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22 Best Places to Travel in September

Written by Anietra Hamper and Shandley McMurray Updated May 4, 2023

September is one of the best months to travel for a bevy of reasons. Kids are back in school, the vacation rush is winding down, temperatures are starting to cool, there's more availability in popular summer spots, and rates for hotels and airfares start to drop. Sign us up, please!

September in Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Destinations in Europe , the Middle East , and Asia are experiencing comfortable temperatures, and popular tourist spots like the Grand Canyon and Barcelona have fewer crowds at their top attractions. Bucket-list locations like Zimbabwe are in the dry season during September, making it a perfect month for an African safari.

Pack your bags and plan your next vacation using our list of the best places to travel in September.

1. Montreal, Canada

2. grand canyon, arizona, 3. barcelona, spain, 4. crete, greece, 5. buenos aires, argentina, 6. honolulu, hawaii, 7. patagonia, south america, 8. puerto rico, 9. zimbabwe, africa, 10. istanbul, turkey, 11. prince edward island, canada, 12. shanghai, china, 13. minneapolis, minnesota, 14. croatia, 16. the galapagos islands, ecuador, 17. ireland, 18. jackson hole, wyoming, 19. amalfi coast, italy, 20. big sur, california, 21. niagara falls, canada, 22. vancouver, canada, map of places to travel in september.

Montreal, Canada

Highlights: Epic city views from the observation wheel, cobblestone streets, grand cathedrals

September is a great time to vacation in Montreal, when the summer weather is still in full swing, and the tourists have left for the season. This is also when you will start to see greater hotel availability and rates starting to drop.

It is a comfortable time of the year to walk the streets to see the 18th-century architecture in Old Montreal ( Vieux-Montreal ) and practice your photography skills on the cobblestone streets as you enjoy the cathedrals and coffee shops. Take advantage of the mild weather to explore the manicured grounds at the Parc du Mont-Royal or get a panoramic view of the city from the Montreal Observation Wheel .

If you have more time, plan on some additional time in beautiful Quebec City , less than three hours away.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Attractions in Montreal

Havasu Falls in the Grand Canyon

Highlights: Sunrise from the South Rim lookouts, natural colors of the canyon that change throughout the day

If you can hold off your Grand Canyon trip until the end of summer, then September is the best time to do it. This is when most of the vacation crowds have left for the season and the awesome hiking trails are still open. This Arizona wonder is a vacation bucket-list topper for many people, but trying to navigate the crowds can oftentimes diminish the experience.

Besides large numbers of people, the intense mid-summer heat can be unbearable. September has cooler temperatures, fewer people crowding the trails, and much greater availability, not to mention better rates on hotel rooms.

To pack some more experiences into your trip, you should consider basing in Williams , Arizona along Route 66, also known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon. There are many activities and Old West experiences in that area.

Then, catch the Grand Canyon Railway for the two-plus-hour ride to the South Rim, taking in the surrounding landscape along the way; spend the day exploring the Grand Canyon with a rail return late afternoon.

If you plan to hike in the Grand Canyon or take part in the mule trips offered on the trails, you will need to drive to the park to spend more time. Sunrise is especially beautiful, and lunch at the historic El Tovar Hotel is recommended.

Read More: Top Attractions & Places to Visit at the Grand Canyon

Park Guell in Barcelona

Highlights : World-famous attractions and experiences like La Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas; iconic city view from Barcelona's Port Carmel Car

The busy and beautiful city of Barcelona is one of Spain's most stunning destinations , and September is an ideal time to visit. Summer vacation crowds can make lines long at the top attractions, like La Sagrada Familia , and oftentimes limit availability if you do not book days ahead of time.

The streets in popular areas like the historic Barri Gòtic and Las Ramblas can be so overcrowded in the high season that most of your time is spent just getting from point A to point B. Crowd concerns are lessened in September when there are fewer vacationers, so you can enjoy all the attractions and fun things to do in Barcelona with fewer people and cooler temperatures.

Early in September days can still be warm enough to head to the ocean but beaches near Barcelona are not busy at this time of year. Late in the month, you can enjoy La Merce , a festive celebration with daily parades, acrobats, and entertainment.

Pink sand beach at Elafonissi

Highlight: The beaches, including Elafonissi and its famous pink sands.

The Greek island of Crete is a natural sensory spectacle of mountains, turquoise water, beautiful beaches , and palm forests that are pleasant to experience in September. Flowers are in full bloom, and water temperatures are ideal for swimming and snorkeling.

The summer months, while still a great time to visit, can get quite hot when you are spending the days out in the sun walking the streets of the old towns or exploring archeological sites like Knossos . Many of the beaches in the summertime are overcrowded, but September enables you to enjoy the pink sands of Elafonissi more comfortably.

Many visitors arrive by air or ferry in Heraklion . Other popular tourist towns on the island include Rethymnon , Chania , and Agios Nikolaos .

Besides the cooler September temperatures and fewer people, you can find lower rates for hotels.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions on Crete

Congress Square in Buenos Aires

Highlights : Pedestrian-friendly streets enable you to walk to many of the top sites and attractions

September is springtime in Buenos Aires, Argentina . This shoulder season has a number of advantages over the peak tourist season in January and February. The cooler temperatures make it comfortable to enjoy strolling the streets in areas like Palermo and Plaza de Mayo to see the parks, architecture, and museums the neighborhoods are known for.

With fewer tourists this time of year, attractions like the city's rose garden, Paseo del Rosedal , and the Fair of the Mataderos market will be enjoyable. You will also have a better chance at securing a space on a tour of the Casa Rosada presidential palace, which is one of the must-see attractions on most tourists' itineraries. While entry is free, the guided tours fill up fast, especially during the busy summer season.

September is a great time to score affordable hotel rates and plenty of availability. This makes it easier to add a few days onto your itinerary and make some day trips from Buenos Aires to places like Iguazú Falls, which is one of the top attractions in Argentina .

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Buenos Aires

Waikiki Beach with Diamond Head in the distance

Highlights : Stunning beaches, hiking to Diamond Head, the USS Arizona memorial

If you are looking for an ideal (and more affordable) time to visit Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu then September is it. From festivals, cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, and pleasant water conditions, there are so many reasons to target Honolulu for travel this month. September is a month filled with Aloha festivals and parades, so you will have many opportunities to enjoy Hawaii's culture.

The comfortable September weather makes it pleasant for hiking to Diamond Head ; relaxing on Waikiki Beach and nearby beaches ; and spending time at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument , the memorial for the USS Arizona and the sailors who died during the Pearl Harbor attack.

Fewer tourists in September means more availability at hotels, and you can likely find great deals as resorts look to fill rooms.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Honolulu

Fitz Roy, Patagonia

Highlight: Outdoor adventures surrounded by mountains and glaciers

A trip to Patagonia in September is great from both Chile and Argentina . It is an ideal time to go for those who love the outdoors and want to explore the Andes Mountains , glaciers, and seemingly endless vistas. This is a great time for hiking in Patagonia , when the days are longer and a little warmer, with less rain than other months of the year.

September is springtime in Patagonia, which means colorful blooms of flowers, vibrant green vegetation, and the arrival of the first penguins that flock to the region to mate. Since it is early in the season, some hotels may not yet be open, but for the ones that are, you can find great deals.

With fewer tourists this time of year, you will also have better views in the tourist areas and more availability on organized tours.

The Capitol of Puerto Rico, San Juan

Highlight : The combination of nature, history, beaches, and culinary experiences in one place

The upside to visiting Puerto Rico in September is the steep discounts that you will find on hotel rooms and airfare, along with an abundance of availability for both. Take your pick from fabulous resorts in San Juan that position you between the colonial architecture of the city and the beautiful beaches along the coast.

The downside is the risk of inclement weather since it is in hurricane season. It is a trade-off, but one that might be worth it in order to experience Flamenco Beach and south Vieques Beach, home of the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay , without many other tourists.

This is a comfortable time to explore the streets of San Juan , including Old San Juan , and the El Yunque National Rainforest to take in the natural beauty of the island. There are many types of tours throughout Puerto Rico, like culinary experiences to cocoa farms and outdoor excursions, which will have more availability in September.

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Highlight : Wildlife viewing, touring the famous Victoria Falls

September is in the middle of the dry season in Zimbabwe, so wildlife viewing is at its peak. It can be a nice alternative to Tanzania and Kenya , which are other popular destinations for safari vacations. This is a great month to witness hippos, lions, rhinoceros, and crocodiles resting or heading to a watering hole.

Zimbabwe offers so much more than just safari treks. September weather is nice to visit Victoria Falls . This is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world . At this time of year you can hike, photograph, take helicopter tours, and try white water rafting.

September is also a good month to visit Matobo National Park , where you can witness unusual rock formations and monuments and learn about the culture through the paintings of the bushmen from the region.

Istanbul, Turkey

Highlight: Shopping at the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in the world.

One of the best times to visit Istanbul is in September, when you have a better opportunity to fully experience the top attractions without the crowds that can make them tough to experience during the high tourist season, which runs from June through August.

There are comfortable temperatures in September making it easy to enjoy shopping and the popular attractions like the Blue Mosque , Hagia Sophia Museum , and the Grand Bazaar , which are all easy to explore on foot as you walk around the city. You will have more time and space to enjoy Istanbul's archaeological museums and parks in the historic district.

The pleasant weather and fewer tourists make it ideal to fully experience the deep history and architecture that Istanbul is known for. This is also when you will find affordable rates for hotel rooms and airfare. If you have time to add other stops onto your trip, you can experience other cities like Troy and Izmir , which are easy to get to from Istanbul.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Istanbul

Charlottetown Harbor on Prince Edward Island

Highlights : Hiking, markets, festivals, beaches, and culinary experiences

Canada's Prince Edward Island, located near Nova Scotia , is a pristine September getaway filled with seafood, farmers' markets, and outdoor experiences. By the end of the month, some of the beaches and attractions will prepare for closing for the season, but this shoulder month is a great time to visit if you want the PEI experience without all the summer tourists.

Strolling on the beach is a more likely activity than swimming, since water temperatures are cooling, but you can enjoy the bountiful and fresh food in PEI during culinary demonstrations, festivals, and tours. For some time outdoors before the winter season, take a hike on some of the trails at Prince Edward Island National Park .

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions on Prince Edward Island

Shanghai, China

Highlights: The nighttime extravaganza of lights and activity along the Bund waterfront

As one of the best places to visit in China , Shanghai is almost always busy with people — after all, it is a city with a population of 26 million — but September has some advantages over other months of the year. September marks the end of the high tourist season, so you will begin to see temperatures and hotel rates start to decline, especially by the end of the month.

This is a great time to stay at one of the luxury or boutique hotels in Shanghai that you might not otherwise fit into your budget.

As the seasons start to transition into Shanghai's brief fall period, the humidity will be lower, making it more comfortable to enjoy walking the narrow neighborhood streets and vendor stalls and hitting some of the best views of the city from the Shanghai World Financial Center .

September evenings along the Bund will feel nice as you enjoy the visual spectacle of the lights along the water and the prime opportunities for spectacular photographs .

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Shanghai

Downtown Minneapolis at dusk

Highlight: Brilliant fall colors on the trees starting to emerge

The northern location of Minneapolis means stunning early fall color on the trees in September, especially in the city's parks . The cooling temperatures make it nice to explore the best of the city, from the Stone Arch Bridge to the Weisman Art Museum .

It is the best time to get outdoors and enjoy the first bursts of color on the trees in North America. Some of the best places to do that are at Minnehaha Park , exploring the Chain of Lakes , and at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum .

Temperatures and weather are generally comfortable in September, but if there's a less-than-ideal day for the outdoors, you can fill your agenda at the Mall of America or one of the many museums in the city.

  • Read More: Top Attractions in Minneapolis

Sunset over Zagreb

Highlight: The abundance of food festivals and culinary experiences in the autumn

September is a nice time to visit Croatia, when the local and foreign crowds have dissipated a bit. On the weather front, it is also a great time to visit. Many people head to the beautiful city of Dubrovnik .

