There’s no better time to plan a trip than July. The weather is great in many places around the world, so choosing some of the best places to visit in July is easy peasy.
Still, there are many destination options, and being July, it’s also an expensive month to travel as families and children take their summer holidays around the globe. Hitting that sweet spot can be tough! To help, we’ve created this list of the best places to travel in July!
The Best Places to Visit in July
Most Americans and foreigners alike don’t think of Michigan when they are planning a vacation. Images of abandoned houses and factories in Detroit, water crises, and country farms come to mind. However, the mitten state has much more to offer than that.
I was born in Michigan, so the state holds a special place in my heart. The beautiful winters, clear beaches, and cute historic small towns scattered throughout the state are what I think about Michigan. It makes for the perfect place to spend a romantic weekend getaway with your loved one. Michigan has four seasons, and in my opinion, the very best one in the summer. There’s nothing quite like summertime in Michigan, even Kid Rock thinks so!
July is the best time to explore Michigan, especially northern Michigan like Traverse City, Petoskey, and up in the Upper Peninsula. Temperatures in Michigan in July are very comfortable with the sun shining most days, and range between 70-80 °F all day.
Mozambique brings something much more to the table that any adventurous soul will come to love. After a few weeks in Mozambique, it remains one of the top places that we can’t wait to return to.
Every day I dream of empty beaches and delicious seafood on the African coast. If you are looking for somewhere truly out of this world unique to go in July, Mozambique is a great call. It’s one of the best months to visit as it’s the dry season and temperatures are cooler and comfortable.
Have you ever heard of the island of Langkawi off the coast of Malaysia? We hadn’t until a few months ago when we started to plan our trip there. Langkawi, known as “the Jewel of Kedah” is an archipelago of 99 beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea.
The islands showcase the best of tropical rainforests, white sand beaches, and unique geological formations. To see the large bays filled with lush islands transports you onto the set of a travel movie filmed on a lost island. Only it is not lost and there are a plethora of things to do in Langkawi. We were stoked to arrive and spend just over two weeks exploring all of the activities and beaches the archipelago has to offer.
One of the best times to visit Langkawi is in July, during the midseason. It’s during this time that the weather is pleasant, with only an occasional rain shower, but tourist numbers are down, so you’ll have beaches and hotels more yourself!
Banff National Park, Canada
July is without a doubt the best time to visit Banff. It is a beautiful summer month in Banff. Rainfall is low and if you’re lucky your vacation will be filled with sunshine and long days.
As such, the town and the national park are filled with visitors who want to come and experience Banff’s beautiful nature for themselves. Camping, enjoying the wildlife, hiking – everything’s on offer. You’ll likely need reservations for the popular camping spots, and if you’re staying at a hotel you’ll be paying high prices for it.
The average temperature is 24°C, but it tends to be warmer in the afternoon. Yes, this means you can finally forget about winter in Banff, though you’ll still want to pack a packable down jacket and a shell jacket just in case.
All that sunshine and melting snow have made the mountainsides a lush carpet of greenery with plenty of wildflowers. There’s also a lot of sunshine – about 16 hours a day, meaning the sun doesn’t set until about 10 pm. Clear, cloudless skies at night equal great stargazing conditions.
Ring Road, Iceland
July is a great time to do warm(er) weather activities in Iceland. Things like scuba diving in Þingvellir or hiking around Iceland are great this time of year. Of course, you can still do these activities in the colder months, but I think we can all agree it’s more enjoyable with some sunshine and long days. You’re guaranteed some beautiful green landscapes and decent weather. Because of all this July is one of the best months to visit Iceland for photography.
Keep in mind, it’s peak season in Iceland so expect prices to be through the roof. Also, like most places around the world summertime is when most people take their vacations, especially Americans. And Americans LOVE Iceland so you can expect to find a lot more people in the country.
That being said we visited Iceland in July and had a fabulous time. We hiked during the day, biked around Reykjavik, partied until the sun “set” at 2 am, and joined Icelandic friends at the public swimming pools. People are happy in the summertime and you just can’t beat that vibe in Iceland.
