- 1 1. Lake Geneva (Switzerland)
- 2 2. Williamsburg, Virginia (USA)
- 3 3. Trencin (Slovakia)
- 4 4. Cheyenne, Wyoming (USA)
- 5 5. Trondheim (Norway)
- 6 6. Lake Placid, New York (USA)
- 7 7. Victoria (Australia)
- 8 8. San Diego, California (USA)
- 9 9. Bora Bora and Tahiti (French Polynesia)
- 10 10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA)
- 11 Best Credit Cards To Redeem For Flights
- 12 Top Destinations By Month
The kids are out of school, summer’s officially here and the whole family’s itching for a getaway.
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Whether you want to embrace the warm weather or seek refuge in the air-conditioned indoors, we’ve got the perfect spot for you in our top ten list of travel destinations in July. If you want to read about other great places to visit, see this list of best travel destinations to use the points and miles you’ve earned with your credit card rewards and loyalty programs.
1. Lake Geneva (Switzerland)
Warm temperatures during the day and mild evenings make July a lovely time to visit Lake Geneva. You’ll find small towns dotting the perimeter of the lake, including Montreux and Vevey.
In late June through mid-July, Montreux hosts its annual Jazz Festival, featuring music of all genres. At the lakeside promenade, you’ll find a bronze statue of Freddie Mercury, who composed and recorded his last album in Montreux.
Vevey is in the heart of the Lavaux wine region, where grapes have been planted since the Roman Empire. Take a stroll in the hilly, terraced vineyards and taste some of the wines made in the area. And don’t miss out on Fete des Vignerons (Winegrowers’ Festival), which celebrates Swiss wine and culture only once every 20 years.
2. Williamsburg, Virginia (USA)
|Average Temperature||88°F high; 71°F low|
|July Events||Independence Day|
Williamsburg, along with Jamestown and Yorktown, is the historic area of Virginia, so it’s an ideal place to celebrate Independence Day. Festivities start with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence and ends with fireworks, of course.
There’s also plenty of other things to do, including bike trails that follow the York River and guided horseback tours through the forest, as well as hiking, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and swimming. Follow the Williamsburg Tasting Trail for a boozy tour of the area’s wineries, breweries and distilleries. And for a fun-filled family day, head over to Busch Gardens for rides, a water park and shows.
3. Trencin (Slovakia)
|Average Temperature||81°F high; 57°F low|
|July Events||Pohoda Festival|
Trencin is a great under-the-radar destination. The city is two hours by car or train from Slovakia’s capital city of Bratislava, and three hours from Vienna. It’s home to Trencin Castle, one of hundreds of medieval castles and chateaux in the Slovakia. Other attractions include quaint villages, historic towns and national parks. The High Tatra Mountains, in particular, feature hiking trails, streams and caves.
Trencin’s annual Pohoda Festival is held in July. It’s a music and arts festival “where alternative, indie, electronica, world music and punk meet classical; alongside literature, dance, visual, art, film and theater.”
4. Cheyenne, Wyoming (USA)
|Average Temperature||85°F high; 55°F low|
|July Events||Cheyenne Frontier Days|
Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming, sits on the southern border of the state. It has Western roots, as evidenced in the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest rodeo and western celebration which takes place in July. It features professional bull riding, steer wrestling, roping, carnival, art, and must-see entertainment, like Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts.
Trainiacs also love Cheyenne for its railroad history. Visit the Cheyenne Depot Museum to learn more about railroad construction and Cheyenne’s Holliday Park for the world’s largest steam locomotive.
And for outdoor enthusiasts, Rocky Mountain National Park is a mere 100 miles away.
5. Trondheim (Norway)
|Average Temperature||68°F high; 53°F low|
|July Events||St. Olav’s Festival|
Trøndersk Food Festival
Set on Norway’s central coast, Trondheim sees long days and mild temperatures in July. With such great weather, you’ll want to enjoy the city’s hiking trails, water sports and beaches. Stroll through the quaint neighborhoods to take in the colorful wooden houses, cobblestone streets and coffee shops. Or, see Trondheim from the Nidelva River on a kayak or boat.
St. Olav’s Festival goes on for a week at the end of July and into August. This event is Norway’s biggest cultural festival, which takes place in and around Nidaros Cathedral, with concerts, talks, markets and more. The Trøndersk Food Festival is held during St. Olav’s Festival with over 90 exhibitors featuring cookery, courses and entertainment.
6. Lake Placid, New York (USA)
|Average Temperature||77°F high; 53°F low|
|July Events||I Love New York Horse Show|
I Love BBQ Festival
Most people go to Lake Placid in the winter, but it’s also a great place to escape to in the summer. Warm weather activities include hiking, biking, water skiing, wakeboarding, boating and relaxing. Don’t forget to visit the farmers’ market for some fresh fruits and vegetables.
