August is the perfect month for any kind of vacation. Try a multi-stop trip through Europe, enjoying sangria in Barcelona and gelato in Rome. Take advantage of the warm weather with an East Coast beach vacation in Martha’s Vineyard or Cape Cod. Gear up for a hike through Banff National Park up north in Canada. It’s time to plan your perfect August vacation — and we’re here to help.
With soaring summer temperatures all over North America and places further afield, it's no wonder that many US travelers want to head straight to the beach for their August summer vacation.
Whether you're up for a short-or long-haul beach vacation, there'll be plenty to choose from, as August is the month when many destinations experience their driest and hottest weather of the entire year. Not sure where you want to go? From safe beaches to world-class activities and attractions, here are some of our top choices for a beach vacation in August.
🌡️ 84°F air temperature
🌊 73°F water temperature
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🌧️ 1 rainy day
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🌡 84°F air temperature
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☀️ 13 hours per day
🌧️ 3 rainy days
It's not all about the beach this summer, as August is a fantastic time of year to get the most out of some top city break destinations. The warm weather will be ideal for lots of exploring; add the extra-long hours of daylight and al fresco dining and you've got yourself a pretty perfect summertime city break.
A city break is a great option no matter if you're travelling solo, as a couple or within a larger group. We've rounded up our favourite city break destinations for August, including a few cities that allow you to have the best of both worlds - cities that let you have plenty of beachtime!
It may seem a bit odd to include one of the biggest capital cities on this list, but London is truly at its best in summer, especially in August. There's so much on the go at this time of year: outdoor markets are in full swing, beer gardens are heaving and there's no shortage of exciting live events and festivals.
For those well acquainted with Iceland, a city break to Reykjavik isn't exactly a budget-friendly experience. That said, there are great travel deals out there, and August is one of the best times to be in Iceland's capital city.
Iceland offers different activities depending on the season, so an August visit means that the very best summertime activities will be accessible, from river rafting and hiking to sea kayaking and whale watching.
The Balearic Islands are in top form during August and this is a great time of year to visit Palma, the capital of Majorca. Not only is Palma an ideal base for exploring the rest of the island, but there's plenty to do and see within the city itself.
And the best bit? There are many beaches within easy access, so Palma is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a city break that gives them lots of opportunity to relax on the beach.
If you, like us, are always on the lookout for a summer city break that's kind to the bank balance, then Riga might just be your ideal match for August. Bordering the Baltic Sea, Latvia's capital city is a popular choice for summer, especially for group visits, and there's a whole lot of things to see and do.
Nightlife, great food, interesting attractions and outdoor events - budget-friendly Riga has it all in August.
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