August is a fantastic time to tick off some bucket list travel destinations. There are so many amazing places to visit in August around the world it’s truly hard to narrow this list down.
August is a popular month for many people to travel. It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, meaning many children are off school and parents are planning vacations. This can mean many destinations get crowded and expensive.
We’ve tried to mix and match a few of the best places to visit in August with some places you wouldn’t necessarily think about, and some that are quite popular.
The Best Places to Visit in August
You may not think of Mozambique as one of the best places to visit in August, but I assure you this Southern Africa nation is truly one of the best destinations in Africa. We have sung praises about Mozambique in the past. Do you want to swim with whale sharks on your honeymoon? Do you want to sit on a beach without anyone else around? Then head to Mozambique!
Vilanculos, for example, is the gateway to the stunning Bazaruto Archipelago. It is here that some of the last dugongs reside (and you may even get lucky and see one). Bazaruto Island is an isolated white sand island offering incredible views of the bright blue Indian Ocean.
Tofo Beach, is where you can yourself swimming among whale sharks. And not at one of those over touristy animal exploited places either. Here it is truly wild.
The best time to visit Mozambique is during the drier months between April and September. Temperatures are cool and there’s low rainfall. We visiting in August and had nothing but amazing days. August is also when the whales come to give birth off the coast, so if you’re lucky you’ll spot them!
August is an awesome time to visit Sri Lanka. Room rates are cheap, but it’s now very much the dry season and you’ll see much less rain than other times in the country. August means sunny days and that’s what we’re all searching for in Sri Lanka.
In the northern “Cultural Triangle,” the temperatures are 32°C; there’s no rainfall and barely any wind. Across the island nation, the temperature is around 28 to 30°C on average. August is full of sunshine and lands between the summer monsoon and the upcoming second monsoon (yes, that’s a thing), which is due in September, so enjoy it now!
Slovenia’s crystal clear lakes, rivers, and amazing waterfalls make it an excellent destination in Europe. August is prime summertime and is one of the best times to visit.
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.
Banff’s warmest weather of the year is in August, so if you’re looking for the best time to visit Banff, it’s probably this month – that’s if you prefer hiking to skiing.
The park is alive with flowers and overflowing with nature. Nights can still get quite cold, though, around 7°C, so you might want a sweater or something warm to wear for the evenings, but days can climb to the mid-twenties.
There are some fantastic views to be had from mountainsides in August; the visibility is impressive since the air is relatively free of clouds. Just hope that wildfires haven’t started and that it’s a smoke-free summer. If there have been fires out west, it will affect Banff and the air will be hazy.
If you’re a fan of mountain biking, then August may just be one of the best months to go to Banff for you. It’s safe to say that most of the hiking and scrambling trails in Banff are now good to go. Snow free in most places, even most of the Lake Louise hikes and Lake Moraine hikes.
However, if you thought July is busy you haven’t seen August. With school holidays and everyone getting their summer on you’ll still see lots of people around the town of Banff and main sites. If you know where to go though, you can easily avoid the crowds. We have an entire blog about traveling in Banff if you want to find those places.
August is peak summer season in Switzerland. Families (and it seems 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 year-round resort Zermatt, or even taking a train ride to the highest train station in the world at Jungfraujoch. 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.
August is without a doubt high season in Bali, but it is the best time to visit. The weather is amazing with an average temperature is 27°C (the average high is 31°C), it’s less humid (70%), the heat is eased off by cool breezes, and the days are clear with just a few clouds. August boasts the highest daily sunshine and the least rainfall, making for one of the best times to visit Bali.
All that good weather means crowds in the south of Bali and full-priced accommodation pretty much everywhere. You have to pay for traveling Bali at the ideal time, but it’s still not that expensive.
The Yukon is one of the most beautiful places in Canada and one of the best places to visit in August, hands down. The Yukon, a territory in northwest Canada, is wild, mountainous and sparsely populated. It is home to vast swaths of wilderness that is teeming with wildlife like bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.
We enjoyed a Yukon road trip there last August and it blew us away. The last few weeks of August mean that the leaves are all changing and the colors are out of this world. Seriously, look at the photo above! I’m hesitant to even share this with you as I don’t want the Yukon to become too busy. The beauty is truly still a secret.
If you’ve ever wanted to see Gold Rush towns in the middle of nowhere and jaw dropping landscapes the Yukon is for you. You can even consider driving into Alaska via the scenic Top of the World Highway.
Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and safest cities in the entire world. The city is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, rainforests, islands, wildlife, sweeping pine forests, wild waterfalls, and tons of bays. I haven’t even got around to Vancouver the city itself!
The city is the ultimate playground for people of all ages; there are just so many things you can do and so many beautiful places to see that to make a list like this is near impossible.
This is Canada, meaning that August is one of the best months of the year to enjoy the great outdoors. August in Vancouver means summer is in full swing with plenty of outdoor events, things to do, and places to eat. Don’t forget to drive the Sea to Sky Highway up to Whistler.
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, stones houses, and quiet piazzas await them. The old city is fortified and encompassed by imposing stone walls while the town itself sits at the foot of a gorgeous Adriatic bay with the Dalmatian mountains rising high up 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 as if you’ve taken a step back 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 as stunning.
While Kotor is wonderful May-November, August is when it’s true beauty shines. The weather is wonderful, days are longer, and people fill the buzzing streets giving this small town a whole new vibe.
August is the last month of summer in Scotland – but it’s still Summer nonetheless. You can expect very comfortable weather, long days, and busy streets. It’s a great time to head to the Highlands or take a North Coast 500 road trip.
August is also the month of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which is easily the most notable festival in the entire country and the largest arts festival in the world.
If you are traveling during this time and passing through the capital you should definitely attend an event or two. At least to say you’ve been!
There are a plethora of things to do in Busan that we had no idea what to expect when we visited. Set on the seaside and backed by forested mountains, it’s easy to forget the scale of Korea’s second-largest city.
Busan is a port town at its heart, but there is a lot more than meets the eye that will entice travelers. Beautiful temples, a lively food scene, and even the most colorful art village in the entire world (see photo above).
August is a great time to visit. The average temperature is between 23 and 29 degrees so it’s pretty comfortable and sunny. A highlight of this month is the Busan Sea Festival, which is held at a few of the cities’ famous beaches (Haeundae, Gwangalli, Songdo, Songjeong and Daedepo).
Plan & Pack for Your
Trip in August
Make sure to protect your eyes from the sun in Italy. There are a lot of options for sunglasses and everyone should own at least a pair. It’s best to make sure they do have UV protection for the health of your eyes.
We made our first investment in quality polarized sunglasses with a pair of SMITH Optics Lowdown 2. Truthfully, not everyone needs to invest $150 in a pair of sunglasses, but they do make a huge difference from the crappy $10 ones.
Skin cancer is for real, even in Italy! Don’t forget your SPF when traveling around Italy. We recommend ordering some online before leaving the house as you will need it underneath the sun in the summer.
We highly recommend getting an eco friendly sun cream that does not contain harmful chemicals.
I love real books, but for traveling it can be easier to carry a lighter and more compact item like a Kindle. Plus, then you can download new books on the go!
Please consider purchasing a travel water bottle before your trip! We hate to see one time use plastic bottles ending up in the ocean. The tap water is so good here – seriously please don’t be one of those tourist that buys plastic water bottles in Italy. It’s a waste of money and plastic!
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Last Updated on May 4, 2020