As the summer season comes to the end, many people are starting to think about last-minute ways to enjoy their time outdoors. At Blueground, we not only want to ensure that our guests have an exceptional stay, but also get the most out of their city in unexpected ways. In the time of COVID-19, being able to head to different outdoor destinations has become a vacation-esque activity as guests escape the hustle and bustle of city life. As remote work continues through the year, and air travel remains uncertain, many individuals are yearning for a change of scenery – and so we’ve assembled a list of buzzing local destinations based within three U.S. regions that Blueground currently operates in.
Day Trip: Tucked away in the Northwestern cap of the U.S. is Orcas Island – part of the chain of the San Juan Islands in Washington that allows for quiet tree-lined roads, fresh seafood, and peachy sunsets magnificently gracing the background. It’s just a couple hours from Seattle by car and ferry. Rent a car from Seattle and drive directly onto the scenic ferry ride that makes for a safe and seamless travel experience.
Hike: Drive east from Seattle and you’ll hit Gold Bar with a variety of hiking trails for all different levels. A Seattle must, especially if you feel like hitting two hikes at once. The main trail starts with shady dense greenery, followed by roughly two miles where you can either discover a hidden lake known as Lake Serene or continue up the trail for a more challenging hike.
Kayaking: Want to sightsee Chicago while getting in a workout? Explore the Chicago River via kayak to witness Chicago’s most architecturally striking buildings. You’ll be able to spot world-renowned towers designed by famous architects such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, just to name a few. Iconic structures including The Wrigley-Building, Vista Tower and Willis Tower are all on display as you paddle through the city.
Ziplining: With hundreds of miles of trails and natural preserve, the Forest Preserves of Cook County generates an easy getaway. Soar through the treetops known as the Bemis Woods where you’ll be able to sail along a 2,000-foot zip line just a 30-minute car ride from Chicago. The aerial rope courses offer a diverse experience for each individual wanting to find a unique thrill in the woods.
Lawn Lounging: As backyard space is scarce in New York — Pier 17 offers a solution to make locals feel like they escape from the fast-paced urban life. Rent rooftop lawn space at Pier 17, known as “The Greens”, where you’ll get a 14 by 14-foot space so as to experience a backyard feel. The Greens come fully stacked with lawn chairs, an umbrella, and a Yeti cooler to help you kick back and relax.
Paint N’ Pour: If you’re more artistically inclined, schedule a class with your closest pals at Paint N’ Pour located in the heart of the Lower East Side. With the streets of New York semi-blocked off for the outdoor dining scene, the Paint N’ Pour is a great activity to connect with loved ones, friends, or colleagues while remaining outdoors. The art studio-bar hybrid has moved outdoors along with many of New York’s greatest restaurants. If you are looking to unleash your creative side, while still spending some quality time in the city sun, this is the activity for you.
Our hope is for our guests to be able to authentically experience their local city while still feeling at home wherever they choose to live. In and around each one of our U.S. cities lies an adventure outside its notorious landmarks. Although our apartments are located in city centers, there are many ways to create a memorable outdoor experience that isn’t so far away. So get out and explore the way the locals do. #ShowUpStartLiving by booking one of our fully furnished apartments that suits your needs.