30 BEST Places To Visit In August

August is the classic time for a summer holiday, and if you’re wondering where to travel in August, you have many options. It’s one of those months you can find about anything you want. Most of us are more than happy to welcome the warm weather of the Northern Hemisphere. Destinations such as Mozambique, the French Alps, Ireland, Amsterdam, and Iceland have ideal weather in August.

Whether you want to safari in Tanzania, explore the Irish countryside, sunbathe on Curacao, or hike in the Lofoten Islands, it’s the perfect month. Many of the Northern Hemisphere’s beaches enjoy hot weather and warm water, so it’s a great time for a beach vacation. It’s a great month to get off the beaten path as the most popular destinations, like Italy and Greece, are overly crowded. Here are some of the best places to visit in August.


The Best Places to Visit in August


French Alps

Lac Blanc Hike In Chamonix

While much of France is in the throws of heatwaves, head to the French Alps and Lake District for warm, pleasant weather. Visitors can sunbathe along tranquil lakeshores or take a gondola to a mountain summit for scenic views. It’s far from the traffic jams, sky-high rates, and tourist mayhem of the country’s popular southern coast.

Lake Annecy In Summer
Lake Annecy In Summer

The mountain lakes of France include Lake Annecy, Bourget, and Aiguebelette in Savoie, and they’re wonderful spots for a cool swim. The picturesque lakes have equally charming villages, towns, and cities around them to explore. They present a wealth of activities to spend your days with a scenic drive, long walk, bike ride, ferry ride, or even a sail along the lake. The small city of Annecy along the lakeshore may be one of France’s most well-known and attractive cities.

City Of Annecy In Summer

The small city of Chamonix is an undeniable hot spot for visitors in the summer and winter. It’s most notable for its extreme mountain sports and trail running, but the views of Mont Blanc and the lofty Aiguille Du Midi appeal to all travelers. We have a soft spot for Chamonix and spent a whole summer hiking amongst the city’s towering peaks.

Chamonix Town In The Summer

As with any region of France, food is religion, and you’ll find amazing alpine cheeses and farm-fresh products in restaurants. You’ll find small family-run establishments that offer delicious food for an affordable price. Most notable for the Savoie region are fondue savoyarde and raclette — our favorite spot for fondue is at La Crémerie des Aiguilles just outside of Chamonix.


Curacao

Curacao Beach Side - Playa Kenepa Grandi

The Caribbean is largely a gamble to visit in late summer due to the high temperatures and risk of a hurricane. However, islands further south, such as Curacao, are largely out of the hurricane belt and are a good choice in August. The island nation has historic towns, rugged covers, and idealistic beaches. Willemstad, the main port city, looks like a miniature Amsterdam with colorfully painted Dutch colonial buildings along St. Anna Bay.

Outside the port city, the landscape is a desert with aloe and mesquite plants that dot limestone outcroppings. Curacao’s draw is its powdery white sand beaches and azure waters, as with anywhere in the Caribbean. The reefs around the island make for interesting diving and snorkeling, thanks to its bountiful marine life. Some of the best beaches on the island include Playa Kenepa Grandi, Blue Bay Beach, and Kokomo Beach.


Lofoten Islands

Lofoten Islands

Few scenes on earth are as dramatic as the Lofoten Islands of Northern Norway, making it one of the best places to travel in August. It’s a hot spot for photographers in the summer, as long days and landscapes are a constant source of inspiration. Given their far northerly location in the Arctic Circle, they provide a unique chance to witness rare arctic wildlife.

The island chain comprises six main islands, but it has hundreds more that are largely unpopulated and ripe for exploration. Exploring the islands on foot, by sailboat, or kayak is the most popular thing to do here in the summer. Visitors can soak up the local fishing culture that has thrived for centuries when you’re not out exploring. This is best done from one of the island’s many wood fishing cabins beneath the looming granite headwalls comprising much of the island chain’s landscapes.