If you base yourself in the capital, you will find many attractions in Zagreb , like The Cathedral and the Croatian Natural History Museum , and you can split your time between the Upper Town and the Lower Town . There are a number of festivals that take place in September, so that will add to the cultural experience.

Flights to Croatia are still in full swing in September, so there will be ample availability, and transportation on the ground like ferries and buses will still be operating on summer season schedules. You can find great deals on hotel accommodation, including luxury resorts in September.

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Namche Bazaar, Nepal

Highlight: Trekking in the Everest and Annapurna regions, a variety of hikes for all skill levels

Timing is important for many reasons when you consider a trip to Nepal, and September is one of the best months to go. It is a great time to visit to hike and avoid the crowds that can cause delays and aggravation on the trails during busier months. September is when travelers are just beginning to return to the region, when the rainfall is lower and the air is cooler.

This month is when many of the popular treks in the Everest and Annapurna regions, making up two of the most popular hikes in the world , are starting to open, so you can secure a spot early in the season.

Fewer crowds this time of year are also a bonus on the busy streets of Kathmandu, which are fun to photograph — it can get quite congested at other times of the year, making it tough to visit popular sites and temples.

Since September is on the fringe of the busy fall season in October, you can still find great hotel deals before the rest of the tourists arrive.

  • Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Nepal
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Sea lions on the beach in the Galapagos Islands

Highlight: Prime whale-watching and other wildlife viewing opportunities

A trip to the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is great almost any time of the year, but the month of September has a few advantages. With viewing of native species among the top reasons to visit, September offers some of the best opportunities to see whales, dolphins, and penguins that inhabit the islands.

It is also mating season for many of the animals, so they are especially active this time of the year. September in the Galapagos is dry and cool, so weather conditions are comfortable for outdoor activities. There are fewer tourists at the end of summer, which means more availability on boat tours and other excursions like land tours.

O'Brien's Tower, Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Highlight: The many shades of green to see across the Irish countryside

Ireland is lush and beautiful no matter when you visit, but if you're hoping for a dry(ish), less crowded experience on the Emerald Isle, visiting in September is a great bet. Highs hover around the 55 degree Fahrenheit mark, which means you'll need a sweater or coat, but not much more. Bonus points for packing a rain jacket, as you'll definitely be in for a sprinkle or two—this is Ireland, after all.

Top tourist attractions are open to the public in September, and you'll have the bonus of shorter lines and fewer people to mar the background of your sightseeing selfies.

While you may not want to lie on Ireland's best beaches for hours wearing a bikini in September, you can certainly enjoy its top fishing destinations and adorable small towns .

Don't miss Ireland's greatest cities , like Dublin , Galway , and Northern Ireland's Belfast . These buzzing hubs are where you'll find the best restaurants, top museums, lively musical performances, and a slew of fun things to do.

Explore the Ring of Kerry , visit the impressive Giant's Causeway (in Northern Ireland), and grab a bite in Dingle .

Read More: Best Places to Visit in Ireland

Moulton Barn and the Tetons, Jackson Hole

Highlight: Hiking opportunities at Grand Teton National Park and Gros Ventres Wilderness

While you may not be able to ski at Jackson Hole in September, this comfortable fall month is the perfect time to visit, especially if you're an outdoorsy person who enjoys hiking , biking, and fly fishing . Best known for its breathtaking scenery, this lush valley is surrounded by the majestic Teton Mountain Range .

Grand Teton National Park is the top place to visit in Jackson Hole for obvious reasons. Its 310,000 acres of picturesque wilderness are awe inspiring and filled with trails, lakes, mountains, and impressive wildlife. Pack a camera along with your hiking boots and plan to spend days traversing this backcountry paradise.

During September, visitors can enjoy the Saturday morning Farmers Market on the Town Square , performances at the Jackson Hole Playhouse , the annual Jackson Hole Arts Festival , and an annual juried art fair, among other fun things to do.

Amalfi Coast

Highlights: Picturesque beaches, scenic coastal drives, charming seaside towns

There's little to dislike about the Amalfi Coast, especially if you visit in September. Traveling at this time means you're in for massive perks like fewer crowds; mild temperatures (highs are in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit); warm water to swim in; and lower prices on resorts, hotels and attractions.

Add the area's remarkable beauty and impressive sightseeing opportunities, and you'll pat yourself on the proverbial back for timing your vacation so perfectly.

It's best to hire a driver if you plan to tour the famous Amalfi Drive (also known as the SS163), a winding cliff-top adventure more beautiful than mere words can describe. This is one of the popular things to do on the Amalfi Coast .

Be sure to make stops in the postcard perfect towns of Positano , Amalfi , Sorrento , and Ravello . You'll want to plan time to enjoy a meal (or many) in their fabulous restaurants.

Hop on a cruise to get a better view of the colorful houses climbing the hills of this plush region and be sure to stop in Capri for a little shopping, eating, and exploration.

Speaking of the water, it's important to visit at least a few of the best beaches on the Amalfi Coast during your trip. The September weather will ensure a comfortable day by the sea.

McWay Falls, Big Sur

Highlights: Beaches and waterfalls that are show-stoppers and worth the time to stop and admire their color and beauty

If you're searching for a romantic getaway in September, look no further than California's remote, Big Sur. The warmest month of the year, September presents visitors with highs in the upper 60s Fahrenheit and lows around 55 degrees, perfect for exploring the captivatingly gorgeous rugged coast.

September usually means clearer, sunnier skies, which makes this an ideal time to hit the beach and ogle the dramatic waterfalls crashing over 80 feet to the azure ocean below. If you're a fan of natural beauty, you'll find it hard to leave this breathtaking spot.

Top attractions in Big Sur are less crowded in September, so you may have Pfeiffer Beach almost to yourself. Walk hand in hand through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park , enjoying the refreshingly salty breeze coming off the ocean. Head to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve for a scuba dive, hike, or photography expedition. Plan a camping trip to Big Sur . It's one of the best places to visit for nature lovers.

Niagara Falls

Highlight: The world-famous Niagara Falls waterfall and the many ways to experience it

It's been said that the best view of Niagara Falls is enjoyed from the Canadian side. Once you've come face to cascade with this monstrous world wonder, you'll realize that this statement is true, and you'll understand why it's been deemed one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world .

Visit during September for the most comfortable temperatures and less crowded conditions, which will make sightseeing a pleasure. Early fall also sees a drop in hotel prices, which is a bonus.

You can expect highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 50s, which is acceptably pleasant. Pack a sweater, as the temperature always feels colder by the falls, and a waterproof jacket if you're planning to get close enough to feel the water.

While the falls are the number one tourist attraction in Niagara Falls , exploring Journey Behind the Falls is a must, as is boarding a Hornblower Cruise to get up close and personal with the massive cascade.

The Skylon Tower offers fabulous views, as well as two restaurants, and riding the Niagara Skywheel , the largest observation wheel in Canada, is a fun thing to do for families.

Autumn colors in False Creek, Vancouver

Highlights: Outdoor events like hiking, festivals, and farmers' markets

There is so much to enjoy about Vancouver in September. One of the best places to visit in Canada in the early fall, Vancouver offers so many interesting and beautiful tourist attractions that you're bound to find something you love.

Are you a foodie? There are tons of top restaurants in Vancouver, as well as food festivals galore. Outdoor enthusiast? Climb the Grouse Grind up Grouse Mountain, wander through Stanley Park , hit the beach , or take an invigorating hike — there's plenty to choose from.

Maybe you're a history buff. Head to the Museum of Anthropology , or stroll through Gastown , the city's oldest section. The Vancouver Art Gallery is another must-visit. See, the options for fun attractions in Vancouver are endless.

September sees multiple farmers markets in various locations throughout the city, as well as guided walking tours, live music, and theater performances.

Why not bring the kids for a long weekend away? There are plenty of entertaining things to do in Vancouver with kids .

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US Fall Travel : If you are looking for other early fall travel options in the United States, some places to consider, mostly for fall foliage, are New Hampshire and the waters of Lake Champlain in Vermont , or you can plan a weekend getaway in Michigan to catch the color spectacle in Traverse City or Ann Arbor .

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Europe Fall Travel : European destinations in early fall are nice travel options, too, from the museums and gardens in Madrid to the palaces in Austria , you can take advantage of lower rates for hotels and airfare and visit the top tourist attractions without all the high-season summer tourists.

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September is the unsung hero of travel months: The busiest vacation season has come and gone, places are less crowded because kids are back in school, and as a result, prices on airfare, accommodations—and even attractions—have dropped. It’s the perfect time to pay a visit to locations that are usually swarming with tourists and enjoy some serious natural beauty , luxury hotels, outdoor adventures, and more than a few glasses of wine. So what are you waiting for? Here are the eight best places to travel in September, from Bali to Nantucket .

Hindu temple in Bali

Bali is one of the best places to travel in September, thanks to warm temperatures and virtually no rainfall. (You can also enjoy a slight dip in hotel rates during this time, as it falls just after peak tourist season.) All the better to enjoy the island’s famous temples, gardens, monkeys, and surfing beaches. You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to regions to explore, from the rain-forested inland district of Ubud to the rice paddies and eclectic shops of Canggu.

But we suggest booking your stay at a hotel or resort where you can get the full Bali experience in one stop, like editor- and reader-approved COMO Shambhala Estate , a five-star refuge for luxury travelers seeking spiritual development with Hindu water blessings and chakra healers. With its three pools, private waterfall, nutritious Southeast Asian food, and hammam spa, you’re guaranteed to leave feeling better than when you arrived. (Right now, Bali's government is hoping to open up to tourists in either late July or early August.)

Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Come fall, summer road-trippers give way to migrating wildlife and clear skies in Jackson Hole. The winter frost doesn’t set in until mid-October, meaning you have the whole month of September to raft the snake river, hike and bike through the Bridger-Teton National Forest, and take an early-morning bison safari.

But the best autumn activity in Jackson Hole has to be fly fishing. Hotel Jackson , a LEED-built boutique hotel in the heart of Jackson, is a great place to learn about the sport—the property’s “Fish the Fly Guide” takes guests out on full- or half-day boating trips to some of the best fishing spots in Wyoming. Whether you fish for cutthroat trout on the Snake River or rainbow trout in Yellowstone National Park, fly fishing is definitely one of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of this area. Back at the hotel, unwind in the library or enjoy some Mediterranean cuisine at FIGS restaurant.

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Geneva, Switzerland

Switzerland opened to Americans on June 28 (vaccinated travelers don’t need to quarantine, while non-vaccinated tourists need to provide a negative COVID test), which is good news for anyone wanting to experience the beauty of the country in September. Geneva is a particularly lovely place to visit come fall, with expansive views of the Alps, Jura Mountains, and, of course, Lake Geneva. This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Patek Philippe Museum, which showcases creations of the brand’s master watchmakers, plus a collection of watches and enamel miniatures from the 16th to 19th centuries.

Be sure to also check out MAMCO, the largest museum of contemporary art in Switzerland with more than 6,000 works. Oetker Collection will unveil The Woodward , a new suite-only hotel on the banks of Lake Geneva, on September 1—aside from incredible vistas, the hotel will feature a massive spa, the longest indoor pool in Geneva, and restaurants helmed by Michelin-star chefs.

Best Places to Travel in September Cityscape on Amalfi Coast Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

September is one of the best months to visit the Amalfi Coast, with comfortable temperatures (highs in the 70s and 80s) and far fewer crowds than during the summer. And since Italy officially reopened to vaccinated American tourists for quarantine-free travel in June, you can enjoy the beautiful region without having to wait for COVID test results in your hotel room. Spend time exploring the famously colorful towns along the coastline, like the show-stopping views at Positano and the romantic gardens at Ravello.

Book a stay at the blissfully secluded, 20-room Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa , which occupies a restored 17th-century monastery just three miles from Amalfi. After spending an afternoon swimming in the clifftop pool and getting treatments at the spa, enjoy local Campanian specialties at Il Refettorio, the Michelin-starred restaurant.

