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Top 20 Amazing Places to Visit in July in the USA

Summer crowds can be an issue anywhere but if you are savvy enough you will find some amazing places to explore during this month. From my time traveling around this month, h ere are my favorite places to get you started…

1. Finger Lakes, New York State

The Finger Lakes, NY

In my opinion, the biggest draw here is the beautiful watery landscape punctuated by hundreds of stunning waterfalls that tumble between gorgeous forested escarpments from upwards of 150 ft.

The awe-inspiring Taughannock Falls that plunges from 215ft is one of the few you can swim in, and I loved it here! Much of the Waterfall action is centered around Lake Cayuga’s shores and Ithaca’s picturesque town, home of Cornell University.

I personally believe that Ithaca is everything you’d expect from an Ivy League Town, full of stunning historic brownstone buildings, and leafy avenues, and I would recommend exploring all the beautiful parks and gardens that will be in full bloom in July which are just beautiful! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 35 Lake Front Dr, Geneva, NY 14456
  • Average temperature – 28 degrees

My favorite highlights…

  • Exploring Watkins Glen State Park, which features 18 stunning waterfalls.
  • Enjoying an afternoon out on the waters on a Wine Tasting Boat Tour!
  • Taking a Sea Plane Tour which was a very memorable experience flying over Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake, and Canandaigua Lake.

2. Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine summer

Bar Harbour is a picturesque town on Mount Desert Island; its shoreline sits along Frenchman’s Bay at the gateway of the beautiful Acadia National Park.

I’m a real foodie and found plenty to celebrate here – several top-class spots to dine and eat al fresco at one of the harbourside restaurants. 

For Nature Lovers I would highly recommend the Nature Cruises that sail regularly from Bar Harbour and offer an opportunity to spot porpoises, seals, eagles, and other marine life as well as elegant mansions and the scenic lighthouse at Egg Rock.

I suggest exploring the magnificent Acadia National Park, which spans 47,000 acres of rugged Atlantic coastline interspersed by dense woodland, rocky beaches, and granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain, the East Coast’s highest point. I couldn’t quite believe how incredible the scenery was here! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 2 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
  • Average temperature – 27 degrees
  • Strolling along the gorgeous Shore Path coastal trail, where I could see the surrounding small islands.
  • Admiring the wonderful New England Historic Architecture filled with character and quirky features.
  • Hopping on a boat over to Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park and several outdoor activities.

3. Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park lies within the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest. Stretching northwards towards the Canadian border the park is unique as it encompasses over 900,000 acres and three specific ecosystems; temperate rainforests, glaciated mountains, and wild Pacific coastline.

In July you are (almost!) guaranteed pleasant temperatures making it an excellent time of year for wildlife spotting, hiking, and water sports. In the summer there is also the opportunity for biking and stargazing on Hurricane Ridge, a beautiful unspoilt spot.

If you only have a short time there, I recommend booking yourself into the gorgeous Lake Quinault Lodge, a beautiful rustic lodge built in the 1920s that sits on the shores of the lake on the edge of the amazing Olympic National Forest.

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362
  • Average temperature  – 15 degrees
  • Hiking the Obstruction Point Trail and seeing the gorgeous scenery.
  • Visiting the incredible Hoh Rain Forest, the trees there are very unique!
  • Spending a night at Hoh Rainforest Campground surrounded by stunning scenery.

4. Yachats, Oregon

Yachats - best places to visit in July

The minute I set foot in Yachats, I loved it. Perched alongside Cape Perpetua on an unspoiled stretch of rugged Oregon Coastline, Yachats is remarkable and still a relatively hidden gem.

You’ll find tide pools, black basalt cliffs, fern gullies, and beautiful lighthouses amidst ocean waves crashing.

All the shop owners we chatted with were keen to tell us about all the amazing community events, from ClamBakes on the beach to the weekly summer farmers market. I didn’t want to leave and if you go I am fairly certain you won’t either! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 241 Oregon Coast Hwy Box 728, Yachats, OR 97498
  • Average temperature – 17 degrees

My highlights…

  • Checking out the eclectic variety of shops in the downtown area.
  • Tasting locally crafted award-winning beer at Yachats Brewing + Farm Store.
  • Wandering along the beach to see the dramatic shoreline filled with magnificent rock formations and sea views.

5. Geneva-on-the-lake, Ohio

Geneva On The Lake Ohio

Established around 1869 Geneva-On-Lake I’m a big fan of this little holiday destination for all the family, situated in Geneva State Park on the shores of Lake Erie, I love how quaint and old-fashioned this place is.

You can bask in the July sunshine on one of the beautiful lakeside beaches, charter a boat, or experiment with any water sports from the marina.

For a real thrill, try the canopy tours, including sky bridges, zip lines, and adventure rope courses. One of my favorite experiences was a laid-back tour of local breweries and vineyards. You can also play golf or eat al fresco while watching a beautiful sunset.

Explore some of the cute little local shops, swim in the crystal lake waters, or hike on the trails for birdwatching. There are mini-golf and amusement arcades galore to keep the kids happy, too. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 5540 Lake Rd E, Geneva, OH 44041
  • Renting a jet ski!
  • Take a trip to Madsen Donuts, filled with deliciously flavored donuts and friendly customer service!

6. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

Voyageurs National Park in July

This amazing park straddles the border between Northern Minnesota and Canada and consists of acres and acres of interconnecting lakes and waterways. The biggest landmass in the park is the Kabetogama Peninsula, which lies completely within its borders.

In my opinion, it’s all about the water, with many of the most beautiful parts only accessible by boat. To the east of the park is Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness, a stunning collection of forests, glacier lakes, and streams that draw millions of outdoor-loving visitors annually.

I highly recommend exploring all the 50 miles of trails on the peninsula, punctuated by amazing overlooks, but you can only reach them by boat. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Voyageurs National Park- Rainy Lake Visitor Center, 1797 Township Rd 342, International Falls, MN 56649
  • Average temperature – 25 degrees
  • Traveling around the lakes by canoe!
  • Seeing the Northern Lights (they can be seen all year round here).
  • Admiring the beautiful Ellsworth Rock Gardens, built in the 1940s, took 20 years to complete.

7. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston - best places to visit in July

I personally think Boston in July is an extra special travel spot as it hosts the amazing Summer Pops Concerts and breathtaking Fourth of July fireworks over the River Charles. All this is loosely connected to Harborfest, a week-long celebration of the city’s unique maritime history that kicks off on Independence Day.

I would recommend chilling out on one of the amazing city beaches, grabbing a picnic and a bottle of wine, enjoying Shakespeare on the common, or taking in a smaller concert and discovering something new.

Boston is full of beautiful parks and a splendid esplanade, making it perfect for romantic summer strolls, I would suggest an outdoor movie under the stars. 

Of course, there’s also the wonderful food and craft beer scene that is all the more enjoyable when al fresco, harbor cruises, and whale watching, and I loved the amazing architecture both old and new! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 139 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02111
  • Average temperature in Boston in July – 28 degrees
  • Hopping on a boat tour, sailing around Boston, and viewing the spectacular city differently.
  • Sunbathing along the Boston Beach at the main waterfront.
  • Watching the Red Sox at Fenway Park!

8. Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay California

This is a gorgeous spot to spend a summer weekend or use as a base to explore the Northern Californian coastline. Its compact downtown area comprises attractive sandy shopfronts packed with boutique fayre, from unique arts and crafts to delicious wine and fantastic eateries!

For a quirky dining experience, I think Daddy’Os is perfect, based on an old rail car it serves up delicious comfort food to keep you going through the day. Half Moon Bay is surrounded by protected parks and beaches, including the Mavericks, a famous stretch of coastline that hosts a world-famous annual surf competition.

Other protected beaches such as Poplars are great spots for a sunset picnic. I think that the best thing though is these beaches don’t get crowded like some of the neighboring stretches Half Moon Bay maintains a calm and relaxed coastal vibe even in the peak summer months.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 235 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
  • Average temperature  – 18 degrees
  • Walking along the Coastside Trail which stretches nearly 5-miles long and offers gorgeous views overlooking the ocean.
  • Wandering along Main Street and discovering an array of shopping boutiques and fun dining options.

9. St Michaels, Maryland

St Michaels, Maryland - best summer vacations

Once home to shipbuilding and oystering, St Michaels is a small waterfront town in Talbot County, Maryland, with about 1,000 people. Today I love that it still has the look and feel of a 19th-century seaport and is home to a charming Old Town filled with historic houses, I think this place is picture-postcard pretty! 

Topping the list of great summer vacation spots, it is known for its picturesque water bodies, which I think are needed during hot summer days with an average temperature of 31°C.

It’s scattered with varying fun side attractions, housing many attractive shops, bustling marinas, 18 acres of Chesapeake Bay and I loved the cute Maritime Museum.

Whether you want to go sailing on a yacht, dive to cool off on a hot afternoon or treat your taste buds to some mouth-watering local cuisines, I personally think St Michaels is a gorgeous place to be in the summer! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: PO Box 1206,  St. Michaels, MD 21663
  • Average temperature – 31 degrees
  • Visiting the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and walking through 18 acres of exhibitions!
  • Walking around Hollis Park for a quieter atmosphere after a busy day of sightseeing.
  • Enjoying an exceptional dining experience at 208 Talbot Restaurant.

10. Buffalo River Arkansas, Arkansas

Buffalo National River Summer

Outdoor enthusiasts are well catered for as 100 miles of trails traverse the river banks. The Hawksbill Crag trail is the only designated hiking trail that runs through the wilderness area, and it offers amazing views of the steep bluffs formed by the winding river gorge.

I think this place is seriously special! I loved the beautiful oak and hickory forests, ancient caves, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, including a herd of over 500 free-ranging Elk.

There is plenty for history lovers too I would recommend visiting the eerie Rush Ghost Town and the even creepier Peppersauce Ghost Town at Calico Rock, both are designated historic districts with very chequered pasts! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 170 Ranger Rd, St Joe, AR 72675
  • Average temperature  – 33 degrees
  • Taking a dip in the Steel Creek swimming hole, 
  • Soaring through the sky on a zipline on the Buffalo River Canopy Tour.
  • Discovering the magnificent caves in the upper area, the Mystic Caves and Crystal Dome Caverns.

11. Traverse City, Lake Michigan

Traverse City in July

With a shoreline spanning 307 miles, I found choosing where to stay on Lake Michigan a little daunting, but I would personally suggest Traverse City in Northern Michigan.

It is an excellent base to explore some of the most beautiful beaches and nature reserves along the lakeshore. It’s a cool and vibrant city in  its own right.

I became a fan of the city as it offered amazing boutique shopping, microbreweries, food carts, gastro pubs, and fine dining, as well as an abundance of public art and amazing urban walking/biking/ boating trails, museums, and galleries.

The Old Mission Peninsula just a short drive from downtown has some beautiful parks that overlook the water or I would suggest enjoying some peace on Haserot Beach or taking a picnic to Bryant Park. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 101 W Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Average temperature in Traverse City in July – 27 degrees
  • Wandering downtown and discovering all the boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and galleries.
  • Relaxing on the sandy Traverse City State Park Beach.
  • Biking the paved Boardman Lake Trail which took me through lovely scenery.

12. Beavers Bend Resort Park, Oklahoma

Beavers Bend - great summer destinations

I loved this beautiful 1,300-acre resort park beside Broken Bow Lake in Southeastern Oklahoma. The park offers numerous activities , including a curated lineup of campfire programs, nature hikes, and arts and crafts classes, not to mention the 12 miles of hiking trails and roped-off swimming areas along the banks of the lake and river.

If you love the view from the water, I recommend hiring a Yakanoe, Kayak, or paddleboat. There’s a steam train, golf course, visitor center, and numerous gorgeous wooden cabins to stay in all nestled within the stunning mountainous terrain.

Don’t miss the sunset over the impressive Broken Bow Dam, but I think it’s a great place to return to nature for a long weekend as part of a bigger adventure!

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Broken Bow, OK 74728
  • Average temperature – 34 degrees
  • Hiking the Cedar Bluff Nature Trail.
  • Renting a kayak.
  • Stopping by the visitor center and discovering all the activities going on.

13. Block Island, Rhode Island

Block Island, Rhode Island beach in the summer

If you’re looking for a romantic or relaxing getaway this summer, I think Block Island, which houses the historic Southeast Lighthouse, the natural clay cliffs of the Mohegan Buffs, and many beautiful beaches, is an incredible destination! 

Think sunbathing under warm weather of average temperatures of 25°C in July, taking a dip in any of the Island’s scenic beaches (notably Crescent Beach), sailing, bicycling, and hiking! 

I recommend heading there for the famous annual Fourth of July parade with an awesome fireworks display! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address:   4 Center Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807
  • Average temperature  – 25 degrees
  • Hiking up Mohegan Bluffs and seeing spectacular ocean views before heading down 141 steps to the beautiful beach.
  • Visiting Ballard’s which is filled with fun, food, live music, sunshine, and Tiki bars.
  • Hiring a bike and exploring the island to see the famous lighthouses, Great Salt Pond, and nature trails.

14. Grand Teton National Park , Wyoming 

Grand Teton National Park

Set amidst the spectacular Teton Mountain Range in Northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, I love that this place offers breathtaking scenery, alpine lakes, and galore trails!

I recommend boat trips on Jenny Lake or the Massive Jackson Lake; more adventurous people  might enjoy rafting down the rapids. 

The 100-mile John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway is the perfect challenge for keen cyclists, taking in some of the park’s best wildlife and scenery.

Climbing enthusiasts can tackle Grand Teton itself, the tallest peak in the 40-mile Teton Range. My favorite highlight though was the spectacular sunsets! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 1 Teton Park Rd, Moose, WY 83012
  • Soaking up the scenery on a 10-mile float trip down the Snake River in Jackson Hole.
  • Driving up to Signal Mountain and admiring the Instagrammable panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Hiking along the trail by Jenny Lake, which took me to Inspiration Point and the enchanting Hidden Falls.

15. Lake Chelan, Washington

Lake Chelan Summer

Beautiful Lake Chelan is between Seattle and Spokane and is a popular summer resort town in both cities. I would highly recommend a visit here! 

The Wenatchee National Forest, Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park, and Lake Chelan State Park all sit along its shores. At its Northernmost point, it provides a gateway to the breathtaking wilderness of Northern Cascades National Park.

During the summer I personally think it provides the perfect place to experiment with various water sports, hang out on beautiful beaches, hike spectacular lakeside trails, and then I would suggest enjoy some local comforts at the Evening Farmers Market. It’s the best summer break for gorgeous, tranquil scenery! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address:   216 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816
  • Average temperature – 30 degrees
  • Checking out the fun Slidewaters Waterpark, rated in the top 15 in the country!
  • Enjoying mouth-watering wines at Tuscan-inspired Tsillan Cellars & Sorrento’s Ristorante.
  • Going to the High Trek Chelan and trying out their ziplines and obstacle courses.

16. Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park Summer

In July the arresting scenery is ablaze with color and thrill-seekers will find the Middle Fork Whitewater at its best, with water levels perfect for an exhilarating raft ride! I love that the Flowers are in full bloom and the huckleberries are out and at their sweetest from mid-July!

In July all the trails and roads are open and I personally think it’s the perfect time for a drive along the scenic Going-To-The-Sun -Road.

There are miles of hiking trails traversing the park and a profusion of wildlife, including rare wolverines, Canadian Lynx black bears, grizzlies, and mountain lions!

Although July is usually warm and temperate, I recommend preparing for any eventuality as the weather can change on a whim, and parts of the park are incredibly remote!

  • Visitor’s Center Address: West Glacier, MT 59936
  • Average temperature  – 21 degrees
  • Driving along the going-to-the-sun road, one of the most scenic journeys in the park that features an array of viewpoints.
  • Catching a sunrise at the hidden Two Medicine landmark, which was an unforgettable experience!
  • Dipping my feet in Lake McDonald to cool down on a hot day.

17. Ely, Minnesota

Ely, Minnesota - Places to go in the summer

The historic place is home to many iron ore mines, Ely is a city in Minnesota, with an estimated 3,500 population and a temperature of 27°C in summer in July.

Famous for housing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, it’s one of my favorite destinations for lakeside activities, including canoeing! 

It also features the North American Bear Center, a one-of-a-kind nature museum housing American black bears, and the International Wolf Centre dedicated to educating the public about wolves. I love that Ely is a place to visit for a free pass to fun activities during the summer and for educative and enlightening interactions. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 1600 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731
  • Renting a Paddleboard and heading across the peaceful Bear Head Lake at the State Park.
  • Going for a hike along the Kawishiwi Falls Trail and admiring the impressive waterfalls.
  • Indulging in mouth-watering treats at Northern Expressions.

18. Monterey, California

Visiting Monterey in July

I was super keen to see Monterey and Cannery Row Historic District is now a major draw and has been completely restored, within its red brick walls I was a big fan of its boutique hotels, independent shops, and plenty of relaxed places to sample local seafood whilst enjoying the waves and ocean views.

I recommend walking through Monterey State Historic Park to see some of the area’s oldest and most significant buildings, including the cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, the oldest in California.

I loved that plenty of outdoor pursuits are available nearby, with excellent surfing and wildlife along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail and The Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary .

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 419 Webster St Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940
  • Average temperature – 20 degrees
  • Wandering around the setting for John Steinbeck’s novel, Cannery Row Downtown, which is filled with shops and restaurants.
  • Taking in the coastline views at Point Sur Lightstation, a historic landmark overlooking the ocean.
  • Checking out the Monterey Museum of Art , which is home to over 14,000 pieces.

19. Marquette, Michigan

Marquette, Michigan - summer resort

Home to expansive miles of breathtaking trails for hiking and biking, beautiful inland lakes giving way to larger acres of water bodies and scenic shorelines. In my opinion, it’s the ideal spot for outdoor but low-key summer fun far away from crowds in more typically popular summer resorts.

History and art lovers are not left out, as the area is also home to several historic lighthouses. I would suggest a tour that takes you back to a different decade. There’s also a Marquette Arts and Culture Centre for unrivaled art exhibits, thought-provoking lectures, and an awesome musical series.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 2201 US 41 South ,  Marquette ,  MI   49855
  • Average temperature – 24 degrees
  • Swimming out to the rock islands and lagoons at McCarty’s Cove before relaxing along the sandy shoreline.
  • Biking the scenic Iron Ore Heritage Trail.
  • Taking a sightseeing tour.

20. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Mount Rainier National Park - best places to visit in July

Mount Rainier National Park spans 369 sq miles of incredible scenery around the imposing 14,411 ft stratovolcano at its center.

I’m a huge fan, and I love that the foothills are a fantastic blend of subalpine meadows, valleys, and waterfalls cascading from rocky plateaus. The scenery is seriously spectacular here! 

From July through August wildflowers transform the Paradise area of the park in an abundance of color and the warmer temperatures make it the perfect time for hiking. There are numerous trails to explore depending on your preferences, whether wildlife, uninterrupted views, or rushing falls.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Sunrise Park Rd, Ashford, WA 98304
  • Average temperature – 11 degrees
  • Enjoying an evening of stargazing before watching a vibrant sunrise over the landscape.
  • Visiting the stunning Myrtle Falls, which offers the most gorgeous views of the park.
  • Crossing the suspension bridge located along Grove of the Patriarchs Trail which took me through the oldest trees in the park.

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30 Best Places to Visit in July in the USA

Published: July 5, 2022

Modified: December 27, 2023

by Angela Magsajo

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A stream surrounded by greenery with mountains in the background in Denali National Park in Alaska, one of the best places to visit in July USA.

The arrival of July means summer is in full swing! Plenty of families, couples, and even solo travelers are in search of the best places to visit in July in the USA for their vacations. Luckily, the most beautiful states in the US is home to beautiful beaches and stunning national parks perfect for exploration and other outdoor activities. Additionally, many vibrant cities are worth visiting during a road trip. Choosing the best places to travel in July can be difficult due to the plethora of options.

If you’re brainstorming for couple and family vacation ideas , we’ve got a list of all the best summer vacation destinations in the U.S. From white-sand beaches and hiking trails to gorgeous lakes and lively cities, here are the best places to visit in July in the USA ! 

Best Places to Visit in July for Couples

1. san juan islands, washington.

Boats docked at the harbor of San Juan Islands in Washington State; one of the best places to visit in July USA for couples.

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Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 51.8°F and high of 71°F; precipitation of 0.7″

Reasons to Visit July: Middle of whale-watching season, a number of local farmers’ markets are open, and seafood season.

A romantic summer trip to the San Juan Islands in Washington State is on the bucket list of many couples. Made up of over 170 islands and reefs, there is an abundance of things to do all year round. A visit during July, however, means pleasant weather with average temperatures of 70°F. The balmy conditions mean you can comfortably explore the outdoors. Go on wildlife tours, kayak through the islands, climb mountains, hike the thousands of acres of land, or simply relax by the waters. There’s a higher chance of spotting whales in the surrounding waters too. After a day of whale-watching and other outdoor activities , hit one of the local restaurants to indulge in freshly caught seafood. Don’t forget to stop by the local farmers’ markets on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands where local merchants sell hundreds of souvenirs for you to take home.

2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Aerial shot of the peninsula of Cape Cod with houses, greenery, and boats in the water.

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Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 64°F and high of 77°F; precipitation of 2.6″

Reasons to Visit July: Middle of whale-watching season. Ideal time for water activities.

Cape Cod is a hook-shaped peninsula situated in southeastern Massachusetts. It’s renowned for its quaint coastal towns, sandy beaches, and overall laid-back atmosphere. While there are a great deal of activities to do here, the main highlight for many visitors includes whale-watching , which is at its peak around June through September. Thus, you’re just in time to catch these majestic creatures when you visit in July. Moreover, it’s among the top places to go for the 4th of July if you’re looking to express your love of the stars and stripes. From parades and concerts to firework displays, you’ll find patriotic festivities all throughout the cape.

3. Bar Harbor, Maine 

Boats in the waters of Bar Harbor; one of the best places to visit in July USA.

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Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 57°F and high of 73°F; precipitation of 2.8″ Reasons to Visit July: Offers a more relaxing ambience than other popular tourist spots. Annual seafood festival.

Looking for the best places to visit in July in the USA where you can kick back and unwind? Bar Harbor is another seaside town with scenic surroundings and a relaxing ambience. It features rocky beaches with beautiful coastlines, picturesque lakes, and rugged valleys and cliffs. Besides the lush landscapes, it’s likewise renowned for its historic charm and vibrant art scene. Visiting during the 4th of July? Don’t forget to catch the town’s annual parade, concert series, and fireworks display over Frenchman Bay! There’s even a seafood festival wherein you can sample Maine’s famed lobster and crab rolls. 

4. Jekyll Island, Georgia

Towering oak trees in one of the parks in Jekyll Island, Georgia; one of the best places to visit in July USA.

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Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 77°F and high of 87.8°F; precipitation of 6.8”

Reasons to Visit July: Middle of seafood season.

Jekyll Island is another one of the best places to visit in July for couples. Located off the coast of Georgia, it’s a popular tourist destination thanks to its abundance of activities and adventures while still providing a laid-back atmosphere. Explore the town’s 10 miles worth of shoreline and sandbars. Take a step back in time as you stroll through the town’s historic district. Visit museums and galleries to immerse yourself in the local culture and history.

Looking for a more scenic way to get a glimpse of Jekyll Island’s beauty? Rent a bike and follow the 22 miles of picturesque paths and trails with majestic oak trees and sand dunes. What’s more, no trip to the Georgia coast is complete without indulging in fresh-caught seafood dishes. The best restaurants in Jekyll Island range from casual waterfront spots to fine dining establishments, all of which offer delicious Southern comfort food.

5. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Wide shot of mountain ranges of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

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Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 49°F and high of 77°F; precipitation of 1.2″

Reasons to Visit July: Popular time for wilderness camping and horseback riding.

Pristine lakes, striking mountain ranges, lush greenery, and a wide variety of wildlife greet you at Rocky Mountain National Park. Spread across over 265,000 acres, this national park in Colorado is a paradise to outdoor enthusiasts. However, due to its expansive size, it experiences various climates throughout the year. You may even see snow in early July when you hike uphill towards areas with higher elevations.

Undoubtedly, the park is among the best places to visit in July in the USA for nature lovers. Wildflowers are in full bloom during this month and lots of wildlife are roaming around the valleys. There are over 300 miles of hiking trails that lead to crystal clear alpine lakes and waterfalls. Additionally, wilderness camping and horseback riding are popular activities during the month, as well.

6. Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Mountain ranges, ski resorts, and ski lifts in Steamboat Springs, Colorado during summer.

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Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 47°F and high of 81°F; precipitation of 0.9″

Reasons to Visit July: Balmy daytime temperatures ideal for outdoor activities and events, including hot-air balloon trips and the local rodeo.

While you’re in Colorado, make sure to include Steamboat Springs in your list of places to visit in July. On account of its world-class ski resorts and hot springs, the city is one of the popular winter getaway destinations in the Centennial State. However, it’s equally worth visiting during the summer months. July is the perfect time for outdoor fun. Start the day with a morning yoga session on top of a mountain, go horseback riding through the area’s aspen trees, and soar above the Steamboat Valley in a hot-air balloon. Camping is another popular activity. People flock to the campgrounds in Steamboat Springs for a more intimate experience with the great outdoors. What’s more, the annual Steamboat Springs rodeo competition falls around this month, so aspiring cowboys and cowgirls will certainly have a good time!

7. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Low-angle shot of the rides at Dollywood, one of the amusement parks in Pigeon Forge.

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Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 64°F and high of 84°F; precipitation of 3.6″

Reasons to Visit July: Dollywood’s extended park hours and nightly firework shows.

Nestled in the mountains of Tennessee, Pigeon Forge is a quaint town with heaps of Southern charm. July is the warmest month in the town, though, it’s also the month with the most rainfall. The sporadic weather may deter some people from visiting, but the enjoyable atmosphere still makes it among the best places to visit in July in the USA. It draws in flocks of tourists, particularly couples, looking for a romantic getaway.

Some of the romantic things to do in Pigeon Forge during July include touring local wineries, strolling along Little Pigeon River, or a leisurely float downstream. Take in the amazing views of the Smokies in your car during a scenic drive or even on horseback. Moreover, a trip to Pigeon Forge wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Dollywood, which has extended park hours and nightly firework displays during July.

Best Places to Visit in July With Family

8. las vegas, nevada.

Wide shot of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel with the replica of the Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 80°F and high of 104°F; precipitation of 0.4″

Reasons to Visit July: Plenty of family-friendly pool parties and other events.

Despite its moniker, Las Vegas is still one of the best places to visit in July in the USA for vacationing families. Sin City isn’t just littered with casinos and nightclubs. You’ll find a myriad of kid-friendly attractions here, as well! This includes a myriad of entertainment arenas, museums, wildlife parks, and so much more. Beat the summer heat at one of the kid-friendly pool clubs or water parks. Take in the metropolis’ beauty and the nearby desert from the top of the city’s 550-foot tall Ferris wheel.

Looking for family-friendly indoor attractions? Head over to one of the city’s exciting and interactive museums. Moreover, little ones will undoubtedly enjoy touring chocolate shops and factories. It’s important to note, though, that with average temperatures ranging from the upper 70s°F to the upper 90s°F, July is the warmest month in Las Vegas. It’s also not uncommon for temperatures to soar to triple digits during this month. That said, be sure to appropriately plan what to wear in Las Vegas to keep you and your family comfortable during your stay. 

9. Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite Falls with a small rainbow over the water at Yosemite National Park, California during July.

Photo by Sam Goodgame on Unsplash

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 39°F and high of 89°F; precipitation of 0.3″

Reasons to Visit July: Bus tours are available. 

July is one of the best times to visit Yosemite National Park. Depending on elevations, average temperatures range from lows of 35°F to highs of 87°F. The warm weather draws in a number of families traveling with kids who want to experience the natural wonders of Yosemite. Featuring sparkling lakes and waterfalls, soaring granite cliffs, lush meadows, and giant sequoias, the park is a paradise for nature lovers. And one of the best ways to explore the park’s picturesque beauty is by following its 750 miles of trails. You can do so on foot, on a bike, on horseback, or even on a bus tour. In particular, the Tuolumne Meadows bus tour is popular around July when wildflower fields are in bloom. Keep in mind that some trails at higher altitudes can remain snowy even in early July. Be sure to check the trail conditions with park rangers. 

10. Sequoia National Park, California 

Sunrise over the Sequoia groves in Sequoia National Park, California during July.

Photo by Stephen on Adobe Stock

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 46°°F and high of 76°F; precipitation of 0.61″ Reasons to Visit July: Fewer crowds than in other national parks in California. Perfect time for bird watching and wildlife spotting.

Another one of the national parks in California to include in your list of best places to visit in July in the USA is Sequoia. Dubbed the Land of Giants, Sequoia National Park is home to enormous and often ancient trees that provide an abundance of shade from the sun. July is a popular month to visit the park, but it sees relatively fewer crowds than the popular Yosemite.

The diverse landscapes mean that climate and weather differ depending on elevation. Lower elevation areas such as the Foothills typically experience hot dry days. Meanwhile, higher altitudes have temperate days with cool evenings. The balmy temperatures are ideal for going on strolls through the famous Sequoia groves. July is likewise a great time to explore the park’s mountain ranges and other hiking trails , which are littered with blooming wildflowers and roaming wildlife. 

11. Zion National Park, Utah

Low angle shot of water falling over the edge of a cliff in Zion National Park, Utah during sunset.

Photo by G. Lamar on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 100.9°F and high of 100.9°F; precipitation of 1.2” Reasons to Visit July: All hiking trails, sights, and facilities are open and accessible. Great time for hiking the Narrows.

Despite the often sweltering temperatures that can reach triple digits, Zion National Park is still a popular vacation spot for families. After all, all of its numerous hiking trails, sights, and facilities are all open and accessible during July. This includes the shuttle services, the Zion Human History Museum, and the Zion Nature Center. Additionally, July is the best time to visit Zion National Park if you want to see the valley’s flora still in full bloom. For more refreshing activities, head over to the Narrows or the Virgin River.

12. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Trees and mountain ranges reflected in a body of water in Grand Teton National Park.

Photo by Andrew Parlette on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 44°F and high of 79°F; precipitation of 0.8″ Reasons to Visit July: Warm sunny days and cool nights that are great for outdoor activities.

One of the state’s jewels, Grand Teton National Park, is among the Wyoming national parks you should definitely visit. Boasting staggering mountain ranges, alpine lakes, historic sites, and lush meadows, it’s one of the best places to visit in July in the USA for breathtaking landscapes and sights. The month brings warm days and cool nights, with few chances of rain showers in the afternoon, so bring rain gear with you.

If you want to cool off during a warm day, make your way to one of the park’s lakes. String and Leigh Lakes are popular options for families who want to enjoy a scenic picnic by the waters, swim, boat, or simply relax. Looking for more adventurous water activities? Head over to one of the rivers and streams and go white-water rafting! Besides this, many visitors try their luck at conquering impressive mountain scenery by climbing and mountaineering. It’s important to note that depending on the location and elevation, some mountains may still have snowmelt around mid-July.

13. Denali National Park, Alaska

Snow-capped mountains in Denali National Park, one of the places to visit in July that are not hot.

Photo by David Mark on Pixabay

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 39.2°Fand high of 57.2°F; precipitation of 3.00″ Reasons to Visit July: Mild to cool temperatures, a great time for wildlife spotting, and bus tours are available. 

On the hunt for places to visit in July that are not hot? You certainly can’t go wrong with Denali National Park in Alaska. With average highs of mid-60s°F and lows of mid-40s°F, the weather is mild and temperate. Featuring impressive glaciers, rugged mountain peaks, and tundra and spruce forests, it is among the most stunning national parks in Alaska . 

It’s where you’ll find Mount Denali — the tallest mountain peak in North America . You’ll likewise find different species of animals roaming around the nearly six million-acre land. This includes wolves, caribou, moose, sheep, and grizzly and black bears, all of which are often seen during the summer months. One of the best ways to explore the beauty of the park is through its hiking trails . But a trip to the park around July allows you to use your own private vehicle to drive along a portion of the Denali Park Road. Furthermore, bus tours are available during this month.

Best Places to Visit in July in the USA on a Budget

14. salt lake city, utah.

Aerial view of Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Photo by lassensurf on Pixabay

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 61.3°F and high of 84.7°F; precipitation of 0.3″

Reasons to Visit July: Pioneer Day celebrations.

There’s a myriad of things to do in Salt Lake City on a budget! Utah’s capital city offers visitors historic sights, nature trails, and religious attractions. Admire the 222-foot beauty of Salt Lake Temple, learn about the history of Temple Square, and get a better understanding of the state’s history and politics at the Utah State Capitol Building. Enjoy a picnic and stroll through Liberty Park. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the chance of meeting different bird species, not just from North America but from other parts of the world at the Tracy Aviary and Botanical Garden. Visit on the 24th of the month to witness the city’s celebration of Pioneer Day. Floats, bands, and dancers take to the streets to commemorate the state’s early residents, with the festivities culminating in the downtown area. There you’ll find live music, dancing, games, and food.

15. Glacier National Park, Montana

Sunrise over the mountain ranges in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Photo Diana Robinson on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 50°F and high of 80°F; precipitation of 1.39” Reasons to Visit July: Great time for scenic drives along Going-to-the-Sun Road. Ideal water temperatures for water-based activities.

A trip to Montana’s Glacier National Park during July means warm sunny days and cool nights. Average temperatures fluctuate between highs of mid-80s°F to lows of upper 40s°F. However, temperatures can drop at higher elevations, such as at Logan Pass, with slight chances of snow occurring any time of the year. Nevertheless, since all hiking trails, business, and services are fully operational, you’ll never run out of things to do in Glacier National Park ! This includes going for a scenic drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road, camping in the wilderness, and stargazing during the twilight hours. Furthermore, the park has some of the best lakes in the US, perfect for water-based activities such as fishing, white water canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Want to learn more about the park? Free ranger-led activity programs are available during the month.

16. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Wide shot of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park during July.

Photo by Zack Frank on Adobe Stock

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 41.5°F and high of 71.6°F; precipitation of 1.6″

Reasons to Visit July: All trailheads, backcountry camping sites, and facilities are fully open. Wildflowers are in full bloom.

Weather-wise, July is one of the best times to visit Yellowstone National Park because of its daytime temperatures around 70°F. It’s a popular time to visit, with plenty of people flocking to iconic attractions such as Old Faithful and Grand Prismatic. All trails, roads, bike routes, lodges, and visitor centers are fully open. River levels drop around this time, opening up many backcountry camping sites. Moreover, wildflowers at higher altitudes are in full bloom, which further makes the landscape even more stunning than it usually is. In addition, July is part of the rutting season of the park’s male bison. Head over to the Lamar and Hayden valleys to hear these majestic creatures.

17. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Wide shot of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with clouds in the sky during July.

Photo screaming_monkey on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 50°F and high of 84°F; precipitation of 0.8″

Reasons to Visit July: Mule trips are available plus longer daylight hours.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site in the USA is a must-visit for many. People travel across the globe to witness the spectacular landscape of the Grand Canyon. Weather conditions and temperatures in the park vary according to elevation. Generally, though, July sees average highs soaring to triple digits in the daytime. After the sun goes down, nighttime temperatures fluctuate between 40s°F and 70s°F. 

It can get crowded due to the summer holidays, particularly at the South Rim, but the North and West Rims have less number of tourists around this time. Hiking and backpacking are obvious ways to explore the trails of the North Rim. However, mule trips are extremely popular with visitors, as well. Meanwhile, at the West Rim, you can go on a whitewater rafting trip or walk the glass walkway situated 4,000 feet above sea level. Furthermore, the longer daylight hours of July provide more time for exploration of this natural wonder! 

18. York, Pennsylvania

One of the historic buildings in York City, Pennsylvania during July.

Photo by Smallbones on Wikimedia Commons

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 66°F and high of 84°F; precipitation of 3.3″

Reasons to Visit July: Various farmers’ markets across the city are open.

Nestled between the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, York City is one of the small towns you should add to your itinerary of the best places to visit in July in the USA . Dubbed as the White Rose City after the symbol of the House of York of England, the metropolis is an architectural museum! It’s home to a collection of well-preserved buildings dating back to the 18th century. Strolling through the streets transports you back in time. In fact, York, PA has four national historic districts. The town isn’t just a haven for history lovers. There are a lot of other attractions that will satisfy all types of visitors. Families with kids can all meet cows and other animals at the city’s farms and nature centers. There’s various farmers’ markets and shopping centers if you want to purchase souvenirs, as well.

19. Canyon Ferry Lake, Montana

Tall trees and mountains surrounding Canyon Ferry Lake in Montana during July.

Photo from the Visit Montana official Website

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 52°F and high of 83°F; precipitation of 1.47″

Reasons to Visit July: Perfect time for fishing and camping.

Grab your best fishing rods and camping tents, and set off to Canyon Ferry Lake in Montana. Located between the slopes of the Big Belt Mountains, it provides locals and tourists alike with plenty of outdoor recreational activities. On top of the list is fishing, with the lake considered as one of the best angling destinations in the state. During warm summer months, many visit the lake hoping to reel in their prized catch. The waters are swimming with trout, sunfish, codfish and sculpin. It’s likewise a popular boating destination with three marinas in the area. On the other hand, if you’re looking for some land-based fun, there are several parks perfect for biking, hiking, and picnicking. Stay the night at one of the Canyon Ferry campgrounds to complete the experience. Expect moderately warm temperatures that range from lows of 50s°F to highs of 80s°F.

Best Places to Visit in July in the East Coast

20. acadia national park, maine.

Rocky coast of Acadia National Park, Maine during July.

Photo by demerzel21 on Adobe Stock

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 58°F and high of 75°F; precipitation of 2.8″ Reasons to Visit July: Ideal weather conditions for scenic drives up the mountains.

Acadia National Park is another one of the best places to visit in July in the USA , on account of its comfortable weather conditions. Daytime temperatures vary between lows of mid-40s°F. and highs of 90s°F. Meanwhile, water temperatures are much cooler, ranging from 50s°F to 70s°F. What’s more, all picnic areas, park roads, beaches, and campgrounds are fully open around July.

The Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast spans 47,000 acres and features wetlands, rocky beaches, forests, meadows, and granite peaks. Here, you’ll also find Cadillac mountain — the highest point on the East Coast . One of the best things to do in Acadia is take a scenic drive up to the summit of Cadillac, which offers picturesque views of the eastern seaboard. Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots, in order to comfortably explore the 158 miles of hiking trails.

21. Washington, D.C.

Fourth of July fireworks on the National Park tidal basin, with the Washington Monument in Washington, DC.

Photo by MelissaMN on Adobe Stock

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 71°F and high of 88°F; precipitation of 3.1”

Reasons to Visit July: Extravagant 4th of July celebrations. 

There’s no doubt that the nation’s capital is among the top places to go for the 4th of July. Washington, D.C. is filled with celebrations from concerts, street festivals, and parades. Of course, the highlight of the celebration is the firework displays that light up the night sky against the skyline of the district’s iconic monuments and memorials. Not visiting on the 4th? There are still countless things to do the rest of the month! Enjoy free live music and theater performances at some of the most popular venues.

Note that July can get hot and humid with temperatures reaching the upper 80s°F with some occasional rainfall. While not the best conditions for outdoor activities , there are plenty of indoor attractions you can check out, including numerous museums and theaters. And if you truly want to beat the heat, make a splash at one of D.C.’s lakes, waterfront, and splash zones. 

22. Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee

Rocky stream found at Great Smoky Mountains National Park; one of the best places to visit in July USA.

Photo by Jim Liestman on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 65°F and high of 84°F; precipitation of 3.6″

Reasons to Visit July: Ideal weather for outdoor activities; wildflowers and shrubs in bloom. 

July is a popular month to visit the Great Smoky Mountains and for good reason. Straddling the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Smokies during this month are ideal for outdoor adventure, such as hiking up the mountains, chasing waterfalls, and wildlife spotting. Furthermore, all picnic areas and pavilions are open during this time. Admittedly, it can get rather hot and humid during the month, with temperatures soaring into the 90s°F at lower elevations. However, the canopy of the dense woodland forest provides shade to cool off visitors. Alternatively, retreat to the mountain’s cascading falls and gentle streams. Another option is to head up to higher altitudes, such as Mount LeConte, where the weather is much more pleasant. While on your journey, keep an eye out for the assortment of wildflowers and shrubs in bloom in mid-elevation areas.

23. Outer Banks, North Carolina

One of the historic lighthouses at Outer Banks, North Carolina against a starry night sky. 

Photo by Alistair Nicol on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 75.5°F and high of 82.7°F; precipitation of 3.8″

Reasons to Visit July: Fewer crowds compared to other destinations.

Generally considered as one of the states with the best weather in the US, North Carolina experiences sunny skies with few bad weather days in July. And one of the top destinations in the state to enjoy the pleasant weather is at Outer Banks . Far away from crowded cities, gaudy nightlife, high-rise buildings that spoil the ocean views, and tourist traps, a summer getaway on this string of barrier islands means seaside tranquility.

