With summer in full swing, it’s time to plan a family vacation and save those beach chairs for some serious fun. July means children are out of school for several weeks, and the weather is hot in most parts of the United States.
If you’re looking for a getaway that offers fun activities and entertainment, these locations offer plenty of options without worrying about breaking your budget.
1. Sequoia National Park, California for the famous Sequoia Trees
Did you know that there is an area of California where you can glimpse what the world would be like if people weren’t the main inhabitants? Sequoia National Park is just that. This national park is home to the famous redwoods, the largest living things on Earth. If you visit this national park in California, you will have plenty of opportunities to hike and see these amazing trees.
The trails are well marked and some even offer spectacular views of the forest below. Another cool thing about visiting Sequoia National Park in July is that it won’t be as hot as many other places on this list because it’s at higher altitudes. Of course, just because it’s not that hot doesn’t mean it’s cold! I recommend bringing plenty of water with you when venturing out into the wild.
2. Denali National Park, Alaska for Great Hikes
A perfect place to get away from it all, Denali National Park it also offers some of the most spectacular scenery and great hiking trails.
Visitors can experience the breathtaking beauty of the Alaskan wilderness, stunning glaciers and craggy peaks while spotting moose, grizzly bears and caribou in their natural habitat.
Denali is a great place to get in touch with nature and enjoy its splendor. Denali is also a great destination for photography enthusiasts with abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.
3. San Juan Islands, Washington for Summer Killer Whale Watching
The San Juan Islands are true playgrounds for nature lovers and adventurersand. It is dotted with over 150 islands, large and small. The largest of these, San Juan Island, is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Washington.
Killer whales can be seen between June and September.
Not only can you enjoy wide stretches of sand, but the crystal clear waters are perfect for kayaking or paddleboarding. You can also see pods of orcas from the coast. During your day on the water, keep an eye out for seals and eagles – the area is teeming with wildlife.
There are plenty of great spots across the islands, including beach houses that allow up to four dogs per property (perfect for families) or romantic cottages with incredible views right from your deck.
4. Santa Fe, New Mexico for perfect temperature
The best part of summer in Santa Fe is that it’s not super hot. Even during the hottest months, temperatures rarely reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit, so you won’t feel like you’re melting after a few hours outdoors. And compared to other places along the northernmost stretch of the United States, Santa Fe is surprisingly low-key for a city of its size.
The town itself is small, and most of its charm lies in the wide array of artisans and local shops that fill its historic center – which has an active cultural life and plenty of nightlife options.
Suppose you’re looking for something more exciting to do than window shopping or lounging by a river. In that case, Santa Fe also accommodates visitors with things like world-class museums, outdoor sports parks, and unique music festivals.
5. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado for Best Hikes
It is one of the most beautiful national parks in America and is just a short drive from Colorado’s two largest cities: Denver and Boulder. The park features towering peaks, some over 14,000 feet, shimmering alpine lakes and meadows filled with wildflowers. When you visit Rocky Mountain National Park in July, you can enjoy a variety of activities.
Hiking is one of the best things to do when visiting Rocky Mountain National Park in July. You can also stay in one of the wonderful lodging options close to the park. There are several campgrounds within the Rocky Mountain National Park, or you can book a room at one of the charming bed & breakfasts or resorts nearby.
6. Bar Harbor, Maine for small beach town vibes
Located on Maine’s east coast, bar harbor is a beautiful seaside town that has some really amazing things to see and do. If you’re looking for an old New England kind of experience then this is one place where you can get it. Bar Harbor’s focal point is Acadia National Park, which offers some unbelievable scenery and plenty of opportunities to get closer to nature.
The park has over 100 kilometers of trails and 45 kilometers of transport roads perfect for walking or cycling. There are also whale watching tours available during the summer months if you prefer to get out on the water.
7. Madison, Wisconsin
Madison is the capital of Wisconsin and is home to many attractions. The city is best known as the location of the University of Wisconsin, one of the best research universities in the world. Madison is consistently among the 10 most educated cities in America, and its population includes a high number of Ph.Ds. students.
