As much as we look forward to summer, the heat can be overbearing and can leave us feeling lethargic. Some of us choose to spend our precious summer vacations cooped up in the house with a large glass of iced tea as we sit in front of an air conditioner set to full blast.
Luckily, America has some incredible vacation spots to visit where the summer sun will not destroy your urge to get out and explore. If you are tired of hiding from the heat, these are some states and cities across the country to enjoy while staying cool.
One of the best ways to escape the summer heat is by heading up north to stunning Alaska. Summer temperatures hover in the 60’s in areas like Denali National Park and Fairbanks, which are good bases for hikers and those who want to venture out into nature. Temperatures along the coast in cities like Juneau and Anchorage fluctuate wildly between the mid 50’s and mid 70’s.The weather isn’t the only reason to visit Alaska in the summer. It is also the prime season for adventures in this wild state with hiking, backpacking, and train tours.
A couple of highlights of spending your summer in Alaska are hiking to the base of Mt. McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America and whale watching in Juneau. If you are looking for an adventurous summer away from the sweltering heat and humidity, then Alaska is the perfect destination.
The last benefit of spending your summer in Alaska is that there are 22 hours of daylight, which lets you pack more fun into your vacation.
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan has ideal cool temperatures that tend to hover in the mid to low 70’s during the day. The nights get a little colder as the temperature drops into the 50’s. Not only is the weather ideal, but the Upper Peninsula is spectacular. There are thick forests, still lakes, and quaint lighthouses that draw thousands of visitors each year.
This region of Michigan has become known for its family friendly activities, historic sites, and even some casinos. With the mild heat, and a variety of things to do, the Upper Peninsula in Michigan makes for a flawless summer getaway.
The cool temperatures make Maine’s coast a popular vacation destination. If you are looking to avoid the throngs of tourists head to Rangeley. Full of history and charm, this little town has summer temperatures that hover in the between the 60’s and 70’s.
There are six massive lakes, numerous streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Rangeley is not only beautiful but also has a lot of hiking trails, scenic views, and every water sport you can imagine. The town itself is nestled among tall trees, picturesque buildings, and a big lake.
If you cannot beat the heat, then rise above it. Sitting more than a mile high in the mountains of North Carolina lies Beech Mountain, a quaint little town. Temperatures rarely surpass the mid 70’s during the summer months. Beech Mountain offers a variety of fun outdoor activities to choose from that include mountain biking, camping, and exploring the gorgeous mountains. Outlooks around the town treat you to panoramic mountain views.
Beech Mountain is an ideal summer getaway, and because the area gets around 90 inches of snow in the winter, summer is the best time to visit unless you are a skier or Inuit.
Seattle is sandwiched between lakes and mountains, which makes for a pleasant summer climate. With a moderate temperature and a vibrant atmosphere, Seattle is one of the best places in the USA to escape the summer heat. The city is full of fun things to do like visiting the iconic Space Needle, towering over the city, and exploring the massive Pike Place Market where visitors and locals alike indulge their taste buds with delicious foods and shop for odd mementos.
For those who would rather take advantage of the cooler temperatures of Seattle to venture into the great outdoors, the city is a good home base. Washington State has some of the most gorgeous and untouched forests I have ever seen.
From almost any spot in the state, natural beauty fills the horizon. You can fill your days with hiking, canoeing, fishing, and camping all without suffering from unbearable summer heat.
Seattle is also only a few hours away from Vancouver, and the prime location for a day trip to Canada.
Colorado is full of charm and exquisite landscapes. The high altitude throughout the state offers a haven from hot and humid summer temperatures.
Keep in mind, Colorado is a little warmer than many of the other destinations on this list with temperatures reaching into the lower to mid-80's during the peak summer months.
However, having a little extra heat is a small price to pay for the live music, craft beers, and lively atmosphere you can find in cities like Denver and Colorado Springs. Colorado is perfect for experiencing the most striking mountainous landscapes in America.
Whether you are road tripping through mountain valleys, hiking along rushing springs, or relaxing in patio café taking in the view, Colorado does not disappoint.
With all these great spots, why spend your summer vacation sweating? Go on a trip to any of these areas with mild temperatures and enjoy summer vacation while beating the heat.
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Stephen Schreck is a world traveler, nomad, and adventure backpacker. Knowing a life of aimlessly wandering the globe in search of adventures was the only life for him he set out to make his dream his reality. Currently he is trying to conquer his fears and tackle his bucket list. Follow Stephen's adventures at A Backpacker's Tale or on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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