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Cappadocia, Turkey

A hot air balloon ride over central Turkey’s Cappadocia region is an adventure every traveler should experience—especially if you plan your trip right after the scorching hot summer months. The sky-high ride provides 360-degree views of the famous limestone spires and “fairy chimneys”—something you can't get at the ground level. We recommend booking with Kapadokya Balloons , the first company that introduced hot air balloon tourism in Cappadocia. Services include transfers to and from your hotel, snacks, full insurance, and a champagne party after the flight.

Speaking of hotels, head to the tony town of Ürgüp (about a 45-minute drive from Cappadocia) and book a room at Esbelli Evi , a 10-room hillside hotel carved into the rock. Accommodations are undeniably cavelike, with sloping walls and rounded ceilings, but the atmosphere is high-end—think antique writing desks and claw-foot tubs. (As of now, unvaccinated tourists must provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.)

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When it comes to sheer natural beauty, few countries in Africa rival Namibia . The Namib desert is the country's shining star, from the otherworldly landscapes of the Skeleton Coast , to the shifting dunes of the Namib Sand Sea, to the eerie, sun-blackened trees of Deadvlei. The best time to visit is from July to October, when the temperatures are in the low 70s and there is little chance of rain. It can get a tad tourist-heavy during this time (it’s also peak wildlife-viewing season), but you can dodge the crowds at AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge in southwestern Namibia.

The lodge has an à la carte menu of adventures for guests, including e-biking around the lodge’s 12-mile path, hiking up to rock paintings in surrounding caves, driving quad-bikes over the dunes, or taking an early morning hot air balloon ride. But the most exciting activity on offer has to be stargazing at the on-site observatory: ​​The lodge borders an International Dark Sky Reserve, providing the rare opportunity to observe the southern hemisphere stars from one of the darkest and most protected skies in the world.

Nantucket Massachusetts

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket isn’t just for summering. A fall trip to the island will be relatively quiet and crowd-free, but you can still enjoy the same outdoor activities as during high season. Spend your days sailing, golfing, biking, and walking to nearby lighthouses, or enjoy the lack of lines at Cisco Brewers and The Proprietors . Don’t miss the 10th annual Nantucket Project (September 23-26), an “ideas conference” where celebrities and innovators give live talks and music performances, as well as screen original films.

This year’s line-up of keynote speakers has yet to be announced, but past headliners include Jennifer Garner, Paul Giamatti, Steve Wozniak, and Ndaba Mandela. The event will be held at the White Elephant hotel, which happens to be one of the most beloved properties in Nantucket. The waterfront resort features spacious suites with harbor views, an outdoor heated pool, and a world-class spa, plus some of the best seafood on the island.

Gergeti Trinity Church Caucasus Mountains Georgia

If you've already visited Napa and Tuscany, true oenophiles should head straight to Georgia, the tiny nation in the Caucasus that’s been making wine longer than anywhere in the world . Kakheti is the country’s foremost wine region, with 4,250 square miles of rolling vineyards, welcoming wineries, standout local cuisine, and well-priced hotels—and September just so happens to be the peak of harvest season in the region.

The first stop on your tasting tour should be Twins Old Cellar , a family-run operation where visitors can explore the qvevri (the traditional Georgian method of making wine in clay pots) museum and sample three wines and chacha (a potent Georgian brandy). Then drive about 15 minutes to Georgia’s winemaking mecca, Alaverdi Monastery , and explore the 104-variety “vine library” and drink a glass of nutty amber khikhvi wine.

At the end of the day, drive to Kabadoni , a minimalist boutique hotel in the cobblestoned village of Sighnaghi. The vineyard views, colorful Georgian rugs, and local cuisine make it the ideal spot to sleep off your hangover. (Currently, Americans must provide either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.)

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Ready to plan a last-minute summer getaway or an early fall vacation? We've got you covered. We selected 16 of the best places to travel in September, based on my personal favorites and some local insights. September is the start of a broader “shoulder season,” when school has begun and therefore most vacations have ended. Fewer crowds (and lower prices) make this a great time to travel to European destinations like Norway, Greece, and Italy, while exciting festivals and events offer plenty to do closer to home in North Carolina and Colorado.

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This vibrant mountain town , known as the “Festival Capital of the Rockies,” is true to its nickname in September. The Telluride Film Festival , an annual Labor Day Weekend event, features four days of cinematic immersion from Aug. 29-Sept. 2. The Blues & Brews Festival arrives Sept. 13-15 with a multi-stage celebration of craft beer and music that includes blues, funk, indie, rock, jam-band, gospel, and soul. From Sept. 26-28, the Telluride Autumn Classic celebrates motorcycles, aircraft, exotic vehicles, live music, and an exciting art scene. Regional vice president at Madeline Hotel & Residences , Bryan Woody, says, “September temperatures are idyllic, fishing is at its peak, rock climbing and the via ferrata are incredible against the early fall colors which peak at month end.” Famed as a winter sports destination, Telluride is just as gorgeous when autumn arrives.

Where to Stay: Madeline Hotel & Residences will host a pairing dinner to kick off the Blues & Brews Festival. Nocturne Luxury Villas offers plush rental homes for groups.

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“The transition from summer to fall harvest starts in September, and most of the farmers markets in and around Greenville run through the end of the month, so you can find lots of locally sourced fruits and vegetables in season. More than 200 restaurants in downtown Greenville alone feature cuisine from all over the world, and from some of the most talented chefs across the Southeast,” according to Morgan Allen, executive director of Euphoria , an annual event set for Sept. 19-22. The award-winning food, wine, and music festival celebrates Greenville’s thriving culinary arts scene. “With 65 events over four days ranging from classrooms, lunch and learns, and wine seminars to musical performances, signature tasting events, and guest chef dinners, there’s something for everyone,” Allen says.

Where to Stay: The Grand Bohemian Lodge is located in Falls Park where there’s a waterfall and walking trails. The Westin Poinsett features the WestinWorkout Fitness Studio and Heavenly Bed. Hyatt Regency Greenville ’s Roost restaurant serves Southern-inspired cuisine.

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Located along the Grand River about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids is home to ArtPrize , an annual 16-day international art festival and competition from Sept. 13-28. “ArtPrize is an incredible celebration of creativity, uniting artists and art enthusiasts from all corners of the globe in Grand Rapids. It’s more than just an art competition; it’s an iconic event that energizes the entire city,” according to ArtPrize executive director, Catlin Whitington. “From sculptures to intricate paintings, every street corner and venue becomes a stage for artistic expression.” Grand Rapids offers a walkable downtown, with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, downtown market , and Millennium Park, with a six-acre beach, boat rentals, and 18 miles of trails. Known as “Beer City,” Grand Rapids features the Beer City Ale Trail and an annual Oktoberfest (Sept.27-28) with live music, games, food, a keg toss, and the third annual Dachshund Dash.

Where to Stay: The Amway Grand Plaza offers views of the city skyline. JW Marriott Grand Rapids , in the heart of downtown, overlooks the Grand River.

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North Carolina’s capital sees warm weather in the 80s, cooling as the month goes on. Several festivals make September a great time to visit, starting with the Labor Day Weekend African American Cultural Festival , a free family-friendly celebration of art, music, food, crafts, and community. The Hopscotch Music Festival , Sept. 5-7, features three days of music and late-night sets in downtown clubs. On Sept. 15, there’s La Fiesta del Pueblo , a festival of Latin American culture featuring live music, dance, food trucks, and family activities. The International Bluegrass Music Association brings their music to downtown Raleigh on Sept. 27-28, with five stages of free music, a dance tent, and more. Raleigh’s new mural trail and museums should be on a visitor’s itinerary. I visited the North Carolina Museum of Art last year, and was so impressed by the collection, activities, and Museum Park.

Where to Stay: The five-star Umstead Hotel and Spa is a spectacular property with an extensive art collection and signature restaurant, Herons . I’ve stayed at the Umstead twice, and had a memorable dinner at Herons. Not far away, another favorite is Fearrington Village , a charming inn with an excellent restaurant and adorable black-and-white cows and goats.

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Located in Sonoma County about 70 miles north of San Francisco, Healdsburg is home to hotels, spas, restaurants, tasting rooms, and a charming walkable downtown. In September, temperatures in the 70s make strolling through town, browsing art galleries, boutiques, and farmers markets a pleasant way to spend the day. It’s grape picking season, a great time to visit local wineries for tours and a glimpse of the harvest activity. Ferrari-Carano and Jordan — among many other wineries — offer tastings and food pairings, and seeing the beautiful properties is part of the enjoyment. I’ve visited these wineries, and it’s always fun and educational to chat with winemakers or tasting room staff and then take home a bottle or two. However, you don’t have to be an oenophile to enjoy wine country; the scenery and atmosphere are captivating no matter what you’re sipping.

Where to Stay: The Ruse , Harmon Guest House , and Hotel Healdsburg are lovely options in town. Montage Healdsburg , set on 258 acres of rolling hills and vineyards, features its signature restaurant, Hazel Hill . My husband and I spent a few days at the Montage and loved the setting and view from our bungalow.

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Known for gorgeous red rock formations and vortexes, where the Earth’s energy is said to feel especially strong, Sedona is beautiful in September with temperatures in the high 70s, ideal for enjoying the outdoors. Hiking trails at all levels lead to stunning views and perhaps a vortex experience along with a healthy workout. In town, browse the many art galleries or shop for crystals, rocks, or handmade items. Swimming, fishing, kayaking, biking, or just enjoying the landscape are more things to do in Sedona . Wine has been produced in Sedona’s Verde Valley since the late 1800’s according to an exhibit at the Sedona Heritage Museum . That history is celebrated in the annual WineFest to be held Sept. 28-29, with tastings from Arizona wineries, entertainment, food trucks, and artisan vendors.

Where to Stay: The Wilde Resort and Spa is set in the heart of Sedona. L’Auberge De Sedona offers a luxurious spa. Sky Rock Sedona debuted an extensive property-wide transformation in March 2024.

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“The City of Good Neighbors” celebrates its famous spicy wings over Labor Day Weekend with the National Buffalo Wing Festival featuring Sauce-Offs, the U.S. Wing Eating Championship, music, and plenty of wings for the expected 50,000 attendees. If you miss the event, you’ll find the best of local favorites along the Buffalo Wing Trail . Enjoy the revitalized waterfront with bike paths and marinas along Lake Erie or visit the Buffalo AKG Art Museum , reopened to acclaim in June 2023. Just 20 miles away, Niagara Falls is a must-see when you’re in Western New York. Also nearby, the three-day Borderland Festival (Sept. 13-15) features three stages with Americana, rock, country, folk, and bluegrass music.

Where to Stay: Buffalo offers a range of places to stay including the historic Richardson Hote l, the Mansion on Delaware Avenue , and the Curtiss Hotel .

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This coastal city in South Texas was recently named a Music Friendly Texas Certified Community , and Sept. 6-7 brings an event that combines art and music. "We invite visitors and residents to MusicWalk, a musical takeover of the Corpus Christi downtown monthly ArtWalk. This celebration brings the flavor, culture, and vibrance of Corpus Christi to life,” Emily Zertuche, interim music commissioner, says. “The festival features over 60 local musicians across multiple outdoor stages and local venues, dozens of food trucks, live mural paintings, a classic car show, pickleball courts, and over 100 local vendors and pop-up shops." Corpus Christi also boasts beaches, the Texas State Aquarium , the USS Lexington Museum , and the Art Museum of South Texas .

Where to Stay: Lively Beach is a secluded, resort-style condominium property. Emerald Beach is the only waterfront property downtown.

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I went to Scotland with close friends a few Septembers ago, and it was an all-time favorite trip. We played golf at St. Andrews and Gleneagles, stayed at a historic inn, once one of Scotland’s many castles, and drove through the gorgeous Highlands. We spent a few days in Edinburgh where we enjoyed a walking tour, one of many great things to do in Scotland . We loved our road trip, but another way to see the country is with Vacations By Rail , celebrating 20 years with 20 Must-experience Tours, including Edinburgh, the Highlands & Islands . Scotland’s rich literary tradition is celebrated at the Fife Arms in Braemar with the third annual Literary Festival from Sept. 20-22.

