26 BEST Places to Visit in August in the USA

August is a great time to visit the USA for those seeking outdoor activities, cultural events, and family-friendly vacations. It’s a peak summer month in the US, and throughout many other places in the world. In August, the weather is generally warm and sunny across the country, making it an ideal time for beach trips, hiking, and camping! From east coast to west, there are plenty of amazing places to visit in August in the USA.

August is a popular time for festivals and events, including music festivals, state fairs, and food festivals. You’ll find many of these festivals mentioned throughout this article, and they are all worthy of attending!

Keep in mind that August is a good time to travel with kids, as it’s summer vacation time for schools. This means you’ll find high crowds and high prices throughout much of the country. However, if you can get your plans nailed down well in advance you can often save money on travel.

Best Places to Visit in August in the USA

1. Seneca, South Carolina

Seneca – South Carolina

Seneca is located in western South Carolina near Greenville, and known for its fantastic location on Lake Keowee. Near the Blue Ridge Mountains, it attracts outdoor enthusiasts and tourists during the summer months and is one of the best places to visit in August in the US.

Even at the end of August, the temperatures in Seneca are still quite high at an average of 89°F. This means that you can still participate in a range of water activities including fishing, canoeing and kayaking. In fact, you’ll probably want to spend all your time in the water when the sun is shining and the temperatures are high!

This small mountain town is also home to the Blue Ridge Art Center and the historic downtown district is an amazing place to explore. If you happen to be in town when the Budweiser-Hotscape Music Festival takes place, be sure to check out some of the lively events. 

2. Providence, Rhode Island

Providence – Rhode Island

Rhode Island really comes to life in August when the temperatures hover around 82°F and many events take place including the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival. Art lovers come to this charming little city to admire the beautiful WaterFire art display in Waterplace Park and enjoy live performances at the Providence Performing Arts Center.  

Walk around the city’s neighborhoods looking at the historic 18th and 19th-century homes, spend an evening by the riverbank and be sure to check out John Brown House, RISD Museum and the Roger Williams Park Zoo. 

3. Watch Hill, Rhode Island

Watch Hill, Rhode Island
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With fewer crowds and an average temperature of around 80°F, August is one of the best times to visit Watch Hill. This is perfect weather for birdwatching, exploring the beautiful beaches, hiking to Napatree Point and visiting notable landmarks such as the Watch Hill Lighthouse which has a history dating back to 1745. 

Spend a day in nature at the Napatree Point Conservation Area, visit the Mystic Aquarium and check out the Flying Horse Carousel which is the oldest working carousel in the country.  

4. Memphis, Tennessee 

There’s more to Memphis than music, Elvis, and Graceland and in Auguest, temperatures soar to an average of 88°F, making it an ideal time to visit if you’re interested in attending festivals and exploring this lively city located on the Mississippi River. 

Stroll down Beale Street and catch some live music, learn about the history of The Blues at the Blues Hall of Fame and learn about a tumultuous time in the Deep South at the National Civil Rights Museum. In August, check out the events taking place at the Memp-Music Festival and celebrate everything Elvis at Elvis Week. 

5. Half Moon Bay, California

Half Moon Bay – California

Half Moon Bay is fairly remote so even though the weather is at its finest in August, you can still expect fewer crowds. This beautiful coastal area is surrounded by hills and tours are available of some of the farms in the area.  

With warm temperatures and little rain, many visitors choose to spend most of their time on the sandy beaches swimming and surfing in the warm waters. When not taking a dip in the ocean, do some birdwatching, go hiking on the Coastside Trail, explore the Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve and dine on fresh, local seafood. 

6. San Francisco, California

When most people think of California in August, they think of hot temperatures but if you’re seeking a southern, coastal destination where you can escape that heat, San Francisco has milder temperatures averaging around 72°F with plenty of sunshine. 

The city is home to many iconic US attractions including one of the most famous landmarks in the country – the Golden Gate Bridge and its nearby park and gardens. Pay a visit to the vibrant Chinatown area, take a tour of infamous Alcatraz Island and visit the Academy of Sciences. 

The region’s mix of urban and rural wonders means you’ll be close to some of the state’s best national parks where you’ll find hiking trails, incredible vistas and stunning waterfalls. Be sure to check out August festivals including Outside Lands Music and Art Festival and the Bay Area Blues Festival.

