Hello Summer, Hello Sun! These are the Best Cities to Travel to in July. Itching for a Fourth of July away with the family or your better half? We have the answer to “Where to Travel in July?” We’ve done the math and trivago points to three destinations down south. Scroll on to see our favorite cities to escape to on a dime this month!
Your Scottsdale Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 107°F ~ Low 75°F
You know it for the dry desert heat, immaculate putting greens and a wide spectrum of fine arts. Whether this will be your first time or your fifth in Scottsdale, each resort and activity pairing is a different way to see this Southwestern gem. Escape to these desert beauties, offering some of the best rates of the year this month…
JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa ★★★★
Scoring top points with trivago users, the JW Marriott Camelback Inn impresses the lot of guests it receives with the spirit of the Southwest in its resort kivas, casitas and larger suites (some of which include private pools). The nearby Camelback Golf Club presents 36 holes to conquer when you fancy swinging a few.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa ★★★★
As the first new resort to open in Scottsdale in six years, the Andaz was certainly worth the wait. Crisp design on the inside, manicured landscapes on the outside and a particular attention to service make this a true oasis in the middle of the desert. Get the back story on the hotel’s art pieces at the Cattle Track Arts Compound before settling into a plate of watermelon and roasted pineapple at the Turquoise Pool Bar.
Hotel Valley Ho ★★★★
Demure mid-century appeal finds its way into every corner of the Hotel Valley Ho, an Arts District institution dating back to ’56. Two pool areas (OH and OHasis) set the mood with different volume levels each. Take out the Studio Guest Room with a private patio, full wall credenza and oversized soak tub in room!
What to do in Scottsdale in July?
The answer: Plenty! Guided by Experience Scottsdale, we bring you just a handful of activities worth checking out this July in-town and further into the Sonoran Desert. Pack your water and off we go!
“Scottsdale’s summers may be known for their dry heat, but locals know the warmer months are the best time for staycations because many of the city’s must luxurious resorts slash their prices up to 60 percent. Poolside is the best place to be, but you can also get in plenty of early-morning action on the golf course or the hiking trail, or kick back for an al fresco dinner after the sun goes down.”
— Jennifer Duffy, Experience Scottsdale
Kick start your day on the trails
Photo courtesy of Experience Scottsdale
Two hundred miles of trails and flowering cacti await at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Spread over 30,000 acres of land, each of the five trailheads shows a different side of this unspoiled patch of Arizona. Other ways to spend your day in the dry heat of the Preserve include mountain biking, rock climbing and horseback riding.
Giddy up to the Western Spirit
Photo by Jill Richards, courtesy of Experience Scottsdale
Since its opening just two years ago as a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has become an essential stop for visitors to the area. Exhibitions this July honor the Grand Canyon, Western Film history, sculptures by John Coleman, in addition to the museum’s permanent pieces and the Sculpture Courtyard.
For some zen in the desert,
How Much to Budget
Once you’ve made it to the Phoenix area plan to set aside roughly $502 over 48 hours for two in Scottsdale.
Phoenix Sky Harbor to Scottsdale: $25-30
One night in a 3-star Hotel – July: $106
OdySea Aquarium – Adult Day Ticket: $34.95
Find July deals from $57
Your Naples Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 92°F ~ Low 75°F
While the Sunshine State’s East Coast is all about the big waves to hang ten, escape to Florida’s Gulf Coast this summer and discover the calm sandy expanses of Naples Beach. Paradise Coast and sophisticated Naples are equally for couples and for the whole family this July. Where to stay to make this summer getaway all the more impressive? See our list below…
Park Shore Resort ★★★
Wooden bridges criss-cross the pond at Park Shore Resort linking a gamut of activities from the swimming pool to the whirlpool, guestrooms to the tennis courts. Certain suites come with full kitchens perfect for the self-catering type who want to prep before hitting the on-site BBQs.
Trianon Old Naples ★★★
It’s easy to settle into the ‘home away from home’ feeling at the Trianon Old Naples. With a private standing terrace or balcony afforded to each room, settling into your own corner of the property is effortless. Take a dip in the outdoor heated pool with complimentary WiFi ready for a post-swim photo upload.
Cove Inn on Naples Bay ★★★★
With hotel-style rooms and vacation condo units, the Cove Inn is ready for both the casual traveler and groups looking for a bit more. trivago users love this affordable Naples hotel for its marina views and walking distance proximity to the beach.
What to do in Naples in July?