Over a hundred miles of shoreline come alive with people lounging by the beach, splashing around the waves, and reeling in their catch of the day. Water sports, such as kayaking, kite surfing, surfing, and paddle boarding are just some of the popular water activities. Looking for things to do away from the shores? Immerse yourself in local culture when you step into local galleries. Delve into history when you visit the city’s museums and other historical sights. For a more unique perspective of the coastline, climb up one of the centuries-old lighthouses or consider hopping aboard a helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of the islands.

24. South Beach, Florida

Wide shot of South Beach in Florida during July with people lounging by the beach.

Photo by Mike McBey on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 74°F and high of 89°F; precipitation of 5.1″

Reasons to Visit July: Fourth of July street parades, firework displays, and music festivals.

A good time is always guaranteed at South Beach, a lively Miami Beach neighborhood, thanks to the number of energetic nightclubs, with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop. The area hosts a myriad of festivities, including a good old-fashioned street parade, then firework displays that light up the sky. Various music festivals are scheduled around this time, as well, ranging from rap and hip-hop to classical music.

In terms of weather conditions, South Beach experiences average temperatures that fluctuate between lows in the upper 70s°F and highs in the upper 80s°F. Expect light rain showers all throughout the month, though they don’t last very long. Despite the hot, wet, and humid weather, South Beach is still considered among the best places to visit in July in the USA, especially if warm weather, perfect waves, beautiful beaches , and non-stop nightlife are what you’re after.

25. New York City, New York

Fireworks display against the New York City skyline during Independence Day.

Photo by  ungvar on Adobe Stock

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 71°F and high of 84°F; precipitation of 3.5″

Reasons to Visit July: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

For many, the Big Apple is among the top cities to visit in the U.S. The city that never sleeps is truly rich with diverse culture, interesting history, and countless entertainment venues. July is a great time to witness the city come alive. And the warm weather is ideal for strolling through the paths of Central Park or biking along the Hudson River. However, undoubtedly the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is the highlight of the month in NYC. The well-known department store hosts an extravagant pyrotechnic display, accompanied by performances and appearances from major artists and celebrities.

Best Places to Visit in July in the West Coast

26. san francisco, california.

The Golden Gate Bridge with a fireworks display in the background in San Francisco; one of the best places to visit in July USA.

Photo by Thomas Hawk on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 56°F and high of 70°F; precipitation of 0.0″

Reasons to Visit July: Several race marathons, the Fillmore Jazz Festival, and Bastille Day Festival.

For West Coast destinations this July, you certainly can’t go wrong with San Francisco . The city is famous for its steep rolling hills and being home to iconic landmarks and structures. This includes the likes of the Golden Gate Bridge , the Painted Ladies, and one of three surviving Japantowns in the country. The City by the Bay is packed with events and fun activities during this month. The main highlight, of course, is the annual 4th of July celebration, with its parade, street fairs, and firework display over the San Francisco skyline. Other notable events in the city in July include several marathons and music festivals. Want to immerse yourself in French culture without leaving the Bay Area? Schedule your trip around the third week of the month for the Bastille Day Festival.

27. San Diego, California 

Signage on display about the San Diego Comic Con; one of the events in San Diego during July.

Photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 63°F and high of 71°F; precipitation of 0.1″

Reasons to Visit July: San Diego County Fair, San Diego Comic Con, and the beginning of the Del Mar Racing Season.

San Diego is another popular destination in California that sees flocks of tourists during the month of July. Besides the plethora of sunning and surfing opportunities, America’s Finest City likewise offers an array of festivals and sporting events. Head over to the San Diego County Fair for some live entertainment, delicious food, and fun rides and games. Equestrian fans shouldn’t miss out on the start of the Del Mar Racing Season around mid-July. Beach sports enthusiasts will surely be thrilled to witness the annual Over-the-Line tournament in the city. Meanwhile, comic book fans definitely won’t pass up the opportunity to be part of the biggest pop culture convention in San Diego!

28. Los Angeles, California 

Wide shot of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles with the Hollywood sign in the background.

Photo by Jake Blucker on Unsplash

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 65°F and high of 83°F; precipitation of 0.0″

Reasons to Visit July: Several film and music festivals, pop culture conventions, and several sporting events.  

Countless people consider Los Angeles as one of the best places for vacation in summer. After all, it’s hard to beat its incredible natural landscape, gorgeous beaches, lively boardwalks, piers, amusement parks, and other iconic attractions. From a myriad of celebrations to sporting events, there’s truly no shortage of things to do in Los Angeles during July. Chief among them are the Independence Day concerts held across the city, though the most prominent ones are held at the Hollywood Bowl and Rose Bowl Stadium.

For sports fans, July is a great month to support the city’s baseball, soccer, or women’s basketball teams. Meanwhile, motorheads won’t want to miss out on the Port of Los Angeles’ Cars & Stripes Forever and its exhibit of over a 100 pre-1975 classic cars and motorcycles. Film enthusiasts will also be glad to know that July has several film festivals, including the Outfest LA Film Festival. What’s more, the city’s annual Anime Expo will surely thrill avid Japanese pop culture fans. 

29. Olympic National Park, Washington

Meadows with wildflowers in bloom at Olympic National Park; one of the best places to visit in July USA.

Photo by BDFri2012 on Flickr

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 49.8°F and high of 73.8°F; precipitation of 0.8″

Reasons to Visit July: All trailheads and ranger-led programs are accessible and available. Small chances of rainfall. 

Temperate weather greets you when you visit Olympic National Park in July. It’s the perfect time to explore the national park’s stunning landscapes. Thus, it’s undeniably among the best places to visit in July in the USA. Spread out across nearly a million acres, the vast size of the park encompasses three distinct ecosystems. It boasts a beautiful coastline, a lush rainforest, and alpine highlands. The 70 miles rugged shoreline features sandy beaches and rocky shores, while the temperate forest has towering trees, wildflower meadows and tranquil lakeshores. The highlands, on the other hand, features breathtaking glacier-capped mountains.

Visiting in July means all activities such as climbing, hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating, wildlife viewing, and night sky stargazing are all possible. Ranger-led programs are available during this month too. In terms of weather conditions, temperatures are moderately warm, rarely exceeding 80°F. What’s more, July is the month with the least chances of rainfall but fog can sometimes persist in higher elevation areas.

30. Oregon Coast

Greenery with colorful flora against the coastline along the Oregon Coast; one of the best places to visit in July USA.

Photo by Amy Wilkins on Adobe Stock

Average Temperature and Precipitation: Low of 55°F and high of 85°F; precipitation of 1.1″

Reasons to Visit July: Sunny days with 11 hours of sunshine.

Planning on a road trip for your next vacation? Well, how about a trip through the Oregon Coast? Stretching over 300 miles, the region is divided into three: the North Coast, Central Coast, and South Coast. Among them, it’s the North Coast that attracts the most visitors with its sandstone cliffs, ocean caves, and iconic landmarks, like shipwrecks and the Haystack Rock.

Meanwhile, the Central Coast is a well-known fishing destination with lots of overlooks. Further down, the South Coast offers secluded black-sand beaches, jagged cliffs, and beachside forests with beautiful hiking paths. Scattered across the coast, you’ll find both popular and secluded beaches, starting from Cannon Beach in the north all the way down to Oregon Dunes. The best part? All of them are free and open to the public. As such, this picturesque shoreline is a popular cheap weekend getaway spot for both Oregon locals and tourists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where in the us has the best weather in july.

Powell Street at Union Square in Downtown San Francisco with the tram system in view.

Photo by prayitnophotography on Flickr

Cities such as San Francisco and San Diego experience cooler weather in July compared to other areas on the West Coast . Meanwhile, Washington State and coastal Maine offer comfortable summer temperatures on the East Coast . Although, if you want to escape the warm July weather, head up to Alaska, which is one of the coolest states in the country.

What Is the Best Place to Vacation in July?

Colorful firework display in the night sky during 4th of July in Bar Harbor, Maine; one of the best places to visit in July in the USA.

Photo by Geoff Livingston on Flickr

City goers can’t go wrong with the lively ambience of places like Las Vegas , New York City, Miami, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles . On the other hand, nature lovers will find paradise in the country’s national parks and their stunning vistas. For the best of both worlds, there are a number of small towns that provide relaxing atmospheres with still plenty of options for fun and excitement. This includes the likes of Bar Harbor, San Juan Islands, and Cape Cod

What Is the Most Popular Summer Vacation Spot in the US ?

Welcome signage to Las Vegas, Nevada; one of the best places to visit in July in the USA.

Photo by Rudi Nockewel on Pixabay

Many consider New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas as some of the best places to visit in summer in the USA . Meanwhile, popular laid-back beach destinations can be found along the Oregon Coast , in San Juan Islands , and Outer Banks .

Which State Is the Best to Visit in July?

One of the beaches in California with the Santa Monica Pier in the background.

Photo by Tommaso Teloni on Unsplash

California is the best state to visit in July if you’re looking to soak up some sun and ride some waves. And since it’s home to nine national parks, it’s also a great destination if you’re planning on adventurous outdoor activities. For those looking for beautiful coastal scenery, Maine is certainly among the best places to visit in July in the USA. 

Visiting the Best Vacation Spots in the USA in July

Create long-lasting memories with your friends, family, and loved ones at these best vacation spots in the US in the month of July! From the best places to visit in July with family to romantic getaway destinations, the USA has it all. Whether you’re looking for a beach vacation, a wilderness excursion, an energetic metropolitan vibe, or tranquility, there are endless possibilities for your next summer vacation!


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35 Best Places to Visit in July in the USA

David Reeve

If you’re like me, you’re always on the hunt for the next great family vacation spot. 

And what better time to explore than in the heart of summer? 

That’s why I’ve put together this guide to the best places to visit in July in the USA. 

From the sun-soaked beaches of Hawaii to the majestic wilderness of Alaska, these destinations offer something for everyone. 

Whether you’re a nature lover, a foodie, or just looking for a fun-filled getaway, you’re sure to find a destination that fits your family’s taste. 

So, buckle up and join me on this journey across the USA.

Best Places to Visit in July in the USA Compared

Staying in the USA during summer will satisfy you and will be your best choice.

Editor’s Choice

oahu – hawaii

Oahu – Hawaii

July in Oahu – the perfect time to explore the beauty of one of the most stunning islands in Hawaii without the crowd.

  • Family-friendly Activities: 5/5 Safety: 5/5 Affordability: 4/5 Accessibility: 5/5 Educational Value: 4/5

#2nd Best Choice

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Denali National Park – Alaska

Denali National Park is a stunning wildlife preserve in Alaska spanning 6 million acres and was established in 1917.

  • Family-friendly Activities: 4/5
  • Safety: 5/5
  • Affordability: 5/5
  • Accessibility: 4/5
  • Educational Value: 4/5 

#3rd Best Choice

san juan islands – washington 1

San Juan Islands – Washington

The San Juan Islands are a group of islands in Washington known for their stunning wildlife and landscapes.

  • Family-friendly Activities: 5/5
  • Affordability: 4/5

Here are the top places to visit in July in the USA.

1. Oahu – Hawaii (Editor’s Choice)

Oahu – Hawaii

Oahu, HI (800) 464-2924 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Ratings Criteria

  • Accessibility: 5/5
  • Numerous thrilling activities are present
  • Scenic views all around the corners
  • Staying at this place is expensive

Oahu is the third largest island in Hawaii, dubbed as “The Gathering Place.”

Ah, July in Oahu – the perfect time to explore the beauty of one of the most stunning islands in Hawaii without the crowd.

From the ocean’s turquoise waters to the lush green jungles of the rainforest, Oahu is one of the best places to go in July.

For thrill-seekers, explore the many waterfalls, hike the Diamond Head Trail, and go snorkeling or diving to explore the vibrant coral reefs.

If you’re looking for something more laid back, take a drive or a leisurely stroll along the North Shore and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Be sure to check out the beaches , too, because they’re some of the best in the world.

Then in the evening, take in a show at the historic Hawai’ian Theatre or grab a bite to eat in Waikiki.

For a more cultural experience, visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, where you can learn about the history and culture of the Hawaiian people.

Recommended Hotel: Paradise Bay Resort

Related: Top Oahu Restaurants

2. Denali National Park – Alaska

Denali National Park – Alaska

Parks Hwy Denali National Park and Preserve, AK (907) 683-9532 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Many outdoor activities are available
  • Comfortable temperature
  • Cars are not allowed at a certain point

During July, this usually cold area is at its warmest, which means it’s the perfect, comfortable temperature.

Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, canoeing, and fishing, or take a scenic flightseeing tour to take in the majestic landscape from the air.

Then explore the vast and varied tundra landscape of Denali, from its glacial valleys to its rugged mountains and rolling hills.

After a day of exploring, relax and admire the midnight sun, which stretches the summer days in Alaska.

So if you’re still wondering where to go in July, Alaska has plenty of blooming flowers and mountains to explore.

Recommended Hotel: McKinley Chalet Resort

3. San Juan Islands – Washington

San Juan Islands – Washington

Friday Harbor, WA 98250 (360) 378-9551 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

  • Scenic views and fun activities
  • Mouth-watering cuisines
  • Some parts of the island are crowded

With its mild temperatures, sunny days, and stunning views, you can experience the best of the Pacific Northwest in this archipelago.

From whale watching and kayaking to cycling and hiking, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in and around the islands.

You can also explore the islands’ vibrant culture, sample delicious local cuisine, or relax on one of its many beaches.

Indulge in stunning landscapes, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound.

It’s also one of the cheap places to visit in July, so give it a go.

Recommended Hotel: Orcas Hotel

4. Sequoia National Park – California

Sequoia National Park – California

47050 Generals Highway Three Rivers, CA 93271 (559) 565-3341 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Sequoia National Park is an excellent alternative to Denali National Park and the San Juan Islands with its colossal sequoia trees and beautiful landscapes.

Sequoia National Park was established in 1890 and is dubbed a “Land of Giants.”

That’s because of the stunning, colossal sequoia trees and big landscapes.

From camping and fishing to hiking and biking, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

You can enjoy a peaceful stroll along one of the many trails, take a dip in the Kaweah River, or try your luck at spotting some of the park’s wildlife.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, take a challenging hike up to the top of Moro Rock for an unforgettable view of the park.

You’re lucky if you’re born during the summer because this is one of the best birthday trips in July you could take.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites Sequoia Kings Canyon – Three Rivers

Related: Best Places to Vacation in June in the USA

5. Lake Tahoe – California

Lake Tahoe – California

Lake Tahoe, CA (800) 288-2463 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake located in the Sierra Nevada in California, known as one of the deepest lakes in America.

You’ll want to pack your bathing suits, camping gear, and camera equipment for this stunning gem.

From sunbathing on the beaches to exploring the nearby trails, you can take advantage of all these beautiful alpine lake offers.

Enjoy sailing, kayaking, or fishing on crystal-clear waters, or take a dip in one of the many swimming areas.

Hike through the majestic mountains and forests, or take a scenic drive along the lake’s edge.

Whether you’re looking to relax or get your adrenaline pumping, you can find an activity to suit your needs at Lake Tahoe.

With plenty of outdoor activities and beautiful natural scenery, Lake Tahoe is the best place to visit in July in the USA.

Recommended Hotel: Sunnyside Resort and Lodge

Related: Where to Eat in Lake Tahoe

6. Santa Fe – New Mexico

Santa Fe – New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM (800) 777-2489 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Santa Fe means “Holy Faith” in Spanish and is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture.

It’s also the capital of New Mexico, so it’s the best place to get to know the state better.

For those who love the outdoors, Santa Fe offers hiking, biking, and camping.

You can explore the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, visit the Rio Grande for white-water rafting, and take a scenic drive along the Turquoise Trail.

If you’re a culture enthusiast, visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the Palace of the Governors.

In addition, take a stroll along the historic Santa Fe plaza, enjoy the local art galleries, and take in the local music.

With so much to do and see, Santa Fe in July is an excellent destination for July weekend getaways.

Recommended Hotel: Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi

Related: Dining in Santa Fe

7. Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park – Wyoming

103 Headquarters Loop Moose, WY 83012 (307) 739-3399 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is a stunningly beautiful area in northwest Wyoming that was established in 1929.

In July, the park is alive with wildflowers, wildlife, and the majestic Teton mountain range.

Hiking trails will take you to pristine alpine lakes, cascading waterfalls, and sweeping vistas of the Tetons.

There are also plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, with elk, moose, bison, and other animals making their home in the park.

Boating and fishing are also popular activities here, with several boat ramps and lake access points located throughout the park.

Try to go camping, with over two dozen campgrounds and picnic areas offering breathtaking views and plenty of outdoor activities.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape to nature or an action-packed adventure, Grand Teton National Park is one of the best July vacations.

Recommended Hotel: The Alpenhof

8. Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado

Estes Park, CO 80517 (970) 586-1206 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Rocky Mountain National Park is a protected wildlife preserve established in 1915.

With the majestic Rocky Mountains in full view, and the summer sun shining down, it is a perfect place to explore and reconnect with nature.

From hikes to fishing, camping, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Hike along the pristine trails, explore alpine lakes or take in the breathtaking views of the Continental Divide.

Fish in the many lakes, creeks, and streams, or take a horseback ride to explore even further.

Enjoy a picnic at the Park’s many scenic overlooks, or take a guided tour to learn more about the area’s wildlife and natural history.

Whether you’re looking for adventure or a peaceful escape, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best US destinations in July.

Recommended Hotel: Woodlands on Fall River

Related: Best US Vacations in August

9. Crested Butte – Colorado

Crested Butte – Colorado

Crested Butte, CO 81224 (970) 349-5338 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Crested Butte is a small town located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, dubbed the “wildflower capital of Colorado.”

This beautiful destination is alive with adventure opportunities and stunning natural beauty.

From hiking and biking to rafting and fishing, there is something for everyone.

Take a scenic chairlift ride to the top of the mountain and take in the stunning views of the surrounding peaks.

Then explore the vibrant town of Crested Butte and its many shops, restaurants, and galleries.

If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, enjoy the spectacular wildflower meadows and take a peaceful stroll on one of the many trails.

No matter what you choose to do, Crested Butte is sure to provide an unforgettable experience in July.

Recommended Hotel: The Lodge at Mountaineer Square

10. Madison – Wisconsin

Madison – Wisconsin

Madison, WI Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Madison is the capital city of Wisconsin, known for the domed Wisconsin State Capitol.

Explore the city’s many attractions, including the iconic Wisconsin State Capitol, the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and the historic Monona Terrace.

There are also plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as hiking and biking the nearby trails and lakes.

In addition, there’s also kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and swimming.

For those looking for a more leisurely experience, there are plenty of food, shopping, and entertainment options in the many downtown areas.

Madison is also home to numerous festivals and events throughout the summer months.

It’s one of the spectacular cities to visit in July if you love parties or the outdoors.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Indigo – Madison Downtown, an IHG Hotel

Related: Must Try Restaurants in Madison

11. Ann Arbor – Michigan

Ann Arbor – Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI (734) 794-6000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Ann Arbor is a city in midwest Michigan, home to the University of Michigan.

It’s certainly an idyllic destination for an unforgettable summer getaway in July.

From exploring nature at the Ann Arbor parks and trails to indulging in some of the city’s favorite attractions, there is something for everyone.

Nature lovers can spend the day hiking, biking, and taking in stunning views of the Huron River.

Those looking for a more urban experience can explore the city’s vibrant restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.

You can also catch a show at the historic Michigan Theater or a baseball game at the University of Michigan’s Ray Fisher Stadium.

Recommended Hotel: Graduate Ann Arbor

Related: Top Restaurants: Ann Arbor

12. The Ozarks – Missouri

The Ozarks – Missouri

Ozark Mountains, MO (800) 386-5253 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

If you’re looking for the best place to vacation in July in the USA, you can never go wrong with the Ozarks.

The Ozarks in Missouri is a stunningly beautiful destination with lots of outdoor adventures during the summer months.

From hiking and swimming to fishing, kayaking, and horseback riding, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

July is a great time to explore the region, as the days are warm, and the evenings are perfect for camping, star-gazing, or just relaxing under the stars.

There are also plenty of festivals and events to attend, and the scenic drives are some of the best in the country.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Holiday Hills Resort at Branson an IHG Hotel

13. Dauphin Island – Alabama

Dauphin Island – Alabama

Dauphin Island, AL 36528 (251) 861-5525 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Dauphin Island is a town in Alabama known for its stretches of white sand.

It’s the ideal destination for beach-goers and outdoor enthusiasts alike in July.

With its miles of pristine beaches, beautiful Gulf Coast sunsets, and abundant wildlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Spend your days soaking up the sun on the beach, fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, kayaking around the island, or exploring the nearby wetlands.

If you’re down for something unique, take a boat trip to see dolphins.

You can also take a chill stroll down the boardwalk to explore the local shops, restaurants, and historic sites.

If you’re looking for warm places to visit in July near you, Dauphin Island is a must.

Recommended Hotel: Bird’s Nest

14. Chincoteague Island – Virginia

Chincoteague Island – Virginia

Chincoteague Island, VA (757) 336-6519 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Chincoteague Island is a town and island in Virginia that’s a gateway to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

With its beautiful beaches, wildlife preserves, and quaint downtown area, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Spend the day exploring Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, kayaking in the Assateague Channel, or relaxing on the beach.

If you’re feeling adventurous, take a boat tour around the island and spot wild ponies, bald eagles, and other wildlife.

Remember to visit the local shops and restaurants to get a taste of the island culture.

Recommended Hotel: Comfort Suites Chincoteague Island Bayfront Resort

15. Bryson City – North Carolina

Bryson City – North Carolina

Bryson City, NC 28713 (828) 488-7857 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Bryson City is a small North Carolina town known to be a gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.

With its stunning scenery, vibrant atmosphere, and diverse range of activities, you can make the most of your summer vacation here.

From scenic hikes to whitewater rafting and horseback riding to fishing, there are plenty of outdoor adventures for a blast.

Cruise along the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, explore Nantahala National Forest and take a dip in Fontana Lake.

For the more adventurous, you can even try out some zip lining.

And after a long day of exploring, relax and appreciate the mountain views with a picnic or a campfire.

It’s one of the must visit places in the USA in July for much-needed unwinding.

Recommended Hotel: Sleep Inn Bryson City Cherokee

Related: Food Places in Bryson City

16. Tybee Island – Georgia

Tybee Island – Georgia

Tybee Island, GA 31328 (912) 786-5444 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Tybee Island is a beautiful beach destination located just 18 miles from Savannah, Georgia.

It’s an ideal spot for a beach holiday in July, with its miles of white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and abundant wildlife.

Enjoy various activities, from sunbathing, swimming, and fishing to exploring the many historical sites around the island.

You can also take a dolphin-watching tour, go on a kayaking or stand-up paddleboard adventure, or take a stroll along the beach.

For a unique experience, take a sunset cruise along the Savannah River and watch the breathtaking colors of the sunset.

If you’re wondering where to travel in July, this island is a must.

Recommended Hotel: Hotel Tybee

Related: Places to Dine in Tybee Island

17. Naples – Florida

Naples – Florida

Naples, FL (239) 213-1000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Naples is a beautiful city on the Gulf of Mexico known for high-end shopping and fun golf courses.

It’s the perfect summer destination to soak up the sun and take in all the beauty and culture of the city.

With its crystal-clear beaches, vibrant nightlife, and exciting attractions, there’s something for everyone in July.

You can spend time in the sun exploring the beaches , kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or even parasailing.

There’s also plenty of shopping and dining, with many restaurants offering delicious seafood options.

For the more adventurous, take a day trip out to the Everglades National Park and witness the beauty of the Florida wilderness.

It’s also a great time to get involved in the local community with events like the Naples Summer Jazz Festival, offering a full schedule of live music, food, and more.

Recommended Hotel: The Capri Inn

18. Ocean City – Maryland

Ocean City – Maryland

Ocean City, MD (800) 626-2326 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Ocean City is a resort town located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Isle of Wight Bay.

Summertime in this city is an experience like no other.

With warm, sunny days, miles of sandy beaches, and an abundance of activities, you’ll never run out of things to do.

Take a stroll on the boardwalk, sample the delicious seafood, or grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Then spend the day at one of the many amusement parks or take a boat ride and explore the nearby Assawoman Bay.

At night, take in a show at the Sun and Surf Cinema, or explore one of the premier nightclubs for a night of dancing and music.

Expect nothing less in one of the best states to visit in July.

Recommended Hotel: Francis Scott Key Family Resort

Related: Restaurants to Try in Ocean City

Related: Beach Resorts in the USA for Families

19. Baltimore – Maryland

Baltimore – Maryland

400 E Pratt Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 659-7300 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Baltimore , Maryland is a vibrant and exciting city in July, with lots of activities to keep you busy.

From festivals and outdoor concerts to sightseeing and exploration, there is something for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for a leisurely afternoon stroll along the waterfront or an exciting night out on the town, Baltimore has you covered.

You can explore the Inner Harbor, take a harbor cruise, check out the National Aquarium, and take a tour of the USS Constellation.

If you’re feeling adventurous, explore Charm City’s unique neighborhoods, including Fells Point, Federal Hill, and Canton.

Or, take a day trip to nearby Annapolis or Washington D.C. for even more fun.

And for a night of entertainment, check out some of the city’s many music venues, theaters, and comedy clubs.

Recommended Hotel: Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Related: Popular Restaurants in Baltimore

20. New York City – New York

New York City – New York

New York, NY (212) 639-9675 Visit Website Open in Google Maps

New York City in July is a great time to explore the city’s incredible attractions and culture.

From the top of the Empire State Building to the steps of the Statue of Liberty, the city offers an array of exciting experiences.

You can take a stroll through Central Park, enjoy a Broadway show, or explore the city’s vibrant nightlife .

Take advantage of the city’s world-class shopping, and dine at some of the best restaurants in the world.

This city also offers plenty of outdoor activities, including outdoor movie screenings, rooftop bars, amusement parks, outdoor concerts, and much more.

Recommended Hotel: InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel, an IHG Hotel

Related: Must Eat Restaurants in NYC

21. Portland – Oregon

Portland – Oregon

Portland, OR (503) 823-4000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Portland , Oregon, is a fun and vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest.

In July, the city is alive with festivals, outdoor activities, and entertainment.

From the many microbreweries to the beautiful parks and gardens to the vibrant music and art scenes, it’s a blast for the gang.

You can experience the city’s unique culture by visiting local attractions like the Portland Art Museum or exploring the city’s food and beverage scene.

Spend a day at the Portland Saturday Market to enjoy the unique arts and crafts, or take a stroll along the Willamette River to take in some of the city’s most stunning views.

If you’re looking for the best places to travel in July, Portland should be on your list.

Recommended Hotel: Sentinel, a Provenance Hotel

Related: Top Places to Eat in Portland

22. Finger Lakes – New York

Finger Lakes – New York

Finger Lakes, NY (315) 536-7488 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Finger Lakes is a region in New York known for its group of 11 pristine lakes.

With mild temperatures and long days of sunshine, it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region.

From exploring the picturesque gorges and lakes to taking in the spectacular views from the top of the hills, there’s so much to do.

You can go wine tasting at the local wineries or take a boat tour on one of the many lakes.

And even venture into the nearby towns for unique shopping experiences.

For those looking for adventure, you can also go kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and camping.

Some of the best trips in July happen here, so give it a go.

Recommended Hotel: Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham – Penn Yan

23. Bar Harbor – Maine

Bar Harbor – Maine

Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (207) 288-5103 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Bar Harbor is a charming town on Mountain Desert Island, located along Maine’s Frenchman Bay.

In July, this town is bustling with activity, offering several exciting activities and attractions for you to enjoy.

From exploring the stunning Acadia National Park to taking a scenic boat ride, there’s something for everyone in Bar Harbor.

Explore the quaint downtown area filled with unique shops, galleries, and restaurants, or explore the nearby trails and beaches.

Families can also indulge in a variety of activities, such as kayaking, fishing, or whale watching.

And with the Fourth of July festivities, there’s plenty of fun for all ages.

With its incredible views, delicious food, and exciting activities, Bar Harbor is one of the best July vacation spots.

Recommended Hotel: Bluenose Inn – Bar Harbor Hotel

Related: Must Eat Places in Bar Harbor

24. Olympic National Park – Washington

Olympic National Park – Washington

3002 Mt Angeles Rd Port Angeles, WA 98362 (360) 565-3130 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

The Olympic National Park was established in 1938 to protect several different ecosystems.

And it’s a majestic outdoor paradise during July.

Go for a relaxing soak in the thermal hot springs, or take an invigorating hike up the nearby mountains,

Then take a romantic stroll along the stunning Pacific coastline as the sun sets.

With soaring snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and plenty of wildlife, the park is a nature lover’s dream.

July is the perfect time to take advantage of the many activities available such as kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, and cycling.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, you can explore the area’s scenic rivers, lakes, and meadows or take a guided tour of the area’s historical sites.

Recommended Hotel: Olympic Lodge by Ayres

25. Yachats – Oregon

Yachats – Oregon

Yachats, OR (541) 547-2345 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Yachats, Oregon, is a charming coastal town that offers a variety of activities in July.

From beachcombing to kayaking and whale watching, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Take a stroll along the beach, explore the rocky shoreline, or go fishing in nearby rivers and lakes.

Get some sun and sand in the nearby state parks, or take a guided tour of the local lighthouses.

For the adventurous, try a zip line tour or a kayak adventure.

With July being the warmest month of the year, there is no shortage of outdoor adventures in Yachats.

Whether you’re in the mood for a lazy day by the ocean or an active day exploring the coastline, Yachats is the perfect summer destination.

Recommended Hotel: Adobe Resort

26. Geneva-on-the-lake – Ohio

Geneva-on-the-lake – Ohio

Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH (800) 862-9948 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Geneva-on-the-Lake, located by the shoreline of Lake Erie in Ohio, is a vacation spot like no other.

From the crystal clear lakeside views to the lush green forests, this picturesque spot is the perfect for a summer getaway.

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, go fishing, or explore the many trails, there’s something for everyone.

Take a boat tour of the lake, go kayaking, or take a stroll through the charming town.

Enjoy a day of shopping, dining, and entertainment at one of the many stores and restaurants.

Oh, and don’t you dare miss a sunset if you want to be blown away.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ashtabula-Geneva, an IHG Hotel

27. Voyageurs National Park – Minnesota

Voyageurs National Park – Minnesota

International Falls, MN 56649 (218) 283-6600 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

In July, Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota is the perfect place to explore nature and take in the beauty of the great outdoors.

From fishing and canoeing to hiking and camping, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy.

Anglers can cast their lines and catch walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass.

Canoeing and kayaking are also popular, as you can explore the many interconnected waterways and bays.

Hikers can traverse the rugged trails and take in the stunning views of the landscape.

And don’t forget to take a break and go camping at one of the many rustic campsites.

You can even take a boat tour and explore the park’s hidden gems.

Recommended Hotel: The Nomad Motel

28. Boston – Massachusetts

Boston – Massachusetts

Boston, MA Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Boston is the state capital of Massachusetts, incorporated in 1822, and is known as the 24th-most populous city in the country.

Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, from taking a scenic stroll through the historic Freedom Trail to exploring the city’s many parks and beaches.

You can also explore the city’s vibrant cultural scene, with its many museums and galleries, or take in a performance at the renowned Boston Symphony Hall.

For those who love the outdoors, there are plenty of hiking and biking trails, kayaking, and sailing.

And, of course, no trip to Boston is complete without a visit to Fenway Park to catch a Red Sox game.

Whatever your interests, there’s something for everyone in this fantastic city in July.

Recommended Hotel: The Newbury Boston

Related: Best Eats in Boston

29. Half Moon Bay – California

Half Moon Bay – California

Half Moon Bay, CA (650) 726-8910 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Half Moon Bay is a picturesque coastal town located in San Mateo County, California.

It’s known for its beautiful beaches, rolling hills, and unique scenery.

In July, Half Moon Bay offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy in the perfect weather.

From relaxing on the beach to kayaking in the ocean to taking a scenic drive along the coast, you’ll have a blast.

You can also explore the charming downtown area, visit the local farmers’ markets, and enjoy the many outdoor activities, including fishing, hiking, and golfing.

With all its beauty and activities, Half Moon Bay will surely make your summer vacation one to remember.

Recommended Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

30. Carmel-by-the-sea – California

Carmel-by-the-sea – California

Carmel, CA 93921 (831) 624-2522 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Carmel-by-the-sea is a charming coastal town located in California’s Monterey Peninsula.

You can experience the beauty of the area with its golden beaches and crystal clear waters during July.

Enjoy activities like surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding, whale watching, and exploring the local tide pools.

Alternatively, you can stroll through the quaint downtown streets to explore the unique shops and art galleries.

Then spend some time at the many wineries and tasting rooms or sample the fresh seafood.

Recommended Hotel: Tradewinds Carmel

Related: Great Restaurants in Carmel

Related: Beaches in The USA

31. Orange County – California

Orange County – California

Orange County, CA (855) 886-5400 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Orange County is a region in Southern California known for Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort.

From pristine beaches to vibrant nightlife , this sun-soaked corner of California has something to offer everyone.

Spend a day lounging on the golden sands of Huntington Beach or take a thrilling ride at Disneyland.

Get your adrenaline pumping with a hike up to the top of Saddleback Mountain or explore the vibrant art scene in Laguna Beach.

If shopping is more your style, you’ll find plenty of options at South Coast Plaza.

And don’t forget to check out the famous Happy Hour spots along Newport Beach’s Balboa Peninsula.

Recommended Hotel: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Santa Ana – Orange County, an IHG Hotel

Related: Best Food Spots in Orange County

32. Monterey – California

Monterey – California

580 Pacific Street Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 242-8750 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Monterey is a charming city located on the coast of California.

The area is dotted with beautiful beaches , like Lovers Point, where you can enjoy a romantic sunset stroll or try your hand at surfing.

There are also plenty of outdoor activities for the adventurous types, like hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

The nearby Big Sur and Carmel-by-the-Sea are full of nature reserves, perfect for a day of exploring the area’s natural beauty.

With plenty of shopping and dining options, you won’t have any trouble finding the perfect souvenir.

And, of course, don’t forget to take in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean while you’re there.

Recommended Hotel: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Related: Top Monterey Restaurants

33. Orlando – Florida

Orlando – Florida

Orlando, FL (407) 363-5872 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Orlando is a city in central Florida home to more than a dozen theme parks.

With its sunny days and warm temperatures, Orlando provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of activities.

From thrilling theme parks to outdoor adventures, there are plenty of ways to keep entertained.

Take advantage of the great weather and explore the city’s many attractions, such as the Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld.

If you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, you can also take a relaxing stroll through the city’s many parks and gardens.

There’s also plenty of shopping and dining in Orlando, as well as great entertainment options such as live music and theater performances.

Recommended Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection

Related: Where to Eat in Orlando

34. New Braunfels – Texas

New Braunfels – Texas

New Braunfels, TX (830) 221-4000 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

New Braunfels is a city located in San Antonio, known for the Comal and Guadalupe rivers.

With its unique blend of German and Texan culture, there are plenty of things to do and explore.

Go tubing or kayaking down the Comal and Guadalupe rivers or enjoy the famous Schlitterbahn waterpark.

Then explore the historic downtown with its unique restaurants, shops, and galleries.

You can also take a day trip to nearby Gruene, hike the trails of nearby parks, or take in a show at the historic Brauntex Theatre.

With so many options, July in New Braunfels is packed with fun and adventure.

Recommended Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott New Braunfels River Village

Related: Dining in New Braunfels

Related: Indoor Water Park Resorts in the U.S.

35. Fredericksburg – Texas

Fredericksburg – Texas

Fredericksburg, TX (830) 997-6523 Visit Website Social Media Open in Google Maps

Fredericksburg , Texas is a charming little town located in the heart of Texas Hill Country.

July is a great time to visit as it is peak season and the weather is perfect to enjoy the outdoors.

You could take a relaxing stroll around Main Street and explore the historic downtown area with its many shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Take a guided walking tour to learn more about the town’s history and architecture.

Then spend a day at the National Museum of the Pacific War if you’re a history buff.

You can also go wine tasting at one of the many local wineries, or take a scenic drive through the rolling hills and vineyards.

And with a number of outdoor activities like kayaking, horseback riding, and hiking, Fredericksburg is one of the best places to visit in July in the USA.

Recommended Hotel: Fredericksburg Inn and Suites

Related: Must Try Restaurants in Fredericksburg

Traveler’s Guide 

Comparing destinations: which one is right for you.

When picking the right place to visit, one must thoroughly compare options for optimal decisions.

And to do that, you must consider the place’s features, benefits, and downsides.

Afterward, at the end of the choosing process, you decide based on your preferences.

My family had a great time spending quality moments solely because we picked the right place through comparison.

Oahu – Hawaii, is a beautiful and majestic place that offers thrilling adventures, scenic land, and seascapes.

Take note, though, that choosing Oahu – Hawaii is pretty expensive.

On the other hand, Denali National Park – Alaska, is proud to offer various outdoor activities and comfortable temperatures.

The only drawback would be that private vehicles are prohibited at specific points.

San Juan Islands – Washington is the place you want to go if you desire to ponder on scenic views and eat delicious varying cuisines.

Its downside would be it’s overcrowded.

Lastly, Sequoia National Park – California boasts beautiful landscapes, making it an excellent alternative for visiting.

The downside it has would be it’s hard to find parking spots.

How I Picked The Destinations 

In my quest to find the best places to visit in July in the USA, I didn’t just rely on my own experiences. 

I reached out to locals, asking them about their favorite spots and hidden gems. 

I also scoured travel forums and review sites, gathering insights from fellow travelers. 

I even interviewed a park ranger from Denali National Park to get expert advice. 

The result? 

A comprehensive guide that combines personal experiences, local insights, and crowd-sourced wisdom.

Our Rating Method

I rate these destinations based on the following criteria.

  • Family-friendly Activities: This criterion evaluates the family-friendly activities of every location. Does it offer kid-friendly events and activities? What entertainment options are available? Are there attractions for the whole family? Does it have public parks or zoos? I ask myself these questions when rating family-friendly activities. 
  • Safety: I use this to assess safety. Are the public spaces well-maintained? Does it have low crime rates? Is it safe for families? I consider these factors when evaluating safety. 
  • Affordability: I use this to evaluate affordability. Are there budget-friendly activities and entertainment options in the area? Does it have free attractions? Are there discounts and deals for tourists? I consider these questions when rating affordability. 
  • Accessibility: This criterion assesses accessibility. Does it have an efficient public transport system? Are the roads well-maintained and easy to navigate? Are there free parking spaces in popular areas? Are the popular attractions wheelchair accessible? I ask myself these questions when assessing accessibility. 
  • Educational Value: I use this to evaluate a destination’s educational value. Does it have kid-friendly museums? Does it have public libraries or visitor centers? Are there historical buildings and landmarks? Are there opportunities to experience and learn more about the area’s culture and traditions? I consider these factors when rating educational value. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the top places to visit in july in the usa.

The top places to visit in July in the USA would be Oahu in Hawaii, Denali National Park in Alaska, and the San Juan Islands in Washington.

Is July A Good Time To Visit The USA?

July is one of the best times to visit the USA because they open up many attractions during that period.

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The best places to visit in July in the USA are uniquely excellent in their own right. 

We had a comforting and relaxing time at Denali National Park – Alaska, as we experienced their fun activities.

In Denali National Park, we hiked through the wilderness, spotting wildlife and marveling at the stunning landscapes.

The San Juan Islands offered a culinary adventure with local seafood that was a hit with everyone. 

And Sequoia National Park? 

The sheer size of those trees left us in awe. 

Each destination brought unique memories that we’ll cherish forever.

But the best place to visit in July in the USA would be the famous Oahu in Hawaii.

Here, my family had the most incredible time, as we were given the opportunity to try various fun activities.

Not only that, but our eyes were pleased with all the scenic views around the island.

Choosing Oahu – Hawaii brought so much value to our family vacation in the USA.

And even many tourists share the same fulfillment as my family does.

I remember the first time my family and I set foot on Oahu’s sandy beaches. 

The kids were thrilled, building sandcastles while my husband and I soaked up the sun.

  • Family-friendly
  • Activities: 5/5
  • Educational Value: 4/5

35 Best Places to Visit in July in the USA

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22 Best Places To Visit In The USA In July (2024)

Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Nicole

July in America can be the best time of year to visit. In many places, the weather is fantastic and lake and ocean temperatures are wonderfully warm. There are also a lot of diverse climates including cool mountain or nature retreats, sunny and tropical beach holidays, and everything in between. Whether you crave a fun July holiday in the United States in a city or a town, or a relaxing July getaway lounging at the beach or exploring nature, there is a lot from which to choose. Here are 22 of the best places to visit in the USA in July.

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Other Options

If you still can’t decide where to go after reading this article, here is more travel inspiration for the summer:

  • 21 Best Places To Visit In June In The USA ; and
  • 20 Best Places To Visit In August In The USA .
  • 21 Beautiful US Islands To Visit In Summer ;
  • 28 Best US Destinations To Escape The Sizzling Summer Heat ;
  • 25 Best Cheap Places In USA For A Summer Holiday ; and
  • 25 Amazing Summer Weekend Getaways in the USA .

