Top 25 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 in July in the USA. Temperate Rainforests, Breathtaking Beaches, awesome city breaks, and lakeside lodgings are but a few of the possibilities.

Here are 20 of the best places to visit in July in the USA to get you started!

1. Portland, Oregon – a cool place to visit in the summer filled with a thriving outdoor culture

Portland Oregon Summer

Portland, Oregon in the summer

As far as US cities go it’s fairly compact but it’s literally stuffed with hip and unusual things and full of innovative, creative people, from the city mayor downwards.

It’s all about sustainability and low-impact living which means the city hums with a cool relaxed vibe which can be enjoyed to its fullest in July, when the weather is warm, the roses are in full bloom, and the fun moves outdoors!

Under normal circumstances the city is heaving with festivities from the Fourth of July onwards, kicking off with the impressive Waterfront Blues Festival, followed by The Craft Beer Festival, The Oregon County Fair, and Edgefield Concerts on The Lawn, among others.

My favorite is The Big Float, where everyone takes their favorite floaty and jumps in the Willamette River, then heads to a beach party by The Hawthorne Bridge.

I haven’t even scratched the surface here, for full details of all the amazing festivals check the city website! Even without festivals, Portland is full of life; head up to Hawthorne Boulevard for Vintage Shopping, independent boutiques, and locally sourced al fresco dining, or hit a ‘pod’ of food trucks.

If you’re feeling outdoorsy the city is surrounded by beauty, head to the Willamette Valley Wineries for gorgeous agricultural landscapes or out to one of the area’s many stunning waterfalls.

For a longer trip film buffs will love a visit to Haystack Rock, made famous by Spielberg Classic ‘The Goonies’, around 80 miles south on the 101 near Cannon Beach. Honestly, anyone who enjoys cool and quirky locations won’t be disappointed by a summer visit to The City of Roses! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 877 SW Taylor St. Portland, OR 97204
  • Average temperature in Portland, Oregon in July – 27 degrees

My must-do highlights of Portland, Oregon

  • Visit the beautiful and vibrant International Rose Test Garden to admire the wonderful array of colors.
  • For those whose love nature, float along the breathtaking Willamette River surrounded by lush greenery.
  • Check out what events are happening around the area and try to make it to a summer festival.

How to get to Portland

The main airport in the city is Portland International Airport (PDX), located 6-miles away from the center of Portland and hosting 60 non-stop destination flights across the USA. From here you can hop on the Red Line of the MAX Light Rail which will take you to downtown in 40 minutes.

If you are looking to take a road trip to this location, with the interstate road system being one of the best, travelling in from any direction is possible. Some route may take longer than other but the scenery along the way makes it worthwhile.

Greyhound bus service offers transport from across the West coast with its own stop located on Northwest Station Way and Marshall Street in Portland. Another option is Amtrak, this train service has three lines arriving into Union Station, the Cascades, the Coast Starlight and the Empire Builder.

2. Finger Lakes, New York State – one of the best states to visit in the summer which combines wine and waterfalls for a top break

The Finger Lakes, NY

Finger Lakes in the summer

Wondering where to travel this summer? The Finger Lakes makes a great destination for a fabulous summer vacation.

The very first wine region in the USA was established here in 1983 and is still going strong, one of the favorite activities in the area is a tour of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trails where you can sample some of the finest locally produced Riesling.

Probably the biggest draw though is the beautiful watery landscape punctuated by hundreds of stunning waterfalls that tumble between gorgeous forested escarpments from upwards of 150 ft.

From the awe-inspiring Taughannock Falls that plunges from 215ft, the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rockies, to the slightly smaller Buttermilk Falls which, along with Enfield Falls, is one of the few that you can swim in!

Much of the Waterfall action is centered around the shores of Lake Cayuga and the picturesque town of Ithaca, home of Cornell University.

Ithaca is everything you’d expect from an Ivy League Town, full of stunning historic brownstone buildings, leafy avenues, and beautiful parks and gardens that will be in full bloom in July, basically the perfect base from which to explore this magnificent area. 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 35 Lake Front Dr, Geneva, NY 14456, United States
  • Average temperature in Finger Lakes in July – 28 degrees

My must-do highlights of Finger Lakes, New York State

  • Explore Watkins Glen State Park which features 18 stunning waterfalls.
  • Enjoy an afternoon out on the waters with a Wine Tasting Boat Tour that visits several vineyards and wineries.
  • Take a Sea Plane Tour for a unique and memorable experience flying over Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake, and Canandaigua Lake.

How to get to Finger Lakes

A popular way to arrive at Finger Lakes is by car. People are amazed along the way at the surrounding scenery and there is hardly ever any traffic jams on the road. This also means one you reach the lakes you are able to travel around and see as many as you can fit in.

The closest located airport is Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport, situated a 45-minute drive away from this destination, hosting only domestic flights from across the country. At the airport you are able to hire a car or book a taxi service.

Travelling via public transport is made possible with Amtrak Maple Leaf Train and Empire Service Train having stops in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse stations.

3. Bar Harbor, Maine – one of the best places to visit in July in the USA

Bar Harbor, Maine summer

Bar Harbor in the Summer

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

Historically the town was a summer retreat for the rich and famous that rivaled Rhode Island until 1947 when much of it was destroyed by catastrophic wildfires.

Some of the old buildings survived however and today the Main Street that slopes sweetly towards the harbor is lined with colorful wooden shop fronts and charming flower baskets.

Thankfully downtown is blissfully free of chain stores, instead, you’ll find independent businesses selling local artisan gifts and produce against the idyllic backdrop of Frenchman’s Bay.

Foodies will find plenty to celebrate here – there are several top-class spots to dine and eat al fresco at one of the harbourside restaurants. Oenophiles can get their fix at Bar Harbour Cellars Winery, situated at the deliciously named Sweet Pea Farm.

For Nature Lovers there are wonderful 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.

