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8 great places to visit comfortably this summer!
If you want to visit Canada in the summer, Alberta is one of the best provinces to explore. With the most daily sunshine hours of the year and comfortable weather at a high of 24°C, you can trek the mountains, visit historical sites and museums, enjoy restaurants and do shopping. What brings most visitors to Alberta is nature: the jaw-dropping Rocky Mountains and other beautiful national parks are sights to behold. Travel to Dinosaur Provincial Park near Drumheller to see the Alberta Badlands and visit the Tyrell Museum to see real dinosaur skeletons up close. For those who are extremely fit and active, head to the Rockies and hike the challenging Cory Pass – it’s one of the most spectacular and rewarding hikes in all of Banff. The popular Moraine Lake and Lake Louise are also great for family friendly hikes. Don’t forget the Columbia Icefields if you really want to cool off!
Are you an outdoor adventure lover who’s keen on different cultural experiences? Home to diverse landscapes and a unique nomadic culture, Mongolia is ideal for travellers looking for a truly one-of-a-kind journey. You can sleep in a mountain monastery, ride a camel in the Gobi Desert, learn about the history of this beautiful country through museums and landmarks, stay in a ger/yurt (traditional nomadic style housing), and go horseback riding across the pristine grassland countryside. Enjoy lots of exciting activities without being drenched in the sweat of summer!
If you’re looking for a tropical destination that isn’t too hot but also isn’t bombarded with tourists, Costa Rica is the place for you. Summer is low season here, and with an average high of only 25°C, you can chase waterfalls, ride waves on a surfboard, hike in the rainforest, interact with monkeys, or just bask in the sun without it being unbearable. Enjoy all this paradise location has to offer including delicious food, serene beaches, and waking up to the ocean breeze. If you love the outdoors, you can hike or bike the Arenal Volcano—or just relax at the Sensoria natural springs after a long day of doing nothing. Don’t forget to explore the coral reefs and see the marine mammals for yourself at the Cano Island Biological Reserve.
Iceland may sound cold, but this country is a pleasant spot for a summer vacation, with mild temperatures in the low to mid 20’s. In these enjoyable conditions, you can comfortably visit the nation’s famous geysers (check out the most popular, Strokkur Geyser), go on nature hikes to mesmerizing waterfalls, and if the cool seasonal temperatures are a little low for your taste, drop in on natural hot springs like the Blue Lagoon. Visit Silfra to scuba dive between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates – now that’s an impressive item to cross off your bucket list! You can also go whale watching for a more relaxing experience, try Icelandic delicacies, or walk across a glacier. There’s tons to do here; the level of adventure is up to you!
One place that stays cool all summer is the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and it is worth the visit. Their towering green mountains and sea cliffs are a unique sight across the Atlantic. The Storr is a tall landslip that, along with the other rock formations in this region, looks like something straight out of “Lord of the Rings”. Or visit the crystal clear Fairy Pools at the foot of the black Cuillins, ideal for a refreshing dip in the water or a quiet picnic along the banks. Old castles are also available to explore if you like learning about history, but the Isle of Skye is really most famous for its breathtaking landscapes. Ready to be transported to a fairy tale land? This is it.
. Alaska is the perfect getaway for a cooler summer, with the long sunlight hours helping to keep things warm. With temperatures ranging from the mid-teens to the low 20’s centigrade, summer in this northern state is refreshingly crisp. History enthusiasts can take a scenic ride on the White Pass & Yukon Route Railway, built in 1900 during the Klondike Gold Rush. For nature lovers, there’s 6 million acres of national parks to explore, home to reindeer, wolves, moose and more. For sublime glacier views, visit Denali National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, or Katmai National Park. After your outdoor adventures, relax hiking-sore muscles by spending a day at the Chena Hot Springs or the Baranof Warm Springs. And if you want a truly cool summer treat, you can visit the ice caves and ice museums across the state.
Summer may be bringing the heat in the Northern hemisphere, but now it’s winter in New Zealand, where you can ski or snowboard across the snow-covered slopes. You’ll definitely want to visit Mount Ruapehu, the country’s only skiable volcano. Lake Tekapo offers hot springs to warm up your body if you find winter is too cold – it also gives you the best views of the Southern Alps. During winter, whales are closer to the shore than any other time of year, making this an ideal time to go whale watching. You can also visit local wineries in Hawkes Bay Wine Region during this time – New Zealand is known internationally for their sauvignon blanc, so why not try it fresh firsthand? For a little movie fun, take a guided tour through Hobbiton in the Waikato region. And for foodies, Hawke’s Ba Food and Wine Classic festival is ready to wow you with an incredible variety of local food. Festivals of all sorts abound this season, so there will be plenty to check out!
For a cool summer in Europe, head over to Denmark, which has been voted the second happiest country in the world. With its friendly culture and Scandinavian vibe, it is a relaxing and safe country to visit. Explore the streets of Copenhagen for interesting sights at every turn. With narrow streets and alleys, chic cafes, and even ancient burial sites and long-standing castles by the Baltic Sea, there are plenty of opportunities here for great photos. Visit the Rundetaarn, a 17th century astrological observation tower, walk through the Christiansborg Palace, or have some summer fun in the Tivoli Gardens amusement park. Get some exercise by renting a bike and taking a self-guided tour!
North America is heating up, but New England stays cool, thanks to the Atlantic Ocean moderating the temperatures along Maine’s coast. The best way to see coastal Maine is through a road trip – calm your soul by taking in as much of the 5,000 miles of coastline as possible. It’s a promise that you will see an abundance of natural attractions wherever you decide to go, and being beside the sea also gives you the advantage of having the freshest seafood and the freshest fruits available. With 65 lighthouses and the second most visited national park in the US, Acadia National Park, your cruise across Maine will be one to remember.
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