The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is wild, mountainous, and sparsely populated. It is home to vast swaths of wilderness that are teeming with wildlife like bears, moose, caribou, and wolves. We enjoyed a Yukon road trip there last summer and it blew us away — we know we’ll return soon as it’s a dream destination – easily one of the most beautiful spots in Canada.
If you’ve ever wanted to see Gold Rush towns in the middle of nowhere and jaw-dropping landscapes the Yukon is for you. You can even consider driving into Alaska via the scenic Top of the World Highway.
One of the best times to visit the Yukon is in the summertime. When the weather really can’t get any better and the foliage comes alive.
July is one of the best times to visit Crete if you don’t mind crowds. On the Greek islands, temperatures can be a bit cooler, with an average of about 24°C; though the south is much warmer, naturally, than the north in July. If you’re looking for a good time of year to island-hop around the Aegean, it’s July.
It’s hot and sunny throughout the month with practically no rain. Humidity is at its peak, but it’s never as uncomfortable as Southeast Asian levels; only around 50%. Beach-goers are out in full force.
The water is around 24°C – perfect to cool off from the radiant heat of the sun. If you’re after white sand beaches and crystal clear water, rent a car and head to Crete. See the photo above – taken in July!
If you are more into adventure activities there are plenty of hikes around Ecuador to check off during this time. Anything from hiking Rucu Pichinchato to exploring Lake Cuicocha is on the table!
Get ready for days averaging 16° and rising as high as 20°C. Because of this nicer weather, this is also the start of the summer travel rush, when traveler numbers will be at their highest. Scotland doesn’t experience many months with summer as good as this, so be prepared for crowds, but that’s okay when you have all the green grass and sunshine (sometimes a rarity in Scotland).
If you are traveling Scotland during July you’ll want to make sure you book your accommodation in advance. This is peak season and the prices will go up the closer to the dates you get.
Whether you want to go hiking and just sing in the hills reliving The Sound of Music, the Austrian Alps are simply amazing during July. It’s when hiking season is in full steam here, and you’ll get some of the best hikes in Austria under your belt.
After you climb that mountain head down to one of the colorful towns below for lunch. Afterward, go for a walk alongside sunny meadows and clear lakes.
By July, temperatures have dropped in Zanzibar, making it one of the best places to travel in July. Hovering around 24°C on average with highs of approximately 26°C, making this one of the cooler months of the year, a very comfortable time to visit. There’s plenty of sunshine to soak up and warm seas (also 26°C) to wallow in.
There’s not a lot of rain, humidity is at 60%, and it’s a pleasant time of year to visit. It’s a busy time on Zanzibar, but if you book far enough in advance, you’ll be able to score some decent rates on resorts and hotels in Stone Town!
I couldn’t think of a better time to go see sights in Normany like Mont Saint Michel or Honfleur. Normandy, France is truly out of this world special. The month of July is peak season – because the weather is absolutely fantastic.
You can’t get much better than sipping French champagne while snacking on oysters in the small French countryside. If you want a more active holiday, hiking in France is awesome during this time.
Although it’s a beautiful destination year-round, to really make the most out of it visit when temperatures are pleasant. Be warned, Normandy gets very busy in the summer so it’s best to book your accommodation early!
Norway happens to be one of the safest and most beautiful countries on earth! It’s a fascinating part of the world filled with natural wonders and history. It’s one of the best places to visit in July because the weather is simply fantastic for road tripping and hiking.
Think sunny and daily averages of 22°C – what could get much better! Just stay away from some of the main hotspots in the country. This is also the busiest time of the year to visit Norway, so you’ll want to plan ahead to score a good deal.
For many, Tanzania may be the most well-known country in Africa. It is the country that has become synonymous with the Serengeti, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar.
People from all over the world flock to Tanzania to have a safari and live out their “Lion King” moments in some of the best national parks in the world. The country is staggeringly beautiful, populated by a warm Swahili culture, and home to some of the best wildlife on this planet. There are plenty of things to see and do in the country and you don’t have to choose between beautiful beaches, unique wildlife, and vast mountain landscapes.
July is a great time to go on safari in Tanzania, in particular. It’s the dry season, meaning your chance of spotting safari animals greatly increases. The great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti usually takes places during July, so if that has always been on your bucket list book a ticket there now!
