Wishlist Wednesday: Cooler West Coast Cities (Guest Post by Grace)

With the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in full swing at the moment, all I’ve heard about lately is shopping and sales.  To break up the topic monotony, and to save myself from the temptation of spending more money, I’m switching things up this Wednesday by doing another travel post (I’ve been itching to go places lately).  It’s quite warm in most of the U.S. by now, and we’re having a muggy stretch here in Southern California, so all I can think about is going somewhere that isn’t too hot…

1) San Francisco, CA: average summer temps in San Francisco are only about 70-75 degrees, and there’s lots to explore, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz,  or the famous street cars and Painted Ladies.

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2) Portland, OR: summer temps in Portland don’t seem to get too much warmer than San Francisco, averaging between 75-80 degrees most days.  Portland has a little something for everyone: exploring Crater Lake, the Oregon coast or Multnomah Falls; Powell’s Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world; lots of great restaurants and independent coffee shops to try; and SHOPPING because no sales tax!! (okay, so there’s one small blurb about shopping…sue me)

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3) Alaska: I feel like most people tend to visit Alaska as a cruise destination, so I figured I’d just pop it on here as a whole.  Alaska strikes me as more of an outdoors-y destination, although I’m sure there are plenty of things to do in the city.  Every time I hear it mentioned however, it’s always in conjunction with activities such as hiking, biking, or viewing the Northern Lights.  It’s definitely on my list of places to go, and looks breathtakingly beautiful.

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Readers, are there any places in particular you like to visit to beat the summer heat?  Let us know in the comments!

Happy Wednesday 🙂

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