While the weather is generally stable in the summer, it is still an island chain in the Arctic Circle with unpredictable weather. When the weather does take a turn for the worse, plenty of saunas and cozy nooks are ready for a book. Sit with a cup of tea or warm up with a hearty fish stew. The islands are famed for their bountiful sea and wonderful seafood.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tulip Fields and Windmills Outside Amsterdam

As a major city, Amsterdam is a surprisingly relaxed destination with near-perfect summer weather. Its iconic canals, cobblestone streets, row houses, pedestrian bridge, and centuries of history have drawn visitors for decades. It’s a destination that attracts every type of traveler as it can wear many faces.

Its exceptional luxury hotels, art galleries, shops, and innovative restaurants will appeal to the most well-heeled travelers. The city has cultural institutions like the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and Rijksmuseum. While it’s clubs and relaxed stance towards recreational drugs, attract those looking to let loose with a bit of hedonism. It’s an especially popular city with young backpackers.

Amsterdam is a very walkable city, and most locals choose the bicycle as their primary source of transportation. It’s the perfect way to get around the city’s tree-lined canals and quaint parks. A summer day in Amsterdam is nearly impossible to top in any other city. Our favorite thing in Amsterdam is sitting on the canal side in a quiet neighborhood like Jordaan and enjoying a cold Amstel. Or you could do even better with a boat cruise.


Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania is beloved for its safari holidays, fascinating tribal culture, gorgeous beaches, and wild landscapes. It has the Serengeti, Mt Kilimanjaro, Lake Tanganyika, Ngorongoro Crater, and Zanzibar Archipelago, all worth visiting. Add the warm and welcoming Swahili culture, and visitors are in for a treat. You can climb one of the seven summits or kick back on a beach and embrace the idea of “hakuna matata.”

Zanzibar Beaches

Tazania’s wildlife may be one of its greatest assets, with phenomenal safari experiences from Ruaha, Selous, Mahale, Katavi, Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti. The Serengeti is naturally the most renowned, as its abundance of wildlife, endless plains, acacia trees, and rocky outcroppings (kopje) inspired The Lion King.

As with many African destinations, the country lacks great infrastructure and public transport options. It is possible to rent a truck, but it still requires confidence and skill. We recommend visitors book a personalized trip through an agent like Timbuktu or a packaged trip through SafariBookings.com.

August is a great time to go on safari in Tanzania. It’s the dry season, meaning the chances of spotting safari animals significantly increase as brush reduces visibility and the animals congregate around water sources. The great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti usually takes place in August, so if that has always been on your bucket list, book a ticket there now!

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Ireland

trip to ireland cost

Thanks to its warm locals, culturally rich history, rolling hills, and rugged landscapes, Ireland holds a special place in hearts. It’s one of our favorite places to travel; we know we’ll always return. Weather remains unpredictable any time of year in Ireland, but August is a safer bet. Summer is a great time to explore the outdoors in destinations like the Cliffs of Moher, Connemara National Park, The Causeway Coast, and The Ring of Kerry.

Ireland’s cities are captivating with a wealth of history. Travelers love the small cities of Galway, Killarney, and Cork. Dublin and Galway are worth diving into for their interesting mix of history, culture, and live events. Two of the most important facets of Irish culture are music and storytelling. The Irish know how to spin a yarn, and there’s almost always live music on any given day of the week in every town, village, and city. Just head to the local pub for a pint to experience the soul of the country.


Mozambique

Mozambique White Pearl

Mozambique is unlike any other destination on this list, and we have often sung praises about the country. It has a stunning coastline with pristine beaches and vibrant coral reefs. Marine life here is a huge highlight, with excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities. Add to the mix a culture that is a fusion of African and Portuguese that results in an explosion of colors, food, and even music.

A Market In Mozambique

Gritty beach towns like Tofo Beach offer an excellent base for surfers and those looking to get up close with marine megafauna such as whales, rays, and sharks. Mozambique is a destination for adventure travelers as the country still attempts to recover from a brutal civil war that lasted for decades. It remains one of the poorest countries in the world, and the infrastructure here is challenging at best.

