Five Places to Cool Off in August - Page 2

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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California  (Photodisc)

3. Niagara Falls
They rarely freeze in winter, but these booming cascades stay briskly cool year-round. One of the seven wonders of the world, Niagara Falls sprays 42 million gallons of water over a 177-foot cataract every minute, a thrill enjoyed by people on both sides of the U.S.—Canadian border. You can get really cool (and really wet) aboard one of the 600-passenger tour boats that have been delivering intrepid passengers through the frothy waters around American Falls and the spray of Horseshoe Falls and into the basin since 1854. The fare includes a souvenir raincoat, which you should absolutely wear during the trip, because it gets pretty wet and wild—sweet relief on a simmering August day.

4. San Francisco
Most American cities are brutally hot in August. But San Francisco, ever blazing its own trail, is actually cooler in summer than any other major U.S. city—cooler, even, than Seattle or Portland, its compadres to the north. The city’s average summer temperature is just under 60 degrees, practically spring or fall conditions for the rest of the country. A maritime climate produces soggy, foggy days and chilly nights, so if you’re looking for an August vacation spot that isn’t sweltering—but has plenty of attractions and swell things to see—San Francisco is a pretty solid bet.

5. Le Mars, Iowa
Yes, Iowa gets pretty hot in summer, and, no, it might not be the first place you think of when you hear the words “August vacation spots.” However, Le Mars, Iowa, has something that others places don’t: the official title of Ice Cream Capital of the World. Since 1935, Le Mars has been the home of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, made by Wells Enterprises. It’s said that more ice cream is made in Le Mars than anywhere else in the world. You can cool your heels at the source of all that frozen deliciousness: the company’s Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum in the heart of the business district.

For more great ideas on where to travel in August, check our August Travel Guide.

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