Still haven't decided on your summer plans? Read on to discover the best travel destinations according to your zodiac sign.
You’re an adventurous sort with daredevil impulses and a knack for heart-pounding adventures. The Himalayas and Machu Picchu are classic Aries destinations, but for something more off the beaten path, consider Rwanda. The country has emerged as one of East Africa’s premier travel destinations, thanks to its world-renowned national parks and exotic wildlife. You’ll come thrillingly close to giant silverback gorillas (of which there are only 880 remaining in the world) in the protected forests of Volcanoes National Park, one of Africa’s oldest national parks. Go with a guide, and embark on the vigorous hike with steep inclines for face-to-face encounters with the gorillas — plus, other creatures like rare golden monkeys, buffalo and hyena.
The Taurus is a hedonist with a taste for the finer things in life. Great food, luxury accommodations, and plenty of pampering amenities (think: spa treatments and wine tastings) are high on Taurus’ vacation checklist, which is why Chile’s Viña Vik Hotel makes for the ideal summer getaway. The high-design retreat and wine spa is located two hours from Santiago, in Chile’s Millahue Valley’s wine region, and overlooks sloping hills, valleys and lakes. With an undulating titanium roof — inspired by Frank Gehry — and glass and concrete walls, the property sports a daring aesthetic sure to please the design-loving Taurus. There are seven horses on standby should you want to tour the area's vineyards; if not, there’s an infinity pool, a vino-centered spa, and two restaurants on-site to keep you busy.
Gemini is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, so it’s no wonder you crave socialization and constant discovery from your travels. You’ll feel right at home in Todos Santos, a lively surfer town near the south end of the Baja peninsula. Unlike tourist-filled Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos attracts a more civilized crowd (think: California surfers and New York fashion types), most of whom congregate at Hotel San Cristóbal owned by Texas hotelier Liz Lambert. The oceanfront property bears Lambert's signature bohemian vibe, best captured in the building’s colorful tiles, wild gardens, and beachy guestrooms done up in hand-woven textiles and rattan furniture. Socialize with other guests at the pool bar, where you can sip a mean mojito while watching surfers attempt the sizable swells, or wander down to the city's main drags, Benito Juarez and Colegio Militar, to tour craft shops and art galleries.
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A home-body, you prefer staycations and day trips to ambitious, far-flung travel. And it doesn't get much more accessible (or approachable) than Cincinnati, Ohio. The charming Midwestern metropolis has plenty to offer this summer, including brewery tours, art museums, and the three-day Bunbury Music Festival, whose headliners include Wiz Khalifa, Pretty Lights, and The Shins among others. Bed down at the mod, art-centric 21c Museum Hotel, which has a free contemporary art gallery and is walking distance from attractions like the Washington Park and the Findlay Market. Leave enough time to cross the Roebling Suspension Bridge, which served as the original inspiration for the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Another must-see? Union Terminal, an Art Deco masterpiece and a National Historic Landmark, whose glass tile mosaics by Winold Reiss are the largest in the world.
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With their big personalities and dramatic flair, Leos are drawn to global cities associated with royalty and over-the-top luxury. London and Monaco are natural fits for the extravagant Leo, but for a more seasonal getaway, consider the Seychelles, the remote archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Will and Kate honeymooned there—which should give you an idea of just how exclusive the spot is— but if you still need convincing, just Google the Six Senses Zil Pasyon, the luxury brand's first outpost in Africa. The serene hideaway is surrounded by white-sand beaches, swaying shaggy palms, and massive boulders, and features 30 sumptuous suites, with earthy interiors (think: wood-shingeled roofs, bathrooms made with quartzite tiles, and deep turquoise fabrics) that draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape. You’ll spend your days sun-tanning around your private infinity pool, floating in the island’s clear-blue waters, and rubbing shoulders with a well-to-do crowd at the stylish alfresco eatery.
You’re an intellectual with an insatiable appetite for knowledge and personal enrichment. And Malta, having been ruled at various times by the British, French, Romans and Knights of St. John, is a history buff’s dream. Make the capital Valletta your home base, and you’ll be ideally situated to explore the city's historic streets and myriad landmarks, like St. John’s Co-Cathedral, a resplendent Baroque church that houses two paintings by Caravaggio, and Birgu, the oldest of the settlements on the shore of the Grand Harbour (and where the Knights of St John first settled). Much like its architecture, language and history, Malta’s cuisine is an exciting cultural mashup of Italian, English and Arabic influencers. On your restaurant road-map? Diar il Bniet, a family-run restaurant with farm-to-table eats, and Harbour Club, a popular Valetta hangout with commanding views of the fortified city.
