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Top 6 Places to Visit in August

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The height of summer brilliantly burns as August begins and then surrenders to the onset of autumn. Summer symbolizes the height of your thirst for adventure and escape.

It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new and rekindle old memories with family, friends and your partner.

Get ready to explore these hot summer sites

  1. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will take place, the first since 1979, and eclipse enthusiasts will find a perfect spot to observe The Great American Eclipse at Jackson Hole in Wyoming around 11:34 a.m. Mountain time, for up to three minutes as one of the longest possible durations.

Watch the eclipse in the Sweetwater Gondola lift, which rises to 1,300 feet to observe the southeast where the eclipse will pass over. At the top of the lift, you’ll enjoy food and drink at the Casper Restaurant. Stay at the Hotel Terra Jackson Hole, which hosts an Italian restaurant called the Il Villaggio Osteria. The Jackson Hole also has many outdoor activities such as hiking, fly fishing and mountain biking, in the warm mid-seventies and mid-eighties.

Read More: 10 packing tips for your winter vacation to Jackson Hole, Wyoming

  1. Minneapolis, Minnesota

Art enthusiasts will appreciate this destination. In Minneapolis, the Walker Art Center reopens — known as a cultural mecca for the multidisciplinary, media, performing and visual arts examined in creation, interpretation, collection, presentation and preservation from the individual to the community. The major makeover encompassed its thirty-year-old sculpture garden and new installations around the lot include artists Aaron Spangler and Theaster Gates.

While in Minneapolis, visit the Minnehaha Falls, a 53-foot waterfall in the Minnehaha Park, as well as the Mall of America in nearby Bloomington, reachable by rail. You will also enjoy the Mary Tyler Moore statue and tours of the show’s filming areas. The temperatures are mild mid-seventies, where you can shop at the many farmers’ markets or eat, drink and sleep at Hotel Alma, a popular bed and breakfast with a restaurant and bar.

  1. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan is the comeback town of all city revitalization efforts combined. The arts in Detroit are taking off, with such projects as Write-A-House, where an author receives a refurbished local house for their community contributions. The Inner Circle Greenway design was recently approved in July to perk up the parks.

When it comes to food, the Parc offers up tasty meat dishes and excellent city views. Sports enthusiasts will love to see the work being done in District Detroit, home to the Lions, Red Wings, Pistons and Tigers, which will open in the fall. Though Detroit has some Marriotts and Sheraton Hotels, you may be interested in small metro hotels, such as the Greektown Casino-Hotel or Trumbell and Porter.

  1. Dover, Delaware

Whether you have to travel for business or not, you should make Dover, Delaware your destination. Visitors as far away as Florida and California are making their way to Dover: 1.69 million for business and 6.81 million for leisure. Stay at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, with table games, boutique shopping, fine dining and live shows. The hotel also hosts a vibrant business center in a family friendly environment.

Explore Delaware Agriculture Museum with its over ten acres of land and 10,000 artifacts, and take a family photo in Constitution Park, which boasts 12-foot high bronze quill. Enjoy the live auctions at Spence’s Bazaar, and take in a concert or play at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. The weather is warm but not scorching with eighty-degree temperatures, perfect for an August getaway.

  1. Tybee Island, Georgia

About thirty minutes east of Savannah, Georgia is Tybee Island, the set of the new Baywatch movie. It’s also the perfect destination to enjoy the charming Tybee Lighthouse built in 1732, as well as Fort Pulaski and the Tybee Marine Science Center. The McQueen’s Island Trail offers nature enthusiasts a peaceful walk where the railroad once carried passengers to the island, as a popular beach getaway.

Visitors may stay in one of Tybee’s charming bed and breakfasts, such as the DeSoto Beach Bed and Breakfast or the 17th Street Inn constructed in 1920. Food lovers need to sample Bernie’s Oyster House and Benny’s Tybee Tavern to truly feel like a local at a relaxing spot that typically stays below the mid-eighties.

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  1. San Juan Island, Washington

    In the San Juan Islands, the climate is temperate year-round and averages a high of seventy degrees in the summer. In San Juan County, there are 172 reefs and islands, but only four are serviced by ferry: Shaw Island, Lopez Island, Orcas Island and San Juan Island, where the county seat of Friday Harbor is located.

San Juan Island is filled with rolling farmland and serene beaches, where you can bike to bookstores, antique stores and delicious restaurants. Go on a kayak tour, whale watching or to the San Juan Vineyards. Climb Cattle Point Lighthouse or the Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse. Stay on a farm, go camping, glamp in a yurt, or get a regular hotel such as the Bird Rock Hotel or the Lonesome Cover Resort.

August kicks summer adventure into high gear, encouraging you to explore. See the eclipse at Jackson Hole. Witness the impact of arts revitalizing communities and cities such as Minneapolis and Detroit. Take your business to Dover, with fun for the whole family.

Step like a local into Tybee Island, the Baywatch film site, or relax with a bike ride across San Juan Island, because sometimes nothing beats a beach trip. Summer is waiting for you to get away and have one last adventure.

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