Mozambique Travel

However, those willing to work will find Mozambique an engrossing country. We still dream of its empty beaches, friendly locals, and delicious seafood. August is one of the best months to visit as it’s the dry season, and temperatures are cooler and comfortable. After a few weeks traveling in Mozambique, it remains one of the top places we can’t wait to return.


The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

Natasha PAddling Along Moraine Lake

The natural wonders of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks are astounding. They are arguably some of the most idealistic landscapes in the world and make for a hiker’s and climber’s paradise. The most famous park, Banff National Park, continues to grow in popularity thanks to the incredibly photogenic Moraine Lake. The lake can only be accessed from June to October. August is, without a doubt, the best time to visit Banff. It is a beautiful summer month in Banff. Rainfall is low; if you’re lucky, your vacation will be filled with sunshine and long days. . Other spectacular alpine lakes include Lake Louise, Peyto Lake, Emerald Lake, and Bow Lake.

A View Of Spray Lakes From Tent Ridge At Golden Hour

The Canadian Rockies are a lot more than just Banff National Park, as the mountain range is largely protected through a series of national and provincial parks that are all interconnected. These include Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper National Park, Kananaskis Country, Mount Assiniboine, Mount Robson, and Height Of The Rockies Provincial Parks. It all adds to a sprawling amount of natural spaces home to abundant wildlife. It’s all easily accessible from the wonderful resort towns of Banff, Canmore, and Jasper.

It’s the first month you can finally forget about winter in Banff, though you’ll still want to pack a packable down jacket and a shell jacket just in case. All the sunshine and melting snow turn the mountainsides into a lush carpet of greenery where wildflowers abound. It’s the time for long adventures, and big trail runs with nearly 16 hours of daylight. It’s high season and the season to experience the best of all the mountains offer. The downside is you’ll likely need reservations for the popular camping spots, and if you’re staying at a hotel, you’ll be paying high prices.

*We have a home in Canmore and may be slightly biased about how much we love this place! For more information about traveling the Rockies, check out The Banff Blog.


Slovenia

best places to visit in august

Slovenia’s crystal-clear lakes, rivers, and amazing waterfalls make it an excellent summer destination in Europe. August is prime summertime and is one of the best times to visit. We recommend heading to the Julian Alps and venturing around towns like Bled. If you want to enjoy a range of outdoor sports like kayaking, canoeing, paragliding, and horseback riding, August will provide you with long sunny days and very comfortable weather.


Fiji

A White Sandy Beach On Fiji

If you’re searching for a tropical island escape, it’s hard to find a better fit than Fiji. Its 333 islands cater well to visitors after sparkling blue water, white sand beaches, and luxurious resorts. Divers and anyone who loves to snorkel will appreciate the archipelago’s fantastic coral reefs. Adventurous surfers can find some incredible surf breaks.

Fiji is truly a unique destination worldwide, thanks to its remoteness. The closest destination to Fiji is New Zealand’s North Island, which is 1,300 miles away. This means that the island’s culture remains distinctly Fijian, who act as excellent hosts with fantastic hospitality. Fijians are proud of their cultural identity and happy to share it with island visitors.

High season is in full swing for Fiji, as it’s the ideal time to lounge on the islands’ sandy beaches! If you plan to visit in August, booking a hotel in advance is a good idea as it is peak season. This largely concerns summer holidays, but if you can swing into the shoulder seasons of June or September, that’s a great idea.


Switzerland

hiking in zermatt
Switzerland in August

August is the peak of summer season in Switzerland. Families (and everyone else) come to Switzerland to enjoy the August weather. Temperatures can reach highs of 23°C, and it never gets too hot. Tourists from all over the world will be visiting Switzerland’s top sights.

It’s an excellent time to escape the city and enjoy hiking in the countryside, skiing at the year-round resort Zermatt, or even taking a train ride to the highest train station in the world at Jungfraujoch near Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen. Lucerne is a beautiful spot this time of year and a good place to go if you want less chance of being caught in a rain shower.


