7 Super Ways to Beat the Heat

7 Super Ways to Beat the Heat
Tips for keeping cool in Asheville this summer


Summer is here for sure, with temperatures and humidity creeping up across the nation. This summer, let our altitude affect your attitude, and escape the dog days of summer with these travel ideas:

1. Go Nocturnal
The critters know how it's done! Plan some of your Asheville outings after the sun goes down, like a visit to the downtown drum circle on Friday nights or a stargazing tour with Star Watch Night Vision Tours. Become a true night owl and fly through the forest with brand new Night Zipping from French Broad Rafting & Ziplines.

2. Hunt for Waterfalls
Just imagine the cool sensation of mist cascading from one of the area's hundreds of waterfalls. Use our handy waterfall guide to find a new favorite, or head over to Sliding Rock for some chilly summer fun.

3. Seek Frozen Treats
In this heat, we're all screaming for ice cream! Order up a local scoop at Ultimate Ice Cream, or indulge in a wild flavor at The Hop. Keep your eyes open for ice cream carts around downtown, like Sugar & Snow's tasty gelato, or Sunshine Sammies' homemade ice cream sandwiches.

4. Ride the River
Whether you prefer thrilling whitewater rapids or the lazy pace of a floating tube, going with the flow along one of the area's rivers is a great way to stay cool. Check out our wide variety of water adventures.

5. Chill Out
Sometimes the best way to cool down is to slow down. Find relaxation and renewal at one of Asheville's many spas, or try something new with a session at Asheville's Salt Cave. This therapeutic room is kept around 68 degrees and features two waterfalls, providing the perfect soundtrack for zen-like contemplation.

6. Reach New Heights
Anyone who has hiked to the top of Mount Mitchell knows what a difference a few thousand feet can make! Pack a sweater and hop in the car to experience some cooler temps, as well as the views from atop the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. In fact, choose most any spot along the Blue Ridge Parkway for a cool day-long escape.

7. Have a Cold One
With 19 craft breweries, there is certainly no shortage of cold beers to be had in Asheville. Pull up a stool and kick back with a pint to put the finishing touch on the perfect summer day.

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