The Best Places to Travel in July

SERENGETI, TANZANIA – 2013/11/04: Tourists in safari vehicles watching Burchell’s zebras (Equus quagga) in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

We have a few ways to go in the middle of summer. Embrace the warm weather, seek the air-conditioned indoors, escape to the beach, or satisfy that seasonal urge to get away. Then the question is where to go. For family vacations, a pool is usually a requirement along with lots to keep everyone busy. Solo or friends trips have different prerequisites.

Music festivals can be a magnet to attract travelers to new destinations. For a relatively less traveled country with an established event, think about Slovakia and the annual Pohoda Festival that welcomes visitors from around the world. The Montreux Jazz Festival on Lake Geneva in Switzerland is set in one of the most beautiful locales in the world and features a range of musical genres and performers. Another kind of festival, also headlining popular artists, is the annual Frontier Days event in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Rodeo competitions, country singers, and a carnival atmosphere make it another sought-after July destination.

Families and lovers of the outdoors will enjoy a visit to Lake Placid, New York, known for its winter sports but just as appealing in summer. Set in the Adirondacks, the lakeside location provides activities and events from July 4 celebrations to barbecue competitions and horse shows. There’s always something happening in San Diego, with the baseball park right in town, Sea World, the Zoo, Balboa Park, and of course, the ocean and bayfront beaches. Williamsburg, Virginia is the place for traditional Independence Day celebrations and history.

If your goal is to escape the hot weather or make the most of every summer day, consider getting to know Trondheim, Norway where the days are long and the weather is cool. This historic area among the fjords offers water sports, delicious food, and quaint neighborhoods to explore. To really get away from summer, head to the southern hemisphere and Victoria, Australia’s mountain ski resorts where you can get into winter sports or just enjoy the après-ski atmosphere and snowy scenery. Lion King fans awaiting the July release of the film’s remake might want to take advantage of east Africa’s dry season with a safari through the Serengeti. Land in one of the world’s newest airports while you combine a visit to historic Istanbul with a stay at a luxurious seaside resort in one trip to Turkey.

Wherever your July vacation takes you, this mid-summer month is time to break out of the routine, even for a long weekend or staycation. Perhaps these ideas will stir your imagination and inspire you to start making plans.

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