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The Best Places to Visit in July

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Mark Ellwood of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 8: This month, Norwegian Air begins nonstop service from both LAX and JFK to Spain’s capital. Sure, the city will be hot—the average high is 89 degrees—but you’ll spend ample time indoors, wandering the vast, masterpiece-filled galleries of the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Don’t miss the chance to pay homage to adoptive Madrileño Pedro Almodovar: Make like Carmen Maura in Law of Desire and demand to be hosed down on the streets of Cuartel de Conde-Duque or just grab supper at the Castilian restaurant, Restaurante Viridiana where Almodovar has been a regular for 40 years. Overnight at the five-star, 48-room Gran Hotel Ingles, which debuted in 1886, and just reopened after a glamorous gut refurb; the location is ideal, tucked into the central literary quarter, and the top-tier onsite spa is where you can go to decompress if the mercury tops out.

You might be looking for a proper vacation come July—school's out, the weather’s glorious, and the wanderlust is fierce. If you need help deciding where to go once you succumb to those trip-taking urges, here’s a few timely suggestions, from a Botswana safari to the ideal spot for celebrating America’s own birthday.

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