Here are some other July destinations beyond the United States:

  • 24 Best Places To Visit In Europe In July ; and
  • 23 Best Places To Visit In The UK In July

For a list of some of the best US cities at anytime of year, please see  20 Best Cities To Visit In The USA .

Best July Vacations In The United States

I have asked some of the best travel bloggers for their recommendations for the best places to visit in the USA in July. Each of them highlights what makes these  summer vacations a fantastic choice, the best things to do, expected weather and how best to reach it.

If there are annual events or festivals that could make it an even more special destination in July, then those are mentioned. In addition, if someone stayed at or knows of a fabulous hotel, it has been included.

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Big Sur, California

Big Sur is one of California’s most picturesque destinations. This western region of the United States (which spans over approximately 70 miles of the state’s central coast) is an amazing place to visit for anyone who loves hiking, exploring beaches, and generally being outdoors. It is one of the best places to visit in the USA in July.

What makes Big Sur a great place to visit in the middle of the summer is the possibility of seeing humpback and blue whales. While you may spot them anywhere along the coast, a particularly great area to see humpback whales is around Partington Cove. 

There are a ton of other great  things to do in Big Sur , but one of the most iconic spots that you can’t miss is Bixby Bridge. This concrete bridge – which you can see from Castle Rock Viewpoint located right off Highway 1 – dates back to the 1930s, and is the tallest of its kind. 

Another fantastic destination is McWay Falls, a beautiful waterfall that crashes right into the beach. While you can’t go down to the beach, there’s a short, easy trail that leads you to an overlook. You can get some of the best views of the falls from there.

What makes Big Sur such a great destination to visit in July is the weather. Daytime temperatures tend to hit the mid to high 70s during the day, and then drop as low as the low 50s in the evenings. Rain is also incredibly rare in July.

Keep in mind that, while the worst of the summer coastal fog tends to happen in June, you may still experience some fog in the mornings and in the early evenings. That said, it is usually gone by the afternoon. 

Best Way To Reach Destination

For those flying, the closest international airport is San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC). It will take you approximately an hour and a half to two hours to drive from the airport to the north end of Big Sur. A car is an absolute must in Big Sur.

Best Place To Stay

Kyra from Sea To Sequoia says “If you plan on staying in Big Sur, a great hotel is  Big Sur Lodge . The rustic, top-rated hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the region, right on Highway 1.”

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Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park is one of the most stunning national parks in the United States. It is located in northern Montana in Western USA, not far from the Canadian border. It is the 12th largest national park and covers over one million acres of rugged wilderness.

As the name might suggest, you’ll find stunning glaciers here, as well as lakes, rivers, mountains, and a variety of wildlife, including grizzly and black bears, moose, and mountain goats, to name a few. It is one of the best July holiday destinations in the United States.

The National Park has a wide variety of activities to enjoy, attracting over 3 million adventurers each year. Start off on a thrilling ride with white water rafting in Glacier National Park. Both beginners and experts can enjoy the rapids here.

If you prefer a more quiet adventure, there are over 700 miles of stunning hiking trails that you can explore. One of the most popular and beautiful is the  Avalanche Lake hiking trail  that leads to a gorgeous mountaintop lake surrounded by waterfalls. 

July is one of the best times to visit Glacier National Park because of the mild summer weather. Large areas of the park remain inaccessible for most of the year, so visiting during July avoids missing out on some amazing locations.

This includes driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road, one of the most famous scenic highways in the United States. It is almost 50 miles long and connects the St. Mary entrance in the east with the Park’s western entrance at West Glacier.

Due to its elevation and location in the far north, this park sees extremely cold temperatures and lots of snow during a large portion of the year. However, in July, the average high is 81°F and average low is 50°F. Additionally, it only rains 1.3 inches over 5 days in July.

The easiest way to reach Glacier National Park is to fly into Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell, Montana. While it is a small international airport, several major airlines still fly there. Once you land in Kalispell, it is a short 45-minute drive to reach Glacier National Park. 

Janae from Adventures TuckNae says, “There are multiple lodging options in Glacier National Park. If you are feeling adventurous, you can tent or RV camp in one of the park’s dozen+ campgrounds.

There are also multiple lodges and hotels in and near the park. A few of the most popular are Many Glacier Hotel, Lake McDonald Lodge, and Granite Park Chalet.”

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Chincoteague, Virginia

Going on a July vacation in Chincoteague, Virginia promises a delightful blend of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and vibrant small town culture. This charming coastal town, nestled on the Eastern Shore of the USA, comes alive with a myriad of experiences during the peak of summer.

July is a prime time to explore Chincoteague’s pristine beaches and tranquil waters. It offers great weather, perfect for exploring the wide variety of  things to do in Chincoteague .

Assateague Island National Seashore, famous for its wild ponies, invites you to unwind on sandy shores, swim in the refreshing ocean, and even catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures grazing along the dunes.

Don’t miss the annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, a legendary event where ponies are herded from Assateague to Chincoteague for the annual pony auction. The ponies are wild horses and are local celebrities. They swim across the Assateague Channel and are shown off to the locals. The event raises funds for the firefighters who take care of the herds throughout the year.

Outdoor enthusiasts can partake in kayaking, fishing, and boating through the intricate waterways, offering glimpses of diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a haven for birdwatchers, with migratory birds filling the skies.

Immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring the town’s boutique shops, art galleries, and indulging in fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants. The warm July weather encourages leisurely strolls down Main Street, where you’ll find quaint shops offering unique souvenirs and local crafts.

Chincoteague’s July atmosphere is vibrant, inviting, and brimming with opportunities for relaxation and exploration, making it an ideal destination for a summer getaway that caters to nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those looking to embrace the coastal charm of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Average high and low temperatures range from 84°F to 71°F with plenty of sunshine. You can expect 3.5 inches of rain over 11 days with lots of humidity.

Fly into Baltimore or Norfolk International Airports and then, drive 3 hours or 2 hours respectively to Chincoteague.

Pamela from The Directionally Challenged Traveler says, “The Channel Bass Inn is located in the heart of downtown, making it a great place from which explore the area.”

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is one of the best July city breaks in the United States. It has it all— stellar museums, breathtaking natural attractions, and unforgettable festivals.

If you love museums, you’re going to love Milwaukee. Choose between the top-notch fine art collection (and one-of-a-kind architecture) of the Milwaukee Art Museum, visit the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum, or indulge your whimsical side at the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. Each one of these top Milwaukee attractions is a winner.

If you’re interested in spending time enjoying the beauty of nature, you can rent a boat and spend a day on Lake Michigan. Take a riverside stroll along the Milwaukee Riverwalk and check out great public art including the life-sized ‘Bronz Fonz’.  And don’t miss the Mitchell Park Domes, a unique botanical garden enclosed within three space-age domes.

Have some extra time?  Take a day trip to nearby Madison. The Wisconsin state capital is less than an hour and a half by car from Milwaukee. Enjoy  top Madison attractions  such as the stately Capitol building, the stunning Olbrich Gardens, and the Chazen Museum of Art!

The biggest reason to visit Milwaukee in July is to attend SummerFest. This massive music festival spans three weekends from the end of June to the beginning of July. With hundreds of bands performing, you’ll be sure to find something you’ll love. 

And sports fans can enjoy watching the Milwaukee Brewers play baseball at the American Family Field.

Milwaukee weather in July is on the warm side, with average highs of 80°F and average lows of 65°F.  Milwaukee gets about 3.5 inches of rain over 10 days in July with about 9 days of humidity.

The easiest way to get to Milwaukee is to fly to the General Mitchell International airport, located just 10 miles from downtown Milwaukee. 

Alternatively, you could choose to fly into Chicago’s O’Hare airport and drive just over an hour to reach Milwaukee.

Lisa from Waves and Cobblestones says, “Stay at the Plaza Hotel – this boutique art deco hotel has a great location in a quiet neighborhood. It features full kitchens, and is centrally located for easy access to many of Milwaukee’s top sights.”

best July escape in northern usa

Seward, Alaska

Seward is a small Alaskan town that acts as a gateway to both mountain and sea adventures. Not only is there a lot of outdoor adventure, but the town is full of colorful murals and has some great restaurants. It makes for a fantastic stop on an Alaskan road trip and an amazing July getaway in the USA.

One of the  best things to do in Seward  is explore Kenai Fjords National Park. Most of the National Park is only accessible by water, but there are some wonderful hikes on the land portion.

A hike to see Exit Glacier is a must. Unfortunately, the glacier is receding at an alarming pace. Look out for the dated signs leading up to its present location to appreciate the changes.

If you’re up for a longer and more strenuous trail, you can also hike up to the Harding Icefield.

To see Kenai Fjords from the water, take a boat tour that gives you a chance to see whales, puffins and more. You also have the option to take a kayaking excursion where you’ll paddle next to a massive glacier and enjoy it from a different perspective. 

Other great things to do in Seward include taking a helicopter ride for views from above, going on a fishing charter and visiting the Alaska Sealife Center, which rehabilitates local wildlife.

Seward is accessible year-round, but summer is when most people visit for mild weather and outdoor recreation. One exciting event that takes place in July is the Mount Marathon Race. It’s regarded as one of the most difficult short-distance mountain races in the world and people visit from all over to watch the race and celebrate Independence Day.

Temperatures in July tend to average a high of 62 °F and a low of 50 °F. Rain is also reasonably common in July, with 4.8 inches over 13 days.

To reach Seward, you’ll want to fly into the Anchorage International Airport. You can either rent a car and drive 2.5 hours south, or take the Alaska Railroad. While the railroad is a unique experience, you’ll have more freedom if you rent a car. 

Lydia from Lost With Lydia says, “There are several hotels to choose from in Seward. For a central location at a mid-range price, Hotel Seward is a great option in the heart of downtown. It’s a family-owned hotel with a kitschy lobby and a mix of modern and more historic rooms.”

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Big Island, Hawaii

With its stunning beaches, diverse landscape, and tropical climate, the Big Island is a perfect July beach destination in the United States. The waves are much calmer in the summer, so it’s a fantastic time to check out some of Hawaii’s world-famous beaches, go snorkeling or diving, and enjoy the island’s beauty.

The Big Island is the youngest and largest of the Hawaiian Islands, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and many activities for everyone to enjoy.

Some of the best things to do on the island include  night snorkeling with manta rays in Kona . Imagine swimming with these majestic creatures as they gracefully glide through the water. This is a unique experience not offered in most places around the world, and it’s a bucket list item that should not be missed.

Kealakekua Bay is another excellent place to snorkel on the island. With its crystal clear waters and abundant sea life, it’s the perfect spot to explore Hawaii’s marine life.

Aside from the island’s underwater adventures, watching the sunset or sunrise from Mauna Kea offers a spectacular sight. At a towering elevation of 13,796 feet, this dormant volcano is the tallest mountain in the world if measured from its base on the ocean floor.

Visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is another must-do activity. Home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa, the park offers a unique opportunity to explore the island’s volcanic landscapes. There are also multiple trails to explore, but the Crater Rim Trail offers the best views.

A day trip to Hilo from Kona is a great way to explore the Big Island. Hilo is a quaint town with many activities and attractions, including the beautiful Rainbow and Akaka Falls.

Of course, a trip to the Big Island is not complete without a day enjoying the tropical weather at the beach. Hapuna Beach and Kua Bay are among the best beaches on the island, offering a stretch of white sand and crystal-clear waters.

Average highs in Kona are 86°F while average lows are 71°F. You can expect around 2 inches of rain over 6 days with lots of humidity.

To reach the Big Island, you can fly into Kona International Airport to the west or Hilo International Airport to the east. Most visitors opt to fly into Kona, as most beaches and activities are on that side of the island. Also, Kona offers more flight options.

The drive from the airport to Kona takes about 17 minutes. The drive from Kona to Hilo is very scenic and takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Renting a car is the best way to get around the island.

Trysta from This Travel Dream says, “We recommend staying on the Kona side since this is the sunny side of the island. The  Mauna Kea Beach Hotel  offers luxurious accommodations, amenities, and a perfect white sand beach.”

best cities to visit in the United States in July

New York City, New York

New York thrives all year round, but during July, it is one of the best east coast cities for a holiday in the United States. It offers warm summer weather and a wealth of things to do in NYC.  

During the day, head to Central Park for wonderful views of the city and enjoy a delicious picnic in Strawberry Fields or Sheep Meadow. Then, find the Boathouse and rent a rowboat for a unique, fun or romantic way to enjoy the afternoon sun in Central Park. Alternatively, rent a bike or wander around this massive beautiful park, as there is always something happening in summer. 

Hop on the subway and go to Manhattan to visit the iconic MET (the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Located near Central Park, you can cool down and enjoy some of the best art collections in the world. During the summer, they even offer a cool rooftop bar for some fantastic people watching.

Discover Hudson Yards where you will find top attractions, including the Edge Observation Deck, the Vessel, the High Line, and luxury shopping.

The Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. It’s suspended in mid-air and gives 360-degree views of New York City and beyond. For something extra special, you should plan a visit to the Edge for sunset to enjoy some of the best summer sunset views over Manhattan.

Walking the High Line, an elevated greenway, is certainly a highlight when visiting NYC in July. Afterwards you can do some epic shopping at fabulous stores inside the mall at Hudson Yards.

If you’re visiting on the 4th of July, you can feel like a local by going to Coney Island to see the fireworks show. A good  NYC tip and reminder is to make sure that you explore the other boroughs outside of Manhattan, like Coney Island, DUMBO just over the Brooklyn Bridge (here are tips for walking over the Brooklyn Bridge ) or Williamsburg for Smorgasburg, an exciting food festival that is very popular during the summer months.

There are summer showers (around 3.5 inches over 10 days), but overall, NYC is warm and a little humid (about 15 days). The temperature stays around 72° F to 88° F.

You can fly into JFK, Newark, or LGA airports, all of which have public transportation to Manhattan, or you can take a cab. You should arrive within one hour, depending on traffic and the airport.

Samantha from Find Love And Travel says, “As for a hotel, the Riu Plaza is highly rated, situated in the heart of New York, and ten minutes away from La Guardia Airport.”

best July road trip in America

Black Hills, South Dakota

The  Black Hills of South Dakota  is a region in the midwest full of natural beauty and wild west history. It makes for a wonderful destination for a July road trip. Make sure to include Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, and Wind Cave National Park into your itinerary.

An iconic stop for any American road trip, Mt. Rushmore truly is impressive. While visiting, take time to walk the trail to get closer to the base of the monument, visit the small museum, and consider grabbing an ice cream cone with ice cream made using Thomas Jefferson’s personal recipe. If you have the time, try to come back and see the monument at night – it is quite impressive.

Nearby Custer State Park is a true gem. You can spend several days here, or just drive through stopping by Sylvan Lake, exploring the Needles region, or driving the wildlife loop in search of bison.

Lastly, make time to visit Wind Cave National Park –  one of the oldest American national parks, and the first created to preserve a cave system. Its unique geology includes abundant box work and other cave formations such as frostwork and cave popcorn, which are sure to impress.

Wind Cave offers tours for a variety of travelers, including families, those with disabilities, and visitors looking for more adventurous exploration, but be sure to book in advance, if at all possible.

A trip in July around Independence Day can be a fun experience when visiting Mount Rushmore and its impressive presidents. If traveling near the end of the month, consider extending your trip into August for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. That begins on the first Friday in August.

July brings warm, but bearable temperatures with the average high reaching 86 degrees and the lows at night reaching 58 degrees. 

South Dakota is known for its very long winter season, with snow falling sometimes into May and occasionally early June. Traveling in July sees much less precipitation, with an average of only 1.5 inches of rain over 8 days.

The closest international airport to Rapid City is Denver which is an six hours away. However, Rapid City has its own regional airport with regular flights from a variety of major cities including Denver, Minneapolis, and Dallas/Fort Worth.

A car rental is recommended to allow the greatest flexibility, but tour operators also offer a variety of excursions that include transportation.

Meggie from Parks Family Travel says, “When staying in Rapid City, a great option is the Marriott Residence Inn with easy access to the highway, a kitchen in every room, and an attached indoor water park. Couples and individuals will love the studio and one-bedroom suites, while those traveling in larger groups can book a two-room suite that sleeps up to six.”

best July beach destination on east coast of usa

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

From the tip of Provincetown to the base of Falmouth, thousands of families flock to Cape Cod Massachusetts in July for the ultimate Americana summer vacation.

July is one of the best times to visit this US beach destination on the east coast. Starting at the beginning of the month, there are hundreds of Fourth of July festivals scattered across the area. One of the best places to see fireworks is at Skaket Beach in the town of Orleans. From that beach, you can easily see the fireworks displays at Rock Harbor starting on July 1st.

To celebrate all things America in July, head towards Hyannis. Hyannis was the summer home of the Kennedy Family and President JFK. One of the best museums in all of Cape Cod is the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. This museum chronologies President Kennedy’s life in Cape Cod with photographs from the JFK Library near Boston .

If a traditional New England Lobster dinner is what you want, then you can select the lobster and have it prepared to your exact wishes at Spanky’s Clam Shack. It also has an amazing harbor view of Hyannis.

On the Fourth of July, take your lobster roll to go and grab a seat at Hyannis Harbor for the Hyannis Maria Boat Parade. 

With fantastic indoor and outdoor options right at your fingertips, you will never worry about the kids being bored when you take them to Cape Cod in July.

Average highs are 77°F and average lows are 64°F. You can expect 2.6 inches of rain over 8 days in July with about 10 days of humidity.

Cape Cod is located less than 90 minutes by car from Boston’s Logan International Airport.

Kate from Passports and Playgrounds says, “When it comes to finding a hotel in Cape Cod for July, it is best to book one far in advance. The two most popular options are either staying at a family-owned bed & breakfast or at a family-friendly resort. The most popular and well-loved resort for families is the  Cape Cod Family Resort .

The Cape Cod Family Resort is centrally located between Seagull Beach and museums such as the Whydah Pirate Museum. Do not forget to try your hand at mini golf while also grabbing some salt water taffy for the road, as they are also close to the hotel.”

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Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

If you’re looking for an outdoorsy destination on the west coast of America in July, there’s arguably no better place than Washington state’s Mount Rainier National Park. After a long and cold winter, most of the Park’s trails finally become accessible this month, as the summer sun melts the stubborn ice and snow away and in its place, fields of technicolor wildflowers emerge. 

A great thing to do is to explore any of the  best Mount Rainier hikes . For example, the Skyline Loop Trail is perhaps the most iconic hike in the Park, taking you through fields of colorful wildflowers up to an in-your-face view of the Nisqually Glacier. Keep an eye out—this is a great place to see marmots or even mountain goats!

If you’re not much of a hiker or just want to enjoy some leisure time, cruise along the Chinook Scenic Byway instead. This 107-mile road loops through the National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, passing rushing waterfalls, towering mountains, and magical pine tree forests.

The weather in Mount Rainier in July is pleasant, with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-40s. You can expect practically no rain or humidity.

To reach Mount Rainier, you’ll need to fly into the Seattle Tacoma International Airport and then drive approximately two and a half hours southeast to the Park.

Jessica from The Uprooted Traveler says, “While you’re visiting the National Park, the small town of Ashford, near the Nisqually entrance, is a good home base. Not only is it closest to the popular Paradise section of Rainier, but it also offers a handful of restaurants, general stores, and outfitters. The Paradise Village Hotel has small, but updated rooms and a wood-fired hot tub to cozy up in at the end of the day.”

best west coast beach holiday in July in usa

San Diego, California

For those keen on escaping the brutal heat that many places across the US experience during July, you should consider San Diego. The balmy beach weather, coupled with the abundance of things to do around town, makes it the perfect place to retreat whether you’re searching for a relaxing beach vacation or looking to embark on some fun-filled adventures around the city.

For example, no trip to San Diego is complete without spending some time at one of its many beautiful beaches. From Del Mar to Pacific Beach, there are tons of spots where you can soak up the sun, swim, or even surf.

If you are looking for things to do away from the beach, consider going on a wine-tasting trip through the famous wine region near San Diego.

For activities in the city, a place to explore that never gets old is Balboa Park. You’ll find lots of museums and exhibits that are worth checking out, such as the Japanese Friendship Garden and the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

If your trip coincides with the Fourth of July, you’ll also be able to see the many fireworks shows that happen up and down the coast.

During July, the Southern California beach town welcomes visitors with an average high temperature of 76°F, an average low temperature of 66°F, and plenty of sunshine. There is practically no rain or humidity.

Those interested in visiting San Diego can fly into San Diego International Airport and rent a car from there.

Kristin from Global Travel Escapades says, “As for where to stay, one of the best places is the Sheraton Hotel and Marina in downtown San Diego, which offers lovely waterfront views of the harbor and all the boats.”

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Acadia National Park, Maine

July is peak season and one of the best times to visit Acadia National Park in Maine on the east coast of the USA. It is located primarily on Mont Desert Island with less busy sections on the Schoodic Peninsula and Isle au Haut.

In July, Acadia National Park offers superb weather and warmer sea temperatures and an electric shuttle bus stops at all the best sights in the Park.

Nature and outdoor activities are the highlight of Acadia. Cyclists can explore 45 miles of historic carriage roads with crushed rock surfaces and majestic stone bridges. Paddlers  sea kayak to the Maine islands  surrounding the National Park. Hikers stroll on seaside trails or tackle the more challenging hikes such as the Beehive or the Precipice.

Drive around the 27 mile park loop road to visit spectacular sights such as the Thunder Hole with its loud roar from sea water squeezing through its narrow channel. Scenic Jordan Pond is a great stop as well, especially to have tea and popovers on the lawn while enjoying the views.

Other sections of the Park are wonderful to visit in July too. The Schoodic Peninsula with its pink granite headlands offers superb remote beauty. Alternatively, take the mail ferry to Isle au Haut for lighthouse viewing, island camping, and unspoiled hiking trails.

Temperatures in Acadia in July range from a high of 76°F/24°C to a low of 55°F/13°C at night. The sea temperature is around 56°F/14°C making swimming chilly but possible. Sand Beach is an excellent place for the whole family to play in the waves.

You can expect around 2.8 inches of rain over 9 days with almost no humidity.

The nearest international airport is in Bangor. The drive takes one and a half hours from Bangor to Bar Harbor.

Karen from Outdoor Adventure Sampler says, “Charming Bar Harbor, the most visited town on Mont Desert Island has excellent restaurants and accommodations. The Acadia Inn is a family friendly hotel with a trail right to the Park.

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Lake Powell, Arizona/Utah

Lake Powell is a bucket list American destination perfect to visit in July. Located at the border of Arizona and Utah, this gorgeous lake is actually a human-made reservoir created by the Glen Canyon Dam. The lake is surrounded by tall red canyon walls and has almost 100 side canyons that feed into the lake, creating a remarkably unique landscape. Lake Powell in July is definitely very hot, but it makes hanging out on the water all day feel incredible. 

One of the most popular things to do in Lake Powell is rent a houseboat for a few days and cruise the vast lake, finding little alcoves and canyons to explore, and swimming and tubing around the boat. 

Jet skis are another great option at Lake Powell, particularly because of the landscape of the lake. The shape of the lake is extremely irregular, with dozens and dozens of little offshoots and side canyons (and often offshoots of offshoots). Some of these side canyons can be fairly narrow and winding, and zipping through on a jet ski is fantastic fun.

And of course, you can also do activities like paddle boarding or  kayaking on Lake Powell , as well as just take out a regular speedboat for a day of exploration. 

Lake Powell is almost always sunny and dry in July. Highs are regularly around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the water temperature is usually a very pleasant 76 F. There is no humidity.

Fly into Page, Arizona. It can take as little as 15 minutes to drive to Lake Powell but distances will vary depending on your place of accommodation.

Stephanie from US Adventurer says, “If you’re not renting a houseboat for your time in Lake Powell, one of the best places to stay is in the town of Page, Arizona. It’s very close to several marinas and the southern part of the lake. The Hampton Inn and Suites Pages is one of the top-rated hotels in the city.”

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Oregon Coast, Oregon

The Oregon Coast is one of the best west coast holiday destinations to visit in the USA in July because of the warm weather and long daylight hours. With long sunny days and very little rain, this is one of the months when you can visit the west coast and actually go for a swim to cool off.

When visiting the Oregon Coast, it is worth taking a road trip from Cannon Beach in the north down to Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor in the south. While Cannon Beach gets a lot of the fame for Haystack Rock,  Secret Beach  down at the south end of the state is just as beautiful. It’s a fairly easy hike and much less crowded.

Give yourself extra time on your Oregon Coast road trip because you’ll find yourself stopping at just about every pull out and parking lot along the way. Don’t miss a stop at the Tillamook Creamery for a meal and ice cream too.

Highs are in the 80s and lows are in the 50s with only one day of rain on average and no humidity.

It is easiest to fly into Portland and make a loop from there. You can either drive up and down the coast or loop back inland to see more of the natural beauty Oregon has to offer.

Christine from Live Love Run Travel says, “As you drive along the Oregon Coast, you’ll find lots of little towns with hotels that are unique to the area. If you are looking for a chain hotel, there are plenty of Holiday Inn Expresses and Best Westerns to stay along the coast. But, don’t be afraid to try some of the local accommodation.”

best US getaway for outdoor enthusiasts in July

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park is situated in the northwest of the United States in Wyoming. It borders Yellowstone National Park to the north and is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Park is defined by its beautiful Teton Range mountains, which rise abruptly from the Jackson Hole valley.

Grand Teton National Park offers a ton of activities and experiences for visitors to enjoy. It is a fantastic vacation spot in the USA in July.

The National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife including bison, elk, moose, grizzly and black bears, pronghorn, and wolves, so a wildlife tour with an experienced guide is a must.

Hiking is also a top to-do when visiting the Park. A popular hike you can’t miss is the trail to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point by Jenny Lake. If you take the shuttle boat that drops you off at the trailhead, the hike covers a total distance of 2 miles (round trip).

July marks the Park’s peak season, so it’s best to plan ahead and opt for an early morning or late evening visit to escape the summer crowds.

However, there are many perks to visiting Grand Teton National Park in the month of July. For starters, you have the ability to stay within the National Park itself as most of the lodging in Grand Tetons is only open during the summer season.

Additionally, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as white water rafting, fishing, and horseback riding and easily access Yellowstone National Park since all the roads will be open.

You couldn’t ask for better weather in the Grand Tetons during the month of July. While the majority of the United States is experiencing warm and humid summers, this region offers pleasant temperatures ranging from an average high of 77°F to a low of 41°F.

July is also recognized as being the least rainy month of the year (less than one inch over 5 days). There is no humidity.

The closest airport to Grand Teton National Park is Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) which is located directly inside the National Park and about 15 minutes from downtown Jackson.

For international travelers, you have the choice of flying into either Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (approximately a 4-hour drive) or Salt Lake International Airport (about a 5-hour drive).

Devon from Say Yes to the Trip says, “In terms of  places to stay near Grand Teton National Park , Jackson Lake Lodge is a great option if you wish to stay near the park and enjoy solitude.

If you would rather have access to extra amenities (restaurants, nightlife, and shopping) during your visit, try The Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole.”

best US beach destination in July

Indiana Dunes, Indiana

July is the perfect time to enjoy a beach getaway in Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park. It is located on Indiana’s northern border along Lake Michigan in Chesterton Indiana and offers beautiful sandy beaches and trails.

Indiana Dunes National Park  is comprised of a series of beaches, many of which have beautiful views of the water and soft beach sand. West Beach, most popular among locals, is located just one hour from the heart of Chicago.

Lake View Beach and Dunbar beach are much smaller but still boast amazing views of the blue Lake Michigan water. Or, visitors may enjoy Lakefront Beach with its small beach but great fishing opportunities.

Indiana Dunes State Park, an established state park long before the national park was founded, holds one of the best beaches in the area. Visitors can enjoy beachfront parking and hundreds of yards of soft sand along the water.

Trail enthusiasts will enjoy Tolleston Dunes Trail and Dune Succession Trail within Indiana Dunes National Park or the 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park. Hikers should plan to wear closed toed tennis shoes as the sand in July will be hot.

Hiking up the dunes can be strenuous at times. But the cacti and wildflowers growing in July along the trails (an anomaly for Indiana) and the beautiful lake views make up for it.

Additionally, visitors can also go to the Dune Park Railway Station and take a commuter train into Chicago for a day of shopping, dining, and more.

The weather at Indiana Dunes in July averages 82 degrees with evening lows around 65 degrees. There is 3.3 inches of rain over 11 days, and around 14 days of humidity.

Those traveling by plane should fly into Chicago’s Midway International Airport and drive about one hour. You can also land at Chicago O’Hare Airport but it will take you a little longer to get there.

Alicia at Well and Well Traveled says, “ Waterbird Lakeside Inn  offers comfortable accommodations just minutes from the national and state parks. Yet, it is in the heart of Chesterton within close proximity to many restaurants in the area. Additionally, the hotel is on a small lake that boasts some beautiful views.”

best east coast trip in July in United States

Outer Banks, Virginia/North Carolina

For the perfect tropical beach escape in July on the east coast of the USA, head to the beautiful Outer Banks in North Carolina. Composed of a long, thin chain of islands, the Outer Banks starts at the Virginia-North Carolina border and runs nearly to North Carolina’s border with South Carolina. 

July is a perfect time to experience all that the Outer Banks has to offer from nightly showings of the outdoor historical drama,  The Lost Colony , to shopping in Ocracoke, one of the  best towns in the Outer Banks for families . Of course, the warm weather makes for perfect days on the many beaches for relaxing or trying your hand at surfing.

You should also visit one or more of the famed Outer Banks lighthouses: Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and Ocracoke Island Lighthouse. For a small fee, you can climb to the tops for spectacular oceanside views.

Another must-do is sand sledding on the massive dunes in Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Kitty Hawk. For fewer crowds and cooler weather, be at the park right at opening time.

Average temperatures in July top out in the mid-80s with pleasant evenings in the mid-70s. Since the Outer Banks are bordered on both sides by water–the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Sound on the west–there’s always a breeze to keep things cool. 

You can expect around 4.4 inches of rain over 14 days with lots of humidity.

To get to the islands, you can fly into Norfolk International Airport, the closest airport to the Outer Banks. However, that airport is still about 90 miles from the island chain, so you’ll need to rent a car. 

Natalie from Camping Kiddos says, “For accommodation, try the centrally located Cape Hatteras KOA in Rodanthe , which offers trendy yurts, traditional campsites, vacation condo rentals, and luxury cabins.

From Rodanthe, you’re less than an hour to just about everything in the Outer Banks, including the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the ferry to Ocracoke Island, the Wright Brothers National Monument, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.”

best places to visit in the usa in july

Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Dells is the place to visit in July in the United States for those looking for the ultimate summer playground for kids and parents alike. Kids will love the waterparks, hiking, and boat tours and parents will cherish the award-winning wineries, breweries, and fabulous restaurants.

Known as the Waterpark Capital of the World, you can visit multiple waterparks during your visit, as there are over 20 of them. Wisconsin Dells is home to the first-ever indoor waterpark and currently has the largest concentration of waterparks in the world.

Some of the best in in July include Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Kalahari, Natura Treescape, and many more outdoor water parks featuring unique water activities, including tube slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools. 

The Dells offer stunning rock formations and unique landscapes. On a boat tour on the Wisconsin River, there are lots of photo opportunities of towering cliffs, rocky formations, as well as wildlife.

The Wisconsin Duck tour offers fun on land and splashes into the Wisconsin River and Lake Delton for a thrilling tour using an amphibious vehicle.

You can easily spend an afternoon touring the unique wine and food pairings at the local wineries in Wisconsin Dells. Many of the wineries offer tours, samplings, live entertainment, and even lawn games. Check out Fawn Creek to enjoy disc golf, lawn games and wine tastings all in one place. Broken Bottle offers live concerts on weekends to enjoy with wine and charcuterie boards.

There will be sunny skies with daily temperatures ranging from 61°F to 82°F. However, with warm, humid weather (around 10 days of humidity), you can expect some quick rain showers (3.5 inches over 11 days), but they are an amazing way to cool down on a hot day!

The closest airport is Madison (MSN), only 40 miles away. The best and fastest way to get there is to rent a car as it only takes an hour. However, a longer bus route option does exist if you want to avoid car rentals.

For other options, there are other airports such as Appleton (APW) which is 77 miles, Wausau/Marshfield (CWA) at 80.7 miles, and Green Bay (GRB) and Milwaukee (MKE) at just over 100 miles away.

Hannah & Adam from Getting Stamped says, “One of the best accommodation choices is any of the  Wisconsin Dells Waterpark Hotels , with Great Wolf Lodge as our favorite choice.

What sets it apart is its remarkable indoor waterpark, a 6000 ft outdoor pool, a tipping bucket holding 1000 gallons, a wave pool generating waves standing at 3ft tall, a dedicated toddler pool, and an assortment of slides catering to children of varying age groups.

Beyond its impressive aquatic offerings, Great Wolf Lodge features themed rooms such as Wolf Den and Kid Camp. In addition, there are a range of enjoyable activities such as magi-quest adventures which is like a scavenger hunt with different quests to complete throughout the hotel using an interactive wand.

The hotel ahas great live performances, story time, yoga, arcade and many more activities to engage kids when they’re not busy in the water. Without a doubt, Great Wolf Lodge stands as a paradise for kids.”

best US holiday in July

Denali National Park, Alaska

Denali National Park in Alaska is a dream trip in the USA in July. There are many great things to do in the National Park that all revolve around stunning nature.

The Park has one long road that runs through it and is 92 miles long. The first 15 miles are open to anyone, but past that you must take the park bus. It’s definitely worth it to explore some of the quieter areas of the park.

When planning things to do, lace up those hiking boots and get ready to explore! Go on a few day-hikes. Favorite trails range from 2 to 9 miles with a variety of difficulties. The Savage Alpine trail, Savage River Loop trail, Mount Healy Overlook trail and Horseshoe Lake Trail are some of the best.

An absolute must-do is to watch the dog-sledding demonstration. It happens three times each day. You’ll watch them run, learn about them and meet the sweet pups.

The weather this time of year is optimal with average highs of 62°F and lows of 55°F. This time of the year means little-to-no snow and all of the park amenities will be open.

However, you can expect around 4.3 inches of rain over 14 days.

If you plan to fly into Alaska, you’ll have two options. The Ted Stevens Airport in Anchorage (about 4 hour drive) and Fairbanks International Airport in Fairbanks (about 2 hour drive). Which airport you choose will depend on what else you may want to do in Alaska.

If you have the time, it’s a lot more fun to  drive the Alaska Highway .

Adam and Kathryn from Adventures of A+K says, “You can stay in a hotel in the park at either Tonglen Lake Lodge or Denali Hostel & Cabins. There’s also lots of great camping options. Outside of the park, we recommend the Aurora Denali Lodge or Denali Tri-Valley Cabins .”

best west coast US holiday destination in July

Mammoth Lakes, California

Mammoth Lakes , located at the foothills of the Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges, is one of the best places to visit on the American west coast in July.

Gorgeous meadows, lakes and beautiful hiking trails surround this region. Snow from the winter months has melted, revealing lovely landscapes and July is the time for wildflower bloom. This makes Mammoth Lakes ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts.

Mammoth Lakes has many stunning natural hot springs and hiking trails leading to spectacular vantage points.

Hike to Rainbow Falls, which plunges 100 feet from the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River. Check out the most popular course, which begins near Ranger’s Station and Devil’s Postpile National Monument, to reach Rainbow Falls. You can also hike the Pacific Crest trails or the John Muir to witness these tumbling falls. 

If you are in for more adventure, hike the 5-mile Mammoth Mountain Trail, the trailhead is located behind the Interpretive Center.

You can go zip lining and cruise above 2000 feet or go to the water for lots of water sports. This includes Mono Lake for kayaking or Lake Mary, Lake George, and Twin Lakes for paddle boarding, fishing, and camping.

Weather at Mammoth Lakes is warm in July, with temperatures varying from mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit during the day and in the mid 40s at night. There is practically no rain or humidity.

If you want to reach Mammoth Lakes by air, the closest airport to the city is Mammoth Yosemite Airport, located south of the Lakes. 

Alternatively, you can fly to the nearest major city, Reno Airport in Nevada, 3 hours from Mammoth Lakes and rent a car from there.

Reshma from The Solo Globetrotter says, “For gorgeous accommodation, check out The Village Lodge which offers spacious studios or two-bedrooms with fantastic balcony views.

The Westin Monache Resort is in an excellent location next to the Village Lodge. It has large rooms with gorgeous mountain vistas.”

best small town for a July getaway

Sequim, Washington

Sequim, Washington is a lovely town to visit in the United States in July. A small, charming west coast town on the northern end of the Olympic Peninsula, it’s located in a “blue hole” meaning there isn’t a great deal of rain, and it has a relatively mild climate than much of the Olympic coast.

Sequim is often referred to as the “Lavender Capital of North America” and July is prime lavender blooming season.

If you enjoy the sight, taste, and aroma of lavender, visiting during the Lavender Festival is an absolute must. The festival has many events, farm tours and endless opportunities for lavender lovers.

There are many other  outdoor activities  as well, such as hiking, biking, birdwatching, and kayaking. The sweet July weather makes it a fantastic time to explore the area’s natural beauty, including the Olympic National Park and the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. You can walk along the Dungeness Spit and enjoy the shore, even going as far as five miles to reach the newly renovated Dungeness Lighthouse if you’re up for it.

July is typically one of the warmest months in Sequim, with average high temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to mid-70s Fahrenheit, and evening lows in 50s. There is very little rain and no humidity.

Your best option to reach Sequim from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac Airport) is by rental car. While public transportation is available, renting a car is the most convenient and efficient way to travel. It’s a gorgeous, two-hour drive from Sea-tac, depending on traffic conditions.

Tammi from Wander Healthy says, “Due to the popularity of the Lavender Festival and the summer season, accommodation in Sequim can fill up quickly. Booking well in advance is highly recommended.

The Dungeness Bay Cottages are a charming little rental, right on the water and within walking distance of one of the best sunset beaches in the area.

Alternatively, you can camp at the beautiful Dungeness Recreation Area or even on a lavender field at Jardin du Soleil.”

best road trip on east coast of usa in july

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia / North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway is easily one of the best places to visit in the USA in July. After all, this 469-mile scenic drive on the east coast of the United States takes you through Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Shenandoah National Park. It offers visitors stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

There are many amazing things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Consider spending at least 4 days on this incredible drive from Waynesboro, Virginia to Asheville, North Carolina in order to see it all.

Visit Humpback Rocks Visitor Center, an iconic spot at milepost 5.8 where you can explore an Outdoor Farm Museum that showcases the realities of life on a farm in Appalachia.

Afterward, take in the sweeping views of the surrounding area from Humpback Gap Overlook before embarking on a 7.8-mile round trip hike on the Humpback Rocks Trail. 

Make a stop at Mabry Mill at Milepost 176.1. In fact, this is probably the most famous landmark along the parkway. It is a historic water mill where visitors can check out an old still in the forest, a historic wagon, and even go shopping at a cool gift shop that has all the souvenirs you may want. 

July is a great time to visit since the weather is warm and clear and perfect for hiking. You can even attend FloydFest music and arts festival at the end of July. It’s an incredible four-day event near Floyd, Virginia that includes yoga, arts, crafts, dance, storytelling, and more. 

Pack plenty of layers since the weather along the Blue Ridge Parkway in July can vary quite a bit depending on your elevation. You can expect daily highs of 85°F and daily lows of 65°F at lower elevations, and daily highs of 67°F and daily lows of 53°F at higher elevations. 

There will be approximately 3.5 inches of rainfall over 15 days and around half the days in July will have humidity.

Fly into either Richmond or Dulles International Airport and pick up a rental car upon arrival. Take I-64 near Waynesboro, and make your way along this famous two-lane highway to Asheville, North Carolina. 

Victoria from Southern Trippers says, “After your epic road trip, spend a luxurious night at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, It’s an incredible historic inn from 1913 that has a sauna, a steam room, an indoor pool, and so much more.”

There are many wonderful places to visit in America in July. From beach destinations, city escapes, mountain retreats, and charming small towns, you will have your choice of amazing July holiday getaways.

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20 Places to Travel in the USA in July

06/07/2023 by Ashley Yap 3 Comments

July is a wonderful month to experience the beauty and diversity of the United States , and since America celebrates its Independence Day on the 4th, you’ll find many festivals in both cities and small rural towns. Even the national parks will seem more significant during this time of year.

Here are 20 places to consider for your next trip:

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1. Seward, Alaska

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As the largest state in the US, Alaska (aka the Last Frontier) is known for its vast landscapes, plentiful wildlife, and untamed wilderness. There are so many beautiful places to visit in Alaska , and Seward is one you might have overlooked. It’s the gateway city to Kenai Fjords National Park and a major cruise terminal, but it’s also home to a hidden gem of a hike: Mount Marathon .

Because Alaska is so far north and July is the middle of summer, you can expect sunlight for about 20 hours a day. Despite that, it’ll still be brisk, in the 50s, and a little rainy. Here’s a packing list to help you prepare, and if you’re into backpacking, you’ll want to bring these items too .