This southern African nation left us enchanted with its vast landscapes, varied wildlife, and hospitable people. After a month in Namibia, we arrived in Botswana with little expectations.
Of course, we have seen Planet Earth and watched the wildlife on television so we had some idea. However to witness the spectacle that is Botswana in person is entirely different. Botswana is truly where African dreams come true, there’s really no other place in the world like it. However, it’s a very expensive destination and you’ll want to time your trip right.
The best time to visit Botswana is between May to September, during the dry season and winter, meaning cooler temperatures and great wildlife viewing. Also, it’s when the Okavango Delta is flooded!
San Francisco, California (USA)
While extreme heat may come to mind when you’re California dreamin’ about a vacation to America’s west coast in July, such is not the case if you go a little further north to San Francisco. Unlike southern California this time of year, the Bay area is much cooler with temperatures averaging between 56 and 77 degrees.
July is when many festivals take place in San Francisco, including The Fillmore Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Alcatraz Island, Golden Gate Park and Fisherman’s Wharf are just a few of the top must-see attractions in this amazing city.
July is a perfect time to visit Seychelles if you’re seeking hot temperatures with a cool ocean breeze and little precipitation. This archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa is home to beautiful beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves and features some of the best sailing, surfing and diving on earth.
Although Munich sees very hot temperatures from time to time in July, these waves don’t last. Typically, the temperatures are quite comfortable and the odd rain shower provides relief. The best part about traveling in Munich this time of year is the abundance of outdoor activities.
As you explore this beautiful, historic city, you’ll find many attractions including, Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz and the Deutsches Museum. The Traumtänzer Festival and The Munich Opera Festival take place in July.
Sunny, dry and hot with cooler evenings is the type of weather you can expect in Bali in July. Perfect for taking an ocean dip and exploring the amazing attractions.
If you don’t mind the crowds that tend to congregate on the island this time of year, you’ll enjoy exploring beautiful beaches, stunning temples and fascinating natural wonders such as Ubud Monkey Forest and Sekumpul Waterfall (one of the best Bali waterfalls!). You can also enjoy some of the events of the Bali Arts Festival which takes place in July.
St. John’s Newfoundland
If Nova Scotia sees some of the worse weather conditions for most of the year, Newfoundland sees the worse. Fortunately, the summers are lovely and July is a fantastic time to head to one of North America’s oldest cities. Situated northeast of Nova Scotia, the temperatures are cooler here with a daytime average of 18 degrees in July. St. John’s is famously known for being home to Canada’s liveliest entertainment district, George Street.
During the last week of July, the annual George Street Festival, which features big-name acts, takes place. Other July festivals include the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, Sound Symposium, and the Newfoundland Folk Festival. In between festivals, check out Signal Hill National Historic Site, The Rooms, Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site and the Johnson Geo Centre.
Canary Islands, Spain
July in the Canary Islands is perfect for you if you’re seeking high temperatures with little chance of rain and a nice breeze coming off the ocean. Situated off the coast of Africa, the islands are known for sandy beaches, beautiful hiking trails, volcanic landscapes and vibrant nightlife. Nuestra Senora del Carmen and Jazz & Mas are popular festivals that take place in July.
If you’re trying to escape the heat and want to head to a destination that features a cooler climate, stunning scenery, a lack of crowds and an abundance of things to see and do, Greenland is the perfect destination for you! This large island close to the arctic circle rarely sees temperatures above 55 degrees, even in July.
Even on days when the temperatures get hot, it doesn’t last long. This is perfect weather for hiking and exploring Greenland’s attractions including Scoresby Sund, Northeast Greenland National Park, Nuuk Art Museum and Greenland National Museum and Archives.
The mountains, lakes and quaint villages of Switzerland are best explored when the temperatures are not too cold and not too hot and that’s in July when the days are longer too!
Whether you’re interested in exploring natural attractions, such as Rhine Falls, Mount Pilatus and Lake Zurich, or exploring cultural landmarks, such as Chillon Castle and Kunsthaus Zürich, there’s no shortage of amazing attractions. We particularly love exploring and hiking around villages such as Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, and Zermatt! The Paleo Festival De Nyon takes place in July too.
