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07/31/2015 01:00 pm ET Updated Jul 31, 2015

These Otherworldly Photos Of Alaska Will Help You Escape The Heat

Just when we needed them most.

While everybody in the lower 48 states sweats it out through temperatures in the 90s and above this time of year, the forecast for August in Alaska is cruising in the 60s and 70s. All. Month. Long.

It's a perfect season to explore the untamed, unrivaled wilderness there, most of which is protected -- Alaska's national parks span nearly 54 million acres (or more than 60 percent of all the land managed by the National Parks Service).

If you're anything like us, you probably feel crushed by the weight of your hometown heat right now. Instead, let these pictures of Alaska get you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Taku Inlet and Harris Glacier

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Lake Clark National Park

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Homer, Alaska

Denali National Park

Kennicott Mines National Historic Landmark, Wrangell - St. Elias

 

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Noatak River, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

South Shelter Island, Juneau

 

Delta Wild and Scenic River Watershed

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Cobble Beach, Kenai Fjords National Park

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