Historic heatwaves across the United States have people cranking up A.C.s and guzzling ice-cold lemonade. Now is the time to seek cooler climes and experiences to keep your mind off the scorching weather. From a musical milestone in the east to a crafts showcase in the west, here are four ways to escape the sky-high temperatures.
Epic bike ride in Michigan
On August 12, cyclists (2,600 in 2022) will descend on the Upper Peninsula in Michigan’s largest mass start, point-to-point mountain bike race, known as Ore to Shore. Cheer them on as they roll out from Negaunee, a historic mining town where organizers are setting up campsites for race day. Celebrate the finish on the shores of Lake Superior in Marquette, where you can kayak and take your own spin on surrounding mountain bike trails. Try local outfitters like Superior Kayaking Company and Because Trails.
Responsible travel tip: The Great Lakes State has more lighthouses than anywhere else in the U.S. Visiting helps support local preservation efforts. Learn more about their history and preservation, find maps, and even book a stay in one.
At New York’s Brooklyn Museum, “Africa Fashion” explores the explosion of creativity that emerged on the continent after colonialism. On view through October 22, the landmark exhibition, which debuted at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, stars designers from 20 countries and more than 180 fashion pieces—some on view for the first time in the U.S. Music, film, literature, and other multimedia elements help stitch together the story of African identity.
Responsible travel tip: Brooklyn’s multicultural community includes many Black-owned businesses. Learn more at sites like Black-Owned Brooklyn, an online publication run by Cynthia Gordy Giwa, a journalist and filmmaker, and her partner, Tayo Giwa, also a filmmaker and a documentary photographer.
Ultimate craft show in California
Founded in 2013, the twice-a-year West Coast Craft is now one of the biggest makers’ markets in the western U.S. More than 175 local crafters showcase their ethically made handiworks, from woven blankets to pottery, gemstone jewelry, and denim aprons that evoke a California vibe. The August 19 show again sets up shop at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, a former military outpost.