Best safe USA small towns for road trips in July of 2020

As you have already noticed, the year of 2020 has been a very unusual one and honestly, one for the record books. Normally, travel isn't questioned and travelers don't fear getting sick just from being around groups of people. But because this year is proving to be very different from most, it is now necessary to think a little deeper into what type of travel is safe and where to venture to. In essence, road trips are now the best option for most American vacations.

But you still have to think about traveling safe while road tripping, which is why we've put together a list of best small towns within the USA for road trips during the month of July. Small towns are a good idea because less people stay in them at one time, and things tend to be spread out more, offering you more chances to social distance yourself from people walking by or visiting the same hiking trail as you. Because July can be a rather hot month to travel and vacation in, the list focuses on destinations that offer green spaces that are shaded and destinations that offer cooler temperatures. If you rather not wait until July, you can find some great and safe places to visit during June as well.

Social distanced travel should be safe

If you're concerned about leaving the house and traveling somewhere for vacation, it has been shown that you can travel safety. Though it is not safe to bunch yourself into a tight crowd of people, it is noted as safe to travel and stay in small towns in small motels, hotels, vacation rentals, and Airbnbs. And with this list, we are focusing on small towns that offer small accommodations, restaurants with take out and/or outdoor seating, green spaces to enjoy, along with other things to do that don't involve seating or standing too close to other travelers and locals.

Best safe USA places to go in July of 2020

St. Augustine, Florida

  • July avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • July avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • July avg precip: 4.8″/12.2cm

A beautiful city with a rich history, St. Augustine, Florid is located in northern Florida and by the beach. Even though it is considered a small city, it's really a very spread out town, with only a few large hotels that are centered in the beautiful historic district. And because at this moment it's still a good idea to stay away from large crowds, you'll be very happy to hear that there are plenty of smaller hotels and Airbnbs to choose from.

You'll also find a nice amount of restaurants to choose from that offer take out and outdoor seating, so you don't have to fear being stuck inside eating. And of course you can always grab some food from the grocery stores. Though it can get into the low 90s during July, you can still enjoy some beach time in the morning and evening without ever seeing those temperatures.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$108 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$178 per night for two people

Asheville, North Carolina

  • July avg high: 85°F/29°C
  • July avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • July avg precip: 3.3″/8.4cm

Flanked by the famous and beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a dream to visit, pretty much all year round. The month of July however, offers visitors lush green mountains dotted with wild flowers. And because the temperatures stay on the cooler side, especially the higher up in the mountains you drive, you won't be a sweaty mess every time you venture outside.

With reference to being outside, you'll find a large number of things to do. From biking, hiking, swimming, and waterfall viewing you'll find it all. In addition, you'll be privy to lots of great dining options, with pretty much every single one offering large take out portions that are great enjoyed at a park or back in your Airbnb. Speaking of accommodations, the hotels here are on the smaller side, aside from The Inn on Biltmore Estate and a few chains, making it easier to lessen your chances of running into someone as you leave your room.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$126 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$139 per night for two people

Sanibel and Captiva, Florida

  • July avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • July avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • July avg precip: 9.0″/22.9cm

Arguably one of the prettiest places in the entire state, the east coast islands of Sanibel and Captiva offer guests long stretches of white sand beach dotted with seashells. But if the idea of being on the beach in the hot July heat doesn't sound appealing, you can skip the heat and visit the beach during the morning or evening, or both. Because there are small hotels that line some of the beaches, you won't have to drive to the beach to enjoy it, you can instead just walk out your backdoor.

