From Bali’s Beaches to Vail’s Trails: Where to Travel in July for Every Type of TravelerBy Jill Robinson
Whether you’re in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere in July, the summer and winter seasons hold reasons to follow your heart and your style of travel.
From street festivals and cultural celebrations to wellness escapes and outdoor sports havens, this list of destinations to visit in July is sure to inspire. Scroll down and see the travel recommendations based on different types of travel interests.
As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip.
The Wellness Buff
July falls in the dry season in Bali, a haven for relaxation and wellness among emerald rice fields, seemingly endless beaches and sacred temples.
Book a stay at Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve to take the time to slow down and experience the rich culture of the area. Embark on a journey toward optimal well-being and serenity with the hotel’s holistic wellness and lifestyle programs, ranging from yoga to acupuncture to sessions with traditional Balinese healers.
Don’t mind driving? Heading off on a mini road trip around Bali can offer you a level of freedom that organized tours won’t.
In Costa Rica, July falls during the country’s rainy season, but the occasional wet weather brings lush greenery and fewer crowds — two optimal qualities for a wellness escape.
Whether your style of rejuvenation includes hiking and trips to thermal hot springs or yoga and meditation sessions, you’ll be able to live by the local phrase pura vida (the pure life).
The Food and Drinks Lover
New Orleans, Louisiana
Grab a delicious bite at Essence Fest, an annual celebration of African American culture. Stay for some sips at Tales of the Cocktail, the world’s largest cocktail conference that’s open to food and drink professionals and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
In Seville, life is lived in the streets, and July’s warm weather is the perfect excuse for touring the local eats and taking every opportunity for alfresco dining.
Since the 13th century, the Velá de Santa Ana honors St. Anne, the patron saint of the city’s Triana neighborhood, and the weeklong riverside feria (fair) includes tents where you can try delicious local flavors, from fried fish to chilled manzanilla sherry.
The Sports Fan
If you plan July trips around your golf game, head to the Dominican Republic, a top-tier Caribbean golf destination. Three of the game’s best courses are found here: Corales and Punta Espada in Punta Cana, and Teeth of the Dog at Casa de Campo.
Can’t score a tee time at those specific courses? Don’t worry — there are a total of 26 golf courses in the Dominican Republic.
Upstate New York
Baseball fans flock to Upstate New York where the summer game and its greatest legends are revered at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.
A little farther north, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum is home to North America’s second-largest Winter Olympic artifact collection, and four legacy sites from two Olympic Winter Games remain in the region.
July is a great time of year for a visit to this area of New York — it may be warm, but these sports attractions shouldn’t be too crowded. And there’s no risk of snow or ice that might derail plans at cooler times of year.
The Outdoor Enthusiast
For residents, summer in the Vail Valley is a warm reward for the frigid winter snow days. Even if you’re a skier, July’s beauty in this alpine landscape may make you change your preferred season.
Outdoor enthusiasts won’t run out of things to do in and around Vail in the summer, including mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing and paddleboarding. You can also take a llama to lunch on a day trek, relax with a curated alfresco lunch on the banks of Gore Creek, or catch an outdoor concert at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, which typically runs through July.
Vancouver has a warm, dry July — ideal for outdoor adventures in summer’s extended daylight hours. Head out to Stanley Park, with its lush greenery and sandy beaches; kayak at Deep Cove; or hike the Grouse Grind Trail (also known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”).
At night, don’t miss the Celebration of Light, the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world.
The Arts and Culture Seeker
Celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands peoples during NAIDOC Week in Melbourne, Australia, in early July. You can expect a wealth of events, including maker workshops, musical events and activities geared toward children.
Make time to see the Connection exhibition, featuring the most expansive tapestry of First Peoples’ art ever assembled, at The Lume. After dark, wander through the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Lightscape display — a wonderland of color-changing installations.
Johannesburg, South Africa
July’s cooler winter temperatures in the Southern Hemisphere make museum and gallery days ideal in Johannesburg, South Africa’s ever-evolving cultural capital.
Check out vibrant murals in Jewel City, Maboneng and Braamfontein, and duck into urban creative hub Arts on Main. Art lovers should also hit the Keyes Art Mile for top-notch galleries. For a historical perspective, visit the Apartheid Museum, as well as the Mandela House museum in the nearby town of Soweto.