Looking for the best places to visit in July in USA? These are the places you want to travel to this month.
Summer is in full swing! If you’re planning a trip this month, we’re here to help. Want to visit places that are only open a couple of months out of the year? Want to see wildflowers? We got you! We spent many hours cross-referencing our travel experiences with the most optimal weather, special events, natural phenomena, and travel deals to bring you the best places to visit in the US this July.
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Last Updated: July 2, 2023
15 Best Places to Visit in July IN USA
7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, map
Weather Avg: 80° / 57° F
When we lived in Portland, we told everyone to only visit during July and August. It’s the most glorious summer you can experience after a brutally gloomy and rainy rest of the year. The city celebrates the beautiful weather with festivals and events happening throughout the month, and you can catch the Portland Rose Festival.
- TO DO: Pittock Mansion, Columbia River Gorge, Portland Bucket List
- EAT: Best Places to Eat in Portland
- STAY: Portland Hotel Deals
- EVENTS: Portland Rose Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, Portland Pride
Crater Lake National Park, Rim Village, OR 97604, map
Weather Avg: 70° / 42° F
We visited Crater Lake in late May and didn’t realize how much of the park would be closed due to snow. All roads in Crater Lake National Park are typically fully open by mid-July, although this always depends on snowfall and other weather-related factors. Most of the year, only portions of the park are open. In July, you can enjoy the nice weather with fewer crowds since it’s one of the least visited National Parks in the US.
Weather Avg: 66° / 52° F
Can you tell that we have a soft spot for the PNW during the summer? Cannon Beach is a beautiful, touristy town in Oregon known for its iconic Haystack Rock. The weather in July is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and exploring the tide pools. If you want a quieter and less touristy pace of travel, locals like to go to Manzanita.
UT-63, Bryce Canyon City, UT 84764, map
Weather Avg: 80° / 48° F
July is a great time to visit Bryce Canyon. Even though it’s summer, Bryce is still one of the underrated national parks and doesn’t get the insane crowds that Zion does. In addition, they hold an annual Geology Festival every July, so if you like to nerd over rocks, join in on the festivities and talks.
Logan’s Pass Visitor Center, Browning, MT 59417, map
Weather Avg: 75° / 44° F
People call Glacier National Park the Switzerland of America, with scenic views of glaciers, lakes, and mountains. We visited in late June, and some trails were still closed. If you want to ensure that Going to the Sun Road and hiking trails are all open, July and August are the best times to visit. The main road won’t be fully accessible until late June.
701 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, map
Weather Avg: 73° / 56° F
Seattle also has a very similar climate to Portland and is beautiful in July and August. The weather is warm and sunny (finally!), and you’ll find several festivals and events throughout the month. Whenever we visit, we either go in July/August or in September/October if we plan to add a climbing trip to Leavenworth.
- TO DO: Museums, Space Needle, Pike Place Market
- EAT: Piroshky Priroshky, The Pink Door, Paseo
- STAY: Seattle Hotel Deals
- EVENTS: Bite of Seattle, Seafair Summer Festival
Local Tip: Don’t forget your rain jacket.
7. Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana
1215 IN-49, Porter, IN 46304, map
Weather Avg: 81° / 64° F
July is the perfect time to enjoy Indiana Dunes National Park’s beaches. The warm sun is ideal for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and more. In addition to that, it’s wildflower season making the park pop with color. To make your visit extra special, check out one of the ranger-led programs.
83918 CA-180, Grant Grove Village, CA 93633, map
Weather Avg: 71° / 33° F
July offers some of the best weather to visit Kings Canyon National Park. It’s an ideal time for hiking, backpacking, camping, and viewing wildlife. As the snow melts, vegetation flourishes and brings out the animals.
3002 Mt Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362, map
Weather Avg: 62° / 44° F
July is the peak wildflower season in Olympic National Park. The alpine meadows burst with vibrant colors, and the weather is also lovely for exploring the coast. It’s also one of the best times to go camping and backpacking in the park.
- TO DO: Hurricane Ridge, Hoh Rainforest, Rialto Beach, Storm King, Sol Duc Falls, Shi Shi Beach
- EAT: Salmon House Restaurant, Dino’s Pizza and Grill, Granny’s Cafe
- STAY: Look for Olympic National Park Hotels
Local Tip: It’s always smart to have a raincoat with you just in case.
47050 Generals Hwy, Three Rivers, CA 93271, map
Weather Avg: 63° / 32° F
July is the most popular time to visit Sequoia National Park, and for good reason. The weather is perfect for exploring the trails, and the skies are clear, making it a great time to admire the massive trees. It’s also peak wildflower season! Just be sure to book campgrounds and reservations early since it’s so busy.
- TO DO: General Sherman, Moro Rock, Tunnel Log
- EAT: Ol Buckaroo, Sierra Subs and Salads, Still Life Cafe
- STAY: Best Place to Stay in Sequoia National Park
11. Vail, Colorado →
241 South Frontage Rd. #8150, Vail CO, 81657, map
Weather Avg: 77° / 42° F
Although Vail is known as a world-famous ski town, if you come during July, the wildflowers are typically in peak bloom. We went in late June, and we saw some flowers starting to bloom and wished we timed our trip a couple of weeks later. The weather is mild all summer, so it’s perfect for hiking, biking, climbing, and other outdoor activities. You can also find better travel and hotel deals than during winter, although visiting in the summer is also gaining popularity.
12. Chicago, Illinois – Pitchfork Music Festival
301 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616, map
Weather Avg: 82° / 70° F
July is a great time to enjoy the outdoors in Chicago, including the city’s beaches, parks, trails, and some great festivals and events. If you don’t plan on attending any events, avoid those weekends since prices will be steeper then.
13. Lake Tahoe, California / Nevada
169 US-50, Stateline, NV 89449, map
Weather Avg: 80° / 50° F
July is the warmest month to visit Tahoe if you’re going more for the lake activities vs. winter sports. It’s a great time to enjoy the trails and the water. Since the water stays cold year-round, summer is the perfect time to cool off in the crystal clear lake.
14. Seward, Alaska →
2001 Seward Hwy, Seward, AK 99664, map
Weather Avg: 62° F / 50° F
August is ideal for visiting Seward (when we went), but July is the runner-up. The weather is mild and pleasant for outdoor activities. You also get exceptionally long days (the sun remains visible nearly 24 hours a day), so the only limitation to your adventures is how much energy you have. There are also excellent salmon fishing opportunities!
25 Visitor Center Rd, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, map
Weather Avg: 76° / 55° F
If you don’t care about leaf peeping, July is the best combination of weather and activities in Acadia National Park. You can hike the trails, kayak on the beautiful waters, swim, and more. Although it’s the busiest month in the park, you can avoid the crowds by getting on some of the longer trails.
Map of the Best Places to Visit in July in the US
More Places to Visit in July USA Edition
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Boston, MA – Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
- Chincoteague, VA – Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival
- New York City, NY – Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
- San Juan Islands, WA
- Traverse City, MI
Coolest Destinations in July in the US
The coolest states in July are Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming.
The coolest cities (in the continental US) based on average temperatures are:
Major Festivals and Holidays All Over the US
What do we celebrate in July in the USA? Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is the main one.
- Independence Day / Fourth of July (July 4th)
- Parents’ Day (fourth Sunday)
- National Ice Cream Day (July 17th)
- National Hot Dog Day (July 23rd)
What to Pack
For Cold Weather Destinations:
- Rechargeable Hand Warmer
- Insulated and Waterproof Shoes
- 3-in-1 Parka
- Heavyweight Socks
For Warm Weather Destinations:
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