2. Lake Tahoe, California

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If you’re looking for Caribbean blue waters, without the salt but with stunning mountain peaks in the background, you’ll find it at Lake Tahoe, California. With hikes galore (like the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Mt. Tallac Hike ), incredible photography opportunities (like Chickadee Ridge and Emerald Bay ), and plenty of things to do , it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular place, especially during the summer.

It’s warm in July, and the perfect temperature to go for a swim or get out on the trails. Because it’s a gorgeous season, it can be hard to find accommodations. We’ve got you covered though, with a list of the best boutique hotels and Airbnbs .

3. Sequoia National Park, California

where to travel in the usa in july

California has many national parks , but you’ve likely heard of Sequoia. It has some of the largest trees in the world, and there’s lots to see and do , like waterfalls, caves, viewpoints, and significant trees (for example, the General Sherman tree), as well as road-tripping. Plus, Kings Canyon is right nearby, so you’d be able to explore both places on a weekend getaway.

July is one of the busiest times, because the weather is so nice, the caves are open, and most of the snow has melted. But because Sequoia is typically overshadowed by Yosemite, it’s one of the better national parks during high season.

4. Colorado Road Trip

where to travel in the usa in july

If you’re looking for diversity on a scenic road trip, you’ll find it in Colorado’s red-rock plateaus, arid landscapes, and rural towns. The state is home to the most mountains in the US higher than 14,000 feet and is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Your Colorado road trip could easily include camping, hiking, and mountain biking, all with gorgeous views.

In July, it can get a little hot in cities like Denver, so summer is when most people take advantage of the cooler parts. The weather is comfortable enough at higher elevations for hiking and biking.

5. Idaho hot springs

idaho road trip

Summertime is fun in this Mountain West state . Idaho is gorgeous, full of mountainous landscapes, thriving wildlife, and beautiful sand dunes.

But did you know that it also has hot springs? There are over a hundred! You may have heard of those in Sun Valley , but we’ve got you covered if you want to find hidden gems , including some natural and resort springs. You may have one all to yourself in the early morning sunrise.

Some argue that the hot springs are best visited in winter, but the water can get a little tepid in the cooler temperatures. If you get too hot, you can always cool off by white-water rafting.

6. Glacier National Park, Montana

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If you’re looking for breathtaking beauty, you can put your faith in Montana’s Glacier National Park . You’ll find stunning views, brilliant starscapes, incredible hikes, and clear lakes. Not convinced? Just check out the photos and things to do here, like white-water rafting, ATC exploring in Whitefish (there are also some meditative things to do here), and admiring waterfalls. 

July offers some of the safest and most comfortable weather in Montana for hiking and being outdoors, making it the peak season for discovering all of its natural beauty. Even though it’s summer, it can still snow at higher elevations, however.

7. Oregon road trip

where to travel in the usa in july

When you’re new to a state, you might as well see as much of it as possible and get the lay of the land. Oregon is a wonderful road-tripping state, because there’s so much to see both inland and on the coast . July is photo-op season in the state because of the clear, sunny skies and drier weather.

One place you won’t want to miss is John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, a colorful rock that dates back 40 million years. If you fall in love with the coast, you can go fishing, boating and beach strolling. Most people will flock to the ocean because it’s one of the warmest months of the year, but on a road trip, you can make your own itinerary and avoid the crowds as you wish.

8. Olympic National Park, Washington

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Olympic National Park is one of the best there is for mountain hiking, beach strolling, lake swimming, wildlife viewing, waterfall hunting, and rain-forest trekking (did we really say rain forest ?!). Here are seven hikes you won’t want to miss , including some hidden gems. The variety that this national park offers means there’s a little something for everyone, so even if you’re new to the outdoors, you can find your footing here.

Summer is high season in Washington State, because it’s the driest time of year and the sun is shining. Temperatures are ideal for outdoor explorations. If you’re a solo traveler, you’ll likely make some new friends on the trails, and that’s arguably half the fun of traveling alone!

9. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

where to travel in the usa in july

Wyoming is known for its Native folklore and rich nature, and also Yellowstone National Park , one of the most spectacular places in the US, famous for its geysers, hot springs, and abundant wildlife. You just can’t miss it if you take a trip to Wyoming.

The entire park is open in July. The week around the 4th is typically a bit busier than the rest of the month, but most people flock around the West Entrance to Old Faithful. If you go in the early morning or late afternoon, you’ll have a quieter experience and can easily avoid the crowds. 

10. Chicago, Illinois

where to travel in the usa in july

For the city goers, Chicago, Illinois , should be top of your list for a summer vacation. It’s a culturally rich city ( safe for solo travelers ) that offers so much to do , including free things !

To prove you’re a tourist, it’s a rite of passage to get a photo at the Bean, but you can also do less touristy activities, like biking the 606 (formerly an abandoned rail line), getting views of the city from skyscrapers, kayaking down the Chicago River, and dining at places your taste buds will love.

With the month’s comfortable temperatures, sunny and dry skies, and lots of festivals , you can enjoy the vibrant energy without the summer suffering (if it does get a little stifling, you can always check out a museum ). Here are some places to stay too.

11. Traverse City, Michigan

where to travel in the usa in july

If you are a curious person and you truly want to explore and discover , consider Traverse City, also known as the Cherry Capital of the World. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, then there are also some unique tours — wine tours, and ones by rickshaw or flashlight — and fun outdoor trails, river experiences (like a catamaran cruise or standup-paddleboard yoga), iconic landmarks, and freshwater beaches that will keep any boredom at bay.

Summer is a popular time here, because the weather is wonderful for enjoying the shoreline and other natural attractions in and around Traverse City, like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore . July is the hottest month of the year, but temperatures are still relatively mild.

12. South Dakota road trip

where to travel in the usa in july

South Dakota is one of those places where you can see a lot in a short amount of time. Even if you only have three days to explore, you can hit all the popular spots, like Sioux Falls, Mount Rushmore, and Black Hills National Forest. Here’s an awesome road trip itinerary complete with must-see hiking trails, cities, and parks.

This is one of the warmer Midwest states, but temperatures are still below 90° F on average. It can also get a little humid and busy, but that doesn’t affect the fact that July is one of the most beautiful times to visit. The weather is gorgeous for hiking, fishing, and boating.

13. Apostle Islands Sea Caves, Wisconsin

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Sailing is an easy way to discover and feel a part of nature, making it a magical experience. One incredible sailboat destination is the sea caves at the Apostle Islands . Their geological structure is unique and beautiful, dating back about one billion years. Lake Superior is cleanest of all the Great Lakes, and it’s also the world’s largest freshwater lake, making it feel like an ocean.

Summer is one of the most predictable and comfortable times to sail the islands; however, thunderstorms can arise. Even though the lake sounds super magical, the waves and wind can create somewhat choppy conditions — something to keep in mind if you’re not used to the motion of a sailboat, or if you are prone to seasickness.

14. Lexington, Kentucky

where to travel in the usa in july

If you’re looking for an authentic American cultural experience, Lexington packs a punch and won’t disappoint, given all the things to do there. It’s a small city, which makes it easy for a solo traveler to explore on foot. Horse enthusiasts will fall in love here, because of the farm and race track tours, as well as the museums and parks.

July is a quieter time, as it’s one of the hottest months; however, temperatures should stay below 90° F. There are a bunch of events and festivals , including for bluegrass music, and the 4th of July never fails to take the summer festivities up a notch.

15. New Orleans, Louisiana

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New Orleans is bursting with things to see and do. It can get overwhelming fast, so here’s an itinerary to help you get organized .

It’s also a great place for a solo female traveler to explore. If you’re looking for vegan delights , you won’t be disappointed. If you seek something quirky, cultural, and artsy, you can’t miss the Bywater neighborhood .

Even if you’ve been to New Orleans before, the Crescent City has something different to offer visitors in July, like the world’s largest cocktail conference . It’s hot though, so pack light clothing . To get the most of your NOLA experience, check out these boutique hotels, loaded with vintage charm .

16. Asheville, North Carolina

where to travel in the usa in july

Though part of the South, Asheville boasts its own artsy, folky, and eccentric vibes. The mountainous terrain means gorgeous hiking, peaceful lakes, adventurous water slides, and long scenic drives. If you are a beer enthusiast, you’ll be amazed by the number of local breweries (over 100!). Best of all, it’s possible to visit on a budget .

Despite July being shoulder season, Asheville’s weather is great for open-air dining, outdoor music, thriving nightlife, romantic rooftops, hiking, and biking. The countryside is in bloom, and there are lots of fun festivals and events . It’s the perfect place to settle in and enjoy fresh mountain air.

17. Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia

where to travel in the usa in july

Virginia is for lovers… of camping! Known for some of the best landscapes on the East Coast, the state offers so many opportunities to tent-camp. From the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia can definitely be your go-to destination for outdoor accommodation.

The Blue Ridge Parkway, however, connecting Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park, is the longest linear park in America and highly esteemed for its beauty. Here’s where you can camp along the way .

In July you’ll see rhododendrons (here’s a bloom calendar to see what else is budding); the trees will have fully leafed by the time the hottest month of the year comes around. Depending on elevation, you’ll see temperatures from the 60s to the 80s Fahrenheit. It’s a gorgeous place to go for a long drive, and you may have the roads to yourself, as they are much more busy in the autumn, as the leaves change color.

18. Savannah, Georgia

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One of the most beautiful cities in the South, Savannah has a gorgeous coastal landscape, vibrant history, immaculate parks, trendy health food markets, and majestic architecture. There’s so much to do in this port city, like walking along the gorgeous waterfront or getting out to Tybee Island on a day trip , where you can look for dolphins.

Savannah also has some of the liveliest festivals around , making it a fun place during the 4th of July especially. And did you know the Forrest Gump bench scene was filmed in Savannah?! The bench is now at the Savannah History Museum.

It’s hot, but with the sea breeze and so many water-based activities, like beach outings, cruises, and boat rentals, it’s easy to cool off.

19. Acadia National Park, Maine

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Maine is known for its rocky shoreline, rich maritime history, scenic lighthouses, delicious lobster… oh, and Acadia National Park, popular for its rugged coast; spruce, fir, and pine forests; and Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the eastern seaboard, which offers picturesque mountain views. If you’re up for a drive, you can listen to a self-guided driving tour and hit some of the best spots, or you can easily fill your days with hiking, swimming, horseback riding and even whale-watching .

July is a vibrant time if you’re looking for an abundance of activities , like playing in tidal pools, bird watching, and stargazing. The weather is almost perfect, with a lovely ocean breeze, but don’t be surprised if thick fog rolls in. It’ll likely leave after a few hours, but it could sometimes take a day or two.

20. Massachusetts

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If you’re looking for a cooler way to spend some time in the summer, Cape Cod has your back. From exploring sand dunes, going windsurfing, and swimming at the beach to hiking, biking, and paddleboarding, it’s a fun place to relax, get moving, and enjoy the summer sun. There are also coves, salt marshes, whale watching , and tons of lighthouses and vineyards to explore, plus all the clam chowder and seafood you could eat.

July is the peak of the summer, but temperatures don’t get much higher than in the 80s. The water will be pleasantly warm, and both locals and tourists will be out and about. If you’re there on the 4th of July , head to Rock Harbor to watch a brilliant sunset and spectacular firework show.

July is a month full of festivities, gorgeous views, and pleasant weather for enjoying the outdoors. Where do you think you’d like to go?

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03/25/2023 at 8:06 am

Baltimore is never a good place to visit, no matter what time of the year.

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Yeah, I’ve seen The Wire

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Start Summer Vacation With The Best Places to Travel In July

There are a few reasons that July is one of the most popular months for Americans to travel. In much of the country, the beautiful weather and warm temperatures compel folks to get out and hit the road.  It is typically cool enough at night to sleep in a tent and warm enough in the day to swim in lakes and pools.

For folks down South, July is a time to escape the heat and humidity by heading north or to go to the seashore to bask in warm breezes and cool waves. July is also a busy travel month because for a lot of us it's the only time we can travel. The kids are off from school, work has slowed down, and you're finally able to take some away. The best time to travel is whenever you can, but the best places to travel to in July takes a little more thought.

July is peak season, so wherever you go you'll almost certain to be sharing it with your fellow travelers. For the most popular and iconic destinations, that means you have to start planning and booking now. If you're still trying to figure out where to go, use this list as not only a guide to the best places to travel in July but also as motivation to get off your butt, make your plans, and start packing. There's a little bit for everyone: iconic national parks, beaches, cool cities, epic places to camp and hike. No matter where you choose, you're guaranteed to have a July you'll never forget.

15. Glacier National Park, Montana

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Let's get this out of the way first. Yes, July can be a crowded time in Glacier National Park. But it's also the best month to visit this gem of a national park in northwest Montana, because it may be the only time all year that you are able to drive the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. The spectacular alpine terrain that road traverses is buried in snow long into summer, and many years the Park Service cannot open the road until July. It's worth the wait.

One of America's most iconic drives, Going-to-the-Sun will take you through the "crown of the continent," under jagged peaks, past clear blue alpine lakes, up above the tree line, and through some of the most spectacular scenery you'll ever see. Glacier uses a permit system to keep crowding down and preserve this one-of-a-kind experience, so you should start planning now.

After the drive, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail. There are over 700 miles of trails in the park, and it's backpackers paradise. Don't forget to pick up bear spray, because this is grizzly country.

RELATED: My Glacier National Park: Can't Miss Hikes and Drives

14. Watkins Glen State Park, New York 

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Yeah. This place is incredible. New Yorkers will say Watkins Glen is one of the prettiest places in Upstate New York. We can't really argue with them. Take a look at that picture and tell us you've seen anything like it lately. We'll wait!

With around 20 waterfalls, a wide variety of hiking trails, and ample camping options, Watkins Glen is the perfect option for those in the northeastern United States who need a fun road trip.

For a side trip, check out the nearby Finger Lakes Wine Festival . Happening July 7-10, this is a celebration of the vineyards in this beautiful little wine region. There are seminars, cooking demonstrations, great food, and of course wine tastings. Sounds like a great way to spend a July.

13. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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Maybe it's because it's the deepest lake in the U.S. or maybe because it's really a huge volcanic caldera, Crater Lake National Park is a bucket list item for many avid adventurers. It can sometimes be hard to enjoy in all of its glory, however, because of the temperamental Oregon weather.

That is why it is one of the best places to travel to in July , as you may get the lucky chance to swim in this one-of-a-kind body of water. Keep in mind that Crater Lake is sacred to the Klamath tribe of Native Americans. If you visit, show some respect and make an effort to learn about the native culture.

12. Maui, Hawaii 

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Is there a bad time to visit Hawaii? No, July is a great time because the beaches and resorts aren't crowded with snowbirds trying to escape the winter.

Maui, Hawaii, is everything you could want in a dreamy Pacific island paradise: beautiful beaches, warm weather, tropical plant life, friendly people. Take a scenic drive on the famous Road to Hana, spend a day kayaking in Honolua Bay, and enjoy a refreshing beverage at Maui Brewing Company.

11. Channel Islands National Park, California 

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Sometimes referred to as the Galapagos Islands of North America, this small island chain off the coast of Ventura, California, seems like another world. If you love camping and water sports, you'll wonder what took you so long to visit.

This national park offers a stunning variety of marine life and five islands to explore. Favorite activities here include snorkeling, whale watching, camping, and kayaking. The only issue? You have to ferry over there.

10. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming/Montana

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This year Yellowstone has a birthday. Our first, and perhaps most iconic, National Park turns 150, and for millions of visitors it remains a incomparable experience. Sure Yellowstone is crowded in the summer, but are you going to leave the kids back home in school while you spot bison, wolves, and bubbling pits of mud? July is also the only month in the park where you won't get snow (probably). The wildflowers are in full bloom, and it's great time of year in the Northern Rockies.

Start planning your trip now so you can reserve the best campsites, and get up early to beat the crowds.

RELATED: A Local's Guide to Yellowstone Camping

9. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming , is a well-know ski destination, but this gorgeous mountain town has so much to offer in the summertime when the wildflowers are in full bloom. Take a whitewater rafting adventure, fly fish in the Snake River (this time of year big cutthroat trout are hammering grasshopper flies), and do some high-end shopping in the historic town center.

Jackson Hole is fairly close to both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone, so you can combine a stay in town with a trip to either park.

8. Acadia National Park, Maine

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An island of tranquility in the tallest rocky headlands on the Atlantic coast of North America, Acadia National Park is one of the best places to travel in July. This park is one of the top 10 most-visited national parks in the U.S. and has 158 miles of hiking trails, multiple camping sites, and natural wonders.

Daytime temperatures typically sit in the seventies and eighties to create a prime environment for outdoor recreation. Get up before dawn and make it to the top of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., and you'll be among the first people in America to see the sun rise that day.

7. Los Angeles, California 

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Yeah, yeah. Cliche. But the fact remains: In July if you want to catch some sun and surf, head to Los Angeles, California . This west coast staple may get busy in the summertime, but there is no better time to beat the heat and soak in the rich culture of this bustling city.

6. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

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Badlands National Park is both beautiful and strange. It's unique geological deposits and eroded buttes and gullies show striking layers of vibrant colors. At over 244,000 acres, there is a lot to explore. There are great fossil beds, and it's an excellent place for seeing wildlife, stargazing, camping, biking, and hiking.

The warm weather and long days this time of year can keep visitors out and exploring well after suppertime. Bring sunscreen and a hat; shade can be hard to come by.

5. Seattle, Washington

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July in Seattle means a beloved break from the typical Pacific Northwest rain. If you don't want soggy weather to dampen your trip, now is the time to go. Visitors can take in the vast beauty of the Puget Sound, swim at Alki Beach, go to a music festival, or traverse Pike's Place Market without an umbrella.

Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park are also within a half-day drive of this west coast city. Don't forget to hit up a Mariners or Timbers game!

4. Olympic National Park, Washington 

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Olympic National Park spans almost one million acres and features diverse ecosystems, temperate rain forests, and glacier-tipped mountains. Discover over seventy miles of untouched coastline, camp near the Hoh Rainforest, or kayak on Lake Crescent.

Add this park to your road trip bucket list if it is not already on there. It's absolutely gorgeous.

RELATED : Book a Lodge in Olympic for the Ideal National Park Trip

3. Gulf Shores, Alabama 

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Gulf Shores, Alabama , has hands-down some of the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast. These famed white-sand beaches (32 miles of them) were formed thousands of years ago by the Appalachian Mountains. There is a lot more to do than play on the beach. Book a fishing charter, play a round of golf, take a kayaking tour to see dolphins and other wildlife.

When the day is done, grab your cooler, fix a drink, set up your beach chair, and take in the gorgeous sunsets from the beach at this coastal paradise.

2. Portland, Oregon  

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Portland, Oregon , presents a mecca of food, nature, and culture. The "Rose City" is ideal for visiting in July as the rain gives visitors a much-needed break from the wet weather. The dry season in Oregon provides clear views of Mt. Hood, amazing hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, and a taste of rare patio weather at the city's best restaurants.

1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

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The only American national park named after a single person, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, is a fitting tribute to the man who did more for National Parks and Forests than anyone else before or since. Roosevelt came to the Dakota Territory as a young man to hunt, and he fell in love with the place. It's easy to see why. This beautiful prairie grasslands will give you a sense of how America's Great Plains once looked. Just driving through this expansive landscape is thrill, but make sure you get out and hike the trails, ride your bike, or camp. You'll see bison, pronghorn, mule deer, and maybe some feral horses. If you come back to this far north park in the winter, you'll realize why July is the best time to visit.

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This article was originally published on February 25, 2021

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23 Best Places to Visit in the USA in July

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July is a great time to travel in the USA, with many festivals and events taking place across the country. In this article, we will provide a curated list of the best places to visit in July in the USA. From natural parks and spectacular natural wonders to fascinating vibrant cities, to enjoy local cuisine, and connecting with the cultural heritage, there are so many places to see in July in the USA that choosing one can become a job in itself.

To make it easier for you, we have compiled a list of the best places to visit in July in the USA. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or just a relaxing getaway, there’s something for everyone in the United States .

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Best places to visit in the usa in july.

Here are some of the best places to visit in the USA in July:

1. Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

A Lake With Trees And Mountains In The Background

Whether you’re an avid hiker or simply want to take in the views from one of the many scenic overlooks, the Tetons never fail to impress. If you can visit during July, you’ll be treated to a mesmerizing display of vibrant wildflowers, painting the landscape in hues of pink, purple, and yellow.

However, I must share a somewhat unpopular opinion – summer might not be the ideal time to visit. While travel writers often extol the virtues of July festivities and warm weather, it’s worth noting that this period can get quite crowded.

Here are some places to visit, things to do, and places to stay in Grand Teton National Park:

Places to Visit:

  • Jenny Lake: Take a boat ride or hike around the lake.
  • Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve: Hike to Phelps Lake or consider doing a longer day hike.
  • Jackson Lake: Walk the Lakeshore Trail or go canoeing or kayaking.
  • Snake River: Float down the river.
  • Historic Homesteads: Visit the historic homesteads in the park.

Things to Do:

  • Hiking: There are over 200 miles of trails to explore.
  • Wildlife Watching: Observe the diverse array of wildlife, including moose, elk, bears, wolves, bison, and more.
  • Cowboy Cookout: Experience a traditional cowboy cookout.
  • Scenic Overlooks: Take in the views from one of the many scenic overlooks.
  • Photography: Capture stunning landscapes and wildlife.

Places to Stay:

  • Anvil Hotel: Located in Jackson, Wyoming.
  • Lodges and Campgrounds: There are numerous lodges and campgrounds available inside the park.
  • Teton Village: Located at Jackson Hole Ski Resort.

Remember to plan your visit wisely, avoid peak tourist season if possible, and respect the wildlife to fully immerse yourself in the splendor of this untamed corner of America.

Related: Things to do in Grand Teton National Park

2. Sequoia National Park, California

A Road With Large Trees

Ah, Sequoia National Park in California! A place that truly epitomizes the majesty of nature and dwarfs any other so-called “natural park” with its grandeur. Now, let me tell you why this gem nestled in the Golden State is an absolute must-visit, especially in July when the average temperature is just right for exploring.

Be prepared though; you might find yourself speechless at the magnificence unfolding before your eyes. Now, let’s talk about the outdoor itinerary that awaits adventurous souls within Sequoia National Park.

Here are some places to visit, things to do, and places to stay in Sequoia National Park:

  • Giant Forest: Home to some of the largest trees in the world.
  • Crystal Cave: Explore the underground world of Sequoia National Park.
  • Mount Whitney: Tackle this impressive summit.
  • Kings Canyon Scenic Byway: Drive along this scenic route and enjoy the views.
  • Moro Rock: Hike to the top of this granite dome for panoramic views.
  • Hiking: Numerous hiking trails wind through the park.
  • Ranger-led Programs: Attend ranger-led programs to learn more about the park’s cultural heritage and natural wonders.
  • July Festivities: Participate in various events celebrating the park’s cultural heritage and natural wonders.
  • Wildlife Watching: Observe the diverse array of wildlife, including black bears, mule deer, and mountain lions.
  • Caving: Explore the underground world of Sequoia National Park.
  • Wuksachi Lodge: This mountain lodge features spacious guest rooms, a full-service restaurant, and special event facilities.
  • Grant Grove Cabins: These cabins are available in both timber and tent cabin styles.
  • Cedar Grove Lodge: This lodge offers guest rooms with two queen beds, private baths, air conditioning, and telephones.
  • The Darling Hotel: Located in Three Rivers, California, this hotel is a great option for those looking for a place to stay near the park.
  • Kernville: This area is perfect for adventure seekers and offers plenty of lodging options.

Sequoia National Park offers an unparalleled nature escape that should be on every traveler’s radar, especially during July when the weather is ideal for exploring awe-inspiring landscapes. From spectacular tree-lined trails to captivating festivities, this destination has it all. So, pack your bags, leave the noise of vibrant cities behind, and embark on a city vacation that is closer to the heart of nature than you could ever imagine.

And don’t forget to savor the local cuisine along the way because what’s a journey without indulging in some culinary delights?

3. Denali National Park, Alaska

A Mountain With A Reflection Of A Lake

Ah, Denali National Park, Alaska. A true gem in the realm of natural parks that simply cannot be ignored.

This vast expanse of wilderness is a must-visit for anyone seeking an unforgettable summer adventure. Nestled amidst the rugged beauty of the Alaskan landscape, Denali offers a plethora of outdoor activities and jaw-dropping vistas that will leave even the most seasoned travelers in awe.

Here are some places to visit, things to do, and places to stay in Denali National Park:

  • Mount McKinley: Gaze upon the highest peak in North America.
  • Denali Visitor Center: Learn about the park’s cultural heritage and natural wonders.
  • Horseshoe Lake Trail: Hike this trail for breathtaking views of glaciers and snow-capped peaks.
  • Talkeetna: Visit this nearby town for charming eateries and flightseeing tours of Denali.
  • Savage River Loop Trail: Hike this moderate trail for stunning park views.
  • Bus Tour of Denali Park Road: Take a bus tour for an exciting tour of Denali National Park, looking for wildlife and views of Mount Denali.
  • Hiking: There are numerous trails that wind through picturesque valleys and alpine meadows.
  • Flightseeing: Take a flightseeing tour for a bird’s eye view of the park.
  • Dinner Theater: Experience dinner theater, Alaska-style.
  • Riley Creek Campground: This campground is located near the park entrance and offers tent and RV sites.
  • Savage River Campground: This campground is located at Mile 13 on the park road and offers tent sites.
  • Teklanika River Campground: This campground is located at Mile 29 on the park road and offers tent and RV sites.
  • Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge: This lodge is located just outside the park entrance and offers comfortable guest rooms and suites.
  • Grande Denali Lodge: This lodge is located near the park entrance and offers stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.

Denali National Park offers an unforgettable summer adventure with its vast expanse of wilderness, outdoor activities, and jaw-dropping vistas. From hiking trails to ranger-led programs, there is something for everyone here.

And don’t forget to indulge in the local cuisine and immerse yourself in the cultural heritage of Alaska. Denali National Park is an unparalleled nature escape that should be at the top of everyone’s summer travel list.

4. San Juan Islands, Washington

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Nestled in the pristine waters of the Salish Sea, the San Juan Islands in Washington State are an absolute paradise for those seeking a nature escape like no other. This archipelago of over 170 islands is a hidden gem that embodies the beauty and tranquility of the Pacific Northwest.

In July, when the summer sun casts its warm glow upon these magical islands, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of captivating natural parks, breathtaking landscapes, and an abundance of wildlife.

Here are some places to visit, things to do, and places to stay in the San Juan Islands:

  • Lime Kiln Point State Park: One of the best places to see orca whales from shore.
  • Friday Harbor: Explore this charming town with art galleries, boutique shops, and local museums.
  • Roche Harbor: Drive the scenic byway to Roche Harbor and back.
  • Alpaca Farm: Meet the largest herd of alpacas on the islands.
  • Lavender Farm: Spend your day picnicking in fields of lavender.
  • Whale Watching: Take a whale-watching tour or visit Lime Kiln Point State Park to see orca whales from shore.
  • Hiking: Explore hiking trails that lead to stunning viewpoints overlooking the rugged coastlines and dramatic cliffs.
  • Kayaking or Paddleboarding: Rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the mesmerizing marine life surrounding these islands.
  • Cultural Heritage: Explore Friday Harbor and learn about the rich history and traditions of this unique region.
  • Dinner: Savor local cuisine from cozy cafes or waterfront restaurants.
  • Earthbox Inn & Spa: Located in Friday Harbor, this hotel offers comfortable guest rooms and suites.
  • Tucker House Inn: This bed and breakfast is located in Friday Harbor and offers cozy guest rooms and suites.
  • Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes: This resort is located on San Juan Island and offers a variety of accommodations, including canvas cabins, yurts, and lodge rooms.
  • Roche Harbor Resort: This resort is located on San Juan Island and offers a variety of accommodations, including hotel rooms, suites, and cottages.
  • Snug Harbor Resort: This resort is located on San Juan Island and offers a variety of accommodations, including cabins and suites.

The San Juan Islands offer a nature escape like no other, with breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage that will leave you in awe. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family retreat, there is something for everyone here.

So pack your bags, embark on an unforgettable journey, and let the San Juan Islands enchant you with their undeniable charm.

5. Portland, Oregon

A City Skyline At Night

Ah, Portland, Oregon. A city that is often praised by travel writers and hailed as a hipster haven.

But let me tell you, dear reader, there is a lot more to Portland than just quirky coffee shops and bearded residents in flannel shirts. On the surface, it may seem like a dream destination for those seeking a cultural heritage experience or a nature escape, but I can’t help but feel that the hype around this city has overshadowed some of its glaring flaws.

Here are some places to visit, things to do, and places to stay in Portland, Oregon:

  • International Rose Test Garden: Explore the beautiful rose garden and enjoy the fragrant blooms.
  • Portland Japanese Garden: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this traditional Japanese garden.
  • Washington Park: Visit this expansive park that offers attractions like the Oregon Zoo and the Hoyt Arboretum.
  • Pittock Mansion: Take a tour of this historic mansion and enjoy panoramic views of the city.
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden: Experience the serenity of this authentic Chinese garden in the heart of Portland.
  • Explore the food scene: Indulge in the diverse culinary offerings, from farm-to-table restaurants to food carts serving eclectic dishes.
  • Visit local shops and boutiques: Discover unique and charming stores in neighborhoods like Northwest 23rd Avenue and the Alberta Arts District.
  • Enjoy outdoor activities: Bike around the city, visit farmers’ markets and stroll along the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
  • Experience the craft beer scene: Go on a brew tour and sample the outstanding craft beer offerings in Portland.
  • Take in the art and culture: Visit galleries, see murals, and explore the vibrant arts scene in the city.
  • Downtown Portland: Stay in the heart of the city and have easy access to attractions, restaurants, and shops.
  • Pearl District: Experience the trendy and artistic neighborhood with boutique hotels and upscale accommodations.
  • Eastside neighborhoods: Explore neighborhoods like Hawthorne or Alberta, known for their unique charm and local businesses.
  • Boutique hotels: Consider staying in one of Portland’s boutique hotels for a more personalized and stylish experience.

It’s important to note that these recommendations are based on general information and personal opinions. It’s always a good idea to research and read reviews to find the best options that suit your preferences and budget.

6. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

A River Running Through A Valley

If you’re looking for a nature escape that will leave you in awe, this is the place to be. Nestled in the heart of Wyoming, Yellowstone boasts some of the most spectacular natural wonders one could ever witness.

From towering geysers to breathtaking waterfalls and mesmerizing hot springs, this park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. In July, when the average temperature hovers around a comfortable 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), Yellowstone offers an outdoor itinerary that will keep you engaged and amazed.

  • Old Faithful Geyser: Witness the iconic eruption of this famous geyser.
  • Grand Prismatic Spring: Marvel at the vibrant colors of one of the largest hot springs in the world.
  • Yellowstone Lake: Enjoy the serene beauty of the largest high-elevation lake in North America.
  • Lamar Valley: Explore this wildlife-rich area known for its opportunities to spot wolves, bears, and other animals.
  • Grand Canyon of Yellowstone: Admire the stunning waterfalls and colorful canyon walls.
  • Hiking: Explore the park’s numerous trails, such as the Mount Washburn hike for panoramic views.
  • Wildlife Watching: Keep an eye out for bears, wolves, elk, and bison roaming freely in their natural habitat.
  • Ranger Programs: Attend educational programs and guided walks led by park rangers to learn more about the park’s natural and cultural heritage.
  • Scenic Drives: Take a drive along the park’s scenic roads, such as the Grand Loop Road, to enjoy breathtaking views.
  • Old Faithful Inn: Experience the historic charm of this iconic lodge located near the Old Faithful Geyser.
  • Lake Yellowstone Hotel: Stay in this elegant hotel overlooking Yellowstone Lake.
  • Canyon Lodge and Cabins: Choose from a variety of accommodation options in the heart of the park’s Grand Canyon area.
  • Grant Village: Enjoy lakeside lodging and cabins near the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake.

7. Finger Lakes, New York

A Pond With Trees In The Background

Finger Lakes is a region in upstate New York that conjures images of pristine lakes, lush vineyards, and charming small towns. But let me tell you, my friends, there is more to this place than meets the eye.

While it may be touted as a haven for wine enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, I have some reservations about its true appeal.

  • Waterfalls: Explore the many waterfalls in the region, such as Watkins Glen State Park with 19 waterfalls.
  • Lakes: Visit one of the eleven glacial lakes in the area, such as Canandaigua Lake or Seneca Lake.
  • Vineyards: Tour the vineyards and wineries in the region, such as Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery or Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard.
  • Museums: Learn about the region’s history and culture at museums like the Corning Museum of Glass or the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.
  • State Parks: Explore the state parks in the area, such as Letchworth State Park or Taughannock Falls State Park.
  • Hiking: Hike the many trails in the area, such as the Finger Lakes Trail or the Watkins Glen Gorge Trail.
  • Boating: Rent a boat or take a boat tour to explore the lakes.
  • Fishing: Cast a line in the lakes or streams for a chance to catch trout or bass.
  • Wine Tasting: Sample the region’s wines and attend wine festivals, such as the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.
  • Shopping: Browse the shops and boutiques in small towns, such as Skaneateles or Canandaigua.
  • Bed and Breakfasts: Stay in a cozy bed and breakfast, such as the 1795 Acorn Inn or the Black Sheep Inn and Spa.
  • Hotels: Choose from a variety of hotels, such as the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel or the Inn at Taughannock Falls.
  • Cabins: Rent a cabin in the woods, such as the Finger Lakes Cabin or the Seneca Lake Cabins.
  • Campgrounds: Pitch a tent or park an RV at one of the many campgrounds in the area, such as Watkins Glen/Corning KOA or Sampson State Park.
  • Vacation Rentals: Rent a vacation home or cottage, such as the Keuka Lake Cottage or the Seneca Lake House.

8. Cheyenne, Wyoming

A Building With A Flag On Top

Cheyenne is the place that many may overlook when planning their summer vacation, but let me tell you, this hidden gem of the West deserves your undivided attention. Nestled amidst the rolling plains and majestic mountains, Cheyenne offers a nature escape like no other.

With its breathtaking landscapes and untouched beauty, this city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking an adventure-filled getaway. But it’s not just the natural wonders that make Cheyenne a must-visit destination; it’s also the local cuisine.

  • Medicine Bow National Forest: Explore the natural beauty of the forest with hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing opportunities.
  • Curt Gowdy State Park: Take a hike, go fishing, or enjoy water sports at this scenic park.
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days: Attend the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.
  • Historic Downtown Cheyenne: Admire the beautifully restored buildings and explore local shops and restaurants.
  • Outdoor Activities: Go hiking, camping, fishing, or horseback riding in the surrounding natural areas.
  • Attend Cheyenne Frontier Days: Experience the rodeo, concerts, parades, and other festivities during this annual event.
  • Enjoy Local Cuisine: Indulge in cowboy-inspired dishes and locally sourced ingredients.
  • Visit Museums: Learn about the city’s history and culture at the Wyoming State Museum or the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.
  • Campgrounds: Stay at one of the many campgrounds in the area, such as Last Chance Camp & Lodging or Peaceful Prairie Campsites.
  • RV Parks: Park your RV at Ranch Lands RV or other top RV sites near Cheyenne.
  • Hotels: Stay at one of the many hotels in the city, such as the Little America Hotel or the Historic Plains Hotel.

9. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

A White Building With A Statue On Top Of It

The mere mention of this name evokes images of a historically rich and emotionally charged destination. This small town may not be as glamorous or bustling as some of the vibrant cities on this list, but it holds an undeniable significance in the cultural heritage of the United States.

Gettysburg beckons to those seeking a deep immersion into the annals of American history, offering a unique blend of education and reflection. For history enthusiasts, Gettysburg is nothing short of a pilgrimage site.

  • Gettysburg National Military Park: Explore the battlefields, monuments, and memorials that commemorate the historic Civil War battle.
  • Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center: Start your visit here to learn about the battle and get information on tours and exhibits.
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site: Visit the home and farm of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, located just outside of Gettysburg.
  • Take a guided battlefield tour: Join a knowledgeable guide who will bring the history of the battle to life.
  • Attend a reenactment: Experience the sights and sounds of the Civil War through reenactments held throughout the year.
  • Explore the town: Wander through the streets of Gettysburg and visit the shops, restaurants, and museums that showcase the town’s history and charm.
  • Gettysburg Hotel: This historic hotel offers comfortable accommodations in the heart of downtown Gettysburg.
  • The Inn at Herr Ridge: Stay in a charming inn located on a historic battlefield site with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
  • Federal Pointe Inn: This boutique hotel offers modern amenities and is located within walking distance of downtown Gettysburg.

10. Chicago, Illinois

A City Skyline With A River And Trees

Chicago is a Windy City! A mecca for those seeking a vibrant city vacation with a touch of Midwestern charm. This urban jungle is bursting at the seams with magnificent skyscrapers, a bustling downtown area, and a rich cultural heritage that will leave you in awe.

And let’s not forget about the food! Chicago is home to some of the most mouthwatering dishes in the country, making it an absolute paradise for foodies.

Here are some places to visit, things to do, and places to stay in Chicago:

  • Millennium Park: an urban oasis where you can relax by Lake Michigan or admire the famous Cloud Gate sculpture (affectionately known as “The Bean”).
  • Grant Park: offers breathtaking views of Buckingham Fountain and sweeping lawns perfect for picnics.
  • Magnificent Mile: a stretch of Michigan Avenue where you’ll find luxury shops, charming cafes, and vibrant street performers.
  • Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower): an iconic skyscraper that offers stunning views of the city.
  • John Hancock Center: a majestic skyscraper that also offers incredible views of the city.
  • Navy Pier: a popular tourist destination that features a Ferris wheel, restaurants, and entertainment.
  • Taste of Chicago: a food festival showcasing the city’s diverse culinary scene.
  • Navy Pier fireworks display on the Fourth of July: an extravaganza that lights up the night sky and fills your heart with patriotic joy.
  • Take a free walking tour of various neighborhoods from a knowledgeable local guide through the Chicago Greeter program.
  • Visit the City History Museum.
  • Explore the extensive park system that provides ample opportunities for outdoor adventures.
  • Chicago offers a wide variety of hotels, ranging from budget-friendly options to luxury accommodations. Some popular options include The Palmer House Hilton, The Langham Chicago, and The Peninsula Chicago.
  • Hostels are also available for budget-conscious travelers, such as HI Chicago Hostel and Freehand Chicago.

Chicago is a vibrant city with something for everyone. Whether you’re interested in architecture, food, or outdoor adventures, there’s plenty to see and do. With a variety of accommodations available, you’re sure to find a place to stay that fits your budget and preferences.

11. Anchorage, Alaska

A Snowy Trees And Water

Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska and the so-called “gateway to the Last Frontier.” While some may argue that this city has its charms, I can’t help but feel a sense of disappointment whenever someone mentions Anchorage as a must-visit destination.

Sure, it may serve as a convenient stopover before venturing into the wilds of Alaska’s stunning natural parks, but as a vacation spot in itself. Well, color me unimpressed.

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center: The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, public education, and quality animal care. Visitors can take a self-guided audio tour to learn about the different animals that call AWCC home.
  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail: The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is an 11-mile trail that offers stunning views of the ocean and the Chugach Mountains. Visitors can bike, walk, or run the trail and enjoy the natural beauty of Anchorage.
  • Portage Glacier: Portage Glacier is a popular destination for visitors to Anchorage. Visitors can take a boat tour to see the glacier up close or hike to the viewing area for a panoramic view.
  • Alaska Native Heritage Center: The Alaska Native Heritage Center is a museum and cultural center that showcases the history and culture of Alaska’s indigenous people. Visitors can take a guided tour, watch traditional dances, and learn about the different tribes that call Alaska home.
  • Take a historic walking tour: Anchorage has a rich history, and visitors can learn about it by taking a historic walking tour. The Anchorage Museum offers guided tours of the city’s historic district.
  • Bike the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail: The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is a popular destination for bikers. Visitors can rent bikes and enjoy the scenic views of the ocean and the mountains.
  • Visit the Anchorage Museum: The Anchorage Museum offers a variety of exhibits and events throughout the year. Visitors can learn about Alaska’s history, art, and culture.
  • Explore the Chugach Mountains: The Chugach Mountains offer a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. Visitors can explore the mountains on their own or take a guided tour.
  • Go fishing or kayaking: Anchorage is a popular destination for fishing and kayaking. Visitors can rent equipment and explore the city’s waterways.
  • Attend a festival or event: Anchorage hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, including the Fur Rendezvous Festival, the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and the Anchorage International Film Festival.
  • Hotel Captain Cook: The Hotel Captain Cook is a luxury hotel located in downtown Anchorage. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.
  • Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa: The Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa is a modern hotel located in downtown Anchorage. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.
  • Anchorage Grand Hotel: The Anchorage Grand Hotel is a boutique hotel located in downtown Anchorage. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a fitness center and complimentary breakfast.