7. Door County, Wisconsin

Door County

Imagine a place with 300 miles of shoreline dotted with picturesque lighthouses, quaint villages, green spaces and beaches. Now imagine such a place where temperatures are warm, the sun is always shining and there are endless things to do.  

Such a place exists on Lake Michigan and in August, Door County is a top place to vacation. Admire the historic architecture of the culturally-rich villages, explore Peninsula State Park, hike the amazing trails of Newport State Park and attend August festivals such as the Door County Festival of Fine Arts. 

If you love cherries, August is cherry season in Door County and you can pick your own at one of the orchards that are in the area.

8. Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island

One of the best vacation spots in the US is Jekyll Island! In August, temperatures are still in the high 80s on Jekyll Island but there are many more reasons to visit this coastal paradise! For one, the scenery which consists of giant sand dunes and miles of golden sandy beaches, is amazing.  

And speaking of beaches, the water is warm this time of year so you can beat the heat with a refreshing dip or you can spend an afternoon at Summer Waves Water Park. 

Stroll through the Historic District and admire stately homes, bike along the 20 miles of trails, tee off at one of the fabulous golf courses, go horseback riding along the shore and visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.   

9. Maui, Hawaii

Plan Hawaii Trip - Maui

One of the best places to visit in the world in August are the Hawaiian Islands. Maui is known as the Valley Isle for a reason; lush valleys that are at their greenest in August. This is also the time when there are more sunny days than rainy ones and temperatures are comfortable around 78°F. 

The water is also calmer in August, which means more chances to snorkel in Honolua Bay and swim in the clear water of those stunning sandy beaches Maui is known for. Go hiking on the Waihee Ridge, Hoapili and Piilani trails.  

Explore Haleakala National Park where you’ll find the island’s tallest peak and waterfalls. Dine on farm-to-table dishes while overlooking the coast where you may spot humpback whales frolicking offshore. The annual Emma Farden Sharpe Hula Festival takes place in August. 

10. Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park

Some of the best places to visit in August in the US are the national parks. As far as epic National Park vacations go, Glacier National Park ranks high especially in August when temperatures reach 74°F and the snow and ice are finally melted so the trails are clear for hiking.  

As you explore this spectacular place, you’ll see mountains, forests, sprawling meadows, sparkling lakes and perhaps even some wildlife. Popular activities include white water rafting and kayaking. 

Go for a scenic drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road and see views like none other anywhere else in the country. Spending time in Glacier is one of the best things to do near the town of Whitefish, which is our favorite town in Montana. Make sure to stick around and enjoy all the amazing Whitefish restaurants!

11. Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Comfortable temperatures, sunny skies, minimal rain, and no cars. These are just some of the things you’ll enjoy if you travel to Mackinac Island in August. 

Because no cars are allowed on the island, you’ll also enjoy a relaxing atmosphere as you check out the Grand Hotel Gardens, bike or hike around the island, explore Mackinac Island State Park and get familiar with local history at Fort Mackinac. 

Be sure to take a carriage ride through the town and try some of that delicious fudge the island is known for at the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival

12. Priest Lake, Idaho

Priest Lake – Idaho

Priest Lake is one of the least developed lakes in Idaho and a top pick in August for warm temperatures, fewer crowds and plenty of opportunities to get out on the water.  

The lake is known for its clear waters and for being a popular destination for kayaking, paddleboarding, water skiing, fishing and swimming. Nearby, you can also enjoy hiking and biking trails and the Priest Lake Museum is a must for visitors who wish to learn more about the history of the area. 

13. Niagara Falls, New York

In August, Niagara Falls is not too hot or too cool; temperatures are just right for exploring this exciting little city and its world-renowned namesake, Niagara Falls. When exploring the falls, you’ll likely get a little wet but with temperatures around 78°F, you won’t care! 

Climb the Observation Tower to get an incredible view of the area, embark on a boat tour to get a closer look at the falls, hike along the trails from the Niagara Discovery Center and visit The Aquarium of Niagara. In August, enjoy world-class jazz performances at the Northwest Jazz Festival in Lewiston.