Where to Stay: The Fife Arms features a museum-worthy art collection in a 19th-century building. The Glasshouse Hotel in Edinburgh was converted from the 160-year-old Lady Glenorchy Church in 2003. I stayed at (and loved) The Balmoral in Edinburgh . My stay at Gleneagles was also a memorable part of my Scotland trip, with an exquisite dinner at Michelin-starred Andrew Fairlie .

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After the busy summer season, there’s still mild weather and plenty of daylight in Norway , making the early autumn shoulder season a perfect time to visit. “September marks the transition from summer to autumn in Norway, making it a pleasant time to experience the beauty of the Nordic landscape. Crisp and clear air enhances the vibrant autumn foliage, with stunning shades of orange and yellow throughout the forests and mountains, making the perfect driving or hiking backdrop. Sunny days and dark nights of autumn offer starry skies and colorful sunsets, adding to the visual splendor,” Torunn Tronsvang of Up Norway tells Travel + Leisure . “By late September, Norway’s famed northern lights start to peek through in the northern regions such as Tromsø and the Lofoten Islands. September is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, visiting museums and sculpture parks, and exploring from the comfort of a train ride.

Where to Stay: In Oslo, stay at Sommero , where the emphasis is on wellness. You could also tour Norway with Up Norway with a custom itinerary, or take a cruise with Holland America Line , Hurtigruten,  Norwegian Cruise Line , or Havila .

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After the bustling summer season, visitor numbers will taper off in September, but the sea and the weather are still warm, and restaurants and hotels are open at least through the month. Known for gorgeous sunsets, Santorini has been called the most Instagrammable Greek Island, although every island boasts an abundance of photogenic places. Stunning resorts are also numerous, and T+L readers voted for several Santorini resorts in the 2023 World’s Best Awards. Whether you enjoy Santorini on land with a walking tour, from the Aegean with a sunset cruise, or in a restaurant sipping local wines, you’ll find many ways to appreciate Santorini in September.

Where to Stay: World’s Best Awards winner Andronis Luxury Suites features private infinity pools. Andronis Concept Wellness Resort offers 28 recently renovated suites and villas. World’s Best Awards winner Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection ’s guest rooms, suites, and villas come with heated plunge pools. The Santo Collection offers two new four-bedroom luxury villas.

Early fall weather in Nova Scotia is mild, with daytime temperatures in the 70s, paired with long daylight hours for hiking, biking, playing golf, and enjoying the finest lobsters and snow crab sustainably sourced from the cold coastal waters. “In September, Cape Breton Island reveals its true magic. It’s the perfect time to explore all Cape Breton has to offer, and come mid-month, the colors of fall begin to arrive,” Kendall Clancy, general manager of Cabot Cape Breton, tells T+L. “September’s clear weather also makes it a great time to whale watch, charter a boat, or rent a kayak to explore some of the most beautiful coastlines in North America.” Hike the Highlands Festival 2024 from Sept. 13-22 attracts hikers from across North America and Europe. In Halifax, the Atlantic International Film Festival takes place from Sept. 11-18.

Where to Stay: Cabot Cape Breton , set atop majestic cliffs overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence, features two acclaimed golf courses and a short par-3 course.

In September, Romans are returning from their August holidays, temperatures are cooling into the 70s, and summer’s tourists are starting to head home. Even if you’ve visited The Eternal City several times, there’s always something new to see — or a favorite place to return to. Those favorites might include one of Rome’s outdoor markets, the Trevi Fountain , or the Spanish Steps, a popular gathering place — just don’t plan to sit and relax there ( that is no longer permitted ). First-time visitors who want to see the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, or St. Peter’s Basilica should plan their itinerary and get front-of-the-line tickets to avoid long waits. After exploring the popular spots, it’s time to walk the cobblestone streets, do some people watching, sip an Aperol spritz in a busy piazza, or find the perfect gelato.

Where to Stay: Hotel de Russie is a T+L reader favorite. The Romeo Roma is set in a 16th-century palace, and Rome Cavalieri is on the city’s highest hilltop. Hotel Eden is a personal favorite, and I love the rooftop Il Giardino Ristorante.

Just as beautiful as you imagine, Bali is surrounded by beaches and covered in hillsides with terraced rice paddies. September ends the dry season as October brings more rain, but as in many places, there’s beauty to be found on rainy days, too. Many visitors head for Bali’s beaches , and others are fascinated by the temples and the culture. During my last trip to Bali, we visited beaches, temples, and markets with handmade crafts in Ubud; I had to keep reminding myself of the limited space in my carry-on bag.

Where to Stay: Umana Bali LXR Hotels & Resorts offers one, two, and three-bedroom villas. Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Sayan is located in the central highlands along the Ayung River. Hoshinoya Bali is in the serene Bali jungle, and Viceroy Bali is set in a secluded ridge above Bali’s Valley of the Kings.

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The country’s capital and the place to see the Panama Canal, Panama City is a modern city with a historic center, Casco Viejo. Cobblestone streets, plazas, restaurants, churches, and historical buildings make up the UNESCO World Heritage site. At the Miraflores Visitor Center , visitors can watch ships pass through the canal from an observation deck, and an IMAX film tells about the history and operation of the canal. Amador Causeway , built from materials extracted during the digging of the canal, is a recreation area of restaurants, shops, clubs, and the Biomuseo. When you visit Panama , be sure to taste Geisha coffee, said to be some of the best in the world, as T+L writer Stacey Leasca learned during her visit .

Where to Stay: Hotel La Compañía is a restored heritage hotel, formerly a 17th-century Jesuit convent. The Santa Maria, a Luxury Collection Hotel & Golf Resort features a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.  The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort Panama, Autograph Collection is set on Panama’s shoreline.

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September is considered shoulder season in Iceland, after the popular summer and before the cold winter months. Daytime temperatures in the 50s and cooler nights will make jumping into Iceland’s hot springs especially appealing. From Sept. 26-Oct. 6, the Reykjavík International Film Festival brings a variety of motion pictures and events to the city. Many travelers head to Iceland hoping to see the northern lights. “Most people think the dark winter months are when you have the best odds of catching a glimpse of the northern lights, but September is actually the best month to view them, and 2024 is predicted to have the best aurora visibility in decades,” according to Lauren Bates, founder and CEO of Wild Terrains . Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking to hike a glacier or a wellness devotee content to soak in a hot spring, Iceland will satisfy.

Where to Stay: Hotel Rangá , in the secluded countryside of the south coast, features an on-site observatory and geothermal hot tubs. Wild Terrains offers two group trips in September, and CEO Bates comments, “The summer crowds have dissipated, but locals are still enjoying the warm-ish weather at multiple outdoor festivals like Reykjavik Jazz Fest .”

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The 15 best places to travel in September 2024

Whether blissful beaches, city breaks or adventure are more your bag, these are the best places to travel in September

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The summer holidays are coming to an end, and parents across the globe are desperate for some peace and quiet. Sure, spending quality time with the kids is beautiful, but those beaches and city breaks look mighty tempting, right? It isn’t as simple as that, obviously, but September offers a different travel atmosphere from the one experienced in the heady days of summer.

The weather is altogether more temperate, for a start, which can be a brilliant thing, and from rural wine tours to lazy beach stays , the best places to travel in September are a blissful collection of everything this beautiful world has to offer. Just make sure you line up the grandparents to look after the kids in the meantime.  

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1.  marseille, france.

Marseille, France

Ready to leave your heart in the South of France? Marseille is having a moment right now, and for good reason. I had the chance to spend a few nights there before a cruise, and it was magical; Palais Longchamp is a stunning architectural feat (and perfect for a cheeky photo op), and you can spend your days hopping between contemporary art galleries and museums. Grab coffee from an old waterfront café lining the Old Port and fresh baguettes from the market, and when evening comes, discover intimate jazz venues tucked away in alleyways. The best part? Marseille stays sizzling – in  September the weather stays at a soul-warming 25C. You heard us! 

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2.  Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Japan’s most romantic city shines brightest in September. The weather is gorgeous, and the hotel prices plummet to make up for the out-of-season demand. How this is out of season, we don’t know, but there’s no need to complain. The autumn colours are staggeringly beautiful, and the end of summer is signified by several festivals and street events. This includes the  Seiryu-e Dragon Festival happening on 15 September this year, in which a  dancing blue dragon marches into cobbled streets. It is surrounded by men dressed in traditional warrior clothes, and the streets are filled with music and spectacular dancing.What a sight to behold!

Average temp in September:  24C/75F

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3.  Montenegro

Montenegro

The days of Montenegro being a little secret paradise are long gone, and Kotor is every bit as busy as Dubrovnik during summer. September, however, is a blissful time to visit as the crowds thin out and the history and culture of this fascinating little country take centre stage. Perast (just down the road from Kotor) is the pick of the coast, while culture vultures should make a beeline for Cetinje (the royal capital) and the indomitable Mount Lovćen, the final resting place of 19th-century prince-poet Njegoš. 

Average temp in September: 21C/71F

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4.  Eswatini

Eswatini

A relatively new international airport and an improved network of roads across the country make travelling to and around this underrated kingdom much easier – so get in there before everyone else does. This entirely landlocked country provides excellent mountain hikes, opportunities for rafting, zip-lining and mountain biking adventures, plus there’s plenty of wildlife – especially rhinos. Visit in September for springtime flowers and to get there before the sticky summer rainy season begins in October.

Average temp in September: 22C/72F

5.  British Columbia, Canada

British Columbia, Canada

The jaw-to-the-floor wilderness of British Columbia is best seen in burnt amber. Fly into the outdoorsy city  of Vancouver  to acclimatise, with walking trails,  parks  and coastal hikes close to food trucks and buzzing neighbourhoods such as ex-warehouse district Yaletown and historic Gastown (Vancouver Island is also nearby for some of the best autumn colours). Then to really feel a sense of escape, head out to the majestic forested mountains and glaciers in Northern British Columbia. Or if nature with wild swimming, local wine and a bit more proximity to civilisation is more your jam, try the Okanagan Valley. Don't miss the famous Vancouver International Film Festival while you're there. 

Average temp in September: 14C/58F

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6.  Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

From beer halls to underground jazz clubs and museums, the Bavarian capital has a lot going for it at any time of year – but the real party starts in September. More than six million people visit Munich to drink about two million gallons of beer every year for Oktoberfest, which arrives early in Germany. Attend it in  Theresienwiese from 21 September to 6 October 2024.  Over the years, the start of the folk festival has crept forward, and now the mass enjoyment of traditional German cuisine, wiener dog races, lederhosen and polka music lasts from mid-September to early October. 

Average temp in September: 14C/57F

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7.  Cali, Colombia

Cali, Colombia

Sure, Cartagena and Medellin have been filling up your Insta feed for years now, but the south of the country is still under the radar. And with its notorious local cartel bosses in jail, Cali is becoming  Colombia ’s next big thing. Known for its smoking-hot dancing, Cali has more than 200 registered salsa schools. In September, the annual Festival Mundial de Salsa is held here, so visit for free shows, live music and spontaneous dancing in its cobbled streets as the best international salsa talent congregates in technicolour costumes to shake a collective tail feather.

Average temp in September: 30C/86F

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8.  Lille, France

Lille, France

This good-looking, underrated northern French city has a lot going for it. Beyond its cobbled streets, Flemish houses and art nouveau buildings, Lille also has some impressively sculpted modern architecture, such as the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art and the elliptical Stade Pierre-Mauroy. While design buffs might want to hold out for the WDC street festival in December, everyone else should visit in September for Europe’s biggest flea market, Braderie de Lille, which has developed into a massive street party. It’s been going since 1127, and you know what they say: practice makes perfect. And obviously you can't visit France this year without catching a glimpse of one of the Olympic matches so check out the Paralympic Games that are taking place from  28th August to 8th September 2024. 

