Let’s face it: summer isn’t for everyone, not the kind of summers we experience in a grand portion of America. In July and August, things can get oven-baked hot and uncomfortably humid everywhere from New York City to New Orleans. Spending all that sunshine time in AC indoors can feel rather depressing in a season when being outdoors is celebrated. For those looking to beat the extreme heat, the good news is a bunch of places in the country offer milder temperatures. Not only that, they boast a slew of outdoor events, natural wonders, and some even have gorgeous Kimpton properties to hide away in. Here’s where to have fun under the sun this summer… comfortably.
How does an average August temperate of 72 degrees sound? If that’s music to your ears, then head to Denver, Colorado. The Mile High City has 300 days of sunshine year-round, so you can leave that umbrella back home. Explore Rocky Mountain National Park, filled with meadows, mountains, hiking trails and excellent wildlife viewing. Or stay in town for one of the many outdoor festivals and events. Our pick is the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, running July 1–3, for innovative outdoor fine art including family-friendly activities, live music, immersive experiences, and amazing food and drink.
Where to stay: Kimpton Monaco Denver
Park City, UT
Though its best known for winter sports and recreation, Park City’s summer offerings are too impressive, thanks to the stunning natural landscape that envelopes the city, which is accessible both with and without your own vehicle. In fact, the city is well laid out, close by Salt Lake City International Airport, with excellent shuttle services and plenty of rideshare options when you arrive. You’ll have no problems getting to Woodward Park City to experience their myriad of activity ranging from mountain biking to skate boarding. For the ultimate romantic gesture, take your beau hot air ballooning over Kamas Valley, or head to Weber River and Provo River for rafting, fly fishing, kayaking or tubing.
Huntington Beach, CA
Why is California so expensive to live in? Well, we bet the year-round perfect weather has something to do with it. Huntington Beach is nicknamed Surf City for good reason: it boasts 8.5 miles of pristine beach and optimum conditions for surfing. All the major surf competitions take place here, and you’ll see people of all ages ride their glorious waves. When you’re tired from watersports, stroll along Huntington Beach Pier or dine at the Pacific Hideaway, the best apres-surf patio for cocktails and food with Latin and Asian flavors.
Where to stay: Kimpton Shorebreak Resort
The best time to visit the windy city…is when it isn’t windy. Summer’s temperatures hover around the 70s, making for ideal conditions to wander the many world-class attractions in town, from the Garfield Park Conservatory to The Bean, or take a boat tour to discover Chicago’s fascinating architecture river-level. On everyone’s bucket list is of course (ultra) deep dish Chicago pizza, but we recommend an afternoon at Time Out Market Chicago to sample all their greats, catch a show, and mingle at happy hour.
Where to stay: Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
Things may be wet and gloomy during all other seasons, but the Pacific Northwest is a summer’s dream come June to September, with temperatures in the mid-70s and the historic Pike Place Market and Space Needle Seattle Center area blooming with color. Rent a car and zoom down the Pacific Coast Highway for gorgeous vistas of Mount Rainier, Mount St Helens and Cannon Beach, and stop at Portland, Oregon with an overnight at the sexy boutique Hotel Vintage Portland.
Where to stay: Kimpton Hotel Vintage Seattle