You already know what kind of traveler you are and what state you belong in, but where should you travel this summer? With the sunny season in full swing, it’s time to get out there and enjoy all the beautiful weather! To help your trip planning go a little smoother, here is our guide to some of the best weather spots for a summer vacation.
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The sun never sets on Fairbanks! This spot makes WLW’s Summer Travel Bucket List because Fairbanks is known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Vacationers to the town can experience 70 days of civil twilight from May 17th to July 27th. In July, Fairbanks has sunrises around three or four in the morning and sunsets around midnight. Also, with average high temperatures for July of 73°F, vacationers can welcome the extra sun without the extra heat!
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
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Natural Bridges National Monument is a great summer spot because it offers all the beauty of the outdoors and the sky. The picturesque spot features wide open skies, canyons, and hiking trails and at night the park transformers into a stargazer’s paradise! Natural Bridges was certified as the first international Dark Sky Park in 2007 and features some of the clearest views of the night sky with nearly 15,000 visible stars. Vacationers should note that average high temperatures for July can be in the 90s, so plan activities for early mornings or late evenings.
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Looking to cool down? Seattle experiences some of the coolest summer temperatures in all of the US with an average high temperature in July of a cool 75°F. While the Emerald City might have a reputation for rain, summer vacationers can relax knowing that July and August are Seattle’s driest months. Weather geeks and vacationers alike can take in the evergreen forests, rocky beaches, and the beauty of the thick Seattle fog just above the city skyline.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado
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Try sand boarding in the Great Sand Dunes National park in Colorado! This summer spot is slightly hotter with highs for July around 82°, but its one-of-a-kind terrain and desert make it a go-to for the WLW Summer Bucket List. The park has the tallest sand dunes in North America as the dunes reach heights of over 700 feet tall! If you plan on visiting this spot know that while the air may be cooler, the sand can reach a scorching 150°F, vacationers should plan for visits earlier in the mornings or in the evenings.
Mackinac Island on Lake Huron, Michigan
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Find the perfect summer breeze on one of the best kept vacation secrets of the Midwest! Mackinac Island on Lake Huron offers a classic American family vacation with trails, fine dining, and charming downtown shops. If you’re seeking an outdoor adventure, Mackinac National Park offers visitors the undisturbed beauty of nature as the nation’s second ever National Park. The park is home to the stunning natural limestone arch known as Arch Rock, which rests 146 feet above the Lake Huron shoreline. Mackinac Island also boasts cool summer temperatures with the hottest month of July only reaching around 80°F.
Sanibel Island, Florida
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Not afraid of the heat? Sanibel Island is located off the Gulf Coast of Florida and has a subtropical and humid climate, but vacationers may not mind this weather once they hit the shell filled shoreline! Sanibel is known as the “Seashell Capital of the World”; beach goers will be tip-toeing as they find themselves surrounded by 250 kinds of shells across the islands 15 miles of beaches! Beyond shells, Sanibel is teeming with all kinds of wildlife, including endangered species like the West Indian Manatee. The average July temperature is 91°F, but cool breezes off the ocean make this vacation spot the perfect getaway.
Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Find your perfect day at the lake at Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park Wyoming! Visitors to the national park can enjoy hiking trails, swimming areas and breathtaking views. Jenny Lake also boasts various marine activities such as boating, kayaking, and canoeing. Unlike other lakes in Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake is one of two lakes which allows motorboat access and offers visitors a scenic shuttle service. The lake is surrounded by a shady shoreline of evergreen trees to help keep cool, but with average July temperatures of 77°F this spot offers relief from high summer temperatures.
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