Hotels Lakes + Rivers Landmarks Trip Ideas water outdoor Boat scene landmark City cityscape River waterway Canal tourism flower Harbor
Trip Ideas

7 Summer Vacation Ideas: The Best Places to Go in July and August

We get it. After this never-ending rainy spring, we’re all eager for a summer of sunshine. Here, our favorite vacation spots to visit this July and August, from Seattle to Singapore.

See recent posts by April Ellis

Boutique Hotels Trip Ideas Living floor indoor living room room property home window furniture interior design hardwood dining room cottage porch real estate window covering Design table flooring
Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways indoor floor wall room bed Bedroom property window Suite interior design home cottage real estate living room estate bed sheet apartment furniture
Trip Ideas room gallery scene indoor wall art exhibition art gallery building art exhibition ceiling modern art tourist attraction interior design Design museum
Boutique Hotels Girls Getaways Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways indoor room property building window Living home interior design living room Boutique office Design furniture estate condominium dining room
Hotels Trip Ideas indoor floor room sofa wall bed window property Living hotel living room Bedroom furniture interior design home Suite bed sheet real estate Design condominium pillow apartment decorated Modern
Hotels Offbeat Trip Ideas outdoor water sky River bridge skyline metropolitan area reflection cityscape City geographical feature landmark urban area human settlement horizon skyscraper dusk Sunset metropolis evening morning Downtown Lake dawn traveling waterway several

Nashville, Tennessee

As if we ever needed an excuse to go to Nashville. This year, Music City has been booming thanks to a handful of hip hotel openings. There’s the 21c Museum Hotel Nashville, which debuted with a 10,500-square-foot contemporary art exhibit, the trendy Thompson (don’t miss its rooftop DJ dance parties and the three restaurants from celeb chef John Besh), and the Sheraton Grand Nashville, which is fresh off a $35 million renovation. If B&Bs are more your style, check into the charming new Germantown Inn, a historic 1870s home turned boutique hotel. Plus, when it’s time for light’s out, you’ll have a front row seat to the solar eclipse on August 21 as Nashville is the largest city in its path.

See All Nashville Hotels
Architecture Buildings Canada Drink Eat Exterior Hotels Montreal Trip Ideas building outdoor Town neighbourhood City road Downtown facade infrastructure restaurant window
Bedroom Hip Historic Luxury Suite Trip Ideas bed indoor wall room property floor estate cottage hardwood home interior design living room wood hotel farmhouse wood flooring orange
Trip Ideas building outdoor way sidewalk scene Town road walkway street neighbourhood City boardwalk pedestrian human settlement people tourism town square Downtown infrastructure cityscape waterway crowd
Travel Tips Trip Ideas sky outdoor aerial photography bird's eye view Town scene cityscape vacation tourism amusement park Harbor Coast park City Sea

Montreal, Canada

There’s no better time to go to Montreal than this summer. Not only is Canada turning 150 this year, but the city itself is also celebrating its 375th birthday. The festivities kicked off on May 17 and run all summer long, including events like street fairs, free concerts, public art installations, walking tours and more. For prime skyline views, hike Mont Royal and stroll through its Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park. Then, when hunger strikes, refuel with French bistro fare at L’Express in the swanky Plateau neighborhood before catching up on some rest at the cozy Auberge du Vieux, a waterfront hotel in the cobblestoned Old Port.

RELATED: Where to Go in Montreal

Trip Ideas indoor floor room living room property home house Living hardwood estate flooring interior design cottage wood real estate wood flooring farmhouse Design furniture
Trip Ideas wall indoor room curtain interior design Suite textile home window treatment cottage window covering material
Trip Ideas food produce sweetness baking fruit flavor
Trip Ideas tree outdoor backyard flower estate Garden porch Resort Courtyard restaurant cottage outdoor structure
Food + Drink Mountains + Skiing Trip Ideas food meal dish cuisine sense asian food flower
Trip Ideas outdoor sky wilderness Nature horizon rock mountain cliff hill Coast landscape terrain plateau Sea geology ridge valley panorama

Catskills, New York

As much as New Yorkers love their city, everyone needs a break now and again. Luckily, the Catskills offer a breath of fresh air—literally. Just a 2.5-hour drive from Manhattan, it’s not only a hiker’s heaven, but it’s also home to a redhot food scene, eclectic antique shops, and stylish sleeps scattered throughout the area’s pastoral towns. Taste some of the region’s best at Brushland Eating House, a restaurant with rooms combo that cooks a killer pork schnitzel and hand-rolled pasta, served on gold-rimmed porcelain plates. Too stuffed to leave? Stay at Above Brushland or Behind Brushland, where your rooms look like a page from Country Living. There’s also Graham & Co., a redesigned 1940s motel in Phoenicia and the brainchild of four Brooklyn artists, or Wm Farmer and Sons, which features a lauded farm-to-table restaurant and rooms overlooking Hudson Valley and the Catskills mountains. But our favorite spot is hands-down the North Branch Inn—this 1868 townhouse in western Catskills has a vintage bowling alley and a movie screening room with seats from Radio City Music Hall.

