Summer is almost over in August, but there's still time for one last trip before resuming the autumn routine. I spoke with local experts and included some of my favorite destinations to curate this list of 15 of the best places to travel in August in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you decide to enjoy August at your favorite local beach or some distant shore, we hope these destinations will provide some vacation inspiration.

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If your idea of a perfect summer vacation includes lakes, forests, mountains, waterfalls, and culinary adventures, head to the Bluegrass State. Bourbon distilleries, horse farms, small towns, and exciting cities are some of the many places you can explore in Kentucky. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Kentucky’s state parks, so here are a few to consider. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park features boating, fishing, wildlife, and Cumberland Falls, often called “Niagara of the South.” In Natural Bridge State Resort Park, home to a massive sandstone arch, there’s fishing, kayaking, hiking, and a skylift for the perfect view of the arch. I spent some time in Lexington and loved the horse farm I visited, the Distillery District, and the charming downtown. Whether you choose a road trip, a camping excursion, a Bourbon Trail tour, or an active outdoorsy visit, put Kentucky on your summer itinerary.

Where to Stay: In Lexington’s Distillery District, The Manchester offers comfort, superb dining, and Kentucky hospitality. Immerse yourself in nature at campsites in the state parks and at Mammoth Cave National Park.

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