We (adult and 2 children, 10 & 13) live in California, USA and would like to take an approx. 12 day vacation to a cooler climate in August 2004. We have only been to London. We had originally planned to go to Taiwan in June but cannot leave until Aug. and understand that Taiwan and many parts of Europe are very hot. We love staying with host families. Look forward to hearing from you.
there are tons of options, basically revolving around two dimensions:
so here are a few suggestions:
- altitude you can get in the alps (austria, switzerland, france, italy), with a lot of lakes, hiking, nice views, animals etc., but sometimes very expensive (switzerland, for example)
- latitude you can get by going to places like scandinavia (denmark, sweden, norway, finland), iceland, north of germany, and also england, scotland, ireland
all these offer both, landscape (plus lots of mosquitos in some parts of scandinavia) and cities, but your preference might drive your choice
was this any helpful?
How about St. Petersburg Russia? I hear from everyone that it is a really great place to visit and I wouldn't think that it is too hot there that time of year.
Closer to home there is always Alaska as well, but I get the feeling from your post that you prefer cities to the outdoors so Alaska may not be ideal for you.
Of course, if you were open to places outside of Europe, you could go to Australia, New Zealand or a selection of places in the southern hemisphere and be in the middle of winter! Otherwise, pangloss pretty much summed it up there.
Of course, there are many places in western Europe that get warm in August, but not overly hot. If you stick to Northern Europe (Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, UK for instance), there is pleasant weather that rarely goes over 30 degrees Celcius in my experience - with a bit of rain to boot probably as well. The summers around there are usually very pleasant and there is plenty to see of course!!