July is a capital time for traveling. Families are usually taking summer vacations while the kids are out of school and many popular destinations around the world offer plenty of festivals as incentives to get vacationers to visit their areas. If you’re looking for a good vacation spot this month, the following list will give you plenty of options for fun without breaking the bank.
Anchorage is the biggest city in Alaska, and in July the weather is just about as good as it gets. You can expect daytime temps in the 60s and 70s—far more comfortable than anywhere else in the Continental U.S. Plus, you can usually find airfare to and from Anchorage much cheaper this time of the year than other times.
Despite its reputation, the Pacific Northwest is actually relatively dry and sunny during this time of the year. Portland offers plenty of festivals that capitalize on the good weather. If you’re a beer fan, check out the Oregon Brewers Festival. Portland is also home to the largest blues festival west of the Mississippi River—the Waterfront Blues Festival. If you’re planning a Portland trip toward the end of the month, the last Thursday will offer up an art festival on Alberta Street. Finally, several big airlines are slashing their prices in an attempt to win the majority of the travel revenue to the Portland area, so you should be able to find a great deal.
If you can take the heat, July is an awesome time to visit the Crescent City. Several interesting events will provide plenty of entertainment this month in New Orleans. July 5-8 is the Essence Fest—a celebration of African American music and culture. Many of the music industry’s biggest stars will be in attendance. One of the more unique events is the San Fermin en Nueva Orleans, which celebrates Pamplona’s annual running of the bulls. However, instead of being chased by bovine, you’ll be chased by the Big Easy Rollergirls, who will be wielding wiffle ball bats!
With a jazz festival at the beginning of the month and fireworks festival at the end, July in Quebec offers bookends of fun. You can also find a comic con, art festival and comic festival in between, making the largest city in Quebec a hot spot for July travel.