4 amazing travel destinations to escape the heat this summer
Summer has officially been here for a couple of weeks now, and with it comes the summer heat waves.
Over the past few weeks, the southwestern United States saw temperatures soar so large street signs melted and airplanes needed to be grounded.
The Northern Sierra watched a heat wave so powerful it donated 12 billion gallons of snowpack runoff to Lake Tahoe within a week.
If all that heat has you feeling like it is time to get off to somewhere a tad cooler, we have assembled a listing of four spots you can go off for the summer to escape the heat and chill outside.
Iceland has become one of the most popular destinations for international travelers in recent years --based on UPI, 2 million people visited the nation in 2016, up from only 781,000 people in 2013 -- for a multitude of reasons.
For one, the country's landscape is nothing short of incredible, with glaciers, fjords and waterfalls galore throughout the Nordic nation. And beyond that, flights to the nation could be obtained at very good prices.
And everything makes for great news if you're looking to escape blistering summer temperatures. In accordance with Weather Spark, the average daily high temperatures in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik never exceed 60 degrees Fahrenheit in July or even August, meaning you do not need to worry about overheating while hiking through its stunning terrain.
Queenstown, New Zealand
New Zealand is a naturally stunning nation, that also happens to comprise one of the funniest inhabitants on Earth with a number of the most welcoming cities for overseas travelers.
One of those welcoming cities is Queenstown, on New Zealand's South Island. It is a gem of a city that supports outdoor and action sports fans to the fullest. The temperature in town hovers around 40 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August, also -- in addition to the four nearby ski hotels-- Queenstown supports a vibrant heli-skiing culture for those who want to go beyond hotel boundaries.
And if skiing and snowboarding are not quite your cup of tea, you could always rent a car and drive a few hours up to the Franz Josef Glacier for ice hiking in the northern reaches of the South Island.
Olympic National Park, Washington
Olympic National Park in Washington is massive in its scope -- that the park is larger than Rhode Island -- also contains coastal, temperate and subtropical rainforest arenas inside its over 900,000 acres. And due to its positioning in the upper expanses of the Pacific Northwest, you will not need to be concerned about overheating while seeing it.
The average daily high in Olympic National Park never climbs above 69 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August, and with all the fog that often cloaks its shoreline, it can appear a bit cooler than that, making it a fantastic escape from stifling summer temperatures.
The camping inside the park is immaculate and the many day hikes offered in Olympic National mean that you can easily spend a week inside the park boundaries without getting bored.
Banff National Park, Canada
Canada's oldest national park, situated in Alberta's Rocky Mountains, is 2,564 square miles of pristine landscapes, and inside Banff there's no lack of summer activities.
Hiking, climbing, fishing and whitewater rafting are plentiful for all people who want to get their heart rate up, and for individuals searching for more unique adventures, Banff offers wildlife watching tours and sightseeing around the Columbia Icefield-- one of the world's largest non-polar ice fields. And with temperatures in the park averaging right around 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer, you will always be comfortable.