If you’re sick of the sizzling heat, add a little spring fever to your summer travel and kick the high temps in favor of chilled out locale. Check out these world-class cities with breezy temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s all summer long.
This 21st century European city doesn’t let a couple of clouds ruin its magnificence. Boasting more than 20 hours of daylight each day in the months of July, August and September, summer is the perfect time to head to Iceland to enjoy its Viking past and brilliant future. Spend warm afternoons hiking mountains, strolling by old homes, and wandering through sculpture gardens. Enjoy cool evenings with traditional Icelandic fare like lamb or fish, and wash it down with Brennivin (Black Death) if you dare.
San Francisco, California
Whether you’re cardigan-clad among sea lions and enjoying a glass of wine on Pier 39 or you’re drenched in tie-dye in search of vinyl in Haight Ashbury, you’re bound to get a dose of San Francisco’s extremes. One extreme that you won’t have to worry about though, is the weather. Cool summers and warm autumns make this hilly Pacific Northwest paradise a haven for outdoorsy free thinkers, art-lovers and hipsters alike. On a clear day, take a boat trip to historic Alcatraz, or a drive to the decadent Napa or Sonoma wineries. If all else fails, hop on a cable car and take in the views.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
While we promise cheerful springtime air during the day, we’re almost positive you’ll be sweating each night once you start the Tango. A city full of nightlife, food, and color, Buenos Aires is a kaleidoscope of old-world eateries, gallant neighborhoods and bustling outdoor markets. Enjoy an Argentinean steak and a glass of Mendoza Malbec at a waterside restaurant and get ready to dance the night away.
Cape Town, South Africa
Now that the World Cup fanfare has officially simmered, traveling to South Africa can be a quieter adventure. Head to Cape Town to surf at the beach (yes, even in cool temperatures), sip your way through vineyards and gaze at the up-and-coming art scene that makes its way in and out of galleries. Among live music, natural botanic gardens and the towering Table Mountain, you’ll understand the true essence for ubuntu – African hospitality.
Wellington, New Zealand
Among hillsides, valleys, waterways and gardens, Wellington is a haven for outdoor activities all year round. See the city in its vastness by exploring the bold dining options and upscale restaurants, quirk cafes and lively bars to meet its adventure-loving locals each night. For natural wonders, check out the Botanic Gardens and the Zealandia Karori Sanctuary for its preserved forests, wetlands and bird species.