For cities in the Northern Hemisphere, summertime brings a much-needed reprieve to cold temperatures that ward off tourists during winter. Conversely, below the equator, warm weather destinations cool off and settle into a more temperate winter season. These weather conditions make the following spots worthy of your coveted summer trip.
Join in the celebration of National Day of Iceland in the nation’s capital, Reykjavik. Summertime in Iceland means midnight sun. Summer days run long into the night, with each averaging 20 hours of daylight. Bright skies and warm weather are great incentives to trek to Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Marvel at the gorgeous landscapes of volcanoes, glaciers and the 60-foot Skógafoss Waterfall. A trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a stop (and soak) at the iconic Blue Lagoon.
South Island, New Zealand
South Island is a prime spot for outdoor adventures. During these summer months in the Northern Hemisphere you can snag great off-peak rates. The South Island has hot springs and incredible ski slopes with stellar views, as well as access to the country’s signature extreme sports like ice climbing. It’s also home to one of the country’s most iconic places, Milford Sound. This World Heritage Site is a glacier-carved fjord surrounded by waterfalls, mountains and forests.
Swiss Alps, Switzerland
If you love to hike during your summer vacation, you must visit the Swiss Alps. There are more than 40,000 miles of marked hiking trails that take you through deep gorges, forests and grasslands. The most famous trek is the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc, which typically takes 10-12 days. You can also enjoy activities like fishing, horseback riding, thermal spas and cheese making. Be sure not to miss out on the Swiss chocolate!
Visiting one of the coldest cities in the world during winter is not ideal. So instead, head to Anchorage, Alaska, during the summer when temperatures stay comfortably between 50 and 65 degrees. If you hold out until late August, you can catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Otherwise, take a dog sled ride on a glacier, hike Portage Pass, visit an animal sanctuary or take a trip to go salmon fishing.
Gobi Desert, Mongolia
The Gobi Desert is located in Asia and covers parts of southern Mongolia and northern China. Visitors will enjoy beautiful landscapes and exciting adventures during the winter months. While you are there, make sure that you ride a camel and climb one of the largest sand dunes in the world — the Khongor sand dunes. Temperatures in Mongolia are cold to freezing most of the year, but summers are far more bearable.
Copenhagen makes a strong case for itself. Ride coasters and a carousel at Tivoli Gardens amusement park. Meet the real-life Little Mermaid, a century-old bronze statue of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale at Langelinie Pier. Do not forget to snack on world-renowned pastries and lunchtime smørrebrød. The Danish Riviera just outside the city offers gorgeous coastal views and access to a sprinkling of other Danish islands like Fyn, home to picturesque gardens, manors and castles.
She’s probably the most famous female NASCAR driver. Her love of racing started at just 10-years-old after her parents bought her a go-kart.
After racing for many years overseas, Patrick began racing in the IndyCar series.
In 2005, she competed in her first Indianapolis 500 and led for 19 laps, becoming the first woman to lead laps and earn a top-five finish in the Indianapolis 500. She finished 4th in the race.
From 2013-2018, she raced in the NASCAR Cup Series, competed in 191 races and had seven top-10 finishes. She retired in 2018.
At just 20-years-old, she’s won multiple Track Championships and on her way to becoming a household name.
In 2018, she was named the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Washington State Rookie of the Year.
Zamora’s ranking was 5th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings with six top-five and ten top-10 finishes through 14 races.
In addition to racing, Zamora founded Pit Road Pals, an animal shelter and pet adoption awareness program.
She’s already well known in the NASCAR world at only 18, and expected to become the next big star in the sport.
Deegan is following in her father’s footsteps. He was an American professional freestyle motocross rider and raced cars as well.
She began her NASCAR career in 2018 after racing in the Off-Road racing Series.
When Deegan transitioned to NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series West, she became the first woman to win a race in NASCAR West Series and won the Rookie of the Year in the same season.
In 2020, Deegan signed with Ford Performance and plans to race in all 20 ARCA Menards Series races.
Twenty-two-year-old Natalie Decker is in her second season in the NASCAR Gander Truck Series.
In 2019, she drove in the Truck Series, ARCA Menard Series and K&N Pro Series East.
On February 14, 2020, Decker finished in 5th place at the NASCAR Grander RV & Outdoors Truck Series season opener at Daytona, her best finish to date and the highest ever finish for a female driver in the series history.