Now that the month of August is in full swing, the high temperatures are beginning to drop slightly, indicating an end to beach season. However, there are a number of great destinations around the world you can visit to take advantage of these last Summer months regardless of your preference for temperature. Additionally, these are some of the more affordable spots now that hotels and airlines are beginning to drop their prices, and some of the least populated.
Located in central Maine, Bangor is a great city for travelers looking to experience the outdoors. Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park are two iconic spots that boast some breathtaking scenery. The downtown area is also a growing hub for great dining spots, live music, and local art.
Joshua Tree, California
Fall is typically Joshua Tree’s busiest time of year, so visiting now would be ideal for travelers looking to avoid the crowds. Another nature hotspot, Joshua Tree National Park is home to perhaps the best stargazing in the United States. The skies are clear enough at night to allow visitors to see thousands of stars and planets at a time. As an added bonus, the many hiking trails that can be found throughout make it a little easier to find secluded spots to enjoy these views.
The City of Roses is a west coast favorite known for its eclectic culture which includes bike tours, food trucks, pop-up restaurants, breweries, hiking spots, and much more. Hotel Monaco Portland is a frequently-recommended lodging spot which comes with nightly socials offering complimentary drinks, and free bike rentals for active visitors that want to explore the city on two wheels. Pets are also welcome here and come with no additional charges.
For travelers wanting to get one last summer experience before the colder weather arrives, Mexico is just a short distance from most U.S. cities, with Cancun located on the coast in the center of the Gulf. Of course, all-inclusive resorts are all the rage throughout the Caribbean, but Cancun offers much more than just a nice beach and poolside bar. The ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum are located in Yucatan for those that want to do some exploring.
Speaking of Caribbean hotspots, Nassau is a perfect beach destination, and another one that boasts world-renowned all-inclusive resorts. Breezes Bahamas, specifically, offers guests tennis courts, kayaking, windsurfing, jet-skiing, and rock climbing in addition to the beautiful nearby beaches. Right now, until August 31st, they are offering a summer savings sale with up to 55% off any bookings, so take advantage of this deal now to end your summer on a high note.