Is there a better time of year than summer? If you ask me, the answer is no. I like the warmer months when the days are longer, the kids are out of school and hopefully there are holidays to look forward to.
If you don’t have anything planned, it’s not too late to book in for some last-minute summer fun. If you’re curious about where to go, Hilton might have the answer – at least if you’re trying to book in the US. The company pulled data that revealed the most popular domestic destinations booked by Hilton Honors members for July. And, if that’s not enough to convince you, TPG has rounded up some of our favorite Hilton hotels worth redeeming (or earning) Hilton Honors points in every destination.
But even if these places don’t speak to you, be sure to check out some of our other favorite Hilton hotels, including our favorites from around the world; the best of best across the United States, ranging from luxury to budget-friendly; and even the best Hilton beach hotels around the worldbecause nothing says summer like a beach vacation.
As a former Nashvillian myself, I can say that Music City is a quintessentially American destination that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. There’s something for everyone, even if you don’t like country music.
From a thriving food scene that ranges from staples like Nashville Hot Chicken and barbecue to southern ramen, you won’t go hungry. When it comes to culture, Nashville has it all: visit the Frist for a world-class art museum, head to the National Museum of African American Music to learn where some of the world’s most influential sounds come from, then tap the Country Music Hall of Fame to get an idea of what made Nashville what it is today.
As for where to stay, Hilton has options that run the gamut, but there are two that really stand out.
For families, the largest Embassy Suites in the country, Embassy Suites Downtown Nashville, ticks all the boxes — and more. This Embassy Suites, like all, offers free breakfast (Embassy Suites has the best free hotel breakfastaccording to our taste tests), an indoor rooftop pool with incredible city views, and a downtown location that makes it easy to walk to major attractions.
How to book: Rates for July stays at the Embassy Suites Downtown Nashville start at $195 a night, though most nights are between $200 and $300, with weekends even higher. Hilton Honors members can redeem points starting at 71,000 points per night.
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For a more upscale stay, the recently opened Conrad Nashville is also a solid choice, especially for people traveling without children. Its downtown location is still close to all the action, but far enough from downtown that you don’t have to worry about the honky-tonk crowds of Lower Broadway. Plus, there’s a great bar, Thistle & Rye, with a patio that overlooks the city, and wellness rooms with Pelotons, if that suits you.
How to book: Rates at the Conrad Nashville for July start from $227 or 90,000 Hilton Honors Points.
Related: The best hotels in Nashville
Myrtle Beach, SC
In South Carolina, throngs of people head to Myrtle Beach every summer for a laid-back beach vacation, plus all the somewhat kitschy attractions that come with tourist spots like this (think mini-golf, shopping go-karts and the kinda awful ones but you’ve always secretly wanted to try the bungee jumping rigs). It’s the perfect place for a multi-generational vacation filled with fried shrimp, sunscreen, love and laughter.
If you end up bringing the whole family, save big by booking a room at the newly renovated Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort, which features a water park with slides, a pool with lounge chairs and cabanas, on free order breakfast and large suites to spread out.
How to book: Rates at Embassy Suites by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort in July start at $315 per night or 70,000 Hilton Honors Points.
Related: The best hotels in Myrtle Beach
In Chicago, the windy city, you can really do anything. Spend a day exploring world-famous works of art like Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” at the Art Institute of Chicago, then head to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center to see the city from above. high. If you didn’t know, Chicago has public beaches on Lake Michigan, so you can even pretend you’re living that island life for a second. Whatever you do in Chicago, be sure to stop by for a classic deep-dish pizza and a comedy show at Second City.
When it comes to accommodation, the options are nearly endless, so check out our list of the best hotels in chicago. This summer, Hilton Honors members want to stay at theWit Chicago, located near Riverwalk in the Theater District. The hotel has an eclectic, urban feel and offers chic rooms with pops of color, a rooftop bar on the 27th floor, and even a spa.
How to book: Rates at theWit Chicago in July start at $169 or 51,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
While Cincinnati may not be a must-visit vacation destination, the Ohio city is charming, affordable, and definitely has a lot to offer. For starters, the Cincinnati Zoo is considered one of the best in the country – and zoos are fun for the whole family. There are art, history, and children’s museums to enjoy, plus tons of outdoor fun, including more than a dozen miles of hiking trails in Mt. Airy Forest. The greater Cincinnati area is also home to over 80 breweries, so visitors can easily spend an entire day discovering and tasting craft beers.
Hilton Honors members love the Cincinnatian Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, which occupies a historic building dating back to 1882. Today, however, the building is a modern, charming hotel where you can earn and redeem Hilton Honors points and offers cozy rooms and a restaurant, Maverick’s Restobar, which serves small plates, beer, and bourbon
How to book: Cash rates in July start at $148 per night or 46,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
Saratoga Springs, NY
Upstate New York has no shortage of charming towns to visit, but Saratoga Springs, not far from Albany, is one of the best.
Home to natural springs that people have flocked to for years, Saratoga attracts visitors looking to relax and soak up the healing natural elements of the area. On the other hand, people are also drawn to the racetrack, Saratoga Race Course, which hosts popular events at various times of the year.
While there are plenty of boutique hotels and inns in Saratoga Springs, Hilton loyalists book into the Homewood Suites by Hilton Saratoga Springs, which offers free breakfast, in-suite kitchens, is pet-friendly, and offers “social hours” with drinks and snacks. every Wednesday evening.
How to book: Rates at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Saratoga Springs in July start at $165 per night at 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
You don’t have to be a “Grey’s Anatomy” fan to love Seattle (but it does make it more fun to walk around wondering, “Did Meredith Gray shop here?”). Other than that, there are so many wonderful things to do in Seattle, like eating around Pike Place Market, admiring the city from the top of the Space Needle, trying amazing Asian food in Chinatown, and getting out on a boat to see the water horizon.
For a luxury stay in Seattle, we are big fans of the Hotel 1000 Seattle, part of Hilton’s LXR collection. With a prime downtown location, this hotel offers rooms with great water views, a spa perfect for pampering on rainy Seattle days, a seafood restaurant serving northern cuisine -west Pacific and a special pet program to make even four-legged guests feel like royalty.
How to book: Rates at Hotel 1000 in July start at $305 per night or 90,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
Few cities in the United States offer the beach and sun like Miami, a place with big Latin flavors, one of the most distinct architectural styles in the country, and plenty of cruise ships.
Travelers to Miami can base themselves near the beach and never feel the need to leave, they can hit the eclectic arts scene in Wynwood or try the delicious Cuban cuisine in Little Havana. As the perfect jumping-off point for a road trip to the Florida Keys or Everglades National Park, Miami offers that perfect blend of city, beach, and wide open spaces.
Curious where Hilton Honors members lay their heads? A popular hotel is the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach, a beachfront property with beach chairs lining the sand, a pool, a Greek restaurant, and rooms with balconies where you can relax and enjoy the salty air of the ocean.
How to book: Rates at the Hilton Bentley Miami South Beach in July start at $236 per night or 80,000 Hilton Honors points.
Related: The best hotels in Miami
How to save with Hilton Honors
If you’re looking to earn more Hilton Honors Points, it might be time to consider one of the best hilton co-branded credit cards, which offer sign-up bonuses in the form of Hilton Honors points once you spend a certain amount. Currently, with the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card you could earn 130,000 points and a free nights reward after spending $2,000 on purchases with the Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card during your first three months of card membership. Cardholders will also earn 12X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for every $1 in eligible purchases charged to your card directly at hotels and resorts in the Hilton portfolio.