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Cooling Off Near Nevada: 8 Refreshing Escapes

As the summer sun shines bright on Nevada in all-time record heat waves, the air conditioning just doesn’t seem enough sometimes for respite from the heat. Luckily, there are destinations close by that offer cooler temperatures and refreshing activities. Whether you’re into ice cream treats, water parks, alpine lakes, inspiring mountains, or invigorating forests, check out eight places in or near Nevada to provide the perfect cooling-off escape.

3 Little Chicks 

Las Vegas

If you’re in Las Vegas and looking to beat the heat with a quintessential quick-fix treat, look no further than 3 Little Chicks. Get ready as restauranteurs Alexandra Lourdes and Lin Jerome prepare to unveil their cool new heavenly, creamy soft serve ice cream. Starting July 12, this beloved restaurant will be the exclusive spot in the Valley to serve Cosmic Bliss, an out-of-this-world creation, crafted with the utmost care for sustainability and natural ingredients. For more information, visit www.3littlechicks.com.

The Retreat on Charleston Peak

Mount Charleston 

Experience the refreshing mountain air and embrace the natural beauty of The Retreat on Charleston Peak, a tranquil getaway located just 45 minutes from the scorching heat of Las Vegas. Nestled 6,700 feet high in Kyle Canyon, The Retreat offers rustic charm and serenity, complete with amenities like a restaurant, bar, and outdoor pool, where guests can unwind and enjoy the cool tranquility of Mount Charleston. Mark your calendar for July 20, when The Retreat will host Christmas in July featuring Santa and local vendors—an ultimate cool-down experience you won’t want to miss. For more information, visit retreatoncharlestonpeak.com.

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Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake

If 88 degrees by day and 53 degrees by night is your thermometer level of refreshment, head to Big Bear Lake in California. During June to September, Big Bear transforms into the quintessential summer getaway. It boasts refreshing forest trails, a sprawling 7-mile lake, an alpine golf course, and a bustling community, making it the perfect alpine playground for your escape from Nevada’s triple digits. For more information, visit www.bigbear.com.

Clearly Tahoe

Lake Tahoe 

If kayaking is calling your name, head to Clearly Tahoe–the only clear kayak tour that departs from South Lake Tahoe–to paddle along the iconic rocky boulders and take respite from Nevada heat. Imagine gliding across the lake’s clear, azure waters, surrounded by panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and dense pine forests. The cool mountain air brushes against your face as you paddle gently, feeling the rhythm of the water beneath your kayak. Ahhh, are you refreshed already? For a truly unique experience, relax under the night sky on the LED Stargazing Tour. For more information, visit clearlytahoe.com.

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Cowabunga Bay  

Cowabunga Bay  

Las Vegas

With two convenient locations in Las Vegas, Cowabunga Bay, a thrilling water park, is the ultimate and convenient destination to beat the summer heat. Whether zooming down the exhilarating water slides, relaxing on the lazy river, or enjoying the wave pools, Cowabunga Bay is an ideal destination for both locals and tourists seeking fun, excitement, and to cool down. General admission day passes are $49.99. For more information, visit cowabungavegas.com.

Truckee River Rafting

Truckee 

A refreshing, cooling white water rafting excursion located just 20 minutes north of Lake Tahoe, in Truckee, awaits. All aboard the river raft to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and historical significance of the Truckee River, which flows through the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin regions of the western United States. Typical highs in June are 74 degrees, in July 83 degrees and in August 82 degrees, so rest assured the only heat-inducing element of Truckee River Rafting is the adrenaline. For more information, visit whitewatertours.com.

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Lee Canyon 

Lee Canyon 

Las Vegas

When the mercury rises to triple digits throughout Nevada, Lee Canyon offers a delightfully pleasant contrast at 70 degrees. Whether you’re hiking scenic nature trails of the Spring Mountains, riding the scenic chair ride to a peak of 9,370 feet, playing disc golf or axe throwing, or simply chilling out (no pun intended) at the pool, Lee Canyon’s cooler climate is the ultimate playground and respite from melting in the state’s scorching temperatures. For more information, visit www.leecanyonlv.com.

Sand Harbor Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

Incline Village

For the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation, Sand Harbor Stand Up Paddleboard Tour offers a refreshing escape into the heart of Lake Tahoe’s natural wonders. Prepare for an exhilarating journey gliding along the rugged coastline and past iconic boulder fields, all while soaking in the breathtaking views of the Sierra Nevada. Expert guides provide fascinating insights into the geology, ecology, and vibrant history. Not sure if it’ll cool you down? In Incline, temperatures usually hover between a pleasant 70 degrees in June and a balmy 78 degrees in July. For more information, visit tahoeadventurecompany.com.

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