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Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes

08.01.17

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  • Alki Beach.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Houghton Beach Park in Kirkland.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Lake Washington with Northeast Seattle and the Olympic Mountains (The Brothers, 6,842 ft) in the background, as seen from Houghton Beach Park.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Stand-up paddleboards and the Seattle skyline from Juanita Beach Park.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from O. O. Denny Park.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • The beach at Golden Gardens Park.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Lawn along the eastern shore of Lake Washington at Marsh Park.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Lake Sammamish State Park's beach.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • The South Fork of the Snoqualmie River at Homestead Valley Road Bridge.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Sunset at Carkeek Park.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Panoramic view from Waikiki Beach.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) and sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Giant green anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) in Kalaloch Beach 4 tide pools.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • Crab debris on the Damon Point Hike.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
  • A sunset from Fox Point.- Beat the Heat: Seattle Summer Escapes
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It’s going to be a hot week, Seattle—historically hot. In the forecast is Seattle's fourth triple-digit day since numbers were first recorded in 1894, and only a third of Seattle residents have air conditioning. Fortunately the natural geography surrounding Seattle affords residents some incredible options to cool off outside; with cool, clear swimming holes, sandy shores, and freshwater lakes, there are more than a few ways to cope with this heat. Cut to: the image of you on a beach under an umbrella toweling off cooler waters. This isn’t paradise, though it is almost unprecedented. It’s just summer in Seattle. No big deal.

Your escape awaits.

In the more distant reaches of Washington:

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