Best Places to Visit in July
From national parks to quaint towns to beachfront destinations, the following locales are excellent spots for a vacation in July. Travelers can expect warm temperatures, little precipitation and a bevy of things to do, see and experience. Cast your vote for the destinations you deem worthy to help U.S. News compile next year's ranking.
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Popular music and wine festivals and pleasant weather characterize the month of July in Porto, Portugal. With average highs in the mid-70s, travelers can enjoy sightseeing in the Ribeira District, strolling across the city's famous bridges, including the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, and wine tasting (you must sample Porto's namesake port wine) without the stifling heat and humidity other European cities see in the summer.
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Wine lovers looking to stay stateside should consider a July visit to Sonoma. Temps are warm (hovering in the 70s and 80s) but rain is rare, meaning you can soak up the scenery outdoors as you sip wine from local vineyards. There are plenty of other pursuits in Sonoma, too, such as relaxing on Sonoma Coast State Park's beaches or exploring the historic Sonoma Plaza. However, this is peak season so you'll want to book your trip – and any wine tastings – several months in advance.
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Travelers flock to Tahiti year-round to enjoy its picture-perfect beaches and stunning blue waters. July falls during Tahiti's dry season so you can soak up the sun's rays, hike the jungle trails to Fautaua Waterfall and stroll through exotic flower gardens without having to worry about rain. And if you've ever wanted to surf, July is the perfect time to book a surfing lesson in Tahiti and learn how to hang 10. Just know you won't be the only travelers vying for a space on the sand.
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Outdoors enthusiasts love this Canadian destination in the summertime, thanks to its bevy of adventure activities. Hiking and mountain biking are obvious draws, plus, if you're an expert, you can still go skiing on Horstman Glacier on Blackcomb Mountain. Lost Lake is great for those looking to relax on a beach, splash around in the water, grill and enjoy water sports. Plus, many of the bars and restaurants in Whistler Village have outdoor seating so you can enjoy brews and food with a view.
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July in Rocky Mountain National Park means the snow has melted and temperatures reach their peak, with highs in the mid- to upper 70s. Plan to spend some time wandering around downtown Estes Park, driving along the scenic Trail Ridge Road and hiking around Bear Lake. Keep in mind: Summer is also the busiest time of year in this national park, so consider camping to save some coin on accommodation costs.
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