The Beach. Fifth Avenue South. The Everglades. The activity and entertainment options in and around Naples are enough for a whole summer and then some. With the help of Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, we’ve narrowed in on two July celebrations that will certainly put you in a good mood!
Paradise Coast tip:
“Afternoon summer rains are common in South Florida in the summer, but they typically pass through quickly, leaving the skies clear in time for the spectacular nightly sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Find a spot of soft white sand or join the sunset-viewing crowd that always gathers on Naples Pier.”
Tap into some Jazz
July 8. Now in its 32nd year, SummerJazz on the Gulf hosts a different jazz artist every month on the grounds of The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. This July, see Pocket Change in a high energy performance as the sun goes down over the Gulf of Mexico.
Independence Day alla napoletana
July 4. Ok, so it’s not that Naples but stateside, this sandy city starts their Fourth of July celebrations with a parade through Downtown from 10 a.m. to the noonhour. Then join locals as they pick a spot on Naples Beach to take in the fireworks display lighting up the sky over Naples Pier.
How Much to Budget
Once you’ve made it to the Paradise Coast plan to set aside roughly $534 over 48 hours for two in Naples.
Lime Daiquiri: $12.50
Most folks rent a car and drive from Southwest Florida International (42 miles away)
One night in a 3-star Hotel – July: $132
Third Street Saturday Farmer’s Market: $0
Find July deals from $64
Your New Orleans Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 94°F ~ Low 75°F
Oh Nawlins… Don’t think just because Mardi Gras is long gone that there is any less of a reason to visit this legendary city on the Mississippi Delta. New Orleans knows how to have a good time and is happy to show visitors how it’s done. This July, take advantage of sliding hotel prices into August and check into one of these contemporary hotels…
An undeniable swagger emanates from the Pontchartrain. A world into itself, the building dating back to 1927 doesn’t need to surrender to a contemporary style to impress guests. Time-tested details retain their crispness: velour sofas to lounge about, damask curtains to draw and embroidered bathrobes to hug you tight. Discover this gem for yourself this July!
Ace New Orleans ★★★★
Things are humming with an electric energy around the Ace Hotel: the rooftop pool Alto shimmers in the afternoon sun, an in-room Martin acoustic guitar begs to be strum while the oxtail and short rib gnocchi can barely hold itself together in all its tenderness. Three Keys, the hotel’s own music venue, hosts a deliciously loaded calendar of performances (many of which are free with RSVP).
With a philosophy to “keep it casual, cozy, and above all, human”, the Catahoula is every bit as approachable as it aims to be. Exposed brick, loft-style windows, rainfall shower heads and a Casper mattress await. The bunk room sleeps four budget travelers without comprising on the amenities found in all other rooms of this boutique establishment.
trivago savings tip: If you were thinking about an early Fourth of July weekend away in NOLA, your wallet may take a beating. Average hotel prices for the first and second of the month hover at $323.84. That’s an 81% premium over the monthly average, so watch out!
What to do in New Orleans in July?
Activity options this July are plentiful in NOLA. You could take part in the city’s version of the Running of the Bulls (that’s with Big Easy Rollergirls standing in for angry bovine) or take in the fireworks along the Mississippi. Then there’s also the temptation of going French for Bastille Day or a cheesy crawl in time for National Macaroni Day. GO NOLA, the experts in letting the good times roll, shared these two big ways to make your July trip all the more memorable…
Live it all at ESSENCE Festival
June 29 – July 2. A music festival with more, ESSENCE comes to town with its 20th edition promising empowering talks, a beauty & style expo, a food hall on top of memorable performances at the Superdome by Diana Ross, Solange, Chance the Rapper and Mary J Blige. This is not one to miss!
Dive into a Hotel Pool
Photo via trivago
Things can get pretty hot in NOLA come July so why not treat yourself to a luxe afternoon pool sesh. Hop between some of the city’s best blue wonders which offer day pass options to non-guests like the rooftop stunner at Le Meridien New Orleans, the private oasis at the Country Club, without missing a mention of our July darling the Ace Hotel.
When else should you get to NOLA? Anytime if you ask us. But each for a different reason…
How Much to Budget
Once you’ve made it to NOLA plan to set aside roughly $644 over 48 hours for two in the Big Easy.
Frozen Daiquiri – 20 oz.: $9
Taxi to Downtown: $36
One night in a 3-star Hotel – July: $181
Zack Smith Fireworks Photography Workshop: $85
Find July deals from $62
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