The final month of summer inspires travelers to plan trips full of outdoor fun, lively concerts, and fantastic food festivals before the autumn season sets in. Wondering where to go to enjoy one more enchanting getaway to top off the summer? Prepare for an unforgettable getaway by booking U.S. vacation rentals in these exciting cities, which are especially vibrant in August.
1. Memphis, Tennessee
Elvis fans love visiting this hub of blues and rock on the lazy Mississippi. The heat may be sweltering in August, but the temperature barely registers when you’re enjoying Elvis Week, a festival hosting events ranging from a musical Elvis tribute contest to an Elvis 5K run. Indoor staples such as the Memphis Rock n’ Soul Museum are also choice attractions this time of year.
2. Honolulu, Hawaii
While Honolulu boasts beach-ready tropical weather year-round, its drop in popularity during the summer makes it the ideal August vacation destination for travelers looking to beat the crowds. Enjoy sunbathing on Waikiki Beach or hiking to Diamond Head without wading through throngs of tourists. Plan your trip around Duke’s Oceanfest on Waikiki Beach, featuring surf events and stand-up paddling.
3. Portland, Oregon
August in Portland offers comfortable weather for cruising down the bike paths between hip cafes or meandering through the Oregon Zoo. This month is also chock-full of summer festivals. Don’t miss Bite of Oregon at Waterfront Park, where you can listen to live music, sample local cuisine and craft beer, and watch the fun, Iron Chef-style cook-offs.
4. Sturgis, South Dakota
Hundreds of bikers gather in this South Dakota small town each August for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, one of the nation’s biggest motorcycle events. Find your vacation rental here to experience motorcycle shows, races, and live music. Local businesses also get in on the fun, with everything from pancake breakfasts to karaoke nights.
5. Seattle, Washington
August in Seattle offers vacationers clear views of Mount Rainier and mild weather for cooling your feet in the water at Green Lake Park. Check out the Seattle Art Fair and favorite music festivals, such as the Summer Meltdown Festival. Kick back at Woodland Park Zoo to enjoy ZooTunes performances with a lineup of diverse music artists.
6. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Before the cool fall weather hits, this bustling Midwest city wraps up the summer right with races and 5K runs as well as the largest state fair in the nation. Enjoy the Minnesota State Fair, where you find carnival rides, a space needle, and every kind of food you can imagine served on a stick, from pickles to macaroni and cheese. August is also time for the Uptown Art Fair, where you can browse works from hundreds of fine artists.
7. Denver, Colorado
Vacationers from all over the country flock to Denver in August for events, such as the annual Polish Food Festival and the Centennial Under the Stars Concert and Laser Light Show. At the Evenings Al Fresco at Denver Botanic Gardens, chefs serve up outdoor barbecue, Meatless Monday vegetarian dishes, and other specialties.
8. Providence, Rhode Island
This charming city is known for its unique arts scene that comes to life in August. The Rhode Island International Film Festival is a six-day event with indie film premieres, awards ceremonies, and celebrity guests. At Waterfire Providence, hundreds of braziers are lit on the riverbanks. For some down-to-earth fun, experience the Foo Fest in downtown Providence with live music and interactive art displays from local artists.
9. Boston, Massachusetts
Whether you want to head to Boston Harbor to cruise a Liberty Fleet tall ship, eat oysters on the water, or watch Red Sox games, August is the time to visit Boston. Plus, you can check out the Boston GreenFest, featuring live music and eco-friendly vendors from all over the world.
10. Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake City is loved for its downhill skiing in the winter, making the off-season a great time to find affordable vacation rentals with easy access to the mountain wilderness and sprawling city parks. Plan your vacation here to enjoy mountain biking along the Lakeshore Trail, or watch a Real Salt Lake soccer game during the peak of the sports season. Participate in crafts and dancing during Monday Family Nights at Red Butte Garden.
11. Santa Fe, New Mexico
August is one of Santa Fe’s most popular months for tourism, thanks to its mild weather. It’s the perfect time to visit cultural sites, such as the Loretto Chapel, or browsing Santa Fe’s many art galleries. This month also brings the Santa Fe Bandstand, featuring live music in the summer evenings ranging from rock to jazz. For a taste of the rich arts scene, catch the Santa Fe Indian Market held every August in the downtown plaza. Browse handcrafts, paintings, and more from talented Native American artists.
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