Lake Placid in July starts off with the I Love New York Horse Show, featuring world-class riders in competition. Independence Day is celebrated with a parade, live entertainment and fireworks set to music. After that is the I Love BBQ Festival with food, entertainment and children’s activities.
7. Victoria (Australia)
|Average Temperature||57°F high; 44°F low|
It might be scorching hot in the United States, but July in the Southern Hemisphere is the middle of winter. Victoria, in southeast Australia, has plenty of resorts that offer winter sports.
Falls Creek, Victoria’s largest alpine resort, offers more than 1,000 acres of skiing terrain for all skill levels, as well as cross country and snowshoe trails, terrain parks and night skiing.
Mt. Hotham is Australia’s highest alpine village and features all levels of winter sports with 13 chair lifts, three terrain parks, miles of cross-country skiing, tobogganing, dog sled tours, snow mobile rides and more.
Perisher Ski Resort is located in Kosciuszko National Park with more than 100 groomed trails, cross–country ski trails and five terrain parks.
8. San Diego, California (USA)
|Average Temperature||76°F high; 66°F low|
|July Events||Independence Day|
San Diego County Fair
Del Mar Horse Racing Season Opener
San Diego in July is generally comfortably warm, so it’s great for relaxing at the beach, going to the zoo, watching a baseball game or picnicking in the park.
San Diego also plays host to plenty of events, including Independence Day featuring a choreographed fireworks show from barges placed in five locations, the San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar Racetrack season opener, and Comic-Con.
9. Bora Bora and Tahiti (French Polynesia)
|Average Temperature||79°F high; 69°F low|
|July Events||Heiva Festival|
In French Polynesia, July is “Trade Wind” season, when the breeze keeps temperatures in the low 80s with low humidity. It still rains, but only in short, 30-minute bursts. When you’re in Bora Bora or Tahiti, enjoy kite surfing, catamarans, canoes and, of course, sailing.
Heiva Festival in these islands lasts the whole month long. The event celebrates the exotic culture of ancient Polynesia, bringing together thousands of singers, artists, dancers and athletes. Enjoy ceremonial performances, art, dance and song competitions and sports competitions.
10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA)
|Average Temperature||77°F high; 29°F low|
|July Events||Independence Day|
Milwaukee in July has warm temperatures and long, sunny days, perfect for all the events going on this month. The city celebrates Independence Day with parades, fireworks and family-friendly festivals. After that is Summerfest, a huge music festival with over 800 acts. The 2020 event features Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Steve Aoki, Jason Mraz, Counting Crows, Lionel Richie, T-Pain, Lil Wayne and more.
Next up is Bastille Day with culinary demos and tastings, live music and a 43-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower. To end the month, Milwaukee hosts Festa Italiana, featuring over 20 food vendors, music, opera and a kid-friendly carnival.
Best Credit Cards To Redeem For Flights
We have outlined several great destinations in this post. What would make visiting them even greater is you didn’t have to pay for the flight itself. Here are several co-branded airline credit cards to consider for redeeming for flights.
The Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card is the best Delta Air Lines rewards card for elite flyers. You’ll get an annual companion certificate, access to Centurion Lounges and Delta Sky Clubs, fast-track to elite status and plenty of other travel benefits.
The Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card is the best Delta Air Lines card for regular flyers. You’ll get bonuses on hotel, restaurant and supermarket spending, an annual companion certificate and much more.
The Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card is the best Delta Air Lines card for occasional flyers. The card offers bonuses on restaurant and supermarket spending and comes with a handful of travel perks.
The Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card is the best Southwest Airlines rewards card. It gives cardmembers bonus points on partner hotel and car rental spending, fast-track to elite status, Southwest travel credit every year and more.
The United℠ Explorer Card is the best United Airlines rewards card. It offers bonuses on hotel and restaurant spending and plenty of travel perks.
The Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard® is the best American Airlines rewards card. It offers bonuses on dining and gas spending and a handful of travel perks. And the key reason American Airlines travelers use this card: complimentary Admirals Club lounge access and 10K EQMs!
The JetBlue Plus Card is the best rewards card for JetBlue frequent flyers. It offers bonuses on restaurant and grocery store spending, fast track to Mosaic elite status and a few other travel benefits.
Top Destinations By Month
Here is a recap (or look ahead) of our top destinations for all of the months in the calendar year. Start accumulating those miles and points now!
- Top 10 Travel Destinations in January
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- Top 10 Travel Destinations in March
- Top 10 Travel Destinations in April
- Top 10 Travel Destinations in May
- Top 10 Travel Destinations in June
- Top 10 Travel Destinations in July
- Top 10 Travel Destinations in August
- Top 10 Travel Destinations in September
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