Anchorage offers a variety of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. From exploring the city’s history and culture to experiencing Alaska’s natural wonders, there is something for everyone in Anchorage.

12. Monterey, California

A Beach With Rocks And Water

Monterey is a coastal gem nestled on the picturesque shores of the Pacific Ocean. Known for its stunning beauty and vibrant marine life, this place is a must-visit for any nature enthusiast.

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world-renowned aquarium that features a variety of sea creatures, including sea otters, sharks, and jellyfish. Visitors can explore the different exhibits and learn about the marine life that calls the Pacific Ocean home.
  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a hidden gem that offers breathtaking coastal trails and stunning views of the ocean. Visitors can hike, birdwatch, and explore the reserve’s diverse plant and animal life.
  • Cannery Row: Cannery Row is a historic district that features vibrant art galleries, quaint shops, and restaurants housed within converted sardine canning factories. Visitors can stroll down the row and immerse themselves in history and culture.
  • Kayak Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Monterey. Visitors can explore the marine life and scenery of the sanctuary on a kayak tour.
  • Explore the beaches: Monterey offers a variety of beaches, including Asilomar State Beach, Carmel Beach, and Monterey State Beach. Visitors can swim, surf, or simply relax on the sand.
  • Attend a festival or event: Monterey hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Monterey County Fair, and the Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
  • Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa: The Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa is a luxury hotel located on Cannery Row. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.
  • Spindrift Inn: The Spindrift Inn is a boutique hotel located on Cannery Row. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including complimentary breakfast and stunning ocean views.
  • Monterey Bay Inn: The Monterey Bay Inn is a waterfront hotel located near Cannery Row. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a rooftop hot tub and complimentary breakfast.

13. Traverse City, Michigan

A City With Trees And A Body Of Water

Traverse City, Michigan Ah, Traverse City, the hidden gem of the Midwest. Nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, this charming city offers a perfect blend of small-town charm and natural beauty.

  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a must-visit destination in Northern Michigan. Visitors can explore the towering sand dunes, hike the trails, and enjoy the stunning views of Lake Michigan.
  • Downtown Traverse City: Downtown Traverse City is a vibrant area that features boutique shops, art galleries, and charming cafes. Visitors can stroll along Front Street and immerse themselves in history and culture.
  • Explore the outdoors: Traverse City is surrounded by lush forests and crystal-clear lakes, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can hike, bike, kayak, and fish in the area’s natural parks.
  • Sample cherry products: Traverse City is known as the Cherry Capital of the World, and visitors can indulge in cherry pies, cherry wine, and other cherry products.
  • Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine: Traverse City has a vibrant food scene that features farm-to-table cuisine. Visitors can sample award-winning wines and dine at farm-fresh restaurants.
  • Grand Traverse Resort and Spa: The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is a luxury resort located just outside of Traverse City. The resort offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, golf course, and multiple restaurants.
  • Hotel Indigo Traverse City: The Hotel Indigo Traverse City is a boutique hotel located in downtown Traverse City. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a fitness center and complimentary breakfast.
  • Cherry Tree Inn & Suites: The Cherry Tree Inn & Suites is a waterfront hotel located near Traverse City. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a private beach and complimentary breakfast.

14. Seward, Alaska

Boats In A Harbor With Mountains In The Background

Nestled on the scenic shores of Resurrection Bay, Seward, Alaska is a hidden gem that deserves far more recognition than it currently receives. This quaint coastal town offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and outdoor adventure that will leave you awe-inspired.

With average temperatures in July hovering around a comfortable 60 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s the perfect summer escape for those seeking respite from the scorching heat elsewhere.

  • Kenai Fjords National Park: Kenai Fjords National Park is a glacial wonderland that features stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, and ocean adventures. Visitors can explore the park’s hiking trails, take a wildlife cruise, or kayak in front of glaciers.
  • Alaska SeaLife Center: The Alaska SeaLife Center is a fascinating museum that showcases Alaska’s marine life and maritime history. Visitors can learn about the different species that call the Pacific Ocean home and explore the center’s interactive exhibits.
  • Seward Museum: The Seward Museum is a museum that features exhibits on Seward’s history and culture. Visitors can learn about the town’s native peoples, maritime history, and more.
  • Explore the outdoors: Seward is surrounded by lush forests and crystal-clear lakes, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can hike, bike, kayak, and fish in the area’s natural parks.
  • Attend the Mount Marathon Race: The Mount Marathon Race is an annual event that takes place in Seward on July 4th. Participants race up treacherous slopes with sheer determination etched on their faces.
  • Sample local cuisine: Seward is known for its fresh seafood and local cuisine. Visitors can indulge in freshly caught Alaskan salmon or halibut, or try reindeer sausage smothered in tangy mustard sauce.
  • Harbor 360 Hotel: The Harbor 360 Hotel is a waterfront hotel located in downtown Seward. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a fitness center and complimentary breakfast.
  • Seward Windsong Lodge: The Seward Windsong Lodge is a wilderness lodge located just outside of Seward. The lodge offers a variety of amenities, including a restaurant, gift shop, and complimentary breakfast.
  • Hotel Seward: The Hotel Seward is a historic hotel located in downtown Seward. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a restaurant and complimentary breakfast.

15. Lake Tahoe, California

A Group Of People Sitting On Rocks In Water

Lake Tahoe, California When it comes to nature escapes in the United States, few places can rival the breathtaking beauty and serenity of Lake Tahoe in California.

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this stunning freshwater lake is a true gem that will leave you speechless. Whether you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast or simply seeking a tranquil retreat, Lake Tahoe has something for everyone.

  • Emerald Bay State Park: Emerald Bay State Park is a must-visit destination in Lake Tahoe. Visitors can explore the park’s hiking trails, take a wildlife cruise, or kayak in front of glaciers. The park also features an exquisite castle, the Vikingsholm, that visitors can tour.
  • South Lake Tahoe: South Lake Tahoe is a lively area that features casinos, resorts, and bustling streets lined with restaurants serving exquisite local cuisine. Visitors can enjoy the nightlife, shopping, and outdoor activities in the area.
  • North Lake Tahoe: North Lake Tahoe exudes a more laid-back vibe with its charming towns and secluded beaches ideal for those seeking a peaceful romantic getaway or a family retreat.
  • Explore the outdoors: Lake Tahoe is surrounded by lush forests and crystal-clear lakes, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can hike, bike, kayak, and fish in the area’s natural parks.
  • Attend annual events: Lake Tahoe hosts numerous annual events around July that showcase local talent and celebrate the area’s vibrant arts scene. Visitors can enjoy music festivals, art shows, and more.
  • Learn about Native American history: The region is rich in Native American history and offers opportunities to learn about their traditions and customs through various educational programs and guided tours.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe: The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe is a luxury resort located in North Lake Tahoe. The resort offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.
  • Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino: The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is a waterfront hotel located in Incline Village. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.
  • The Landing Resort & Spa: The Landing Resort & Spa is a boutique hotel located in South Lake Tahoe. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and complimentary breakfast.

16. Colorado Road Trip

A Road Leading To Mountains

Colorado Road Trip Now, let’s embark on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and vibrant cities of Colorado. A road trip in this majestic state is a perfect outdoor itinerary for those seeking both natural wonders and urban adventures.

Strap yourselves in, fellow travelers, as we dive into the heart of the Rockies. As you traverse Colorado’s highways, you’ll be greeted by an array of spectacular natural wonders.

A road trip through Colorado is a perfect itinerary for those seeking both natural wonders and urban adventures. Here’s a more detailed look at each section:

  • Rocky Mountains: The Rocky Mountains offer breathtaking views and challenging hiking trails. Visitors can explore the mountains’ peaks, serene lakes, and meandering rivers.
  • Denver: Denver is the state capital and offers a blend of cultural heritage and modernity. Visitors can stroll through the city’s lively streets filled with art galleries, boutiques, and craft breweries.
  • National Parks: Colorado is home to four national parks: Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Visitors can explore the parks’ hiking trails, scenic drives, and unique landscapes.
  • Explore the outdoors: Colorado is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can hike, bike, kayak, and fish in the area’s natural parks.
  • Attend annual events: Colorado hosts numerous annual events around July that celebrate Independence Day and showcase local talent and culture.
  • Sample local cuisine: Colorado is known for its farm-to-table cuisine and craft breweries. Visitors can indulge in mouthwatering local cuisine that ranges from farm-to-table delights to sizzling street food.
  • The Broadmoor: The Broadmoor is a luxury resort located in Colorado Springs. The resort offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.
  • The Stanley Hotel: The Stanley Hotel is a historic hotel located in Estes Park. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.
  • The Crawford Hotel: The Crawford Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Denver’s Union Station. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a fitness center and complimentary breakfast.

17. Idaho hot springs

A Small Town In The Mountains

Idaho Hot Springs. The Gem State, they call it.

And rightly so, for tucked away in its picturesque landscapes lie some of the most glorious hot springs you will ever have the pleasure of soaking in. If you’re seeking a therapeutic escape from the mundane and a chance to bask in nature’s warm embrace, look no further than Idaho’s alluring hot springs.

Here are the lists of places to visit, things to do, and places to stay for Idaho hot springs:

  • Kirkham Hot Springs: Kirkham Hot Springs is perhaps Idaho’s most famous geothermal pool. It has multiple indoor and outdoor pools and also a stunning network of geothermally heated pools cascading down terraced rock formations.
  • Gold Fork Hot Springs: Gold Fork Hot Springs is located in Southwest Idaho and offers a serene oasis surrounded by towering pines and pristine mountain views. It has mineral-rich waters that are perfect for soaking and relaxing.
  • Jerry Johnson Hot Springs: Jerry Johnson Hot Springs is located near Elk City and offers crystal-clear pools nestled alongside a picturesque riverbank that winds its way through lush forests.
  • Trail Creek Hot Springs: Trail Creek Hot Springs is a local’s favorite for Cascade, McCall, and Garden Valley. It’s situated in the Payette National Forest and offers a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
  • Lava Hot Springs: Lava Hot Springs is a popular destination for those seeking a more developed hot springs experience. It features multiple pools, water slides, and other amenities.
  • Soak in the hot springs: Idaho is home to a variety of hot springs that offer a therapeutic escape from the mundane and a chance to bask in nature’s warm embrace.
  • Explore the outdoors: Idaho’s hot springs are often located in picturesque landscapes, making them a perfect starting point for outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, and fishing.
  • Attend annual events: Idaho hosts numerous annual events around July that celebrate Independence Day and showcase local talent and culture.
  • Burgdorf Hot Springs: Burgdorf Hot Springs is a rustic hot springs resort located in the mountains near McCall. It offers a variety of amenities, including cabins, a restaurant, and a general store.
  • The Springs: The Springs is a hot springs resort located in Idaho City. It offers a variety of amenities, including multiple pools, a spa, and a restaurant.
  • Lava Hot Springs Inn: Lava Hot Springs Inn is a historic hotel located in Lava Hot Springs. The hotel offers a variety of amenities, including a spa, fitness center, and multiple restaurants.

Idaho’s hot springs offer an escape from the bustling cities and a chance to reconnect with nature in its most rejuvenating form. Visitors can explore the area’s natural parks, immerse themselves in history and culture, and indulge in local cuisine.

18. New Braunfels, Texas

A Group Of People In Boats On A River Under A Bridge

New Braunfels, Texas is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Lone Star State that often goes overlooked by travelers. Well, let me tell you, my dear readers, that this is a grave mistake! This charming city has so much to offer to anyone seeking a dose of Southern hospitality with a Texan twist.

  • Gruene Historic District: Explore restored buildings dating back to the 1800s, stroll along picturesque streets, and visit unique shops and quaint eateries.
  • Landa Park: Enjoy the beautiful scenery, picnic areas, walking trails, and a miniature train ride in this expansive park.
  • Comal River: Take a relaxing float down the crystal-clear waters of the Comal River, surrounded by lush greenery.
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark: Experience thrilling water slides, lazy rivers, and wave pools at one of America’s top-rated waterparks.
  • Guadalupe River: Enjoy tubing, kayaking, or fishing on the scenic Guadalupe River.
  • Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo: Get up close and personal with a variety of animals and reptiles at this family-friendly zoo.
  • Float the Rivers: Take a leisurely float down the Guadalupe or Comal River, enjoying the refreshing water and beautiful surroundings.
  • Visit Local Breweries: Explore the craft beer scene in New Braunfels by visiting breweries like Guadalupe Brewing Company.
  • Explore Natural Parks: Discover the natural beauty of the area by visiting Cypress Bend Park or other nearby parks.
  • Attend Festivals and Events: Check out the local calendar for festivals and events happening during your visit, such as the Farmer’s Market at Krause’s Cafe or live music performances in Gruene Historic District.
  • Try Authentic Tex-Mex Cuisine: Indulge in delicious Tex-Mex dishes at local restaurants, such as Buttermilk Cafe.
  • Guadalupe River Houses: Stay in properties close to all the fun, including the Guadalupe River and Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
  • Local Hotels and Resorts: New Braunfels offers a variety of hotels and resorts to suit different budgets and preferences.

Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a relaxing getaway, New Braunfels has something for everyone. So pack your bags and get ready to immerse yourself in the charm and hospitality of this hidden gem in Texas.

19. Glacier National Park, Montana

A Lake Surrounded By Mountains

If you’re a nature enthusiast seeking an awe-inspiring summer retreat, look no further than Glacier National Park in Montana. This majestic gem nestled in the Rocky Mountains will take your breath away with its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife. From towering snow-capped peaks to crystal-clear lakes and glistening glaciers, this natural paradise offers an outdoor itinerary like no other.

  • Going-to-the-Sun Road: This iconic road offers breathtaking views of the park’s landscapes, including mountains, lakes, and waterfalls.
  • Grinnell Glacier: Hike to this stunning glacier and witness its icy beauty up close.
  • Lake McDonald: Enjoy the serene beauty of this picturesque lake, perfect for boating, fishing, or simply relaxing by the shore.
  • Hiking: Explore the park’s extensive trail system and discover hidden gems along the way.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Keep an eye out for bears, mountain goats, elk, and other wildlife that call the park home.
  • Boating and Kayaking: Take a boat tour or rent a kayak to explore the park’s lakes and rivers.
  • Photography: Capture the park’s stunning landscapes and wildlife through your lens.
  • Camping: Experience the beauty of Glacier National Park by camping in one of its scenic campgrounds.
  • Many Glacier Hotel: Located within the park, this historic hotel offers stunning views and easy access to hiking trails.
  • Lake McDonald Lodge: Situated on the shores of Lake McDonald, this lodge provides a rustic and charming accommodation option.
  • Glacier Park Lodge: This iconic lodge, located near the park’s east entrance, offers a unique blend of history and comfort.
  • Whitefish: A nearby town with a range of accommodations, including hotels, vacation rentals, and bed and breakfasts.
  • Kalispell: Another nearby town with various lodging options, including hotels and motels.

Remember to plan ahead and book accommodations early, as Glacier National Park is a popular destination.

20. San Diego, California

A City Skyline With A Body Of Water

San Diego is the land of sunshine and surf. What can I say about this city that hasn’t been said already by countless travel writers? Well, let me tell you, San Diego is overrated.

Yes, you heard me right. Overrated.

Sure, it has its fair share of attractions and activities, but is it really deserving of all the hype? I think not.

  • Balboa Park: Explore the cultural heart of San Diego with its museums, gardens, and iconic architecture.
  • La Jolla Cove: Visit this picturesque coastal neighborhood known for its stunning beaches and sea lion sightings.
  • Gaslamp Quarter: Experience the vibrant nightlife, restaurants, and entertainment in this historic district.
  • Old Town San Diego: Step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history and Mexican heritage of the area.
  • Coronado Island: Take a ferry ride to this charming island and enjoy its beautiful beaches and iconic Hotel del Coronado.
  • Visit the San Diego Zoo: Explore one of the world’s most famous zoos and see a wide variety of animals.
  • Enjoy water sports: Learn how to surf, go snorkeling, or kayak in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Take a harbor cruise: Experience the beauty of San Diego’s coastline and enjoy breathtaking views.
  • Attend a Padres baseball game: Catch a game at Petco Park and cheer on the local team.
  • Explore the craft beer scene: Visit local breweries and sample a wide range of craft beers.
  • Downtown San Diego: Stay in the heart of the city and enjoy easy access to attractions, restaurants, and nightlife.
  • La Jolla: Experience luxury accommodations and stunning ocean views in this upscale neighborhood.
  • Mission Bay: Choose a hotel or resort along the bay and enjoy water activities and beautiful sunsets.
  • Coronado Island: Stay at the iconic Hotel del Coronado or other charming accommodations on the island.
  • Pacific Beach: Find beachfront hotels and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of this popular neighborhood.

Please note that these are just a few suggestions, and there are many more places to visit, things to do, and places to stay in San Diego. It’s always a good idea to research and plan according to your interests and preferences.

21. Ann Arbor, Michigan

Nestled in the heart of the Great Lakes region, Ann Arbor, Michigan is a hidden gem that often gets overshadowed by its more glamorous neighbors. But let me tell you something, dear reader, Ann Arbor is a city worth exploring.

Its rich cultural heritage and vibrant atmosphere make it an ideal destination for those seeking a unique and enriching experience. First and foremost, let’s talk about the average temperature in July.

Now, I must admit that Michigan’s weather can be quite unpredictable at times. However, July brings forth warm and sunny days that are perfect for enjoying all that Ann Arbor has to offer.

  • University of Michigan Museum of Art: A museum that houses over 21,000 works of art from around the world.
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens: A haven for nature enthusiasts with its stunning collection of trees and flowers.
  • Nichols Arboretum: A beautiful park with trails and gardens that offer a peaceful retreat from the city.
  • Michigan Stadium: A must-visit for sports fans, this stadium is the largest in the United States and home to the University of Michigan football team.
  • State Street District: Home to many of the top Ann Arbor attractions, including the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, and the historic Michigan Theater.
  • Paddle Along the Huron River Water Trail: A fun and relaxing way to explore the city’s natural beauty.
  • Explore the Ann Arbor Summer Festival: Held every June – July, this festival offers a dizzying amount of art, music, food, dance, theater, and culture.
  • Visit the University of Michigan: Take a stroll through the campus and admire its stunning gothic architecture.
  • Try the Local Cuisine: From trendy farm-to-table restaurants serving up locally-sourced dishes to cozy cafes offering artisanal coffee blends, Ann Arbor has something for every palate.
  • Attend the Ann Arbor Film Festival: One of the oldest and most prestigious experimental film festivals in the world.
  • Graduate Ann Arbor: A stylish hotel located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor.
  • The Kensington Hotel: A luxurious hotel with spacious rooms and a convenient location near the University of Michigan.
  • Weber’s Boutique Hotel: A family-owned hotel with a retro vibe and a popular on-site restaurant.
  • Ann Arbor Regent Hotel & Suites: A budget-friendly hotel with comfortable rooms and a complimentary breakfast.
  • Bell Tower Hotel: A historic hotel located next to the University of Michigan campus, offering elegant rooms and a charming atmosphere.

22. Block Island, Rhode Island

A Aerial View Of A Beach With Boats And A Pier

Block Island, Rhode Island, is a hidden gem that should be on every traveler’s radar. This small island, located just off the coast of Rhode Island, offers a truly unique experience that is unmatched by any other destination in the United States.

Whether you’re looking for a family retreat or a romantic getaway, Block Island has something to offer everyone. One of the highlights of Block Island is its stunning natural beauty.

Places to visit:

  • Mohegan Bluffs: A stunning cliff with a dramatic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can climb down the 141 steps to reach the beach at the base of the cliff.
  • Sachem Pond Wildlife Refuge: A wildlife refuge with a diverse range of avian species. Visitors can embark on a bird-watching expedition.
  • Great Salt Pond: A large saltwater pond that offers opportunities for fishing, boating, and kayaking.
  • North Lighthouse: A historic lighthouse that offers panoramic views of the island.

Things to do:

  • Hiking: Block Island has a range of hiking trails that offer scenic views of the island’s natural beauty.
  • Kayaking: Visitors can embark on a kayaking excursion around the island’s shoreline.
  • Biking: Visitors can take a bike ride along scenic coastal roads and discover hidden coves and secluded beaches along the way.
  • Bird-watching: Visitors can embark on a bird-watching expedition at Sachem Pond Wildlife Refuge.
  • Fishing: Visitors can indulge in fresh seafood caught daily by local fishermen.
  • Beach activities: Visitors can enjoy a range of beach activities such as swimming, surfing, and sunbathing at one of the island’s many beaches.

Places to stay:

  • The 1661 Inn: A historic inn with charming rooms and suites located in the heart of Old Harbor.
  • The National Hotel: A historic hotel with elegant rooms and suites located in the heart of Old Harbor.
  • The Spring House Hotel: A historic hotel with luxurious rooms and suites located on a hill overlooking the ocean.
  • The Surf Hotel: A beachfront hotel with comfortable rooms and suites located on Ballard’s Beach.
  • The Island Home Inn: A cozy inn with comfortable rooms and suites located in a quiet residential area.

23. Oahu, Hawaii

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This tropical paradise has long been celebrated as a family retreat and a haven for beach lovers. With its stunning coastline, lush landscapes, and vibrant cities, it’s no wonder why Oahu remains a top choice for travelers seeking an unforgettable summer getaway.

One cannot talk about Oahu without mentioning the world-famous Waikiki Beach. This iconic stretch of golden sand is an embodiment of everything that makes Hawaii so alluring: crystal-clear turquoise waters, swaying palm trees, and an atmosphere buzzing with excitement.

  • Waikiki Beach: This iconic beach is a must-visit for its crystal-clear waters, golden sand, and vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, or surfing in the warm Hawaiian sun.
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve: Explore this protected marine life conservation area and snorkel with exotic fish and vibrant reefs. It offers a unique opportunity to witness the beauty of Hawaii’s underwater world.
  • Diamond Head Crater: Embark on a scenic hike to the top of Diamond Head Crater and enjoy panoramic views of the island. This volcanic landmark offers a rewarding experience for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
  • Honolulu: Discover the rich history and cultural heritage of Oahu by visiting Honolulu. Explore landmarks like Iolani Palace and Pearl Harbor, and indulge in local cuisine and shopping in this vibrant city.
  • North Shore: Experience the thrill of surfing or watch world-class surfers ride massive waves on the North Shore. This legendary surf spot is a must-visit for surf enthusiasts and offers a unique glimpse into Hawaii’s surfing culture.
  • Snorkeling: Take advantage of the calm waters and vibrant marine life by snorkeling in Hanauma Bay or other snorkeling spots around the island. Discover the colorful coral reefs and swim alongside tropical fish.
  • Outdoor Adventures: Engage in outdoor activities like hiking, biking, or kayaking. Explore scenic trails, bike along coastal roads, or paddle through the island’s waterways for an exhilarating adventure.
  • Cultural Experiences: Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture by attending a traditional luau, learning to hula dance, or participating in a lei-making workshop. Experience the rich traditions and customs of the island.
  • Beach Activities: Enjoy a variety of beach activities such as swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, or building sandcastles. Oahu’s beaches offer something for everyone, from family-friendly shores to secluded coves.
  • Waikiki: Stay in one of the many hotels and resorts in Waikiki, offering stunning ocean views, easy access to the beach, and proximity to shopping and dining options.
  • North Shore: Experience a more laid-back atmosphere by staying in a beachfront cottage or a boutique hotel on the North Shore. Enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty of this area.
  • Honolulu: Choose from a range of accommodations in Honolulu, including luxury hotels, budget-friendly options, and vacation rentals. Stay in the heart of the city and explore its vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions.
  • Ko Olina: Located on the western coast of Oahu, Ko Olina offers upscale resorts and vacation rentals with access to beautiful beaches, golf courses, and a marina. It’s a great option for those seeking a more secluded and luxurious stay.

In conclusion, the USA boasts an incredible array of destinations that come alive in July, offering unforgettable experiences for every type of traveler.

July brings an air of celebration across the USA, with Independence Day festivities in many cities, including New York, Chicago, and Boston, painting the skies with fireworks and the streets with patriotic spirit. These moments of unity and joy remind us of the remarkable diversity that defines this nation.

So, pack your bags, embrace the summer spirit, and embark on a journey of discovery. Whether you’re a history buff, an adrenaline junkie, a nature enthusiast, or a culture seeker, the Best Places to Visit in the USA in July list has something to ignite the spark of adventure within you.

Remember, every destination has its own charm, and the memories you create during your travels will be cherished for a lifetime. So, go forth, explore, and make this July a month to remember as you experience the very best that the USA has to offer. Happy travels!

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11 Best Places to Travel in July

These are the best places to travel in July in the United States and around the world.

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School is out, the sun is shining, and it’s summer vacation time in July. Families are packing up for road trips , and some might be heeding travel expert Samantha Brown ’s advice, “If it’s summer and everyone’s going to the beach, head to a city and enjoy all their free events such as outdoor concerts.” Cities around the U.S. and Canada combine summer festivals with lots to do outdoors. South Dakota is a family road trip favorite, and for those who crave a beach vacation , we suggest the sandy shores of Maryland, California, and Rhode Island. Alaska’s long days and warm temperatures make it a great July destination, whether for a cruise or a land-based vacation. If a European trip is on your wishlist, consider Croatia, where more than a thousand miles of coastline, history, culture, and summer celebrations await. Here are 11 of the best places to travel in July.

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Québec, Canada

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A visit to this eastern Canadian province is the closest you’ll get to France without leaving North America. You’ll hear the French language, enjoy the cuisine and culture, and explore history, architecture, and outdoor adventure. Plus, summer is festival time, and from July 6-16, Québec City , the province’s capital, will host Festival d'été Québec , with major musical performers. Visitors can head to Gaspésie National Park for hiking, kayaking, and fishing or try to spot 13 different species of whales along the Whale Route . A multisensory nighttime experience set aboard a chairlift will debut at Le Massif de Charlevoix this June. For an all-inclusive experience, Club Med Québec offers views of the St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, guided hiking and mountain biking, and supervised activities for kids. In Québec City, stay at the boutique Auberge Saint-Antoine , or plan a lake vacation at Manoir Hovey , set on 30 wooded acres with an expansive new spa.

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If you’re looking for a classic seaside resort town, Ocean City might be the place for your summer vacation. Set on the Atlantic with a ten-mile public beach, classic wooden boardwalk, arcades, and restaurants, Ocean City is a perfect family destination. Trimper Rides features a Ferris wheel, carousel, and bumper cars for old-fashioned fun. Nearby, Assateague Island National Seashore offers hiking trails, camping, kayaking, and wild horse spotting. About 85 miles northwest, St. Michaels is a quaint harbor town with homes that date back to the mid-1600s. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour or a scenic cruise to get acquainted with the town. Stay at the boutique waterfront Inn at Perry Cabin , set on 26 acres along the Miles River, for sailing, golf, tennis, a spa, and locally caught Chesapeake Bay seafood at Stars . 

Bend, Oregon

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The central Oregon city of Bend , located between the Cascade Mountains and the high desert, is a summer destination offering hiking, fishing, boating, rock climbing, and floating down the Deschutes River. The Bend Summer Festival , July 7-9, features fine art, live music, food, cocktails, retail shops, a family play zone, and more. 30 breweries line the Bend Ale Trail , and you’ll also find cider, wine, spirits, kombucha, and restaurants. Mt. Bachelor , a winter skiing favorite, offers rock climbing, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting in summer. Lodging in the Bend area ranges from campgrounds and RV parks to hotels and resorts. At Juniper Preserve , guests can stay at the Lodge or choose a vacation rental with up to four bedrooms. Two golf courses, a spa , wellness activities, and dining are among the amenities at Juniper. 

Croatia‘s coastline along the Adriatic is more than 1,100 miles long with over 1,200 islands. The island of Hvar is a popular destination for its beaches , wineries, lavender fields, culture , and history. The Lavender Festival , July 14-15, brings traditional music, dancing, and lavender-based delicacies. The five-star Palace Elisabeth and newly renovated Beach Bay Hvar will be joined by several new hotels in 2023, including Villa Porta Maestra , built on the foundations of a Roman villa. About 120 miles south along the coast, just past Dubrovnik, is Cavtat, a unique town with a palm-lined waterfront promenade, outdoor cafes, and more than five miles of beaches. Hotel Supetar Cavtat , in the town’s historic center, features stylish rooms and a restaurant serving seasonal Mediterranean fare . On the Istrian Peninsula in the northwest, Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery , a 40-room Relais & Châteaux property, is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, with a spa , pool, and restaurant serving traditional Istrian cuisine. 

Columbus, Ohio

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Ohio’s capital is located in the central part of the state at the junction of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. July is a festive month in Columbus , starting with the annual Red, White & BOOM Independence Day street fair, parade, and fireworks on July 3. The Columbus Book Festival will celebrate the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s 150th anniversary with author talks, book signings, and entertainment on July 15-16. From July 21-23, the annual Jazz & Rib Fest will feature the finest in music and barbecue. Admission is free, and the festival is located along the Scioto Mile downtown riverfront. There’s plenty to do in dog-friendly Columbus, with parks, hiking and biking trails, and The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium , one of the country’s most renowned zoos. Events at the zoo include Zoombezi Bay Christmas in July , complete with Santa and his elves, from July 21-28. Stay at the new Junto Hotel , the first independent lifestyle hotel in Columbus.

Buffalo, New York

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Located at the western end of the state on Lake Erie and the Niagara River, Buffalo offers July temperatures in the high 70s and lots to do. The Taste of Buffalo (July 8-9) celebrates its 40th year with entertainment, food, wine, and more at a variety of downtown venues. While we’re on the subject of food, you can find your favorite version of the Buffalo specialty on the Wing Trail , but did you know that Buffalo has a unique pizza style too? Once you’ve experienced the city’s cuisine , be one of the first to visit the newly reopened Buffalo AKG Museum , housing modern and contemporary art. Enjoy the summer weather on Buffalo’s waterfront or see Niagara Falls , just 20 minutes away. Places to stay include The Richardson Hotel , set on the National Historic Landmark Richardson Olmstead campus , built by famed landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted (who designed Central Park) and architect Henry Hobson Richardson. 

Asheville, North Carolina

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An hour from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Asheville is an ideal family destination in summer. At Asheville Treetops Adventure Park , you can ride mountain bikes or zipline through the trees, and there’s KidZip, a zipline adventure designed for kids under 10. At the WNC Nature Center , see the wildlife of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and learn about each of the 60 animal species that live there. Baseball fans will enjoy a game at McCormick Field with the Asheville Tourists , a Minor League team affiliated with the Houston Astros. In Pisgah National Forest , the Sliding Rock natural water slide is great fun for all ages. A tour of the Biltmore Estate is a must during a visit to Asheville, and there’s a special audio guide for kids, narrated by Cedric, the Vanderbilts’ Saint Bernard pup. The historic Omni Grove Park Inn features stunning mountain views, an expansive subterranean spa with two waterfall pools, a Donald Ross-designed golf course, and a variety of dining and cocktail venues. The Foundry Hotel , set in a former steel foundry, is a luxury boutique option downtown.

San Diego, California

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Perfect beach weather and lots to do outdoors make San Diego a great destination in July. Independence Day celebrations on Coronado Island include a Navy skydiving show, parades, and fireworks. At the Hotel del Coronado , family summer events include movies on the beach, surf school, bonfires, and Ocean Explorers kids programming. Shore House at The Del features residences complete with kitchens, and the newly renovated oceanfront Beach Village suites are spacious options. The Rady Shell hosts concerts throughout summer and a special July 4 event. See a miniature San Diego made of more than five million Lego bricks at Legoland in nearby Carlsbad. July brings ComicCon to San Diego (July 20-23) and thoroughbred horse racing to Del Mar starting July 21. San Diego offers a wide range of places to stay with a new Margaritaville opening in the Gaslamp Quarter in July, Town & Country in Mission Valley, and many dog-friendly options for the whole family.

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Every season in Alaska has something to offer, and July’s warm weather and long days make it a great time to visit. Alaska is the largest state, larger than Texas, California, and Montana combined, so there’s a lot of ground to cover — and a few ways to do it. Summer cruises are popular, and several lines have itineraries including Holland America Line , Ponant , Regent Seven Seas , American Queen , and Disney Cruise Line . In Eagle River , near Anchorage, the annual Bear Paw Festival will take place July 12-16 featuring music, food, competitions, carnival rides, and more. Fishing enthusiasts will enjoy Salmon Falls Resort in Ketchikan, a 90-minute flight from Seattle, where guided fishing excursions and adventure activities fill the days. The Alaska Railroad , famed for glass-domed rail cars, offers convenient scenic day trips and multi-day packages with overnight stays and activities like rafting, wildlife viewing, hiking, and more. The railroad is one of the best ways to get to Denali National Park , where a variety of bus tours are available in summer. 

South Dakota

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Visits to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and Badlands National Park make for a classic family road trip . Be sure to stop at Wall Drug , the famed roadside destination. The Crazy Horse Memorial features a museum , restaurant, and special events in addition to the massive carving in the mountain. Visit the gold rush town of Deadwood in the Black Hills National Forest and explore Custer State Park to see bison, antelope, elk, mountain goats, and donkeys. Family-friendly activities throughout the state include visiting the Great Plains Zoo and Butterfly House & Aquarium in Sioux Falls, exploring Jewel Cave and Wind Cave National Park on guided cave tours, and panning for gold in the Black Mountains. Camping and glamping sites are perfect for travelers who want to spend a few nights sleeping under the stars. 

Rhode Island

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The smallest state is gorgeous in summer thanks to nearly 400 miles of coastline . The town of Westerly on Rhode Island’s southernmost tip is known for beaches, concerts, boating, and outdoor activities. This year, Bemelmans Gallery at the Ocean House celebrates the work of author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelman, creator of the Madeline series. Art is part of the experience at the five-star resort, and self-guided tours of the expansive collection are available for guests. In Providence, the annual WaterFire events illuminate three rivers downtown with more than 80 sparkling bonfires. Stay at the luxury boutique hotel The Beatrice , The Graduate Providence , or the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel . In Newport, enjoy seaside views and Gilded Age mansions, including the iconic Vanderbilt mansion, The Breakers , and stay at the elegant Chanler at Cliff Walk .

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July is undoubtedly  the  most popular month to travel throughout the United States. School is out for the summer, kids are on break, skies are bright and sunny, locals are celebrating the Fourth of July, and families are itching to get out and explore the adventurous national parks, stunning landscapes, and epic road trips that the U.S. is known for around the world. 

If you’re looking for somewhere to plan a July vacation this year — we’ve got you covered. Below is a list of all the best places to visit in the USA in July, including beach getaways, small towns, national parks, bucket list road trips, big cities, and more. Regardless of your travel style, you’re sure to find a memorable July vacation from this detailed guide! 

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Top Places to Visit in the USA in July  for Summer Vacation

1. 30a, florida  .

July is a fantastic time to visit the beaches of 30A. Nestled between Destin and Panama City Beach, 30A is a county road with unique and beautiful beach communities. In July, guests will enjoy the best of the stunning white sandy beaches. The turquoise waters are warm for swimming, searching for shells, or paddleboarding.  

During your trip, check out nearby state parks such as  Grayton Beach State Park  and other natural beauties such as dune lakes — an environmental feature unique to this region, Oregon, and only a few other countries in the world. Biking along 30A is a popular activity since there are several wide bike paths parallel to the road. Many vacation homes come with bikes, or you can easily rent them once you arrive.  

Spend a day exploring Seaside — a beautifully planned community known for its town center, great shopping,  ice cream , and delicious restaurants with fresh seafood, such as Great Southern Cafe. Don’t forget to check out  Rosemary Beach , a town with beautiful architecture, where you can stay at The Pearl Hotel right on the beach!

If you are visiting for the Fourth of July, several communities offer fun activities. You can find fireworks in Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach. Grayton Beach and Seaside host Fourth of July parades.  

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  • Where to Stay:  The Pearl Hotel  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP) International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  90°F // 76°F 

Recommended by Rebecca of Fab 5 Family Travel  

2. Oregon Coast, Oregon  

The Oregon Coast is one of the best places to visit in the USA in July for a road trip thanks to great weather and even better views. Start at the north or south end of the state and drive along the coast, stopping at the many beaches and overlooks along the way. 

Cannon Beach  is a must-visit for Haystack Rock, but nearby Hug Point State Park is a must-see at low tide when you can explore the sea caves. As you head south, don’t miss a meal at the  Tillamook Cheese Factory  or at least some ice cream as you drive by. You can tour the facility for free to see how they make their cheese. 

Further south, you’ll find Thor’s Well and the Spouting Horn, the Heceta Head Lighthouse, and Bandon Beach. Don’t miss a sunset among the stretch of beach between Coquille Point Trail and Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint. 

At the south end of the state, you’ll find the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor.  Hike to Secret Beach  and enjoy the view at Natural Bridges Viewpoint, but there are many more stops along the way if you have time. 

Several rocks with trees on them sitting in the ocean on a beach on the Oregon Coast, one of the best places to visit in the USA in July

  • Where to Stay:   Headlands Coastal Lodge  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Portland International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  79°F // 59°F 

Recommended by Christine of Live Love Run Travel  

3. Traverse City, Michigan  

Traverse City — the “Cherry Capital of the World” — is an adorable city located on the northeast shore of Lake Michigan. With an ideal location between two peninsulas on the north end of Michigan, Traverse City is one of the best places to visit in the USA in July for families, couples, and friends looking to escape the heat. 

Each year, the National Cherry Festival takes place during the beginning of July in Traverse City — and it’s a must-do while there! The festival hosts an outstanding fireworks competition that happens on July 4th every year, with impressive fireworks displays over Lake Michigan. It’s stunning! 

Speaking of Lake Michigan, one of the best things to do while in Traverse City is to see the lake and scenery from the water. Rent a boat for the day or book a guided tour around Lake Michigan for a relaxing day.  

Traverse City is also home to some of the  best wineries in Michigan . Spend a day wine tasting at several of the wineries in Old Mission Peninsula, and be sure to try the rare ice wine if it is available!

Finally, no trip to Traverse City is complete without visiting Trattoria Stella, one of the best Italian restaurants in the area. For dessert, stop by Moomers Homemade Ice Cream! 

Several sailboats docked in a harbor in Traverse City, Michigan, one of the best places to visit in the USA in July.

  • Where to Stay:  Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Traverse City
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Cherry Capital Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  80°F // 60°F 

Recommended by Jess of Travel + Tannins  

4. Breckenridge, Colorado  

Breckenridge, Colorado, is a beautiful place to visit in all seasons, but it is  definitely  one of the best places to visit in the USA in July. With just about perfect weather, green hills, and wildflowers blooming everywhere — Breckenridge makes for a great summer vacation spot for outdoor activities! 

Breckenridge has the most charming, historic Main Street with plenty of places to shop and eat. The Crepes a la Carte is a fun, casual lunch spot, and the views are beautiful at Ollie’s Pub & Grill. Blue River Plaza is the perfect place to play in the water and munch on your treats from Mountain Top Cookie Shop. You can often hear live music here, too. 

Please don’t visit Breckenridge without heading to the base of Peak 8 to take the gondola up the mountain — it’s free! Enjoy the scenic vistas, and then hop off at the last stop to ride the alpine slide, mine for gems, and ride the coaster. 

Take advantage of the beautiful, cool weather and enjoy some of the hikes that leave from downtown. The Breckenridge Troll trail is a fun, easy stroll and makes for fun photos. The Iowa Hill Trail shows off the wildflowers and some interesting mining history. A quick drive to Dillon will take you to the stunning Sapphire Point Overlook. 

Round out your  summer activities in Breckenridge  with a yoga paddleboard session on Maggie Lake or a ride on the downtown trolley. No need for a car around Breckenridge — everything is walkable or reachable by the free shuttle. You’ll love the extra time outdoors soaking up the incredible mountain views! 

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  • Where to Stay:  Marriott’s Mountain Valley Lodge at Breckenridge  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Denver International Airport (DIA) & Eagle/Vail Regional Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  70°F // 37°F   

Recommended by Sierra of Island + Alpine  

5. Seattle, Washington  

The Pacific Northwest is  the  place to be in the USA in July — and there isn’t a better place to start and end a  Pacific Northwest road trip  than in Seattle. Seattle enjoys gorgeous, dry, sunny weather starting in July, making it the perfect time to explore all the city has to offer! 

Whether you spend  one day in Seattle  or an entire week, you’ll find plenty to do in this vibrant city. You absolutely can’t miss  Pike Place Market  — an open-air market filled with food stalls, restaurants, bars, and other attractions. You can book a  food tour of Pike Place Market  to explore the culinary scene or make reservations at a popular restaurant, like The Pink Door, for a sample of all Pike Place Market has to offer. This is also where you’ll find the Original Starbucks (though visiting the Starbucks Reserve Roastery instead is the way to go!). 

Seattle is also home to plenty of cultural attractions, like the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum , both located in the Seattle Center. If you are craving a break from the city, take the ferry to  Bainbridge Island  to explore the eateries, shops, wineries, and gorgeous natural scenery on this quaint and quiet island. 

And, of course, Washington’s three famous national parks — Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park are just a short drive away from Seattle, so be sure to visit at least one national park (or all three!) while you’re visiting the city. 

