Where to safely go in the US

If you still haven’t made your vacation plans for July, you might find yourself staring down expensive last-minute summer bookings. So get started now, because it’s never too early to plan a summer vacation.

Whether you’re looking for an epic (and safe) Fourth of July, an island beach getaway, or some relaxing wine tasting, there are plenty of towns and cities around the country to satiate your thirst. Just be sure to set aside your preconceived notions of the “classic summer trip.” From Seward, Alaska, to Jekyll Island, Georgia, these are the best places to travel in the US this July.

1. Saratoga Springs, New York

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For most people, Saratoga Springs is most commonly associated with its racetrack and horse racing culture. Contrary to popular belief, however, you don’t need to be a racing aficionado to enjoy Saratoga — or even to enjoy a day at the races. The world-famous Saratoga Race Course is over 150 years old, and home to some of the top thoroughbred horses in the world. It opened in 1863, making it one of the oldest sporting venues in the country, and the track attracts families, racing enthusiasts, and casual gamblers