Atlantic City, New Jersey (USA)
It might be mostly known for its casinos, glitzy nightlife and sandy beaches, but Atlantic City is also known for its fantastic weather which happens to be most fantastic in July. Daytime temperatures hover around 80 degrees but that nice ocean breeze is so refreshing!
Take a walk along the scenic boardwalk or check out the many attractions that include Steel Pier, Absecon Lighthouse and Atlantic City Aquarium. July is also when you can attend the Atlantic City Vegan Food Festival and NorStep Presents Independent Music Festival.
Situated in a corner of southwest England is the beautiful county of Devon with its sandy beaches, towering cliffs, moorlands and historic villages. July is a great time to travel anywhere in the United Kingdom and with daytime temperatures averaging 70 degrees, Devon is a perfect place to holiday. It’s warm enough to enjoy an array of outdoor pursuits but cool enough to do so in comfort.
Hike along the South West Coast Path and check out top attractions including Dartmoor National Park, Exeter Cathedral, Powderham Castle, Royal Albert and the Memorial Museum and Art Gallery. A number of festivals, including the Goren Festival, Budleigh Music Festival and Altitude Devon take place in July.
Maine just might be the most perfect place to travel in the United States in July if you’re looking to escape the heat and the crowds. Days are just warm enough to enjoy a dip in the ocean and evenings are on the refreshing side. You’ll have perfect conditions for exploring the rugged coastline, hiking the many trails and embarking on scenic drives.
Some of the top attractions include Acadia National Park, Portland Head Light, Baxter State Park and Portland Museum of Art. July is also prime time for great festivals such as the River Rock Festival, Bath Heritage Days and Music Festival, The Kennebunkport Festival and Harvest on the Harbor.
Dublin is known for its damp, cool weather but July is a great time to explore this lively city. In July, there’s less chance of rain and the temperatures hover around a comfortable 66 degrees. If you arrive in early July, you can catch the Longitude Music Festival.
There’s no shortage of things to see in Dublin including the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Castle, Dublin Zoo, National Museum of Ireland and St Patrick’s Cathedral.
As one of the New England states bordering the Atlantic Ocean, you can expect a typical maritime climate in Massachusetts which means summers are comfortably warm and breezy on the coast and a little hotter in the cities such as Boston. Massachusetts is home to many world-class attractions including the Museum of Fine Arts, New England Aquarium and the Freedom Trail.
July is also the month that hosts many amazing festivals including, Boston Harborfest, Chinatown Main Street Festival, 9th Boston JerkFest Rum & Brew Tasting and Cape Cod Food Truck Festival.
Florence, which is located in the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy, is one of the best places to visit in July if you don’t mind crowds and love sunny, warm weather with little chance of rain. The high temperatures are made bearable by the breeze that seems to be a constant during the day.
The best part about July in Florence is the festivals such as Pistoia Blues Festival, Italian Brass Week and Florence Folk Festival. If you don’t make it to a festival, you can still check out the many attractions including, Uffizi Gallery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Vecchio and Accademia Gallery.
The days are warm with a cool breeze coming off the harbor and evenings are cool and comfortable. This is what makes Ghent such a great place to visit in July, especially if you want to get away from the heat. Check out attractions such as Gravensteen castle, Saint Bavo’s Cathedral and Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, or attend the Gent Jazz Festival.
July is the best time of year to visit Nairobi. Expect an average daytime temperature of 77 degrees and little chance of rain when you travel to this fascinating city in July. This is the month where you also have a chance to witness the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra on one of the safaris that you can take from the city.
Nairobi National Park, Karen Blixen, Kenya National Museum Society, The Maasai Market and the Ngong Hills are some of the other attractions you can enjoy in the city.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming (USA)
Hiking, boating, fishing, biking and rafting are best done on days when temperatures are comfortable and precipitation isn’t in the forecast. That’s why Jackson Hole is a perfect destination to travel to if outdoor adventure is what you’re seeking.
The days are longer this time of year too so you can enjoy seemingly endless days in the woods, on the lake, on the river, or on the trails. Grand Teton National Park, National Elk Refuge and National Museum of Wildlife Art are must-see attractions in the area.
