10 Cold Places To Escape To This Summer

Summer is heating up, but not everyone is eager to hit the beach. Instead of looking for creative ways to beat the summer heat, head out to a cool place where you won’t have to hide from the sun to enjoy water sports and wilderness adventures.

Nova Scotia, Canada

If you’re looking for a coastal getaway without the sunburn, consider Nova Scotia. Though it’s not the coldest spot on the list, average temperatures from mid-June to mid-September are about 70 degrees. But you can enjoy watching whales, dolphins, puffins, eagles, and seals while you’re there.

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With an Arctic climate you can expect average temperatures that do not exceed 50F. Greenland’s epic fjords and remote arctic tundra remain under the radar. Polar bears live and breed in the northernmost parts of West Greenland. You can see calving glaciers, giant icebergs, and Arctic landscapes.

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Iceland maintains a pretty nice chill throughout the year, with average July temperatures in the southern part of the country around 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Even in summer, you can take a dip in a geothermal spring and take a hike on a glacier. Enjoy the ice lagoons, massive waterfalls, look for puffins, relax and swim (if you enjoy a plunge) at the black sand beaches, and if you’re brave, you can even rappel into a dormant volcano. 

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Denali National Park, Alaska

Summer daytime temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s F. Mountains, wildflowers and Huskies are abundant at this century-old park. The park features 6 million acres of mountains, glaciers, forests and tundra, and centers around the highest peak in North America, Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley. Enjoy the hiking, wildlife viewing, cooling off in the lakes, and salmon fishing in the rivers.

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Acadia National Park, Maine

The average temperature in summer is 70/55 F. Make nearby Bar Harbor your home base. Enjoy hiking Cadillac Mountain, relaxing on Sand Beach (the water is too cold to enjoy swimming most days) and watch the sunset from one of the park’s many lookout points. And while in town, make sure to indulge on delicious local Maine lobsters and blueberries, a highlight of summer.

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New Zealand

Down below the equator, the seasons are flipped. So, in New Zealand, you can enjoy winter weather in June, July, and August. It’s a skier’s paradise and a great time for whale watching, ice climbing, and glacier trekking. 

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The average temperatures between May and July are between 64 and 68 F. Summer is the warmest time of year, when Ireland’s landscapes are at their most vibrant and the days are at their longest. There is something magical about Ireland. Maybe it’s the pristine beaches, jagged coastline, or the superb castles. Regardless if you are looking for adventure or relaxation, Ireland has it all. From glacial valleys to exciting festivals, nature reserves and horse races, your trip to Ireland will not be a disappointment.

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Cannon Beach, Oregon

The average temperature in August is 67/53 F. Explore the rocky shore (low tide is awesome) and sandy beaches Cannon Beach has to offer. Enjoy some of the most magnificent sunsets in the country. Trails, boutiques, restaurants and art all coexist in this oceanside town.

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San Juan Islands, Washington

The average temperature in August is a mild 72/51 F. For island life without the heat, head to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington. There is wonderful cycling, boating, and kayaking to look for orcas and humpback whales. Local restaurants serve farm-to-table dining, and enjoy the local wineries, breweries, and cideries.  

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Sun Valley, Idaho

The average summer temperatures are a relatively mild 75/42 F. There’s lots of history in Sun Valley, which was home to the US’s first destination ski resort. Beautiful mountains, resorts, hiking trails, cycling routes, fly fishing in rivers for trout, art galleries and refreshing lakes welcome visitors in this cool weather summer vacation destination.

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