Top 10 Places to Visit in USA in July 2018

  • AADITEE KULKARNI
  • UPDATED May 25, 2018
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The great American experience can never be complete without you taking a summer holiday! With most places experiencing a mix of hot and humid weathers, this is the perfect time to bring those summer dresses out. Whatever your travel style be, you can embrace an ambitious agenda, or let the inner lazy take over you. 

Thanks to the July Fourth, this month is a popular time for families to vacation. That being said, at most places, the crowds are massive. But let the huge hordes not deter you. Here are a few places to visit in USA in July that are hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

1. Providence, Rhode Island - Top summer vacation spots

Providence

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Capital city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, Providence is a perfect place to spend your summer holiday and comes with an unbroken backdrop of blue. The city sits on the banks of the Seekonk River and is home to many gorgeous sites that speak of cultural and historical importance of this Eastern state. 

A mixed bag of beautifully landscaped parks, lively performing arts scene, and great restaurants, Providence is impressive and captivating. Spend the day out, from dawn to dusk, and you will be amazed at how much this city has to offer. Home to the Brown University, top attractions in Providence include Federal Hill, Providence Performing Arts Centre, Trinity Repertory Company, and Marble House. 

Things to do: Admire the displays at the RISD Museum, stroll in the Roger Williams Park Zoo, check out the impressive architecture at the State House, and take a walk along the cobblestoned Benefit Street. 

Best for: Families, Couples

Weather: Perfect for strolling around, the city experiences a comfortable temperature that stays between 63°F to 65°F.

Also Read -  10 Offbeat Places to Visit in USA in September 2018

2. Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area - Double up the fun

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Incredibly diverse and filled with dozens of fun things to do, the Minneapolis–Saint Paul is an urban metropolitan area that surrounds the Mississippi River in the American state of Minnesota. There are many things to do here; you can visit an award-wining theatre, dine at an upscale restaurant, visit one of the largest state fairs in the nation, indulge in a local craft beer, or enjoy a lazy day at one of its parks. 

These twin-cities are sure to double up your fun!

Things to do: Watch a live game at the US Bank Stadium, shop till you drop at the Mall of America, 

Best for: Families, Couples

Weather: Averaging in the mid-80s°F, Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area sees plenty of sunshine during the month of July.

3. Ocean City, Maryland - Summer vacation spot for the families

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Maryland's only coastal town, Ocean City is thrilling, scenic, and merry, all year long. This resort town is officially called Town of Ocean City and is a popular vacation spot, frequented by many families.

Let’s take a look at what your typical day here would look like. You can start by taking a walk along the city’s Boardwalk as you enjoy your salt water taffy, then stop to ride the carousel at Trimper's, later dine at Phillips Ocean City Crab House before making way to the beach for a bonfire. Sure sounds like fun! 

Things to do: Sand and surf at the Ocean City Beach, enjoy a fun-fair at the Ocean City Boardwalk, indulge in a session of mini-golf at the Ocean City Miniature Golf, and scream your lungs out at the Trimper's Rides and Amusements

Best for: Honeymooners, Families, Couples

Weather: This is for all the water-lovers! Waters in Ocean City are set at a comfortable 72°F to 75°F during the month of July making it a perfect time for you to get the bathing suits out. 

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4. Juneau, Alaska - The top vacation spot for July

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Sitting pretty at the base of Mount Roberts, Juneau is Alaska’s state capital. Alpine landscapes with towering trees and vibrant wildflowers coupled with unmistakable views of the glacial waters is a common sight here. 

A ton of outdoor activities will keep you on your feet all day long. There are miles long hiking trails for the active ones, then there are beaches for the lazy ones. Back in the town, you must not miss out on indulging on some of the freshest of the seafood that the country has to offer, and then maybe end your day with a cup of gourmet coffee. 

Things to do: Watch the waters of the Nugget Falls fall from 377-foot, take an aerial tramway to Mount Roberts, explore the city’s culture at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, take a helicopter ride and enjoy a champagne toast over the stunning landscapes of the city, and taste the finest beer in the region at the Alaskan Brewery Company.

Best for: Families, Solo, Couples, Backpackers.  

Weather: Temperatures roll between 43°F and 61°F during the months of July making this an ideal time to take a family vacation to Juneau. 

Must Visit: National Parks in Alaska

5. Niagara Falls - Watch the spectacle in summer months

Niagara Falls

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People come from all over the world to witness these thunderous waterfalls! One of the top-rated attractions in the United States, Niagara Falls are shared by both USA and Canada. Accessible from both sides, these falls are perfect for just about any time of the year. But come July, and these waterfalls will put up a misty-unstoppable-spectacular show for you! 

A group of three waterfalls, Niagara Falls are a perfect holiday destination for people of all age groups. Park yourself on one of its viewing platforms, or hop on a boat and get closer to the falls. The deafening roar of the water is something you don’t want to miss. 

Things to do: Slip on a poncho and get on board the famed Maid of the Mist, walk in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory, history buffs can explore the Old Fort Niagara, ditch the crowds and spend some quiet time at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve. 

Best for: Families, Couples, Honeymooners, Solo, Backpackers.

Weather: With a daily average temperature of 70°F, July is one of the best months to visit Niagara Falls. 

