Escape the City Heat with a Swim Vacation
Feeling the city heat this summer? Why not cool off with a swim in a beautiful lake? Some of the hottest cities in the US are located near some of the nation's best swimming holes.
Lake Pleasant Near Phoenix, AZ
Average daily temps in Phoenix are 90 degrees and up during June, July, and August, but a little liquid relief isn’t too far away. Lake Pleasant is just a 45-minute drive from the heart of downtown Phoenix in Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
A pristine freshwater lake, Lake Pleasant is aptly named, its 10,000 acres of cool blue water fed by the Agua Fria River.
Swimming isn’t the only way to cool off at Lake Pleasant. It also has a marina and several large boat ramps. Campgrounds and RV parks are also nearby.
Lake Mead near Las Vegas, NV
Like Phoenix, Las Vegas experiences temperatures that are consistently above 90 throughout the summer months. Luckily for city folk who are sweltering in the heat, Lake Mead is just 30 minutes from the Vegas Strip.
Located in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Lake Mead is a large manmade lake that was formed from the waters of the Colorado River by the Hoover Dam. In the 1960s the lake and the surrounding areas became part of the national park system, and today Lake Mead is a year-round recreational lake.
Lake Mead offers visitors a variety of fun outdoor activities, including all sorts of boating, from kayaking to paddle boating; water sports, including jet skiing; and, of course, swimming.
Krause Springs near Austin, TX
Several cities in Texas experience scorching hot temperatures in the summer, including the state capitol of Austin, which is situated about 30 miles from one of the sweetest swimming holes anywhere, Krause Springs.
Privately owned but accessible to the public, Krause Springs is incredibly scenic. Springs feed the several pools from a waterfall that tumbles from the bluff overlooking them.
Camping at Krause Springs is allowed by permission, so you can spend the day swimming and then spend the night sleeping on a cool creek bank.