14. Boulder, Colorado

Boulder – Colorado

Warm weather, outdoor adventures and festivals galore… this is Boulder in August! Boulder is easily one of the best places to visit in August in the US if you are a festival goer. If you love live music, Bands on the Bricks features live concerts on various nights throughout the month and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival features bluegrass music.  

Fancy Shakespeare? The Colorado Shakespeare Festival takes place in the first half of the month and if craft beer is your thing, the Boulder Craft Beer Fest is another highly-anticipated event. 

When you’re not attending festivals, explore all that this Rocky Mountain city has to offer including the beautiful landscape of the nearby Flatirons, The Pearl Street Pedestrian Mall, The Fiske Planetarium and the amazing hiking trails such as Enchanted Mesa and Royal Arch Trail. 

15. Fire Island, New York

Fire Island – New York

Fire Island is a small barrier island just off Long Island that makes for the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City and in August, the warm temperatures make it the perfect destination to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. 

Beautiful beaches, remote camping experiences and sprawling nature areas are just some of the things you’ll enjoy on Fire Island. Spend warm afternoons boating, jet skiing, fishing and swimming, check out the Fire Island Lighthouse, go hiking and birdwatching in the Sunken Forest, explore Robert Moses State Park and enjoy a lively night scene. 

16. Beavers Bend State Park, Oklahoma

In August, the possibilities are endless in Beaver’s Bend State Park. With hot temperatures and little rain, taking to the water for water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming is a favorite among visitors. 

The water also provides a welcome refuge from the heat after a morning or afternoon spent hiking, biking, or horseback riding. As you explore this scenic nature area, you’ll be surrounded by picturesque mountains and you’ll find a number of wilderness cabins and campsites for an authentic nature escape.  

Go ziplining with Rugaru Adventures and visit top attractions such as the Hochatown Rescue Center, Beavers Bend Nature Center and Beaver’s Bend State Park Forest Heritage Center. 

17. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Although there are urban areas nearby, Cuyahoga Valley National Park feels far removed from the hustle and bustle and in August, the weather, which features temperatures hovering around 82°F, is perfect for many outdoor adventures. 

Take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, visit beautiful Brandywine Falls, go kayaking on the river, hike along the Erie Canal Towpath Trail and check out the Canal Exploration Center. 

18. Sturgis, South Dakota

If you want to explore Sturgis when the weather is best, head to this picturesque small town in August when the temperatures reach 82°F most days. This is also the time of year when the most anticipated festivals take place including The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and the Annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Music and Motorcycle Festival. 

When not taking in the live music and excitement of these events, explore the trails, canyons and mountains of the nearby Black Hills National Forest, one of the coolest places in the United States.

Other fun things to do include paying a visit Old Fort Meade Museum and learn about the military outpost from the 1800s and check out the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. 

19.  Northern Neck, Virginia

 Northern Neck

The best part about Northern Neck is how remote it is. That remoteness means fewer crowds even in August when the temperatures are high, the sun is almost always shining and the landscape is at its greenest. 

This virtually untouched nature area is home to many parks such as Westmoreland State Park, but it also features historic attractions such as Stratford Hall Historic Preserve, Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, Steamboat Era Museum and the George Washington Birthplace National Monument. 

20. The Berkshires, Massachusetts

The Berkshires, Massachusetts

The green hills that the Berkshires are known for are at their greenest in August when the temperatures dip to a comfortable 70°F and the summer crowds start to dwindle. This rural, mountainous area is an outdoor lover’s dream with plenty of hiking, whitewater rafting and kayaking opportunities.  

Go for a scenic drive and visit some of the pretty villages that dot the area and attend festivals throughout August including the Music Mountain Summer Festival and the Annual Art of Brewing Festival. 

21. Lake Powell, Utah / Arizona

Lake Powell

It gets quite hot in the American Southwest in August, but if you’re near Page, you’ll likely be spending most of your time in the water so cooling off isn’t a problem! The lake, just outside Page, is the second-biggest man-made reservoir in the country and a major attraction for water lovers and outdoor adventurers. 

Whether you spend your time enjoying the water while water skiing, swimming, kayaking, or fishing or you prefer to stay on land hiking the beautiful trails in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, there’s something for everyone.  

