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Old 07-19-2007, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Can anyone recommend an area within the US that has the best summer temperatures? Days rarely go over 80 and the evenings are in the 50's?

Some requirements would be good air quality and clear skies. I have looked at the North Carolina mountains which are lovely - but would like to get your thoughts.

San Francisco is lovely, but a bit too expensive.

Thank you!!
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:03 AM
 
Location: The great state of New Hampshire
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Are you just looking for a place to visit? Or at least is employment not a factor? If not, I've got your place and I'm not being partisan- been there, done that. But it is here in New Hampshire and in the White Mt Nat'l Forest. The ambiance is still prevalent despite the tourism and there is the "live free or die" aura when you are in the region. Summer temps precisely meet your parameters. Fall is gorgeous too.
Life IS camping and exploring the trails and the 4,000 ft. overlooks along the Kancamagus at the foot of the White Mt Nat'l Forest in the summer & fall. There are also grills provided along the Kancamagus stop-offs (not just at the numerous state campgrounds) to allow you to break out the charcoal and burgers. Then spend some time in Lincoln/Woodstock, explore Franconia Notch and walking along the 10 mile long paved bike/walking path between the Flume and Echo Lake (just 1/2 mile north of the now defunct Old Man in the Mountain). This is all you need to explore in a weekend to realize why New Hampshire is the greatest state in the union, bar none!

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Old 07-19-2007, 08:40 AM
 
Location: The Bay State
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Western Washington state. Seattle/Puget sound area has amazing summers. Not too hot during the day, cool nights, and (despite the rainy reputuation) actually sunny and really very dry. Just make sure you leave by late September!
Unfortunately, like your example of SF, it can be pretty expensive.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:54 AM
 
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San Francisco summers stink. On average one of the coldest places in summer.
Best? San Diego, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Portland.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Sante Fe, NM. Clear skies most of the year, "low" temps for the southwest, crisp cool nights, beautiful adobe architecture (particularly near the plaza), etc, etc. Winters get snow and pretty dang cold, but summers are wonderful.
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Summers in Northern New England are magnificent! I gets warm during the day (almost never beyond the 80s though) and crisp and cool in the evenings. I've been in New Hampshire on a few occasions during the summer when the temps dipped down below 40 at night! I think it's great to spend a warm day at the lake and then gather around a campfire wearing sweatshirts at night. Something about the air feeling so cool and clean is very refreshing.
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:03 AM
 
Location: I wonder... hmmmmm... maybe... I live somewhere in that pleasant state of VA, Mother of Presidents.
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Virginia Summers!
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Any mountain resort town in Colorado.
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:41 AM
 
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MN's Arrowhead--it's that wedge-shaped chunk of the state that lies between Lake Superior, the Canadian border and the Iron Range.

Always cool nights, and on days when the rest of the state is in the 80s/90, it'll be 60s/low 70s in Grand Marais and Silver Bay or high 60s/high 70s in Ely.
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Old 07-19-2007, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth/Dallas
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Sounds like I may take a trip up to New Hampshire's White Mt Nat'l Forest someday. Thanks for the tip!
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