Average temp in September: 15C/60F

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9.  Boston, USA

Boston, USA

There are lots of reasons to love Boston:  lobster rolls , the characterful charm that comes from being one of the oldest cities in the US, and its major-league sports teams. The city’s home to NFL legends the New England Patriots and baseball bros the Red Sox – and the seasons for both sports coincide in September, so if stadiums are welcoming the public again, you’ll be able to catch (at least) one game of each while you’re in town. Sports not your thing? Boston is a total beaut in  foliage season ; for a tree-mendous leaf-peeping trail, wander through the  Public Garden , then through the cobbled streets and brownstones of  Beacon Hill  and along the  Charles River Esplanade . And to find the best of the city in one place, visit Time Out Market Boston ,which is open all year round. 

Average temp in September: 18C/65F

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10.  Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa, Cyprus

This small resort town is situated in Cyprus’s south-east corner, and make no mistake: it's not just for partying. There's a little bit of something for everyone here; beaches for sunbathing, great food and the city's must-sees, its archaic caves and monastery. With the temperature ranging in the mid 20's, September is the perfect time to visit this place to avoid the blazing heat and the, err, typical holiday crowd. Don’t miss the spectacular views from the  Cape Greco National Forest Park .

Average temp in September: 25C/77F

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The best holiday destinations in September

29 best holiday destinations in September

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The lazy, hazy days of summer are over – but September is the new January , and the perfect time for new adventures. So where are the best holiday destinations in September? See how South America is blooming: not only the jacaranda trees and their bursts of blue-violet, but the exciting high cuisine, design and arts scenes exploding everywhere from Argentina ’s always chic capital to the Peruvian Andes. Looking for a final boost of D vitamins to carry you into the last quarter? It’s the sweet shoulder season for a number of exotic, sugar-sand islands. Or discover a new beach in Europe — the mercury stays high the further you explore south or east. Better still, there are sustainable ways to enjoy even the most opulent of these getaways. Read on for inspiration on where to go on holiday in September.

Tuscany rolling hills landscape

Tuscany, Italy

Temperature in September: 27℃ high; 17℃ low Season: summer Travel time from UK: 2 hours 15 minutes Time difference: BST+1

September ushers a light pre-autumn breeze through this most gorgeous Italian region, after three or so months of intense heat. It’s still warm enough for poolside lounging and al-fresco suppers on the grounds of historic villas and grand hotels, but the temperatures ease off enough as the month progresses for adventure seekers, hikers and culture vultures to explore. While buses and trains run through this corner of the country, it’s more reliable to hire a car for a short trip. This grants reliable access to historic cities, towns, and villages, from the museums and visible Medici legacy of Tuscany’s capital, Florence, to the fairytale scenes of San Gimignano.

Where to stay

Tuscany is an ideal destination for intergenerational escapes, so round up the family and secure a dreamy villa through a company such as Oliver's Travels or Airbnb . For a romantic trip far from the city heat, check into Castello di Vicarello – a renovated 12th-century castle run by a family with a keen eye for immaculate design.

United Kingdom England Cornwall Fishing village Polperro Harbour

Cornwall, UK

Temperature in September: 17°C high; 13°C low Season: summer Time difference: BST+0

The golden sands, clear waters and charming towns of Cornwall have long been a favourite staycation spot among Britons. However, visit once the schools return after the extended summer break, and it’s a relatively adults-only haven. Granted, the weather might not be as reliable as it is in July and August, but there are still balmy days to be had. Time a visit with the St Ives September Festival and see the stunning seaside resort at its buzziest, as local venues host live music and events for two weeks.

Perfect Stays has some of the most exceptional homes in the county on its rental roster, with a team on hand to ensure any requirements are met for group and family trips. For an indulgent hotel stay, look no further than Fowey Hall Hotel , a stately hotel a short way from Coombe Haven Beach.

Sicily

Sicily, Italy

Temperature in September: 24°C high; 17°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 3 hours 10 minutes Time difference: BST+1

When isn't a good time to go to Sicily ? The warm wind that blows across the Mediterranean from Africa keeps Italy 's sunniest, most richly cultured island hot well into autumn (you might still get a heatwave), though its wild and beautiful beaches are never crowded in September; yet it's cool enough for exploring the labyrinthine streets of its enchanting baroque towns. Memorable meals are to be had everywhere – September is a fine time for fruit and produce from Etna's rich national park; and there's no problem getting a room in the charming hotels.

Where to stay: At Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo , where pool views look good from all angles and a pianist (and Negronis) cajole couples to dance on the balcony against a menacing backdrop of Mount Etna. If you're looking for a city break, take over this sleek Palermo apartment that's within walking distance of all the iconic spots. For more, see our pick of the best hotels in Sicily .

Temperature in September 19°C high 9°C low Season autumn Travel time from London 2 hours 30 minutes by car Time...

The Cotswolds, United Kingdom

Temperature in September: 19°C high; 9°C low Season: autumn Travel time from London: 2 hours 30 minutes by car Time difference: BST+0

Simply one of the loveliest places in the world, at any time of year, the Cotswolds. Its loveliness wraps itself around you like the early morning mist among the orchards; its drystone cottages and honeycomb-coloured Cotswold stone buildings, ancient and eternal, clambered all over by rambling roses and wisteria; its trickling rivers and weeping willows and wild swans; gentle landscapes and the quaintness of its beautiful villages , and all those country-house hotels for a weekend break in the UK . September brings the harvest, when the local produce is at its best, and the hunter's rich pickings are cooked magnificently in all of the best restaurants in the Cotswolds .

Where to stay: We love Thyme , an idyllic old Cotswold-stone manor with beautifully renovated barns. The Stump is a cosy roadside-inn-turned-pizza-shack just six miles from Cirencester. If you're travelling in a group, takeover No.6 , a converted barn that sleeps 10 and set on the edge of the Blenheim Palace Estate in Oxfordshire. See our favourite hotels in the Cotswolds for more recommendations.

Temperature in September 26°C high 17°C low Season autumn Travel time from UK 2 hours 45 minutes Time difference BST0 ...

Lisbon, Portugal

Temperature in September: 26°C high; 17°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 2 hours 45 minutes Time difference: BST+0

It’s no mystery Lisbon is so popular these days. What’s not to like? Afternoons are for climbing its seven hills in search of the best miradouros – terraces with poetic views over its pastel houses and red rooftops – while evenings are best spent in Lisbon's best restaurants , where sensational seafood is fresh from the neighbouring ocean. Night-owls make a beeline for Bairro Alto. Lax open-container laws make the city’s central district a party – join and drink in the dawn. September has fabulous weather – averages of 26°C – and you’ll get the city to yourself, as the unlucky masses have gone back to school.

Where to stay: The Ivens gets our pick for one of the best new(ish) hotels in the world, while Memmo Alfama might just have the best rooftop pool in the city. For a budget stay, try The Independente , a charming hotel-meets-hostel where rooms are from £100 a night. If you'd like to stay close to the sea, this beach apartment is on Costa da Caparica, one of the best beaches in Lisbon . See more options at our edit of the best hotels in Lisbon .

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Galway, Ireland

Temperature in September: 17°C high; 10°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 1 hour 25 minutes Time difference: BST+0

Ireland’s most scenic city is a blast any time of year, but the Galway International Oyster Festival is an excellent reason for going in September. On the last weekend of the month, the beginning of the native oyster harvest is celebrated with parades, the World Oyster Opening Championships (really) and devotees slurping hundreds of the delicacies with stout and Champagne. Sitting pretty on the River Corrib, the harbour town has always been a favourite for its waterside views, snug pubs and super-fresh seafood. But today, it’s also a standard-bearer for west-coast produce, leading the way in local, organic, farm-to-fork cooking (see Michelin-starred Loam’s seasonal tasting menus). A bit of contemporary culture comes courtesy of Coffeewerk + Press: part third-wave coffeehouse, part art gallery, part design shop. Galway’s sustainable food scene isn’t just limited to Michelin-starred affairs such as Loam. Other pioneers include Tartare Café and Wine Bar (local, farm-fresh ingredients; organic and natural wines; compostable cups and napkins), Kai (as well as serving a daily-changing menu of local ingredients, the restaurant recycles all its waste, with around 25 per cent of it converted into fuel) and Dela, which grows its own produce, allowing for a ‘plot to plate time of minutes’.

Where to stay: Wild Honey Inn in County Clare, Ireland’s first Michelin-star pub.

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Santorini, Greece

Temperature in September: 26°C high; 20°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 4 hours Time difference: BST+2

Ask an islander what their favourite month on Santorini is, and they'll likely tell you September. The boiling, broiling summer rush is over, the sea is warmer than ever and the skies are blue, blue, all day long, and the evenings are cooler in its up-steps-and-down hillside towns. September sunsets paint the town of Oia gold, and the deep blues of the Caldera seem heightened in these days of late summer.

Where to stay: For a romantic stay, check in to Andronis Boutique Hotel , where rooms are dotted around the curves of the hotel's traditional cave-style architecture. For families, The Vasilicos is a boutique hideaway and one of the few hotels on the island that doesn't have an adults-only policy. We also love Grace Hotel, Auberge Resorts Collection , a white-washed, cliff-side dream where all the rooms have terraces and there are two pools. See our best hotels in Santorini guide for more.

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Temperature in September: 33°C high; 19°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK : 3 hours 35 minutes Time difference: BST +0

Morocco saturates the senses. See Marrakech ’s chaotic medinas; the raggedly isolated mud-wall towns of the High Atlas; Essaouira ’s salty sea air and sun-dappled surf. All are at their finest in September. As the summer sizzle mellows, both Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts remain bikini-balmy, while the winter chill that grasps desert nights and mountain villages is yet to take hold. And a smart new crop of design hotels – typically airy riads with crisp courtyard pools, renovated by French fashion photographers and Italian aristocrats – makes Morocco an especially stylish place to lay one’s head. Fez, a vast, medieval warren of a city, has been busy restoring its ancient buildings and monuments, so there’s no end of historic houses, palaces and secret gardens, mosques and mausoleums to explore. Note: you'll see a lot of working horses and donkeys in Morocco – happily, many of them are protected by SPANA , an international organisation that works with some of the world’s poorest communities to improve the welfare of working animals, and to educate their handlers in animal rights. So if you’re offered a horse and cart ride, and the horse is wearing a SPANA tag (often around the ankle), go for it: your money validates SPANA’s efforts.

Where to stay: Within the city, La Mamounia and Royal Mansour top our list of the best hotels in Marrakech . In Taghazout , Munga Guesthouse is a 15-room boutique stay with an fairylit, indoor-outdoor restaurant. For Essaouira, the cool Riad Dar Maya is all sand-coloured plaster and modern Moroccan minimalism with a hot tub on the roof.

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New York, United States

Temperature in September: 25°C high; 16°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 8 hours Time difference: BST-5

New York we love you, every day of the year, but possibly in September most of all. For the weather, for the new season, and all the fresher air of autumn and possibility of a new season and that new season's styles, the way the city gears up again after sultry, away-on-Long Island August. (Yes, for that matter, Long Island is lovely end-of-season in September, too, from the Hamptons to Montauk .) Or combine New York City with an Upstate New York roadtrip to the Catskills , all that autumnal mellow mistiness and sense of nostalgia for a thing you never even had, listening to the Grateful Dead as you wind through the trees to your log cabin.

Where to stay: Try the Ace Hotel in Brooklyn or Pendry Manhattan West in Midtown, both featured on our 2022 Hot List of the best new hotels in the world. Downtown, buzzy spots like PUBLIC Hotel on the Lower East Side and Hotel 50 Bowery in Chinatown are great for nightlife and people watching. See our pick of the best hotels in New York for more.

