Best Places to Visit in August: Where to Travel This Summer
August is the perfect month for any kind of holiday. Try a multi-stop trip through Europe, enjoying sangria in Barcelona and gelato in Italy. Take advantage of the warm weather with a beach holiday in the Canary Islands or a group camping getaway in the U.K.. It’s time to plan your perfect August trip—and we’re here to help. Also make sure to check out our last-minute section for great holiday deals in July.
The best places to visit in August
Warm weather and sunny skies make August a good time to visit just about anywhere -- but why not spend your summer holiday off the beaten path? We have a mix of some of your favourites, like tropical Thailand and museum capital Florence, to a couple destinations that may be off your radar.
The Amazon, Brazil
Vast and verdant, the Amazon Rainforest is one of South America’s greatest natural wonders. Although the tendrils of its greenery reach into many countries, including Peru and Colombia, many of this diverse rainforest’s best sights can be found in Brazil. Traveling in August puts you right in the middle of the dry season in the northern areas, coupled with slightly more mild weather (August is springtime in Brazil). Enjoy picturesque waterfalls and wildlife spotting as explore.
Despite it’s rather gloomy reputation, summer is when Transylvania truly shines. Castle-hopping by car is one of the best ways to explore the region — enjoy the mild weather as you check out favourites like Corvin Castle and Peleş Castle. Reserve at least a day for a long hike through Retezat National Park, where you can walk the rim of expansive glacial lakes. If you can’t resist sinking your teeth (pun intended) into some Dracula-themed attractions, book a night at Hotel Castel Dracula, where Gothic interiors, taxidermied animals and the famed vampire’s “tomb” await you.
Dorset, United Kingdom
Temperatures in the UK hit their peak in August, making it the best time to enjoy the seaside. A good choice for an eco-friendly beach holiday (train and bus travel is possible from many UK hub cities), Dorset offers a coastline marked by beautiful beaches, unusual rock formations and crumbling ruins to explore. Carve out a couple days for high-level relaxation at the sunbathing hotspots near Weymouth and Poole or camp overnight on Brownsea Island for a family-friendly holiday. The Jurassic Coast, with iconic rock formations like Drudge Door, deserves a full day’s hike or drive with plenty of time to stop and admire the sea views.
Koh Samui, Thailand
If what you want out of your summer holidays is endless sun and warm weather, a trip to Thailand is just the ticket. Far from the high-energy party vibes of Phuket, Koh Samui is ideal for a laid-back beach trip with plenty of time reserved for just laying on the beach or swimming in the waves. Book in a romantic getaway for two, where you can try new activities like scuba diving or surfing with your partner, or just break up your long days of sunbathing with a wander through the weekly food market at the Fisherman’s Village in Bophut.
August may not seem like the best time to visit busy Florence, but from the 26th to the 29th of the month this Italian city is host to the New Generation Festival, a celebration of music and performances. Book a weekend trip so you can get a good mix of festival offerings like jazz concerts and operas and still leave time to visit classic museums like the Uffizi Gallery. If the hubbub of the city starts to overwhelm, head into the hills and enjoy sunset views of the red-roofed buildings with a glass of Chianti in hand.