Where to Travel in August
Time is running out before school is back in session, so pack your bags for a final summer fling at the best places to visit in August.
Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean
Family-Friendly CruisesIt’s never a bad time of year to set sail; cruise lines launch new trips and ships perfect for any time of year. Take advantage of the school vacation and plan a family-friendly cruise or the ultimate kid-adventure aboard a Disney cruise. See our Cruises page for other options, including best cruises to see Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.
National Park EscapesWhen everyone else is heading to the beach, bring along your hiking boots for a trip to the mountains. Take the kids on a family mountain vacation or take advantage of warm, dry weather in national parks like the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Acadia in Maine or Mount Rainier in Washington.
Walt Disney World, Orlando
Amusement Park FunSure, there may be long lines and aggravating crowds, but for many travelers riding a roller coaster is an annual summer tradition. Brave the humidity and hot weather to mingle with the Mouse and his entourage of princesses at Disney, get wet at the nation’s best waterparks or check out the best amusement park closest to your hometown.
Lollapalooza Music FestivalHead to Grant Park in Chicago for the Lollapalooza Music Festival on Aug. 2-4. What’s not to like about an outdoor summer concert that has featured big-name artists like Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, Frank Ocean and B.o.B. See a few recommendations for the best hotels to stay in the Windy City.
Elvis WeekOn Aug. 10-17, devoted fans make an annual pilgrimage to Memphis to remember and commemorate the life of Elvis Presley. Elvis Week’s schedule of events includes Elvis Bingo at Heartbreak Hotel, an Elvis 5K Run, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and much more. See our Memphis Weekend Guide for suggestions on what you should see and do while visiting this historic city.
Sturgis Bike RallyGet your motor revving! Join hundreds of bikers as they converge on campgrounds and bars in and around Sturgis, SD, for the 2013 Sturgis Bike Rally. One of the best motorcycle rallies in the US, Sturgis runs from Aug. 5-11. In addition to being a fun social gathering for bikers, the event also includes music concerts and bike shows.
Hawaii Statehood DayCelebrate the birthday of an island paradise on Friday, Aug. 16. Explore Hawaii’s natural beauty by visiting Kauai, Volcanoes National Park, Manele Bay and Maui. And a visit to the Big Island wouldn’t be complete without sunbathing and taking a dip in the waters off a Top 10 Hawaiian Beach, including Waikiki Beach.
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