Twelve Top Destinations for August Vacations

2023-03-10 01:02:47 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

As August approaches, we offer some vacation suggestions to think about if warm weather, beaches, or poolside cabanas are essential components of your ideal summer holiday. The desert cities of Tucson and Santa Fe are perfect for lounging by the pool and soaking up the rays, but if you're set on lounging on a sandy beach, why not try Curaçao, or a little further afield, Tenerife or Montenegro

If city breaks are more your speed, then consider Edinburgh, Montréal, or Denver. The Adirondack Mountains of New York, the Santa Ynez Valley of California, and Macon, Georgia, are all excellent destinations for nature lovers. August, National Golf Month, is a great time to plan at least a weekend golf getaway, especially if you've been wanting to try out a new resort or course.

If the arrival of August serves as a sobering reminder that summer is quickly coming to an end, consider some of the following itineraries, or come up with your own! Listed below are the top 12 destinations to visit this August.

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In August, highs average in the low 90s, but you're never far from a pool or a cold drink. During the Prickly Pear Harvest, which occurs from August 14 to 31, visitors to Tucson's classic dude ranch, Tanque Verde Ranch, can pick prickly pears and enjoy a refreshing pink prickly pear margarita. Hikes in the Sonoran Desert at Miraval Arizona can be enjoyed during Tucson's pleasant summer evenings. Visit the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter to observe the skies with expert astronomers for the ultimate stargazing experience. The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, Loews Ventana Canyon, and Canyon Ranch Tucson are all excellent options for a rejuvenating spa visit to experience the restorative powers of the desert. The Citizen Hotel, Tucson's first wine hotel, is located in the building that once housed the city's first newspaper. The Hotel Congress, which has a rich history, is worth visiting just to learn more about the early days of Tucson.

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Formerly a part of Yugoslavia, Montenegro is a small country in the central western Balkans on the Adriatic Sea. Its Adriatic coast is a popular tourist destination thanks to its picturesque towns, excellent dining options, stunning beaches, and rich cultural heritage. Starting in early August, Kotor hosts a parade, concerts, and food festivals for its annual International Summer Carnival. During the first week of August, Herceg Novi's 400-year-old Kanli Kula fortress transforms into an amphitheater for the Montenegro Film Festival, which screens films from all over the world. Midway through August, Polo in the Port hosts the best polo players in the world for an exciting tournament. A gathering of superyachts, accompanied by horse parades and musical performances. Located in Boka Bay on the Adriatic Sea, the exclusive One&Only Portonovi offers a private sandy beach, gourmet cuisine, breathtaking vistas, and the revolutionary Chenot Espace spa. Rooms, suites, and even a penthouse can all be found at Tivat's The Chedi Hotel & Residences.

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Temperatures in the mid-60s make it pleasant to go out and about in Edinburgh during the month of August, which is a very exciting time to visit the city. From August 5th to the 28th, the 75th Edinburgh International Festival will feature artists from the fields of dance, opera, music, and theater. In addition, the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe is synonymous with entertaining street performances, musical and magical shows, artistic presentations, crowds, and good times for all. In addition, late July features a food festival and a variety of outdoor markets in addition to an art festival, a film festival, a book festival, and a book and film festival. Between August 5 and 27, Edinburgh Castle hosts the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Visit the brand-new Virgin Hotels Edinburgh in the heart of Old Town or the Gleneagles Townhouse, the chain's first urban hotel, and enjoy the convenience of an on-site restaurant open 24/7 and a rooftop bar. Views of the castle, an indoor pool, and a spa are just a few of the amenities offered by the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh. Brendan Vacations is here to assist you in planning a trip to Edinburgh in August or at any other time of year.

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Summer in the "Mile High City" is at its peak in August, when daytime temperatures are pleasant and nighttime temperatures are mild. There are numerous entertainment options in downtown Denver, including a wide variety of dining establishments, retail stores, museums, nightclubs, the Denver Performing Arts Center, and Union Station. Union Station is more than just a transit hub; it also features high-end eateries, boutique shops, and the Crawford Hotel. It takes only 37 minutes to travel to Union Station from Denver International Airport via train. Colorado is home to a number of popular tourist attractions, including baseball's Coors Field and the music scene's Red Rocks Amphitheater. The Slate Denver, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, is a brand-new hotel located in a landmark structure close to the Colorado Convention Center. Located in McGregor Square, right next to Coors Field, is the brand-new pet-friendly Rally Hotel.

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The Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York have beautiful August weather, in addition to lakes, hiking trails, fishing, waterfalls, and a rich history. Tourists can go swimming or fishing in Lake George, or they can charter a 37-foot yacht from Boatsetter and sail around the lake. Lakefront on Upper Saranac Lake, The Point Resort is the first Relais & Châteaux hotel in North America. In this secluded 75-acre property, guests (and their dogs) are treated like royalty. At High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, guests can choose from three distinct lodging options. Take a road trip through upstate New York and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, or ride Amtrak's Adirondack train through the region. If you're looking for a quick getaway, Cape Air operates flights between New York City and Saranac Lake.

