July is a bustling time for travel, and it can be so hard to choose your ideal destination to unwind and enjoy your summer vacation! With endless choices, we’ve narrowed down our list of July destinations to these top 10 gems.
Top 10 July Destinations
Keep it simple with these first two domestic locations.
1. Boston, MA
Boston is Travel + Leisure’s cheapest domestic destination this month. They say you can save around $120/night if you go to Boston over Fourth of July, rather than over Columbus Day. Stroll along the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail that passes by 16 historic sites. Relax and connect with nature at the Boston Common or Public Garden. There’s so much to do in this charming New England town.
2. Seattle, WA
Coffee lovers, take advantage of your July travel and visit Seattle’s extensive coffee scene. Seattle isn’t just the birthplace of Starbucks, it’s also home to an up-and-coming culinary scene. After you have a good caffeine buzz and have eaten your way through town, be sure to visit iconic Pike’s Place, the Public Market Center, the Space Needle, and of course the stunning Chihuly Garden and Glass.
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3. Cape Town, South Africa
July is off-season for this South African city, so you’ll be able to enjoy the city without having to deal with any crowds. With the currency exchange rate and the ability to travel here on a budget, you won’t have to break your wallet to enjoy yourself in Cape Town! What’s more is this is South Africa’s winter, so temperatures will be a bit cooler this month — a much needed reprieve from the intense July heat!
4. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is another budget-friendly city that’s in the middle of winter this month. Between a diverse culinary scene, trendy galleries, and plenty of shops, there’s no end to what you can do in Melbourne! See the unique architecture at Federation Square, shop at the Queen Victoria Market, search for koalas and kangaroos, and go surfing and swimming at the beach!
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5. Baden Baden, Germany
Known as a wellness retreat with spas and thermal baths galore, there’s so much else to do in this German town! July is host to Baden Baden’s annual Summer Festival, host to piano and opera concerts. Enjoy the beautiful weather in Lichtentaler Allee, a historic park and arboretum.
6. Wales, UK
July is a bustling time for Wales, with both the Gower Festival and the Cardiff international food and drink festival. Hikers, bikers, climbers, and surfers will enjoy the vastly beautiful landscape of this UK country. Thrill seekers will be excited to learn of the country’s relatively new underground trampoline park and zipline courses.
While Iceland surely has a cold climate, July’s temperatures aren’t so bad, allowing you the ease of enjoying the sights! Warm up with a dip in the Blue Lagoon hot springs and visit the Thingvellir National Park. Reykjavik is certainly the most bustling destination of Iceland, home to a Nordic food movement. See the striking architecture of Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa, visit the National Museum of Iceland, and dine in the futuristic Perlan restaurant.
From beaches to safaris, July is the perfect time to get out into nature!
Marking the end of the rainy season, July is the perfect time to take a safari through Kenya. The wildebeest are making their great migration, birds are flying, and gazelles are grazing. Make your way over to Watamu to enjoy gorgeous barely-touched beaches. Kenya is the outdoor destination of your dreams!
July is Fiji’s dry season, welcoming crystal clear blue waters in which to see the colorful fish and beautiful coral reefs. Go to Fiji to snorkel, swim, sunbathe, and just relax! Stay at the villas of Laucala Island then head over to the private Dolphin Island to get away from it all. Escape from all of your stress and relax on the beaches of Fiji!
This French mediterranean island gets 11 hours of sun this month! Go fishing in the villages of Cap Corse, windsurf in Bonifacio, and relax on the beaches of Porto-Vecchio. Visit the Maison Bonaparte museum, gaze off the red rock cliffs of Calanques de Piana, and dip in the clear waters of Scandola Nature Reserve. Mediterranean life doesn’t get much better than this!
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