Editor’s note: This guide has been updated with the latest information.
August is a wonderful time to embark on a memorable journey and explore new destinations worldwide. Whether you are a sports enthusiast, a foodie, or a music lover, numerous destinations offer exciting experiences during this summer month.
From the vibrant stadiums of Australia and New Zealand to the serene landscapes of Norway and the cultural riches of Canada, here are seven of the best destinations to visit in August.
Australia and New Zealand
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Sports fans should mark their calendars for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship taking place in Australia and New Zealand. The highly anticipated event will captivate fans as matches unfold across nine cities from July 20 to Aug. 20.
The tournament’s thrilling climax will occur at Sydney’s Gadigal Stadium, where the two top teams will battle for glory. This sporting spectacle offers the chance to witness world-class women’s football and experience the electrifying atmosphere of the games.
Aside from the thrilling FIFA Women’s World Cup championship, these countries offer a plethora of attractions and experiences during this month. In Australia, the winter season brings cooler temperatures, making it a great time to explore the stunning landscapes of the Outback or embark on a road trip along the picturesque Great Ocean Road.
Meanwhile, New Zealand showcases its natural beauty, with snowcapped mountains perfect for winter sports enthusiasts. Both countries boast vibrant cities, unique wildlife, and rich indigenous cultures, providing endless opportunities for adventure and exploration.
TPG tip: Consider staying at the hip, locally-owned QT Hotels & Resorts, which offers luxurious boutique accommodations in seven of the nine host cities from around 15,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points or $222 per night.
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Trondheim, Norway, has emerged as an exciting culinary destination, and August is the best month to appreciate it. From Aug. 3 to 5, the city hosts the Trondelag Food Festival and Trondheim Brewery Festival. The food festival attracts over 250,000 visitors who can savor the diverse flavors of more than 200 local food producers.
The festival also offers cooking classes, where participants can learn about regional specialties and food preservation techniques. Meanwhile, beer enthusiasts can indulge in the Trondheim Brewery Festival, with 30 breweries showcasing their craft beers, ciders and more.
TPG tip: Stay in the heart of Trondheim at the budget-friendly Hotel Bakeriet — set in a charming, former 19th-century bakery — which can be redeemed for 32,000 Best Western points or $154 per night.
Quebec, Canada, offers a taste of France without crossing the Atlantic.
In August, two exciting developments will lure adventure seekers and visitors focused on sustainable travel.
The Riki Bloc climbing cooperative will transform a former church into an indoor climbing center, providing a more unconventional experience for active minded travelers.
Additionally, Alstom’s Coradia iLint, the first green-hydrogen-powered passenger train in North America, will operate between Charlevoix and Quebec City, offering an eco-friendly mode of transportation for exploring the region.
Beyond these exciting initiatives, Quebec offers a taste of France without the need to cross the Atlantic. Immerse yourself in the Francophile charms of Quebec City, where cobblestone alleys, historic architecture and lively cafes transport you to the heart of Europe. Indulge in the city’s culinary scene, savoring delectable French-inspired cuisine and local specialties that will delight your taste buds.
TPG tip: Quebec City Marriott Downtown — available from 46,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or $250 per night — is a great home base for exploring the area.
Hamilton County, Indiana
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August is the ideal time to visit Hamilton County, Indiana, with many attractions and events to delight visitors.
One highlight not to be missed is the new Carmel Jazz Festival on Aug. 11 and 12. This multiday, multistage event showcases exceptional jazz, blues and R&B talents, offering music enthusiasts an immersive experience filled with soulful melodies and rhythmic beats.
In addition to soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of Hamilton County, visitors can enjoy recreational activities amid beautiful landscapes. Spend a thrilling day at Strawtown Koteewi Park to indulge in zip lining, horseback riding, or test your archery skills.
For nature lovers, the Monon Trail offers a scenic trek from Sheridan through Westfield and Carmel to Indianapolis. Don’t forget to take a break in Carmel’s Midtown Plaza or the Carmel Arts & Design District, where you can explore galleries, restaurants and local shops, providing ample opportunities for eclectic dining and shopping. With over 90 local restaurants, Hamilton County satisfies all culinary cravings.
Visit the Noblesville Cultural Arts District or the Nickel Plate District in Fishers to discover more artistic and cultural gems.
TPG tip: For families, the stylish Embassy Suites by Hilton Noblesville Indianapolis Conference Center provides plenty of amenities and space to spread out, with rates starting from 50,000 Hilton Honors points or $190 per night.
Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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August is the peak season for encountering whale sharks in the waters around Isla Mujeres, making it an ideal destination for snorkeling or diving with these majestic creatures.
The Isla Mujeres Foundation Festival, celebrating the island’s founding, also takes place in August and provides a glimpse into the vibrant local culture. Not to mention, this car-free island’s beautiful white sand beaches lie just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women), a short ferry ride from Cancun.
TPG tip: Consider staying at the luxurious, recently unveiled, Impression by Secrets Isla Mujeres Resort & Spa, which offers an exclusive adults-only retreat with world-class amenities from 72,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points, or $1,310 per night (based on double occupancy).
Hot Springs, South Dakota
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Hot Springs, South Dakota, is an exceptional destination to explore in August, particularly because it hosts the much-awaited annual Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival from Aug. 25 to 27.
Witnessing over 30 vibrant and magnificent hot air balloons soaring through the sky creates a breathtaking spectacle that captures the hearts of visitors. However, the festival is not the only highlight; attendees can revel in the delightful combination of live music, mouthwatering cuisine and various activities suitable for the entire family.
Beyond the festival, Hot Springs boasts a wealth of attractions to enjoy. The town’s historic architecture and colorful murals reveal its rich past and artistic spirit. Nature enthusiasts can indulge in the town’s natural hot springs, providing a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. For those seeking a touch of history and adventure, The Mammoth Site and Wind Cave National Park offer intriguing insights into prehistoric life as well as intricate, honeycomb boxwork formations (the largest concentration in the world).
TPG tip: To stay in the heart of the historic small town, opt for Baymont by Wyndham Hot Springs, which has rooms from $88 a night or 15,000 Wyndham Rewards points.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
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Experience a quintessential New Jersey summer in Asbury Park, the hometown of legendary musician Bruce Springsteen.
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Springsteen’s debut album, this shore town offers stunning beaches, a revitalized boardwalk, unique shops and gourmet restaurants.
Explore historic spots like The Osprey and Madam Marie’s “Temple of Knowledge.” Take advantage of the restored Paramount Theater and Convention Hall for unforgettable performances. Experience the lively downtown scene, Zagat-rated restaurants, art galleries and antique shops. Visit The Stone Pony, Springsteen’s favorite hangout, and try to score tickets for the Springsteen & E Street Band Tour at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 30 and Sept. 1.
TPG tip: Book a room at the hip Asbury Ocean Club Hotel from 50,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points or $652 per night.