Summertime means warm weather, and hopefully, you’re planning some kind of summer getaway. Anyone can go to Disney World or NYC, but where do the most elite Americans vacation?
If you’re looking for a vacation spot that will incite the most jealousy from your friends while simultaneously giving you the best Instagram feed of your life (but aren’t afraid to spend a pretty penny), look no further than these nine most elite destinations, perfect for a summer excursion.
1. West Palm Beach, FL
West Palm Beach has everything from pristine beaches to extravagant night life. Frequented by billionaires like Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg, it’s clear that this destination is A+. There’s a downtown area with shops and restaurants that will cost a fortune, but the perfect summer escape might just be worth it.
2. Philipsburg, MT
For those looking for an upscale ranch-style escape, Philipsburg is a newcomer to the elite vacation scene. After Scarlett Johansson and Kate Bosworth chose the region for their VIP weddings, the area boomed to life. Now, with luxury resorts and amazing dining experiences, horse-lovers with some extra cash in their pocket have a great place to go.
3. Kauai, HI
Kauai is the choice vacation spot for adrenaline junkies, outdoor-lovers, and Jennifer Aniston. One of the most expensive destinations in the Hawaiian Islands, many visitors rent private homes on the water, or check into all-inclusive resorts. Some activities include surfing, hiking, golfing, horseback riding, and zip lining, but don’t forget the incredible spa at the St. Regis Princeville afterwards.
4. Nantucket, MA
New Englanders know that Nantucket is the smaller, richer, more private older brother of Cape Cod. If you own at least one pair of salmon colored pants or a Lily Pulitzer dress, Nantucket is your home land. You have to take the ferry in or fly your private jet, but once you get there, it’s only exclusive resorts and high-end golf clubs overlooking the ocean. Who wouldn’t want to spend some summer here?
5. The Hamptons, NY
If you’ve ever seen the ABC show Revenge or read The Great Gatsby, you know The Hamptons are where the east coast elite call home in the summer. The “beach houses” are mansions, the clubs are frequented by celebs like Jay Z and Paul McCartney, and the restaurants are world-famous. If you can afford it, The Hamptons is the place to be.
6. Big Sur, CA
Exclusivity finds new meaning here in Big Sur, where there are only two ways in: the Pacific Coast Highway, or private helicopter. This escape boasts of amazing views of ocean, beach, and untouched forest, and the proximity to LA makes it a usual getaway for many of your favorite celebs. And if you’re planning a destination wedding, it’s a great choice; ask Natalie Portman or Anne Hathaway.
7. Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole is for the elite who want to escape city life but don’t quite want to rough it. Visitors get close to the real wild west, but can do so in luxury hotels that have popped up across the city. And if you’re lucky, you might spot Indiana Jones–Jackson Hole is a favorite of actor Harrison Ford.
8. Newport, RI
Newport is the definition of “old money,” and the many mansions lining the coast prove it. This little escape offers many private beaches, and the cute downtown area is filled with tasty restaurants and adorable antique shops. Those coming from a big city are attracted by the small-town vibes, and the hefty price tags.
9. Napa Valley, CA
If you’re a wine drinker, there’s nowhere better in the United States. And with the influx of affluence, it’s no surprise that some amazing restaurants have popped up across the area. Food and wine go hand-in-hand after all, so if you’re looking for an indulgent vacation, look no further.