Last but not least it’s the perfect place to base yourself whilst you explore 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. 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 2 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
  • Average temperature in Bar Harbor in July – 27 degrees

My must-do highlights of Bar Harbor, Maine

  • Stroll along the gorgeous Shore Path coastal trail, where you can see the surrounding small islands which are reached by boat.
  • Admire the wonderful New England Historic Architecture that is filled with character and quirky features.
  • Hop on a boat over to Mount Desert Island, which is home to Acadia National Park that has several outdoor activities to do.

How to get to Bar Harbor

When travelling into this town, the best way to get here is arriving into the city Bangor.

Located here is an airport, Bangor International Airport, which hosts several non-stop flights daily from an array of cities. Approximately around 1-hour drive away from Bar Harbor, hiring a car from the airport is the quickest way to reach the destination.

With no direct routes by bus or train and limited intercity transport, driving from your location to here is one of the most accessible ways to travel.

4. Olympic National Park, Washington – spectacular scenery and great summer outdoor activities

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park in the summer

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.

Much of the park is designated wilderness and the whole park is considered a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

In July you will find the park verdant and green, with colorful wildflower meadows, lush rainforests, and amazing coastal hikes.

Due to its diverse landscapes weather in the park can be unpredictable, however, in July you are almost guaranteed warm and pleasant temperatures making it an excellent time of year for wildlife spotting, hiking, and water sports. Exploring the network of lakes, rivers, and coastline by boat, Kayak or Canoe can be really exciting!

In the summer there is also the opportunity for biking and stargazing on Hurricane Ridge.

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 1920’s that sits on the shores of the lake on the edge of the amazing Olympic National Forest.

It is the perfect place to relax and unwind away from urban stresses and to explore the luscious greenery, cascading waterfalls, and moss-clad tree trunks of the temperate rainforest.

It’s also a great place to sit out on the deck and watch the sunrise over the beautiful glacial carved Lake Quinault and maybe catch an Osprey or two having an early breakfast.

The park is vast with a rich Native American history and eight tribes continuing to recognize their traditions within its boundaries. Carve out some time to visit this breathtaking National Park, you won’t regret it!

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, United States
  • Average temperature in Olympic National Park in July – 15 degrees

My must-do highlights of Olympic National Park, Washington 

  • Hike along the Obstruction Point Trail to be amazed by the enchanting scenery and endless views.
  • Visit the Hoh Rain Forest, the largest temperate ones in America and one of the quietest places on earth.
  • Spend the night at one of the campgrounds for a fun and memorable stay amongst the nature.

How to get to Olympic National Park

With its unique location, the best way to travel to the park is by driving. With this destination also being a spread across a large area, having a car whilst spending time here makes it an even better trip as you are then able to view more of the gorgeous landscape. Using the I-5 corridor or a state road, you will reach Olympic Peninsula where you can then connect to Hwy 101 for all locations across the park.

The closest major airport nearby is Seattle-Tacoma International. From here you can hire a car to travel the 2-hour road trip, or take the ferry over from the Port of Seattle which is 90-minutes long.

5. Yachats, Oregon – the small and attractive coastal city is a great place to visit in July

Yachats - best places to visit in July

Yachats in the summer

Looking for awesome summer vacation ideas? This is a truly fabulous place to go in the summer. The minute I set foot in Yachats I loved it, the charming little ribbon of shops just off the 101 took us completely by surprise, meaning to stop for a very quick leg stretch we ended up wiping away hours chatting to friendly locals and perusing the quaint little independent businesses that form the backbone of the community.

Perched alongside Cape Perpetua on an unspoiled stretch of rugged Oregon Coastline, Yachats it’s really remarkable that Yachats is still a relatively hidden gem. You’ll find tide pools, black basalt cliffs, fern gullies, and beautiful lighthouses, all amidst the sound of ocean waves crashing.

Aside from its perfect location it really is the people that give it that special edge, it’s like the Portland Spirit met the Northern Californian cool and created a perfect baby!

Don’t be fooled by its diminutive size, Yachats is all heart! Each business downtown is run by someone with real passion, take social hub Bread And Roses Bakery for example which serves up fair trade coffee and organic bread and pastries to soothe the soul, or Yachats Brewing and Farmstore founded in 2013 in an old Bank.

Ken Kesey allegedly wrote ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ whilst staying at the Drift Inn, which is still thriving all these years later and creates a hub for the town’s live music scene.

All the shop owners we chatted to were keen to tell us about all the amazing community events that happen here 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, United States
  • Average temperature in Yachats in July – 17 degrees

My must-do highlights of Yachats, Oregon

  • Browse around the unique and eclectic variety of shops located in downtown.
  • Taste the flavors of locally crafted award-winning beer at Yachats Brewing + Farm Store.
  • Wander along the beach to see the dramatic shoreline filled with magnificent rock formations and sea views.

How to get to Yachats

One of the most convenient ways to travel into Yachats is by car. Being a small town located along the coast there are no major airports or public transport routes nearby.

The closest biggest city to this town is Eugene, approximately 86-miles here. With a large airport located in the city, flying in to Eugene Airport is the most suitable option. You can then take a bus journey (with a changeover) which takes under 4-hours or hire a car and only make a 2-hour road trip.

6. Geneva-on-the-lake, Ohio – one of the best places to go this summer for old fashioned holiday fun

Geneva On The Lake Ohio

Established around 1869 Geneva-On-Lake is a quaint little holiday destination for all the family, situated in Geneva State Park on the shores of Lake Erie.

GOTL is a great spot for an old-fashioned holiday where visitors can enjoy everything you get at a Pontins but elevated by the stunning surroundings.

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

For a real thrill try the canopy tours which include sky bridges, zip lines, and adventure rope courses. Take a laid-back tour of local breweries and vineyards on a nearby vines and wines tour, play a round of golf or eat al fresco whilst watching a beautiful sunset.

Peruse some of the cute little local shops, take a swim in the crystal lake waters or hike out on the trails for a bit of birdwatching. There’s mini-golf and amusement arcades galore to keep the kids happy too. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 5540 Lake Rd E, Geneva, OH 44041, United States
  • Average temperature in Geneva-on-the-lake in July – 28 degrees

My must-do highlights of Geneva-on-the-lake, Ohio

  • Have a go at the water sports offered, where you can rent jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards.
  • For a slower paced activity, have some fun on Allison’s Mini Golf course, the oldest one in the United States.
  • Take a trip to Madsen Donuts, well know for the delicious flavors and friendly customer service.

