5 Marvelous places to visit in august – ktvz

— Mount Hood National Forest: Only 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of the city, the 311,448-acre forest offers a multitude of activities. There you can hike, horseback ride, climb, bike or drive your way around the scenic byways. Or, if you’d rather be on the water, there are more than 150 lakes and 14 rivers to float, boat, fish and kayak on. Spend the night in a cabin or a tent, and soak at Bagby Hot Springs. Be sure to consult the USDA Forest Service website about what type of pass or permit you will need and what temperatures you should expect on water and land. (Sandy, OR 97055; +1 503 668 1700)

— International Rose Test Garden: Acquired in 1917, it is the longest continuously operated rose test garden in the United States and features 10,000 rose bushes of 650 varieties.

Located in Washington Park, parking is limited. Free public tours are given daily at 1 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. (400 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205; +1 503 823 7529)

— Portland Japanese Garden: Also in Washington Park, the Japanese Garden includes 12 acres with eight garden styles, peaceful walkways and a traditional tea house. A former Japanese ambassador called it "the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan." (611 SW Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97205; +1 503 223 1321)

— Pickathon: The ecofriendly, six-stage music festival on Pendarvis Farm features headliners such as Built to Spill and Broken Social Scene, as well as a variety of a craft beers and gourmet food. Festivalgoers are encouraged to camp, bike or take the free ecoshuttle to the farm. Complimentary drinking water is provided. (16581 SE Hagen Road, Happy Valley, OR 97086; August 3-5, 2018)

If you’re looking for a beach getaway filled with adventure, Belize is an excellent choice. Located in Central America, Belize has Caribbean shores, coral reef, lush rainforest and Mayan ruins. August is in the nestled in the middle of wet season, but this month is a period known as "little dry," and you’re likely to have a lot more sunny days than rainy ones as well as fewer crowds.

If water-centric activities such as diving, snorkeling or beach-going are more your style, Ambergis Caye might be a good fit. It’s Belize’s largest and most visited island but still maintains a laid-back atmosphere. Snorkel at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and admire the coral reef formations and marine life. If you’re feeling daring, you can get up-close-and-personal with sting rays and nurse sharks in Shark Ray Alley.

There’s no shortage of places to stay on this caye, but if you’d like to be close to Hol Chan, consider staying at Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro. Choose from thatched-roof beachside or jungle cabanas and rooms, or more modern cottages. The resort stands where Ambergis’ first hotel was built. (Coconut Drive – San Pedro, Belize; +501 226-2071)

For a slower pace, think about staying on Caye Caulker. Cars are not permitted on the island and shirts and shoes are optional at most establishments. Divers will undoubtedly want to explore the Great Blue Hole, a marine sinkhole that is a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belize Diving Services not only provides tours, but is a SDI/TDI five star instructor training center and a PADI dive center and resort. (Chapoose Street, Caye Caulker, Belize; +1 (888) 869-0233)

Dubai might not be an obvious choice for August travel. Situated on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and surrounded by the Arabian Desert, the average high is 106 F (42 C) this time of year. (Perhaps not ideal weather for everyone.) Luckily, the Las Vegas of the Middle East has plenty to do indoors — and since it is low season, you can snag deals on accommodation, airfare and activities (air conditioning included). Be sure to check with the Dubai Department of Tourism for limited summer hours on some outdoor attractions.

Dubai is known as a global luxury shopping destination—and for good reason. If you happen to be visiting the first weekend of the month, you can take advantage deep discounts during the final days of Dubai Summer Surprises shopping festival. Participating malls and retailers will offer last-minute sales and prizes. Special events and live entertainment will take place throughout the city.

Don’t leave the mall without taking an elevator ride up to the At the Top observation decks of the Burj Khalifa. At 2,716 feet (828 meters) and 160 stories, it is the world’s tallest building and an offers remarkable 360-degree views of the city. Buy tickets in advance to avoid lines. (Financial Center Road, Dubai, UAE; +971 800 38224 6255)

If hitting the slopes at the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort is your thing, this mall is also the place for you. Take a break from the heat and ski or snowboard Ski Dubai’s five runs, meet the resident penguins and enjoy a hot chocolate at 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius). (Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1, Al Barsha, Dubai, UAE, 72999; +971 4 4099000)

Dubai is brimming with amusement parks. However, being outside in the sun for prolonged periods might not be the best idea for most. If you have kids in tow, or, even if you don’t, check out IMG Worlds of Adventure. The indoor theme park is as big as 28 football fields, and, you guessed it, the world’s largest. It features Marvel and Cartoon Network-themed zones and characters as well the fastest roller coaster in the emirate. (E311, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road، City of Arabia, Dubai, UAE; +971 600 500962)

Tucked in the Aburrá Valley in the Andes Mountains, the City of Eternal Spring enjoys temperate weather year-round and makes it an ideal August destination. Once synonymous with drug and gang-related crime and violence, Medellín has emerged as a safe and popular tourist destination for dining and culture. Local initiatives to improve infrastructure, parks and public transportation have helped to revitalize Medellín and have won it such accolades as one of the world’s most innovative cities.

Comuna 13, one of Medellín’s poorer barrios and previously a stronghold for gangs and drug lords, is as a prime example of the city’s resilience. The hillside community has undergone a lot of changes, especially since a series of escalators were completed in 2011 to allow easy access for the 12,000 residents to get to and from work — previously about a 28-story hike to and from the city below. Take the Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour to gain insight on the district’s past, transformation and street art.

One great way to get outdoors and pick up some history is to bike the path of the dismantled Berlin Wall. Divided into sections that vary from seven to 21 miles, the "Mauerweg" (Wall Trail) traces its entire path. Outfitters such as Berlin on Bike! offer guided tours. Or you can map it yourself, arrange your own bike rental and go out on your own.