Lounging on a paddleboard during the summer in Seattle.

City Guide

The Best Cities to Spend the Summer in 2021

By Bri Hand | Jun 1, 2021

Summer 2021 is on the horizon, and with the world starting to open back up, people everywhere are gearing up for quite the epic summer. After a year and a half of being cooped up inside, remote workers across the country are choosing to ditch their same four walls for a flexible apartment in a new city and a well-needed dose of adventure.

Landing offers furnished apartments with flexible leases in over 375 cities in the U.S., and our members are certainly taking advantage of their freedom to move around once the sun starts to shine. If you’re thinking about moving to a new city for the summer, here’s where Landing’s members are choosing to live:

1. Denver, Colorado

Moving to DenverAs a high-altitude city set below the mountains, Denver is a great place to spend the summer if you want to explore the great outdoors. Take a day or weekend trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, or the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park for spectacular views and thrilling hiking trails that will help you get in touch with nature. The aptly named “Garden of the Gods” in nearby Colorado Springs is also a must-see. 

If you’d rather spend some time in Denver city limits, be sure to check out the Denver Zoo, Cheesman Park, and the Denver Botanical Garden, where you could spend all day (or even multiple days!), exploring flowers and plants from all around the world.

For those who want to snack and imbibe in the great outdoors without leaving the comfort of Denver, Forest Room 5 is the perfect compromise. With a patio decorated to look like a campsite—complete with tree stump seats and fire pits—this bar offers a rustic vibe that can’t be beat during the summer.

2. Dallas, Texas

Moving to DallasThe first thing you should know about spending the summer here is that it’s going to be hot, hot, hot, so finding an apartment in Dallas with air conditioning is an absolute must. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to cool off, whether you want to check out Plano’s famous Texas-shaped pool or venture out for a day on White Rock Lake. 

You can also spend a wonderful summer afternoon on one of Dallas’ many outdoor patios. Sip on a blood orange mule and snack on some brisket queso at the Smoky Rose, or opt for a beer and a shot in The Rustic’s backyard bar. In the mood for some brunch? Head over to Ida Claire for fried green tomato Benedict and duck nachos.

If you’re looking for some summertime adventure, other fun activities in Dallas include rock climbing at Lake Mineral Wells and exploring the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. 

3. Austin, Texas

Moving to AustinGet weird for the summer with an extended stay in Austin, Texas. While you’ll certainly be no stranger to the upper 90s temperature in the summer here, Austin has plenty of outdoor activities that will keep you cool and content.

Spend the day kayaking, paddle-boarding, or canoeing on Lady Bird Lake, or take a dip in the popular Barton Springs Pool, which is 68 degrees all year round. If you like to pair your dips with stunning city views, venture up to the South Congress Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar, where you can relax poolside and enjoy 25% off bottles of rose, every day. Yes, that’s right. Every. Single. Day. 

In the mood for a little summertime adventure? Spend the day taking a tour of Austin’s many murals, then cool off with an “Invader Pimm” cocktail at Aba, a popular Mediterranean restaurant on South Congress.

4. Seattle, Washington

Moving to SeattleSeattle might be known for its wetter weather, but it makes up for its lack of sunshine with plenty of fun activities for when the sun does decide to show up! Soak up some rare rays and snap some shots of the Seattle skyline from one of the city’s popular rooftop bars, including MBar, The Nest, and The Mountaineering Club

If you want to spend a day on the water, there are plenty of places in Seattle to rent kayaks. The Northwest Outdoor Center on Lake Union lets you rent single, double, and even triple kayaks, and you can spend a beautiful afternoon paddling by the houseboats and Gas Works Park. You can even kayak on Puget Sound by renting from Ballard Kayak out of Shilsole Bay. While the water might be a bit choppy depending on the time of day, the views are worth the rougher ride!

Seattle is home to plenty of bountiful farmer’s markets that you can visit throughout the summer. Be sure to check out Ballard Sunday Market and Fremont Sunday Market, and don’t leave without grabbing a box or two of raspberries and blackberries to snack on. Collins Family Orchard also sells peaches that are to die for, so if you’re lucky enough to stumble on their stand, be sure to check it out!

The best thing about Seattle is that you’re never far from the mountains, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities for day trips to spots like Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, and even Mount Saint Helens National Park.

5. Atlanta, Georgia

Moving to AtlantaIf you’ve got Georgia on your mind, Atlanta is a great place to spend your summer. Make sure to take some time to explore the Atlanta BeltLine, an outdoor space comprising 22 miles of unused railroad tracks around the city. Take a leisurely stroll to admire the many art installations along your path, or pick up the pace with a thrilling electric scooter ride. You can even participate in one of the BeltLine’s many fitness classes—if you can stand the heat!—and reward yourself after with a game of cornhole and giant Jenga at the nearby New Realm Brewery

Another popular summer destination in Atlanta is the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which houses a stunning display of plants and flowers that will make your Instagram stories bloom. Be sure to stop by the 25-foot Earth Goddess sculpture—she has to be seen to be believed! 

If you’re spending the summer in Atlanta, check out Ponce City Market, a hotspot for shopping and dining beloved by locals and tourists alike. Admire the city skyline and sip on a signature Frozen Lemonade from The Roof, before playing some Skee-Ball and mini-golf at Skyline Park.

Land somewhere great for the summer

Feeling inspired to spend the summer somewhere new? Landing offers fully furnished apartments with flexible lease terms, concierge services, seamless transfers, and all the amenities you need to make this the best summer of your life. Browse our available homes here, or contact us to learn more about how Landing works.

About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.