Highs in the 60s and 70s? Lows in the 40s and 50s? When the summer heat soars, those temperatures may sound too good to be true. But when the mercury climbs, these 10 beautiful destinations stay refreshingly cool all summer.
From Maine to Alaska, from California to Atlantic Canada, there are places not too far away that stay relatively cool all summer long. Here, our photo gallery (above) of 10 destinations to head for when you can't take the heat.
THE FAR NORTH
Get to know one of America's most beautiful national parks, Denali National Park, in Alaska, and the charming coastal communities in Nova Scotia, Canada. Both are cool summer getaways largely because they are so far north.
WEST COAST COOL
It's no secret that Northern California and the Pacific Northwest can be pleasantly "chill" even in July. Head to San Francisco or Santa Cruz, California, for a dose of ocean breeze and fog, or to Seattle or Olympic National Park, in Washington, for moderate temperatures and more summer rain than most area.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Acadia National Park, Maine, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula are decidedly wild, and their northern locales tend to moderate summer heat as well.