While summer is an amazing time, filled with cookouts and barbecues, sometimes it’s nice to escape the sweltering heat that makes you laconic all season long. You don’t necessarily have to go to the Tropic of Capricorn to do so, though that part of the world does provide a good number of tempting vacation options. Say goodbye to your handheld fan for a few days (or weeks) and head to these nine cool-weather destinations, where the sun is more pleasant than overwhelming.
To find the destinations on this list, we dug through our archives in search of cities with food and food events worth traveling for at this time of the year, and checked how they matched up with data from holiday-weather.com. The weather needed to feel like summer — this is a summer vacation, after all — but a much more temperate version. In other words, you might tan, but you probably don’t need to pack aloe vera. Or bug spray.
Places that are almost unbearable in the wintertime, such as Alaska and Finland, literally have their moment in the sun from June to August. The locals’ good moods are palpable, and summers in these areas are filled with festivals and outdoor activities that celebrate the break from harsh weather. Some cities, like Mexico City, are lucky enough to have great weather all year long as a result of their high altitudes.
If you are planning on staying (or going) somewhere hot this summer, make sure you beat the heat in the most delicious ways possible. Or, if you love ice cream so much that you are more than willing to travel for the best, check out The World’s 30 Best Ice Cream Parlors.
Escape to these coolest of cool-weather destinations this season.
You don’t have to travel all the way to Russia for white nights. At this time of the year, not only are the average highs in Anchorage in the mid-60s, but days include 18 hours of sunlight. Get some cupcakes at Midnight Sun Cakery, which we voted as a place to find the best cupcakes in America, and enjoy them outdoors. Try one of seven different kinds of eggs Benedicts at Snow City Café, eat pizza at Moose’s Tooth Pub (one of our best pizzas in America), get your coffee fix at SteamDot, and you should probably go salmon fishing, as this is the season for it.
The festivals alone, including the world-famous Fringe festival, is enough reason to go to the Scottish city at this time of the year. While summer is the most popular season for tourists, the inexpensiveness of food, drink, and other activities in Edinburgh make up for it. Get a taste of the local food movement at the Edinburgh Larder, feast on Scottish hog roast at Oink, and drink one of 200 whiskies at The Devil’s Advocate.