Seychelles

Where are the Seychelles

The Seychelles encapsulates what we imagine to be an island paradise. The island nation stretches across an archipelago that offers sublime beaches and pristine natural landscapes. Undeniably, the islands’ key attraction is their near-perfect beaches, such as Anse Lazio and Anse Source d’Argent, with their powdery white sands and azure waters. The towering granite boulders and tropical forests flanking the beaches add the perfect dash of dramatic scenery.

Anse Lazio Seychelles Island

Beyond the beaches, thick tropical vegetation covers the islands. The forests provide an ideal home to many exotic birds and plants, such as the coco de mer palm, which has the largest seed on earth. Its marine-rich waters have amazing opportunities for divers and snorkelers. It is the ideal island retreat for those looking to escape. Some wonderful resorts and homestays on the main islands of Mahe, La Dique, and Praslin are certain to ensure the utmost relaxation. It’s not all about relaxation either, as the island offers excellent conditions for water sports such as sailing and surfing.


Western Austria

Hiking in Austria in August

Austria’s western states of Vorarlberg and Tyrol are an excellent mountain playground in August. The rugged granite mountains offer expansive glaciers, huge summits, pristine alpine lakes, rolling meadows, and charming villages to explore. It’s an outdoor hub for climbers, hikers, bikers, and anyone wanting to soak up mountain goodness. Give it your best, Julie Andrews, and twirl along a mountaintop.

Mountain Biking In Montafon Austria
Biking in the Montafon Region Of Vorarlberg

Some spectacular highlights include Grossglockner, Hallstatt, Zell Am See, Gosausee, and the Krimml Waterfalls. Two of our favorite activities in Austria include mountain biking and climbing via ferattas or klettersteigs. After a full day in the mountains, refill your batteries with hearty mountain staples and fresh alpine cheese. Afterward, soak in any of the numerous spas that dot the countryside. It’s not the countryside, as the cities of Innsbruck and Salzburg dazzle and captivate too.


Yukon, Canada

Yukon, Canada

One of the best August vacation ideas you may not have thought about is this wild territory in northwest Canada. The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is wild, mountainous, and sparsely populated. It is home to vast swaths of wilderness teeming with wildlife like bears, moose, caribou, and wolves. Our road trip through the Yukon blew us away with its dramatic landscapes and sense of wilderness few destinations can deliver. The scale here is humongous and can quickly humble even the most experienced outdoor adventurers.

Yukon

The Yukon is for you if you’ve ever wanted to see Gold Rush towns and jaw-dropping landscapes in the middle of nowhere. You can even consider driving into Alaska via the scenic Top of the World Highway. One of the best times to visit the Yukon is in the summertime. We enjoyed a Yukon road trip in August and it completely blew us away.

Natasha Stands Atop Rooftop Jeep Camper

The last few weeks of August mean the leaves are all changing, and the colors are out of this world. Seriously, look at the photo above! I’m hesitant to share this with you as I don’t want the Yukon to become too busy. Its beauty is still a secret.


Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is a well-preserved former Venetian city inhabited by less than 13,000 people. Once visitors pass through the city walls, a labyrinth of marbled streets, old lamps, stone houses, and quiet piazzas await them. The old city is fortified and encompassed by imposing stone walls while the town sits at the foot of a gorgeous Adriatic Bay with the Dalmatian Mountains rising high above turquoise waters.

Some refer to the Bay of Kotor as being the southernmost Fjord in Europe, and with the stunning beauty of the bay, it is easy to see why. It’s a magical destination that feels like you’ve returned in time. We’ve been twice, and it still stands out as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.  Make sure to make your way down to the harboring village of Perast while there, as it’s equally stunning. The weather is wonderful, days are longer, and people fill the buzzing streets, giving this small town a new vibe.