How to get to Geneva-on-the-lake

The biggest city to the town is Cleveland. This hosts an airport and Amtrak station. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is Ohio’s busiest airport hosting non-stop domestic and international flights to several destinations. Once arriving in Cleveland the best way to get to Geneva-on-the-lake is by car. This is made possible with many car rental agency being located within the city.

Another option to travel to this traditional vacation destination is by driving.

7. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota – a beautiful spot to visit in July perfect for nature lovers

Voyageurs National Park in July

Voyageurs National Park summer

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.

Otherwise, 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 each year.

There are over 50 miles of trails on the peninsula, punctuated by amazing overlooks but you can only reach them by boat, so integral to planning a trip to Voyageurs is sourcing your ideal craft.

Canoes, motorboats, and kayaks are available to hire and if you are nervous on the water there are also organized cruises and shuttle boats to ferry visitors to their chosen destinations.

If you really are a water lover you might like to stay on a houseboat for a truly quirky and unusual accommodation alternative.

There is one lodge within the park, the historic Kettle Falls Hotel: Built in 1913 and restored in the 1980’s it is set near the stunning falls themselves and it’s an amazing place to dine on a summer evening looking out over the watery wilderness, catching the sunset followed by the breathtaking night sky.

The park consists of four big lakes, numerous waterways, and hundreds of islands, it is the perfect retreat for outdoor-loving explorers and one of the most unique National Parks in the USA.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Voyageurs National Park- Rainy Lake Visitor Center, 1797 Township Rd 342, International Falls, MN 56649
  • Average temperature in Voyageurs National Park in July – 25 degrees

My must-do highlights of Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota

  • Travel around the lakes by canoe where you can explore through the waters and get up close to the land.
  • After spending a day in the park, you might be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights which can be seen all year round.
  • Admire the beautiful Ellsworth Rock Gardens, which was built in the 1940’s and took 20 years to complete.

How to get to Voyageurs National Park

Being a perfect place to visit, this is a must-travel-to destination.

The nearest major airport located nearby is MSP. Located in Minneapolis and a 5-hour drive away, this airport hosts 136 non-stop domestic flights making it your best option to fly into. From here you can rent a car and make a road trip down to the National Park.

If you are driving, arriving on the Highway 53 or Highway 11, depending the direction you are travelling in from, takes you to one of the three visitor centers ready to start your adventures of exploring around the magnificent area.

8. Boston, Massachusetts – a fun vacation spot and spectacular 4th July celebrations

Boston - best places to visit in July

Boston in the summer

The historic city of Boston is an amazing place to visit, in July it’s extra special 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.

Obviously this year things will be disrupted but I think that just means 2022 will be even more fabulous! Despite current circumstances, there is still plenty going on in this beautiful city, and visiting in July will mean you get to do it all in glorious sunshine.

You can chill out on one of the amazing city beaches, grab a picnic and a bottle of wine and enjoy Shakespeare on the common, or take in a smaller concert and discover something new.

Boston is full of beautiful parks and a splendid esplanade, making it perfect for romantic summer strolls, perhaps followed by 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, as well as harbor cruises, whale watching, and amazing architecture both old and new.

There’s a reason why Boston is at the top of the city-break list for so many people, it’s definitely one of the best summer vacation cities

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 139 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02111
  • Average temperature in Boston in July – 28 degrees

My must-do highlights of Boston, Massachusetts

  • Hop on a boat tour to sail around Boston and view the spectacular city from a different perspective.
  • Slow down and relax with an afternoon spent sunbathing along the Boston Beach at the main waterfront.
  • Go to watch the Red Sox at Fenway Park or find out what other events are happening to see.

How to get to Boston

A great way to travel to the city is by Amtrak. With four intercity routes and Boston’s main station being located in the heart of it all, this is a very convenient way to arrive ready for your vacation.

Another way to commute is with the Greyhound bus service, which has four bus stops situated across the city and a full service bus station.

If you need to fly in, Logan International Airport (BOS) is located under 4-miles away from the city center where you can then take a bus, train or taxi to reach the city center.

9. Half Moon Bay, California – a perfect summer getaway with sun, sea and sand

Half Moon Bay California

Half Moon Bay in the summer

Situated 28 miles south of San Francisco is the quaint coastal town of Half Moon Bay. A gorgeous spot to spend a summer weekend or to use as a base to explore the Northern Californian coastline.

Good things come in small packages and Half Moon Bay is no exception. Its compact downtown area consists of attractive sandy shopfronts packed with all manner of a boutique fayre, from unique art and crafts to delicious wine and some fantastic eateries!

No visit is complete without a stop at Sam’s Chowder House for perfectly fresh, sustainable seafood with amazing views over the Pacific, and its the perfect place to spot migrating whales. 

For a quirky dining experience Daddy’Os is perfect, based in 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 serve as great spots for a sunset picnic. The best thing is these beaches don’t get crowded like some of the neighboring stretches, in fact, Half Moon Bay maintains a calm and relaxed coastal vibe even in the peak summer months.

Don’t miss some nature spotting at Fitzgerald Protected Marine area and pay a visit to the historic prohibition Moss Beach Distillery whilst you are there.

To learn more about the town’s interesting history head to the museum at The Old Jail. There’s plenty to keep you occupied in this picturesque little town, just don’t forget your surfboard! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 235 Main Street Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
  • Average temperature in Half Moon Bay in July – 18 degrees

My must-do highlights of Half Moon Bay, California

  • Walk along the Coastside Trail which stretches nearly 5-miles long and offers gorgeous views overlooking the ocean.
  • Wander along the Main Street to discover an array of shopping boutiques and fun dining options.
  • Play a round of golf at the Half Moon Bay Old Course which hosts 18-holes in a stunning location.

