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End Summer with an August Vacation for the Whole Family

Aerial shot of beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Looking for somewhere to take a trip for the last month of summer vacation? August is the perfect time of year for warm weather, outdoor activities, hitting the hiking trails, and visiting parts of the northern hemisphere that you typically would not consider.

Whether you love kayaking, biking, hot springs, or music festivals, August is an ideal time to plan a getaway with your significant other, your friends, or your family. Before you plan your trip, be sure to research your destination’s current restrictions and guidelines due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Best Places to Visit in August

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From becoming a foodie in the Northeast to sightseeing in the Pacific Northwest to snorkeling in the Hawaiian Islands to discovering the “last frontier” of Alaska, our top vacation spots for August include a little something for everyone.

1. New York City

If you are looking for a warm-weather getaway for your next summer vacation, NYC is a sure bet. Discover the world-class food seen, play frisbee in Central Park, or a take sightseeing tour of the big apple. If you have time for a day trip, drive three hours to see the Catskills in Hunter or make a visit to Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Hudson Valley.

2. Maui, Hawaii

Known for its incredible beaches, its sacred Iao Valley, world-class snorkeling, and so much more, Maui is the perfect place to visit in August. Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island and has distinct regions that each offer its guests something truly spectacular.

3. Cape Cod Region, Massachusetts

Cape Cod is a unique place of natural beauty and old town charm with over 500 miles of coastline, divided into the Upper, Mid, Lower, and Outer Capes. From Martha’s Vineyard to Nantucket to Barnstable to Sandwich, there is no question why Cape Cod is one of the best places to travel in August. Popular activities include golfing, rolling sand dunes, incredible seafood, and a wide variety of water sports.

4. Anchorage, Alaska 

Explore Alaska from the biggest city in the state, Anchorage. From urban gems to spectacular national parks, enjoy the best of the “last frontier” for your next summer vacation. Fantastic August activities include berry picking at the Alyeska Resort Blueberry Festival, discover the city’s hiking trails, and enjoy average temperatures in the sixties. If you get lucky, you may even get a glimpse of the first Aurora Borealis sightings of the year.

5. Gulf Shores, Alabama

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Known for its white-sand beaches, Hangout Music Festival, and southern history, Gulf Shores presents a coastal oasis perfect for an August getaway. Composed of 32 miles of sugar-white sand shoreline, gorgeous turquoise water, and unparalleled sunsets, you are guaranteed to have a marvelous time in this wonderful Alabama city.

6. Seattle, Washington

Seattle is ideal to visit in August, as it is one of the months in this rainy city’s dry season. Featuring the historic Space Needle, a thriving art and food scene, and an ample array of outdoor activities, you are sure to find something to enjoy in the Emerald City.

7. Boston, Massachusetts

This foodie-centric town is the prime destination for your next summer adventure. Walk the streets to take in the incredible art scene, stroll the iconic Harvard square, and plan tours of some of the country’s most historic sites.

8. Portland, Oregon

Get a break from the typical rainy season when you visit the Rose City in August. Schedule a day to visit the International Rose Test Garden, take a day trip to the Columbia River Gorge for amazing hiking trails, and indulge in the epic eats Portland serves up.

9. Portland, Maine

For exciting days of shopping, dining, and sightseeing, make a trip to the beautiful town of Portland on Maine’s Casco Bay. The Casco Bay Islands offer kayaking, cruises, biking, and scenic day trips. Tour the Portland Museum of Art and the thriving art community in this charming coastal city.

10. Glacier National Park, Montana

Visiting Glacier National Park in August means wildflowers, hiking in warm weather, and partaking in exciting water sports. Located near the Canadian border adjacent to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, this park features over 700 miles of trails, alpine meadows, mountainous terrain, and stunning forests to explore.

The Best Places to Travel Internationally in August

In addition to our best U.S. vacation spots to visit in August, we have included some of the best places to travel internationally as well.

1. Caribbean

2. Iceland

3. Ecuador

4. Croatia

5. Amsterdam

6. Kenya

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