We know all too well how fleeting summer can be. So, why not squeeze in one last trip before the season comes to close? August is a great month to get in one last summer getaway, and we're bringing the heat with our list of the best places to travel in August in the U.S., from big cities to vineyards. Expect a mix popular spots and hidden gems - all of which offer different ways to say sayonara to summer.
Indianapolis is jam-packed with family fun and has a healthy dose of pleasant late-summer weather. It hosts one of the top state fairs in the country, the Indiana State Fair, which just happens to set up shop for 17 days in August. Devour Indy also makes its way to the city during this month, giving diners two weeks of set menu options for a fixed price. Visitors can taste their way through the city's growing food scene. If you eat too much, rent a bike through the city's accessible and affordable bike-share program and burn off the calories around town and on trails. August is low season, which means you and travel companions will have more to yourselves, including the world's largest children's museum. Bonus: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has events every single day in August, from learning how to be an astronaut or experimenting in the kitchen to helping to solve fairytale mysteries.
Our hotel pick in Indianapolis: The Alexander
Boston has a ton of events happening throughout August, and temperatures are still radiating summer warmth in the high 70s and low 80s. Plus, most of Boston's educational institutions are still on break until late August, which alleviates a lot of the student traffic throughout the city, though you'll need to mind all of the diehard Major League Baseball fans and pre-season football fiestas. This shoulder season can also bring great deals for flights and hotels, but beware of any special events that may jack up prices. Top 40 performers, Boston Jazz Fest, Boston Seafood Festival, and Fan Expo Boston, Dine Out Boston (Boston's restaurant week) and the Boston Latino Family Festival at Fenway Park are just a taste of the many events hosted in Boston during August.
Our hotel pick in Boston: Hilton Boston Downtown Faneuil Hall
3. PORTLAND, MAINE
The picturesque views in Portland, Maine, are as beautiful as ever in August, and just so happen to be accompanied by excellent temperatures that rarely dip below the mid-60s at night or spike above 80 degrees during the day. These conditions present the perfect backdrops for exploring the late 18th-century Portland Head Lighthouse, visiting beaches on Peaks Island, and traipsing around the photogenic Fort Williams Park. Celebrate the laid-back, end-of-summer vibes with a stroll along the cobblestone streets of the historic Old Port while you check out the various seafood spots, storefronts, and bars. For some more entertainment, there's a summer concert series and the Maine State Ballet has summer performances, like "A Midsummer Night's Dream," throughout August. This cute town is also full of local visual art, so if that's your thing, it's worth coming during the Art in the Park festival, a family affair that showcases over 150 artists' work for purchase, live music and loads of food. August is also prime time for food and drink events, including happy hours and lobster lunch crawls.
Our Portland hotel pick: Hyatt Place Portland – Old Port