How to get to Half Moon Bay

Located approximately 10-miles way is San Francisco (SFO) Airport. Being less than a 30-minute drive away from Half Moon Bay this is an ideal place to arrive into. Hiring a car from the airport is made easy with the array of companies situated within the airport to rent from or for a cheaper option, hopping on a bus is also possible.

The two main roads leading into the area surrounding this scenic location are Highway 92 and Highway 1. With no nearby public transport stations from many outside destinations arriving by car is a gorgeous way to travel.

10. St Michaels, Maryland – a charming, tranquil and quaint vacation spot in summer

St Michaels, Maryland - best summer vacations

St Michaels, Maryland old house, USA

Once home to shipbuilding and oystering, St Michaels is a small waterfront town in Talbot County, Maryland, with just about 1,000 people. Today it still has the look and feel of a 19th-century seaport and is home to a charming Old Town filled with historic houses.

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

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

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

  • Visitor’s Center Address: PO Box 1206, St. Michaels, MD 21663
  • Average temperature in St Michaels in July – 31 degrees

My must-do highlights of St Michaels, Maryland

  • Visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where you can walk through 18-acres of exhibitions and events all about the maritime history.
  • Take a walk around Hollis Park for a quieter atmosphere after a busy day of sight-seeing.
  • For those who love food, enjoy an exceptional dining experience at 208 Talbot Restaurant.

How to get to St Michaels

This waterfront destination can be easily commuted to by plane, train, bus or car.

The regions most used airport BW International Thurgood Marshall Airport and a main Amtrak station are located 70-miles away from St Michaels. It is then possible to take the pre-reserved shuttle bus or hire a car to reach the town.

Greyhound bus service offers daily routes to Easton which is around 15-minutes outside of St Micheals.

You can arrive by car via Route 50, located near to Ocean Gateway which is 45-miles from Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

11. Buffalo River Arkansas, Arkansas – the First National River in the USA and one of the best places for a summer vacation in the USA

Buffalo National River Summer

The protected Buffalo River flows for 153 miles uninterrupted by dams or any other kind of human interference. Beginning in The Boston Mountains, winding through The Ozarks and ending up in Buffalo NY, by far its most beautiful stretch is the Upper Buffalo Wilderness around Ozark St Francis, Arkansas.

Outdoor enthusiasts are well catered for as there are 100 miles of trails that 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 down the steep bluffs formed by the winding river gorge.

Here you’ll be treated with beautiful oak and hickory forests, ancient caves, waterfalls, and an abundance of wildlife, including a herd of over 500 free-ranging Elk.

The river sees many changes through its course, from whitewater rapids to tranquil pools and a great way to explore it is by Canoe or Kayak, there are many local companies that provide boat hire and tuition if required.

There is plenty for history lovers too including 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, United States
  • Average temperature in Buffalo River Arkansas in July – 33 degrees

My must-do highlights of Buffalo River Arkansas, Arkansas

  • Cool down by taking a dip in one of the swimming holes, Steel Creek is a favourite spot for this activity.
  • Soar through the sky on a zipline and explore through the trip tops with Buffalo River Canopy Tour.
  • Discover the magnificent caves in the upper area, Mystic Caves and Crystal Dome Caverns are filled with magical wonder.

How to get to Buffalo River Arkansas

With several different access points along the 153-mile long river, driving is the most convenient way to arrive. Depending on the direction you are travelling in from will decide which highway you will need to take. The river is long and narrow, meaning there are several main roads that will lead you to it.

The two closest airports are both located approximately just under 2-hours away. Springfield-Branson National Airport hosts daily non-stop flights to 15 cities across the country, where as Northwest Arkansas National Airport supports a few more cities, boasting 26 destinations. From here hiring a car is possible at both airports.

12. Traverse City, Lake Michigan – cool vibes and pristine beaches make this a great July destination

Traverse City in July

Traverse City, Lake Michigan

With a shoreline spanning 307 miles, choosing where to stay on Lake Michigan can be daunting, I suggest Traverse City in Northern Michigan.

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

The city offers 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.

It’s an excellent place for a summer vacation as it’s within spitting distance of numerous sandy beaches, including Clinch Park, just minutes from downtown.

The Old Mission Peninsula just a short drive from downtown has some beautiful parks that overlook the water, enjoy some peace and quiet on Haserot Beach or take a picnic out to Bryant Park, but be sure to leave room for an ice cream from Barton’s Wonder Freeze!

The Old Mission Peninsula Park also offers amazing views of  Shadow Point Lighthouse and lots of shady woodland trails to explore.

To really get out into the wilderness take a drive to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a stunning area of protected dunes and beaches including the sheltered North Bar Lake, a perfect spot for swimming!

For a romantic sunset, Good Harbour Beach is unrivaled, from this secluded stretch of sand you can watch the sun sink behind the Manitou Islands and paint the tranquil water in shades of rich red and orange.

Take a bottle of wine and a blanket and bask in the beauty of the second largest Great Lake.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 101 W Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City, MI 49684, USA
  • Average temperature in Traverse City in July – 27 degrees

My must-do highlights of Traverse City, Lake Michigan

  • Wander through downtown that features an array of shopping boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops and galleries – so much to do.
  • Visit one of the golden sand beaches to enjoy a day of relaxing under the sun, strolling along the shoreline and swimming in the ocean.
  • Ride through over 60-miles of trails around the area that have been created for bikes and in-line skaters.

How to get to Traverse City

Flying into this seaside city is a breeze with Cherry Capital Airport only being located 10-miles away and hosting 17 non-stop flights to different cities across the US. With the Bay Area Transport System it is then easy to commute from the airport to the city by bus, which also makes it possible for people to travel via public transport into the area without having to fly in first.

With a variety of scenic drives surrounding the area, travelling by car is an idyllic option and is made possible via Route 31, M-37 or Highway 22.

13. Cannon Beach, Oregon – one of the best summer vacations home to an iconic beach and gorgeous surrounding scenery

Cannon Beach Summer

Cannon Beach in the summer

Easily one of the best places to visit in the summer, Cannon Beach is a small coastal city set against the stunning backdrop of the wild Oregon Coastline.

