Our roundup of the best places to travel in July will help you jump start your planning for an unforgettable summer getaway with your family.
July is a big travel month for much of the world. Children are on holiday from school and families are taking advantage of the break to get out and explore the world. But it’s a big world out there. How do you know where to start your planning? We’ve got that taken care of with this roundup of the best places to travel in July.
The Best Places to Travel in July
This roundup of the best places to travel in July spans the globe with festivals in far off places, uncrowded destinations, and incredible natural wonders that can’t be captured in a photograph.
Africa’s Last Great Wilderness | Zambia
Zambia is a great option for an uncrowded safari experience. By July, the days have turned clear and warm, while the nights cool down quite a bit. The South Luangwa National Park is one of Africa’s last great wildernesses, largely unexplored by tourists. Here, it’s quite common to have a sighting all to yourself. It’s home to predators like lion, hyena, and wild dog and is one of the best places in Africa to see leopard. Large herds of elephants, giraffes, hippo, crocodiles, and a prolific birdlife are also present in the area. Open the wilderness of South Luangwa National Park to your children with our tailor-made Zambia Family Safari, specifically built with the littlest explorers in mind.
Celebrate the Hemis and Naropa Festivals | India
Each summer, the Hemis Monastery in Ladakh hosts the Hemis Festival, celebrating the birth of Guru Padmasambhava and the victory of good over evil. The yearly festival is a big draw for tourism as it is a good opportunity to learn about and experience the local Ladakhi culture. It’s a two-day festival of vibrant colors, elaborate costumes, and masked dance performances by monks dressed in historical attire.
The Naropa Festival, held every 12 years, will also be held in conjunction at the Hemis Monastery in 2016. It’s a month-long celebration of dance, music, and religious teaching celebrating one thousand years since Buddhist yogi Naropa’s visit to Ladakh.
Cosmopolitan City and Seaside Serenity | Turkey
While Turkey in July might be a little hot and humid, it’s the perfect season to enjoy a cruise on the Aegean Sea off the Bodrum Peninsula or dine al fresco at a quaint sidewalk cafe. You could spend days exploring Istanbul, the ancient capital of the Ottoman Empire, with its many museums, churches, palaces, mosques, and the Grand Bazaar. Luckily, our Signature Turkey itinerary is bookended by days spent in the city. In between visits, you’ll explore Cappadocia and its magical landscape of “fairy chimneys,” a secretive underground city, and Ephesus. Spend time in the sunny seaside town of Bodrum before returning once more to the city.
Going-to-the-Sun-Road | Montana, USA
In the United States, Montana is one of the best places to travel in July. By mid-July the weather is mild and a majority of the snow has melted, opening up tons of hiking trails and summer outdoor activities. One of the most incredible highlights Glacier National Park is a drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road. It crosses the Continental Divide through Logan Pass and winds its way through the park and around mountainsides. It’s an engineering marvel that traverses the park for 50 miles east to west. It’s included in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. A drive along it offers some really beautiful views of Montana and the park, passing through just about every type of terrain in Glacier National Park.
The Great Migration | Tanzania
June and July are the best months to see the Great Migration in all its glory. Thousands upon thousands of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle traverse the region in search of food and water, bringing with them Africa’s great predators. Travel there on our Luxury Safari in Kenya and Tanzania where you’ll spend three nights in the Serengeti National Park at the exquisite Mwiba River Lodge. From there you’ll spend your days among the wildlife in the 126,000-acre wildlife reserve.
Experience the Naadam Festival | Mongolia
Head to Mongolia in July to watch some of the country’s greatest athletes compete in horse racing, archery, and wrestling during the three-day Naadam Festival. The annual midsummer festival is the biggest festival of the year for Mongolians and begins with an elaborate parade of the athletes, monks, and soldier marching in unison, musical performances, and Mongolians dressed in Chinggis-style warrior uniforms. In 2010, it was established on the lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.
The Vibrancy of Moscow | Russia
Moscow is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. The Eastern European city is a historical gem with 15th-century cathedrals, museums full of priceless Imperial treasures, and monuments to victorious battles and fallen heroes. The Kremlin and Red Square are the spiritual heart of Russia and the country’s most recognizable icons. While July is one of Moscow’s hottest months, the average temperature hovers around 67 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a popular month to travel to the city with lots of sunshine and cultural attractions in full bloom.
Play by the Light of the Midnight Sun | Iceland
If you want to visit Iceland but can’t bear the thought of the cold winter, head there in July when the temperatures are warmer with the long summer days. In the early summer, the sun stays low on the horizon, so you’ll never have complete darkness, leaving plenty of time to explore the quirky and cultural capital of Reykjavik and the vast landscapes in the “Land of Fire and Ice.”
Breathe in the Aromas of the Coffee Harvest | Colombia
The coffee growing region in Colombia is so significant – with more than 500,000 coffee growers – it was designated a World Heritage Site in 2011. It’s a family tradition among Colombians, passed down through the generations. On our Charms of Colombia journey, you’ll get an aerial view of the region from a hot air balloon and coffee tastings and tours through some of the plantations.
Summer in St. Moritz | Switzerland
It’s usually considered a winter playground for the skiing elite, but St. Moritz is an absolute ghost town in the summers and perfect for enjoying the nature and scenery all to yourself. There are a number activities only available during the summer like sailing on St. Moritz Lake, hiking over 310 miles of scenic mountain trails, white-water rafting, and canyoning. You can also visit Pontresina’s Alpine Cheese Dairy, open from July – September, where cheese is made using traditional methods. There are also many cultural activities that take place during the summer, with museum openings and opera performances by the St. Moritz Opera.
Opera and Wine in a Romantic Town | Verona, Italy
Every year, the Verona Opera Festival takes over the city between late June and late August. Five amazing operatic titles, one concert, one special Gala Night, and a ballet come alive in the biggest open air theater in the world. Those lucky enough to get tickets enjoy an opera performance in Verona, the setting of Romeo and Juliet and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and experience the thrill of opera at the Arena of Verona, one of Italy’s best preserved Roman amphitheaters, built around 30 AD. We suggest pairing the Verona Opera Festival with the beauties of the Valpolicella wine region and a special gala hosted by none other than Plácido Domingo.