Peanut butter and jelly. Gin and tonic. August and crowds. They just go together. It's understandable, as work schedules and school schedules seem to allow for a majority of the population's vacations to occur within the same short window of time. With a little planning, however, it's possible to vacation in August without running into mobs of people. Here are some recommendations for a crowd-reduced August vacation as compiled by a variety of travel sites: Sicily, Italy. Less busy than Florence or Rome, Sicily boasts beaches (it is an island after all), history, and great food. August is a hot month, but a nice slice amid smaller crowds might just be worth it. Mammoth Lakes, Calif. A ski resort town, Mammoth Lakes is also a great summer destination, with five lakes and an abundance of opportunity for hiking, biking, boating, and fishing. And Yosemite National Park is within range for a day trip. Kauai, Hawaii. Less crowded than Maui or Oahu, but still ... Hawaii. Sanibel Island, Fla. As with the rest of the state, Sanibel's busy season is in the winter, but there is still plenty of dining, shopping, and beachcombing to be done in summer. Outer Banks, NC. Gorgeous scenery, lighthouses aplenty, and a small town feel. Liechtenstein. Conde Nast Traveler reports that Liechtenstein is Europe's second-least-visited country but still has the mountain scenery and excellent museums that its neighbors, Austria and Switzerland, are known for. Plus it would be fun to answer "Liechtenstein" when people ask where you spent your summer vacation.