The sweeping beach is set against steep crags and just offshore is the dramatic Haystack Rock, a towering rocky outcrop that was immortalized in The Goonies when the pirate ship appears from behind it in the film’s closing scene.

The beach has also been used in Point Break and more recently Twilight. As the wooded headland climbs up behind the beach and the sand stretches in a rugged arc before you it is easy to see why National Geographic included Cannon Beach in its 2013 list of the most beautiful places in the world!

Just to the North is Ecola State Park which encompasses nine miles of coastline and includes the storm buffeted lighthouse at Tillamook Head. There are plenty of wonderful hiking trails through this area which offers amazing opportunities for bird and wildlife spotting.

You’ll find tide pools full of strange and remarkable creatures, Murres, Puffins and Bald Eagles nesting in the cliff faces and Roosevelt Elk meandering through the forests.

Seals and Sea lions can often be seen basking on the sand and as you gaze out into the vast ocean you may even see magnificent Gray Whales spouting mist into the air above them. A true beauty spot and still hidden gem. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce, 207 N Spruce | PO Box 64, Cannon Beach OR 97110
  • Average temperature in Cannon Beach in July – 19 degrees

My must-do highlights of Cannon Beach, Oregon

  • Go surfing in the fresh waters, there is even a chance for beginners to take lessons.
  • Surrounded by a variety of restaurants and breweries, treat yourself to a delicious dining experience.
  • Take a hike to admire unique and breathtaking views of the coastal forests and panoramic shorelines.

How to get to Cannon Beach

The biggest and most accessible city nearest to this gorgeous coastal destination is Portland. Here there is a major airport hosting 60 non-stop flights to an array of location across the USA. You can also travel to Portland via Greyhound bus services and the Amtrak trainline.

From Portland you can commute to Cannon Beach by driving or by bus, which both take approximately under 2-hours.

If you are driving from another city directly to the beach you will need to arrive along the Highway 101 which can be accessed through Highway 20, 26 and 30 depending on which direction you will be coming from.

14. Beavers Bend Resort Park, Oklahoma – summer fun for outdoorsy types

Beavers Bend - great summer destinations

This beautiful 1,300-acre resort park sits beside Broken Bow Lake in Southeastern Oklahoma and follows the banks of the Mountain Fork River through stunning woodland and cascading rapids.

There are numerous activities on offer within the park including a curated lineup of campfire programmes, 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 you can high 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, all in all, a great place to escape back to nature for a long weekend as part of a bigger adventure!

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Broken Bow, OK 74728, USA
  • Average temperature in Beavers Bend Resort Park in July – 34 degrees

My must-do highlights of Beavers Bend Resort Park, Oklahoma

  • Find the perfect trail for you to hike along, there is even an app to help you locate them.
  • For those who love being out on the water, rent a kayak or paddleboat to paddle around on.
  • Stop by the visitor center to discover all of the activities going on, this way you won’t miss out.

How to get to Beavers Bend Resort Park

With an extreme amount of land being covered by this state park, the best way to travel to this location is by car. There are several different areas to see making it a lot easier to explore around by driving. The road trip to Beavers Bend is a very scenic route.

There are three large airports surrounding Beavers Bend Resort Park, all located 3-hours away. Will Rogers Airport (OK), Northwest Arkansas National Airport (AR) and Dallas Fortworth International Airport (DTX) all host domestic non-stop flights from several cities. Getting from the airports is made easy by the car hire services available.

15. Seattle, Washington – the best summer fun without the usual the downpours

Seattle in the summer

Seattle in the summer

Seattle gets a bad rap for weather so if you’re planning a visit you need to think about what is most important to you. June, July, August have the best weather conditions meaning you are able to enjoy all the fabulous outdoor adventures on offer in and around the city, however, it is also the busiest and most expensive season.

If you go outside of the summer months you are at the mercy of the city’s extremely rainy micro-climate and low temperatures, so you need to be prepared! 

It is such a cool and quirky city with an amazing relaxed vibe that effortlessly blends innovation and history at every turn! For artsy Bohemia head to the unique neighborhood of Fremont, famous for its laid-back cafes, independent shops, and public sculptures, in particular the monstrous 18ft Fremont Troll who resides under the George Washington Memorial Bridge.

Music buffs should definitely take the Monorail downtown and visit the EMP, an amazing interactive museum that celebrates the famous Seattle Sound and everything that inspired and supported it.

Whilst there you can get some shots of the iconic Space Needle, the jewel in the Seattle Skyline. Follow it up with a night out at the famous Crocodile, the venue which launched the careers of many iconic bands including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, REM… the list is long!

Another must-see is the famous Pike Place Market, where you can get everything from flying fish to Wiccan remedies, as well as eating some of the most delicious food you will ever find!

I highly recommend the Salmon Caesar Salad at Lowell’s, unforgettable! Peruse antiques, check out the vinyl at cow records and have a coffee at the very first Starbucks, then stroll out along the river and check out the boats.

Just to continue down the pop culture avenue, you’ll also find the grave of Jimmi Hendrix at Greenwood Memorial Park and for a day trip, I recommend driving out to Snoqualmie Falls, the dramatic cascading waterfalls that appear in the opening credits of Twin Peaks.

Honestly, Seattle needs its own post, it is bursting at the seams with green spaces, innovative architecture, culture, and museums and I have barely scratched the surface here…Go! You won’t regret it, this is a top place to vacation in summer! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 701 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, United States
  • Average temperature in Seattle in July – 22 degrees

My must-do highlights of Seattle, Washington

  • Visit the Space Needle, a landmark within city and the only way you can see a 360 unbelievable panoramic view of Seattle.
  • If you love art, Chihuly Garden and Glass is a great attraction to see. Filled with glass sculptures and beautiful gardens.
  • Check out the Seafair Festival, which runs throughout July and is filled with fun.

How to get to Seattle

Being a large city with a lot of attractions to see, getting here is not a problem whether you want to drive, fly or use public transport services.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is a great place to fly in to, as they have non-stop domestic flights arriving from 91 different destinations. You can then use the light rail, hop on a bus or hire a car to make the commute across to downtown.