Visitors love Madison for its many outdoor activities, especially those on Lake Mendota or in local state parks.
In July, temperatures hover around 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius), making it perfect for biking along scenic trails or exploring natural wonders like cave of the hills and Devil’s Lake State Park. Madison is also home to several museums, festivals and a lively theater scene.
8. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming for all outdoor activities
Located in northwest Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is filled with spectacular views and opportunities for adventure. It’s a great destination for hiking, camping, rock climbing, fishing, and more. Whether you’re visiting alone or with family in tow, you’ll see something that will please everyone in your group.
The park is home to the world-famous Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which offers skiing and snowboarding during the winter months and summer activities like zip lining and horseback riding. The park comprises three separate areas: the John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway connects Grand Teton to Yellowstone, while Colter Bay Village & Campground is located near Lake Jackson at an altitude of 5 km.
9. Yachats, Oregon for Best Pacific Breezes
Oregon is a great place to visit in July. The dry summer weather makes it a perfect time to explore the state’s forests and mountains with their cool breezes, while the low rainfall also means you can enjoy days spent at the beach.
The town of Yachats, located on the Pacific Ocean, is one of the best places to stay in Oregon.
This small town has a population of around 700, but it offers plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy, including whale watching and kayaking, as well as great trails for all skill levels, from beginner to expert.
10. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
The Voyageurs National Park is a great destination for all nature lovers and photographers. However, the park is not just for those who enjoy spending time outdoors, but also for those interested in learning more about Native American history. Many historic sites, including an Ojibwe cemetery and a Koochiching agency school, are displayed.
The best way to explore Voyageurs is by boat! The park has 400 kilometers of water routes that can be explored by canoe or speedboat. You’ll see views of the beautiful forests around you as you travel along the waterways, and you might even see some wild animals. Additionally, kayaking and fishing are popular activities here.
11. Dauphin Island, Alabama for beaches
Dauphin Island is a barrier island located in the Gulf of Mexico, approximately 20 miles southwest of Mobile.
The 14-mile-long island is a popular tourist destination, particularly for its beaches and birding. With its abundant wildlife and outdoor recreation opportunities, Dauphin Island is an excellent place to visit in July.
The west side of the island faces Mississippi Sound, an area surrounded by barrier islands that include Mobile Bay. The sound offers warm waters that provide ideal conditions for fishing, kayaking and stand-up paddle. At the eastern end of Dauphin Island is Mobile Bay and Fort Gaines.
12. Half Moon Bay, California for Golf and Surfing
Half Moon Bay, California is a great beach town to visit in July. There are many things for you to do there. You can play golf and surf. You can also fish or relax at a spa.
Another activity you can do is participate in one of the many festivals during the month of July. This includes the Art and Pumpkin Festival and the Concours d’Elegance Classic Car Show in Carmel.
If you like shopping they have lots of stores with surf wear, antiques and other unique items that make great gifts for people back home!
13. Las Vegas for Festivals
Summer is the best time to visit Las Vegas, with daytime temperatures in the upper 80’s and 90’s. July is a great month for Vegas as many events and festivals take place this month.
July 1st is Canada Day, so visitors to Canada can expect some deals to be available. The 4th of July celebrations continue on the 5th, with restaurants offering special menus and discounts for customers. One of the most popular festivals in Las Vegas during the month of July is the BBQ Fest, which features ribs and other grilled meats.
14. Buffalo River Arkansas, Arkansas
The Buffalo River has trails in an area that stretches over 100 miles. It has a walking trail that will give you great views of the river gorge. You will be treated to wildlife, ancient caves, moose and waterfalls.
15. Traverse City, Lake Michigan
The city has splendid gastro pubs, food carts, boutiques and incredible public art. You can also swim in the nearby lakes. The place also has several sandy beaches, such as Clinch Park.
As summer approaches, the days are getting warmer and there is plenty of time to take a vacation. July is one of the best months to visit the United States as you’ll find great weather no matter where you’re looking. So start planning your summer vacation now.