Copenhagen, Denmark

A Copenhagen Canal On A Sunny Day

The Danish capital city of Copenhagen comes alive in the summer months. August means long sunlit days and pleasant weather perfect for exploring the city’s picturesque streets and waterfronts. Like Amsterdam, the city is famed for its extensive network of canals lined with stately Renaissance homes. The Danes provide an excellent selection of bakeries, theaters, cafes, museums, restaurants, art galleries, and crafters.

It’s an exceptional place to enjoy the hygge, a Scandinavian term that describes the feeling of comfort and contentment — like a good cup of coffee in a quaint setting. Copenhagen is a hip city that never seems to take itself too seriously. You can even travel to Europe’s most famous amusement, the historic Tivoli Gardens. August has the best weather of the year and makes for the ideal time to enjoy the outdoor cafes and city gardens.


Queensland, Australia

Queensland, Australia

Not only is August one of the best times to travel to Queensland, but it’s also when you’ll hit near-perfect weather conditions and escape the tourist crowds. You’ll find it here if you’re looking for a warm and sunny destination with little humidity. These conditions are perfect for outdoor exploring; some days may even be warm enough to dip in the ocean.

With over 4,000 miles of coastline, you won’t have trouble finding a lovely beach to sunbathe, swim, or look for seaside treasures. Popular attractions in the region include Daintree Rainforest, Dreamworld, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. Buskers by the Lake International Busking Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber, Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing, The Quandamooka Festival, and The Village Festival occur in August. 


Newfoundland

Summers are lovely in Newfoundland, and August is a fantastic time to visit. The allure of visiting Newfoundland lies in its rugged and breathtaking landscapes, charming coastal villages, and warm hospitality. Newfie culture is known for being the most quirky in Canada, with an accent unlike anywhere else. St John’s, one of North America’s oldest cities, is a great base and starting point.

The wild beauty of Gros Morne National Park will blow away those seeking nature, where hiking trails provide plenty of space to unwind. Those looking for even more should tackle the East Coast Trail, an extensive network of trails that cross nearly the entire island of Newfoundland. Many ocean activities include fishing, sailing, whale watching, and kayaking. However, the most unique option is the ability to tour the Iceberg Alley and witness towering chunks of ice.

August in Newfoundland brings a vibrant energy, with numerous festivals and events celebrating the province’s rich history and cultural diversity. You can attend a folk music festival, taste local food, or watch regattas along the coast, in August find it’s easy to enjoy Newfoundland’s warm and convivial atmosphere.


Mongolia

mongolia

Not many people ever have the chance to visit Mongolia. If you ever have the chance to travel to this landlocked nation bordering China and Russia, you’ll not be disappointed!  The winters are harsh in mountainous Mongolia, but fortunately, summer is a great time to visit, particularly in August when daytime temperatures reach 77 to 95 degrees, and there’s little precipitation.

If you want cooler temperatures, the end of August is still nice, but the temperatures are lower. Mongolia has many national parks, including Terelj, Altai Tavan Bogd, Khustain Nuruu, Khorgo Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, and Gobi Gurvansaikhan. In August, many festivals occur, including Mongol Nomadic Naadam, Oirad TumenWestern Mongolian Traditional Folk Art Festival, Long Song Singers’ Festival, Orkhon Valley Horse Festival, and Paradise Darkhan Dj Festival.


Borneo, Malaysia

Borneo, Malaysia
Orangutan trekking in Borneo

Borneo is an incredible mesh of culture, nature, and world-class attractions.  This huge island is mostly known for its stunning beaches, rainforest, and unique wildlife, and August is one of the best times to visit. With temperatures reaching 82 degrees and mostly dry conditions, it’s a great time of year for wildlife excursions and spending time on the beaches.

Some of the top attractions in Borneo include Danum Valley, Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Sarawak Caves, Bako National Park, and Sipidan Island, where you’ll find the best diving in the region. Libur Land Festival, Borneo Arts Festival, and Rainforest World Music Festival are some of the top events in Borneo in August. 


Greenland, Denmark

Greenland, Denmark

Greenland is close to Canada, but it belongs to Denmark, so it has a unique mesh of cultures and history. The Inuit culture possesses deep connections with the surrounding geography and fauna, firmly rooted in their way of life and they maintain strong bonds with fellow Inuit communities to the west, spanning across Canada, Alaska, and Russia.

