Mountainous Switzerland always provides a cool spot somwhere. Dent Blanche, left, is next to the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps.
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2. San Francisco
Alcatraz Island can be seen from the Russian Hill neighborhood in San Francisco.
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“The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.”
The quote oft-attributed to Mark Twain is nice summation of the weather there. Summer isn’t even its warmest season — that honor goes to fall. While much of the Northwest has been baking this year, the city’s microclimate has kept things cool.
3 . Anchorage, Alaska
A cool sight: Spencer Glacier in Chugach National Forest.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a spectular sight in southern Iceland.
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With a name like Iceland, you’d better be cool — unless you’re near a lava flow or soaking in a hot spring. Average July highs in the capital of Reykjavík are 14 C (57 F).
A skier competes during DXB Snow Week at Ski Dubai last year.
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No, we haven’t lost our minds. Dubai is indeed a hot desert emirate. But it offers year-round snow skiing and other winter activities. How can that be?
6. Air-conditioned destination malls
You can retreat to destination malls such as CentralWorld in Bangkok and spend a full day indoors and never get bored.
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Online shopping has delivered a big blow to many malls, but there are big destination malls in the USA and around the world that can still satiate your shopping and entertainment appetites in glorious, air-conditioned comfort.
Stay aware of any local mask-wearing requirements when you visit enclosed public locations. Even if you’re fully vaccinated, some locations still might ask you to wear a face mask.
7. Caves for tourists
You can see stalagmites, stalactites and formations called curtains in the Postojna Caves.
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8. Fresh-water swimming holes
An old stone bridge spans the Voidomatis River.
There are all kinds of fresh-water swimming holes around the world that provide an exhilarating plunge even when it’s insufferable hot on land. A couple of examples:
9. Cold-water beaches
A couple walks the shore at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham on Cape Cod.
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Even if the sun is out in force, some beaches have cool water ocean currents that make for chill air and bracing — even shocking — dips. A few of them are: