Most of us are familiar with snowbirds—those who escape to warmer climates when the weather turns cold—but what about the opposite? They may not get as snappy a name, but those who seek a retreat as the thermometer rises need respite, too. Here are a few suggestions—just a plane ride away:
Average summer high: 71 degrees F
It might rain 152 days of the year, but that also means Seattle is one of America’s most lush and temperate cities. With summer highs in the 60s and lows in the mid-50s, Seattle provides the reprieve you seek. Take in the known sites, like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market, but also visit the lesser-known Chihuly Garden and Glass—home to dozens of incredible glass sculptures by renowned glass blower and Washington native Dale Chihuly.
Average summer high: 72 degrees F
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, find your way to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With temps barely reaching the low 70s, you’ll get more enjoyment out of the ample mountain biking, fishing, golfing, hiking and waterfalls, many located within 30 minutes of downtown.
Average summer high: 63 degrees F
The city is nestled amidst five of the state’s 17 national parks, making it a great place to sightsee, hike or take a cruise to view glaciers and wildlife up close. And given its latitude, you’ll have 22 hours of daylight to take it all in. Enjoy outdoor concerts, baseball games, a salmon derby and the Summer Solstice celebration in Anchorage with temps in the low 60s.
San Francisco, California
Average summer high: 67 degrees F
Between its world-class museums, fine dining, art scene and incredible sightseeing, San Francisco has no shortage of activities to offer. Having a hard time deciding what to do? Check out CityPASS for discounted access to top attractions like the Aquarium of the Bay and Exploratorium, and get unlimited rides on the city’s famed cable cars.
From coast to coast, there are dozens of literally cool places to visit this summer. Whatever your destination, stop by Adventure North in MSP’s main mall to find the right gear for your travels.