6. Vail, Colorado - Place to travel in the US in July

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July is not a ski season in Vail, but that should not stop you from visiting this picture-perfect town! There is much more to de here than skiing. Set inside the White River National Forest, this town offers plenty fun things to do for your entire family. The streets are filled with shops and restaurants that are just perfect for a stroll on a lazy afternoon. Or if you are the adventurous kind, you can rent a Volvo and drive around the picturesque Rocky Mountain-hugged town, stopping at many of its natural attractions. 

Things to do: Wander around the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, watch a show at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre, stroll through the Farmers’ Market, explore the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Museum, and hike the Vail Mountain. 

Best for: Families, Adventurers, Explores

Weather: Not a hot place at all, the weather is cool here throughout the year! Make sure you carry a light jacket along. Evenings can get a bit chilly as the temperatures can drop in the 50s. 

7. Cape Neddick, Maine - A beach vacay in July

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Also known as the Passaconaway Beach, Cape Neddick is a small sandy beach located near the mouth of Cape Neddick Harbor. Apart from the many small sandy beaches, the oft-photographed lighthouse is the main attraction here. 

Cape Neddick is perfect for the ones looking for a purely self-indulgent laziness. The receding ocean waters offers plenty of opportunities for the tidal pools to crop up. A perfect spot for couples, days can be spent here in each other’s arms, doing nothing but just gazing at the sea. 

Things to do: Enjoy a game of golf at Cape Neddick Golf Course, buy gifts at the Knight's Quilt Shop and Columbary House Antiques, and enjoy kayaking in the not-so-cold waters of the sea. 

Best for: Explorers, Couples. 

Weather: Summers in Cap Neddick are warm and partly cloudy. An average daily high temperature in July is 70°F.

8. St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands - A go to spot for honeymooners

St. Croix

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Indulge your senses in an ultimate Caribbean experience by flying in to St. Croix. Part of the United States Virgin Islands, St. Croix is a tranquil holiday destination. Culturally diverse, this island has a rich history that dates back many centuries. 

A scene of a tropical beauty that looks like the one straight out of a Hollywood movie, the romantic sandy white beaches of this island are perfect to share a candlelit dinner with your special someone before going skinny dipping in the sea. 

Things to do: Skylift 700-foot to reach the Charlotte Amalie, indulge in the chef-prepared haute cuisine at one of its restaurants, go singing and dancing thanks to its many open mic nights and DJs spins, and go exploring the many fascinating sunken ships. 

Best for: Honeymooners, Couples, Solo, Families. 

Weather: It’s summertime! The day are warm and evenings cool. The waters are just the right temperature for you to take a dip. Temperatures swing between 78°F and 90°F with a little rainfall. 

9. Asheville, North Carolina - Best City to visit in the month of July

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Tucked in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a vibrant city with many quirky art and cultural scenes. Whether its the artistic downtown district, the historic Basilica of Saint Lawrence, or the Renoir-masterpiece, this Southern Appalachia getaway is perfect for a short holiday. 

The city has an unmissable mountain vibe to it. The best way to explore the city is on foot, thanks to its many live street performances and the colourful history. The city is home to George W. Vanderbilt’s winter residence as well. With myriad list of things to do in Asheville in July this is the place to visit in US.

Things to do: Stroll through the downtown Asheville, explore the grand Biltmore Estate, drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, go waterfall-hopping, and sigh up for a food tour. 

Best for: Families, Couples, Explorers.

Weather: A not-so-comfortable 90-degree heat can show up during the month of July. The days can be plenty-sunny, but evenings steal the show, thanks to crisp winds.

Must Visit: Beaches in North Carolina & Swimming holes in North Carolina

10. Islamorada, Florida - A popular July vacation spot in USA

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Islamorada is a collection of tiny & pretty islands and is located in the Florida Keys. It was the heliotrope hues and the presence of many spectacular purple-ish bougainvillea that earned this this place its name, Islamorada, or the Purple Island. Popular attractions at these islands includes beaches, surfing, kayaking, luxury dining, quaint walking trails in the villages, marinas, sitting areas and playgrounds.

Often called The Sport-Fishing Capital of the World, a Saltwater Wilderness, and the Village of Islands, Islamorada is also one of the most romantic places to visit in USA. Islamorada consists of 5 islands, each one of them being unique in its own way. 

Things to do: Navigate through the mangrove hammocks, dive and explore the shipwrecks, hang around the Robbie's Marina, watch a dolphin show, and sun-bathe at the Anne's Beach. 

Best for: Couples, Families. 

Weather: July is the warmest month here and makes way for you to enjoy all the fun touristy activities. 

Ahead of the yawned autumn, when it comes to vacationing in the US, July promises good weather, good times, and good deals!

So here are the best places to visit in July in the US:

  1. Providence, Rhode Island
  2. Minneapolis
  3. Ocean City, Maryland
  4. Juneau, Alaska
  5. Niagara Falls
  6. Vail, Colorado
  7. Cape Neddick, Maine
  8. St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands
  9. Asheville, North Carolina
  10. Islamorada, Florida

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AADITEE KULKARNI AADITEE KULKARNI

Ever since my first trip at the age of 4, I’ve been fascinated to explore places around the world. Lover of world cultures, food, souls and all things blue; I spend most part of my day writing about travel. I also travel with my buddies when my boss approves my leaves.

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