King Street Station is located in the heart of the city, making it easy to arrive via an Amtrak train line. There is also a Greyhound station neighbouring if you were looking to arrive via bus.

The Interstate 5 runs directly through Seattle, this is the best way to arrive in by driving. With good intercity public transit services, there is no need to have a car when exploring, making public transport the most convenient and affordable way to visit.

16. Block Island, Rhode Island – one of the best summer vacation spots in the USA and some of the best beaches to explore in July

Block Island, Rhode Island beach in the summer

Block Island, Rhode Island, USA

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

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.

Block Island is a major site attracting hundreds of visitors every summer and is famous for its annual Fourth of July parade accompanied by an awesome fireworks display.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 4 Center Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807, United States
  • Average temperature in Block Island, Rhode Island in July – 25 degrees

My must-do highlights of Block Island, Rhode Island

  • Hike up to Mohegan Bluffs for spectacular views overlooking then ocean before heading down 141 steps to the beautiful beach.
  • Visit Ballard’s for a day filled with fun, food, live music, sunshine and tiki bars.
  • Hire a bike to explore around the island to see the famous lighthouses, Great Salt Pond and nature trails.

How to get to Block Island

Only accessible by ferry, this makes it an even more beautiful location to visit.

There is a year round ferry service which takes you from the main land over to the island which you can also take your car over via.

For a more fun and fast way to get over to the island, starting in May of each year through to October there is a hi-speed ferry operated.

17. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – a great national park to visit in the summer

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park summer

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

Possibly one of the most photographed areas of the Park is Jackson Hole, home of the iconic Mormon Row Historic Area, Where wooden barns and ruined farmhouses hark back to the early Mormon Settlement.

Situated in the Antelope Flats the area provides stunning views of the Teton Mountains which rise protectively around the plateau.

Water lovers can take a boat trip on Jenny Lake or the Massive Jackson Lake, more adventurous types might enjoy rafting down the rapids on Snake River or taking an Icy swim in String Lake.

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

As one might expect there are multiple trails to choose from, one of the best takes you high up on a mountain path along Jenny Lake via the awe-inspiring Hidden Falls and Imagination Overlook and another takes you into the morbidly named Death Canyon.

Climbing enthusiasts can tackle Grand Teton itself, the tallest peak in the 40 mile Teton Range. One of the most important experiences to have in the park is to witness at least one spectacular sunset.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 1 Teton Park Rd, Moose, WY 83012, United States
  • Average temperature in Grand Teton National Park in July – 25 degrees

My must-do highlights of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

  • Soak up the scenery on a 10-mile float trip down the Snake River in Jackson Hole.
  • Drive up to Signal Mountain to admire the Instagrammable panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Hike along the trail by Jenny Lake to Inspiration Point and the enchanting Hidden Falls.

How to get to Grand Teton National Park

There are a few airports close to the area including Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) and Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) (which is an international). 

If you want to get there by train then Amtrak operates train services from Denver to Grand Teton National Park.

18. Lake Chelan, Washington – a tranquil and scenic spot to take a July break

Lake Chelan Summer

Lake Chelan Summer

Beautiful Lake Chelan is located between Seattle and Spokane and is a popular summer resort town for both cities. The lake stretches 50.5 miles through a lush forested landscape and encompasses many protected lands.

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

During the summer it provides the perfect place to experiment with various water sports, hang out on beautiful beaches, hike spectacular lakeside trails and enjoy some local comforts at the Evening Farmers Market. The best summer break for gorgeous, tranquil scenery.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 216 E Woodin Ave, Chelan, WA 98816, United States
  • Average temperature in Lake Chelan in July – 30 degrees

My must-do highlights of Lake Chelan, Washington

  • To cool down whilst having some fun on a hot day, check out the Slidewaters Waterpark, rated in the top 15 of the United States.
  • Enjoy the flavors of mouth watering wines at a tasting in the Tuscan-inspired Tsillan Cellars & Sorrento’s Ristorante.
  • Take a trip to High Trek Chelan where you can get your adrenaline pumping with their ziplines and obstacle courses.

How to get to Lake Chelan

You can travel with an Amtrak train or Northwest Trailways bus service from Seattle and Spokane, arriving in Wenatchee where it is then possible to get a bus connection to the lake.

LINK Transit offers buses that come from a few destinations around the area several times a day to the Lake Chalen Valley.

Driving is another option, the Highway 97 takes you to the only entrance of the lake with the most popular routes being from Seattle, Spokane and Portland.

19. Glacier National Park, Montana – perfect for nature lovers

Glacier National Park Summer

Glacier National Park Summer

In July the stupendously 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! The Flowers are in full bloom and from mid-July the huckleberries are out and at their sweetest!

In July all the trails and roads are open and it’s the perfect time for a drive along the scenic Going-To-The-Sun -Road. A historic civil engineering landmark The Sun Road was built in the 1930’s to span the width of the park from east to west.

Not for the faint-hearted, it winds through the park in a series of hairpin bends dramatically dropping off in places and offering unbeatable views of St Mary’s Valley and Going-To-The-Sun-Mountain.

The summit of the Mountain appears like a face looking upwards in profile towards the sky which the ancient Blackfeet Tribe believed to belong to the Sour Spirit who, after descending to teach the tribe how to hunt, left it as inspiration before returning to the sun.

The road also appears in the iconic opening credits of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’.

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

Although July is usually warm and temperate, go prepared for any eventuality as the weather can change on a whim and parts of the park are incredibly remote! Take bear spray too and follow all the park’s guidelines to keep you safe!

  • Visitor’s Center Address: West Glacier, MT 59936, United States
  • Average temperature in Glacier National Park in July – 21 degrees

My must-do highlights of Glacier National Park, Montana

  • Drive along going-to-the-sun road, one of the most scenic journeys in the park that features an array of viewpoints.
  • Catch a sunrise at the hidden Two Medicine landmark, an unforgettable experience.
  • Dip your feet in Lake McDonald to cool down on a hot day, you can even take a kayak or paddleboard for a float on the lake.

