The month of July is a wonderful time to plan an epic adventure. Summer is in full swing, Independence Day is on the mind, and the welcome arrival of warm weather means being able to explore places that are too cold for comfort the majority of the year. The best places to travel in July vary greatly, but we made sure to include a wide variety to suit everyone's needs. We even added some international destinations.
July offers ideal temperatures for those looking to get away, especially parts of the northern United States. It is typically cool enough at night to sleep in a tent and warm enough in the day to swim in cool waters. Because it is the peak season of summer, this time of year can be busy at some of the more popular destinations. It is a great idea to plan in advance and make reservations when necessary.
15 of the Best Places to Travel in July
1. Glacier National Park, Montana
July is arguably the best month of the year to visit this gem of a national park in Montana. Why? It is usually the only time all year that you have a chance of driving the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road (if the snow is melted). Glacier National Park is also a hiker's oasis as it features over 700 miles of trails.
2. Watkins Glen State Park, New York
New Yorkers will say Watkins Glen is one of the prettiest places in Upstate New York. 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 corner of the States who need a fun road trip.
3. Crater Lake National Park
Because of its rank as the deepest lake in the United States, Crater Lake National Park is a bucket list item for a lot of avid adventurers. However, because of the temperamental Oregon weather, it can sometimes be hard to enjoy in all of its glory. That is why it is one of the best places to travel at this time of year, as you may get the lucky chance to swim in this historic body of water.
4. Maui, Hawaii
A magical land comprised of the best beaches, warm weather, and tropical plant life, Maui, Hawaii, is an unbeatable popular destination for a July getaway. 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.
5. Channel Islands National Park
Sometimes referred to as the Galapagos Islands of North America, this remote island chain off of the coast of Ventura, California, presents an unbeatable paradise that is sure to impress any explorer. 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.
6. Yellowstone National Park
When it comes to Yellowstone, the warm weather in the month of July makes it the peak season to travel to one of the most popular national parks in the country. Yellowstone boasts the Old Faithful Geyser, the Grand Prismatic Spring, roaming herds of buffalo, Yellowstone Canyon, and Mount Washburn (to name a few). If you do make the trek to Yellowstone in July, get to the park early to beat the crowds.
7. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a gorgeous mountain town with so much to offer, especially in the summertime when the wildflowers are in full swing. Take a whitewater rafting adventure, fly fish in the Snake River, and enjoy days shopping in the historic town center.
8. Acadia National Park, Maine
A beacon of refuge 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 a wealth of natural wonder. Daytime temperatures typically sit in the seventies and eighties to create the prime environment for outdoor recreation.
9. Los Angeles, California
If you want to catch some sun and surf, head to Los Angeles, California, in the month of July. 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.
10. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Featuring geological deposits and incredible fossil beds, Badlands National Park is a magical place ranging over 244,000 acres. Badlands is an excellent place for seeing wildlife, stargazing, camping, biking, and hiking. The warm weather this time of year means visitors can take advantage of more daylight hours to explore the historic park.
11. Seattle, Washington
July in Seattle allows for a beloved break from the typical Pacific Northwest rain. Tourists 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.
12. Olympic National Park, Washington
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.
13. Gulf Shores, Alabama
Gulf Shores, Alabama, offers some of the most beautiful beaches on the Gulf. These famed white-sand beaches (32 miles) were formed thousands of years ago by way of the Appalachian Mountains. Take in gorgeous sunsets at this coastal paradise when you visit this hidden American gem.
14. Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon, presents a mecca of food, nature, and culture. The "Rose City" is ideal to visit in the month of 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.
15. Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The only American national park named after a single person, Theodore Roosevelt National Park provides a stunning getaway for camping, biking, wildlife sightseeing, kayaking, and archeological history. This expansive park is a great one to explore by car as well and because of its location in the cold-leaning state of North Dakota, this is why it's such one of the best places to travel in July.
For the travelers who are itching to go international, exploring beautiful beaches in the Caribbean or live music and nightlife across Europe, we threw in some of the best places to travel in July outside of the United States.
Popular International Destinations to Visit in July
1. Montreal, Canada
2. Tulum, Mexico
3. Barcelona, Spain
4. Sydney, Australia
5. French Riviera, France
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
8. Venice, Italy
9. Mykonos, Greece
10. Antalya, Turkey
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