Nags Head, North Carolina
Naturally, you want good weather when vacationing in a beach town and the weather in Nags Head in July can’t be beaten on the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Daily temperatures soar to around 85 degrees but there’s always that ocean breeze to provide relief.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head Woods and Outer Banks Fishing Pier are just some of the places you’ll want to check out in this OBX town, but I’m betting you’ll want to spend much of your time on the beautiful sandy beaches.
The Azores, Portugal
Imagine a beautiful island escape where you can enjoy stunning scenery, beaches and quaint fishing villages without baking in the heat or freezing in the cold. There’s such a place and the weather conditions in the Azores in July are what many describe as near perfect! July is also the driest month so rain is quite rare.
Lagoa do Fogo, Parque Terra Nostra, Mount Pico hiking trails, Furnas Lake and Capelinhos Volcano are popular attractions in the region. To see them all you’ll want to rent a car in Portugal for ultimate freedom. If festivals are on your mind, Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, Cultural, July Festival and Cais de Agosto take place in July.
Mountains, outdoor adventure, stunning scenery, and wide-open, crowd-free spaces as far as the eye can see. What more could you ask for in a vacation destination? How about ideal weather with plenty of sun and temperatures that are not too hot and not too cold. That’s what you’ll get when you visit Montana in July.
You’ll also get long days and a chance to attend some of Big Sky Country’s best festivals including Whitefish Arts Festival, Big Sky Artisan Festival, Wildlands Festival and Sweet Pea Festival. Don’t forget to check out Glacier National Park, Grand Prismatic Spring, National Elk Refuge, Museum of the Rockies and Avalanche Lake.
Gibraltar, United Kingdom
It’s only a tiny island but Gibraltar is an amazing place to visit, especially in July when temperatures reach around 80 degrees. While the Rock of Gibraltar is the most prominent attraction, there are plenty of other things to see including Saint Michael’s Cave, Europa Point, Moorish Castle, Great Siege Tunnels and the Gibraltar Cable Car.
If you like Reggae Music, Gibraltar is the place to be in July to enjoy the Roots Rock Reggae Festival.
Nova Scotia, Canada
On the east coast of Canada, there’s a place that sees some of the harshest weather conditions on earth for about 9 months of the year. During the other three months, Nova Scotia delights in summer conditions that can’t be beaten. In July, temperatures are fairly steady around 23 degrees and the maritime climate means the air is cooled by the salty breeze coming off the Atlantic Ocean. By mid-July, the ocean warms up enough to enjoy a refreshing dip at one of the many beautiful sandy beaches.
Some of the most notable attractions in Nova Scotia include the Halifax Citadel, Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, the Fortress of Louisbourg and the world-famous Cabot Trail. Many festivals highlighting the unique history and culture of the province take place throughout the year with the much-anticipated Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo taking place in July.
Situated on the Pacific Coast, Washington state features towering mountains, stunning landscapes, vibrant cities and tons of things to see and do. It also features fabulous weather in July which also happens to be the month that hosts many of the region’s annual festivals including the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, Northwest Raspberry Festival, Sequim Lavender Festival and Darrington Bluegrass Festival.
Enjoy comfortable temperatures with less rain and more sun than the rest of the year. Explore beautiful national parks, such as Mount Rainier and Crater Lake, and visit world-class attractions, such as the Pacific Science Center.
Scandinavia is not known for having tropical weather, so you may not think of it as one of the best places to visit in July, but Denmark is not far from it in July! Well, maybe not tropical but a daily temperature of 71 degrees is a nice temperature if you’re seeking an escape from the heat and humidity.
Many festivals also take place in July including Skagen Festival, Hindsgavl Festival, Jels Viking Pageant, Vig Festival, Aarhus Jazz Festival and Tilting Festival. Tivoli Gardens, Rosenborg Castle, The Round Tower and Christiansborg Palace are a few of the notable attractions.
Nestled in the Rocky Mountains in the western United States, Colorado is amazing all year round, but if you want to get the most out of the state’s many attractions and outdoor adventures, July is one of the best months to go. The warm days make it perfect for hiking and other outdoor pursuits. The nights are cool and crisp, perfect for curling up around a fire or under a clear night sky.
Festivals in July include the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival, Denver Underground Music Showcase, and the Vail Dance Festival. Check out the ancient cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park and many other attractions, including Rocky Mountain National Park, Garden of the Gods, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
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