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16 Best Places to Visit in August

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Wildebeest river crossing during the Great Migration in Tanzania

Wildebeest river crossing during the Great Migration in Tanzania

August is a fantastic time to discover the world’s diversity and experience the trip that is right for you. Whether looking for an escape into the heart of summer or an escapade to the depths of winter, this list of destinations may inspire your next trip. Enjoy thundering waterfalls or serene winelands, embrace the open wilderness or bask on golden sands with an itinerary designed with your preferences at the forefront. The following suggestions are some of the best destinations you could visit in August.

1. Iceland

Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Temperatures: Low 47° F | High 55° F

Highlights: Culture, museums, hiking, waterfalls, scenery

Other recommended travel times: March | July | September

Iceland brings the unique into existence with surrealist landscapes and dynamic history, especially during the vibrant summer warmth. From mountain roads to accessible secluded trails, the Midnight Sun to the glinting glaciers, Iceland embraces and celebrates the season. Whether looking for an active adventure or eager to visit a remote village, you can discover the rustic charm, elegant luxury, and the breathtaking drama of nature’s raw beauty.

Learn more:  Iceland Tours & Vacations | Iceland Travel Guide

2. Scotland

Urquhart Castle ruins beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland

Urquhart Castle ruins beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland

Temperatures: Low 59° F | High 63° F

Highlights:  Culture, scenery, ancient ruins, museums

Other recommended travel times: April | June | September

Scotland can feel like both a mystery and a familiar friend in August as the images of skirling bagpipes and lonely castles, Gothic alleyways, and mystical lakes become a reality. The warm summer and longer daylight hours result in larger crowds and popular festivals abounding.  The remote landscape covered in heather, the poetic mountains looming over deep glens, and the vibrant cities that share celebrated roots create an unending charm.

Learn more: Scotland Tours & Vacations | UK Tours and Vacations

3. Ireland

Newgrange, a Stone Age monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland

Newgrange, a Stone Age monument in the Boyne Valley, County Meath, Ireland. Photo courtesy of Brian Morrison / Tourism Ireland

Temperatures: Low 53.6° F | High 62° F

Highlights: Culture, scenery, ancient ruins, museums

Other recommended travel times: March | April | May

When visiting Ireland in August, you can experience the landscape actually sparkle. The warmth and expansive sunlight bring the island’s captivating folklore and picturesque scenery to life. From prehistoric tombs to the shared stories, lush rolling hills to the windswept coastal cliffs, Ireland blushes with exceptional and accessible drama. Visit castles, listen to traditional stories, and witness the reasons why Ireland’s scenery has inspired poets, artists, musicians, and travelers from around the world.

Learn more: Ireland Tours & Vacations | Ireland Travel Guide

4. Norway

Summer day at Nakholmen island Oslo, Norway

Summer day at Nakholmen island Oslo, Norway. Photo courtesy of Foap - VisitNorway.com

Temperatures: Low 65° F | High 70° F

Highlights: Culture, villages, museums, hiking

Other recommended travel times: February | June | July | September | December

Norway in August is a land of legend. With unspeakable beauty gliding along the fjords and blanketed in light throughout the day and into the Midnight Sun, the mixture of colors and culture become an immersive spectacle. The natural splendor accentuates the preserved culture from Oslo to the mountaintops, the rich traditions of the sea to the view of sloping glaciers. Stirring landscapes, captivating wildlife, and a distinctive Scandinavian sophistication create the enchanting spirit of Norway.

Learn more:  Norway Tours & Vacations 

5. Austria

Town of Zell am See on Lake Zell, south of Salzburg in Austria

Town of Zell am See on Lake Zell, south of Salzburg in Austria

Temperatures: Low 63.5° F | High 70° F

Highlights: Culture, cuisine, villages, hiking, scenery, museums

Other recommended travel times: May | July | September | December

Austria in August gives places the essence of remarkable culture and enchanting scenery at your fingertips. From Vienna to the Dolomites, Austria has an effortless brilliance that waltzes between high culture and outdoor adventure. From Baroque palaces to elegant cuisine, soaring mountain peaks covered in snow to vibrant spa towns offering remnants of the powerful empire, when in Austria, you can bask in the wonderful scenery while absorbing the charisma of the classics.

