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. Trust us, it's as dreamy as it sounds.

Top 10 United States tours August 2024

Departing Days From ZAR
1 Aug 2024
Best of the South: Atlanta to New Orleans
14 123590
1 Aug 2024
Georgia History Trail to Nashville
8 65235
61974
2 Aug 2024
Yellowstone and Grand Teton Family Holiday
6 72645
2 Aug 2024
San Francisco to Seattle
9 72990
3 Aug 2024
Best of Montana
6 67585
64206
3 Aug 2024
Best of Alaska
10 107945
102548
4 Aug 2024
Epic American West
Ages 18 to 35
16 65665
4 Aug 2024
Real San Francisco to LA
Ages 18 to 35
13 51335
4 Aug 2024
Hiking in Yellowstone
5 72380
4 Aug 2024
Hike New Hampshire's Appalachian Trail and Presidential Peaks
4 35815
4 Aug 2024
Vegas to San Fran
6 22065
4 Aug 2024
Hiking in Yosemite National Park
5 47075
4 Aug 2024
Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Adventure
6 61950
4 Aug 2024
Real Big Apple to Big Easy
Ages 18 to 35
10 50550
5 Aug 2024
Hiking and Camping in Yellowstone
5 42145
5 Aug 2024
Hiking and Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park
5 39500
5 Aug 2024
Hiking in the Grand Canyon: North & South Rims
5 58775
7 Aug 2024
Western USA National Parks Loop
5 42050
7 Aug 2024
Best of Western USA
10 82970
8 Aug 2024
Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans
7 62545
10 Aug 2024
Hiking the Best of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
5 77955
10 Aug 2024
Western USA Family Holiday
8 63245
10 Aug 2024
Alaska Discovery
8 74235
11 Aug 2024
Hiking in Denali National Park
6 61435
58364
11 Aug 2024
Best of California's National Parks
6 43485
11 Aug 2024
Epic New York to San Fran Road Trip
Ages 18 to 35
22 109740
12 Aug 2024
New York to Miami Adventure
Ages 18 to 35
13 64210
12 Aug 2024
East Coast Camping Adventure
Ages 18 to 35
7 29530
14 Aug 2024
Real New Orleans to San Fran
Ages 18 to 35
14 65615
15 Aug 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Yellowstone's Bechler River Traverse
5 38645
16 Aug 2024
Real California Coastal Road Trip
Ages 18 to 35
4 15730
14944
18 Aug 2024
Great American West
12 128125
18 Aug 2024
South Dakota to Yellowstone Parks Explorer
6 58950
18 Aug 2024
Alaska Hike, Bike & Kayak
6 65460
19 Aug 2024
Hike & Kayak Maine's Acadia National Park
5 60190
19 Aug 2024
Hiking the Best of the Grand Canyon
3 37135
20 Aug 2024
Wild Western USA
11 48755
20 Aug 2024
LA to Vegas Adventure
5 25735
20 Aug 2024
Western USA Highlights
18 89680
22 Aug 2024
Zion Glamping Adventure
4 42970
23 Aug 2024
Hiking Washington's Olympic National Park
3 40725
23 Aug 2024
Hiking and Backpacking North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains
3 20220
24 Aug 2024
Utah, Nevada & California
14 64500
24 Aug 2024
Utah Parks Circuit
8 42265
40152
25 Aug 2024
Hiking and Camping in Utah
6 44600
30 Aug 2024
Hiking and Camping in Zion
3 29480
31 Aug 2024
Hiking Utah's National Parks
9 71795

August United States highlights

A lighthouse in Portland Maine glows at sunset

Be the 'main character' in coastal Maine

Mix a glossy magazine and a romance novel together , then add a dash of a Nancy Meyers film, and you've got yourself a coastal paradise; Maine in the summertime. Used to enduring long, cold winters, Mainers focus on spending the majority of their summers 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 Pacific Northwest

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 32°C (90 °F), 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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