Adventure Tour — one of the Members-only events offered as part of HGV Ultimate Access."

— Sheryl B., Hilton Grand Vacations Member            


Tip #4: Reimagine Your Road-Trip Route

Embarking on a road trip goes beyond just reaching your destination. It’s a special adventure — where every mile can bring new discoveries and unexpected moments. When you get creative and map out the unique stops along your route, you can enjoy multiple experiences in one trip.  

"When you plan your next vacation, I highly encourage you to road trip between two Hilton Grand Vacations properties. You can go for the great American road trip experience or try a mini-road trip to get started."

— Sue M., Member since 2015


Tip #5: Stay Cool For The Season

Enjoying the summer sun doesn’t mean you have to endure the rising temperatures along the way. Plan a trip that lets you beat the heat and stay cool for a while. Whether you prefer a sleepy mountain town or a stylish city, there are multiple destinations to consider when you’re craving sweater weather in the summertime.

Wildflowers in mountain meadow at sunset with warm light, Colorado   

"We try to use all our points to escape the summer heat in Texas and make our way to cooler climates. In fact, we recently enjoyed a nine-week stay at the Vail Run Resort in Colorado. I booked it all a year out and it was great."

— Lou V., Member since 2008


"Arizona gets hot in the summer, but due to Sedona's considerably higher elevation, they tend to experience cooler summer months."

— Raeanne V., Member since 2019

Tip #6: Play With Your Points Strategy

When it comes to vacation, flexibility is everything. That’s why Hilton Grand Vacations Members Laurie L. and Eric Z. find ways to extend their points and maximize their resort stays.

"If your favorite HGV summer vacation spot is all booked the week you want go, try for four or five days. The rest of your time could be at a Hilton Hotel or hopefully your favorite spot might have another property nearby that does have an opening your other days."

— Laurie L., Member since 2013


Read “How To Create Your Ultimate Travel Bucket List” and consider all the destinations you want to discover with Hilton Grand Vacations.

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