I have some friends on Texas, Arizona, Las Vegas and a lot of other places that are getting fried by the Sun. While I’m sitting right now in front of this beautiful beach under a palm tree I thought about them and decide to write this blog so can help them and a lot of people that are looking for places to cool off.
You don’t need to travel halfway around the world to find a cool summer escape when there are several temperate destinations right in your own backyard. I know that at least there are five vacations spots in North America that have temperature highs in the cool mid-70s and are affordable for any budget that you can enjoy and take a break from the heat without breaking the bank.
One of my favorite spots, San Francisco, CA!
San Francisco averages a cool 72 degrees during July and August, and on rare hot days, the evenings cool off quickly once the sun sets. Venture a few miles north, south, or east of the city and you’ll be back in the hot summer sun. You should have no problem keeping costs down during your California stay and you’ll have plenty of options for free activities, such as exploring Golden Gate Park, throwing a frisbee on Baker or Ocean Beach, and browsing at one of the many San Francisco summer street fairs.
Another great place to visit … Breckenridge, CO
Ski resorts often make for fun-filled, affordable summer vacation destinations because it’s low season and the mountains still offer plenty of activities. Head for the hills of Colorado and you’ll find cooler temperatures at higher elevations, as well as off-season discounts. Breckenridge is known primarily as a ski resort, but you can hike, bike, and rollerblade along paved and unpaved trails for free, or splurge on a rafting trip, horseback ride, spa day, or round of golf. Breckenridge is an easy 90-mile drive from Denver, and there’s free summertime parking in three mountainside lots. But you don’t need a car to enjoy your getaway because they have the Summit Stage which is a free year-round shuttle that provides transportation to nearby towns and resorts. There’s nothing better than free, right?
O Canada … Prince Edward Island
You will definitely find a break from the hot Summer heat in Prince Edward Island, Canada with nice average 70 degrees temperatures. The island mixes natural beauty with Canadian history and culture. Also, Prince Edward Island is the home of the fictional Anne of Green Gables and offers many free or affordable attractions. Walk or cycle through the diverse Prince Edward Island scenery on the Confederation Trail, visit historic homes and lighthouses, or attend free Celtic arts performances at the College of Piping.
Another awesome place … Olympic National Park, WA
Washington State is the home to the Olympic National Park, a beautiful rainforest with summertime highs between 65 and 75 degrees. If you’re up for a rugged adventure filled with stunning natural beauty, you can plan an inexpensive getaway to these parklands that line the Pacific Coast. Cool ocean breezes along stretches of beach or the shade of old-growth trees surrounded by glacier-capped mountains will make you forget the high temperatures back home.
Olympic National Park can be reached by car from Seattle in under three hours. If you don’t live in the area, there’s a couple of airlines that offer cross-country fares to go visit this amazing place.
Last but not least … Southern Maine Coast, ME
Only an hour and a half from Boston, you can find the tranquil villages and temperate climes of the Southern Maine Coast. Wells, Ogunquit, Moody, and Cape Neddick average mid-70s temperatures in the summer, significantly cooler than nearby Portland and Kennebunkport. Coastal inlets, historic villages, and wildlife refuges make this area a perfect summer escape. And it won’t cost a cent to stroll down the Marginal Way along the water’s edge, go bird-watching at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, or enjoy free summer concert at Wells Harbor Park.
Maine’s southernmost region is an easy drive from Boston, Providence, Manchester, or Portland. Usually, Summer is Maine’s peak season, so book early or risk the more affordable accommodations selling out.
From the mountains of Breckenridge and the forests of Olympic National Park to the urban playground of San Francisco and the scenic coasts of Prince Edward Island and southern Maine there’s a ton of stuff to do and the best of all is that all of them are in a really nice cooler temperatures that the scorching 90-100 degrees…and that’s my Cup of Tea!