Families with kids of all ages will love Cedar Point for its thrill rides and live entertainment. The Roller Coaster Capital of the World has over a dozen wooden and steel tracks with plenty of toddler-oriented attractions as well. When the afternoon sun gets too hot, just hop over to Soak City Water Park for some splish-splashing fun.
Summer time means baseball season, so grab the family to watch America's pastime at Ripken Statium in Aberdeen, Maryland – home of Cal Ripken, Jr's very own Aberdeen IronBirds. After the game, head to one of Aberdeen's excellent seafood restaurants for Maryland's iconic cuisine: crab.
The seaside community of Beaufort, SC has all the makings of a perfect summer getaway: sunshine, Southern hospitality, golf courses, beaches and delicious Low Country cuisine. Located just an hour outside of Charleston on the Atlantic coast, visitors come here to see the antebellum mansions and learn about Gullah culture, all without the dense crowds and high prices of the state's more famous tourist spots.
For summer family vacations, destinations don't get much better than Orlando. You could easily spend a week or two amusement park hopping in the theme park capital of the world, and when the Florida sun gets to be too much, you'll find some of the nation's best water parks will cool you off.
Nestled between Mount Juneau, Mount Roberts and Gastineau Channel, Alaska's state capital is also one of its most beautiful communities. July falls right in the heart of whale watching season, so when you're not shopping in historic downtown Juneau or watching ice fall from the Mendenhall Glacier, you can head out to spot some orca or humpback whales.
There's something enchanting about a high desert summer, and the community of Taos in Northern New Mexico is one of the best places in the Southwest to experience it. Taos Plaza, surrounded by excellent art galleries and museums, makes for a perfect afternoon of exploration, and if you're the outdoorsy type, you'll find hiking, biking and camping in the wilderness just outside of town.
School's out and the weather's warm, making July an excellent time to take the family on a national park vacation. Yellowstone, the oldest and most famous park in the US national park system, is packed with unbelievable natural scenery, historic lodges and many opportunities for wildlife viewing.
There isn't a bad time to come to Honolulu, and July is no exception. The Hawaiian island of Oahu offers a little something for everyone: world class surf for the adrenaline junkie, volcano hiking for the outdoor enthusiast, romantic resorts for couples, beautiful beaches with calm waters for families and its own unique cuisine for foodies.
What better place to celebrate the month of our nation's independence than in one of its most historic cities, Boston. "America's Walking City" is best explored in summer when the weather is warm and you'll be able to stroll the up-and-coming Seaport District, dine at a sidewalk cafe and catch a Red Sox game under the lights of Fenway Park.
If the summer heat is keeping you cooped up indoors, you'll appreciate the cooler summer temperatures in Copenhagen, one of Europe's most livable capitals. Many of the city's top attractions are within walking distance of each other, so lace up your shoes and hit the streets, art museums, historic palaces and parks of Denmark's capital city.