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Ibiza and Formentera, Spain

Temperature in September: 27°C high; 19°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 2 hours 30 minutes Time difference: BST+1

Those crazy free spirits who spend the season out in Ibiza and Formentera breathe a sigh of relief when September comes. At last you can get a spot to shake out your towel on the beaches again, and a table for lunch at a beach restaurant without so much as a booking (even at Formentera's famous Juan y Andrea). It's all still hot, hot, hot, the closing parties are the clubbing highlights of the season, and hotels and villas suddenly become a lot more affordable – though you'll still have to take out a loan for drinks. Embracing the White Isle’s natural assets is the best way to make a trip here sustainable. La Granja , for example, is a chic inland farmstead that serves slow food from its own biodynamic garden, and works with the Ibiza Preservation Fund to support the island’s organic farmers. In it for the beaches? Rent a solar-powered charter yacht from La Bella Verde and explore the coast’s quieter corners.

Where to stay: OKU Ibiza , a laid-back luxury retreat with a privileged location that gives you access to the most beautiful beach spots on the island. For sunbeds and sushi, it's hard to beat the chic set up at Nobu Ibiza bay . See more options at our best hotels in Ibiza edit or check out our round-up of the best villas in Ibiza and Formentera .

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Mexico City, Mexico

Temperature in September: 24°C high; 12°C low Season: wet Travel time from UK: 11 hours 25 minutes Time difference: BST -7

Massive, messy Mexico City has never been cooler. The lively capital’s young, artsy vibe is everywhere: at the colourful cafés clad in geometric-print tiles; in chic, farm-fresh brunches and craft cocktails blended with home-brewed botanicals; at the urban market in an old auto parts warehouse hawking local designers. September is the last drop of rainy season, which keeps this always-busy megalopolis short of tourists; what they don’t know is the rain tends to come at night, and in quick, sudden fits. By day, it’s 25°C and perfect for nibbling on street eats (pick your lime-doused grilled corn straight from the wheelbarrow) or exploring the city’s most fashionable 'hood: leafy, bohemian Roma Norte. (yes, of Oscar-winning film fame).

Where to stay: Octavia Casa , a seven-room retreat in La Condesa created by Fashion designer Roberta Maceda. We also love Circulo Mexicano for its calming Shaker-simple bedrooms and chilled-out rooftop with pool and Japanese soaking tub.

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Corfu, Greece

Temperature in September: 28°C high; 17°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 3 hours 5 minutes Time difference: BST+2

The shoulder seasons – April-May, September-October – tend to be the most pleasant time to visit Greece and the Greek islands . But blue as the Ionian Sea is, it's still chilly in springtime – so we will plump for September in Corfu, when our morning swim is a warm and delicious affair, when the island's forested hills are still green for afternoon dozes beneath the oaks and olive trees.

Where to stay: At Domes Miramare , which was once the summer mansion of shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and is now an adults-only hotel standing above its own private beach. Families should look to Grecotel Corfu Imperial , glamorous resort where many of the rooms and bungalows have private pools. See more at our best hotels in Corfu guide.

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Istanbul, Turkey

Temperature in September: 25°C high; 17°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 3 hours 50 minutes Time difference: BST+2

Istanbul has always been a cultural giant. It straddles two continents and sits on a major branch of the Silk Road , so pretty much every marauder has left their mark here through the ages, creating a city that’s richly diverse in its art, food and mood. And every September, the Turkish capital proves its contemporary cultural chops with the art fair Contemporary Istanbul, where show-stopping installations, sculptures and canvases showcase the region’s most intriguing works. For more cutting-edge Istanbul, head to Beyoğlu, the ultimate good-times hood. When not at a gig, boutique shopping or bar-hopping, check out New Anatolian Cuisine at Mikla, where the lamb-shank dumplings with smoked buffalo yogurt might just change your life.

Where to stay: Soho House Istanbul is set in a 19th-century palace in the city's coolest district. For more options, see our pick of the best hotels in Istanbul .

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Hermanus, South Africa

Temperature in September: 20°C high; 12°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 11 hours 30 minutes Time difference: BST+2

Less than two hours’ drive from Cape Town , Hermanus has grown from fishing village to popular seaside destination for good reason: it offers the world’s best land-based whale-watching. Come in late September, when the Hermanus Whale Festival celebrates peak season for southern right whales breaching close to shore. Though the fest brings heaps of entertainment – live music, vintage car shows, street food, kids’ activities – spare some time for exploring Hermanus beyond the crowds. It’s at its very best on gorgeous cliffside walks, secluded white-sand beaches (Voëlklip is made for picnicking), or at refined countryside restaurants – The Restaurant at Newton Johnson is set on its own farm, overlooking the winery’s vines. If you're keen to spot some whales, land-based whale watching is about as un-invasive as it gets, and saves on pollution produced by boats. So, while plenty of operations offer whale-watching boat tours here, why bother when the view is so good from terra firma? Hermanus even has its own ‘whale crier’, who helpfully roams around blowing on a kelp horn to alert you to sightings.

Where to stay: Birkenhead House , a coastal hotel with a pool terrace overlooking the ocean.

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Milan, Italy

Temperature in September: 24°C high; 16°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 2 hours Time difference: BST+1

It is a surprising fact that it rains more in Milan than in Manchester . Still, never let bad weather stand in the way of a truly splendid city break. Go in September, which has the fewest rainy days of any month in Milan, and an average daytime temperature of 24ºC. Go new-season shopping and spend too much money on some excellent boots which will keep your feet dry and make you happy in the cold, wet months ahead. Or go to Manchester , and tell everyone that it may be raining, but at least it's not as wet as Milan.

Where to stay: Try the Four Seasons Hotel Milano for a luxurious stay in the city centre or checkin to the Hotel Principe di Savoia , one of the city's grand dames. See more on our edit of the best hotels in Milan .

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Barcelona, Spain

Temperature in September: 26°C high; 20°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 2 hours 10 minutes Time difference: BST+1

It's definitely still sunshine season in September in Barcelona – temperatures average around 25ºC in the daytime, a balmy 19ºC at night. The locals are back from their holidays, but everyone's still going to the beach and eating out and partying like mad to make the most of the last days of summer. Catalonia's national holiday is on 11 September, when the city closes for parades, concerts and celebrations, and the Fiestas de la Mercè is a week-long festival, the biggest of the year, with hundreds of musicians and carnivals, performances and gigs, planned and impromptu, all over the city.

Where to stay: Design-lovers should make a beeline for The Hoxton in Pobelnou, where some rooms come with a view of the La Sagrada Familia. Another great option is Nobu Hotel Barcelona , a glitzy blend of Japanese minimalism and comfortable luxury. ME Barcelona has an unbeatable city location plus a rooftop sundeck and pool. See our guide to the best hotels in Barcelona for more.

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Loire Valley, France

Temperature in September: 22°C high; 10°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 1 hour 20 minutes Time difference: BST+1

This UNESCO-listed river valley is the epitome of bucolic bliss. Little wonder French royalty of yore ditched Paris for its gentle pastures, scattering myriad romantic châteaux across the landscape, plopped amid sprawling manicured gardens or perched on placid lakes. As the back-to-school crowds filter out, take advantage and meander its villages and vineyards in relative peace. Plus, the first weekend of September is marked by the annual Vines, Wines and Walks festival, where visitors choose between various wine trails, led by local winemakers – so you can stroll, sip and chomp the finest cheese with the help of an expert guide.

Where to stay: Château De Marçay , a 15th-century white-stone fortress perched at the top of a vineyard-covered slope.

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Zanzibar, Tanzania

Temperature in September: 30°C high; 21°C low Season: cool Travel time from UK: 12 hours 45 minutes Time difference: BST+2

“Exotic” barely covers it. Zanzibar is another world. Its beaches are mirage-like: salt-white sand, ocean toned electric-blue. Mythical, Unesco-listed Stone Town is an ancient maze built on trade between disparate cultures: Arab, Persian, Indian, European. The scent of cloves fills the bazaars, and gothic churches mingle with domed mosques and Persian hammams. Hotels here are smarter of late; see the waterside Park Hyatt, or Zuri Zanzibar’s thatched villas. September is dry – before the ‘short rains’ of November and December – and not so stifling at around 27°C. Note: you’ll see a lot of operators offering the chance to swim with dolphins in Zanzibar – don’t do it. Tanzania is one of only a few spots in the world with no official regulations to limit the impact of tourism on its dolphin population, and bad practices abound.

Where to stay: Zuri Zanzibar for Scandi-style furnishings and ethnic murals.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Temperature in September: 18°C high; 11°C low Season: spring Travel time from UK: 13 hours 45 minutes Time difference: BST-4

They call it the Paris of South America, but Buenos Aires has long tangoed to its own beat. Nothing feels quite like wandering the tree-lined streets of its largest barrio, Palermo, past rainbow-hued street art and bohemian coffee haunts, quirky galleries and fashion boutiques. It’s more seductive still in September, when the cold winter is easing off, but still-thin crowds largely comprise fun-loving locals and expats. Life-changing steaks and chic cocktail bars beckon at every corner; new – and hard-to-get-into – speakeasy Uptown BA recreates a New York Subway station. On the bright side, low-fare long-haul airline Norwegian just launched a direct flight from Gatwick, so there should be plenty of pesos in your pocket for bribing the bouncer.

Where to stay: Faena Hotel , a decadent, belle époque stay with modern elegance.

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San Francisco, United States

Temperature in September: 21°C high; 13°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 11 hours Time difference: BST-8

Tourist-spotting is easy in San Francisco : just look for the people dressed for summer, teeth a-chattering. The City by the Bay is prone to chill winds and bracing fog, particularly in the summer months. September, though, is when the California dream kicks in, all clear blue skies and certified sun. Soak up those cherished rays with the tech wunderkinds in so-hot-right-now Mission district, where flamboyant sunbathers fill palm-dotted Dolores Park, and weekend brunchers order organic pop tarts in the courtyard of a converted Art Deco movie palace, Foreign Cinema . Or do as the proper locals do and head across the Golden Gate Bridge to Napa and Sonoma . The vineyards seldom look better than when soaked in autumn’s warm glow.

Where to stay: Palihotel San Francisco , a character-packed Victorian hotel near Chinatown.

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French Polynesia

Temperature in September: 28°C high; 22°C low Season: winter Travel time from UK: 23 hours Time difference: BST-11

July and August are the busiest months in French Polynesia . Hold out until September and, as well as having more overwater bungalows to choose from, the weather’s still heaven. No heavy rains until November; none of the later months’ humidity to force on the air-con. Just blue, blue lagoons and the kind of peace you only find at the end of the world. Though it’s the very picture of paradise, locals call Bora Bora “boring boring”. For a quick culture dose, head out of your resort and visit the pearl farms of quiet Taha’a, or meet the blue-eyed, giant sacred river eels of lush Huahine (but maybe leave it to your guide to feed them). Try to get out of your resort and look for local tour operators offering excursions with an eco bent. Nani Travels , for example, was founded by a young Tahitian, Alexandrine Wan, and offers the likes of helping with coral-reef restoration, e-biking around Mo’orea island’s pineapple fields and monitoring shark populations.

Where to stay: The Brando , a polished hideaway on a tiny atoll with a blindingly white beach.

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Utah, United States

Temperature in September: 26°C high; 10°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 10 hours 30 minutes Time difference: BST-7

Utah ’s “Mighty Five” national parks live up to the moniker, but there’s such a thing as too much demand. Congestion at Arches and Zion is so bad now, officials are proposing reservations-only entry. Although those plans have been shelved for now, to really feel the magic of these landscapes you’ll need to escape the mob. September, after Labor Day weekend, is the sweet spot: the summer crush is gone, but temperatures are still moderate, so you can comfortably hike those incredible trails. This is American scenery at its largest: nothing but great rock cathedrals, blush-pink cliffs and rust-red canyons for miles. And with Under Canvas , you can camp right among them. Though the “Mighty Five” get all the press – and the visitors – Utah also has an impressive state parks system, with landscapes that vary from Mars-like stone forests (Goblin Valley) to bison-speckled beaches (Antelope Island). Visiting state parks takes pressure off the nationals and gives you a crowd-free experience, while also signalling to authorities that every inch of Utah’s wilderness is worth protecting.

