Sure, it's only January but if you're already dreaming about summer vacation, it's time to start making plans. And, while the weather might be chilly now, you know we're only a few months away from Charlotte's oppressive heat and humidity. Here are some cool(er) U.S. cities to visit this summer:
Anchorage, AK - Hiking, biking, fishing, camping, even surfing, and daytime temperatures in the low-60s. The nearly 20 hours of daylight in the summer might be an adjustment.
Minneapolis, MN - A great mix of outdoor activities, global cuisine, a vibrant creative scene, and fun nightlife. Take in a Twins game at Target Field!
Portland, ME - Small town charm with big city restaurants and it's on the ocean. Book a room at a cozy bed & breakfast and, between lobster rolls, browse the quaint shops.
San Francisco, CA - Food, art, music, shopping, sports, scenery, cool summer weather...the "City by the Bay" has it all. But it doesn't come cheap. Don't forget your jacket or your wallet.
Seattle, WA - The notorious rain makes way in summer for beautiful sunny days that typically stay in the 70s. You'll find compelling culture in the city, and breathtaking nature just a short drive away.