Trip Ideas sky outdoor metropolitan area tower block landmark reflection City skyscraper urban area cityscape metropolis skyline Architecture human settlement Downtown evening dusk
Trip Ideas indoor window room property Architecture overlooking interior design condominium white estate yacht headquarters Design furniture Bedroom high
Hotels Lakes + Rivers Landmarks Trip Ideas water outdoor Boat scene landmark City cityscape River waterway Canal tourism flower Harbor

Top photos courtesy of The Westin Hamburg


Hamburg, Germany

Often overlooked for Berlin or Munich, Hamburg is one of Germany’s hidden gems. Come summertime, locals crowd the banks of the River Elbe and stroll through the Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers) park. Culture vultures will especially admire the new Elbphilharmonie music venue. The wave-shaped glass building is a statement to the city’s arts scene, with its three world-class concert halls that host a series of free summer concerts as well as flamenco evenings and more. And while you’re here, you should bed down in the Westin Hamburg’s minimalist suites with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the port city.

See All Hotels in Hamburg
Pike Place market in Seattle, WA
activities art conservatory Garden glass Green house Trip Ideas Weekend Getaways tree outdoor sky building botany greenhouse backyard park flower outdoor structure yard botanical garden lawn area surrounded Playground
activities art colorful conservatory Garden glass glass building Green house natural light neon plants sculpture Style + Design Trip Ideas view Weekend Getaways windows color red flower plant flora season leaf land plant petal autumn flowering plant tree
Road Trips Trip Ideas indoor room Living window floor wall property living room ceiling condominium home furniture real estate estate Suite interior design nice hotel hardwood cottage Villa dining room apartment decorated area flat overlooking several
Food + Drink Offbeat Road Trips Trip Ideas sky person outdoor City landmark people skyline cityscape urban area group human settlement vacation skyscraper tourism Downtown walkway marina dock waterway vehicle Sea Harbor boardwalk cruise ship crowd
Travel Tips Trip Ideas tree sky outdoor metropolitan area skyline cityscape geographical feature City horizon skyscraper landmark urban area human settlement tower block metropolis Downtown neighbourhood residential area dusk

Seattle, Washington

Though it gets a reputation for rainy Pacific Northwest weather, July and August in Seattle are nothing but sunshine. Soak up the rays at the top of The Nest, one of the city’s only rooftop bars. Crowning the sleek new Thompson Seattle, this massive al fresco lounge comes with outdoor fire pits, fresh-shucked oysters, plus sweeping views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic mountains. And though they may be touristy, you can’t miss a visit to the iconic Pike Place Market as well as the Chihuly Garden and Glass (don’t forget your camera, this gallery is Instagram gold). Traveling over Labor Day weekend? Make sure to snag tickets to Bumbershoot, a music, arts, and lit festival at Seattle Center. On the lineup: theater performances, film screenings, comedy shows, and live music by Weezer, Lorde, Flume, Kaleo, Lil Yachty and more.

Trip Ideas sky outdoor grass mountainous landforms Nature wilderness mountain tree atmospheric phenomenon ecosystem cloud mountain range morning hill season ridge meadow Forest rural area landscape autumn sunlight Lake lush hillside
Trip Ideas outdoor tree aurora weather Nature atmosphere snow Night Sky
Trip Ideas snow animal outdoor mammal vertebrate deer fauna Wildlife reindeer standing Winter white tailed deer elk day
Trip Ideas tree outdoor habitat Forest natural environment atmospheric phenomenon plant wilderness woodland ecosystem old growth forest rainforest temperate broadleaf and mixed forest temperate coniferous forest woody plant Jungle biome spruce sunlight conifer wetland trail mist wood wooded area


This Nordic nation is marking its centennial in 2017, and it’s really going all out. Throughout the year, the country is hosting free opera and ballet performances, a light festival, as well as figure skating and ski championships. But the real trophy here is Hossa, Finland’s 40th national park, which will be inaugurated in June. With 27,000 acres of pine forests and crystal-clear lakes, plus 55 miles of trails, it’s an outdoors enthusiast’s dream. Take advantage of the free activities on the designated “Nature Days” (June 17 and August 26, in the summer), as well as FinnAir’s stopover program, which lets you stay in Helsinki for up to five days during a trip to/from eastern Europe.

RELATED: The Most Charming Coastal Towns in Finland

See All Finland Hotels
Hotels Romance Trip Ideas indoor wall sofa Living room window living room property home interior design estate real estate cottage Design decorated window covering apartment furniture colorful painting
Hotels Romance Trip Ideas window chair property room home estate cottage interior design overlooking living room furniture
Hotels Romance Trip Ideas sky outdoor marina cityscape sport venue bird's eye view dock swimming pool stadium condominium Resort aerial photography panorama
Trip Ideas sky water outdoor City skyline horizon cityscape cloud urban area human settlement reflection dusk morning evening atmosphere of earth River Sunset Sea dawn background Coast skyscraper Harbor overlooking


In the late summer, you can have Singapore to yourself as most travelers come earlier in the year. This means no lines to get in the high-end shops, award-winning restaurants and buzzy bars around this bustling metro. And when you’re ready to retire for the evening, you’re in luck. Hip hotels have been opening left and right, marking a massive boom in Singapore’s tourism. We’re particularly partial to the new Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong and M Social Singapore. The former is the first Hotel Indigo outpost in the city and is an eye-catcher thanks to its colorful interior design (picture: patterned bathroom tiles, bright fabrics, and murals of Singapore street scenes by local artist Don Low). Meanwhile, M Social is nothing to sniff at either. After all, Philippe Starck is behind this contemporary property in Robertson Quay. Expect futuristic nods like LED-screen walls in the lobby, and even its own Relay Robot butler, which delivers towels, toiletries and more to your door.

See All Singapore Hotels

Want more?



All products are independently selected by our writers and editors. If you buy something through our links, Jetsetter may earn an affiliate commission.