Do you get excited about summer destinations that aren't too hot?
If you live where it is practically summer all year round, you might not get as excited as the rest of us about a vacation in the sun or by the ocean. Indeed, you might even feel that for your holiday break, you want to escape the hot sun for a while. Or maybe you just don’t like the sun or the heat, irrespective of where you live. So, where are some summer destinations that aren't too hot?
San Francisco's unique positioning between the cold Pacific Ocean and the vast San Francisco Bay provides the city with guaranteed year-round moderate temperatures, although they slightly vary from district to district. San Francisco is one of the world's most fabulous destinations that stay cool in summer, when ocean breezes and sea fog reduce temperatures to around 67 during the day, dropping down to 54 in early evening. Take a sweater, though; some city districts get chillier climes.
Olympic National Park in WA offers visitors a wonderful forest vacation in laid-back surroundings, with the amazing Hurricane Ridge offering one of the most spectacular sights. With temperatures staying around the 67 mark during the day and falling to 51 at night, Olympic National Park is also one of the chilliest summer destinations in the US, with an occasional shower of rain thrown in for good measure.
Nova Scotia on Canada's eastern Maritime on the North Atlantic is a province of extremes. Summertime temperatures during the day can reach ca. 74 and lows hover around 55. Boasting gorgeous beaches, picturesque fishing villages, amazing wildlife, fabulous seafood and whale-watching paradise Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia is a great place to stay cool in summer and have a fantastic fun time.
Located in Interior Alaska, Denali National Park and Preserve boasts summer temperatures of ca. 66 during the day, which plummet to 44 at night. One of the best sites of the park is Horseshoe Lake, but you'd better wear a wet-suit, for its waters are very, very cold. The park is also home to Mount McKinley, the tallest summit in North America, and Kahiltna Glacier, a place where your toes can freeze off even during the height of summer. Around 400,000 people visit the park every year, but there's plenty of elbow room left for you to keep your cool.
This huge park boasts a wide temperature range, from average daytime summer temps of 72 to a goosebump-inducing 42 at night. Brimming with snow-capped peaks, rivers and lakes, Wyoming is one of the USA's coldest states. Join a ranger-guided tour or explore the park's hot springs under your own steam.
Seattle in Washington is one of America's chilliest places at any time of the year. During summer, daytime temperatures hover around the 75 mark, but in the evening this drops down to just 56, so take a jacket when you head out at night or when staying on one of the city's famous houseboats. Famous sights include the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) in Downtown on Capitol Hill, Volunteer Park and Seattle's central waterfront's Olympic Sculpture Park.
The Pacific Ocean maintains cold water temperatures throughout the year, which makes seaside destinations like Santa Cruz ideal spots for staying cool in summer. Santa Cruz's daytime temperatures reach a comfy 75. In the evenings, when fog rolls in from the ocean, temperatures drop to ca. 54. These temperatures won't make your blood pressure go up, but Santa Cruz's Boardwalk's thrill rides and bathing beauties certainly will.
Any of these appeal to you or do you prefer a sunny beach location? Where’s your dream US destination?
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