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Found on the St. Located on the St. Lawrence River just north of Vermont, Montréal is a beautiful place to visit year-round. Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) is the city's historic center with cobblestone streets and architecture dating back to the 16th century, and temperatures in the 70s in August make it pleasant to stroll through the area. Plan a trip to Parc du Mont-Royal for some outdoor recreation, such as a walk, a picnic, a bike ride, or a row on the lake. Don't miss the open-air Jean-Talon Market for lunch or window shopping, and don't leave town without trying one of the city's signature bagels. A parade and a variety of cultural events take place throughout the week of August 1-7 to commemorate the annual Pride Festival for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transg August 5-7 sees the return of IleSoniq, a festival of electronic dance and urban music, and August 23-28 sees the return of MUTEK, a festival of digital creativity. Fans of live music can also anticipate the July 29-31 Osheaga festival.

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The Santa Ynez Valley, located roughly two hours north of Los Angeles, is home to more than 300 wineries and is renowned for its world-class wine tasting, authentic Old West-style towns, and historic Danish-American community. The Santa Rita Hills Wine Country is honored at "Wine and Fire," held August 18-21. Visitors to Solvang enjoy ambling through the town's historic district and stopping in at the many cafes, bakeries, wine bars, and boutiques along the way. Enjoy your stay at The Winston, where each room has been thoughtfully furnished. The Vinland Hotel & Lounge is a pet-friendly, modern hotel with a heated pool and a hot tub. A luxury working ranch in Santa Maria, Alisal Ranch is known for its Santa Maria-style barbecue and its guest chefs. Luxurious private cottages with fireplaces, gardens, and sunken spas can be found at San Ysidro Ranch in the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Campers love Flying Flags because it is located in Buellton, California, not far from the famous attraction Ostrichland USA. Travelers looking for more amazing sights and attractions in California can head north on the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

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Santa Fe, also known as the "City Different," experiences warm temperatures in the 80s during the month of August. From July 1st to August 27th, there is an opera season, and a night spent under the stars in the desert is unlike any other. Taking place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from August 17-21, the Santa Fe Indian Market is a celebration of Native American art and culture that features live performances, a fashion show, and a wide selection of handmade jewelry, textiles, baskets, and other items. The week of August 27–September 3 is Santa Fe Music Week, and it features concerts all over Santa Fe showcasing a wide variety of musical genres from jazz to latin to rock to country. On September 2, there will be a special event called The Burning of Zozobra, where people can watch as a mythical monster is burned to ashes. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi and Bishop's Lodge, Auberge Resort Collection are just two of the many five-star hotels in the city. There's also the Hotel St. Francis, the Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, the Inn & Spa at Loretto, and the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.

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Temperatures in August average in the 80s, and the island receives less than an inch of rain (on average) thanks to its location in the southern Caribbean. 6 inches Late summer storms are uncommon because of its location, 90 miles north of Venezuela, which puts it outside of the hurricane belt. Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean autonomous country, combines European and Caribbean influences. With the holiday season over, stores are more likely to offer discounts in August. From secluded coves to five-star resorts, the world's beaches are a haven for water sports and scenic relaxation. Christoffel Park is Curaçao's largest national park and is perfect for ecotourists and nature lovers, while adventurers should check out Hato Caves and Shete Boka National Park. Mangrove Beach Corendon Curaçao is an all-inclusive resort, hotel, or vacation rental located in the midst of the island's mangrove forests. The Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort sits on six oceanfront acres close to the island's capital, Willemstad, and provides guests with easy access to a wide range of water-based activities.

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Macon, located about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta and 170 miles inland from Savannah, is known as "The Heart of Georgia" because of its central location within the state. While the nearest ocean is several hours away from Macon, the Ocmulgee River is a great place to cool off during the hot month of August. Visit the Sandy Beach Water Park, where you can enjoy the wave pool, lazy river, and private cabanas for the day. A sandy beach, fishing, camping, and water sports are all available at nearby Lake Tobesofkee. The lake has 35 miles of shoreline. Ocmulgee Mounds Historical Park, a prehistoric Native American site with wetland areas, forest areas, and miles of trails, is easily accessible to city dwellers and guests alike. There are a number of museums to visit, including the Tubman Museum, the largest museum in the United States devoted exclusively to African American art, history, and culture. Capricorn Sound Studios and the Allman Brothers Band Museum serve as reminders of Macon's significance in the music industry. Camping grounds and old inns are both options for overnight stays.

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Tenerife is the largest of Spain's Canary Islands and is found in the Atlantic Ocean near Morocco. In the sweltering summer months, when temperatures regularly top 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Tenerife becomes a popular beach vacation spot thanks to its many different beach options. Teide National Park's volcanic landscape, petrified lava, and panoramic views are the ideal getaway from the beach due to the cooler weather and fascinating places to explore. Convenience for visitors is ensured by a variety of amenities, including a bar, restaurant, and visitor center, as well as roads located strategically throughout the park. Visitors come for the year-round celebrations and activities (like boating, water sports, and whale watching) that draw crowds. There is a wide variety of places to stay, from bed and breakfasts to resorts, from quaint inns to large hotels.

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Golf courses are among the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world, and many people plan their vacations around playing the sport. Golf courses in popular tourist destinations like Florida, California, and Scotland continue to see an increase in annual visitors. Surprisingly, 61% of the sport's audience consists of people aged 18 to 34. 1,000,000 on track, 4 The National Golf Foundation estimates that in 2021, 106 million people will have played golf themselves or watched the sport on television, radio, or the internet. The winner of the FedEx Cup will be decided by the results of three PGA TOUR events in August. If these tournaments have piqued your interest in giving golf a try, it's time to start making plans for a golfing vacation of your own. Vacationing and learning can be combined at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii's Big Island or at The Kingdom at Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia.

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