The summer season is seeing a surge in travel as people plan trips to warm destinations to enjoy the favorable weather. However, many popular spots in Europe and the U.S. are experiencing unusually hot summers, and some travelers are finding that they just aren't suited for the sweltering heat.  

To escape the heat while still indulging in summertime fun activities, more travelers are opting for "coolcations"—trips to cooler destinations. Google Trends shows a 300% increase in searches for terms like "cooler holidays" compared to last year. 

Here are 5 destinations that are increasingly popular for family travel, offering fewer crowds and a break from the intense heat.

Banff, Canada 

Defining what qualifies as cool weather can be challenging, but for some, an average temperature of 22 Celsius is just right. Banff, a resort town in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, is perfect for those seeking to enjoy summer activities in a milder climate. Visitors can take part in hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, and whitewater rafting, all while exploring the landscape without the intense heat of the sun. 

For both novice and experienced golfers, the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course offers a unique and highly celebrated experience. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the course features serene wildlife and a vibrant, earthy landscape where you can be one with nature.

Edinburgh, Scotland  

Edinburgh is a destination that continues to grow in popularity, promising a fun-filled trip. During the summer, the city hosts some of the world's largest performing arts festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. With an average summer temperature of 19 Celsius, attendees can comfortably enjoy the many operas, ballets, musicals, comedy shows, and exhibitions.  

Besides the vibrant performing arts festivals that liven up the historic city, Edinburgh also hosts Scotland’s largest agricultural event, the Royal Highland Show. This event highlights the best of agriculture and rural life, with visitors able to watch livestock competitions, show jumping, traditional skill demonstrations, and the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing & Woolhandling Championships. Local vendors provide plenty of delicious food, ensuring a delightful experience for all attendees.

Juneau, Alaska  

While The Last Frontier might not be everyone's first summer destination, it's certainly a top contender for a coolcation. With an average temperature of 17 Celsius, Alaska's rugged landscape thrives during the summer months. Visitors can witness the annual salmon run, enjoy whale watching as thousands of whales return to Alaska after wintering in Hawai'i.  

Given the cooler weather in Juneau, travelers should explore other outdoor activities, such as hiking around the renowned Mendenhall Glacier, celebrated for its stunning blue waters and breathtaking beauty. Don't forget Alaska is a great destination for cruising!


Finland as a whole offers a perfect coolcation destination. With an average summer temperature of around 20 Celsius, although slightly warmer in the southern regions, it provides a refreshing escape. Music festivals like Ruisrock in Turku and Flow Festival in Helsinki are popular highlights, while Midsummer festivities across the country offer lively celebrations with dancing and singing under the summer solstice.  

Exploring the Finnish archipelago, including coastal cities, historic manors, and national parks, is best enjoyed in the mild summer weather. Additionally, activities like hiking and late-night kayaking under the Midnight Sun offer unique experiences.

Reykjavík, Iceland  

No coolcation inspiration list would be complete without mentioning the beloved Land of Fire and Ice. With an average summer temperature of 13 Celsius, Iceland is an ideal destination. The moderate weather allows for worry-free travel, as visitors don't have to contend with the unpredictable winter elements that often close roads and disrupt plans during the colder months.  

A visit to Reykjavík may offer cooler temperatures, but that doesn't mean travelers have to miss out on their favorite summer activities. The Innipukinn Festival is a great chance to enjoy live music, while Iceland’s National Day celebrations in June feature lively parades, family activities, community events, and carnival rides. Additionally, the numerous geothermal pools in the area provide ample opportunities for swimming, that should not be missed.

There are a number of "cool" destinations to explore during the summer months! Each of the destinations mentioned offers its own unique charm and a variety of attractions. Whether it's the majestic landscapes of Banff, the vibrant cultural scene of Edinburgh, or the serene beauty of Finland, there's something for everyone to enjoy. 

Ultimately it depends on your interests, are you into outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply seeking a refreshing escape from the summer heat. Each destination has its own allure, making it difficult to pick just one!  

If you are looking for something different for your summer vacation, feel free to reach out, I'd love to help.

Coolcations are the cool thing to do this summer!

Aileen Blair
Aileen Blair

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