10 Best July Vacations

By the time July rolls around, all kids are out of school, the last hints of June gloom have given way to bright sunshine, and summer is in full swing. It's vacation time. Whether you’re planning an Independence Day weekend getaway or a longer vacation later in the month, we've gathered the 10 best July vacations and ideas we think you'll enjoy

Washington, D.C.

destination_washington_dc_lincoln_memorial.jpgThere is no more appropriate venue for celebrating July 4th than the nation’s capital and Washington, D.C. puts on quite the show, with a concert near the U.S. Capital Building and fireworks at the National Mall. As the fountainhead of all Independence Day activities, D.C. is a must on any list of the 10 best July vacations.

St. Petersburg, FL

July is one of the most inviting times of the year to be in St. Pete. With its beautiful beaches, clear blue waters and temperatures averaging in the 90 degree range, St. Petersburg is the perfect destination for basking in the glory of summer.

Aspen, CO

A world-class ski destinations in the winter months, Aspen is a haven for summer travelers as well. From the Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration to the annual Aspen Arts Festival, there’s no shortage of summer fun in Aspen.

Port Aransas, TX

Located just off the coast of southern coast of Texas on Mustang Island, Port Arnasas is a small city with a permanent population of about 2,000. Fishing, eco-tours and beach activities are the main draws for travelers. The subtropical climate brings blue skies, clear waters and temperatures averaging around 90 degrees in July.

Chicago, IL

Chicago is a perfect destination for the 4th of July weekend. Enjoy the Taste of Chicago, one of the United State’s top outdoor food festivals, and find yourself a great seat for the city’s official fireworks show, typically held July 3rd in the skies above Grant Park and Lake Michigan.

Las Vegas, NV

Since Vegas is a premier vacation destination year round, with its gourmet dining, glamorous shows and exciting casinos, it should be no surprise to find it among the 10 best July vacations. The Fremont Experience, a dynamic show which combines music, digital imagery and fireworks displays, is one of the most unique July 4th celebrations in the nation.

Rockaway Beach, OR

Rockaway Beach boasts white sandy beaches, warm Pacific waters and old fashion charm. It’s a popular summer vacation destination for families, but holds many attractions for couples and solo travelers as well. Spend your days on beach or exploring the Rockaway Beach area. Natural attractions in the area include Tillamook State Forest, Nehalem Bay State Park, Oswald West State Park, and a series of gorgeous lakes stretching north and south of the city.

San Francisco, CA

sanfrancisco-people-bridge.JPGThe unique character, history and culture of San Francisco make it one of the most popular urban destinations throughout the year, and summer in San Francisco is full of events. The city offers activities and attractions appropriate for solo travelers, couples seeking romance, and families in search of fun in the California summer sun.

St. Ignace, MI

Founded in 1671, St. Ignace has a long, intriguing history worthy of exploration, and July in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could not be more beautiful. With your vacation rental as your home base, venture out into the gorgeous U.P. summer. You can visit the St. Helena, Wawatam and Round Island Lighthouses, or trek across the historic Mackinac Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in the world. Another idea is spending the day at the Father Marquette Mission Park and Museum of Ojibwa Culture.

St. Simons Island, GA

The largest of Georgia’s Golden Islands, St. Simons is a world renowned resort community that offers popular summer activities like fishing, sailing, cycling and golfing, in addition to plentiful educational, historical and cultural activities. Whether you’re in town for the annual Sunshine Festival and 4th of July fireworks or a late July getaway, St. Simons is the perfect summer vacation spot.

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