The neon red Pike Place Public Market sign and tops of the buildings in Seattle, Washington – one of the best places to visit in the USA in July.

  • Where to Stay:  Hotel Theodore  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Seattle-Tacoma International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  72°F // 57°F 

Recommended by Brittany of Travel by Brit  

6. Portland, Maine  

Between its perfect blend of coastal charm, vibrant cultural scenes, and culinary delights — Portland, Maine, is one of the best places to visit in the USA in July. Located on the upper East Coast of the U.S., the cool coastal town of Portland is the perfect stop on a  New England road trip  and a welcome respite from the heat experienced in most of the country this time of year. 

In the summer, Portland is a scenic beauty from the  lighthouses on the coast  to the cobblestone streets lining the waterfront downtown. But beyond its aesthetics, Portland offers a plethora of summer activities. The city is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and features tons of scenic trails for hiking and biking, two of the  best things to do in Portland, Maine . Casco Bay is a playground for water activities, including kayaking and boat tours .  

For those who prefer shopping over outdoor activities, Portland has you covered there, too. The Downtown Portland area is filled with eclectic boutiques that are fun for window shopping or finding a unique souvenir. Meanwhile, cultural enthusiasts can explore the city’s museums, galleries, and historic sites like the historic Victoria Mansion or the Portland Museum of Art. 

For foodies, Portland is a culinary haven. And not just for those who love seafood, though their seafood is renowned. Known as one of the best culinary towns in the U.S., Portland’s restaurants offer a diverse culinary scene featuring cuisines from all over the world. And if you’re looking for something refreshing to drink, be sure to check out one of the  best local breweries in Portland, ME , for a craft beer after your meal. 

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  • Where to Stay:  The Press Hotel, Autograph Collection
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Portland International Jetport (PWM) 
  • Average Temperatures: 79° // 59° F 

Recommended by Sckylar Rayne of Adventuring Dreamers  

7. Yellowstone National Park  

National parks are always one of the best places to visit in the USA in July — and Yellowstone National Park is the best of the best! This is when the park — located mostly in Wyoming but also in Montana and Idaho — has some of the best temperatures.  

Yellowstone National Park is mostly known for its incredible hiking trails. There are more than 900 miles of trails to explore, all varying in degree of difficulty. If you’re not much of a hiker, one of the  best easy Yellowstone hikes  to do is Midway Geyser Basin Trail. 

One thing that is unique about Yellowstone is that it has so many thermal features. Grand Prismatic Springs and Old Faithful Geyser are among the most popular. Yellowstone also has a ton of wildlife. You will see the famous American Buffalo throughout the park. Other possible wildlife sightings include elk, coyotes, bears, wolves, and tons of birds.  

July is particularly great for camping in Yellowstone as the weather is comfortable. There are 12 campgrounds in the park that operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. And if you’re hungry, be sure to check out Grant Village Lake House Restaurant for breathtaking views and great food! 

A bison crossing the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, USA

  • Where to Stay:  Crosswinds Inn
  • Nearest Major Airport:  West Yellowstone Airport (WYS) 
  • Average Temperatures:  85°F // 95°F 

Recommended by Samantha of Find Love and Travel  

8. Santa Barbara, California  

Santa Barbara, referred to as the “American Riviera,” is one of the best places to visit in the USA in July for outdoor activities and events. It’s located less than two hours from Los Angeles, making it a great stop on a  Southern California road trip , and it’s known for its stunning coastline, rich history, and fun events in July, like the Santa Barbara French Festival and the Santa Barbara County Fair. 

Whether you spend  one day in Santa Barbara  or a full week, spending time at one of the stunning beaches of Santa Barbara is a must-do in July in Santa Barbara. East Beach is perfect for volleyball and people-watching, Leadbetter Beach is great for windsurfing and picnicking, and Butterfly Beach is the perfect spot to watch the sunset. 

If you love water sports, try kayaking, paddle boarding, or a sailing lesson in the Pacific Ocean. And if you’re looking for a challenge, strap on your hiking boots and hike the Inspiration Point Trail for breathtaking views of the city and ocean. 

If you prefer to explore the history and culture of Santa Barbara, a visit to the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and Santa Barbara Mission is a must. In the evening, take a stroll along State Street and dine al fresco at one of the  best restaurants in Santa Barbara.  

Several Spanish-style orange and white buildings surrounding a lush green courtyard in Santa Barbara, California.

  • Where to Stay:   Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Los Angeles International Airport & Santa Barbara Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  75°F // 60°F 

Recommended by Aswani of A Charming Escape  

9. Burlington, Vermont  

Burlington — a vibrant city on Lake Champlain in Vermont — is the perfect place to visit in the USA in July. The weather is pleasant for enjoying the outdoor activities Burlington is known for. You can rent a bike on the waterfront and pedal the Burlington Greenway bike path or explore one of the many  day hikes  within the city limits. 

The views of the Adirondack Mountains from Waterfront Park are spectacular. There are also two public beaches on the waterfront for swimming and relaxing. On the Fourth of July, bring a picnic to North Beach for an incredible fireworks show over the lake. You can get out on Lake Champlain in a sailboat, motorboat, or kayak with local rentals. You also can enjoy an outing on the  Spirit of Ethan Allen  boat. The whole family will enjoy the scenic narrated cruise. 

Make sure to visit the iconic open-air pedestrian mall of Church Street. With its unique boutiques, restaurants with outdoor seating, and street performers, you can easily spend a whole afternoon there. Burlington is a fun foodie town with spectacular craft breweries and restaurants. Honey Road is a restaurant on the mall that serves scrumptious Eastern Mediterranean small plates, and Zero Gravity is a great spot to stop for a brew.

Burlington, Vermont, USA, at Church Street Marketplace with a church, red brick streets, and historic shops.

  • Where to Stay:   Hilton Garden Inn Burlington Downtown  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Burlington International Airport (BTV) 
  • Average Temperatures:  81°F // 60°F 

Recommended by Karen of Outdoor Adventure Sampler  

10. Mount Rainier National Park , Washington

July is one of the best months to visit Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, as the snow has mostly melted away at lower elevations, and the wildflowers are beginning to bloom. There is a wonderful range of things to do on this  fantastic day trip from Seattle , including hiking, wildlife viewing, and taking in spectacular views. 

The Skyline Trail, though somewhat difficult, is the most  popular trail in Mount Rainier National Park , with an epic view from Panorama Point, while Myrtle Falls is a must-do for nearly anyone. For a more relaxed experience, the scenic drives around the mountain provide unbelievable views with minimal effort and endless opportunities to capture the beauty of the landscapes and wildlife. Reservations are now required to enter the park between 7 AM and 3 PM, in addition to the park entrance fee. Timed entry tickets are available online. 

The small towns around Mount Rainier offer a variety of options for dining. In Ashford, local eateries such as the Copper Creek Inn serve hearty, home-cooked meals, perfect after a day of hiking or exploring. Accommodations range from rustic to luxurious, with prices increasing as you near the mountain. National Park Inn at Longmire provides a cozy stay conveniently within the park, or travel into Ashford for charming cabin rentals. 

Mount Rainier in July is an unrivaled destination for adventure and natural beauty. Whether an avid hiker, a nature lover, or simply someone looking to escape the hustle of city life — Mount Rainier has something to offer everyone. 

A snow-dusted mountain in a green meadow in Mount Rainier National Park

  • Where to Stay:   National Park Inn  
  • Average Temperature:  63°F // 43°F 

Recommended by Tammi of Wander Healthy  

11. Milwaukee, Wisconsin  

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of the best places to visit in the USA in July. In addition to Milwaukee’s great museums and attractions, summertime brings awesome festivals, Brewers baseball games, patio dining, and outdoor fun on the rivers and Lake Michigan. 

One of the biggest reasons to visit Milwaukee in July is to attend  SummerFest . This massive music festival is held annually in Milwaukee for three weekends, spanning the end of June and the beginning of July. With hundreds of performances across multiple stages, you’re sure to find something you’ll love! 

Stay cool with a visit to one of Milwaukee’s museums. The Milwaukee Art Museum is famous for both its fine arts collection and its unique architecture featuring the Burke Brise Soleil ‘wings’. Check out the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum or visit the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. 

Enjoy a meal at a local favorite, Mader’s Restaurant. Savor the flavors of Milwaukee’s German heritage with a hearty helping of wiener schnitzel and spaetzle, accompanied by a beer served in a large glass shaped like a boot! 

After dinner, take a stroll along Milwaukee’s downtown RiverWalk. You can admire public art, including the life-sized statue, the ‘Bronz Fonz.’ You can also rent kayaks and explore the RiverWalk from a new perspective. 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA – downtown city skyline with city lights on Lake Michigan at twilight.

  • Where to Stay:  The Pfister Hotel  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  77°F // 65°F 

Recommended by Lisa Garrett of  Travel to Lyon  

12. San Diego, California  

There really isn’t a bad month to visit sunny  San Diego  — however, the warm mornings and evenings in July make this month the perfect time to enjoy all the beautiful outdoor activities that San Diego has to offer, including beaches, hiking trails, and more! 

During a summer trip to San Diego, take your pick of one of the popular beach towns nearby —  Coronado Island or La Jolla  — to spend a day on the beach. 

In  Coronado Island , walk up and down Orange Avenue for your pick of shopping and dining, explore the historic Hotel del Coronado, and spend some time on Coronado Beach. In  La Jolla , watch the sea lions bask in the sun at La Jolla Cove, go kayaking or snorkeling, or head up to Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve to go on a hike. 

Though the beaches are beautiful, San Diego is a buzzy city with plenty to do. Say hello to the animals at the San Diego Zoo , grab a coffee from Better Buzz, explore the hundreds of food vendors at the Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market (or go on a food tour in Little Italy !), explore the museums and architecture at Balboa Park, or sit down for a fun cocktail and experience at Wolfie’s Carousel Bar.

For dinner, get reservations in Little Italy, or head over to Liberty Station to choose from one of the several dining options! 

Three sea lions sitting on rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean at La Jolla Cove

  • Where to Stay:   Hotel Indigo San Diego – Gaslamp Quarter
  • Nearest Major Airport:  San Diego International Airport
  • Average Temperatures:  76°F // 66°F 

13. Niagara Falls, New York  

One of the best places to visit in July in the USA is Niagara Falls, New York. During this month, the weather is perfect, and you will be able to enjoy all the outdoor activities this region offers! 

Niagara Falls consists of Bridal Vail Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and American Falls. Though the views are supposedly better from the Canadian side — the views are spectacular from the U.S. side, too! One of the  best things to do in Niagara Falls  is take the Maid of Mist Boat Tour . Waterproof clothing or ponchos are often provided on these tours. This must-do activity is only available during the summer months! If you are feeling adventurous, you can also opt in for a spectacular helicopter ride over the falls to get panoramic views. 

After taking the tours, head over to Goat Island. Terrapin Point and Prospect Point give the best views of Horseshoe Falls. Also, visit the Niagara Falls observation tower, which gives you stunning views of the falls and the surrounding area from above. If you want to visit the Canadian side of the falls, cross Rainbow International Bridge, but be sure to bring a passport!  

During the night, do not forget to see Niagara Falls illuminated — the colors change every day. And since July is Independence Day in the USA, on the Fourth of July, you can see fireworks over Niagara Falls on the U.S. side. There will be special events on the day to keep you busy! 

However, keep in mind that July is the peak season for Niagara Falls. You can expect crowds at viewpoints and attractions. Also, accommodation prices will be high, so make sure to plan your trip early! 

Niagara Falls on America side in the morning with clear sky surrounded by lush green foliage with a few onlookers

  • Where to Stay:   Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) 
  • Average Temperatures:  85°F // 70°F 

Recommended by Mayuri of Fernwehrahee  

14. Lake Tahoe, California  

Nestled high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, Lake Tahoe straddles the border between California and Nevada. About 100 miles east of Sacramento and a similar distance southwest of Reno, it’s located in a high alpine valley surrounded by pine forest peaks. 

At over 6,200 feet in elevation, Lake Tahoe is one of the largest lakes in the United States. The towering granite cliffs and clear blue waters have earned it the nickname “Gem of the Sierra.” Several alpine lakes and streams feed Lake Tahoe’s waters, which gather behind a natural dam created by the lake’s unique geologic history of faulting and volcanic activity. 

Today, visitors revel in both Lake Tahoe’s beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. Whether skimming the lake’s surface by boat or gazing down at its unparalleled clarity from hiking trails above, Lake Tahoe offers a cool, refreshing, and breathtaking mountain lake experience. 

Lake Tahoe is a magnificent destination in July when sunny skies prevail over the crystal-clear turquoise waters. It’s an ideal time to fully enjoy the many outdoor activities the lake and its surroundings offer. With highs in the pleasant 70s to 80s, swimming and boating on the lake is refreshing, and beautiful vistas are easily explored by hiking the surrounding nature trails. 

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival also takes place at Sand Harbor Beach in July, with the lake and mountains as a picturesque backdrop for classical theater. Whether taking in a play, swimming amid mountain-fed waters, paddling by tall pines along the shore, or camping under the stars, Lake Tahoe is a sparkling gem perfect for summer visitors. 

A deep blue lake with several green pine trees and granite rocks surrounding it with a small green island in the center

  • Where to Stay : Hampton Inn & Suites South Lake Tahoe
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Reno-Tahoe International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  80°F // 50°F 

Recommended by Coco of  Coco Tran  

15. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon  

The Columbia River Gorge is a 90-mile canyon that runs along the Columbia River, which divides Oregon and Washington. Within the gorge, there are waterfalls, vineyards, mountains, and miles of hiking trails. While you can visit The Columbia River Gorge all year, July offers the best weather for enjoying the area’s outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, and swimming. 

While you’re visiting the  Columbia River Gorge , be sure to hike at one of the many waterfalls. One of the most popular waterfalls in the area is  Multnomah Falls , which is known for being the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon. If you want to skip the crowds, Wahclella Falls, Falls Creek Falls, or Latourell Falls are great alternatives. If hanging out by the water is more your thing, head to the basin of Punchbowl Falls to go for a swim. 

Once you’ve spent the day exploring outside, head to the charming town of Hood River. Here, you can browse the shops in the historic downtown and grab a bite to eat. Solstice Wood Fire Pizza is one of the best places to eat in Hood River. Be sure to grab a table outside facing the Columbia River. In July, you will get to see many people out on the water kiteboarding and windsurfing in this area. 

A waterfall cascading off a mossy, rocky cliff into a pool of bluish-green water.

  • Where to Stay:   Kimpton Riverplace Hotel
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Portland International Airport (PDX) 
  • Average Temperatures:  89°F // 59°F 

Recommended by Maddie of Maddie Deer  

16. Duluth, Minnesota  

Just a two-hour drive from Minneapolis, Duluth, nestled on the shores of Lake Superior, is a quintessential summer getaway for Midwesterners. In July, Lake Superior’s famously frigid waters become a refreshing reprieve from the humid summer heat. 

Drive up the shore to hike around Gooseberry Falls and visit Split Rock Lighthouse. Or stay in Duluth for agate hunting in Canal Park and explore the Lincoln Park Craft District, filled with cute boutiques and Love Creamery, home to the best ice cream in the city. If you’re looking for something more active, rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard for a day out on the water. 

Visit over the Fourth of July for Duluth’s Fourth Fest — a lakeside celebration with the largest fireworks show in the Midwest, accompanied by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. 

When you’re ready for a bite, head up the North Shore All-American Scenic Drive, one of the most beautiful routes in the state. Eventually, you’ll arrive at New Scenic Cafe — one of the best  restaurants in Duluth . It’s a humble spot with lake views serving elegant New American cuisine influenced by Minnesota’s Nordic roots. In the city, Hungry Hippie Tacos serves unique frybread tacos, while Fitger’s Brewhouse grills some of the state’s top wild rice burgers. 

Book your hotel well in advance — only a few hotels in Duluth have lake views, and they fill up quickly during the summer months. 

A flat, rocky outcropping overlooking a peaceful expanse of blue ocean in Duluth, Minnesota – one of the best places to visit in the USA in July.

  • Where to Stay:   Fitger’s Inn  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  73°F // 58°F 

Recommended by Eva of Eva Darling  

17. Rocky Mountain National Park  

There is no better national park in the USA to visit in July than  Rocky Mountain National Park  in Colorado! 

By July, most of the snow has melted, which opens up one of the most scenic highways in the country — Trail Ridge Road. Trail Ridge Road is called the “Highway to The Sky” for good reason — you will find the mountain views stunning! As you drive Trail Ridge Road, you will also see a plethora of wildflowers in full bloom.  

The cool mountain air makes this park a great place to beat the heat of summer. The park has perfect hiking weather in July, and the park delivers some of the best trails for families or solo hikers. The most popular hikes are in the Bear Lake area, where you can hike to waterfalls like Avalanche Falls or around mountain lakes like Sprague Lake.  

Summer also means wildlife is active in the park. It’s rare to go a day without elk and moose sightings as you hike or drive through the park. And, of course, the marmots, chipmunks, and other little critters are always ready to entertain along the trail or in picnic areas. 

The gateway community of Estes Park provides lodging ranging from rustic camping to adorable cabins to luxury hotels. Here, you can experience the true west when the rodeo comes to town for a week in July. Or join in for the Cowboy Sing-A-Long in Bond Park every Sunday night. 

Rocky Mountain National Park requires advance timed-entry reservations to enter the park during most summer hours in addition to the regular entrance fee. However, it is one of the best destinations to include on a summer Colorado road trip !

Views from the rainbow curve on the trail ridge road in Rocky Mountain National Park, including mountains, trees, and a blue cloudy sky.

  • Where to Stay:   The Stanley Hotel  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Denver International Airport (DEN) 
  • Average Temperatures:  69°F // 45°F 

Recommended by Ladonna of Walking The Parks  

18. Cape Cod, Massachusetts  

One of the best places to visit in the USA in July is Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Just about a one-hour drive south of Boston, Cape Cod is home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, including some that are part of the U.S. National Seashore. It also includes quaint and picturesque New England towns and fascinating history, and it is an ideal place for classic American summer celebrations — especially in July!  

Celebrating the Fourth of July on Cape Cod is one of the most festive things to do in July, but any time during the summer, you will find a variety of activities for an idyllic New England summer vacation.  

From spending the day on one of the Cape’s unspoiled beaches or stunning hiking trails to enjoying old-fashioned activities like mini-golf, go-karts, bike riding on the Cape Cod Rail Trail, and drive-in movie theaters — Cape Cod is fantastic for families and couples. You can also enjoy surfing, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, golfing, boating, tidepooling, and a variety of other water activities. The Cape is home to a large seal population, who are often seen bobbing up and down from shore. 

You can’t visit Cape Cod without enjoying the outstanding seafood restaurants, which range from beachside shanties to higher-end restaurants. Some are located right at the beach, and no trip to the Cape is complete without some local ice cream! 

For more unique activities in Cape Cod, you can take tours of the nearby cranberry bogs near  Plymouth  or visit the Cape Cod Potato Chip Company. Cape Cod beaches often have limited parking, which makes them less crowded, but getting there early helps ensure you get a spot. 

Many of the quaint small seaside towns, like Chatham and Provincetown, are great for walking around, shopping, dining, and finding great art. If you happen to be in one of these sweet spots over the Fourth of July, you will likely see a parade, décor, and fireworks. Also, catching one of the minor league baseball games is one of the  best things to do with kids on Cape Cod . 

There are plenty of accommodations to suit every style and budget, from cottage and home rentals to hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts. Each area of the Cape has its own style and feel. But no matter where you stay on Cape Cod, it is one of the best places to visit in July in the USA. 

A wooden fence along Marconi Beach in Cape Cod, one of the best places to visit in the USA in July

  • Where to Stay:  Chatham Bars Inn  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Boston Logan International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  80°F // 65°F 

Recommended by Keri at Bon Voyage With Kids  

19. Bozeman, Montana  

When you’re planning a summer getaway in July, Bozeman, Montana, should be at the top of your list. During July, the weather is perfect in Bozeman, with the high temperature around 80°F — perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and casual explorers alike. As a result of its location in the Rocky Mountains, the city offers an unparalleled blend of natural beauty, as well as a vibrant culture and a relaxed vibe that’s hard to find elsewhere. 

What sets July in Bozeman apart are the unique events and activities you can’t experience at any other time of the year. For instance, the renowned Sweet Pea Festival, a celebration of arts and community, is an absolute must. It features live music, theater performances, and a parade, all set against the backdrop of Bozeman’s picturesque landscapes.  

If you’re a fan of the outdoors — you’re in luck. July is the prime time for fly fishing in Bozeman’s crystal-clear rivers, and the hiking trails in the surrounding mountains are at their best — lush, green, and bursting with life. Plus, the Bozeman Stampede Rodeo in late July offers an authentic taste of Montana’s cowboy culture. 

While in Bozeman, you must make your way to Main Street, which is full of local restaurants, shops, and boutiques. If you enjoy eating meat, then you must try bison in Montana. Ted’s Montana Grill offers bison in various forms — including meatloaf, short rib, and brisket. Plus, it’s located in The Baxter Hotel, a historic hotel that’s been in existence since 1929.  

And if you’re interested in visiting Yellowstone National Park, you’ll be happy to learn that  Bozeman is a quick 90-minute drive to Yellowstone!  

Several trees and grassy plains overlook the city and mountainous terrain in Bozeman, Montana.

  • Where to Stay:   Residence Inn by Marriott Bozeman Downtown
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) 

Recommended by Marquita of The Traveling Twin Mama  

20. Chincoteague, Virginia  

One of the best places to visit in the USA in July is the quaint seaside town of Chincoteague, Virginia. It has a charming coastal allure, inviting you to immerse yourself in a delightful blend of nature and tradition. 

Nature enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Begin your journey at the iconic Assateague Lighthouse — a historic beacon that offers panoramic views of the island and the shimmering waters beyond. As you ascend the 142-foot-tall lighthouse, feel the gentle sea breeze, creating a perfect atmosphere for capturing breathtaking photos. 

Alongside the lighthouse, this haven for wildlife showcases the island’s ecological diversity, boasting salt marshes, dunes, and a mosaic of habitats. Birdwatchers will revel in the chance to spot migratory fowl, while hikers can traverse scenic trails surrounded by the beauty of untouched landscapes. Keep an eye out for the famous Chincoteague Ponies that can be seen here and near the miles of beach on the island. 

Cap off your July adventure with a visit to the world-famous Pony Penning event at the end of the month. Witness the timeless spectacle of wild Chincoteague ponies swimming across the channel, guided by skilled wranglers. This annual tradition, deeply rooted in the island’s history, captures the essence of Chincoteague’s unique charm. The event is a fundraiser to help take care of the herd throughout the year. 

End your day with fresh seafood at Don’s Seafood Restaurant – one of the  best places to eat in Chincoteague ! 

Four wild ponies on the beach in Assateague Island, known as Chincoteague Ponies.

  • Where to Stay:  Comfort Suites Chincoteague Island Bayfront Resort  
  • Nearest Major Airports:  Reagan Washington Airport and Baltimore International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  84°F // 71°F 

Recommended by Pamela of The Directionally Challenged Traveler  

21. Denali National Park, Alaska  

When visiting Denali National Park in July, you are in for an unforgettable experience with unique opportunities. During this time, you will enjoy the extended daylight hours of the Midnight Sun. This natural wonder provides extra time for outdoor activities like hiking, photography, and wildlife viewing. Picture yourself capturing stunning sunset photos even at 11 PM! 

Denali transforms into a hiker’s paradise in July. You can explore the easy and scenic Horseshoe Lake Trail, which meanders 1.5 miles through lush forests and along the serene Horseshoe Lake. If you’re seeking a bit more thrill, the Savage River Loop Trail, spanning a moderate two miles, is an ideal choice. The Mount Healy Overlook Trail offers a rewarding challenge for the more daring hikers. This five-mile hike, with its steep ascent, rewards you with sweeping panoramic views. 

July is also the peak season for wildlife spotting in Denali. You might catch sight of grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep, more active and visible during this time. Keep an eye out for elusive wolves, too. Additionally, the park’s flora is at its most vibrant. Wildflowers like fireweed create picturesque landscapes. 

For adventure enthusiasts, July in Denali National Park is unparalleled. The rivers are ideal for exhilarating river rafting tours. And for an experience you’ll never forget, consider the famous Denali flightseeing tours with glacier landings. In July, these tours are at their prime, offering awe-inspiring aerial views of the park’s vast wilderness and the rare chance to land on ancient glaciers. Mountain weather can be unpredictable, so it’s crucial to be prepared. Dress in layers and always bring a raincoat to adapt to sudden changes in conditions. 

After an intense day of activities in Denali, it’s time to enjoy a local dinner. Hit 229 Parks Restaurant and Tavern for a meal crafted from locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy the fresh Alaskan seafood and rustic ambiance at the Denali Park Salmon Bake, or savor the homemade Eastern European flavors at The Moose-AKa’s. 

Several snowcapped mountains and rolling hills against a blue, cloudy sky in Denali National Park, one of the best places to visit in the USA in July.

  • Where to Stay:  McKinley Chalet Resort  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) 
  • Average Temperatures:  66°F // 44°F 

Recommended by Agnes of Alaska Itinerary  

22. New York City, New York  

New York City is a great place to visit any time of year, but especially in July when this city of lights shines brighter still with the Fourth of July fireworks. NYC is always humming in the summer with all the free activities around town, and the weather is great for sightseeing and soaking in the best of everything the city has to offer. 

In July, the city comes alive with street fairs, food festivals, live music and theater performances, and more, offering a diverse range of entertainment options for visitors of all ages and interests. The city’s Fourth of July celebrations are a dazzling display popular with New Yorkers and visitors alike and are amazing to view against the Manhattan skyline. 

Theater enthusiasts can take in the free Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park, while venues like Lincoln Center and Bryant Park offer options such as free music, yoga, movies and other performances. Smorgasburg is a great venue for food enthusiasts, offering a multitude of options from leading eateries. 

July presents great weather to explore the city’s outdoor spaces, from Central Park, Bryant Park, High Line, and Prospect Park, along with beaches including Coney Island and Orchard Beach. Overall, July is a great time of year to experience New York celebrating summer at its best. 

A sunny day in grassy Central Park in New York City

  • Where to Stay:  New York Hilton Midtown  
  • Nearest Major Airports:  LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  85°F // 69°F 

Recommended by Hanit of  Gotta Love New York  

23. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina  

Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway in July is perfect. The weather is beautiful, and the sunsets are amazing. The parkway connects Shenandoah National Park in the north with Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the south. The two states covered by the parkway are North Carolina and Virginia. 

The parkway is 469 miles in total and takes more than one day to complete — preferably three to five days —so that you can enjoy it to its fullest. There’s no entrance fee for the parkway, and it’s known as one of the most picturesque roads in the USA. 

This National Scenic Byway takes you through the Blue Ridge Mountains. You’ll have mesmerizing views of the mountains at every turn. Stop at the overlooks to admire the beautiful scenery. There are numerous hikes starting at the parkway — both short and longer ones. There are also several attractions close by, such as Grandfather Mountain, the Blowing Rock, and Natural Bridge State Park. 

Have lunch or dinner at the Mount Mitchell State Park Restaurant. It’s on top of Mount Mitchell and has perfect views. Alternatively, stop in Asheville, North Carolina, just outside the Blue Ridge Parkway, to enjoy some barbecue and to visit the  Biltmore Estate ! 

Pink flowery bushes in front of rolling green hills at sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

  • Where to Stay:   Kimpton – Hotel Arras, an IGH Hotel
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Asheville Regional Airport & Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  88°F // 68°F 

Recommended by Cosette from  KarsTravels  

24. Nantucket, Massachusetts  

Nantucket Island is a wonderful July destination as the island brims with life and summer activities. It is easy to get to the island either by plane or by ferry from Hyannis. 

Nantucket boasts a vibrant downtown with plenty of restaurants and cafés. If you are looking for nightlife, you are spoiled for choices, including many live music venues. The rest of the island is best explored by bike. The bike trails are great and take you across the island. 

Siasconset is beautiful, with some of the oldest cottages in Nantucket. Besides the sand-swept beach, be sure to walk the Sconset Bluff Walk to the Sankaty Head Lighthouse. Time it with sunset, and you are up for a magical evening. Surfside offers long and beautiful beaches with lifeguards. July is also a great time of the year for whale watching. 

There are also several interesting museums on the island where you can learn more about its history, like the Whaling Museum, the Nantucket Shipwreck and Life Saving Museum, and the Museum of African American History. Nantucket is one of the most popular  weekend getaways from Boston  during summer, so be sure you book your hotel early. 

Several bikes along the water on a bridge in Nantucket, one of the best places to visit in the USA in July.

  • Where to Stay:  Seven Sea Street Inn  
  • Nearest Major Airport:  Nantucket Memorial Airport 
  • Average Temperatures:  75°F // 61°F 

Recommended by Linn of Brainy Backpackers  

FAQs – Best Places to Visit in the USA in July  

Which state is the best to visit in july.

If you’re looking for beautiful weather,  New England  (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont & Rhode Island) is gorgeous in July, as well as the  Pacific Northwest  (Washington & Oregon) and much of the  Midwest  (Michigan, Minnesota & Wisconsin).  California  and  Florida  are also popular states to visit in July for gorgeous beaches.

Is July a good time to visit the USA?

July is a great time to visit the USA  for warm weather that is perfect for exploring national parks, hanging out at the beach, and exploring popular cities like New York and Chicago. However, July is the high season for travel in the U.S., so expect high prices for hotels and flights, as well as large crowds at the most popular tourist attractions.

Where in the United States is it cool in July?

You can enjoy cool temperatures in the United States in July in  Alaska , the mountain towns in  Colorado , and much of the Pacific Northwest, including  Washington ,  Oregon , and  Northern California . You will also find cooler temperatures in the coastal and mountainous regions of New England, like  Vermont ,  New Hampshire , and  Maine .

Plan Your Next Summer Vacation with These Best Places to Visit in the USA in July  

There you have it — all the best places to visit in the USA in July! Even though you’ll have to contend with higher prices and crowds, there is no doubt July is one of the best months to travel in the U.S. — after all, it is popular for a reason! 

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Traverse City, MI

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

After long, cold winters, the Midwest really knows how to appreciate the summer sun—and Traverse City is no exception. The laidback, lakefront city offers beautiful beaches and nature reserves for you to explore with the family in tow, from hikes around Mission Point Lighthouse to lazy days on the sand at Clinch Park or Haserot Beach . Then, head to one of the many vineyards in the area, like the family-owned Chateau Grand Traverse Winery , where you can enjoy tastings at the bar and wines by the glass on the patio. Just be sure to save plenty of time for Front Street , where you’ll find enough boutiques, bars, and restaurants to fill a day or more.

Grand Teton National Park, WY

Flowers and the Teton Mountain Range, Wyoming

What’s summer without a good old-fashioned camping trip? Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is where you should plan an outdoor overnight this year, with tent and RV sites like Lizard Creek Campground set against stunning mountain backdrops. If you’re open to hiking or biking to your campsite, set up at the Jenny Lake campground inside the park and then hit the Jenny Lake Trail , a flat, four-mile path with mountain vistas and lots of opportunities for wildlife sightings. If you’re not the outdoors type, take the 42-Mile Scenic Loop Drive through the park instead, then rent a cabin under the stars at Fireside Resort in nearby Jackson Hole.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor, Maine

A favorite of the rich and famous in the early 1900s, Bar Harbor is now a coastal summer hotspot for all. The scenic town serves as the gateway to Acadia National Park , where nature and wildlife take center stage. Bike, hike, rock climb, or even horseback ride along the trails, or go swimming, fishing, and boating in the park’s 24 lakes and ponds. Then, head into downtown Bar Harbor to shop for artisan crafts and local produce, or dine al fresco on some fresh Maine lobster. Make your home base in one of Bar Harbor’s cozy B&Bs, like Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best–winning Primrose and Sand Bar Cottage .

San Juan Islands, WA

Orca and whale watching boats on the San Juan Islands

Just a short ferry or seaplane ride from Seattle, the San Juan Islands are known for incredible whale watching, specifically between April and September each year. Go in July and you’ll also enjoy slightly cooler temperatures in the upper 60s—stellar weather for exploring the great outdoors. Start in Lime Kiln Point State Park , which has some of the best places to spot marine life like orcas and sea lions. Then check out the annual Lavender Festival at Pelindaba Lavender Farm , which takes place the third week of July and includes field tours, craft workshops, cooking demos, local music, and even self-harvesting. As for a home base, the Outlook Inn on Orcas Island offers breathtaking views from its Water's Edge Suites’ balconies.

Marine Street Beach in San Diego, CA

San Diego is always a good idea, no matter the time of year, but July means the city's June gloom has come and gone and the weather is all but perfect. Stroll down the mile-long beach in La Jolla Shores Park , where the waves are gentle and ideal for amateur scuba divers, or explore the park's caves on a kayak tour . On land, Balboa Park offers over 100 acres to explore, with 16 museums, a performing arts venue, and even the famous San Diego Zoo on the grounds. Don’t forget to eat and drink your way through the Gaslamp Quarter , a historic district filled with restaurants, bars, and shops set in Victorian-era buildings.

best places to visit in usa july

The 8 best destinations to visit in July

Jordi Lippe-McGraw

Summer is almost here, so it's time to plan that long-anticipated getaway. You're in luck because July is a great time to travel, with plenty of destinations offering unique experiences to suit every traveler's interests.

From Independence Day celebrations to cultural festivals, the world is full of exciting destinations to explore. Whether you're looking for adventure, culture or relaxation, these eight destinations will impress you.

So pack your bags and prepare for your next unforgettable summer vacation.

Washington, DC

best places to visit in usa july

Washington, D.C., is a city that truly shines in the summer, and July is the perfect time to experience all it offers. Exploring the city's many museums, galleries and historic sites during the long summer days is a treat for the mind and soul. The warm, sunny weather creates the perfect backdrop for enjoying the city's outdoor activities.

During the week of Independence Day, the National Mall, with its iconic monuments and memorials, is a popular attraction and witnessing the fireworks illuminate the city skyline on the Fourth of July creates a magical atmosphere that's hard to describe.

Additionally, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates cultural traditions worldwide during Independence Day week, adding to the city's vibrant cultural scene. The National Symphony Orchestra's Independence Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol is a musical feast for the ears.

Related: The perfect 1-day field trip in Washington, DC, for travelers of all ages

TPG tip : The Rosewood Washington, D.C. (available from 59,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points or $775 per night) provides a great location for families thanks to its Townhouses that boast private entrances, living rooms, kitchens and private back courtyards — perfect for hosting a July Fourth get-together with friends and family.

best places to visit in usa july

Belize in July is a feast for the senses, a symphony of flavors and rhythms that will leave you breathless. The Belize Lobsterfests are the stars of the show, each one a celebration of the sea's bounty and the ingenuity of the people who call these shores home.

From the barefooted havens of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, to the bohemian charm of Caye Caulker, the festivals will tantalize your taste buds with such culinary delights as lobster macaroni and cheese, lobster ceviche and other mouthwatering creations.

But it's not just about the food — there are music, dancing and competitions that will keep you on your toes. If that's not enough, the Belize International Music and Food Festival is the cherry on top, a two-day celebration of the country's diverse culinary landscape and rich musical heritage. With each bite and each beat, Belize will steal your heart and leave you yearning for more.

TPG tip : A great home base is Alaia Belize, Autograph Collection , available from 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for $342 per night.

best places to visit in usa july

Zurich is a vibrant and unforgettable destination for a summer getaway. In July, the city hosts the Züri Fäscht , Switzerland's largest festival, attracting over two million visitors to enjoy culinary delights, fireworks and live music.

Open-air cinemas throughout the city, such as on the banks of Lake Zurich, offer a picturesque backdrop to watch classic movies under the stars.

The city's parks and lake provide a great place to enjoy a lazy afternoon or rent a paddle boat or kayak. Adventure seekers can hike or bike in the surrounding hills and mountains or take a cable car to the top of Uetliberg Mountain, offering breathtaking views of the city and Alps.

Zurich has a rich history and culture, with its charming Old Town and museums such as the Kunsthaus Zurich and the Swiss National Museum. The city's diverse offerings cater to all interests, making it the perfect destination for a summer vacation, whether seeking relaxation or adventure.

TPG tip : For a quick ride into the city center, book a room at ​​ Hilton Garden Inn Zurich Limmattal. Rates start at 31,000 Hilton Honors points or $120 per night.

best places to visit in usa july

Turkey in July is the perfect destination for beachgoers and cultural enthusiasts alike. The Istanbul Jazz Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this July, bringing together artists from all over the world and pushing the boundaries of the genre.

For the adventurous traveler, the Uludag Premium Ultra Trail Marathon offers challenging running trails amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Uludag.

Related: 11 of the best hotels in Turkey, from Istanbul to Cappadocia

Finally, those seeking a more relaxed pace can enjoy the One Love Festival in Parkorman, a music festival that attracts hundreds of people with its six stages and diverse genres. From pop bands to techno performances, the festival appeals to a broad range of musical tastes and age groups.

TPG tip : Stay at the InterContinental Istanbul for around 67,000 IHG One Rewards points or $333 per night.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

best places to visit in usa july

Embrace your inner cowboy this summer. Cheyenne is an exceptional place to visit in July, especially for those seeking an authentic Western experience.

Wyoming's most famous event, Cheyenne Frontier Days, will return for its 125th year from July 21-30, 2023. This 10-day celebration features the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western festivities, including thrilling carnival rides, a chuckwagon cookoff and world-class country music performances. Visitors can also expect to witness incredible rodeo action, bull riding and other exciting events throughout the festival.

The event also features standout headliners like Eric Church, Zach Bryan and Tim McGraw, who will grace the stage with exceptional musical talent.

TPG tip : Those planning to attend Cheyenne Frontier Days can stay at the nearby Little America Hotel & Resort — from 13,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points or $203 per night — which offers a B.B.Q. with live music and brunch specials.

Flagstaff, Arizona

best places to visit in usa july

Flagstaff is having a moment as an under-the-radar travel destination and Northern Arizona's hub for adventure. Perfect for summertime road trips and national park exploration, Flagstaff sits along Route 66 and is just over an hour from the Grand Canyon.

Incredible stargazing in July makes Flagstaff a destination unto itself. The world's first dark sky city, it's home to the Lowell Observatory. Visitors can look forward to observing a Full Thunder Moon on July 3 or the Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower on July 28-29.

Related: A retro renovation on Route 66: My stay at a modern-day motor lodge

Art lovers flock to the annual Art in the Park, which returns July 1-3, welcoming over 70 artists across the Southwest with live music, food and a beer garden. Flagstaff will also host the P.D.G.A. Masters Disc Golf World Championships from July 11-15.

TPG tip : As far as where to stay, the reimagined Americana Motor Hotel (rates from $135 per night) will reopen in June 2023 following an extensive renovation led by Practice Hospitality. Parked on historic Route 66, the retro-futuristic motor hotel offers a welcome respite after a day of adventure with "dive-in" movies in the heated pool and an expansive backyard with fire pits, games and telescopes to explore the star-spangled sky.

best places to visit in usa july

Japan 's summer months are perfect for immersing oneself in local culture, hiking picturesque national parks and relaxing on breathtaking beaches.

Furthermore, some of the country's most famous festivals occur in July. Tokyo's Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival is considered one of the oldest and most significant celebrations in Japan. The festival was established in the 18th century to ward off evil spirits and pray for the end of famine. Today, visitors gather by the Sumida River on the last Saturday of July to witness innovative and mesmerizing fireworks displays while indulging in delicious food and drinks.

The lavender season in Hokkaido is another breathtaking sight. Starting from late June, the stunning purple flowers reach full bloom from early to mid-July, offering visitors an opportunity to engulf themselves in the beauty of nature while enjoying the picturesque scenery.

Kyoto's Gion Matsuri festival is a month-long celebration that transforms the city into a lively party. The main processions occur on July 17 and 24, featuring stunning parade floats, Yoiyama festivities (evening street parties) and delectable street food. The Owari Tsushima Tennoh Festival has been a part of Japanese culture for over 600 years, attracting locals and tourists alike with traditional Japanese arts, musical performances and dazzling fireworks over the water.

Lastly, the Soma Nomaoi in Fukushima celebrates martial arts and horseback riding, which symbolizes resilience for the people of Soma. Visitors can experience the samurai spirit at this thousand-year-old festival, watching races, processions and other enticing events during the last weekend of July.

TPG tip : Just in time for the festivals, Fairfield by Marriott Hokkaido Eniwa just opened and is available from 15,500 Marriott Bonvoy points or $91 per night.

best places to visit in usa july

San Diego in July is where the worlds of Pride and pop culture come together in an epic collision.

One of the month's highlights is San Diego Pride, which will take place from July 8-16. This event is one of the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 300,000 visitors from near and far. The festival celebrates the LGBTQ+ community with a parade, live music, food and drink. It's a great opportunity to experience the city's diversity and inclusivity.

Another must-see event in July is Comic-Con International, which returns to San Diego from July 19-23. This annual convention is a mecca for comic book enthusiasts and pop culture fans, with panels, workshops and celebrity appearances. It's a fantastic opportunity to indulge your fandom and meet like-minded people from around the world.

