#6 Glacier National Park, Montana
Not many people prefer snow, but there’s something special about snow in July! The summer is actually almost the only time you can access Glacier National Park, one of nation’s most ruggedly spectacular public spaces, as its usually closed in the winter due to bad weather. The region has a short summer that allows city-dwellers to cool off, find solitude, and cast your eyes upon some of the world’s last true glaciers. The park’s U.S. Geological Survey team encourages you to see these magnificent sheets of ice before they’re gone forever.
Rent a car and head up Going-to-the-Sun Road, a twisting, turning, mountain-hugging road that takes visitors deep into northern Montana. This scenic route is one of the most spectacular drives in the entire nation and one you won’t forget any time soon. If you want to get out into the woods, the park offers 700 miles of hiking trails and you can even camp in one of its 13 campgrounds, or buy a backcountry permit and go off the marked trails. During the summer you can indulge in an array of ranger-led programs such as guided hikes, talks, and boat tours.