August in the United States means it's summertime and the livin' is easy.

If you're not fond of snow, ice, or rain, but the US is on your bucket list, August is the month to cross it off. While temps in the southern states can soar, places with notoriously long, cold, winters like Montana and Alaska are thawed, warm, and perfect for outdoor adventures. In the northern states, the summer season is short but sweet, and locals in Maine and the Pacific Northwest spend most days enjoying life alfresco. Sound like a dream to anyone else? Go ahead and join 'em.

Top 10 United States Tours August 2023

Departing Days From CAD
1 Aug 2023
Hiking and Camping Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse
5 2430
1 Aug 2023
Wild Western USA
11 3235
1 Aug 2023
LA to Vegas Adventure
5 1750
1 Aug 2023
Western USA Highlights
18 6540
2 Aug 2023
Hiking in Yellowstone
5 4235
2 Aug 2023
Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Trail
3 1270
3 Aug 2023
Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans
6 3510
3 Aug 2023
Yellowstone and Grand Teton Family Holiday
6 3890
4 Aug 2023
Yellowstone Hiking Experience
3 3020
4 Aug 2023
Premium Alaska
10 9030
5 Aug 2023
Alaska Summer Family Holiday
8 5100
5 Aug 2023
Utah, Nevada & California
14 4405
5 Aug 2023
Utah Parks Circuit
8 2900
5 Aug 2023
Yellowstone and Grand Teton Adventure
6 5765
5 Aug 2023
Hiking in Denali National Park
6 4405
6 Aug 2023
Best of the East Coast USA
12 8200
6 Aug 2023
Pacific North West Adventure - Seattle to Portland
6 3175
6 Aug 2023
Alaska Hike, Bike & Kayak
6 4310
6 Aug 2023
Best of the Pacific Northwest
11 6280
6 Aug 2023
Vegas to San Fran
6 1600
6 Aug 2023
Best of Alaska
10 6610
6 Aug 2023
Washington to New York City Discovery
7 4625
6 Aug 2023
Real LA to San Francisco
Ages 18 to 29
11 3055
7 Aug 2023
Western USA National Parks Loop
5 2765
7 Aug 2023
Hike New Hampshire's Appalachian Trail and Presidential Peaks
4 1725
9 Aug 2023
Hiking and Camping in Yellowstone
5 2650
10 Aug 2023
Zion Family Ranch Stay
5 3385
10 Aug 2023
Alaska Discovery
7 4460
10 Aug 2023
Zion Ranch Stay
4 3015
11 Aug 2023
Portland to San Francisco Discovery
6 3240
11 Aug 2023
Georgia History Trail to Nashville
7 3650
11 Aug 2023
Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans
12 7080
12 Aug 2023
New York City to Boston Discovery
6 3855
12 Aug 2023
Best of Montana
6 3995
12 Aug 2023
Colorado and New Mexico Discovery
12 7205
12 Aug 2023
Hiking in Yosemite National Park
6 2985
12 Aug 2023
Best of Colorado
7 3845
13 Aug 2023
Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park and Mt Rainier
6 4955
13 Aug 2023
Hiking in Kenai Fjords National Park
7 4230
13 Aug 2023
Hiking the Great Land of Alaska
12 8375
13 Aug 2023
Coastal Maine
6 3835
18 Aug 2023
Hiking in Moab
5 4015
18 Aug 2023
New Mexico Discovery
6 3730
19 Aug 2023
San Fran to LA: Ultimate National Parks
18 10470
19 Aug 2023
Hiking Utah's National Parks
9 4550
19 Aug 2023
San Fran to Vegas: Parks, Canyons, Valleys
9 5165
20 Aug 2023
Great American West
12 7180
20 Aug 2023
South Dakota to Yellowstone Parks Explorer
6 3270
25 Aug 2023
Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park
3 2560
27 Aug 2023
Vegas to LA: Grand National Parks
10 5630

August United States highlights

A lighthouse in Portland Maine glows at sunset

Be the 'main character' in coastal Maine

Maine in the summertime is like a glossy magazine, a romance novel, and a Nancy Meyers film had a baby. In other words, it's a coastal paradise. Because they endure long, cold winters, Mainers focus on spending the majority of their summers enjoying outdoor activities like boating, sailing, and golfing...even enjoying most meals outdoors. Take part in a traditional clambake and indulge in fresh lobster (Maine lobster is the best), steamers, and corn on the cob, all cooked in seaweed over an open flame on the beach. Add a cool breeze, a linen shirt, and you're the star of the show.

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Mount Rainer towers at the end of a pine tree lined road in Washington State, USA

Go mountain spotting in the PNW

Known for being rather dreary in the winter months, the Pacific Northwest truly shines in August. In Seattle, August has the lowest monthly rain days of the year, so you can expect gorgeous marine vistas featuring two impressive snow-capped mountain ranges–the Cascades and the Olympics. On a clear day from anywhere in the city, you can spot Washington's 6 signature peaks: Mt. Si, Mt. Olympus, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Baker, Mt. Adams, and the crowning glory, Mt. Rainier. Spend a few days here and you'll probably get used to hearing locals exclaim, "the mountains are out"!

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A cheerful yellow lifeguard tower looks out over turquoise water on Miami's South Beach

Beat the heat in Miami

Will Smith said it best–South Beach brings the heat. In August, temperatures in Miami hover around 90°F (32 °C), so not only is it wise to stick to the beach, it's incredibly fun too. South Beach is a notoriously fun party destination, so throw your judgments out the window and join the sun-worshippers on the sand for an afternoon of great people-watching. Just off the beach are tons of cocktail bars, art deco buildings, and luxury shopping locations to keep you busy until it's time to hit the clubs.

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A group of travelers on a sunny day exploring Denali National Park in Alaska

See the light in Alaska

In August, Alaska has a whopping 18 hours of daylight which means plenty of time for hiking, biking and kayaking in this great state of wilderness. Spot 39 species of mammals in Denali National Park including moose, black and grizzly bears, caribou, and Dall sheep, or float your kayak out into Ressurection Bay to see leaping salmon. You might see an Orca whale in the Kenai Fjords or a bald eagle soaring above the Toklat River. With so much sunlight, the opportunities are endless. Come on, sleep is for hibernating bears!

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