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Beat the Heat: 5 Unexpected Places to Cool Off This Summer

Is it just us, or do summers feel like they got hotter and hotter every year? Beat the heat this year and take a road trip to get your mind off the sweaty shirt sticking to your back. Whether you’re looking for somewhere with less humidity, cooler temperatures, or just more water to jump in, we’ve put together this list of places that are perfect for summer travel!
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Tobey Schmidt

Adventurer & Photographer

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1. Door County Wisconsin

Door County is on a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, making the temperatures cooler and the breezes more frequent than most places in the summer. Door County boasts 300 miles of shoreline and 19 unique communities. Think sunsets over the water, cherry pie, local beer, lighthouses, canoes, live music, and most importantlyperfect temperatures! 

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2. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The average summer high temperature in Wyoming tends to be between 75°F and 90°F. Paradise, right? Wyoming is not only popular in the summer because of its fair weather, but also because there’s so much to do and seefrom wildlife viewing in the parks to alpine fly-fishing. Yellowstone National Park is the epicenter of a Wyoming vacation and it’s close to Grand Teton National Park, which is also a must-see park.

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3. Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is the epitome of a water-filled summer vacationnorth or south. The massive lake embodies 72 miles of shoreline. Plus, the area sits at about 6,000 feet above sea level, giving surrounding towns cool temperatures and consistent breezes from the water. 

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A petroglyph found alongside the San Juan River on Navajo lands in Utah.

4. Denali National Park, Alaska

Well, go big or go home, right? Talk about trying to beat the heat! If you’re looking for somewhere wild and unlike any summer vacation you’ve ever been on, then Denali National Park in Alaska is for you. It’s far and can sometimes be a difficult place to get to.  Oftentimes visitors have to fly into Seattle and then on to Alaska, or they could opt to take a ferry or cruise to the Last Frontier. 

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5. Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is a huge area on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. Imagine ocean beaches, deep forests, and granite peaks that are perfect for hiking overlooks. Visitors often stay in the bayside town of Bar Harbor for their getaway summer or fall vacation. 

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Beat the Heat

Whether you choose to go big in Alaska or keep it modest in Door County, we hope you get a chance to beat the heat this summer and enjoy being outside in nature!

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