While the summer season always brings us visions of bright sunny days and frolicking in the sand, the sweltering temperatures and high humidity can take their toll as the season drags on. Temperatures across the U.S. can soar above one hundred degrees, but there’s no reason to sacrifice your dreams of a relaxing vacation. With a little planning, you can be sipping cocktails — without melting — from someplace far away.

Consider these destinations for a cooling-off escape.

Cruise to Alaska

Alaska cruises are one of the best ways to forget about the summer heat. Visions of Alaska bring images of ice caps and glaciers to mind. You’ll already be feeling the comforts of the cool air as you book your cruise. Enjoy the scenic wildlife on the second-floor deck of your ship. You may even catch a glimpse of humpback whales as the ship travels along the coastline. Other amenities that you’ll appreciate include the all-inclusive deals that an Alaskan cruise entails. Feast on exquisite cuisine and party until dawn with world-class entertainment. It’s all a part of your package and a great way to cool off from the summer doldrums!

Visit Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Although the months from June to September are busiest for tourism, you’ll love visiting Rocky Mountain National Park during the summer. The temperatures here peak in July at just under a comfortable 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of the snow and ice caps are melted during the summer months allowing for access to attractions and hiking trails. Be sure to pack warm clothes as the evening temperatures are known to dip into the 40’s. If you love the outdoors, you’ll enjoy the ample opportunities to photograph wildlife, go fishing, or horseback riding. Taking the kids? They will love a ranger-led tour!

Enjoy San Diego, California

You may be wondering why a beach town like San Diego made the list, but you’ll be relieved to know that the temperatures here are usually mild during July and August. With high temps hovering just below the 80F degree mark, beach trips will be an all-day adventure. The scorching heat won’t run you off, and you can surf as long as you want. Looking for other things to do? Check out the world-renowned San Diego Zoo or wander through Balboa Park. With 17 museums, a performing arts venue, tours, attractions, and mouth-watering food choices, Balboa Park is destined to be an unforgettable experience. Set aside a couple of days or more to explore this area. You’ll be glad you did!

Head to the Wisconsin Dells

If the summer heat hasn’t zapped all your energy, visit this massive waterpark in Wisconsin. In fact, it’s known for being the biggest waterpark in the world! An ideal family vacation that’s tailored to keep you cool, you’ll find plenty of things to do here. There are at least a dozen museums and if you like antiques, you’ll enjoy shopping in the downtown district. Got a sweet tooth? Enjoy some famous Wisconsin fudge. Don’t forget to take home some Wisconsin cheese. And the best part of all about this destination is its summertime temperatures. Daytime high temps in July hover in the mid-80’s, but nightfall brings a pleasant 60 degrees.

The hot lingering days of summer will be a distant memory when you consider one of these summer escapes. Start planning now and enjoy the dog days of summer someplace else where the breeze is cool and cozy clothes are in!