It’s also positioned so far north that it’s always cool there, even in the dead of summer! August is a perfect time to visit Greenland because the temperatures are at their warmest despite still being cool enough to escape the sweltering heat that overcomes many areas of the Northern Hemisphere.  

You won’t find large crowds here, either. What you will find is incredible scenery and many attractions including the Greenland National Museum, Scoresby Sund, Nuuk Art  Museum and Northeast Greenland National Park. 


Hvar, Croatia

The Marina Of Hvar Croatia

Croatia’s dramatic coastline continues to increase in popularity thanks to its historic Venetian towns and deep blue Adriatic waters. One of the highlights of their coastline is the island of Hvar, with its lavender fields, craggy bays, and historic marina. It’s a refined island with a laid-back Mediterranean vibe that offers heritage and history.

The welcoming atmosphere on the sun-drenched island of Hvar is renowned, attracting celebrities like Beyonce, Prince Harry, Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise, who have made waves with their visits on private yachts. From its seaside restaurants and beach clubs, you can dine on fresh Adriatic seafood and party late into the next morning.

Drone Shot Of Island of Coast Of Hvar Croatia

When not wining and dining, hike along ancient goat paths to abandoned villages, sunbathe au naturel in secretive coves, or race along dirt roads. Like much of the Croatian coast, the island is known for its hedonistic culture. The start of the high season and summer in Europe. August is a fantastic but busy time to visit. Book your accommodation early.


Santiago, Chile

Santiago, Chile

While August is summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere. That means you can expect cooler temperatures in some parts of South America, such as Santiago, Chile. The average daily temperature in August is around 64 degrees, although it can get slightly warmer. 

However, if you want to experience even cooler temperatures and enjoy outdoor winter fun, you don’t have to travel far to find fantastic downhill skiing.  Not into skiing? You can see those snowcapped Andes from the city and visit many top attractions, including San Cristóbal Hill, The National Museum of Fine Arts, and La Moneda Palace. Winter Bully Fest and Santiago International Film Fest are popular festivals in August. 


Vail, Colorado

Cameron Mountain Biking In Vail
Mountain biking in Vail

There are many things to do in Vail in the summer, especially for place known primarily for it’s ski. While the winter may get all the glory, there is much to love in the summer. A slew of exciting activities go beyond its usual ski and snowboarding scene. While the slopes trade in their snowy coats for different attire, this expansive ski resort in the United States offers a variety of thrilling options to satisfy your sense of adventure.

What’s more, Vail’s captivating Colorado mountain scenery remains stunning year-round. If you’re looking for a mix of stunning landscapes, delicious food, and abundant outdoor experiences. This iconic rocky mountain oasis is a hub for outdoor recreation, and in August, temperatures only reach the mid-70s, so it’s the perfect time to explore this beautiful region. 


Peru

A Landscape Of Machu Picchu

Peru is the quintessential destination for those looking to explore the Andes Mountains. No visitor’s trip to the country is complete without the classic Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most incredible wonders, along with many other Incan sites and trails for visitors to explore. However, there is much more to Peru than the former Incan Empire. The country has a fantastic coastline with surf, the Amazon River, a vast swath of rainforest, and historic colonial towns.

The Central Square In Cusco

Peru experiences dry winter months in comparison to its rainy, hot summers. It’s one of the driest times of the year in Peru, so it’s excellent for hikers. It’s also a tremendous time to visit Andes sites like Cusco, Machu Picchu, and other historical sights.


Cape Cod

Cape Cod Masssachusetts

While the iconic Cape Cod in Massachusetts beckons with its upscale waterfront residences, those on a budget can discover hidden gems along the more tranquil stretches of the peninsula. Opt for the serene charm of the Outer Cape beaches near Cape Cod National Seashore, where affordability meets coastal beauty. Visit Head of the Meadow Beach for its expansive views and pristine sands, ideal for long walks or peaceful contemplation. Alternatively, Corporation Beach on Cape Cod Bay offers a family-friendly setting with gentle waves and breathtaking sunsets.

