9 Unconventional Summer Getaways to Escape the Heat 

Family rafting trips in Yellowstone

Amidst scorching global temperatures and record-breaking ocean heat, humans experienced one of the planet’s hottest months. Escape the impending sweltering days by embarking on unconventional summer getaways, from Canada and Montana’s captivating landscapes to Japan’s enchanting allure. 

These unique destinations promise a respite with comfortable temperatures, overcast skies, and refreshing winds. Secure your voyage to one of these havens now, and liberate yourself from the impending oppressive heatwave.

Alpine Heights and Ice 


Head for the shaded forests, alpine meadows, dramatic peaks, and scintillating glaciers of the Best of the Alps destination Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. 

During the summer, enjoy various outdoor activities, including hiking, mountaineering, and paragliding, reaching the high country and Mer de Glace – “Sea of Ice” – by trail, cog railway, tram, or cable car. 

Get destination information: https://www.bestofthealps.com/en/d/chamonix-mont-blanc/

North Cascades Traverse 

Man hiking the North Cascades
North Cascades Hike

On a new five-day trip from Wildland Trekking, combine iconic North Cascades National Park backpacking and a stay at a remote lodge with no road access on Washington’s Lake Chelan. 

Hike over high mountain passes and through pristine wilderness to the lodge, then to views of the Stehekin Valley before returning to civilization by boat. 

Destination Information: https://wildlandtrekking.com/trips/stehekin-lodge-backpacking-trip/

Arctic Express Canada

Arctic cruise through the Northwest passage
Arctic Cruise

Book an expedition cruise into the heart of the legendary Northwest Passage with Adventure Life, and let nature and wildlife be the guides. Aboard the Ultramarine, navigate among remote islands and icy inlets, channels, and bays of Canada’s high Arctic, watching for wildlife like polar bears, muskoxen, and several bird species on excursions by Zodiac and helicopter. 

Destination information: https://www.adventure-life.com/arctic/cruises/14788/arctic-express-canada-the-heart-of-the-northwest-passage

Big Sky Adventures 

Fly fish Yellowstone—The Wilson Hotel

In Big Sky, Montana, The Wilson Hotel serves as a base camp for adventure near the northwest corner of Yellowstone. 

Guests can hike to stunning Ousel Falls or glacially carved Beehive Basin, raft or fly fish the clear waters of the Gallatin River, and experience the adrenaline rush of lift-served mountain biking on 11,166-foot Lone Peak – all just a short distance from Town Center. 

Destination information: https://thewilsonhotel.com

Cycle Across Japan 

The Samurai Tour

Ride & Seek offers a new extended Samurai cycling tour covering Shikoku Island, Noto, and Mt. Fuji.  

Throughout the tour, guests will stay in a mix of Western-style hotels and traditional Japanese inns, known as Ryokans. Most have natural hot spring baths, perfect for relaxing your muscles after a day of exhilarating cycling. 

Destination information: https://www.rideandseek.com/tour/samurai-shikoku-island-japan/

Wine + Bike Piedmont 

Man and women riding road bikes next to a vinyard.
Wine + Bike Piedmont

The Langa and Monferrato regions of Piedmont are in one of Italy’s most important wine production areas and received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2014. 

Tourissimo’s Piedmont Barolo cycling tour will take you to the heart of these regions, over rolling hills covered with endless vineyards and past ancient castles and hidden hilltop hamlets. 

Destination information: https://www.tourissimo.travel/piedmont-wine-region-cycling-tour

Jackson Hole Glamping Adventure

luxury modern wood cabin at Fireside Resort in Jackson Hole, WY
Luxury Cabin at Fireside Resort

Fireside Resort offers luxuriously outfitted tiny house rental units designed by Wheelhaus a short distance from Grand Teton National Park, making it the perfect base camp for summer adventures. 

Experience the thrill of whitewater rafting, enjoy beautiful scenery and wildlife while hiking through the Tetons, or revel in the wonder of Yellowstone National Park’s geothermal features. 

Destination information: https://www.firesidejacksonhole.com/

Yellowstone Family Rafting and Riding 

Family rafting in Yellowstone National Park
Family Rafting in Yellowstone

This three-day whitewater rafting and horseback-riding package from Flying Pig Adventures offers families the opportunity to experience the Yellowstone National Park area like never before. 

The thrill of witnessing one of nature’s most iconic environments, tackling rough terrain on horseback, and running class III rapids cannot be found anywhere else. 

Destination information: https://www.flyingpigrafting.com/3-day-yellowstone-adventure

Napa Valley Wine Adventure 

Napa Valley

Just north of San Francisco, the winding Russian River meets the dramatic Pacific coastline, shaping a world all its own.

Escape Adventure’s 6-day Napa Valley cycling tour embraces this romantic landscape, quilted with a colorful patchwork of old-growth redwoods, fruitful vineyards, historic towns, and beautiful gardens. 

Destination information: https://www.escapeadventures.com/tour/california-napa-valley-road-bike-tour/

As you explore these enticing destinations, remember that these unique havens stand as beacons of refuge and rejuvenation amidst the heat waves and rising temperatures. 

Embrace the call of adventure, and embark on a journey that promises to liberate you from the grasp of the impending oppressive heatwave. Your next remarkable summer awaits – seize it with open arms.

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