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10 Best Destinations to Beat the Summer Heat

10 Best Destinations to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer may be a great time to soak up the sun, but sometimes a short break from the heat is imperative

Cool-weather destinations worth visiting during the summer.

With temperatures rising all over the country, if you haven't made your summer plans yet it’s time to start booking those flights and making plans to escape the overwhelming heat. Sure, some of the hotter destinations will have the best summer deals right now, but if you don’t mind traveling somewhere during peak season you’ll be able to catch a break from the brutal sun. Now, to clarify, there are beach destinations on this list, but they are located in cities that experience mild temperatures during the time between June and August.

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In some places, like Rio de Janeiro, these months actually make up the winter season, as the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere occurs toward the end of June. However, winter in Rio is mild and tends to be in the comfortable 70s.

Other places such as Juneau, Alaska, and Helsinki are cold all year long, and summer is the only time for them to shine and experience a bit of warmth. During the winter, these cities are not ideal for most visitors, since a majority of the day is spent in freezing temperatures and darkness, so summer is the best time to fully experience these destinations.

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Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!


Yucatecan Chicken on the Grill with Summer Tomatoes and Salad — This is my favorite summer meal and everyone we share it with asks for the recipe!

Anything in the Instant Pot — No heat in the kitchen, and a huge variety of meals you can make with ease!

Easy Chicken Salad from Leftovers — After you have Yucatecan Chicken for supper, serve this fresh and easy chicken salad for lunch the next day!

Pulled Pork in the Crock Pot with Sweet Southern Purple Coleslaw — This combination of recipes is one of my families favorite meals.

Frozen Grape Skewers — Frozen grapes are a fun and easy treat for a hot summer day. Healthy too!

The Snack Supper — Not so much a recipe as it is a novel idea for a cook-free meal, with tons of ideas in this post.

One of our favorite ways to use up those extra bananas! You just put a popsicle stick in the banana, roll it in yogurt and sprinkles, and freeze it. So easy and yummy!

Plum Jelly in the Microwave — Enjoy fresh, homemade plum jelly without getting out your canner and heating up the kitchen!