Where to Travel in July

By Andrew Wong,

Hello Summer, Hello Sun! These are the Best Cities to Travel to in July. Itching for a Fourth of July away with the family or your better half? We have the answer to “Where to Travel in July?” We’ve done the math and trivago points to three destinations down south. Scroll on to see our favorite cities to escape to on a dime this month!

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Your Scottsdale Getaway

Weather Forecast: High 107°F ~ Low 75°F

You know it for the dry desert heat, immaculate putting greens and a wide spectrum of fine arts. Whether this will be your first time or your fifth in Scottsdale, each resort and activity pairing is a different way to see this Southwestern gem. Escape to these desert beauties, offering some of the best rates of the year this month…

What to do in Scottsdale in July?


The answer: Plenty! Guided by Experience Scottsdale, we bring you just a handful of activities worth checking out this July in-town and further into the Sonoran Desert. Pack your water and off we go!

“Scottsdale’s summers may be known for their dry heat, but locals know the warmer months are the best time for staycations because many of the city’s must luxurious resorts slash their prices up to 60 percent. Poolside is the best place to be, but you can also get in plenty of early-morning action on the golf course or the hiking trail, or kick back for an al fresco dinner after the sun goes down.”

       — Jennifer Duffy, Experience Scottsdale

Kick start your day on the trails

Signature Scenic Scottsdale's McDowell Mountains

Photo courtesy of Experience Scottsdale

Two hundred miles of trails and flowering cacti await at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Spread over 30,000 acres of land, each of the five trailheads shows a different side of this unspoiled patch of Arizona. Other ways to spend your day in the dry heat of the Preserve include mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding.

 

Giddy up to the Western Spirit

Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West Jill Richards

Photo by Jill Richards, courtesy of Experience Scottsdale

Since its opening just two years ago as a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has become an essential stop for visitors to the area. Exhibitions this July honor the Grand Canyon, Western Film history, sculptures by John Coleman, in addition to the museum’s permanent pieces and the Sculpture Courtyard.

How Much to Budget


Once you’ve made it to the Phoenix area plan to set aside roughly $502 over 48 hours for two in Scottsdale.

Negroni: $12

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Phoenix Sky Harbor to Scottsdale: $25-30

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One night in a 3-star Hotel  – July: $106

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OdySea Aquarium – Adult Day Ticket: $34.95

Find July deals from $57

 

Your Naples Getaway

Weather Forecast: High 92°F ~ Low 75°F

While the Sunshine State’s East Coast is all about the big waves to hang ten, escape to Florida’s Gulf Coast this summer and discover the calm sandy expanses of Naples Beach. Paradise Coast and sophisticated Naples are equally for couples and for the whole family this July. Where to stay to make this summer getaway all the more impressive? See our list below…

What to do in Naples in July?

The Beach. Fifth Avenue South. The Everglades. The activity and entertainment options in and around Naples are enough for a whole summer and then some. With the help of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, we’ve narrowed in on two July celebrations that will certainly put you in a good mood!

Paradise Coast tip:

“Afternoon summer rains are common in South Florida in the summer, but they typically pass through quickly, leaving the skies clear in time for the spectacular nightly sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Find a spot of soft white sand or join the sunset-viewing crowd that always gathers on Naples Pier.”

Tap into some Jazz

July 8. Now in its 32nd year, SummerJazz on the Gulf hosts a different jazz artist every month on the grounds of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. This July, see Pocket Change in a high energy performance as the sun goes down over the Gulf of Mexico.

Independence Day alla napoletana

Fourth of July Fireworks Naples Beach Pier

Photo by Wojciech Kulicki CC BY

July 4. Ok, so it’s not that Naples but stateside, this sandy city starts their Fourth of July celebrations with a parade through Downtown from 10 a.m. to the noonhour. Then join locals as they pick a spot on Naples Beach to take in the fireworks display lighting up the sky over Naples Pier.

How Much to Budget


Once you’ve made it to the Paradise Coast plan to set aside roughly $534 over 48 hours for two in Naples.

Lime Daiquiri: $12.50

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Most folks rent a car and drive from Southwest Florida International (42 miles away)

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One night in a 3-star Hotel  – July: $132

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Third Street Saturday Farmer’s Market: $0

Find July deals from $64

 

Your New Orleans Getaway

Weather Forecast: High 94°F ~ Low 75°F

Oh Nawlins… Don’t think just because Mardi Gras is long gone that there is any less of a reason to visit this legendary city on the Mississippi Delta. New Orleans knows how to have a good time and is happy to show visitors how it’s done. This July, take advantage of sliding hotel prices into August and check into one of these contemporary hotels…

trivago savings tip: If you were thinking about an early Fourth of July weekend away in NOLA, your wallet may take a beating. Average hotel prices for the first and second of the month hover at $323.84. That’s an 81% premium over the monthly average, so watch out!

What to do in New Orleans in July?


Activity options this July are plentiful in NOLA. You could take part in the city’s version of the Running of the Bulls (that’s with Big Easy Rollergirls standing in for angry bovine) or take in the fireworks along the Mississippi. Then there’s also the temptation of going French for Bastille Day or a cheesy crawl in time for National Macaroni Day. GO NOLA, the experts in letting the good times roll, shared these two big ways to make your July trip all the more memorable…

Live it all at ESSENCE Festival

June 29 – July 2. A music festival with more, ESSENCE comes to town with its 20th edition promising empowering talks, a beauty & style expo, a food hall on top of memorable performances at the Superdome by Diana Ross, Solange, Chance the Rapper and Mary J Blige. This is not one to miss!

 

Dive into a Hotel Pool

New Orleans Le Meridien rooftop pool

Photo via trivago

Things can get pretty hot in NOLA come July so why not treat yourself to a luxe afternoon pool sesh. Hop between some of the city’s best blue wonders which offer day pass options to non-guests like the rooftop stunner at Le Meridien New Orleans, the private oasis at the Country Club, without missing a mention of our July darling the Ace Hotel.

When else should you get to NOLA? Anytime if you ask us. But each for a different reason…

How Much to Budget


Once you’ve made it to NOLA plan to set aside roughly $644 over 48 hours for two in the Big Easy.

Frozen Daiquiri – 20 oz.: $9

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Taxi to Downtown: $36

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One night in a 3-star Hotel  – July: $181

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Zack Smith Fireworks Photography Workshop: $85

Find July deals from $62

Learn more in our Travel Advice Calendars


If you can’t make it to our “Where to Travel in July” destinations this month, try them out later this year with the help of our Travel Advice Calendar or subscribe to our “Where to Travel” mailer to be the first to learn of our destination picks.

*Feature photo by Tom Mackie, courtesy of Experience Scottsdale

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