You'll also find plenty of dining choices, with take out a norm here, regardless of dish type. You'll also find lots of sidewalks that are shaded by large trees. These island pathways are perfect for walking to the shops and enjoying your bicycle rental. Also, because you will have to pay a toll to gain access to the islands, you'll find less people visit at a time.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$175 per night for two people

Mancos, Colorado

  • July avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • July avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

A very, very small town that's the gateway to Mancos State Park, Menefee Peak and other outdoor selections, Mancos is a beautiful destination surrounded by mountains, valleys, and lots of horses. In fact, because of the large number of beautiful vistas, you'll find lots of lookouts as well. This means that you'll want to make sure you take your camera with you on your daily outings. And because the July temperatures here are also pleasant and easy to handle, it will be hard for you to stay indoors.

This area isn't known for its food, but you can grab food to go, and there is a small grocery store here. When looking at accommodations, there are a few to choose from, so you can really take the time to figure out which one is the most comfortable for you as you practice social distancing. Again, because this is a very small town, you'll won't find a ton of visitors visiting all at once.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$171 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$237 per night for two people

Fredericksburg, Texas

  • July avg high: 93°F/34°C
  • July avg low: 70°F/21°C
  • July avg precip: 2.4″/6.1cm

If you enjoy wine and history, then you're in for a real treat with Fredericksburg. Although the town is not widely known throughout the US, it is well liked by Texans. And this is because of the beautiful downtown that's painted with historic buildings that are more than picture worthy. And again, even though the town is small, it is well liked by weekend visitors looking for a easy road trip from nearby cities.

This is because Fredericksburg is close to both San Antonio and Austin, making it a pleasant break from the hustle and bustle of larger cities. The area also places host to a number of wineries (which are easy to social distance at) and a new beer brewery. The hotels in and around town are designed in a “BnBs” style, which helps to lessen the amount of people you run into. Also, if you're interested in staying at an Airbnb, you'll want to look into our 4-unit accommodation called Beethoven Villas. Located in the heart of downtown, you'll be within walking distance to restaurants and tasting rooms.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$187 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$231 per night for two people

Wallace, Idaho

  • July avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 51°F/11°C
  • July avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

A charming and historical town with a strong silver mining background, Wallace is a great choice for a road trip out west in the Bitterroot Mountains. And because this is a mountain town, you'll find that July temperatures are still moderate, which is great because you'll want to spend the entirety of your trip outdoors. But if you do decide to spend sometime away from the sun, we recommend you do it during one of the sliver mine tours.

Outside of things to do, you'll want to also focus on the food here. If you love filling dishes, then you'll find a lot of restaurants right up your alley. Not known for their salads but rather their American style food. Hotels here are on the small side and there are some Airbnbs as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$140 per night for two people

Park Rapids, Minnesota

  • July avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 56°F/13°C
  • July avg precip: 4.1″/10.4cm

An old town featuring western style buildings, Park Rapids sits right next to Itasca State Park which is interestingly enough, where the Mississippi River starts. You'll also find that July plays hosts to lots and lots of green, which is a nice change from the long winters this area is known for. Because of how nice the weather is during this time of the year, you'll find lots of people out and about enjoying restaurants, shops, and of course hiking.

But you won't have to worry about constantly running into people as you can always order your food to go, visit the shops right when they open, and enjoy trails that are large enough for people to social distance as the walk around each other. One of the trails that you'll want to look into is the Heartland State Trail Cycling and park. You'll also find some fun water activities to partake in at Fishhook Lake and Portage Lake, along with a few others.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$197 per night for two people

Roanoke, Virginia

  • July avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • July avg low: 66°F/19°C
  • July avg precip: 4.0″/10.2cm

Much like Asheville listed above, Roanoke is a Blue Ridge Mountain favorite that offers easy access to viewpoints, historic settlements, green spaces and parks, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway. Speaking of, a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a great way to enjoy nature without running into a lot of people. If there are people at the viewpoint you stop at, all you have to do is either wait for them to leave, or simply stay the 6 feet away from them.

