While the United States is not short of wonderful summer destinations, some people tend to set their sights on distant shores. After all, there’s never enough learning about new cultures and sampling new tastes. And with August not so far away, one might wonder what are the best places to travel in August.
Whether you’re in for looking for a perfect beach, get active land or sea, or just spend time learning about history – there’s a perfect place for that to travel in August.
Our team at Expertain pooled in our thoughts and came up with 5 best places to travel in August:
- Portland, Maine
- Amsterdam, Holand
- Bad Ischl, Austria
- Cape Cod, Massachusetts
- Dublin, Ireland
Portland is really a place that offers you a great mix of vacation activities combined with museums, as well as historical and cultural sites. Definitely an ideal summer vacation destination.
You can get a great sense of the atmosphere in the city once you visit quaint Commercial Street. Commercial Street is a cobbled waterslide street full of shops, restaurants, and vintage architecture guaranteed to make you fall in love with this place.
You can always hop aboard Casco Bay Lines and get an altogether different perspective of the place. Or, you can choose to explore the downtown on a vintage trolley tour (a personal favorite).
Many active visitors can combine exercise and sightseeing on a Summer Feet Cycling Adventure. Or, if you’re a marine life enthusiast, you can sign up for an Odyssey Whale Watch expedition. You can get a great view of whales, dolphins, and a lot of various sea birds.
Alternatively, you can visit the Portland Museum of Art to get a better understanding of the culture – or attend the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merril Auditorium.
Amsterdam is the capital of Holland, and it’s definitely one of the best places to travel in August.
It’s dubbed as the best choice for a culturally rewarding summer vacation, offering you an enchanting city that seems like it’s floating along the banks of its many canals.
You can get an amazing overview of the city on one of the popular “Canal cruises” before you visit some of the city’s world-class museums. This is definitely a place for art lovers. You can feast your eyes on works by several of the Grandmasters – Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn and so many more.
In Amsterdam, you will find a plethora of interesting quirky museums to visit, such as:
- Cheese Museum
- Tulip Museum
- Houseboat Musem
Renting a bicycle is also a great way to explore the city (and a very popular activity). And once the sun sets, the vibrant Nightline commences.
Bad Ischl, Austria
Bad Ischl is better known for its popular winter sports destination, but it’s also one of the best places to travel in August. It gives you a chance to join the locals as they celebrate the birthday of the late Emperor Franz Joseph I.
The celebrations last for about a week, and they include:
- Horse parades
- Loads of nostalgia
Outside the celebration ritual, you can go on a guided tour of the very impressive Imperial Villa. The town also offers great biking trails and hiking in the Salzkammergut Mountains and Kaiser Park.
Not up for exercise? You can take a scenic cable car ride to the top of the mountains and just enjoy the amazing view.
Bad Ischl hosts several spas and wellness resorts where you can relax and enjoy the natural thermal waters.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
August is an amazing month for outdoor enthusiasts, and Cape Cod offers the best of that.
The cape is like an arm-shaped peninsula that juts into the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s surrounded by 400 miles of small seaside towns, amazing beaches, and a lot (a lot lot) of lighthouses.
You can spend your day just soaking up the sun, take a tour of the very scenic area by bike (or car). We advise stopping along the way to explore and enjoy fresh lobster rolls (a must!).
Besides the countless outdoor activities, you can also spend your time in Cape Cod admiring the vibrant art scene, and visit a few museums while you’re there.
Or, you can take a day-trip by ferry to nearby Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.
Dublin is a fascinating city to explore and is definitely a must!
You can learn a lot about Dublin by joining a guided tour – or use the Discovery Trails app and let it guide you and introduce you to amazing sights.
Some of the main highlights of Dublin are:
- Iris Museum of Modern Art
- The Christ Church Cathedral
- Trinity College
- Guinness Storehouse (known worldwide)
If you’re a fan of the Guinness beer, you should at least know the place where it’s manufactured and see exactly how the famous drink is made.
Whiskey lover? Don’t miss visiting James and Teeling distilleries and see how the favorite tipple is produced.
The city has also great nightlife and you should spend at least one night enjoying the traditional Irish music in the “Temple Bar” – a street filled with restaurants and bars that offer live music.