To make it even easier to visit San Diego, Alaska Airlines has launched two new direct routes from D.C. and Tampa, making the city more accessible for East Coast dwellers.

TPG tip : Book a stay at The Westgate Hotel for around 46,500 Chase Ultimate Rewards points or $183 per night. Timely with ComiCon in July, The Westgate Hotel will transform its afternoon tea service to a superhero-themed tea, with themed cocktails and delectable bites.

Related: The best hotels in San Diego

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The 15 Best Places to Visit in the US in July

July can be a tricky month to travel in the USA. Most students throughout the country are on summer break, which means it might just be their only chance to travel during the year. For that reason, many of the top family-friendly travel destinations in the country are filling up fast.

Even if they’re no longer in school, many others are heading out for a summer getaway, wanting to embrace the warm weather while it lasts. While traveling in July may mean dealing with some higher crowd levels, it also means beach weather and many events celebrating summer.

Planning a trip in July and wondering where to go? We’ve compiled a list of the best places to visit in July in the USA for you, from beach retreats to fun festival hotspots. Pick your favorite July vacation from this list, and you’re bound to have an amazing summer getaway!

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The 15 Best Places to Travel in the USA in July

1. san diego, california.

Best Cities to Visit in USA in July: San Diego Comic Con

Pop culture lover? Then, San Diego is one of the best places to vacation in July for you! July brings about the return of San Diego Comic-Con , where you can step inside your favorite shows and movies with interactive experiences, meet your favorite creators, listen to panels about the pop culture you love, and get your hands on exclusive merch you won’t find anywhere else.

Beyond Comic-Con, San Diego in July also means the perfect beach weather, concert series, tons of festivals, and summer events at San Diego staples like the San Diego Zoo .

2. Seattle, Washington

Best Places to Visit in USA in July: Seattle

Seattle may be famous for its rainy days , but July is the month with the least rain, which is why Seattle is one of the best vacation destinations in July. If you want to see all the famous highlights of this Pacific Northwest city, like the Space Needle and Pike Place Market , without the threat of being rained on, scheduling your trip in July is a must!

3. Traverse City, Michigan

What Places to Visit in USA in July: Traverse City, Michigan

If you want to be near water on your summer vacation, you might imagine that you need to venture to the East or West Coast. But Traverse City is surrounded by many bodies of water – just without the salt. One of the biggest highlights of the area is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore .

But another reason Traverse City is one of the best places to visit in the USA in July is its National Cherry Festival , honoring Traverse City’s nickname as the “Cherry Capital of the World.” During this July festival, you’ll catch parades, art competitions, live music, and many more cherry-themed delights.

4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

What Places Have Shoulder Season in USA in July: Milwaukee

July is filled with festivals around the US, and one of the best can be found in Milwaukee . Taking place over the course of three weekends from late June through early July, Summerfest boasts more than 1,000 performances from over 800 acts across 12 stages.

It’s one of the biggest music festivals in the world, and with performances from acts all across the different musical genres, Summerfest makes Milwaukee one of the best vacation destinations in July for music lovers.

5. Chicago, Illinois

Where to Vacation in USA in July: Chicago

Speaking of festivals, you can’t talk about the summer festival scene in the US without mentioning Chicago . From music festivals like Pitchfork Music Festival and Wicker Park Fest to cultural festivals like the Chinatown Summer Fair and Fiesta Del Sol , you can always guarantee there’s something happening in Chicago whenever you visit throughout July.

Add in even more events, like free movies and concert series at Millennium Park, celebrations of Chicago cuisine, and art showcases, and it’s no wonder why Chicago is one of the best places to visit in July in the USA.

6. Newport, Rhode Island

Must Visit Places in USA in July: Newport

From its beautiful beaches to its historic architecture, Newport is one of the best places to visit in the US in summer, but July is a particularly ideal time for a trip. July in Newport brings about events like the Newport Classical Music Festival , which runs throughout the month and presents more than 20 outdoor events and concerts at many of the city’s famous landmarks.

If classical music isn’t your scene, check out the Newport Folk Festival . Over at Fort Adams State Park, you’ll catch four stages filled with beloved musicians and up-and-comers. Although the focus is on folk, you’ll find that the acts come from all different musical backgrounds.

7. Aspen, Colorado

Best Cities to Visit in USA in July: Aspen Gondola

When you think of the best time to visit Aspen , you likely picture ski season. But there are many reasons why Aspen offers one of the best July vacations. 

Are you looking to get active? There are hiking and biking trails galore. Or hop on the Silver Queen Gondola, which will take you to the top of Aspen Mountain to find tons more summer activities, like disc golf, yoga, and outdoor bluegrass concerts.

July also means you have plenty of entertainment options, like the Aspen Music Festival and School , a classical music showcase running from late June to late August, and the Downtown Aspen Art Festival, an art fair with over 100 national and local artists showcasing their work.

8. San Francisco, California

Best Places to Visit in USA in July: San Francisco, California

Unlike many other popular July destinations in the US, San Francisco isn’t all that hot, which means you won’t be dripping sweat when you party at one of the city’s many summer festivals. 

From the Fillmore Jazz Festival , a weekend-long event with three stages of continuous jazz performances, to the Stern Grove Festival , the city’s oldest music festival with performances all throughout the summer, San Francisco is one of the best places to travel in the USA in July if you want tons of options for your summer entertainment. 

9. Cheyenne, Wyoming

What Places to Visit in USA in July: Cheyenne

Cheyenne in July means the return of Cheyenne Frontier Days , a 10-day-long celebration of the Old West. See champions compete at the rodeo, make memories you and your little ones will never forget at the carnival, rock out to live music, and so much more. 

While you’re visiting Cheyenne, be sure to check out their historic buildings, local ranches, and scenic hiking trails for even more July fun.

10. Bar Harbor, Maine

What Places Have Shoulder Season in USA in July: Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor is the gateway to Acadia National Park and one of the best places to visit in the USA in July. This quaint and colorful town boasts one-of-a-kind shops, spas, and dining, while Acadia National Park is easily accessible for a day of exploration.

Acadia will likely be quite busy in July, but it’s worth dealing with some high crowd levels to get to enjoy the ideal hiking and biking conditions. 

11. Outer Banks, North Carolina

Where to Vacation in USA in July: Outer Banks, North Carolina

If you’re looking for ideal beach weather, head over to the Outer Banks . This chain of islands in North Carolina offers one of the best vacation destinations in July, as the month is perfect for taking a dip in the Atlantic. 

Throughout some of the year, the attractions, restaurants, and other destinations close down in the Outer Banks as they await the return of visitors. But everything is back up and running by July. Although you will have to contend with high crowd levels, it’s worth it to have everything open during your trip.

12. Cape May, New Jersey

Must Visit Places in USA in July: Cape May, New Jersey

For another beach getaway in July, head to Cape May. Cape May’s beaches are among the best on the East Coast, and July weather means that you’re experiencing some of the best conditions to get out in the water. Just keep in mind that these ideal conditions also mean high crowd levels.

13. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Best Cities to Visit in USA in July: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

For another cape that’s one of the best places to visit in the USA in July, venture over to Cape Cod . In addition to beach-going, there’s also hiking and biking at the Cape Cod National Seashore , whale watching during peak whale-watching season, and catching a double feature at the beloved Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre .

14. Fairbanks, Alaska

Over in Fairbanks, the city takes advantage of the constant sunshine with a litany of summer events, making it one of the best vacation destinations in July. July marks the return of Golden Days , a series of events that honor the discovery of gold by Italian immigrant Felix Pedro and the founding of Fairbanks. 

These family-friendly activities include the biggest parade in Alaska, a street fair, a rubber ducky race, and much more. More fun things to do in Fairbanks in July include taking a ride aboard the Riverboat Discovery , seeing the short growing season at the Georgeson Botanical Garden , and seeing the unique games at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics .

15. Block Island, Rhode Island

Best Places to Visit in USA in July: Block Island, Rhode, Island

Block Island has several scenic beaches that are perfect to spend your July at. And there’s a beach for every type of vacationer, as some are good for swimming, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, or hiking. July on Block Island also means art showcases, movies on the beach, and the Great Salt Pond Swim !

There you have it! The 15 best places to visit in the USA in July. What’s your favorite summer vacation destination?

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15 Best Places to Visit in July in USA 2023

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Looking for the best places to visit in July in USA? These are the places you want to travel to this month.

Summer is in full swing! If you’re planning a trip this month, we’re here to help. Want to visit places that are only open a couple of months out of the year? Want to see wildflowers? We got you! We spent many hours cross-referencing our travel experiences with the most optimal weather, special events, natural phenomena, and travel deals to bring you the best places to visit in the US this July.

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1. portland, oregon →.

7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, map

Weather Avg: 80° / 57° F

When we lived in Portland, we told everyone to only visit during July and August. It’s the most glorious summer you can experience after a brutally gloomy and rainy rest of the year . The city celebrates the beautiful weather with festivals and events happening throughout the month, and you can catch the Portland Rose Festival .

  • TO DO: Pittock Mansion , Columbia River Gorge , Portland Bucket List
  • EAT: Best Places to Eat in Portland
  • STAY: Portland Hotel Deals
  • EVENTS: Portland Rose Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Portland Pride

See More: Ultimate Portland Bucket List

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2. Crater Lake National Park in July →

Crater Lake National Park, Rim Village, OR 97604,  map

Weather Avg: 70° / 42° F

We visited Crater Lake in late May and didn’t realize how much of the park would be closed due to snow. All roads in Crater Lake National Park are typically fully open by mid-July, although this always depends on snowfall and other weather-related factors. Most of the year, only portions of the park are open. In July, you can enjoy the nice weather with fewer crowds since it’s one of the least visited National Parks in the US .

  • TO DO: Rim Drive, Boat Tour, Visit Wizard Island
  • EAT: Ponderosa Public House , Beckie’s Cafe , Prospect Pizza
  • STAY: Crater Lake Hotels and Rentals

See More: The Ultimate Guide to Crater Lake National Park

Things to Do at Crater Lake National Park

3. Oregon Coast, Oregon →

Weather Avg: 66° / 52° F

Can you tell that we have a soft spot for the PNW during the summer? Cannon Beach is a beautiful, touristy town in Oregon known for its iconic Haystack Rock. The weather in July is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and exploring the tide pools. If you want a quieter and less touristy pace of travel, locals like to go to Manzanita .

  • TO DO: Crabbing , Drift Creek Falls , Samuel H Boardman
  • EAT: Pronto Pup , Pelican Pub , Yachats Brewing
  • STAY: Hotel Deals in Oregon

See More: Your Ultimate Oregon Coast Road Trip – All the Best Stops

Thors Well Oregon + Where to Stop on Your Oregon Coast Road Trip

4. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah – Annual Geology Festival →

UT-63, Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764,  map

Weather Avg: 80° / 48° F

July is a great time to visit Bryce Canyon. Even though it’s summer, Bryce is still one of the underrated national parks and doesn’t get the insane crowds that Zion does. In addition, they hold an annual Geology Festival every July, so if you like to nerd over rocks, join in on the festivities and talks.

  • TO DO:  15 Amazing Things to Do in Bryce Canyon
  • EAT:  Idk BBQ ,  Pizza Place ,  Stone Hearth Grille
  • STAY:  Search for hotels
  • EVENTS: Geology Festival

See More: 15 Amazing Things to DO in Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon Utah National Park

5. Glacier National Park, Montana →

Logan’s Pass Visitor Center, Browning, MT 59417,  map

Weather Avg: 75° / 44° F

People call Glacier National Park the Switzerland of America, with scenic views of glaciers, lakes, and mountains. We visited in late June, and some trails were still closed. If you want to ensure that Going to the Sun Road and hiking trails are all open , July and August are the best times to visit. The main road won’t be fully accessible until late June.

  • TO DO: Going-to-the-Sun Road ( requires a permit ), Red Bus Tour, Lake McDonald, Goose Island (from The Shining)
  • EAT: Johnson’s Cafe , Babb Bar Cattle Baron Supper Club , Rising Sun Pizza
  • STAY: Find Nearby Hotels

See More: 9 Incredible Things to Do in Glacier National Park

Top Glacier National Park Hikes + 9 Incredible Things to do in Glacier National Park

6. Seattle, Washington →

701 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101,  map

Weather Avg: 73° / 56° F

Seattle also has a very similar climate to Portland and is beautiful in July and August. The weather is warm and sunny (finally!), and you’ll find several festivals and events throughout the month. Whenever we visit, we either go in July/August or in September/October if we plan to add a climbing trip to Leavenworth. If you’re spending more than a weekend here, check out these 15 best day trips from Seattle .

  • TO DO:  Museums , Space Needle, Pike Place Market
  • EAT:   Piroshky Priroshky ,  The Pink Door ,  Paseo
  • STAY: Seattle Hotel Deals
  • EVENTS:  Bite of Seattle, Seafair Summer Festival

Local Tip: Don’t forget your  rain jacket .

See More: 101 Things to Do in Seattle WA

hot tub boat seattle

7. Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana

1215 IN-49, Porter, IN 46304, map

Weather Avg: 81° / 64° F

July is the perfect time to enjoy Indiana Dunes National Park’s beaches. The warm sun is ideal for swimming , sunbathing, picnicking, and more. In addition to that, it’s wildflower season making the park pop with color. To make your visit extra special, check out one of the ranger-led programs.

  • TO DO:  Sand Dunes, Historic Homes, Hiking Trails
  • EAT: Chesterton Brewery , Craft House , Ivy’s Bohemia House
  • STAY: Indiana Dunes Hotels and Rentals

See More: 15 Spectacular Day Trips from Chicago IL

Indiana Dunes Beach

8. Kings Canyon National Park, California →

83918 CA-180, Grant Grove Village, CA 93633, map

Weather Avg: 71° / 33° F

July offers some of the best weather to visit Kings Canyon National Park . It’s an ideal time for hiking, backpacking, camping, and viewing wildlife. As the snow melts, vegetation flourishes and brings out the animals.

  • TO DO: Grizzly Falls, Boyden Cavern, Road’s End
  • EAT: Copper Top BBQ , Brewed Awakening , Still Life Cafe
  • STAY: Kings Canyon Hotel Deals

See More: 11 Breathtaking Canyons in the US You Can’t Miss

boyden cavern kings canyon

9. Olympic National Park, Washington →

3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362,  map

Weather Avg: 62° / 44° F

July is the peak wildflower season in Olympic National Park. The alpine meadows burst with vibrant colors, and the weather is also lovely for exploring the coast. It’s also one of the best times to go camping and backpacking in the park.

  • TO DO: Hurricane Ridge, Hoh Rainforest, Rialto Beach, Storm King, Sol Duc Falls, Shi Shi Beach
  • EAT: Salmon House Restaurant , Dino’s Pizza and Grill , Granny’s Cafe
  • STAY: Look for Olympic National Park Hotels

Local Tip: It’s always smart to have a  raincoat  with you just in case.

See More: 4 Things to Do in Olympic National Park Washington

Hall of Mosses Trail in Olympic National Park

10. Sequoia National Park, California →

47050 Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA 93271, map

Weather Avg: 63° / 32° F

July is the most popular time to visit Sequoia National Park, and for good reason. The weather is perfect for exploring the trails, and the skies are clear, making it a great time to admire the massive trees. It’s also peak wildflower season ! Just be sure to book campgrounds and reservations early since it’s so busy.

  • TO DO: General Sherman , Moro Rock, Tunnel Log
  • EAT: Ol Buckaroo , Sierra Subs and Salads , Still Life Cafe
  • STAY: Best Place to Stay in Sequoia National Park

See More: 11 Most Beautiful Trees in the World to Put On Your BUcket List

best places to visit in usa july

11. Vail, Colorado →

241 South Frontage Rd. #8150, Vail CO, 81657, map

Weather Avg: 77° / 42° F

Although Vail is known as a world-famous ski town, if you come during July, the wildflowers are typically in peak bloom . We went in late June, and we saw some flowers starting to bloom and wished we timed our trip a couple of weeks later. The weather is mild all summer, so it’s perfect for hiking, biking, climbing, and other outdoor activities. You can also find better travel and hotel deals than during winter , although visiting in the summer is also gaining popularity.

  • TO DO: Piney River Ranch, Shrine Ridge Trail, Eagle Bahn Gondola
  • EAT: Alpenrose , Annapurna
  • STAY: Search for Hotels in Vail Colorado

See More: Your Ultimate First Timer’s Guide to Vail Colorado in Summer

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12. Chicago, Illinois – Pitchfork Music Festival

301 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616,  map

Weather Avg: 82° / 70° F

July is a great time to enjoy the outdoors in Chicago, including the city’s beaches, parks, trails, and some great festivals and events . If you don’t plan on attending any events, avoid those weekends since prices will be steeper then.

  • TO DO:  Millennium Park, Willis Tower, Navy Pier
  • EAT: Au Cheval ,  Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings ,  Smoque BBQ
  • STAY: Find hotels in Chicago
  • EVENTS: Pitchfork Music Festival, Taste of Chicago, Chicago SummerDance Festival

Chicago Illinois + 101 USA Places to Visit

13. Lake Tahoe, California / Nevada

169 US-50, Stateline, NV 89449,  map

Weather Avg: 80° / 50° F

July is the warmest month to visit Tahoe if you’re going more for the lake activities vs. winter sports. It’s a great time to enjoy the trails and the water. Since the water stays cold year-round, summer is the perfect time to cool off in the crystal clear lake.

  • TO DO: Emerald Bay State Park, Squaw Valley, Donner Memorial State Park
  • EAT:  Himmel House ,  Base Camp Pizza ,  MacDuff’s Pub
  • STAY: Lake Tahoe Hotels (We recently stayed at Desolation Hotel, which we loved).

Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe + 101 Things to See in Nevada

14. Seward, Alaska →

2001 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664, map

Weather Avg: 62° F / 50° F

August is ideal for visiting Seward (when we went), but July is the runner-up . The weather is mild and pleasant for outdoor activities. You also get exceptionally long days (the sun remains visible nearly 24 hours a day), so the only limitation to your adventures is how much energy you have. There are also excellent salmon fishing opportunities!

  • TO DO: Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska Sealife Center, Exit Glacier
  • EAT: Yukon Bar , Sweet Darlings , Ressurection Roadhouse  
  • STAY: Seward Hotel Deals

See More: 9 Breathtaking Things to Do in Seward Alaska

seward dog sledding

15. Acadia National Park, Maine →

25 Visitor Center Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609,  map

Weather Avg: 76° / 55° F

If you don’t care about leaf peeping, July is the best combination of weather and activities in Acadia National Park. You can hike the trails, kayak on the beautiful waters, swim, and more. Although it’s the busiest month in the park, you can avoid the crowds by getting on some of the longer trails.

  • TO DO: Cadillac Mountain, Scenic Park Loop Road, Precipice Trail, or Beehive Trail
  • EAT: Havana ,  Café This Way ,  Café This Way
  • STAY: Acadia Hotel and Rental Deals

See More: 15 Breathtaking Things to Do in Acadia National Park

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Map of the Best Places to Visit in July in the US

More Places to Visit in July USA Edition

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Boston, MA – Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
  • Chincoteague, VA – Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival
  • New York City, NY – Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
  • San Juan Islands, WA
  • Traverse City, MI

Coolest Destinations in July in the US

The coolest states in July are Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming.

The coolest cities (in the continental US) based on average temperatures are:

  • 67°F – San Francisco, California
  • 68°F – Seattle, Washington
  • 69°F – Portland, Oregon
  • 71°F – Denver, Colorado
  • 71°F – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Major Festivals and Holidays All Over the US

What do we celebrate in July in the USA? Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is the main one.

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15 Best Places to Visit in July (USA + International)

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Thinking of a fun getaway during the height of the summer? Check out my list of best places to visit in July below! July is a great month for summer travel across the US and internationally.

In the US, July means hot, sunny days across much of the country. Tourist attractions are in full swing for summer, and nearly every place is picture-perfect. Abroad you can enjoy beach days and tons of different festivals. Or you can get out of the heat and head to a cooler climate south of the equator.

Standing at the top of a tall dune over a clear lake

Because July is the high season for many places, you should be prepared for lots of travel companions. Attractions are crowded and lines are long. But if you can look past that (or plan around it), you’ll be rewarded with a great time this summer!

If you’re excited to travel this July, keep scrolling for my top picks for places to visit. Also check out these amazing places to visit throughout the summer .

Places to Vacation in July in the US

Here are some of the best places to visit in July in the United States

1. Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

On the northern end of Wisconsin outside of Bayfield are the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior. Made up of 21 islands, there are lots of things to do. Go on a kayaking tour , book a fishing charter, or go sailing around the islands.

I kayaked on Lake Superior, taking a tour of the Mainland Sea Caves. They’re stunning in the summer, between the red sandstone, the vibrant, mossy forest above, and the clear blue water below!

You can camp on most of the islands for a small fee, but be prepared to kayak in. There are also all kinds of drive-up and RV campsites in Bayfield, which is where we ended up camping. If camping isn’t on your summer itinerary, Wild Rice Retreat offers beautiful accommodations surrounded by nature (and a sauna!).

Plus, July is berry season in Wisconsin! There are a handful of great farms in the Bayfield area that you can check out while you’re there. Try raspberry picking at Blue Vista Farm .

Black woman kayaking on lake Superior

I also mentioned Alaska in my Best Places to Visit in June article. Summer is the perfect time to visit because the weather is mild, and you’re right in the middle of whale season. If you’re not a fan of the heat but love the outdoors, this might be a great July trip for you — that’s when I went on my Alaskan cruise .

That far north, the days are still more than 18 hours long in July. That means longer days for you to enjoy the great outdoors!

There are 7 national parks in Alaska with marshes, glaciers, sand dunes, and forests ready for exploring. Take in the fjords on a cruise to Kenai Fjords National Park or discover the wildlife at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center . You can also plan to visit Alaska on a cruise — there are plenty of routes!

3. Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan

On the banks of Lake Michigan is the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore . One of the best places to visit in July, the weather is perfect. The days are warm with clear skies all the way to the horizon.

There are miles of sandy beaches, dunes, forests, and lakes. You can go kayaking or canoeing . I was blown away by the crystal-clear turquoise color of the lake. It reminded me of the Caribbean, but the water is freezing!

There are campsites, hiking trails, and historic lighthouses to explore. If you hike the sand dunes like we did, be prepared for a challenge! Bring water and dress appropriately. We had to jump in the lake to cool down afterward!

Black female hiker in sand dunes at a great lake

4. Lake Tahoe, California

You’ll find Lake Tahoe on the California/Nevada border. It’s less than an hour from Reno and only 2-hours from Sacramento. The lake holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I got engaged!

Lake Tahoe makes my list for one of the best places to visit in July because it’s the perfect summer getaway. There are all kinds of water activities , pristine blue waters, and hundreds of miles of cycling and hiking trails.

My favorite spot on the lake is the hidden beach at Skunk Harbor. It’s a decent hike to the beach from the trailhead, but then you have a quiet beach to take a dip in. Here are instructions on how to access this hidden beach at Skunk Harbor.

Cityscape skyline view of downtown Seattle buildings and space needle

5. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is one of the best places to visit in July because it’s not gloomy and rainy like the rest of the year. More sunny days mean you can see how amazing this city is! I love the vibe here. It’s a little bit grunge so that it reminds me of parts of NYC, but with West Coast nature and a laid-back attitude.

Called “The Emerald City,” you’ll love all the evergreen parks throughout Seattle. Discovery Park has walking trails along the water and an old lighthouse. You can rent kayaks and paddle out onto Elliot Bay. I also suggest using it as a jump-off port for a cruise to Alaska.

6. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

July gives Wyoming a break from summer rains. That means you can enjoy clear, cool nights and warm, sunny days. The expansive Grand Tetons National Park is a wilderness wonderland with grassy green meadows, emerald piney forests, and stunning mountain lakes and rivers.

Camp at Jenny Lake with stunning views of the jagged Grand Teton Mountain Range shooting up beyond the deep blue lake. Consider booking an all-day guided tour of the park with a knowledgeable guide. They’ll take you to see grazing bison and help you find the best place to see migrating bald eagles! 

7. Santa Fe, New Mexico

If the dry heat of the desert is more your summer scene, check out Santa Fe. In July you can enjoy mild nights and warm, sunny days! The city has a rich and expansive cultural history from the indigenous communities and incoming Spanish and Mexican settlers.

Go on a walking tour of downtown Santa Fe. The 300-year-old city is full of historical sites, stunning Adobe architecture, and all kinds of art museums and galleries. You can also take advantage of being in the southernmost Rocky Mountains with trailheads on the east side of the city.

Sunset landscape view of dessert mountains and cactus

The state of Montana is absolutely beautiful in July with a break from the extreme weather that it gets the rest of the year. Plus, the diverse terrain of the state makes for endless adventure opportunities!

If you want to go on a national park tour, this might be a great choice with 8 parks in the state. There are the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. Montana is also home to several tribal territories that host Powwows open to the public in July (please note, while visitors are welcome, we should respect the dance area, which is sacred).

Each city offers its own charms. History buffs will love Billings with pictograph caves and historical landmarks. Helena has golf courses and Mount Helena, which is charming in July when it’s covered in wildflowers! The mountain city of Missoula is full of pioneer history, waterways, and recreational areas.

9. Colorado

I keep returning to Colorado because there’s so much to see and do there. It’s also truly one of the best places to visit in July. There is an abundance of local fruits and vegetables, mountain valleys covered in wildflowers, and endless outdoor adventures to be had!

Check out the picturesque Maroon Bells by accessible walking trails just 30 minutes outside of Aspen . The Rocky Mountain National Park is also stunning in July. Head to Glacier Creek Stables or Moraine Park Stables to go horseback riding!

Glenwood Springs is another great place to check out in Colorado in July. Besides being known for its wellness resorts and hot springs , this city is set up for tourists. Enjoy rivers, pools, and walking paths, or head into the Glenwood Underground Caverns.

Hiker standing in front of snowcapped mountains and alpine lake

10. Adirondacks, NY

New Yorkers have known for generations that one of the best places to visit in July is the upstate Adirondack Mountains. The weather is warm but not too hot, and you can take an Amtrak train there if you don’t have a car!

The 6-million-acre natural area and mountain range is the largest land preserve in the United States. Many of the 3,000 lakes and ponds have amazing sunbathing and swimming beaches, like Black Point Beach.

Hikers of all levels can enjoy walking trails and bridges along 4 different waterfalls at High Falls Gorge outside of Lake Placid. Or head to Saranac Lake where you can kayak to several different island campsites !

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11. Curacao

Much like its sister island, Aruba, Curacao is a Dutch Caribbean Island outside of the hurricane belt. So, you don’t have to worry about the summer hurricane season!

Enjoy the mix of Caribbean and European culture and history. Walk the streets of Willemstad with its pastel-colored colonial-era buildings. The whole island has a very laid back vibe, so bring a book to read and relax on the beach.

The water sports here are plentiful, like jet skiing and snorkeling , or even kayaking . You can also go scuba diving or snorkel off Santa Martha Bay. Or check out Christoffel National Park for hiking trails, historic ruins, and a variety of unique local vegetation and wildlife to discover.

Turquoise blue water near an island

12. Germany (Bavaria)

Bavaria in southeastern Germany is a wonderful area with picture-perfect scenery in the summer. There you can visit Munich, with its classic German architecture and deep-rooted history.

The Bavarian Alps along the southern German border are great in the summer for hiking and mountain biking. Germany also has a strong wellness culture. You can go on a meditation hike in the Ammergau Alps to refresh your spirit and body.

Visit Bad Kissingen in northern Bavaria, a world-famous spa town known for its mineral baths and outdoor pools. Enjoy mud baths, thermal baths, and dozens of spa resorts.

13. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Visiting Amsterdam was an eye-opening experience for me . It’s stunning any time of year with its scenic canals and gabled architecture dating back to the 17th century. But it’s truly one of the best places to visit in July if you are looking for an urban setting to explore!

There are tons of culturally important museums and historical sites, like the Anne Frank House or the Van Gogh Museum . Hang out in one of the city’s many expansive grassy parks with shade trees, ponds, and art installations, or do a fun tour like the Heineken Experience. You can also take guided day trips in the nearby countryside.

Inside Heineken brewery tour with tall copper machinery

14. Alberta, Canada (Banff)

Consider a July visit to the province of Alberta if you love the outdoors. The weather is mild and perfect for outdoor exploring. You have 3 different national parks, the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and over 600 lakes, just to start with!

Inside Banff National Park is the town of Banff. This resort town is full of breathtaking scenery! You can stay at several boutique resorts and hotels along Banff Avenue. It’s super easy to get to, just off the Trans-Canada Highway that runs through the park.

Go kayaking, canoeing , or fishing at Vermillion Lakes just outside town. The National Park also has hiking trails for all skill levels. And don’t miss out on the Banff thermal hot springs at the foot of Sulphur Mountain. This is a preserved bathhouse from the 1930s with mountain views!

15. Quilotoa, Ecuador

If you are looking to get out of the heat of July, consider Quilotoa – one of the best places to visit in Ecuador ! It’s a great time of year to go because it’s cool and dry.

Despite the challenging altitude, I found the excursion to be worth the (extreme) effort. The stunning emerald-colored lagoon is in the middle of an ancient volcanic crater. There’s a beach you can hike to along the water, as well as campsites. In the village of Quilotoa, there are also a variety of places to eat and hostels if you want to stay overnight.

Sitting at a viewpoint in Quilotoa lagoon

More Summer Travel Ideas

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  • Best places to visit in August

Where will you go this July?

Traveling in July comes with the expectation of lots of travelers keeping you company! There’s a festive feeling in the air that comes along with the summer freedom to get out and enjoy the lush, green outdoors. What’s on your travel calendar this summer?

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The Best Places to Travel in July

By Caitlin Morton

OneOnly Portonovi Best Places to Travel in July

July is one of the busiest months for travel, with most of the Northern Hemisphere entering full summer vacation mode. As much of the world is welcoming tourism (some for the first time since the start of the pandemic), we’re hoping to make our summer vacations really count this year. That’s why our round-up of July destinations is packed with outdoor adventures that are a tad off the radar: think wetland safaris in South America , multi-day hiking trips through central Iceland , and diving tours off the coast of Bonaire. (Don’t worry, we also included a few spas and beach resorts as well.)

We know you’re probably itching for a spectacular holiday as much as we are, so we’ve gathered up a list of places that cover the geographical gamut. Whether you want to make an easy trip to one of the coolest cities in the U.S. (we reveal that answer below) or take multiple flights to reach your final once-in-a-lifetime destination, here are 11 of the best places to travel in July.

Best Places to Travel in July Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park is one of the best places in travel in July for one big reason: wildflowers . While you might consider spring to be the best time to see colorful flowers, the park’s northern location in Montana means the blooms reach their peak in July and August. Hike along the Garden Wall Trail to see fields of white beargrass, pink fireweed, and yellow glacier lilies as far as the eye can see.

When you’ve had your fill of hiking (and your phone is full of photos), head back to The Resort at Paws Up , a sprawling, 37,000-acre working cattle ranch in western Montana. Their safari-style canvas tents will make you feel like you’re in the Wild West, while locally sourced meals and spa treatments are worthy of a five-star hotel.

Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains Botswana

June through August mark the dry, winter season in Botswana , which many consider to be the perfect time to visit. Not only are weather conditions at their best (no rain, and lower risk of malaria), but these months offer prime wildlife viewing opportunities as animals tend to stick around watering holes. The country also happens to be one of our favorite safari spots in Africa. While you’re sure to spot wildlife in Kenya’s Maasai Mara or in South Africa’s Kruger, you’ll also be in the company of a couple dozen other jeeps filled with tourists; in Botswana, it feels like it’s only you and nature. 

This year is a particularly exciting time to visit, thanks to the April 2022 reopening of Wilderness Safaris Vumbura Plains , a camp situated in the heart of the Botswana’s wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. Renovated features include brand-new furniture, bigger windows in the suites, locally made artwork, and menus showcasing seasonal ingredients from nearby farms. And, of course, the camp provides plenty of opportunities for adventure: canoe safaris, day and night wilderness drives, hot air balloon rides (from April to September), and scenic helicopter rides.


If you’ve spent any time in Chicago , you probably aren’t surprised that our readers consistently vote it the best city in the United States . And if you haven’t spend time here? We suggest booking trip to the Windy City stat. There are tons of summer activities for both first-time and seasoned visitors, including visiting the beaches along Lake Michigan, taking Chicago River boat tours, watching the fireworks at Navy Pier, and attending festivals like the Southport Art Fest (July 9 to 10) and Lollapalooza (July 28 to 31).

There’s no shortage of great hotels in the city , but do yourself a favor and book a few nights at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago . The hotel recently completed the final phase of a $100 million renovation, which means guests can experience redesigned rooms and suites with extra-large windows overlooking the skyline and Lake Michigan. There are also long-standing hotel amenities like a rooftop lounge (only open in the summer), spa with indoor lap pool, and an excellent Italian restaurant, Torali.

OneOnly Portonovi Montenegro

It’s not easy to find an uncrowded beach in Europe during the summer months, but the country of Montenegro is one of your best bets. It takes up less space than Connecticut and has a lower population than Stockholm , but the tiny Balkan nation should not be overlooked—especially since it’s quieter and more untouched than neighbors Croatia and Greece. Beyond the beaches, you can take advantage of the country’s historic Old Towns, UNESCO-protected parks, and lakes begging for a swim.

The country also happens to be home to one of our latest Hot List winners , One&Only Portonovi . Situated on the Adriatic Riviera, this knockout hotel features huge rooms and suites (one even comes with its own 268-bottle wine cellar), Italian restaurants led by Michelin-starred chefs, and a very serious spa where guests can embark on three- to six-day wellness programs overseen by on-site doctors. 

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The Pantanal

The Pantanal

Stretching across parts of southeastern Brazil , Paraguay, and Bolivia , the Pantanal is the world’s largest floodplain and boasts the highest concentration of wildlife on the entire South American continent (yes, even more than the Amazon). Here you can spot ultra-rare jaguars, crocodiles, monkeys, anacondas, and some 650 species of birds, with the best visibility during the dry season from July to October.

Note that reaching the Pantanal takes a bit of work: You must first fly to São Paulo (a great excuse to stay overnight at the new São Paulo Rosewood ), then fly to the Campo Grande Airport in Mato Grosso, then either drive or take a chartered flight to your lodge. And that lodge should definitely be the upscale Caiman Ecological Reserve , a 204-square-mile refuge known for its luxury villas and local conservation efforts. Between visiting jaguar sanctuaries and horseback riding through the jungle, rest up at the reserve’s hammock garden, take a dip in the pool, or enjoy the starry sky from your private balcony.

Helen Restaurant Birmingham Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

This summer, Birmingham will serve as the first American host for The World Games (July 7 to 17), an 11-day sporting event featuring 3,600 athletes from more than 100 countries around the world. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the event, watching athletes compete for gold in flag football, wheelchair rugby, kickboxing, tug of war, and dozens of other sports. Tickets are available online , and can be purchased for specific sports or dates.

While you’re in town, be sure to also sample some of Birmingham’s most exciting dining venues. Helen is a contemporary Southern grill helmed by five-time James Beard finalist Rob McDaniel, who cooks up wood-fired meats and starts every meal with warm angel biscuits topped with whipped can syrup butter. A block away, The Essential serves up vegetable-heavy dishes using ingredients from local farmers, homemade pastas, and some of the tastiest desserts in the city.


Only 50 miles from Venezuela, Bonaire is the farthest east of the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao). Since it sits outside the Hurricane Belt—and since its relatively remote location means its never as crowded as other Caribbean islands—there’s not really a bad time to visit; but July is one of the best months to spot animals both above and below sea level. The Pekelmeer Flamingo Sanctuary on the southern end of the island is home to more than 10,000 flamingos (July marks the tail end of breeding season), which you can spot from the road or nearby Pink Beach. 

But the most beautiful parts of Bonaire can be found just below the surrounding waters. The entire coral reef around the island is a national park (Bonaire National Marine Park), with brightly colored coral and wildlife ranging from nurse sharks and seahorses to friendly green turtles. There are 85 dive sites within the park and dozens of tour operators on the island, so there’s really no excuse to stay exclusively on dry land. 

Oaxaca Mexico

Oaxaca, Mexico

Far from the coastal spring break hotspots of Cancún and Cabo San Lucas, Oaxaca , in south-central Mexico, is one of the most important cultural hubs in the Americas. Explore the region’s craft revolution led by female entrepreneurs, secure a table at Alejandro Ruiz’s Casa Oaxaca for traditional dishes and cocktails, then head to the streets for delicious tlayudas and tacos served from food trucks (our favorites for each: Tlayudas La Chinita, and Lechoncito de Oro, respectively). 

An extra special reason to visit in July is the vibrant Guelaguetza Festival, which takes place on the last two Mondays of the month. The festival celebrates the 16 different ethnolinguistic groups of Oaxaca with folk dancing, traditional clothing, mezcal fairs, and concerts.



If you’re hoping to travel over the Fourth of July, look no further than Philadelphia . (You might as well celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace, right?) The city goes all out for the holiday with its annual Wawa Welcome America festival, which actually begins on June 19 this year to incorporate Juneteenth into its recognition of American independence. The 16-day celebration features dozens of free events across the city, culminating on July 4 with a massive concert (headliners this year are Jason Derulo and Ava Max) on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, followed by fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Even if you aren't in town for the Fourth, head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art anyway (which unveiled Frank Gehry-designed galleries in 2021 after a four-year renovation) and check out the Waiting for Tear Gas exhibit. On display until July 17, the installation shows how artists have captured and responded to moments of public protest around the world, with works spanning from 1913 to 2017. Also be sure to book a room at The Filter Club —its views of the fireworks over the Philadelphia Museum of Art are the best in town.


There really is no wrong time to visit Iceland, but we’re particularly fond of chasing the midnight sun during July—the more daylight hours for exploring, the better. The summer months also make certain parts of the country accessible that might not be in the winter, including the 34-mile Laugavegurinn hiking trail in the Central Highlands. The mountain huts and campsites along the trail are only open between late June and early September, giving you a small time window to experience the hot springs, black lava fields, and multicolored mountains along the path.

If the term “mountain hut” makes you cringe a little, fear not: Iceland has some luxury stays that might be more up your alley. The Reykjavik Edition (a Hot List 2022 winner) opened in the nation’s capital last year, featuring custom furniture, local treats in the minibars, and incredible city and harbor views. Meanwhile, Hotel Rangá continues to offer comfortable accommodations and a menu of outdoor excursions for guests, ranging from horseback rides on black-sand beaches to guided tours through volcanic lava tubes.

The Vanderbilt Newport Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

Newport comes alive in July, with a trio of big-name festivals keeping locals and tourists busy all month long: The Newport Regatta (July 9 to 10), Newport Folk Festival (July 22 to 24), and the Newport Jazz Festival (July 29 to 31). The city is no stranger to luxe hotels, but we’re particularly excited about the top-to-bottom transformation of The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection , which was unveiled last summer. The 33-room resort, housed in a former mansion, is now even more glamorous with a revived lobby area and restaurants.

Or book a stay at Brenton Hotel , which has a “ Pick Your Pastime ” summer package series that allows guests to experience Newport-esque activities like private cruises, polo matches, golfing, and mansion tours.

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The 13 best places to travel in July 2024

From ski slopes to beach bliss, these are the very best places to visit in July this year. We'll see you there!

July is  the   month for holidays. July means summer, freedom, rising temperatures and more festivals than you can imagine. And don’t let its obvious-ness put you off; for plenty of great cities and countries, the seventh month is the best possible time you can visit.

Our list of the best places to visit in July touches every corner of the globe (the globe doesn’t have corners, for the record), from  Montreal  and Madagascar to the  Netherlands  and  New Zealand . So bring out your swimsuits or shorts and get ready for the summer of a lifetime. Obviously,  places really start to get busy in July, so make sure you book ahead. See you there!

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

1.  Amsterdam, Netherlands

July in Amsterdam is all about good food, good weather and good vibes. Lazy summer days are best spent hanging out in Vondelpark, where you can often catch free open-air comedy, dance and musical performances, or at Roest urban beach, which comes complete with an adult-friendly jungle gym. And although the city’s usual festivities are likely to be muted this year, keep an eye out for street food markets and events marking the city’s normally effervescent Pride season.

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2.  Greenland

Touted by some as ‘the new  Iceland ’, Greenland may be more popular than ever before, but it’s still a long way behind its oversaturated sibling – all the better for those wanting to get off the beaten track. July is technically high season here, and hotels do book up fast, but this is the world’s largest (and arguably wildest) island, and there are plenty of opportunities to find relative solitude. In it for the icebergs? Join a nighttime cruise of Unesco-listed Ilulissat Icefjord (the size of 66,000 football fields), where until around the 24th of the month, the midnight sun sets a cast of creaking bergs aglow in hues of pink, purple and orange.