How to get to Glacier National Park

Situated 30-miles from the West entrance of the park is Glacier Park International Airport. Boasting 6 major airlines flying in and out, it is a great way to arrive. From here you can either hire a car and drive 40-minutes or jump on the shuttle bus which will take you over to the park.

The easiest way to drive to the Glacier National Park is via U.S. 2 and U.S. 89. This is one of the best ways to visit as there are amazing roads to explore with a car whilst being surrounded by the most breathtaking landscape.

20. Ely, Minnesota – one of the best places to visit during the summer for a quiet break filled with outdoor and nature activities 

Ely, Minnesota - Places to go in the summer

Ely, Minnesota - Places to go in the summer

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

Famous for housing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Ely is a high-rated destination for lakeside activities, including canoeing and fishing.

Also featuring the North American Bear Center, which is a one-of-a-kind nature museum housing American black bears, and the International Wolf Centre dedicated to educating the public about wolves, Ely is a place to visit not just for a free pass to fun activities during the summer,  but educative and enlightening interactions as well. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 1600 E Sheridan St, Ely, MN 55731, United States
  • Average temperature in Ely, Minnesota in July – 27 degrees

My must-do highlights of Ely, Minnesota

  • Paddleboard across the peaceful Bear Head Lake at the State Park, you can take your own or rent one there.
  • Go for a hike along the Kawishiwi Falls Trail and admire the beauty of the area when you reach the impressive waterfalls.
  • Indulge in a variety of ice-cream and mouth watering treats at Northern Expressions.

How to get to Ely

Duluth International Airport is the closest biggest airport to Ely, located 115-miles away, with several daily non-stop flights from major cities. You can then take a private transfer or hire a car to commute to the city.

With no public transport stops in Ely, the most convenient way is to travel by car. State Highway 1 takes you directly to the destination.

21. Monterey, California – July is a great month to visit with its warmest temperatures and excellent al fresco dining

Visiting Monterey in July

Monterey Summer dolphins

I was super keen to see Monteray as I am an avid fan of Steinbeck who was deeply connected to the place, which provided the setting for three of his novels; Tortilla Flat, Sweet Thursday, and most famously Cannery Row.

Cannery Row Historic District is now a major draw for the city of Monterey and has been completely restored, within its red brick walls you’ll find boutique hotels, independent shops, and plenty of relaxed places to sample local seafood whilst enjoying the waves and ocean views.

Also on The Row is a gorgeous commemorative statue of the author that celebrates him and his most famous characters.

Aside from Steinbeck, there is plenty more to explore, take a walk 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.

For picturesque and colorful wooden buildings and stunning views of the bay head for Old Fisherman’s Wharf, a remnant of the city’s rich coastal history.

There are plenty of outdoor pursuits available nearby too with excellent surfing and plenty of wildlife along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail and The Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary.

It is worth noting that everything on the Monterey Peninsula is fairly close together so it’s easy to get out and explore the luxurious Carmel-by-the-Sea and famous Big Sur whilst basing yourself in this artsy and vibrant city.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 419 Webster St Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940, United States
  • Average temperature in Monterey in July – 20 degrees

My must-do highlights of Monterey, California

  • Wander down Cannery Row in Downtown, the setting for John Steinbeck’s novel, filled with shops and restaurants.
  • Take in the coastline views at Point Sur Lightstation, a historic landmark overlooking the ocean.
  • For those who love out, check out the Monterey Museum of Art, that is home to over 14,000 pieces.

How to get to Monterey

Being a must visit location, getting to this gorgeous city is no problem. With an array of options, you can take your pick at the one most suited for you.

Located just 10-minutes away from downtown is the Monterey Regional Airport. Hosting non-stop flights from several cities and states across the US as well as unique worldwide destinations, this is a great airport to arrive at.

The AMTRAK Coast Starlight train and Greyhound bus service both stop in Salinas where they then offer a free bus service to take you down to the city. 

If you’re looking to soak up all the natural beauty on your way to Monterey then driving is the way to go. The two routes into the city are via Highway 1 and Highway 101 both providing the most scenic views for the journey.

22. Marquette, Michigan – the best place to travel in July for a low-key, uncrowded summer vacation

Marquette, Michigan - summer resort

Marquette, Michigan summer resort

With a population of little over 20,000 people, Marquette is the largest city in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, having average temperatures of 22°C in July.

Home to expansive miles of breathtaking trails for hiking and biking, beautiful inland lakes giving way to larger acres of water bodies, scenic shorelines, and likes, it is the ideal spot of 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 a number of historic lighthouses that offer tours, taking you back to a different decade, and there’s also a Marquette Arts and Culture Centre for unrivaled art exhibits, thought-provoking lectures, and awesome musical series.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 2201 US 41 SouthMarquetteMI 49855
  • Average temperature in Marquette in July – 24 degrees

My must-do highlights of Marquette, Michigan

  • Swim out to the rock islands and lagoons at McCarty’s Cove before relaxing along the sandy shoreline.
  • Discover the range of thrilling mountain bike trails to ride through amongst the nature.
  • With a vast amount of attractions to see, taking a sightseeing tour needs to be on your things to-do list.

How to get to Marquette

If you are looking to visit via plane, flying into Sawyer International Airport is your closest option to this lovely city being just 17-miles away. There are no public transport options from the airport but you can hire a car to drive which will take just over 30-minutes.

There is an Amtrak station located in the city with trains arriving from 15 different cities with buses also using this as a major stop.

Many people also choose to drive into Marquette as there are an array of roads leading into the heart of the city from several different directions.

23. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington – wildflowers in bloom and mountain magic

Mount Rainier National Park - best places to visit in July

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park spans 369 sq miles of incredible scenery around the imposing 14,411 ft stratovolcano at its center. The foothills are a fantastic blend of subalpine meadows, valleys, and waterfalls cascading from rocky plateaus.

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 be they wildlife, uninterrupted views or rushing falls.

Peace seekers might enjoy the tranquility of The Spray Park trail which encompasses the stunning Spray Falls and Eagle Cliff viewpoint and tends to be quieter than some of its neighbors.