Learn more: Austria Tours & Vacations

6. Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Temperatures: Low 76° F | High 55° F

Highlights: Culture, cuisine, villages, hiking, scenery, museums

Other recommended travel times: May | June | September | December

Germany in August erupts with festivals and celebrations that accentuate the combination of cultural charm and scenic grandeur. The spirit of Germany connects culinary temptations with charismatic palaces, fairytale towns with contemporary cities, welcoming culture, and epic landscapes from valleys to vineyards. Enjoy a thrilling ride in a luxury car, visit the storybook villages of the Brothers Grimm, or follow the path of the Berlin Wall with each corner of Germany revealing another aspect of the culture.

Learn more: Germany Tours & Vacations

7. South Africa

Whale off the coast of Hermanus, South Africa

Whale off the coast of Hermanus, South Africa

Temperatures: Low 43° F | High 67° F

Highlights: Wildlife, culture, scenery, wine, cuisine

Other recommended travel times: January | February | March | April | May | June | September

South Africa embraces the diversity for which it is famous in August. Adventure, history, and drama create the greater picture of South Africa as the peak of the Southern Hemisphere’s winter ebbs. Whales erupt from the water offshore. Wildlife huddles around the accessible waterholes in the dry season. With golden savanna and enchanting deserts, coastal cliffs, and vibrant cities, you can have a luxurious panorama in search of wildlife or a cosmopolitan exploration that takes you from colonial fortresses to thriving cultural townships.

Learn more: South Africa Safaris | South Africa Tours & Vacations

8. Botswana

Elephant in early morning, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Elephant in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

Temperatures: Low 46° F | High 82° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, scenery, seclusion

Other recommended travel times: April | October

Botswana in August is a spectacle of nature, wildlife, and luxury. The abundance of the natural world takes center stage in the cooler, drier months as the wildlife roams across the protected landscapes from the Okavango Delta to the Kalahari Desert. Search for elephants, listen for the lion’s bone-rattling road, experience the comforts of a secluded safari lodge, or visit with the San Bushman before embracing the untouched starlight. August reveals that Botswana is not just a safari destination but one of the best destinations for an African safari.

Learn more: Botswana Safaris | African Safari Travel Guide

9. Kenya

Wildebeest river crossing during the Great Migration

Wildebeest river crossing during the Great Migration

Temperatures: Low 68° F | High 80° F

Highlights: Warm weather, safari, wildlife, culture, beaches

Other recommended travel times: February | June | July

August in Kenya represents a place of magic and majesty. The ideal warm and dry weather can highlight the rumbling herds of wildebeest during the Great Migration or the clear, azure waters along the coastline. With empty skies, you could embrace the magnificent silhouette of Mount Kilimanjaro from a distance. Visit with Maasai warriors, trek elephants across the savanna, explore conservation efforts, or celebrate the soul-stirring colors that August in Kenya unveils.

Learn more:  Kenya Safaris & Vacations | African Safari Travel Guide

10. Tanzania

Coral reef along Pemba Island in Tanzania

Coral reef along Pemba Island in Tanzania

Temperatures: Low 70° F | High 79° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, scenery

Other recommended travel times: March | July | October | November

The treasures of Tanzania are easily within reach during August as the dry and warm weather makes every corner of the country accessible. The Great Migration makes way across the great Serengeti and snow caps the mesmerizing peak of Kilimanjaro. The white-sand beaches of Zanzibar glint against the soothing sea, and the coral gardens along Pemba Island brim with unparalleled visibility. Whether looking for a charming coastal getaway or an unforgettable African safari, Tanzania in August has it all.

Learn more:  Tanzania Safaris & Vacations | African Safari Travel Guide

11. Zimbabwe

Canoe safari travelers observing an elephant on the banks of the Zamezi river

Zambezi National Park, Zimbabwe

Temperatures: Low 50.5° F | High 70° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, scenery

Other recommended travel times: September

Clear, dry, warm, and wondrous define Zimbabwe in August. The wildlife converges onto the remaining waterholes as the dwindling seasonal rivers provide the lifeblood of local regions. Relaxed towns provide insight into the culture, and the inland plateau opens to views of balancing boulders and fiery leaves of msasa trees. With incredible archeological sites, panoramas of Victoria Falls, and whispers of the African Big Five, Zimbabwe in August reveals all its secrets to give you an unforgettable discovery.

