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:
- 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.
- 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.
- San Francisco, CA. With an average July high of about 74 degrees, San Francisco offers an abundance of cool things to do in and around the city. Whether you want to see the most popular tourist sites, head to Napa for the Festival del Sole (July 12-21), catch the internationally renowned Silent Film Festival (July 18-21), drive out to Sacramento for the California State Fair (July 12-28), or just soak up the ambience, you can fill your July vacation calendar in the City by the Bay.
- 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.
- Vermont. July days in Vermont are warm, but the nights are cool, and you’ll find plenty of activities to keep your blood flowing. The Vermont Summer Festival Horse Show (July 4-Aug. 11) highlights Olympic show jumpers from around the world. The Vermont Mountain Bike Festival (July 13-14) offers a wide range of mountain trails suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. The Killington Wine Festival features wines from more than 500 international wineries.
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!