If you like heights then take the amazing Skyline Trail for a close-up view of The Nisqually Glacier and Mount Rainier itself.

Hardened hikers can attempt the 93-mile Wonderland Trail which encircles the mountain and offers the absolute best views the Park has to offer, 10 days is the recommended amount of time to try this in.

There are plenty of shorter accessible trails for those of us who are more sedentary too, Silver Falls and Sourdough Ridge are great options, also picturesque Myrtle Falls. If you want the views without the footwork why not take a Gondola ride up Crystal Mountain or drive the White Pass and Chinook Scenic Byways.

If you are looking for a more spiritual experience then head for Sunrise Point where the facilities stay open for stargazers and early risers. It’s the perfect spot to see the full splendor of the night sky and, as the name suggests, it is also a great spot to watch the sun come up! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: Sunrise Park Rd, Ashford, WA 98304
  • Average temperature in Mount Rainier National Park in July – 11 degrees

My must-do highlights of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

  • Enjoy an evening of stargazing before watching a vibrant sunrise over the landscape.
  • Visit the stunning Myrtle Falls, offering the most gorgeous views of the park.
  • Cross the suspension bridge located along Grove of the Patriarchs Trail which takes you through the oldest trees in the park.

How to get to Mount Rainier National Park

With public transport only being able to get you close to this park and not directly at the entrance, the most convenient form to arrive here by car and what a wonderful route it is.

There is a gorgeous road that goes straight through this location, allowing you to be surrounded by picturesque scenery.

24. Grand Lake, Colorado – Colorado’s largest and deepest natural lake is a gorgeous spot to explore in July

Grand Lake Colorado

Grand Lake, Colorado

The historic mountain town of Grand Lake Colorado is a breathtaking location on the shores of Grand Lake considered the gateway to The Rocky Mountains National Park.

It is a truly amazing spot to enjoy all kinds of summer water sports and you will notice instantly on your arrival, peaceful sailboats, paddleboards, and Kayaks galore drifting on the water framed by a backdrop of the spectacular snow-capped Rockies.

If you plan on hitting the National Park for some serious hiking and climbing it is prudent to spend a few days acclimatizing to the altitude first and you may as well do it somewhere beautiful like Grand Lake.

The historic boardwalk is full of quaint little wood-clad shop fronts where you can peruse souvenirs, art boutiques and holiday clothes. Foodies might like to try local Rocky Mountain Oysters at Sagebrush BBQ or skip straight to boozing at World’s End Brewpub.

It’s definitely worth heading up to the historic Grand Lake Lodge for a special dinner or a signature cocktail on the cozy deck overlooking the water. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 14700 US-34, Grand Lake, CO 80447, United States
  • Average temperature in Grand Lake, Colorado in July – 25 degrees

My must-do highlights of Grand Lake, Colorado

  • Have some fun out on the lake with the array of water sports on offer.
  • Enjoy a tranquil sail boat journey across the waters where you can relax and soak up the surrounding scenic setting.
  • Take a trip to the boardwalk to purchase a fun souvenir to remember your vacation by.

How to get to Grand Lake

Denver International Airport is the nearest major airport. Being situated at approximately 3-hours away from the lake, the easiest way to commute is by hiring a car from the airport and making a road trip out of it.

There are Greyhound bus service routes and an Amtrak trainline which do take you nearby to Grand Lake, stopping in Granby which is 14-miles outside of the location. From here you can jump in a taxi.

Highway 34 runs past this stunning destination and also links to other well known outdoor landmark locations.

25. Beaverton, Oregon – for a gorgeous, laid back summer vacation in the USA

Beaverton, Oregon - summer destination

Beaverton, Oregon - great summer spots

Beaverton is a city in Washington County, Oregon. One of the main cities making up the Portland metropolitan area, Beaverton stands tall as the second-largest city in the county and the sixth largest in Oregon.

With a warm climate of 26°C, it’s home to famous Oregon summer-centric parks like the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, the great Chehalem mountain regions, and historic estates like the Ainsworth Jenkins Estate.

Named one of the 100 best places to live in America by Money Magazine in 2010, you can as well get ready to experience the charming city as your next summer break. 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 12725 SW Millikan Way Suite 210, Beaverton, OR 97005, United States
  • Average temperature in Beaverton, Oregon in July – 26 degrees

My must-do highlights of Beaverton, Oregon

  • Explore through the 222-acre nature park of Tualatin Hills featuring lush greenery and miles of meadows.
  • Taste the delicious wines made from organic grapes at the Cooper Mountain Vineyards, located on the site of a historic volcano.
  • After a wine tasting, head to the Cooper Mountain Nature Park that overlooks the breathtaking river valley.

How to get to Beaverton

Portland International Airport sits just 12.5-miles outside of city. Hosting 13 different domestic and international airlines.

With Beaverton having a couple of train stations located across the area, arriving in via Amtrak from another city as well as the airport is made easy. Bus routes are also available to take you into Beaverton Transit Center.

Being situated close to Portland, driving in to Beaverton is made accessible with many major routes passing through.

Frequently asked questions


Where should I travel in the US in July?

Some of the best destinations to explore in July in the USA include the beautiful Finger Lakes in New York State, the quaint town of Bar Harbor in Maine and the traditional summer vacation resort Geneva-on-the-lake in Ohio.


Where is the coolest place in the US in July?

Some of the coolest summer destinations to visit in the USA include Seattle for hipster culture without the rain, Austin in Texas and Portland in Oregon. 


Where should I go for a beach vacation in July?

Some gorgeous beach destinations to take a summer vacation in the US include Cape Cod in Massachusetts, San Diego and Huntington Beach in California and The beautiful Golden Isles in Georgia. 


What is the best state to visit in the month of July?

Some of the best states to visit in July in the summer include California for surf and sun, Montana for incredible outdoor scenery and Maine for beautiful coastal scenery. 


What are the worst states to travel to right now in US in July?

Florida isn’t a great state to visit in July due to the intense humidity (it can rise to over 90% during this month) and if you’re thinking of traveling to Hawaii the summer months is where you’ll get the most crowds and accommodation prices will be above average.


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