Where to stay: At Under Canvas , which is 10 miles north of Moab, safari-style tents have en-suite bathrooms and luxe king-size beds, while mornings bring fresh coffee and cinnamon French toast.

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Budapest, Hungary

Temperature in September: 23°C high; 13°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 2 hours 25 minutes Time difference: BST+1

A grand and romantic city, Budapest , with a complex history and beautiful architecture. September is the driest month in the city, the days still warm. The evenings may be drawing in, but as night falls its cool neighbourhood 'ruin pubs' are lit up by fairylights and full up with a young crowd drinking cocktails outdoors in these pop-up bars set up in crumbling buildings. Ideal autumn pursuits: a wallow in its thermal baths, or sweet pastries and strudel in its wonderful cafés.

Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest , a decadent hotel with an infinity pool.

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Temperature in September: 27°C high; 15°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 3 hours Time difference: BST+1

It might not quite be the “new Croatia ” just yet, but that’s part of the appeal — this Balkan gem has so far managed to remain largely off-radar. There’s always some hardy adventurer ready to be first, though; in the unspoiled Albanian Alps, Brooklyn native Catherine and her Albanian partner run five-room farmhouse Hotel Rilindja , a cosy oasis amid peaks and meadows, where evenings bring feasts of spit-roasted whole goat and fresh reservoir trout. Or escape to the Albanian Riviera for glorious golden sands and clear, cobalt water lapping craggy coves. In summer, the beaches are packed with fugitives from Tirana — but come September they’re back at work, while the climate stays Mediterranean and the Adriatic keeps warm. Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, and only small pockets of it are benefitting from tourism: namely, the Riviera, and even then, it’s mostly in the form of day trips from cruise ships. Heading into the mountains brings you up close to more traditional, rural communities and puts your money where it matters most. While independent travel can still be tricky here, Responsible Travel offers walking, cycling, food and wine and cultural itineraries that don’t just focus on the coast.

Where to stay: In Tirana, book a room at Agroturizëm Gjepali , a pre-WWII farm turned guesthouse. In Permet, meanwhile, Villa Permet is a restored 19th-century mansion.

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Temperature in September: 26°C high; 20°C low Season: autumn Travel time from UK: 11 hours 30 minutes Time difference: BST+8

Cherry blossoms be damned. The madding crowds are less maddening in autumn, when trees brushed scarlet and gold make Kyoto ’s sublime temples and gardens an even more precise image of perfection, while sunny skies sustain Tokyo’s bright summer mood. Dive into the urban frenzy — pinging Pachinko parlours, the rhythmic slurp of ramen bars, streets lit in video screen beam and neon – then find your Zen on sacred, misty mountaintops. Try the pilgrimage trails, remote shrines and steamy onsens of the Kii Peninsula while you can still say you were there first.

Where to stay: The Mitsui, with its dramatic lobby contrasting muted bedrooms of light green and pale birch.

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Temperature in September: 19°C high; 15°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 12 hours 35 minutes Time difference: BST-6

September is the best time for trekking in Peru – the last gasp of dry season after the summer hordes have packed up their walking poles, with clear, sunny days obliging those breath-stealing Andean views. But the Inca Trail isn’t the only hot-ticket pilgrimage around here nowadays. In 2018, chef Virgilio Martínez, of Lima’s Central (hailed the world’s second-best restaurant as of 2022), launched what might be the planet’s most ambitious eatery. Mil restaurant overlooks the lesser-seen Inca ruins of Moray, just 30 miles from trekker gateway Cusco; the menu features only ingredients found here, a dizzying 11,500ft above sea level. The foodie odyssey continues in Peru’s increasingly buzzy capital, with plenty of charming hole-in-the-walls dishing out fresh, citrus-kissed ceviche. Better still, September water temps are best for sampling Lima ’s surf scene. Straying off the beaten track will bring more sols to the people who need them most, and one place that’s especially true is Chaparri Ecological Reserve. On Peru’s northern coast, the reserve – home to rare species including the spectacled bear and the puma – is owned and managed by the local community. However, land speculators have, in recent times, aggressively attempted encroachment on this protected territory. Visiting is the best way to give locals much-needed resources to help them keep up their good work.

Where to stay: Arennas Mancora for manicured lawns, palm trees and a whole lot of service.

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Temperature in September: 25°C high; 15°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 13 hours Time difference: BST+1

The original ultimate safari heavyweight is back in the game and is becoming the safari destination to watch. There are some fantastic new lodges opening up in Zimbabwe's exceptional and little-visited national parks, and beside the Victoria Falls. September is one of the best months to go to Zimbabwe for game-viewing, when wildlife congregates around the diminishing watering holes as the temperatures begin to rise and rain is rare, and large elephant herds can be seen in Hwange National Park. It may be high season, but the parks here never get crowded.

Where to stay: Mpala Jena – a tented safari camp on the banks of the upper Zambezi River, close to Victoria Falls – is the perfect spot to discover everything this part of Zimbabwe has to offer: the river, the falls and the wildlife.

Town of Amalfi on the Amalfi Coast Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Temperature in September: 26°C high; 20°C low Season: summer Travel time from UK: 2 hours 40 minutes Time difference: BST+1

Italy's glittering Amalfi Coast is a summer big-hitter for a reason. But we recommend skipping this slice of the country during high summer, and visiting in shoulder season instead – the days are still long and sunshiny, and the coastline's lovely towns and handsome hotels will be far quieter. Amalfi's best beaches will be less crowded, too; don't miss Marina Piccolais, one of the most beautiful of the lot. Spend days visiting the prettiest Amalfi Coast towns – we like seaside towns Minori and Maiori, just a mile apart from one another – or eat at some of the best restaurants not just on the Amalfi Coast , but in the whole of Italy.

Where to stay: 17th-century former monastery Monastero Santa Rosa is a glamorous hotel hovering above the shoreline. Belmond Caruso Ravello , meanwhile, dates back even further, set in an 11th-century ivy-clad building. See our guide to the best hotels on the Amalfi Coast for more ideas.

Aerial view of rice terraces and volcano Bali Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia

Temperature in September: 30°C high; 23°C low Season: dry Travel time from UK: 17 hours Time difference: BST+7

It's the question we all want to know the answer to: when is the best time to visit Bali? Rainy season is from October to March, while the dry season runs from April to September. Aiming for the outer edges of the dry season is your best bet – making September the perfect time to visit. Get under the skin of secret Bali at slow-pace villages, or visit some of the best beaches in Bali for a last gasp of sunshine before British winter kicks in closer to home.

Where to stay: The best Bali hotels include Bill Bensley's Capella Ubud , a luxe tented camp, and Lost Lindenberg , a whipsmart fresh arrival.

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The top 7 destinations for travel in September 2024

The beautiful grounds of Pura Taman Ayun temple in Bali

Editor’s note: Last updated in January 2024.

You’ve decided you want to travel more this year (good on you), but you’re struggling to choose your next destination. Surely there’s an easier way than trawling through endless travel mags and guidebooks for the answers, right? That’s where our  ultimate month-by-month travel guide  comes in: your easily digestible list of places to visit, things to experience, and amazing weather to chase around the world.

It’s time to shine the spotlight on September. European summer is dwindling, South African safaris are in full swing, and stunning autumn colours start taking over US national parks . Whether you want to hike some of the US’s most iconic trails, take your tastebuds on an Italian adventure or discover the Galapagos Islands’ incredible wildlife, here’s your guide on where to travel in September.

1. Galapagos Islands

A seal pup standing at its mother's feet

It’s fair to say there’s nowhere quite like the Galapagos . Where else might you see giant tortoises patrolling the beach, bump into a sea lion when you’re swimming or sunbathe alongside spikey (but harmless) marine iguanas? September is the low season with the coolest temperatures of the year, though with average highs of 24°C (76°F) and water temperatures of 22°C (72°F), it’s still fairly warm. It’s a particularly active month for wildlife, and thanks to fewer tourists, you’ll likely experience more intimate animal encounters.

See pods of curious dolphins and humpbacks before they migrate to cooler climates. Gush at newborn sea lion pups hanging out – and being unbearably cute – on the sandy shores. Or watch penguin courting rituals that put human flirting techniques to shame.

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Nicknamed the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland doesn’t do natural beauty by halves. From geysers to glaciers, black sand beaches to volcanoes, it’s one of the most unique places on the planet. September marks the start of autumn, and while the weather is more unpredictable, we think it adds to the magic. You’ll also miss the summer rush, so it’s an ideal time to avoid big queues and paying higher than usual prices. If you need one more reason, it’s the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, which are given an extra boost around the autumnal equinox. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t dream of seeing this natural spectacle light up the skies.

Delve into the ancient tales of Vikings, soak in the ethereal Blue Lagoon (and countless other hot springs), and witness the mighty Skogafoss and Detifoss waterfalls in their full glory as you travel from Reykjavik to Snaefellsne. Or uncover the beauty of Iceland’s Golden Circle as you walk over Solheimajokull Glacier, relax in natural spas surrounded by a black lava field and listen to the hissing and bubbling sounds of Gunnuhver’s mud pools and steam vents.

  • 8-day Iceland Discovery
  • 5-day Iceland’s Golden Circle in Depth

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3. United States

A woman jumping in Monument Valley, Arizona

From the epic Grand Canyon where nothing can prepare you for the views to Yosemite with its giant granite monoliths and sparkling lakes, it’s fair to say the United States boasts some of the world’s most impressive national parks. September is a great time to lace up your hiking boots if you want to enjoy less-trafficked trails. The cooler weather also makes longer and tougher trails more bearable, and wildlife is easier to spot as it’s breeding season. Oh, and did we mention the stunning autumn colours that arrive at the end of the month? Need we say more.

Discover vast deserts, fascinating rock formations and towering slot canyons in Zion National Park , Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley. Feel humbled by the presence of the world’s tallest trees as you walk through Yosemite’s Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Fill your lungs with fresh air and tackle the awe-inspiring peaks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Or go on a safari – Alaskan style – to look for grizzlies, moose and wolves in Denali National Park .

  • 5-day Western USA National Parks Loop
  • 6-day Hiking in Denali National Park
  • 5-day Hiking in Yosemite National Park
  • 5-day Hiking and Camping in Rocky Mountain National Park

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4. South Africa

A woman photographing the view of the Drakensberg in South Africa

Home to endless grasslands, sweeping golden beaches, vibrant cities and national parks teeming with game, there’s no denying the diversity of South Africa . Where else can you enjoy wildlife sightings and world-class wine in equal measure? There’s something extra special about South Africa in spring. Maybe it’s the whales returning to local waters in Hermanus and thirsty wildlife coming out to find watering holes. Or kaleidoscopic carpets of wildflowers along the Cape West Coast.

Explore the epic Kruger National Park as you look for the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino. Hike the epic Drakensburg – South Africa’s highest mountain range. Or visit the charming coastal town of Cintsa to meet a local Xhosa community and learn about their tribal traditions and customs.

  • 8-day Premium Southern Africa
  • 8-day Kruger to Vic Falls
  • 14-day Garden Route Adventure

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Ah, Italy . A country that continues to cast its spell on travellers. We featured Italy in our May guide , but we couldn’t resist adding it to this one. Why? Because September is jam-packed with events and festivals. The Venice Film Festival, the Regata Storica and the ViniMilo wine festival on the beautiful island of Sicily are but a few. Not to mention the countless harvest celebrations dotted around the Tuscan countryside. All the more reason to plan a trip!

Perfect your wine tasting skills in Italy’s oldest wine-growing region. Sip on negroni while watching award-winning films at Venice Film Festival – and maybe catch a glimpse of a famous actor or two. Or experience the elaborate water pageants and lively festivities along Venice’s canals at the Regata. Travelling to Italy in September will give you an even bigger taste of la dolce vita .

