August is when you need to take one last summer “hurrah” vacation! In many places, tourist numbers and prices are starting to go down, the weather is still drier and warmer, and it’s a prime bird and whale-watching month for many destinations.
So, where are you going to end your summer?
These are my top destinations to visit in August!
Because Aruba sits outside the hurricane belt, it’s the perfect (and one of the only) Caribbean destinations to visit this month!
Temperatures will be in the 90s (32ºC). But the dry, desert climate and frequent winds will keep the humidity low. This is the island’s offseason, so tourist numbers and prices are at some of their lowest.
There’s a low chance of rain, and you’ll likely have sunshine every day. August also has some of the best windsurfing conditions in the world here.
August is one of the few times of year you’re almost guaranteed to experience sunshine in Scotland. But you’ll still want to bring your best rain gear, especially if you’re heading to the Highlands.
Edinburgh and St. Andrews are must-visit cities. And I recommend visiting some of the islands, such as Skye, Mull, and Lunga for puffin viewing. The seas are calmer and the coasts are clearer during this month.
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world – happens in August every year, so make sure you plan your trip around this must-do-once-in-your-lifetime event!
Seattle, WA & Portland, OR in the U.S.
Portland and Seattle’s proximity to each other means they make an excellent road trip combination. And it’s easy to fly into one city and out of the other. Pro Tip: if you’re driving between the two, go the scenic route via Cannon Beach and along coastal highway 101.
Both cities have incredible food scenes, a welcoming and casual “vibe,” and amazing outdoor activities. In Seattle, you’re just a short drive or ferry ride from Olympic National Park, Mt. Rainier, and North Cascades National Park. In Portland, you’re close to Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Highway.
August is one of the warmest, sunniest, and driest months for both cities, and the later in the month you visit, the lower the prices and crowds will be.
Norway’s Svalbard and Vesteralen Archipelagos
These islands are famous for their polar bears, proximity to the North Pole, and for being some of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas. In August, you’re almost guaranteed whale sightings here!
August is when these islands are most accessible because the ice melts enough to let boats through. Both of these archipelagos have forested mountains, sweeping fjords, snow-capped peaks, and icebergs. This is a destination if you want to visit places that still feel wild, untamed, and isolated.
Chicago is my home-away-from-home in the U.S.! It’s where my sister lives, so I’m here a lot. August in Chicago brings perfect sunny (but not too hot weather). Lake Michigan’s sparkling water and sandy beaches beckon you to just lounge in one of the city’s many waterfront parks all day.
Plus, August brings Lollapalooza and the Chicago Hot Dog Fest. Find outdoor restaurants to enjoy the weather and breeze, especially in foodie hot spots like Logan Square.
I highly recommend taking a boat ride on Lake Michigan or the Chicago River, having brunch at Arts Club Cafe, taking Instagram-perfect photos with the flamingo mural at the Flamingo Rum Club, and catching a show at Second City.
August is a peak tourism month for Ecuador, but Ecuador is never really packed with people, most of whom are just stopping over on their way to the Galapagos Islands.
This is one of the driest months of the year, so you can enjoy everything Ecuador has to offer. You’ve got volcanos to climb, the Amazon to trek, coasts to surf and sunbathe on, and beautiful cities to explore.
Make sure you visit Quito! The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s made my list of top Budget Destinations Around The World.
There’s a reason Alaska is called the Last Frontier. With its incredible national parks, fantastic coastlines and glaciers, and beautiful cities, your Alaska adventure can be as far or as close to civilization as you want.
Day temperatures will be in the mid-60s (18ºC), and night temperatures shouldn’t drop below 50 (10ºC). You’ll have about 17 hours of daylight this time of year, giving you long days to explore this beautiful state.
This is the last month for glacier hikes before tours stop for the season. August is also blueberry month in Alaska, especially at the Alyeska Resort Blueberry Festival and Blueberry Arts Festival.
Hungary’s increasing fame as a filming site for movies and TV shows hasn’t resulted in too much of a crowd or price increase.
While August is a peak travel month for Europe, Hungary will provide a respite from the hordes of travelers in Western Europe. Hungary’s capital, Budapest, also makes for a great budget-alternative to Vienna and Prague.
Festivals that take place in August are the Summer Festival, Festival of Crafts, St. Stephen’s Day, Sziget Festival, and the Hungary Grand Prix.
While most people visit Canada’s Western provinces and large cities this month, you should head to the stunning and more off-the-beaten-path Newfoundland.
August is nesting season for puffins. And this month is the best time to see whales as thousands of them swim by Newfoundland’s coast.
When you’re here, make sure you partake in at least one of these celebrations: George Street Festival, Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, and the Royal St. John’s Regatta.
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