When staying in town, you'll find motels, hotels, and Airbnbs to choose from. There are also a few bigger hotels here, but there are plenty of smaller options that won't make you feel like it's impossible to practice social distancing. The restaurants here are also friendly with take out and outside seating available.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$85 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$95 per night for two people

Burlington, Vermont

  • July avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • July avg precip: 4.2″/10.7cm

Known as both a college town and a lake town, Burlington is easily one of the best places to visit during the summer months, even hot July. That's because, as you can see above, highs tend to run in the low 80s, making a day outside taking in the elements enjoyable. Accommodations vary here, but there are lots of great choices that cater to those seeking to distance themselves from both locals and travelers alike. These range from numerous Airbnbs to small motels with exterior room entrances.

Because summer is farmer's market season, you'll quickly note that there are lots of people buying locally grown produce, eggs, and meats from vendors. If you want to visit a farmer's market while still keeping your distance from others, you'll want to visit right when they open.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$152 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$198 per night for two people

Bar Harbor, Maine

  • July avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • July avg low: 54°F/12°C
  • July avg precip: 3.5″/8.9cm

A small seaside town that's both beautiful and charming, Bar Harbor welcomes with nature, small shops, mom and pop restaurants and a few great accommodation options. When looking into accommodation options, Airbnb vacation rentals, and small hotels are what you'll find. Because of this, and the fact that the town itself is very small, it's very unlikely that you'll find yourself surrounded by hoards of people.

Going along with that, you'll find small restaurants that offer take out which you can then enjoy back in your room or in the beautiful Acadia National Park. This park is the main reason why people visit as it offers both hiking on the beach and on a mountain side. You'll also find a beautiful lake to relax at, as well as stunning sunrises if you're willing to wake up early. And don't be surprised if you find yourself wearing a light jacket while exploring.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$95 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$130 per night for two people

Portland, Maine

  • July avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • July avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • July avg precip: 3.6″/9.1cm

Another small seaside town, Portland offers great views, as you can see from the picture, to fresh seafood. It's also a small town that doesn't hold that many people at once, even though it is considered very popular. When looking into places to stay, you'll find the same as the other destinations on this list- Airbnbs, vacation rentals, and small hotels.

When looking into food options, take out and outdoor seating reign here. And with the pleasant July temperatures, you'll want to enjoying your lunch outdoors. There's also hiking, coastal walks, lighthouse views, mountain views, river views, and beautiful old houses.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$153 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$169 per night for two people

Conway, New Hampshire

  • July avg high: 80°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 57°F/14°C
  • July avg precip: 4.4″/11.2cm

Close to Maine is Conway, New Hampshire. This small town grants visitors access to the very famous Conway scenic railroad as well as Echo Lake. And even though most travelers visit during the Fall months to conduct some prime leaf peeping, the month of July offers lots of great green backdrops to enjoy, along with some surprisingly cool temperatures.

Restaurants here are on the small and medium side with outdoor seating and take out, making it easy to social distance. For example, if you're planning on enjoying the outdoor seating but then change your mind at the last minute, you'll still be able to enjoy the same restaurant, just with food to go. Hotels here are also small, and there are lots of great Airbnb choices as well.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$136 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$162 per night for two people

Blue Ridge and Helen, Georgia

  • July avg high: 87°F/31°C
  • July avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • July avg precip: 5.6″/14.2cm

Two Georgia towns that are very close to each other, Blue Ridge and Helen offer lots of fantastic outdoor activities. These range from hiking, swimming, zip lining, walking, mountain biking, and seating outside enjoying the fresh air. You'll also find that the town of Helen is modeled off of Bavaria, and is a great choice for food and interesting trinkets.

Blue Ridge is also a solid choice for wineries and u pick farms, all of which are stationed close to each other, making it so you don't have to drive far at all. And like the other destinations on this list, there are lots of places to stay at that don't require you to walk down long indoor hallways with a high chance of running into other guests.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$139 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$317 per night for two people

Littleton, New Hampshire

  • July avg high: 79°F/26°C
  • July avg low: 55°F/13°C
  • July avg precip: 4.2″/10.7cm

A very small town found of the northern end of the White Mountains, Littleton is a solid choice for a relaxing vacation away from it all. When driving through town, you'll find cool looking buildings on both sides, with particular interest being on Main Street. The street is lined with little shops, cafes, and small restaurants. Though you wouldn't want to be seated inside one of these small restaurants, you'll be able to order take out and enjoy it in one of the area's green spaces, or back in your room.

