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3 Winter Travel Destinations That Are Just as Awesome in the Summer


Visitors flock to mountain towns like Steamboat Springs, Anchorage, and Lake Tahoe in the winter to see – and ski – the snow-capped peaks. While the wintertime appeal of these areas is well-known, summertime travelers might overlook their potential. Read on to find out why these three travel destinations are worth visiting during the warm weather months, too!

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Checking out Steamboat is a must for skiers and snowboarders. But there’s more to this charming mountain town than winter sports. In the summer, tube, standup paddle, and kayak down the Yampa River. Rent an e-bike and ride the paved 7.5-mile Yampa River Core Trail. Hike 3 miles along Mad Creek to Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Take a relaxing dip before heading back toward town on the same trail. Then, cap off the night with an upscale take on tacos and tequila at Salt & Lime. Request a table on their rooftop patio to enjoy dinner with a view.

Anchorage, Alaska

With around 22 hours of daylight, daytime temps between 60 and 80 degrees, and no shortage of outdoor activities, Anchorage is an amazing summer destination for nature-loving travelers. Tour Denali National Park, accessible via a sole 92-mile road that’s only open for use from May to September. Take a glacier cruise, or get a bird’s eye view of the awe-inspiring scenery from a helicopter. Make it a point to grab a bite and a beer at Glacier Brewhouse – the rustic ambiance is just plain neat. And fill your downtime (if you have any) by hiking, biking, and fishing until your heart’s content.

Lake Tahoe, California

Tahoe is alluring year-round. Period. In the summertime, the 191-square-mile lake is one huge playground. Boat, tube, ski, swim, paddleboard, canoe, kayak, fish, snorkel – just get out on the crystal clear water. Mountain bike above the lake on Flume Trail. Hike a section or two of the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail. Relax on one of several beaches, or schedule a tee time at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course. And book a dinner cruise to explore the lake at sunset.

Read about more activities, events, and travel destinations on the Sedona Ranch blog.