Cool July Vacation Destinations

Summer is heating up, not just this year but seemingly every year.  For warm-weather fans, this may be a welcome trend, although even people who like extreme heat may want to avoid places like Death Valley this season.  For folks who prefer to spend their time off in more temperate climates, we offer a list of the coolest July vacation destinations:

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      • Aspen, CO. Every summer, the Aspen Institute hosts the Aspen Ideas Festival. It’s too late to attend this year, but you can find plenty of other things to do in the Colorado Rockies this July, including the Aspen Music Festival, an ongoing celebration of all things musical; the Aspen Invitational (July 19-20), a charity bike ride through the mountains that supports affordable transportation in Africa; the Aspen Arts Festival (July 27-28), an open art gallery spotlighting dozens of artists; and much more.

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      • Rockaway Beach, OR. Head northwest for a vacation right on the Pacific Ocean. Rockaway Beach offers seven miles of soft, sandy beach, featuring the Twin Rocks formation. Enjoy a ride on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, take a hike through the Old Growth Cedar Nature Preserve, or fish and kayak in one of a half-dozen lakes in the area. With over 100 rental homes and 300+ hotel rooms, Rockaway Beach offers plentiful places to stay for families looking to escape from city life.

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      • The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Separating Lake Michigan from Lake Superior, the U.P. provides summer visitors a wide range of historic and natural attractions, from the Keweenaw National Historical Park, site of the largest and lowest lava flow on the planet, to the Sylvania Wilderness, home to old-growth northern hardwood forests and almost three dozen lakes. Whether you prefer camping, cabins, B&Bs, historic inns, or family-friendly resorts, you’ll find accommodations to your liking all across the U.P.

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Even in July, you can find cool vacation destinations across the U.S. — and cool travel savings from Travel Plus, including 5% cash back on reservations and more.  Happy trails!

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