Where, oh where, has summer gone? Coming down with a case of wanderlust? These are the Best Cities to Travel to in August. Our trivago data scientists have scanned the map and set it against average hotel prices to pick out three sunny vacation spots that offer surprising hotel savings.
Hold off on the “back to school” shopping and consider these three budget destinations for August. Whether your kids count themselves on the earlier or later end of the ‘First Day of School’ calendar, treat the family to one last getaway before class is back in session.
Your Las Vegas Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 110°F ~ Low 80°F
Well yes, while we know that August in Vegas is a sizzling skillet, but with the overall likelihood that you’ll be floating between the AC-chilled hotels on the Strip and making the most of the city’s fabulous shopping outlets, we’re going to wager that you’ll actually feel plenty cool. Best yet? Hotel prices are at some of their lowest for the year with the average hotel room in Sin City going for $152 this month. Below we share three hotels that promise savings in cold, hard cash…
Nobu Las Vegas ★★★★★
Nobu is designed in the same vein as the dishes conceived by Nobu Matsuhisa, the star chef’s foray into the Vegas hotel scene elegantly fuses Eastern and Western traditions. “Him and her” sinks stand next to onsen-style teak bath stools along with Natura Blisse bath products. Late night ( or early morning) cravings? It’s not everyday that your 24-hour room service comes from a top chef!
SLS Las Vegas ★★★★
Settle into the plush environs (thank you Phillipe Starck) of SLS Las Vegas. No less than seven restaurants, nearly 60,000 square feet of casino floor and live entertainment are found here at the North End of the Strip. Go ahead and take those savings from your August stay and treat yourself to a private cabana at the Foxtail Pool or the Retro Pool lounge!
Lucky Dragon ★★★★
Born to appeal to the thousands of East Asians, Asian Americans and dim sum lovers-at-large who descend on Vegas annually, the Lucky Dragon is a delicious twist on your classic LV casino hotel. Take your winnings from baccarat or pai gow and treat your friends to a round of that Dungeness Crab Congee. (We accept invites in our Contact Form too.)
trivago tip: Watch out for the nights of August 25th and 26th where average hotel prices jump by 58% over the monthly average.
What to do in Las Vegas in August?
Sin City is abuzz year-round and August is no different when it comes to a packed line-up of concerts and live entertainment. We asked Visit Las Vegas for some guiding advice for how to make the most of an August visit. If your budget doesn’t quite allow for tickets to see Britney Spears at Planet Hollywood (before she ends her residency in December), how about one of these two spots on the Strip?
Pool Party Madness
Things in Vegas are going to be way hot this August — in its literal and figurative senses. How to address the later? Ca-ba-na. Big name DJs are going to spinning poolside for the crowds at aquatic venues like Wet Republic (at the MGM Grand), Bare Pool Lounge (at the Mirage) and Daylight Beach Club (at Mandalay Bay). See you on the pineapple pool float.
The Park on The Strip
Vegas’ newest entertainment district extends just off the Strip between New York-New York and T-Mobile Arena. Since opening, craft beers from Beerhaus and the Fried Chicken Sandwich at Bruxie have become big draws for The Park. Pop by for Park Party on Tuesdays starting at 5 p.m. with a lineup of live music and $5 wine and beer to pair with.
For a crash course in bucket list Vegas hotels…
How Much to Budget
Once you’ve made it to Vegas plan to set aside roughly $462 over 48 hours for two.
Tequila shot (Happy Hour): $3
Taxi to the Strip: $20
Single Ride Bus Ticket: $2
One night in a 3-star Hotel – August: $127
“Britney: Piece of Me” – Section 202 seat: $79
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Your Lake Buena Vista Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 93°F ~ Low 72°F
We’re seeing some theme park thrills and a sprinkling of movie magic in your August plans. For parents and kids dreaming of a Lake Buena Vista getaway, consider that August and September have the lowest hotel prices of the year — with the average hotel room going for $168 this month! Below we check out three wallet-friendly area hotels near Disney World that offer further parking savings thanks to complimentary shuttle service to the theme park gates.
Delta Hotels Orlando Lake Buena Vista ★★★
As the closest non-Disney Hotel to the theme park gates, the Delta Lake Buena Vista is an affordable family pick for August without compromising on distance to the attractions. Rooms come recently renovated and fit to sleep up to four. Complimentary WiFi meets its match with Hulu-, Netflix-, Crackle-enabled TVs.
Hilton Grand Vacations Tuscany Village Vacation Suites ★★★
Traveling as a family of five or six? Save this August by bringing everyone into one room (with the added benefit of a fully-equipped kitchen for dinners together) at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tuscany Village. The resort’s kids and teen activity centers, basketball and tennis courts, on top of expansive swimming pools will keep everyone busy around the clock. Private gate access to the Orlando Premium Outlets allows parents to slip out for a few ‘treat yourself’ purchases with all of those savings!
Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista ★★★
After a full day at the Parks, it’s all the easier to get home with the free shuttle back to the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista. What could be more tempting than a splash in one of two pools or a soak in the hot tub at the end of the day? When you’re ready for dinner, Disney Springs is right next door to enjoy a mild August nighttime stroll.
What to do in Lake Buena Vista in August?
There is no shortage of attractions in the Lake Buena Vista and Orlando area. We asked Visit Orlando for some help and we learned about perhaps the only “free” Disney park in the world!
trivago tip: Karyn Locke of Sand and Snow recommends buying your souvenirs from the outlet malls in the Orlando area which often have Disney products at deep discounts.
Passport to Pandora
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Discover the largest expansion of the Animal Kingdom to date. Pandora – The World of Avatar brings the magic of the Valley of Mo’ara, and the Na’vi River to life. Guests at select Disney World Resorts can make use of Extra Magic Hours to enjoy this otherworldly land (and catch a ride on a banshee) from 10 p.m. to midnight until August 19th.
The Other Disney Park
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It may be hard to believe that Lake Buena Vista is actually a wetland ecosystem. The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve showcases the wildlife and vegetation native to the Everglades in its untouched state. Spread across 11,500 acres, the Preserve is free to visit and best explored on a hike or on a geocaching adventure.
When pools are Priority Number One…
How Much to Budget
Once you’ve made it to the Orlando area plan to set aside roughly $360 over 48 hours for two in Lake Buena Vista.
Bottled Drinks in Disney World: $2.75
Airport taxi to Lake Buena Vista hotels: $50
One night in a 3-star Hotel – August: $116
Orlando Magical Dining Month Set Menu: $35
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Your Sedona Getaway
Weather Forecast: High 93°F ~ Low 55°F
Red Rocks to knock your socks off. Sedona has long been a top destination in the Southwest known for its sublime serenity — with local hotels and resorts channeling these relaxing vibes from check-in to check-out. Where to stay to make this summer getaway all the more blissful? Read on…
Los Abrigados Resort & Spa ★★★
Settle in at Los Abrigados with rooms set up with kitchenettes and private balconies or larger suites with full kitchens, two king beds and sleeper sofa. Oak Creek comes to life with a visit to the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village or on a hike along the trails that course around the area.
Poco Diablo Resort ★★★
Surrounded by the red rocks of Sedona, a stay at the Poco Diablo will settle you into a zen state of mind. Sink into your Simmons Beauty Rest bed without forgetting to book an Elite Spa room for the jetted tub experience. A nine-hole golf course and four tennis courts are available for your leisure needs while full spa services can follow through by removing any tight knots.
El Portal Sedona Hotel ★★★★
The full Arizonan experience can only be complete by staying in an adobe hotel, precisely the kind with 18-inch thick solid walls. Further, in a destination with plenty of walking paths and hikeable trails, this is not one to leave Fido behind! A pet favorite, the adobe El Portal welcomes four-legged friends at no additional cost and includes a treat basket complete with blanket and doggie bags.
trivago tip: If you’re looking to save big this month in Sedona, it’s best to steer clear of the nights of August 11th and 12th when hotel prices are up 18% over the monthly average.
What to do in Sedona in August?
Just because you’re looking at a relaxing vacation ahead, doesn’t mean that you can’t get out of your plush hotel bed and discover all that Sedona has to offer! Visit Sedona highlights two activities to see Sedona in a new light this month…
Wrangle the Family Together
August 18. A true throwback to the Posse Grounds Park’s rodeo past, the Sedona Family Foot Rodeo promises an evening of free entertainment honoring the history of this rugged resort area. Expect performances by the Red Rock Posse Cowboys, pony rides and mechanical bull riding!
Riding the Greens
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Mountain biking on the fairway? That’s right, the Sedona Bike & Brew traces a six-mile course around the Sedona Golf Resort, traversing tee boxes and sand traps. Spectators are invited free-of-charge to watch with craft brewers on hand to offer cold refreshments.
More R&R this way…
How Much to Budget
Once you’ve made it to Sedona plan to set aside roughly $580 over 48 hours for two.
Oak Creek Snake Charmer IPA: $6
A rental car will do you good for getting in from PHX and to explore Sedona
One night in a 3-star Hotel – August: $164
Pink Jeep – Broken Arrow Tour: $110
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Learn more in our Travel Advice Calendars
If you can’t make it to our “Where to Travel in August” destinations this month, try them out later this year with the help of our Travel Advice Calendar or subscribe to our “Where to Travel” mailer to be the first to learn of our destination picks.