When looking into places to stay in and around town, you'll find a few bed and breakfast styled inns, motels, small hotels, and Airbnbs. And because you can view all of these online before choosing which one to go with, you'll really be able to find one that best fits your comfort level and your current social distancing practices.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$112 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$162 per night for two people

Forks, Washington

  • July avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • July avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • July avg precip: 2.5″/6.4cm

Taking you back to the time of the Twilight movies, Forks, Washington is a nature lover's dream. Here you'll find endless wilderness surrounded by even more wilderness. You'll also find the great Olympic National Park and the Hoh National Forest, both of which offer chances to see wildlife up close and personal. But with social distancing, you don't want to be up close and personal with other visitors. That's why you'll be happy to hear that the hotels and Airbnbs here offer privacy and distance.

The same can be said of the restaurants here, with all of them offering take out that you can enjoy back at your accommodation choice. You'll just want to make sure to check the weather before you head out, as even during summer it can get chilly here, so you'll want to pack a few sweaters.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$166 per night for two people

Bend, Oregon

  • July avg high: 82°F/28°C
  • July avg low: 48°F/9°C
  • July avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

If you're planning a western road trip and are visiting Oregon, then you'll want to strongly consider Bend, Oregon. Here you'll find a small town that offers an amazing amount of outdoor activities, which are great during the summer as temperatures don't tend to reach higher than the mid 80s. These activities range from hiking to swimming in the river. And if you just want to grab some take out and enjoy a nice park picnic, you'll find over 80 parks to choose from.

Speaking of take out, you'll find lots of different take out options in addition to outdoor seating. And with July's great temperatures, it'll be hard not to choose outdoor seating. This area is also a haven for Airbnbs and vacation rentals, so you'll find a sizeable number of them to choose from, alongside small hotels.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$142 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$161 per night for two people

South Lake Tahoe, California

  • July avg high: 81°F/27°C
  • July avg low: 41°F/5°C
  • July avg precip: 0.4″/1.0cm

With a very large and beautiful lake spanning two states, California and Nevada, South Lake Tahoe is a fantastic summer road trip choice and one we advise you to strongly consider. Here you'll find a small town that grants you access to the entire lake with a day road trip, stunning lookouts, mountains to explore, a sandy beach and a rocky beach, and more water activities than you know what to do with.

You'll also find a few small hotels and motels with external room entrances. And of course this area offers some great Airbnbs and vacation rentals as well. If you are concerned about the popularity of this town and finding something to eat away from everyone else, then you'll want to order take out, which is readily available. In fact, you can even order from some places over the phone and have it ready for you to pick up.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$159 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$172 per night for two people

Eureka, California

  • July avg high: 63°F/17°C
  • July avg low: 52°F/11°C
  • July avg precip: 0.3″/0.8cm

Redwoods are king here, towering over you everywhere you look. That's the main attraction of Eureka, but it's not all you'll find. You'll also have the chance to explore an old town dotted with historical buildings and very old fishing vessels that clearly show the wear of time. You'll also find a beautiful beach, hiking trails, and the famed Redwood Highway.

If you're a foodie, you'll be pleased to note that there are some great dining options here, along with the choice to take your food back with you instead of eating it onsite. As far as hotels are concerned, you'll find small hotels here, in addition to a nice amount of Airbnbs. As you can see above, temperatures here are very mild, even in the middle of summer. Because of this, you'll find hiking to be very relaxing.

  • 3-star hotels from: US$116 per night for two people
  • 4-star hotels from: US$185 per night for two people

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