Tuesday Ten: Team LC’s Favorite Vacation Destinations

We’re sure we’re not alone when we say that there’s something about summer that gives us a case of wanderlust. It probably stems from our schooldays, when we would have a blissful three whole months off of school to hang out with friends, go on trips and just relax. With summertime in mind, all of us on Team LC recently had a conversation at our last brainstorm session about our favorite places to travel. From tropical islands to major metropolises, each of us had different places to bring to the table. Not only was it eye-opening to learn about the places each of us loves most, it was also incredibly inspiring. If you hear about us packing our suitcases and boarding the next flight, you can blame this post!

So, without further ado, here are 10 of Team LC’s favorite vacation destinations around the world…

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Growing up our family vacations always took place on a beach somewhere and my family loves Cabo. The weather is almost always sunny and the beaches are beautiful. It also can be any kind of vacation you want it to be. You can surf, fish, paddleboard, go out to dinners and go dancing or you can stay by the pool the whole time. Also, if you live in LA it’s a quick plane ride away. Leave on the first flight and you can be having lunch by the pool by noon. – Lauren, LaurenConrad.com Editor-in-Chief

Bali, Indonesia

I can’t wait to go back to Bali. It was such a magical place and the people who live there are so amazing. The food never disappointed and it usually came with a stunning view. Bali had so much to offer and it was pretty easy to travel from town to town. – Lauren, LaurenConrad.com Editor-in-Chief

Palm Springs, California

My absolute favorite place to vacation is Palm Springs. I’ve been going there with my family since I was a little girl, and it holds such a special place in my heart. Now as an adult, I like to go there as often as I can. It’s a short drive from Los Angeles, and there’s something about the backdrop of the palm trees and mountains that is magical to me. –Rachel, LaurenConrad.com Editor

Maui, Hawaii

I’ve only been to Maui a few times and I can’t wait to go back. Hawaii is a gorgeous tropical paradise with a relaxed and low-key vibe. Last time I was there I took surfing lessons, went scuba diving and drove the road to Hana, all of which I highly recommend if you make your way out there. And, let’s be honest: the Mai Tais in Maui can’t be beat! –Rachel, LaurenConrad.com Editor

Napa, California

Every summer for the past few years, my college girlfriends and I do a weekend trip to Napa and it’s always a blast. We consider it our summer girls’ reunion trip. We spend the weekend wine tasting at different vineyards and champagne tasting at chateaus. And in the evenings we have dinner at fun restaurants. Napa’s sprawling hills covered in vineyards are breathtaking, and if you go during the summertime the weather can be warm enough to lay by the pool. We usually stay at the Silverado Resort but I’ve heard amazing things about The Carneros Inn as well. Or, you can score a pretty sweet house on AirBnb (double bonus if there is a pool!). –Allison, LaurenConrad.com Editor

Barcelona, Spain

This summer, my family and I took a big trip to Spain, traveling from Madrid to Northern Spain to Barcelona. I have to say, Barcelona was probably my favorite stop on the trip. It’s a metropolitan city right on the beach, so it has a definite vacation vibe. Walking through the city, I was amazed by the juxtaposition of modern architecture next to charming, centuries-old European buildings. But my favorite part of the city is the Gaudi architecture. Must-sees are the Park Güell, the Sagrada Família and the Gothic Quarter. Finish off your day with tapas by the beach and a pitcher of sangria and you have yourself the perfect Spanish day. –Allison, LaurenConrad.com Editor

Big Sur, California

If you can’t decide if you want to get away to the mountains or to the ocean, Big Sur is the best of both worlds—a beautiful redwood forest with pristine beaches right beside it. It’s only a 5 1/2 hour drive from Los Angeles and even closer to San Francisco, but Big Sur feels worlds away from the city. It’s truly one of the most breathtaking places I’ve ever visited. Most of Big Sur doesn’t get very good cell phone or Internet reception, so it’s an excuse to unplug and just take in the amazing natural beauty you’re surrounded by. If glamping is your thing, I love Treebones Resort, where you can sleep in a round tent-like structure called a yurt that has running water and a plush queen-sized bed. During the day there are hiking trails to explore, beaches to lay out at, and spas and hot springs where you can pamper yourself. –Ilana, LaurenConrad.com Editor

London, U.K.

I love a tropical beach locale as much as the next girl, but most of the time I tend to choose vacations that involve exploring a new city instead of just laying out. I’ve traveled to London a couple of times (including on my honeymoon!), and it is one of my favorite cities I have ever visited. For me, no trip to London is complete without shopping at the Portobello Market flea, splurging on fashion and home decor at Liberty London, sampling all of the organic produce and prepared food stalls at Borough Market, cruising along the Thames at sunset, and having high tea at the Inn The Park, the restaurant in the middle of St. James Park. –Ilana, LaurenConrad.com Editor

Nashville, Tennessee

If you’re a huge country fan like I am, Nashville is obviously the place to be. My husband and I road tripped to Tennessee for our honeymoon and we wouldn’t change anything about our trip. While we were there, we made sure to frequent all of the best eateries including the famous Loveless Cafe. We may have overdone it with the sweet tea and homemade biscuits, but when in Rome, right? We also made sure to pop into as many of the country music bars as we could. The strip is filled with live music from sun up to well after sundown. Our favorite part of our Nashville trip was touring the Grand Ole Opry. Standing on stage where all of the country music legends stood was a dream come true for me! –Jessi, LaurenConrad.com Editorial Assistant

Lake Tahoe, California

In my hometown, Lake Tahoe is right in our backyard. There’s nothing quite like the Sierras, no matter what time of the year it is. In the summertime Lake Tahoe is filled to the brim with things to do: hiking, biking, kayaking and waterskiing…the list goes on. In the winter, Tahoe is home to some of the country’s best ski resorts (and hill sledding, too!). And don’t underestimate the great indoors: staying inside during the colder months can be just as fun. Sitting in front of the fireplace or playing board games while the snow falls outside is the ultimate comfort. –Jessi, LaurenConrad.com Editorial Assistant

Let us know in the comments below if you want to see city guides for any of these destinations. We’d love to put one together for you! In the meantime, check out our LA City Guide by clicking here.

Where do you love to vacation?

XO Team LC

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