9. New Zealand
The surest way to cool down requires crossing the equator, where North America’s summertime months generally equate to winter weather. And few Southern Hemisphere escapes are deserving than New Zealand, particularly the country’s magnificent Milford Sound, a stunning collection of mountain fjords, rainforests and waterfalls described by Rudyard Kipling as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Most people visit from November to March, but June-August, besides boasting cool temperatures and fewer crowds, is also the best time for viewing the area’s resident fur seals, penguins and dolphins.
Which U.S. National Park can even see snow in July?
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.