Heat wave – this is a term that shows up pretty often in the news in the last couple of years. Even though many consider “global warming” to be something that doesn’t even exist, it seems that its effects are felt even by them: summer days are getting hotter each year, with temperature records being broken in always every one of them. So, when you plan your next vacation, you might want to keep heat waves in mind when planning your next vacation. If sunny and hot destinations like Greece, the Mediterranean in general or the Caribbean were the obvious choices for a summer getaway, places with a cooler climate might be a better choice in the coming years. So, let’s take a look at a few of these, and the beauties they have in store for visitors.
Despite many articles would suggest the contrary, there are more than 5 ways to spend your Canadian summer vacation. The Great Lakes, the Banff National Park, and Niagara Falls are the obvious choices for a summer getaway, there are much more things to see and do there.
Ottawa, the country’s capital, is Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage site, and it hosts a series of landmarks, shopping options, as well as the National Museum of Canada. Montréal is said to offer visitors an experience very similar to going to Europe – minus the long-haul flight, of course. The island of Newfoundland is home to the oldest city in North America, St. John’s, filled with colorful houses that give a unique look and feel to the concealed harbor. And St. Andrews-by-the-Sea is one of the prettiest resort towns in North America. But there are plenty more destinations to consider for a summer vacation in Canada, where the average temperatures in the summer usually don’t go over 86°F.
A land of vast open spaces, mountains, and forests, with an abundant wildlife and many small towns, Alaska is the biggest and most sparsely populated US state. Its natural wonders and low average temperatures will likely turn it into a prime destination for summer getaways – especially when a heat wave is coming. Its sparse population doesn’t mean that Alaska has no landmarks to see. One of the most interesting of them is the town of North Pole – not the actual one, of course, but the one where Santa is said to live, wearing its Christmas decorations around the year. Those interested in wildlife can meet amazing specimens like Kodiak bears, huge halibuts, Sitka deer, and many others. Besides, the state has everything from glaciers to rivers and lakes, caves, and many other wonders of nature. And an average summer temperature of 60°F – 80°F.
If you’re not afraid of long flights, make sure to visit the Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland – in short, the Scandinavian countries. Each of these has a vast history for visitors to explore, amazing landmarks – both man-made and natural – to visit, and even more amazing foods and drinks to taste. Parks, castle ruins, cathedrals, gardens mix with feats of modern architecture, completed by Iceland’s hot springs, Norway’s amazing fjords, and the numerous other amazing things to see. And the average summer temperatures of Scandinavian countries are usually between 72 and 73 °F.