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15 Best Places to Visit in July

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Beach and cliffside town of Carvoeiro, Portugal

Carvoeiro, Portugal

July is a magnificent month to explore the world to find your perfect trip. Whether you prefer a surprising snowy escape or a jungle adventure, this list of destinations can help inspire your next getaway. July brings you into the depth of summer or winter, in which you can find bask in lavender fields or ancient ruins, witness impressive wild herds or hike across glaciers with any trip in July personalized to reach your goal and needs. The following are our recommendations on some of the destinations you could visit in July.

1. Greece

Vai beach, Crete

Vai beach, Crete

Temperatures: Low 73.9° F | High 87.6° F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, beaches, museums, cuisine, ancient ruins

Other recommended travel times: May | June | September | October

Greece is a dream of the Mediterranean, and July demonstrates the beauty of enticing islands bathed in golden sunlight, legendary ruins, and lively beaches brushing against crystal-clear waters. The natural splendor of the islands and coastline reveals an essential part of the cultural treasures of Greece found in cliff-side panoramas or the remains of hilltop temples, or at a cafe filled with the aromas of rich Greek coffee and sweet baklava.

Learn more:  Greece Tours & Vacations | Greece Travel Guide

2. Portugal

Cliffs near Lagos City in the Algarve region of Portugal

Algarve coast, Portugal

Temperatures: Low 70° F | High  80.6° F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, beaches, museums, cuisine

Other recommended travel times: May | June | September

Portugal captures the inherent charm of the Iberian Peninsula in July. As one of the hottest months of the year, visitors and locals may indulge in the golden beaches of the Algarve region as the sands slide into the comfortable waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The charisma can take you from the mountains to fairytale castles, immerse you in centuries of food culture or simply highlight a riverside cafe. As you explore the rhythms of Portugal in July, you can sip wine, enjoy a pastry, and embrace the panoramic scenery.

Learn more:  Portugal Tours & Vacations | Portugal Travel Guide

3. France

Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Vally, France

Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Vally, France

Temperatures: Low 68° F | High 87.6°

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, beaches, museums, cuisine

Other recommended travel times: May | June | December

July in France captures the warmest month of the year, whether visiting the luxurious palaces of the Loire Valley or the chic beaches of Cote d’Azur, the craggy cliffs of Normandy or the lavender fields of Provence. Across the country, France revels in its celebrated charms woven around cafes and markets filling village squares. You can savor tradition and explore the preserved heritage from the bistros to the artful living of the joie de vivre instilled in daily life when visiting France in July.

Learn more:  France Tours & Vacations | France Travel Guide

4. Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg, Austria

Temperatures: Low 63.3° F | High 80°

Highlights: Culture, cuisine, villages, hiking, scenery, museums

Other recommended travel times: May | August | September | December

Austria is a destination where high urban culture and the natural wonders of the outdoors combine, especially in July when the marvels from the cities to the mountains are on display. Baroque churches, comforting cuisine, engaging musical masterpieces, and the sounds of the hills create an enchanting scene in which you can discover Mozart and the Habsburgs or the delights of strudel. In July, the diversity is palpable and accessible, making it easy to enjoy both popular concerts and festivals or less-crowded corners to relax.

Learn more:  Austria Tours & Vacations

5. Iceland

Mt. Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss in Grundarfjörður, Iceland

Mt. Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss in Grundarfjörður, Iceland

Temperatures: Low 48° F | High 57°

Highlights: Culture, museums, hiking, waterfalls, scenery

Other recommended travel times: March | August | September

Iceland in July reflects the country as a natural treasure. The pure and raw beauty of the landscape takes center stage in summer beneath the endless light of the Midnight Sun. The outdoors become a playground for nature enthusiasts who can find inspiration as waterfalls thunder, geysers erupt, volcanoes gush, and hot springs steam. From the grandeur of the fjords to the welcoming ambiance of seaside towns, Iceland in July emerges from the snow and ice to reveal an unforgettable warmth and natural magnificence.

Learn more:  Iceland Tours & Vacations | Iceland Travel Guide

6. Finland

Blue lakes and green forests on a sunny summer day in Finland

Lakelands in Finland

Temperatures: Low 57.6° F | High 70.7°

Highlights: Culture, villages, museums, hiking

Other recommended travel times: February | May | June

Finland in July is a work of art. With the shimmering glow of the Midnight Sun spreading across the country, the depth of summer in Finland unveils a country infused with a warm climate, a blossoming landscape, and days filled with light. The landscape captures the essential wonder of unspoiled nature, from glistening lakes to rushing rivers, connecting to the modern culture and charisma of Helsinki. From vibrant harbors to serene forests, quiet islands to Art Nouveau, Finland embraces art in all forms.

Learn more:  Finland Tours & Vacations

7. Sweden

Kayaking in Sweden

Kayaking in Sweden

Temperatures: Low °56 F | High 71.4°

Highlights: Culture, villages, museums, hiking

Other recommended travel times: February | May | June

Sweden in July is festive and bright. The Midnight Sun acts as a spotlight over the entire country as festivals create an exciting opportunity to experience authentic contemporary culture and preserved heritage in the depth of summer. The varied landscapes can take you from the reflective waters of a secluded fjord to a serene woodland paradise, islands brimming with Viking history to museums overflowing with historical treasures. Sweden in July is more than just beautiful; it is compelling.

