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Travel Ideas in July

Best places to travel in July 2022

July gives you many destinations to consider if you’re looking to experience them in their prime. Explore the great outdoors while the sun shines in the US’s northern states, Norway or Switzerland. Balance beach relaxation with culture or wildlife in Costa Rica, French Polynesia or Vietnam. Or, in Kenya, be among the first of the season to see the Great Migration herds arrive as they make their frenzied crossing of the Mara River.

July is also one of the only months you can cruise the Arctic or hike in the mountains of Ladakh. And, in Japan, you can escape the summer humidity in the Japanese Alps.

Festivals and events around the world in July

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1. Japan

Japan’s summer can be hot and humid, but up in the Japanese Alps and Hokkaido’s wild national parks, the air is cooler, making for ideal hiking conditions. July is also one of the best times to climb Mount Fuji, which is inaccessible in colder months, and for wandering the country’s many immaculate gardens.

While rain is possible, particularly towards the beginning of the month, visiting at this time gives you a chance to experience a few Japanese festivals, if you don’t mind a busier atmosphere. In Kyoto, the Kyoto Matsuri sees huge floats being marched through the streets. Dating to the 9th century, it began as a religious ceremony to appease the gods.

Furano lavender fields, Furano
Furano lavender fields, Furano

2. Vietnam

Central Vietnam in July is hot and dry, creating ideal beach conditions. There’s more to do in the region besides, though. You could explore the ancient capital of Hue with a guide, who’ll shed light on its temples and citadel. Spend time taking in the sights of Hoi An, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or go hiking in the Truong Son mountains, enjoying far-reaching views over the surrounding peaks.

Elsewhere in Vietnam, rain is more likely, but temperatures are just as balmy and you can make the most of fewer crowds, taking your pick of some great-value hotels.

The Citadel in Hue
The Citadel in Hue

3. Kenya

As conditions become drier, Kenya remains green and full of life in July. Visit now and you might catch some of the Great Migration’s earliest crossings of the Mara River — wildebeest in their hundreds and thousands are forced to face predators that lie in wait, from crocodiles to big cats.

While occasional showers are possible, there are fewer visitors than in subsequent months, so you’ll often have wildlife sightings to yourself. Game drives wherever you are in the country give you a chance to see animals big and small, while the drier conditions make for rewarding walking safaris. It’s also a good time to combine a safari with a beach break.

Wildebeest at the Mara River
Wildebeest at the Mara River

4. India

Snowbound for most of the year, the remote Indian state of Ladakh is only accessible from June to September. As the snow melts in this hidden mountain kingdom, wildflowers bloom across meadows surrounded by snow-dusted peaks. By July, the weather is warm and sunny enough to explore clifftop monasteries bedecked with rich textiles and murals, hike to remote rural villages and wander through Leh’s medieval old town.

This is also the month for the clearest skies, so you can make the most of Ladakh’s panoramic views across the Great Himalaya to the south and the Kashmiri mountains to the north — arguably one of the best reasons to visit.

Thiksey Monastery in Leh, Ladakh
Thiksey Monastery in Leh, Ladakh

5. The USA

July is an excellent month to visit the northern half of the US thanks to the warm, dry days, which are ideal for taking advantage of the country’s vast national parks. In Yellowstone, you could spot wolves and bison and admire steaming geysers, or, for a quieter experience, head to Montana’s Glacier National Park to hike lesser-known trails with a guide.

You might like to pair a visit to one of these parks with a stay on a traditional ranch, where you can spend your time fishing, horse riding and learning to lasso in untouched wilderness. Alternatively, head to New England’s coast to enjoy the beaches of Cape Cod.

Bison in Yellowstone National Park
Bison in Yellowstone National Park

6. Costa Rica

While lying outside the driest period of year in Costa Rica, July often experiences a veranillo (‘little summer’) — a brief period of three or four weeks where the rains abate, particularly in the northwest. Even if your visit doesn’t coincide with this, July is still a rewarding month to visit, particularly for wildlife sightings — you might see green sea turtles on the coastline of Tortuguero National Park, and the whale-watching season begins around Dominical.

For beach time, head to the far northern Pacific coast or the Caribbean side of the coast, where conditions are driest. Or, focus your time on exploring the country’s jungles on foot, by boat or by zip-line, looking out for animals big and small.

Sloth, Costa Rica
Sloth, Costa Rica

7. French Polynesia

Falling right in the middle of French Polynesia’s driest period, July is one of the best months to visit the islands. While it can be busier at this time of year, you’ll still find plenty of space to enjoy balmy days relaxing on the white-sand beaches, snorkelling or diving among coral reefs, or cruising by catamaran as the sun sinks. You could also hike into the islands’ shaded interiors to explore archaeological ruins, waterfalls and lagoons hidden among the forest.

July is also a time of festivals, including the annual Heiva i Bora Bora celebration, which sees singing, dancing and sports competitions take place.

French Polynesia coral reef
French Polynesia coral reef

8. Norway

By visiting Norway in July, you’ll be making full use of your time as days are long and temperatures at their warmest. It’s a great time for hiking in the green countryside, spotting wildlife such as moose, musk oxen and Arctic foxes as you go, while in the Arctic Circle you can continue your walks under the midnight sun. The fjords glitter in the sunlight, fed by waterfalls, and you might spot orcas and porpoises on boat trips.

All of this means it’s one of the busiest times to visit, so you’ll need to plan in advance, but with so much wilderness to explore, it’s easy to get away from the crowds.

Norwegian fjords
Norwegian fjords

9. The Arctic

Summer in the Arctic is brief, with the ice melting enough for vessels to navigate its waters only between June and August. It means July is one of the only months you can visit, and one of the most rewarding. You’ll experience near-on 24 hours of daylight, with the sun only dipping slightly before rising again, giving you plenty of time to take in your surroundings of glaciers, white mountains and towering cliffs.

During your cruise and as you explore iceberg-dotted bays by smaller Zodiac boats, look out for wildlife including seabirds, walruses, seals, Arctic foxes, elusive polar bears and minke, humpback, fin and blue whales.

Polar bears
Polar bears

10. Switzerland

Sunny, mild and generally dry, the weather in Switzerland during July complements the country’s love of the outdoors. You’ll get clear views over the mountains and vivid-green valleys as you hike some of the many countryside trails, take a gondola to the top of a peak, or ride a train through the Alps.

You can take a boat trip across lakes reflecting their deepest shade of blue, sample fresh cheese at the Emmental Show Dairy, or, on the shores of Lake Geneva, attend the Montreux Jazz Festival. Running for two weeks in July, it’s Switzerland’s biggest music festival, attracting artists from around the world.

Grindelwald, Bernese Oberland
Grindelwald, Bernese Oberland
Last Updated: 01/09/2021 07:02:05