Best Places to Visit in August

Late summer is generally marked by hot days and the desire to squeeze in one more vacation. That's why U.S. News evaluated attractions, events and weather to bring you this list of the Best Places to Visit in August. From a mountain reprieve to a small town retreat, there's a destination on this ranking for every traveler to enjoy. Vote below to help determine next year's list. 


Best Places to Visit in August

  • Boston
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    While other destinations in the Northern Hemisphere are experiencing high temps come late summer, Boston rarely breaks 80 degrees, making this the ideal time for sightseeing along the Freedom Trail or relaxing in the Boston Public Garden. You should also plan to catch a game at Fenway Park or make your way across the Charles River to walk the grounds of Harvard University sans students.

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  • Cusco
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    #2 in Best Places to Visit in August

    If you've traveled to Cusco to visit Machu Picchu, you'll first have to spend a few days in this Peruvian mountain city to get acclimated to the elevation – and August is the perfect time to do so. Because of Cusco's location in the Southern Hemisphere, August marks the end of the winter season. That means temperatures range from lows in the 30s to highs in the mid-60s and the area experiences very little rain.

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  • Curacao
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    #3 in Best Places to Visit in August

    Located outside the hurricane belt, Curacao is idyllic for those seeking a late summer Caribbean getaway. Sustained temperatures in the 80s mean you'll likely spend most of your vacation lounging on the beach, but the charming, colorful Dutch colonial architecture found in the capital – Willemstad – is worth exploring too. Plus, with fewer mega resorts (and more boutique resorts and B&Bs) you'll likely be able to score a deal on your accommodations.

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    Swiss National Park

    #4 in Best Places to Visit in August

    Nestled in the southeastern corner of Switzerland, this national park offers 21 hiking trails that boast spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. Summer is a popular time to visit the park since the weather is pleasant and all trails are open. Keep in mind that due to the country's strict conservation laws, camping and picnicking aren't allowed. 

  • Portland, ME
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    Portland, ME

    #5 in Best Places to Visit in August

    For a quaint New England getaway, head to this coastal town in Maine. Beach bums can take advantage of balmy temps at nearby shorelines while foodies stroll through Old Port to sample some of the town's best restaurants. Those wanting to indulge in the region's best seafood should plan their visit in early August to attend the Maine Lobster Festival, held annually in Rockland, Maine.

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