Check out the Rainbow Bridge National Monument and enjoy spectacular scenery all around, consisting of canyons and red rocks. 

22. Olympia, Washington

Olympia – Washington

August is the warmest month in Olympia but temperatures don’t get too hot and rain is quite rare. In fact, the conditions are perfect for exploring the nearby nature areas and embarking on outdoor adventures. 

This coastal city is known for its many galleries and museums so the fact that many state and national parks are nearby means this is the perfect destination if you want the best of both worlds!  

Go hiking or biking along many trails, check out the public art at Percival Landing Park and do some bird watching at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

23. Stonington, Maine 

Stonington - Maine

If you’re seeking a cooler destination to escape the heat in August, Stonington is a great option especially if you prefer fewer crowds and beautiful coastal scenery. Spend afternoons kayaking and if it gets warm enough, go for a swim at DuBois Beach. 

Take a stroll down Main Street and check out the shops and cafes, visit the Mystic Seaport Museum and admire local art at the G. Watson Gallery and the Art By Katy Gallery. 

24. Juneau, Alaska

Juneau - Alaska

If you’re looking to escape the extreme August heat of some of the more southern destinations in the country, Juneau is one of the best places to visit in August in the US. With temperatures reaching only 63°F, the weather is warm enough to enjoy an array of outdoor activities but cool enough to be comfortable.  

August is also the best time for whale watching in the waters surrounding Juneau and forget about crowds any time of year because the entire state of Alaska is one of the least visited destinations in the country. 

Admire Mendenhall Glacier, go for a ride on the Roberts Tramway and see stunning mountain views, explore the Alaska Tongass National Forest and learn about local history at the Alaska State Museum. 

25. Saugatuck, Michigan

Saugatuck, located in the southwest of Michigan, is situated on the coast of Lake Michigan and is a beloved destination, being about 1.5 hours from Lansing, 45 minutes from Grand Rapids, and 1 hour from Kalamazoo. Michiganders flock here in the summer as it’s one of the best places to visit in the state for boutique shops, restaurants, and wonderful beaches.

It’s recognized as one of the most gay-friendly small towns in the state and is a welcoming environment for all. Come August, it’s as lively as ever, especially on weekends!

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Vail is one of the most beautiful mountain towns to visit in the United States. It’s renowned for its world-class skiing in the winter, and is known around the world as a fantastic resort. It’s one of the best places to travel if you love snowsports.

Though we’re talking about summer here, and there is no doubt Vail is one of the best places to visit in August in the USA. There’s an impressive downhill mountain bike park as well as endless hiking opportunities in the Vail Valley. Go horseback riding, or even spend a morning practicing yoga with baby goats!

In the evening, you are spoiled for options for dinner, whether at a German/Austrian Alps style restaurant, or a hip eatery like Chasing Rabbits! While August is busy and still expensive in Vail, it’s not anywhere what Vail costs in the winter. So if Vail is on your bucket list, visiting in the summer will break the bank just a little bit less!

Best Places to Visit in August in the USA – FAQ

Which State is Best to Visit in August?

There really is no bad state in to visit in August. August is a wonderful time around the world. That being said, if you don’t like heat and humidity, you may want to stay away from the Southern states. For more moderate weather in August we recommend states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Alaska, or Colorado.

Where Are the Best Places to Visit in August in the USA on a Budget?

August is typically a pretty expensive month to travel. It’s when people take summer breaks, the kids are out of school, and everyone is seeking their sweet summer retreats. that being said, there are a few places where you’ll find lower prices.

  • Las Vegas often has competitive hotel and entertainment deals during the hot summer months, including August. While temperatures can be scorching, the city’s indoor attractions and activities make it a budget-friendly option.
  • August is considered the off-peak season in New Orleans due to its high humidity and frequent rain.
  • Although it’s still summer vacation season, August can offer lower rates at some of Orlando’s hotels and theme parks compared to peak summer months.
  • While the desert heat in August can be intense, it also leads to lower rates at hotels and resorts in Phoenix.

Where Are the Best Places to Visit in August in the USA for Cool Weather?

The more north you go the cooler it gets, but the coolest place you can travel in the United States in August is Alaska! The Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, and New England are all also cool weather destinations in the United States.

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About Natasha Alden

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years, across 7 continents, experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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