As temperatures rise across the country, many people are looking to find places to cool down as the height of the summer approaches. But, not all of us love bright sun, humidity and 95 degrees! And for those of us who don’t, there are plenty of “hot” spots across America that are decidedly cool.
Today we’re going to take a look at three places you can go this summer to cool off. We’ll feature one city, one quaint town and one National Park where you can spend your vacation with plenty to do away from the heat.
Ready? Let’s go!
Who doesn’t want to go to the City by the Bay all year round? Even though San Francisco is great any time of year, it’s the perfect place to escape the heat during the summer. Since it’s perched right on the water of San Francisco Bay in Northern California the temperatures there are far more comfortable.
In the summer months, the average temperature is only 67 degrees! While you’re there, be sure to take a ride on one of the famous trolley, snap a few photos of the Queen Anne homes at Alamo Square, enjoy a baseball game watching the San Francisco Giants and try some delicious food in Chinatown.
There are few places across the country more beautiful than the upper reaches of Michigan along the Great Lakes. Lucky for us, it’s also an area that enjoys an average high of 75 degrees in the middle of the summer. Mackinac Island, located at the very tip of Michigan is not only a great spot to cool down, it can transport you back in time.
The island prohibits the use of cars, instead opting for bicycles and even horseback being the most common forms of transportation. If you love sailing and boating, then this is a dream spot, there are many regattas taking place all summer long. Finally, you can’t miss one of Mackinac Islands best features, the delicious fudge shops that dot the streets of downtown.
Acadia National Park
Tucked along the coast of Maine and stretching between the mountains and the Ocean, Acadia National Park is a dream location for any nature lover who is looking to cool off this summer. With temperature topping out around 79 degrees in the summer months, when it gets too hot to hike, simply take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean, which will be sure to offer a quick chill.
Acadia National Park offers plenty of activities like hiking, mountain biking, fishing, swimming, and kayaking just to name a few options. Plus the nearby town of Bar Harbor has been attracting the well heeled for generations, offering high end shopping, dining and hotels if you want a night to relax in style.
There you have it. It might be hard to choose, but you cannot go wrong with heading to any of these spots on your next vacation, especially those who are looking for a place to cool down.
Where are some of your favorite spots to escape the summer heat? We’d love to hear!