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. Be sure to check out our recommendations of things to do in August, too! 

Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean

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It’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 expert picks for Travel's Best Cruises 2014 for other options, including best cruises to see Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon
When 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 or warm, dry weather in national parks like the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Acadia in Maine or Mount Rainier in Washington.

Walt Disney World, Orlando


Sure, 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. Need more travel inspiration? See our Complete Guide to Amusement Parks and see what our panel of advisors recommend in our coveted list for Travel's Best Amusement Parks and Water Parks 2015.


Lollapalooza in Chicago
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Head to Grant Park in Chicago for the Lollapalooza Music Festival. What’s not to like about an outdoor summer concert that has featured big-name artists like Iggy Azalea, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, Frank Ocean and Eminem. See a few recommendations for the best hotels to stay in the Windy City, and flip through our favorite US music festivals and other summer music festivals.


Elvis Tribute Artist Competition
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In August, devoted fans make an annual pilgrimage to Memphis to remember and commemorate the life of Elvis Presley. Elvis Week schedule of events include Elvis Bingo, Elvis 5k Run, an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and much more. See our Memphis Weekend Guide for a few suggestions about what you should see and do while visiting this historic city.

Sturgis, South Dakota

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Get your motor revving’! Join hundreds of bikers as they converge on campgrounds and bars in Sturgis, SD, for the Sturgis Bike Rally. One of the best motorcycle rallies in US, Sturgis runs during the first week of August. In addition to being a fun social gathering for bikers, the event also includes music concerts and bike shows.


Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Celebrate the 55th birthday of an island paradise on Aug. 21. 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 or taking a dip at a Top 10 Hawaiian Beach, including Waikiki Beach.

Color vs. Color (from HGTV)

Each month, HGTV.com editors meet to choose a trendy hue to celebrate. Check out their August color obsessions here >>

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