For wallet-friendly accommodations, explore options in towns like Wellfleet and Harwich. The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis provides a comfortable stay with an indoor water park for family fun. Provincetown’s vibrant arts scene remains accessible and inclusive, providing diverse experiences for those arriving via the ferry from Boston.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

It might be August, but it’s ski season somewhere. That somewhere is Queenstown, New Zealand, where heavy snowfalls are common in the mountains, and the temperatures drop enough to enjoy this popular winter sport. So, if you love skiing and snowboarding, New Zealand is one of the best places to visit in August!

If skiing is not your thing, Queenstown is still a fantastic destination in August if you want to escape the summer heat and crowds. Top attractions include Bob’s Peak, the Skyline Gondola, and the Queenstown Gardens. The New Zealand Winter Games and Winter Pride are notable events in August. 


Cannon Beach, Oregon (USA)

Cannon Beach, Oregon (USA)
Oregon is easily one of the best places in the world to visit in August

Warm, sunny, and dry with a constant breeze off the ocean. It sounds like paradise for beach lovers, and Cannon Beach, Oregon, is about as close as you can get to paradise along the West Coast. Besides the town’s picturesque signature beach, there are many things to do, including hiking, shopping, and wildlife viewing. Popular attractions include Cannon Beach History Center & Museum, Hug Point State Recreation Site, and Northwest By Northwest Gallery. Hayday! Fest is a beer festival that takes place in late August.


Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia, is a great option if you’re seeking a summer destination with cool temperatures, a fascinating history, a colorful culture, and many amazing attractions. Temperatures in Tallinn don’t get much higher than 70 degrees on an average day in August, but it’s still warm enough to spend time outdoors. 

Top attractions in the city include the Kadriorg Art Museum, St. Olaf’s church, the Estonian Open Air Museum, and Lennusadam.  Some popular festivals in August include the Birgitta Festival, the Tallinn Food Truck Festival, and the Kiss Dance Fly Festival.


Whistler, British Columbia (Canada) 

wedgemount lake in whistler
Hiking in Whistler!

Located about two hours from the bustling city of Vancouver, Whistler is a nice escape from the city crowds. You can enjoy a peaceful mountain escape with warm temperatures and crisp mountain air but still retreat back to a luxury hotel and a great Whistler restaurant at night.

This outdoor paradise is home to the Peak to Peak Gondola, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, and Whistler Mountain Bike Park. And if you’re into mountain biking or downhill biking, you will 100% want to put Whistler on your travel radar in August. Soundwave, Squamish Arts Festival, and Crankworx are some events in August. 


Best Places To Visit in August FAQ

Where is the Cheapest Place to Go in August?

Montenegro, Cape Town, and the Baltic countries are all inexpensive places to travel, especially when prices are sky-high in destinations like Banff and the Amalfi Coast.

Where Are the Best Places to Travel in August to Avoid Crowds?

Slovenia is a great European destination that sees fewer summer crowds than other destinations in Europe, while in North America, the Yukon is so remote it doesn’t get overcrowded!

When Should I Book My Flights for August Travel?

We recommend booking flights for summer travel six months in advance and have found the best time to book August travel is in February and March.

Where is the Best Place to Travel in August for Cool Weather?

If you’re trying to escape the skyrocketing summer temps, some fantastic destinations are the Yukon, Alaska, and Greenland. All these amazing places have pretty ideal summer weather!


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About Cameron Seagle

Cameron Seagle is one of the principal writers and photographers for The World Pursuit. He is a travel expert that has been traveling the world for the past decade. During this time, he established a passion for conservation and environmental sustainability. When not traveling, he's obsessed with finding the best gear and travel products. In his free time, you can find him hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, and snowboarding. His favorite countries are Scotland, Indonesia, Mozambique, Peru, Italy, and Japan.

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