Unconventional Summer Travel Destinations

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Do you literally prefer to take the road less traveled? While most people prefer to go somewhere warm and beachy in the summer, you have your eyes on somewhere a little different. Perhaps somewhere with still-icy mountains or a vast desert. Check out our recommendations below.

Alaska

If you prefer crisp air and mountains to typical summer temperatures and beaches, Alaska is the place for you! Even in the dead of summer you probably won’t break a sweat, and you’ll be surrounded by gorgeous mountains and glaciers to feast your eyes on.

Mongolia

This is the place to go if you really want to disconnect and get away from it all. Take in the immenseness of the Gobi desert and one of the oldest nomadic cultures on the planet.

Australia

While Australia is a popular travel destination, if you visit during the northern hemisphere’s summer, you’ll arrive in Australian winter. If you choose to travel in the north of the country, it’ll still be nice and warm (in sunny Gold Coast the average temperature is 21°C), but if you venture further south you’ll experience colder weather (temperatures can drop to as low as 3°C in Tasmania!).

Scotland

While many tourists will crowd the streets of more southern UK destinations like London and Brighton, you’ll be guaranteed to have a more relaxed time up north in Scotland. It doesn’t matter if you decide to stay in the city and admire the charming architecture or travel to an island to admire the ruggedly beautiful nature and wildlife (sheep, cows, and horses will be your primary neighbors).

Newfoundland, Canada

Perhaps you’d prefer to cross the pond and explore the east coast of Canada. It’s a haven for nature lovers, where you can marvel at cliffs, kayak among glaciers, and chase waterfalls. The towns also feature brightly painted houses nesting on rugged shorelines, plus the occasional lighthouse.

Norway

You might think of Norway as a winter wonderland, so why not break convention and check it out in the summer? You can visit the breathtaking fjords and mountains minus the frostbite.

Wyoming, USA

This probably isn’t one of the first states you think of, and that’s ok. Give this midwestern state a chance and it’ll surely have your heart. Once the heart of the gold rush in the wild wild west, you can visit ghost towns, go horseback riding, hike around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (with a stunning mountain range as your backdrop), and witness the famous Old Faithful geyser erupt. Also consider visiting neighboring states Montana and Idaho for a similar cowboy feel.

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