Has the summer heat made you want to escape to a cooler atmosphere? Check out some of the best places to beat the heat in the U.S.
Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca, New York
Feast your eyes on some spectacular beauty in New York’s Finger Lakes region. This state park features a stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall where visitors can cool off. The swimming area has plenty of room, with lifeguards on duty to keep swimmers safe. The park also features hiking trails, campsites, and hunting in designated areas.
Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
This is arguably the most beautiful waterfall in the world. However, it’s not a place that’s easily accessible, so you’ll have to work to swim in this natural wonder. Havasu Falls is located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in a Native American tribal reservation. Getting there requires planning ahead, as making the descent involves either a treacherous hike (not recommended for novices) or a helicopter ride. But the spectacular falls and cool, blue-green waters are well worth the work!
Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells
Not in the mood for a hike? No problem! There are plenty of water parks in the country where all you have to do is get in the car and go! One of the most popular U.S. water parks, Noah’s Ark Water Park in the Wisconsin Dells boasts 51 slides, two wave pools, a surfing simulator and some pretty extreme rides for thrill-seekers. When you’re done cooling off at Noah’s Ark, don’t forget to try some cheese curds (a Wisconsin delicacy) at Monk’s Bar & Grill.
Schlitterbahn Water Park, Kansas City, Kansas
Another fantastic water park, Schlitterbahn in Kansas City is home to Verruckt, the tallest water slide in the world. This park also boasts the largest tidal wave river, and for those who just want to relax, a swim-up bar in a heated pool.
Dollywood’s Splash Country, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery while rushing down Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, RiverRush. And don’t miss out on the Big Bear Plunge, a white water rafting slide that simulates a real white water rafting expedition. And while you’re there, why not check out the Dollywood main theme park, too?
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