Learn more:  Sweden Tours & Vacations 

8. Norway

Hiking in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Hiking in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

Temperatures: Low 54° F | High 70.7°

Highlights: Culture, villages, museums, hiking

Other recommended travel times: February | June | August | September | December

Norway is a spectacle of natural beauty, where the simple charm leads to exceptional rewards in July. The steep walls of the fjords create grandeur impossible to recreate, and the islands rise out of the waters with quiet nobility. With primeval wonderment in the Arctic Circle and a call to rivers’ whitewater, the mountains’ trails, and winding cycling routes outside of coastal villages and big cities, Norway glistens as a crown of Scandinavian sophistication enhanced by the contrasts of wildlife and urban culture.

Learn more:  Norway Tours & Vacations 

9. Costa Rica

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Tortuguero, Costa Rica

Temperatures: Low 67.6° F | High 84.6°

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, scenery

Other recommended travel times: February | August | October | December

Costa Rica gives you a taste of summer and tropical paradise in July. As a whole, Costa Rica embodies the ideals of Pura Vida, from the verdant jungle trees to the curling Pacific waves. July provides what locals call the “little summer” during the broader rainy season, which can immerse you in the endless charm of the artistic towns, the balance of sustainable farms, and biodiversity that combines visions of wildlife with outdoor adventure. In July, you can quickly experience why Costa Rica inspires the pure life.

Learn more:  Costa Rica Tours & Vacations | Costa Rica Travel Guide

10. Colombia

Beach in Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Tayrona National Park, Colombia

Temperatures: Low 79° F | High 88°

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, history, villages

Other recommended travel times: February | October | November

Colombia is full of surprises in July. As one of the best months to discover the country's diversity, you have much better access to the soaring Andean peaks or the unspoiled Caribbean shores, the mysterious archeological ruins or the enticing sounds of the Amazon jungle. In July, the allure of Colombia can immerse you in the comfortable weather and bring to light the mixture of stunning scenery, exciting excursions, and inspiring heritage found in colonial towns or ancient ruins.

Learn more:  Colombia Tours & Vacations | Best Time to Visit Colombia

11. Tahiti

Overwater bungalows in Tahiti

Overwater bungalows in Tahiti

Temperatures: Low 66° F | High 79° F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, beaches, water sports, cuisine

Other recommended travel times: May | October

Tahiti and French Polynesia are true paradises in July. The Southern Hemisphere's winter is the high season for visitors across the islands but the great weather and decreased humidity provide sunny days in which you can bask in the warm and crystal-clear waters of the South Pacific. The tropical splendor exudes from lush vegetation and white-sand beaches, naturally sweet flavors, and friendly culture. From glamour to grace, festivals to private panoramas, Tahiti is a dream come true in July.

Learn more:  Tahiti Tours & Vacations

12. Belize

Paradise beach in Placencia, Belize

Placencia, Belize

Temperatures: Low 79° F | High 88°

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, history

Other recommended travel times: January | March

July in Belize feels like one giant celebration. The country exudes tropical pleasures from the interior jungle to the serene islands braced by the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Partake in a coastal lobster festival. Glide up a river estuary in search of manatees. Snorek to find vibrant sea turtles or lounge on the powdery white sands that embody an ideal tropical beach. No matter how you prefer to experience Belize, July opens to a vibrant world of natural and cultural vibrancy.

Learn more:  Belize Tours & Vacations

13. New Zealand

Winter treking in New Zealand

Winter treking in New Zealand

Temperatures: Low 53° F | High 61°

Highlights: Wildlife, culture, winter sports, wine tasting, hiking, scenery

Other recommended travel times: January | February | March | June | August | December

New Zealand in July immerses you in a winter wonderland during the heart of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. Winter sports emerge as an exciting new way to discover the islands and the contemporary culture. Each new excursion accentuates the splendor of the reflective fiords, dramatic mountains, and glistening glaciers. From large cities to secluded towns, whale watching to snowboarding, the natural beauty of New Zealand has a vibrant life of its own in July.

Learn more:  New Zealand Tours & Vacations | New Zealand Travel Guide

14. Kenya

Lion in the golden grass plains of Masai Mara, Kenya

Lion in Masai Mara, Kenya

Temperatures: Low 55° F | High 72°

Highlights: Warm weather, safari, wildlife, culture, beaches

Other recommended travel times: February | June | August

Kenya both personifies and transcends safari in July. The dry season takes hold over the plains and coastline, accentuating the golden colors of the landscape and contrasting the lush greenery of the equatorial mountains. With proud cultural histories, abundant wilderness, and inspiring scenery, Kenya in July offers insights into the ancient struggles between nomadic herding versus farming, living side-by-side with wildlife, and conserving local treasures.

Learn more:  Kenya Safaris & Vacations | African Safari Travel Guide

15. Tanzania

Herds of zebras and wildebeests in the Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania

Herds of zebras and wildebeests in the Ngorongoro crater, Tanzania

Temperatures: Low 48° F | High 70°

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, scenery

Other recommended travel times: March | August | October | November

Tanzania in July captures greatness. With wildlife flooding the national parks, embodied in the customary Great Migration of the Serengeti, the dry season is the peak season for wildlife viewing across the country. Beyond the open plains and steep slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, you can embrace the idyllic beaches fading into the Indian Ocean or visit the locals of a semi-nomadic community. From markets to antique cities, national parks to coral garden adventures, Tanzania is effortlessly surprising and endlessly dazzling.

Learn more:  Tanzania Safaris & Vacations | African Safari Travel Guide

Plan your trip for July

July is the heart of summer or the depth of winter across and promises an experience you prefer no matter where you travel. With endless chances to enjoy immersive scenery or thrilling activities, you could visit a traditional Maasai village or snorkel the second-largest barrier reef in the world. No matter the kinds of experiences you want, July is a fantastic time to experience a custom-tailored vacation. For more ways to indulge in your best destination, visit Zicasso’s Travel Blog. You can also speak with our team for free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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