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The ruling planet of Libra is Venus, which explains why people born under the sign value beauty, art, and romance above all. The sensual Libra's dream summer getaway? Cuba —with its sultry streets, throwback architecture, and creative spirit. Make your home base the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the country’s landmark property, and sleep in historic rooms once frequented by famous gangsters (Lucky Luciano) and glamorous starlets (Ava Gardner). The city’s posh Miramar ‘hood, a half an hour ride away from the hotel, is a vibrant hub packed with high-end restaurants (especially privately owned paladares) like Café Laurent, which has a breezy balcony and serves mouth-watering seafood (the place is famous for its red snapper). Don't miss salsa-dancing at the famed Tropicana, a flashy cabaret with dazzling performances and great tequila drinks.
Nothing excites the Scorpio quite like getting off the grid and playing explorer – an experience that’s easy to come by in Alaska, a land of impenetrable forests, towering glaciers, and natural phenomena like auroras and the Midnight Sun. To see the region’s wildlife up close and personal, hop on a guided glacier or wildlife walk with Salmon Berry Tours, where you might spot Dall sheep, mountain goats, moose, caribou, and more as you explore the Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. Or, if you’d rather experience “city” life, head south to Seward, a scenic seaside village with colorful clapboard houses, art galleries, and mom-and-pop shops. The town also serves as the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park, whose waters fill with puffins and playful harbor seals. A boat tour, which launches from the harbor, is the best way to take in the scenery—especially if you venture further to Resurrection Bay, where visitors can disembark to beachcomb, kayak the tidewater caves, or rent a cabin and stay the night.
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You’re curious, open-minded and well-traveled. There’s not a place in the world that you wouldn’t be interested in visiting, nor is there a culture out there that doesn’t fascinate you. So where to next, for the globe-trotting Sagittarius? Why not Tokyo, with its non-stop action, amazing food, and exciting cultural mashup of old-meets-new? First-time visitors will want to stroll through the endless rows of seafood at Tsukiji Fish Market, get lost among giant video screens and mega-malls in Shibuya, and ascend to the top of Tokyo Sky Tree, one of the tallest towers in the world, for a photo opp. The city is home to more Michelin stars than any other metropolis, so it goes without saying you’ll want to bring your appetite—first to Sushi Saito, an intimate, nine-seat restaurant whose nigiri is out of this world, and then to Narisawa, where chef Yoshihiro Narisawa fuses French haute cuisine with Japanese ingredients. Your digs at the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills offer circular Japanese soaking baths in each guest room, an airy 37th-floor spa, and a teahouse-inspired rooftop bar.
Goal-oriented and adventurous, Capricorns love a challenge—especially in nature. And the experience of hiking Uri, one of Switzerland’s most scenic cantons, combines hair-raising thrills and spectacular views, of alpine lakes, jagged mountains and wildflower meadows. For a more picturesque trek, start on the eastern side of Lake Uri, and board the open-air gondola which will bring you to head of the three-hour Eggberge trail. It’s an intense vertical climb, but the lush Alpine meadow scenery makes it well worth it. Another popular hike is the pilgrimage-worthy Salbitbrücke Trail, where you’ll cross the legendary Göscheneralp Salbitbrücke suspension bridge, which is over 295 feet long at an altitude of 7800 feet. After all that physical activity, you’ll be thrilled to refuel with raclette and settle in for a great night’s sleep at The Chedi Andermatt.
Aquarius’ are free-thinking and eccentric, preferring off-the-beat travel experiences to those involving big crowds and touristy attractions. You’ll be completely in your element in Uluru, Australia’s physical and spiritual center, which is renowned for its iconic World Heritage-listed monolith. Walk around its base through a guided tour with a ranger to learn about the natural and cultural significance of the site, or, if you’re not up to the walk, rent bikes from Outback Cycling and pedal around it instead. Your accommodations are the luxurious tented pavilions at Longitude 131, which is built into the curve of a sand dune and is the area’s only hotel with uninterrupted views of the impressive rock.
The last sign on the Zodiac, people born under Pisces are dreamers, visionaries and mystics. Heavily commercialized places are anathema to the sensitive Pisces, who instead prefers dreamy locales brimming with exoticism and mystery—two qualities for which Joshua Tree, California is known. Climb through massive boulders and around trippy trees in Joshua Tree National Park, which promises one Instagram-worthy vista after another, then refuel on smoothies and fresh organic salads at the Natural Sisters Café. From there, it’s a 20-minute drive north to Integratron, a geodesic dome where you can sign up for a 60-minute Sound Bath, a sonic healing session that will leave you deeply relaxed (and, some say, looking 10 years younger). End the day at the funky 29 Palms Inn, a collection of adobe and wood-framed cottages dating back to the 1920s and 30s.