Cape Town, South Africa

3.  Cape Town, South Africa

Hoping to see some whales while in Cape Town? July is the beginning of whale season in this part of the world, so best to get ahead of the game and set up camp accordingly, with southern right and humpback whales most likely to show their faces at this early juncture. Elsewhere in the city, winter is at its peak, meaning mild temperatures and a charming atmosphere free of the summer sizzle. You’ll have the sights to yourself in July here.  Obviously, check out the new Time Out Market Cape Town  when you're there. 

Udaipur, India

4.  Udaipur, India

A popular destination for tourists, this tropical subcontinent has something to offer all year round, but in July temperatures cool down a little following May and June (but it’s still hot, don’t worry). Known as the ‘City of lakes’, Udaipur is a beautiful city in the heart of the state of Rajasthan, with historic palaces, temples, a wildlife sanctuary and a ton of markets for shopping. Be sure to spend your evenings in a rooftop cafe for fantastic food with a view. End the day sitting next to the water and soak up the tranquility. 

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South Island, New Zealand

5.  South Island, New Zealand

With sweet ski slopes, luxury hot springs and fantastic whale watching opportunities, New Zealand’s South Island is a no-brainer when it comes to winter escapes. The coldest months also offer the chance to witness the aurora australis (southern lights) dancing along the horizon, best spotted in Dunedin close to a new moon. There are yet more reasons to look skyward in July: the rise of the Pleiades star cluster marks the start of Matariki (Maori New Year), which is celebrated with cultural festivals and feasts. Visit Mt John Observatory in Tekapo, which sits within an international dark sky reserve, for unbeatable stargazing.

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Northwest England

6.  Northwest England

We’ll be the first to admit that the weather in the northwest of England can be, how do we say, a little less than optimum. Drizzle persists for most of the year, but July sees the sun finally break through with all the enthusiasm of an excitable child. The big cities of the northwest follow suit, with Liverpool and Manchester in particular shining brightest when the sun is out. And while you ’ re there, don't miss out on The Beatles exhibition, celebrating 60 years of ‘A Hard Day ’ s Night’ (July 10, 2024). Sure, the north is defined by its drizzle, but you can’t beat an Aigburth beer garden on a Saturday afternoon. Throw in some excellent park festivals, and you’ve got yourself a very special part of the world indeed.

Hoi An, Vietnam

7.  Hoi An, Vietnam

As the monsoon rains fall in  Hanoi  and Ho Chi Minh City, savvy travellers in  Vietnam  head to the central coast, where the weather is dry and warm. Some of the country’s most beautiful beaches are right here, along with Unesco-listed cities and jaw-dropping national parks. Get mesmerised witnessing the Lantern Festival on 19th July in the historic port city of  Hoi An , where lantern-strewn streets reveal Chinese temples and ancient teahouses. Then head out of town to laze on the stretches of white sand around  Da Nang , brave Hai Van Pass on a motorbike tour, and visit Hue’s Imperial citadel before heading inland to see the gargantuan Phong Na Caves.

Discover the best  things to do in Hoi An

Montreal, Canada

8.  Montreal, Canada

Montreal ’s Canada Day celebrations kickstart a whole month of summer fun in a city more often associated with icy winters. The highlights usually include Sainte Catherine Street Fair (the largest in the country) and the world’s biggest international comedy festival, Just for Laughs, while Cirque Festival ensures you won’t have to bend over backwards to find street entertainment – performers from Cirque du Soleil, the National Circus School and others put on tonnes of shows to celebrate one of Quebec ’s most famous art forms. But if festival-hopping isn’t your sort of thing, fear not. July is still a great time to discover this incredible city – and  fuel up courtesy of the city’s best chefs at  Time Out Market Montreal .

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9.  Madagascar

Home to some of the most diverse wildlife on the planet, Madagascar is a joy to visit in July, when the weather is cooler and drier, making lemur spotting on rainforest treks more comfortable. Humpback whales migrate here to calve their young at this time of year – spot them in Tulear and Nosy Be, or experience the humpback whale festival on Nosy Boraha. In Morondava, the local community celebrates the island’s precious ecology with the Baobab Fosa festival, where you can spot fossa (a relative of the mongoose), and walk the dazzling Avenue of the Baobabs.


10.  Singapore

Singapore is a food lover’s dream year-round, but to taste it at its best, you’ll want to head there in July. That’s when the island city celebrates its multicultural cuisine with the Singapore Food Festival. From cooking masterclasses and fine dining events to a street food extravaganza, this week-long celebration of local flavour is worth skipping breakfast for. Had enough of the heat? Find refuge in the air-conditioned malls on Orchard Road and indulge in a spot of retail therapy – the Great Singapore Sale runs nearly all month, offering great deals and steep discounts. 

Discover the best  things to do in Singapore

West Coast, North America

11.  West Coast, North America

Sound the road trip klaxon! California and the Pacific Northwest are calling. Apart from July 4, when roads in the US will be rammed with long weekenders on their way to family barbecues and baseball games, this month is a fine time to discover the best of the American and Canadian West Coast. Whether you want to catch some rays in San Diego , forest bathe in Oregon , tour Seattle ’s street art or simply make the most of Vancouver 's least rainy month of the year, this slice of North America is as diverse as its days are long. And make sure to catch Comic Con in California from 25-28 July 2024.

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12.  Japan

Following the country’s reopening last year,  Japan ’s capital Tokyo and other key sights have reverted back to the norm, although that still means hot and busy. So if you can, make time earlier in the month to explore the likes of  Kyoto ,  Osaka  and Hiroshima, as well as lesser-known spots such as Shiretoko Peninsula or Hateruma Island. Or, if you’re shorter on time, stick to  day trips from the city  and complete your own athletic feats by  summiting Mount Fuji  or catching some waves in surf town Kamakura.

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Provence, France

13.  Provence, France

From Avignon and Marseille to Nice , St Tropez and Cannes, Provence is packed with historic cities and stylish towns – but don’t forget the swathes of pastoral bliss in between. Come in July to sample crisp dry rosé at Château Gassier (which usually runs outdoor tastings and a cinema under the stars in the summer months), frolic in the lavender fields around Aix en Provence and Senanque Abbey before the harvest, join the Fête Nationale celebrations in pretty much every single town and village, or catch a glimpse of Tour de France riders along the dizzyingly high trail of Mont Ventoux.

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I've been to all 50 states. Here are the 10 I think everyone should visit at least once.

  • Over the past decade, I've traveled solo to all 50 US states and most major US national parks.
  • Although I've found beauty in every state, there are some that I want to visit over and over again.
  • I love traveling to places like New Mexico, Montana, New Hampshire, and Arizona.

Insider Today

Over the past decade, I've successfully visited all 50 US states solo. I've even made it to most of the major US national parks along the way. Because of this journey, I'm often asked which states I'd recommend to travelers.

Although most international travelers gravitate toward states like Florida and New York , I've found fantastic beauty and history in every state.

However, these are the 10 states I always return to.

New Mexico boasts a surprising variety of stunning landscapes.

best places to visit in usa july

New Mexico is always at the top of my list when recommending US states. Nicknamed " the land of enchantment ," it lives up to its moniker — and then some.

Those who haven't visited New Mexico may think of the state as a mostly barren desert, but it's actually the diverse landscapes that keep me coming back.

From the otherworldly dunes of White Sands National Park to the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo Mountains, there's beauty to be found around every corner.

Outside the natural beauty, the state is chock full of history, art, food, wine, and culture.

Montana is a must-visit state for any outdoor enthusiast.

best places to visit in usa july

With its vast open spaces, majestic mountains, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, Montana is a must-visit state for any outdoor enthusiast.

The state is home to the breathtaking Glacier National Park and parts of Yellowstone National Park . The sky is vast and open, the mountains are towering, and the lack of development makes me feel like I'm entering another world entirely.

California is full of diverse landscapes and experiences.

best places to visit in usa july

Every time I visit California , I feel like I'm entering a completely different reality.

The sheer size and diversity of the state are impressive, and it has gorgeous beaches, cities, forests, deserts, mountains, and even volcanoes.

I love road-tripping up the coast, visiting Yosemite National Park, taking a boat to the Channel Islands, and wine tasting in places like Napa and Sonoma.

There's no place quite like the Maine coast.

best places to visit in usa july

There's so much to love about Maine, but my favorite part of the state is the coast. With jagged and dramatic cliffs, lighthouses, and lobster shacks, visiting the Maine coast is an unforgettable experience.

It's easy to find peace in the state that sees the first sunrise of the year and is home to Acadia National Park, which is one of the country's most popular national parks.

I love to road trip up the coast, stopping in beautiful towns like Kennebunkport, Bar Harbour, and Lubec.

I've returned to West Virginia multiple times.

best places to visit in usa july

While it may not get as much attention as some of the other states on this list, I've returned to West Virginia multiple times since my first visit.

The state's natural beauty is stunning, from New River Gorge National Park to ample lush forests, underground caverns, historic small towns, and over 200 waterfalls .

Wisconsin is home to beautiful scenery and great dining options.

best places to visit in usa july

Wisconsin has so much more than first meets the eye, from the natural beauty of the Apostle Islands and the 15,000 lakes in the state to the classic cheese curds, breweries, and wineries that dot the landscape.

I love spending time along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, dining at one of the state's famous supper clubs, and exploring the many Wisconsin state parks.

As my home state, Colorado will always hold a special place in my heart.

best places to visit in usa july

I couldn't write a list like this without including my home state of Colorado. The state has so much to offer, from beautiful views to fun activities.

On the Front Range, I enjoy hiking in Boulder and exploring Cheyenne Cañon. I like to spend the night at the The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs before heading over to Great Sand Dunes National Park.

In the Rockies, I love driving Independence Pass to Aspen, as well as exploring the underrated Grand Mesa, which is the biggest flat-top mountain in the world . I also enjoy taking road trips to the charming mountain towns of Telluride, Buena Vista, and Steamboat Springs.

No matter where you find yourself in Colorado, there's no shortage of incredible natural beauty and outdoor adventure.

Utah is home to five major national parks.

best places to visit in usa july

Utah is a state that you have to see to believe. With five major national parks, 46 state parks, 15 ski resorts, and hidden gems at every turn — you'll never get bored here.

I love visiting Moab to hike in Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park before heading south to Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park, and Zion National Park .

I also love making stops in Park City and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

New Hampshire boasts some of the best skiing and hiking in the Northeast.

best places to visit in usa july

The Northeast is famous for fall foliage, but I can't help but think that New Hampshire is sometimes overshadowed by its neighbors, Maine and Vermont.

I was stunned by its natural beauty during my first trip to the state. From the White Mountains to Franconia Notch State Park, the state boasts some of the best skiing and hiking in the Northeast.

Arizona is the perfect escape for adventure and relaxation.

best places to visit in usa july

Arizona is well known for the Grand Canyon, but the state has much more to offer. From Flagstaff's high-altitude forests to Sedona's iconic red rocks, Arizona's diversity is surprising and worth a trip.

I love hiking among the cacti in Sedona or Scottsdale before heading to one of the many resorts to jump in a pool or hit the spa — the perfect escape for adventure and relaxation.

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10 Best Places to Travel in July 2024

I t's school holiday time, which makes it peak summer in the Northern Hemisphere. But don't assume the traditional beach getaway or cabin rental is the way to go.

Why not spend Independence Day overseas in a place that officially celebrates it with the United States, or slip on a costume or two to celebrate Marvel and more at a confab in California ?

Then again, it's also a fine time to venture to Australia and immerse in the traditions and practices of Indigenous culture there.

You deserve a vacation this month, and we have 10 places that are well worth visiting in July.

1. Jutland, Denmark

July is great for: experiencing Independence Day through another country's eyes

The largest celebration of July 4 overseas takes place in the northernmost reaches of Denmark , in Jutland. Much as we do stateside, locals there celebrate the holiday with a fireworks display and speeches from prominent public figures from both countries-past headliners have included Dionne Warwick, former ambassador Rufus Gifford ,and Frederik X, the recently installed king. It's a legacy of efforts by one emigrant Dane, Max Henius, who lived in the United States; he corralled his fellow ex-countrymen to contribute money to allow them to buy 200 acres of hilly land inside Denmark's largest forest. They gifted it to the then-king more than 100 years ago, with two provisos: first, that it would be preserved as wilderness and, second, that it could be the site of a celebration of the links between both countries.

On Independence Day proper, the fireworks burst out at midnight; the following day, there's a banquet for hundreds of attendees followed by music and dancing.

Don't forget, either, that you're right by Klitmøller, aka Cold Hawai‘i, where a meteorological anomaly creates superb surfing at more than 30 designated spots.

Where to stay

Book now: Pier 5

Perch on the waterfront in Aalborg at this recently refreshed midmarket property, its 154 rooms now have a midcentury-inflected decor, with dark walls and mod wooden furniture.

How to get to Jutland

It's a two-hour flight from Copenhagen to Aalborg, the regional airport here; Copenhagen has nonstop service to Atlanta and Chicago among others, while American offers a seasonal service from Philadelphia for summertime.

2. Anguilla

July is great for: calypso, Carnival, and captains racing open hull craft

The 15,000 or so inhabitants of this 40-square-mile island burst into raucous joy each July when Carnival-officially the Anguilla Summer Festival -takes place over three weeks: this year's dates are July 21 to August 11, with Emancipation Day celebrated on August 5. This marks the time when enslaved Africans in British dominions were freed in 1838.

Carnival's program includes the usual festivities, like beach parties and street food stands, a Calypso contest, and plenty of pageantry, too, including a Miss Anguilla competition. Notably, there's a major focus on boat racing, one of the island's prime pastimes. Today, that tradition is celebrated in these daytime boat races with open hull craft; head to Meads Bay and Sandy Ground to watch them. It climaxes with the Champion of Champions race , held on the final Sunday of Carnival.

Book now: Cap Juluca

The Belmond-operated property is one of the loveliest places to stay on the island; it has recently opened an $8 million, Guerlain-operated spa.

How to get to Anguilla

This was traditionally a harder-to-reach island nation, requiring a connection by air from San Juan or a ferry ride over from Sint Maarten. Now, though, American Airlines operates a direct nonstop flight from Miami every day.

3. Paris, France

July is great for: the Olympic spirit

Expect a little extra je ne sais quoi from this Olympics, the first summertime games to be held without restrictions since the pandemic. It runs from July 26 through August 11 (the Paralympics follow starting August 28).

The entire city will be dragooned into serving as a de facto stadium for the duration, with clever repurposings of various buildings-the shuttered Grand Palais will partially reopen, for example, so that its nave can serve as the site of fencing and taekwondo contests, while the pyramid-shaped Bercy arena in the east will be where basketball and gymnastics take place. The only new, permanent venue built for the Games is the Aquatic Center, which is right on the edge of Saint Denis and will be converted into a community pool after the Olympics.

And if you want to catch the debut of breakdancing as part of the Games, head to Place de la Concorde, the central square best known as the onetime site of the Marie Antoinette–beheading guillotine.

Book now: Bulgari Paris

The glitzy spot sits in the heart of the so-called Golden Triangle, just off the Champs-Elysées. It's carved out of a forlorn onetime post office, reimagined as a luxury, 76-room hotel.

How to get to Paris

Don't forget there are two airports in Paris, the better-known international hub CDG and the lesser-known ORY. Check out prices to the latter on some alternative carriers: All biz startup La Compagnie flies from EWR, for example, while Air France's low-cost offshoot French Bee connects ORY with EWR, SFO, and LAX nonstop.

4. Colorado Springs, Colorado

July is great for: an alternative way to celebrate the Games

If your budget, whether time or money, doesn't quite stretch to a transatlantic trip to the Olympics proper, consider instead a jaunt to this town in the Rocky Mountains that's the spiritual home of the games stateside. The U.S. operation priming athletes for both the Olympics and Paralympics has its HQ here, and the 60,000-square foot U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the games without actually being there. Exhibits include the scoreboard that marked the USA men's ice hockey win over the USSR at the 1980 games; there are interactive installations too.

The training center in town won't be full of the best athletes as they'll be competing in the real games, but you can watch the games on a giant screen in the Museum Plaza. If you still want to test your prowess, head over to Manitou Springs, where there's a dizzying via ferrata installed at the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park; the six-year-old course spans more than 2,700 feet of elevation.

Book now: Garden of the Gods Resort & Club

Garden of the Gods Resort has a storied history-both John Wayne and Walt Disney stayed there after its opening in 1951-and includes a 27-hole golf course and three outdoor swimming pools. Even better, the 116-key property completed a major renovation of all its guest rooms, suites, and dining venues late last year.

How to get to Colorado Springs

For the easiest access to Colorado Springs, consider Southwest, which runs to eight cities, including Baltimore and Phoenix.

5. Tulsa, Oklahoma

July is great for: rocking out in an underappreciated Music City

In 1972, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell founded Church Studios (in a deconsecrated building, hence the name) in his native Tulsa, a recording hub that quickly attracted everyone from Stevie Wonder to Bob Dylan. Russell was a pivotal talent in the 1960s pop era, working as part of the Phil Spector–led Wall of Sound crew and bringing his distinctively Tulsa tastes in music-a fusion of gospel, blues, and country-as an influence.

Three years ago, the city established a formal program to honor this heritage: Tusla Music Month , which takes place every July, with giveaways and discounts at a variety of local venues. Don't miss a show at Cain's Ballroom, a National Register of Historic Places venue that celebrates its centenary this year. In July, the program includes a gig from '80s rock icons The Pretenders.

Book now: The Brut Hotel

This brand-new, 82-room hotel is housed in a 1950s brutalist apartment complex, from which it earns its name; the reimagined site includes a superb rooftop restaurant with killer views run by local chef Rob Stuart.

How to get to Tulsa

There are more than a dozen direct nonstops from around the country, whether the Allegiant-operated route from LAX, Southwest from St. Louis or Delta's daily service from Salt Lake City. Delta also added a new route from LGA starting in May this year.

6. Cairns, Australia

July is great for: immersive Indigenous contemporary culture

Midwinter in Australia is the best time to head to the tropical north of Queensland, when the weather remains in the 60s and 70s with lower humidity and rainfall. Still, many make the mistake of heading off the coast when there's ample reason to idle on the mainland; there's a rich Indigenous culture here, centered in and around the Daintree Rainforest. (You can even experience the reef through the ideas of First Nations storytellers via the Dreamtime Dive & Snorkel program. )

This month, First Nations culture is particularly foregrounded thanks to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair , which runs July 25–28 at the Cairns Convention Center. It showcases work by Indigenous artists in all media, yoked together under this year's theme, "Country Speaking," which intends to provoke dialog between those whose history with the country dates back more than 60,000 years and those whose ancestors arrived here far more recently. There will be satellite exhibitions around town at various galleries and parks, as well as performances, workshops, and children's art.

Book now: Silky Oaks

Hole up in the rainforest canopy with one of the tree-house-like rooms, many of which sit cantilevered over the Daintree River amid the foliage. Make sure to book a room with one of the round, alfresco tubs, which sit on the terrace amid the greenery.

How to get to Cairns

The best of the international touchdowns in Australia for Cairns is undoubtedly Brisbane (United or Delta via SFO, United or American via LAX). From Brisbane, it's about a 2.5-hour flight north.

7. San Diego, California

July is great for: indulging your inner nerd

From July 25 to 28 this year, cosplay's spiritual home returns to San Diego . There are look- and sound-alike fests around the country and the world-although San Diego Comic Con has threatened legal action against many imposters-but the appeal of this OG fanfest is its location, only a few hours from the heart of Hollywood. The convenience for A-listers to make public appearances here is obvious, and it's become an increasingly starry confab and an unparalleled launchpad for genre films above all: Remember when the Avengers assembled here for the first time, two years before the namesake movie?

Last year's talent roster was dimmed by the Hollywood strikes, leaving major players like HBO to skip the celebrations. Expect them to return in full force this year. (Marvel president Kevin Feige has been a regular in the past.)

Book now: The Alma

The 211-room Kimpton hotel in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter was once part of its Palomar mini-chain, but has just reopened with a new name and a snazzier decorative scheme that draws on classic Mexican textiles.

How to get to San Diego

Take your pick: If you're not close enough to drive, there's Alaska-run service from Spokane or Jackson Hole, JetBlue from Boston, and Allegiant from Medford, Oregon.

8. Siena, Italy

July is great for: a unique horse racing spectacle

Oh, the Palio, that hard-to-describe mashup of horse race, NASCAR, and street party that dates back centuries in the Italian town of Siena. Each summer, there are two races, the first on July 2 and the second on August 16, though it's the July race that dates back the furthest; the second one was added in the 18th century.

The Palio di Provenzano, as this month's iteration of the race is known, effectively blocks off the entire center of the city, in and around the clamshell-shaped campo: Only 10 of the 17 districts or contrade can compete at any one time, chosen both by lottery and by whichever didn't participate in the race that month last year. It's a startlingly quick event, usually over in 90 seconds or so, when the first horse-with or without its rider-crosses the finish line. Whichever neighborhood triumphs will see the hardest partying in its wake.

Book now: Grand Hotel Minerva

To make the most of the region's sightseeing opportunities, take an hour-long train ride north to Florence and stay at the family-run luxe Grand Hotel Minerva. Its rooftop pool and terrace offer a 360-degree view of the city, right on Piazza Santa Maria Novella.

How to get to Siena

Instead of the Florence airport, which has a short runway that makes it vulnerable to changing weather, opt for Pisa. It's a bigger airport with better connections; you can find a low-cost intra-Europe flight on Ryanair to any of the major international gateways from there.

9. Salzburg, Austria

July is great for: the Olympics of classical music

For classical music buffs, Salzburg's summer festival needs no introduction: The five-week program in Mozart's birthplace offers some of the world's finest performances across all genres, with more than 200 opera, theater, and concert events. It was first established in 1920, and quickly earned accolades across the world, notably under the artistic direction of Herbert von Karajan for more than three decades until 1988.

This year's program includes Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito , his last stage work that superstar mezzo Cecilia Bartoli will perform here. Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez will also appear this summer-he'll sing an assortment of works by Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, and more on August 18. The charmingly kooky Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach will see Benjamin Bernheim in the title role, under the direction of acclaimed French director Mariame Clément.

Book now: Rosewood Schloss Fuschl

The second Austrian location for the Hong Kong–based luxury chain is intended to evoke a fairy-tale castle when it opens this summer, right on the shores of the turquoise blue Lake Fuschl right outside of Salzburg. The renovation of a 15th-century landmark, originally built for Austrian royalty, will feature 98 rooms (including six self-contained chalets).

How to get to Salzburg

Frankfurt is the major international hub, with service to many cities-check out low-cost carrier Condor from Phoenix, for example. It's an hour or so quick connection by plane down to Austria's second city.

10. Okavango Delta, Botswana

July is great for: a near-silent safari

It's widely known that the Northern Hemisphere's summer is a smart time to go on safari, as the wintry conditions in the savanna mean that greenery is sparse and so animals are easier to spot. That's not the case here, the world's largest inland delta; in fact, the water level here is at its highest now during supposedly dry season, mostly because the rainfall that deluges Angola's highlands in summertime takes so long to meander down to pool on the plains.

The reason to visit this region now, though, is that you can explore without revving up the noisy 4x4: There's an otherworldly magic to gliding over the waters in a traditional canoe or mokoro in near-silence, eyeballing unfamiliar insects and flowers up close and seeing animals unaware of your presence nearby.

Book now: Tubu & Little Tubu

Luxe operator Wilderness has reopened this twin camp in the Delta's northwestern Jao Reserve after a gut renovation that entirely reimagined the property but retained one aspect: its reputation as a prime place to easily spot lion and leopard both.

How to get to the Okavango Delta

The easiest intercontinental gateway to Botswana is Johannesburg in South Africa-connect from there to the capital of Maun, and then you'll likely need to take a charter puddle jumper to most safari camps.

Decompress from Anguilla's action by spending a few hours on some of the prettiest beaches in the region, whether it be mile-long Maundays Bay or the quiet Long Bay.

When and where the solar eclipse will be crossing the U.S.

The path of totality for the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

A total solar eclipse will grace the skies over North America on Monday, one of the most hotly anticipated sky-watching events in recent years.

Weather permitting , millions of people in Mexico, 15 U.S. states and eastern Canada will have the chance to see the moon slip between Earth and sun, temporarily blocking the sun’s light .

The total solar eclipse will be visible along a “path of totality” that measures more than 100 miles wide and extends across the continent. Along that path, the moon will fully obscure the sun, causing afternoon skies to darken for a few minutes.

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In all other parts of the continental U.S., a partial solar eclipse will be visible, with the moon appearing to take a bite out of the sun. Exactly how big a bite depends on the location.

The first spot in North America that will experience totality on Monday is on Mexico’s Pacific coast at around 11:07 a.m. PT, according to NASA .

After moving northeast across Mexico, the eclipse’s path travels through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Slivers of Michigan and Tennessee will also be able to witness totality if conditions are clear.

In Canada, the eclipse will be visible in parts of southern Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton, at the eastern end of Nova Scotia.

The timing of the eclipse and the duration of totality varies by location. Most places will experience around 2 minutes of darkness, but the longest periods of totality are typically in the center of the eclipse’s path.

This year, the longest stretch of totality will last 4 minutes and 28 seconds in an area northwest of Torreón, Mexico.

The moon covers the sun during a total solar eclipse in Cerulean, Ky.

Below is a list of timings for some U.S. cities along the path of totality, according to NASA .

  • Dallas: Partial eclipse begins at 12:23 p.m. CT and totality at 1:40 p.m. CT.
  • Idabel, Oklahoma: Partial eclipse begins at 12:28 p.m. CT and totality at 1:45 p.m. CT.
  • Little Rock, Arkansas: Partial eclipse begins at 12:33 p.m. CT and totality at 1:51 p.m. CT.
  • Poplar Bluff, Missouri: Partial eclipse begins at 12:39 p.m. CT and totality at 1:56 p.m. CT.
  • Paducah, Kentucky: Partial eclipse begins at 12:42 p.m. CT and totality at 2:00 p.m. CT.
  • Carbondale, Illinois: Partial eclipse begins at 12:42 p.m. CT and totality at 1:59 p.m. CT.
  • Evansville, Indiana: Partial eclipse begins at 12:45 p.m. CT and totality at 2:02 p.m. CT.
  • Cleveland: Partial eclipse begins at 1:59 p.m. ET and totality at 3:13 p.m.
  • Erie, Pennsylvania: Partial eclipse begins at 2:02 p.m. ET and totality at 3:16 p.m. ET.
  • Buffalo, New York: Partial eclipse begins at 2:04 p.m. ET and totality at 3:18 p.m.
  • Burlington, Vermont: Partial eclipse begins at 2:14 p.m. ET and totality at 3:26 p.m. ET.
  • Lancaster, New Hampshire: Partial eclipse begins at 2:16 p.m. ET and totality at 3:27 p.m.
  • Caribou, Maine: Partial eclipse begins at 2:22 p.m. ET and totality at 3:32 p.m. ET.

Other resources can also help you figure out when the various phases of the eclipse will be visible where you live, including and .

If you plan to watch the celestial event, remember that it’s never safe to look directly at the sun, including through binoculars, telescopes or camera lenses. Special eclipse glasses are required to safely view solar eclipses and prevent permanent eye damage.

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Want to take an affordable vacation in 2024? You’ve come to the right place. Although travel costs are on the rise this year ( up 3.1% ), it’s still possible to save money in 2024—if you know where to go.

A new travel report from the U.K.’s Post Office —a British-based mail and financial services company — has just unveiled some of the most budget-friendly destinations for 2024. And although the annual report is aimed at U.K. travelers, it’s a helpful list for Americans, too.

By analyzing currency strengths, local prices and essential tourist expenses in 40 popular vacation destinations around the globe, the Holiday Money Report 2024 highlights some of the cheapest places to travel. The report ranks the destinations based on a barometer that takes the local price of eight tourist essentials into consideration—including coffee, beer, cola, wine, water, sunscreen, insect repellent and a three-course meal. And while the report doesn’t include factors like hotels and airfare, it helps give a good sense of where your dollars will stretch the furthest.

This is the 18th year that the Post Office has done this report. And the good news: Prices have fallen since last year in 25 spots on the list. (A note that the original report included prices in pounds sterling, which have been converted into dollars here, using the exchange rate on the date of publication of 1.26.)

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Leading the list as the cheapest place to travel right now is Hoi An, Vietnam. According to the Post Office report, a total estimated cost of just $64.51 a day for the travel essentials makes this charming gem the ultimate bang-for-your-buck destination that won’t break the bank. Located on the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An entices visitors with its UNESCO -recognized Ancient Town, a picturesque spot where lantern-lit streets lead to quaint shops and street food stalls. It is also convenient to stunning white-sand beaches—some of the most beautiful in Asia .

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Following closely behind in the second spot is Cape Town, South Africa, where an outlay of $68.48 a day for the essentials promises an unforgettable experience against the backdrop of Table Mountain and pristine coastlines. Here, you can dive into the vibrant culture and indulge in world-class dining (a three-course meal for two people averages less than $44.140) without denting your travel fund.

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Mombasa, Kenya takes the third spot on the list. This beachfront destination on the east coast of Africa beckons with its white-sand shores, vibrant markets and rich Swahili heritage, offering an immersive experience for travelers seeking both relaxation and cultural exploration.

In a surprising twist, Tokyo, Japan—a bustling metropolis where tradition meets modernity—secures the fourth spot on the list. According to the Post Office, just $74.43 a day is needed for essential tourist purchases. Helping drive this ranking was the cost of a glass of wine (an average of only $4.56) and a bottle of water (averaging 77¢).

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Rounding out the top five is the Algarve in Portugal, which combines culture, history and natural beauty at a fraction of the cost compared to previous years. With its sun-drenched beaches, charming villages and delectable seafood, the Algarve offers an idyllic escape for travelers seeking an affordable yet enriching getaway.

Here are top 15 best-value spots from the 2024 report. You can also download the full Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer for more locations and more details.

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  • Phuket, Thailand - $97.97
  • Delhi, India - $98.05
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Solar eclipse 2024: Follow the path of totality

Solar eclipse, here's what time the eclipse will be visible in your region.

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Visitors look through a pair of oversized eclipse glasses set up in the town square on Sunday in Houlton, Maine. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

Visitors look through a pair of oversized eclipse glasses set up in the town square on Sunday in Houlton, Maine.

On Monday, a solar eclipse will cross from Texas to Maine, putting over 30 million people in the path of totality , with a partial eclipse visible briefly for millions more.

Monday's weather forecast for the path of totality

Totality in the U.S. starts around 1:30 p.m. CT/2:30 ET and continues until 2:30 p.m. CT/3:30 p.m. ET, lasting for a few minutes in each location.

The folks at NASA have a detailed breakdown for anyone in the U.S. Just pop in your ZIP code .

If you're lucky enough to find yourself in the path of totality, you can also find a minute-by-minute breakdown of when totality begins in your area, here.

More resources to enjoy the eclipse

  • Sharing the eclipse with tiny humans?  Check out these  kid-friendly total solar eclipse learning guides  from Vermont Public's  But Why,  and this great explainer from KERA Kids on  the difference between a solar and a lunar eclipse .
  • Feeling whimsical?  Here are three ways to  sprinkle a little magic into your eclipse experience .
  • Plan to wander into the wild for the best view?   Here are some tips from outdoor experts.
  • Tips from Bill Nye  on the best ways to enjoy the eclipse.

NPR will be sharing highlights here from across the NPR Network throughout the day Monday if you're unable to get out and see it in real time.

Is it safe to look at a total solar eclipse? What to know about glasses, proper viewing

If you have your eyewear to take in monday's eclipse, here are some last-minute things to consider to ensure you're good to go..

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The much-anticipated solar eclipse will finally enshroud thousands of miles of North America today in its long, narrow shadow. By now, those who plan to witness it should have their plans in place .

Travel has been completed. Schedules have been coordinated around the anticipated moment of totality. And proper eyewear is, of course, in your possession. Right?

We at USA TODAY have published no shortage of articles guiding you away from scam eclipse glasses and to the safest, most reliable options – some of which were even free. But if you need a last-minute refresher – or a crash course to catch you up on a topic you entirely missed – we're happy to oblige.

If you don't have your eclipse glasses by now, it may be too late. But some vendors, including Warby Parker , and even public libraries, have offered eclipse glasses giveaways , so be sure to check your local area before the historic event rolls into town.

And if you do have your eyewear to take in Monday's eclipse – the last one of these incredible astronomical events in North America for 20 years – here are some last-minute things to consider to ensure you're in good shape.

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Can you go blind by looking at the solar eclipse?

Staring at the sun is  unlikely to completely blind you , but its powerful rays can still burn and  damage your retinas if you don't take proper safety precautions to view  solar eclipses .

That's why eyewear is recommended if you plan to look up at the sun Monday to witness the solar eclipse, which most of the country will be able to experience in some way.

In the face of the sun's powerful rays, regular sunglasses made of cheap plastic and polycarbonate material just aren't going to cut it. Astronomers and other experts instead emphasize that skygazers intent on viewing the upcoming total solar eclipse do so with  specialized eyewear  crafted to  protect their sensitive retinas  from permanent damage.

Even viewing any part of the bright sun through camera lenses, binoculars and telescopes without a specialized solar filter  could instantly cause severe eye injury , according to the American Astronomical Society.

Often made with a polyester film coated in aluminum, the glasses are highly specialized . Compared to regular sunglasses, proper eclipse glasses are 100,000 times darker to block nearly all visible, infrared and ultraviolet light and protect our sensitive retinas when looking skyward.

As another point of safety, don't look up while driving , please.

How to know when it's safe to view the eclipse without glasses

A  total solar eclipse  offers the unique opportunity for skygazers to  witness the spectacular astral display  with the naked eye – but only when the time is right.

Hundreds of cities in  13 states are along the path of totality  for the eclipse, which will move across North America from southwest to northeast . When the moon moves completely in front of the sun and blocks its light for a brief period of time, you'll know it's safe to fully take in the dazzling display.

That moment is what is called "totality," whereby uncharacteristic darkness falls and all but the sun's outermost layer known as its corona makes a rare appearance to us here on Earth,  according to NASA .

How to make sure your eclipse glasses aren't fake

In the rush to acquire  some coveted eclipse glasses  before April 8 , you may have inadvertently fallen victim to the  fakes and imitators proliferating online retailers .

While plenty of legitimate certified eyewear was widely available – and may still be – less-scrupulous manufacturers try all sorts of methods and tricks to get your attention and make you believe the product you're about to buy is the real deal.

For instance, many vendors began making the grand (and entirely made-up) claim that their products are endorsed by NASA.

As the space agency  reiterated to USA TODAY , NASA highly recommended that skygazers get a pair of certified eclipse glasses before the total solar eclipse  charts a 115-mile-wide path of totality  blanketing much of North America in  uncharacteristic darkness . But it does not approve  any particular brand of solar viewers, despite what many vendors may claim.

The responsibility of guiding American consumers to the safest eclipse glasses is largely left to the American Astronomical Society.

The organization maintains  a curated list of approved vendors  of solar eclipse glasses that it updated to give priority to North American manufacturers ahead of the total solar eclipse. Products you purchase that are listed on that site are guaranteed to be  in compliance with  the highest international safety standards.

Those standards are set by the International Organization for Standardization, which only vouches for solar eclipse glasses that are dark and strong enough to filter out a certain amount of the sun's harmful light.

The astronomical society also provides some  helpful tips  for how to spot counterfeit glasses.

No eclipse glasses? Welding lenses, pinhole projectors among alternative viewers

While certified solar eclipse glasses are the preferred method for viewing the eclipse, alternative methods do exist that don't necessarily sacrifice one's safety.

Many people, particularly blue-collar workers, may be tempted to turn to those welding lenses they have sitting in their workshop.

But beware: The most common welding goggles and helmets aren't typically strong enough to adequately withstand the sun's powerful rays and protect your vulnerable eyes.

Any welding lenses weaker than a Shade 12 filter – a number that indicates the level of protection offered – just aren't going to cut it when it comes to gazing upward in anticipation of the moon blocking all but the sun's outermost layer.

It's also not too late to buy some welding lenses, which Tractor Supply is promoting for sale at its 282 stores along the path of totality as a viable option for viewing the eclipse.

Another simple method is to create your own pinhole projector to project the sun onto a nearby surface. The American Astronomical Society offers helpful  instructions  to set them up.

And one final note: As you make your eclipse-viewing plans,  these interactive maps  should help you chart the time and duration for when totality would occur in cities along the path.

Eric Lagatta covers breaking and trending news for USA TODAY. Reach him at [email protected]

Utahns watch last eclipse in North America until 2044

by Emma Riley & Matthew Jacobson, KUTV

Path of the 2024 total solar eclipse (Source: NASA via Salt Lake County)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) — A solar eclipse traversing the nation on Monday made a partial appearance in Utah right around lunch time - and it marked the last such event in North America for 20 years.

The eclipse began in Mexico, crossing into the U.S. at Texas and then worked northeast to Maine and into Canada.

The eclipse in northern Utah began shortly after 11 a.m. and lasted until 1:41 p.m.

The optimal viewing time was at 12:32 p.m., when Utahns got to see a 50% eclipse. However, even at the darkest point of a total eclipse, it's still not safe to look directly at the sun without proper solar-viewing glasses.

Clark Planetarium provided free solar glasses at the Planet Fun Sore, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, while supplies lasted.

Glasses were also available at recreation centers and libraries, according to information from Salt Lake County.

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For those who sought a shared experience, the planetarium hosted two viewing parties.

In Salt Lake City, community members could attend the viewing party at Pioneer Park, 250 S. 300 West.

Solar eclipse watchers could also gather in Taylorsville at the Garcy C. Swenson Valley Regional Park, 5100 S. 2700 West.

Both events were held from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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The 2024 total solar eclipse is 1 week away. Here's what you need to know.

We're ready, are you? The countdown to the total solar eclipse has begun!

Last minute preparations

Eclipse weather.

There's only one week left until the total solar eclipse 2024 is visible across North America! Are you ready? 

Memories will be made when the moon crosses in front of the sun and turns the daytime sky dark. The total solar eclipse will travel through Mexico, 15 U.S. States and Canada and will be one of the most-watched eclipses ever. You can view the entire path of totality including start and end times for different stages of the solar ellipse at each location in this helpful interactive map from NASA . 

If you cannot watch the eclipse in person you can watch the total solar eclipse live here on courtesy of NASA. Coverage will begin at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) . You can also keep up with all the actions with our total solar eclipse 2024 live updates blog.

And if you capture a great photo of the solar eclipse and would like to share it with us and our readers, please email it to [email protected] .  

Related: Solar eclipse viewing through history: A roundup of some of the best photos  

A person holds a solar eclipse map showing the route of the 2017 solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

Our how to read and understand a solar eclipse map will help you get the most out of your eclipse viewing venture!

By now you've most likely decided on a viewing location and have all the supplies needed for a successful eclipse viewing experience (don't forget those eclipse glasses !). 

But if you're still scrambling for some solar-safe viewing equipment and haven't been able to get hold of a pair of eclipse glasses don't worry, we've got some alternative ways to view the eclipse with items from around the home . 

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If you're looking for a way to entertain the little ones before, during and after the eclipse we've got a great guide on how to organize an eclipse event for kids . 

As we get closer to April 8, more reliable meteorological weather forecasts will become available. NOAA's Weather Prediction Center is a great place to find increasingly reliable forecasts, which can help you decide on a viewing location where the probability of cloud cover is low. While we are all wishing for clear skies, we can't help but wonder how clouds could impact the viewing experience. It turns out a cloudy forecast might not be as bad as you would initially think, as it all depends on the type, thickness and extent of the cloud cover. You can read more about what happens if it's cloudy during the eclipse and how to give yourself the best chance of clear skies in our helpful guides 

With so many people flocking to watch the eclipse safety is the top priority. Here we've compiled a couple of guides on How to stay safe during the eclipse and also how to avoid getting stuck in traffic on the big day.

Everyone observing the partial phases of this eclipse — and for those outside the path of totality, that's the entire event — will need to wear solar eclipse glasses while cameras, telescopes and binoculars will need solar filters placed in front of their lenses. 

Only those in the path of totality will be able to remove them briefly to see the sun's corona with their naked eyes. Those not in the path of totality must keep them on the entire time. Our how to observe the sun safely guide tells you everything you need to know about safe solar observations.

Solar eclipse glasses are crucial for most to safely observe the eclipse, but with such high demand for the vital piece of kit, fake eclipse glasses are rife. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) is warning people about the risks of counterfeit and knock-off solar glasses so we have come up with a guide to how to check yours are safe . 

Join our Space Forums to keep talking space on the latest missions, night sky and more! And if you have a news tip, correction or comment, let us know at: [email protected].

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Daisy Dobrijevic joined in February 2022 having previously worked for our sister publication All About Space magazine as a staff writer. Before joining us, Daisy completed an editorial internship with the BBC Sky at Night Magazine and worked at the National Space Centre in Leicester, U.K., where she enjoyed communicating space science to the public. In 2021, Daisy completed a PhD in plant physiology and also holds a Master's in Environmental Science, she is currently based in Nottingham, U.K. Daisy is passionate about all things space, with a penchant for solar activity and space weather. She has a strong interest in astrotourism and loves nothing more than a good northern lights chase! 

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