Learn more: Zimbabwe Safaris & Tours | African Safari Travel Guide

12. Costa Rica

Couple walking across hanging bridge in La Fortuna rainforest, Costa Rica

Hanging bridge in La Fortuna rainforest, Costa Rica

Temperatures: Low 69° F | High 89° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, scenery

Other recommended travel times: February | July | October | December

Costa Rica in August is a treasure chest practically to yourself. Considered the heart of the rainy season, the truth that the rains are often in the afternoon before returning to the warm and colorful sky would only bring more crowds. Whether searching for scalable volcanic peaks or a serene white-sand beach, eager to venture into the dense jungle searching for endangered species or glide through the treetops on a zipline, Costa Rica is a chameleon of rich experiences perfect for any traveler wrapped up in a tropical paradise.

Learn more:  Costa Rica Tours & Vacations | Costa Rica Travel Guide

13. Ecuador

Walkway on Bartolome Island with Pinnacle Rock in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Walkway on Bartolome Island with Pinnacle Rock in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Temperatures: Low 48° F | High 66° F

Highlights: Warm weather, culture, cuisine, hiking, scenery, wildlife

Other recommended travel times: January | March | May | September | October | November

Ecuador is a postcard of diverse landscapes and cultural splendor in August as travelers worldwide discover the wonders from the Galapagos to the Andes, the coastline to the rainforest. Ecuador exemplifies the dynamic with colonial architecture, lively rainforests, traditional culture, and the majesty of the volcanic Galapagos islands. Whether searching for tropical penguins or rambunctious toucans, a traditional Andean market or a pristine beach, Ecuador immerses you in the sublime while giving you a taste of adventure.

Learn more: Galapagos Tours & Vacations | Galapagos Travel Guide

14. Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Temperatures: Low 66° F | High 78° F

Highlights: Warm weather, wildlife, culture, beaches, scenery, the Amazon

Other recommended travel times: January | March | November

You can capture the essential rhythm of life in Brazil in August. The Southern Hemisphere's winter creates a comfortable and welcoming ambiance across the country as you settle into the powdery white-sand beaches or witness thundering tropical waterfalls. Dive into the waters to find coral-fringed islands, wander across red sand dunes, or simply embrace the pleasures of daily life that connect so many Brazilians to the comforts of their home as you discover the gorgeous colors and enticing sounds from Rio to the Rainforest.

Learn more: Brazil Vacations | South America Tours

15. Sri Lanka

Tea plantations in Munnar, Sri Lanka

Tea plantations in Munnar, Sri Lanka

Temperatures: Low 77° F | High 86° F

Highlights: Culture, temples, cuisine, villages, hiking, wildlife

Other recommended travel times: February | May | December

August in Sri Lanka shines the light on an intoxicating tropical paradise from the shores to the mountains. The natural beauty can sweep across the soft white sands overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean or the tea plantations terracing the mountains. Sri Lanka feels like an undiscovered treasure with cities that blend colonial influence and millennia of local culture, tropical rainforests that support enchanting wildlife, and irresistible cuisine that reflects culinary tradition and growth.

Learn more: Sri Lanka Tours & Vacations

16. New Zealand

Hiking at Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Hiking at Tasman Lake, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

Temperatures: Low 46° F | High 59° F

Highlights: Wildlife, culture, winter sports, wine tasting, hiking, scenery

Other recommended travel times: January | February | March | June | July | December

New Zealand in August invites you into a distinctive winter wonderland within the Southern Hemisphere. The cool air can turn the natural world surreal and serene as you travel into secluded fjords, trek across coastal glaciers, or ski down enticing slopes. But winter takes on more dynamic possibilities across New Zealand’s islands, making hiking, cycling, and viewing bubbling mud pools or hissing springs equally accessible. From Maori culture to winter surf, wine tasting to sailing, August accentuates New Zealand’s inclination for the epic.

Learn more:  New Zealand Tours & Vacations | New Zealand Travel Guide

Plan your trip for August

Municipality of Trittenheim surrounded by vineyards along the Moselle river

Municipality of Trittenheim surrounded by vineyards along the Moselle river

August brings the full force of summerand the depth of winter for an experience you can enjoy no matter the type of travel you prefer. From the immersive scenery of an African safari to the exciting scenery of New Zealand, the rolling hills of Ireland to the jungle terrain of Sri Lanka, August is a fantastic time to enjoy a custom-tailored vacation. For more ways to indulge in your best destination, visit Zicasso’s Travel Blog. You can also speak with our team for free by filling out a Trip Request or by calling 1-888-265-9707.

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