  • 14-day Best of Italy
  • 8-day Italy Real Food Adventure

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6. Indonesia

Travellers meditating at a temple in Bali

From tropical rainforests and epic volcanic peaks to yoga sanctuaries and beach-side bars, Indonesia has it all. It’s totally possible to go on a multi-day trek through the jungle in search of orangutans followed by a few days on the beach drinking cocktails. September is the end of the high season and popular islands like Bali are much quieter, making it a great time to enjoy the serenity of this magical island.

Hike through the thickets of the jungle in Gunung Leuser National Park, foraging for edible plants and stopping at local villages along the way. Tackle the slopes of Mt Batur followed by a relaxing soak in mineral-rich hot springs. Or join a local family in their home for a coffee to learn about Balinese culture.

  • 9-day Beautiful Bali
  • 9-day Sumatra Adventure
  • 15-day Bali & Lombok Adventure

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You might assume otherwise given the name, but Oktoberfest actually kicks off in September and finishes the first weekend in October. The festival started in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It’s now the world’s largest beer and folk festival with festivities all over Germany and beyond. If you’ve ever wanted to eat, drink and be merry in a dirndl or lederhosen , now’s your chance. Prost!

Berlin is a city that likes to party, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best places to celebrate Oktoberfest. Enjoy delicious beer in a huge, traditionally decorated tent in Kurt-Schumacher-Damm. Listen to live music in the lively open-air beer garden at Alexanderplatz. Or tuck into authentic Bavarian food such as brathendl (roast chicken), schweinehaxen (slow-roasted pork knuckle) and w eisswürste (white sausages made from veal and bacon).

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20 of the best places to visit in September

Whether you’re after a getaway with a difference, a life-changing wildlife experience or a long-term adventure to tick off the wish list, September’s an ideal month to get on the road…

September is one of our favourite months to travel. The school holiday rush is over, so sunny destination flight prices start to come down. Temperatures in Europe dip enough to make heat more comfortable and undiscovered Europe is in its element. The ‘stans come to life. Safari season is in full swing, if drawing to a close.

Whether you’re after a getaway with a difference, a life-changing wildlife experience or a long-term adventure to tick off the wish list, September’s an ideal month to get on the road.

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The best September destinations for nature and ideal weather

The best longer-term travel experiences for september, where to go in september for arts and cultural experiences, the best places to visit for wildlife watching in september, here are the 20 best places to visit in september…, 1. sicily, italy.

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Sicily’s Valle dei Templ (Shutterstock)

Like many popular European hot spots, Sicily is still warm in September, yet less oppressively hot, cooler in the evenings and less busy thanks to the summer holidays drawing to a close. However, you might notice an influx of visitors this year, thanks to the hit series White Lotus introducing the Mediterranean gem to the set-jetting travellers of the world.

In the capital, Palermo , opera season begins again this month. It’s also typically an ideal temperature to take on the hike up Mount Etna, or to explore the volcanic Aoelian Islands.

Ensure time to explore the towns of Taormina and Castelmola. The former is where you can find the must-visit Greek-Roman theatre: the view here is one of the most striking with Mount Etna on the horizon. For more Greek ruins, the Valle dei Templ ( Valley of Temples) in Agrigento is one of world’s finest archaeological examples of ancient art and architecture.

It doesn’t matter where you end up on the island: you’ll be able to end each day by parking yourself outside a classic Sicilian eatery to enjoy the hazy late summer evening.

Read next: Sicily’s best things to do

2. hokkaido, japan.

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Jozankei is a picturesque onsen town near Sapporo (Shutterstock)

Just as the pale-pink cherry blossoms of spring draw locals outside to marvel at Japan’s natural beauty, its autumnal colours are just as prized.

But while the rest of the country waits to get its first glimpse of red and golden maple leaves, Hokkaido is ahead of the game. Japan’s chilly northern tip starts to turn towards the middle of September, making for a colourful road trip before the ice and bad weather sets in.

Pay a visit first to the pretty onsen town of Jozankei, just south of Sapporo, which has plenty of walkable forest trails and hot springs to relax in. Then make for the Blue Pond at the centre of the island, where impossibly teal waters reflect the reddening canopies of the surrounding larch and birch trees magnificently, making for a painterly setting.

But you don’t even need to leave the city to spy nature at its autumnal best. Sapporo’s Hiraoka Jugei Center is famous for its ‘red tunnel’, created by the rows of Japanese maples (Nomura momiji) that flank its walkways.

Read next: Reasons to visit Sapporo, Japan

3. corsica, france.

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The citadel of Calvi, Corsica (Sylvain Oliveira/Alamy)

Corsica’s Rencontres Polyphoniques de Calvi is one of those tiny cultural pearls that makes a trip to the old citadel of Calvi in mid-September utterly unique, as choristers and soloists from around the world join the A Filetta polyphonic choir in making the most of their cathedral setting.

By day, take the opportunity to explore the rest of the citadel, whose Genoese construction helped Calvi resist French control up until the 18th century. The former governor’s palace is particularly impressive and has a fine museum on the city.

It’s also a great time to visit if you want to take on any part of the GR20 – one of Europe’s toughest but most rewarding trails . The cooler weather of autumn makes this the perfect season to wander Corsica’s glacial lakes and imposing peaks before winter seals off many of the higher passes.

4. Maine, USA

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Boats docked in pretty harbour town of Camden in Maine (Shutterstock)

September sees New England’s lobster shacks readying to close up shop for winter, so it’s the perfect time to go on a last-minute coastal food crawl. Hoover up Maine ’s famed lobster rolls – overflowing, buttery sandwiches – in villages along the coast, and be sure to stop in Portland, where tours explore both its seafood scene and maritime history.

Further north, Camden takes the plaudits as one of the prettiest harbour towns in Maine, but is known for its fleet of windjammers (merchant-style sail boats). This stretch of Penobscot Bay is particularly sheltered, so it makes a great setting for the annual Labor Day Windjammer Festival, one of the largest meetings of sail ships in north-east USA.

Finish at Acadia National Park’s Mount Desert Island, the highest rocky headlands on this stretch of the Atlantic coast. As well as trails and adventures, it is home to the annual Night Sky Festival in late September, when the Milky Way glimmers bright in the naturally dark skies overhead.

5. Portugal

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Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal (Shutterstock)

Portugal lands on our long-term list for the sheer volume of places to visit, because typically, it’s a classic short break destination. We admit: it’s far too easy to fly to Lisbon or Porto for a few days, or enjoy a wine tasting tour of Douro Valley, and then fly back home.

If you’ve weeks – maybe even a month or two – to spare, it’s well worth slowing down and soaking up Portugal. Spend time seeking out Lisbon and Porto’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods.

Go off-the-beaten-track to the majestic historical city of Coimbra, and explore the underrated Tavira and more of the eastern Algarve ‘s quieter coast. Finally, g ive the fairytale town of Sintra what it deserves: a few days more than a day trip.

You can take your time enjoying the fruits of Portugal’s vineyards, too, and don’t forget the island of Madeira . It has more than just wine to enjoy, but you’ll still soak up Funchal’s world-class wineries at a slower pace.

Portugal may still be a tad too warm in September for travellers better equipped to dealing with cooler temps. However, it’s good to know that things tend to simmer down in the evenings, making strolls to local bars for drinks and petiscos (the snackier version of Spanish tapas) extremely pleasant.

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The Old Town of Tbilisi, Georgia (Shutterstock)

The capital, Tbilisi , may make an excellent long weekend destination, but there’s far more of the country to explore.

Batumi and Mtskheta cities are also well worth your time, both offering historical landmarks, monasteries and sensational views. The botanical garden in Batumi is a natural spectacle, too, especially as autumn’s oranges and yellows begin to take over the country.

Head to western Georgia and experience Kutaisi, or delve into Prometheus Cave. Experience local life in the Svaneti region among the Caucasus Mountains, and end your trip with all the Georgian food and drink you can manage, with a relaxing few days by the Black Sea.

7. Argentina

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El Caminito neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina (Shutterstock)

Argentina’s winter draws to a close in August and early September, so mid to late September brings with it spring temperatures. They do vary, but you can hope for easygoing temperatures.

Spring blooms bring lush greenery to Argentina’s national parks, and overall, this vast South American country is certainly less crowded than in summer. N orthern Argentina in particular is best visited during this season, where you can discover the little-visited Salinas Grandes salt plains, the multi-hued rock formations of Quebrada de Humahuaca, and swing by the mountain city of Salta.

Alternatively, take your time in the capital, Buenos Aires , enjoy the wineries of Mendoza, or head to youthful Córdoba: the gateway to Jesuit monasteries and mountain ranges.

Read next: Best things to do in Argentina

8. trekking in nepal.

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Nepal (Shutterstock)

We’ve covered Nepal’s life-affirming treks in some detail on Wanderlust , and have to say that there’s few better times than September to take on a challenge.

This is because the weather is prime for easy trekking conditions. Rainy season has petered out, the skies are clear and temperatures are on the cooler side. . Time to get walking…

While most head to Nepal for its mountain trails, its also a brilliant country for culture-seekers. Head to Pokhara, the gateway to the popular Annapurna Circuit, but also somewhere you can learn more about Buddhism. Don’t forget to visit the city’s International Mountain Museum for exhibits on historic climbers and the people of the Himalayas.

Teej Festival also often falls in September. During this three-day Hindu festival and national holiday, women will fast and also dress in their beautiful red saris, creating a crimson spectacle on the streets.

Read next: 13 best Nepal trekking routes

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China (Shutterstock)

Both September and October are popular times to visit China. Not least because the spectacular Mid-Autumn Festival takes place during this period, celebrating the end of the harvest. Dates vary, but the special day usually occurs between mid-September and the beginning of October.

Weather-wise, the northern regions are particularly fine to visit anytime in September, though humidity in the south can remain high until later on in the month.

Use this weather pattern to help guide your trip. Begin in Beijing, the electrifying 3,000-year-old capital. The Great Wall, a travel classic, is about an hour and 30 minutes by car. You’ll want several days to walk and explore this sheer wonder.

Then make your way south, stopping by all the must-sees: Chengdu (for giant pandas), Xi’an (one of China’s eldest cities, home to the Terracotta Army) and the Three Gorges mountain range on the Yangtze River.

Read next: Plan your journey with our China trip planner

10. tajikistan and turkmenistan.

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Monument in Rudaki Park, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Dreamstime)

Geographically (and sensibly), it would be impossible and near-criminal to see the ‘stans and sack off the blue-tiled marvels of Uzbekistan. But since we’ve featured Uzbekistan as a highlight for several different months, why not use September to dig deeper into neighbouring Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, too?

Tajikistan, a landlocked country surrounded by mountains, is a hiker’s untouched dream. The capital, Dushanbe, is absolutely fascinating. Admire its unique architecture and monuments in Rudaki Park, then spend time acquainting yourself with the nation’s Soviet history in Tajikistan National Museum.

Turkmenistan’s jewel is its marble-dense capital, Ashgabat, reportedly one of the most expensive cities in the world for foreigners to live. Fortunately, you’re just visiting, so spend your time marvelling at its tombs, towers and mosques, or shopping in the city’s unusual bazaars.

It’s easy to go beyond the city, though. The white-sand coast spreads out before the Caspian Sea, and the Gates To Hell (the perpetually-burning Darvaza Gas Crater) lies in wait in the middle of the desert.

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The start of the Ruo Path in the Lujeri Tea Estate leading up to the plateau of Mount Mulanje (Shutterstock)

There are few bigger music festivals in Africa than Lake of Stars, which lights up the pale sands at the southern end of Lake Malawi in September.

It was created in 2003 to promote local Malawian artists, though it has since expanded its repertoire to take in acts across the continent. After the pandemic broke in 2020, the festival went on hiatus for a number of years, but its return in 2024 marks a new chapter in the life of ‘Africa’s Glastonbury’.

Combine a visit with trips to the surrounding wilderness and mountain areas. September marks the start of the hot season in Malawi, but driving up to see and stay in the family-run tea plantations of Mulanje Mountains offers a cool escape and glimpse of another world entirely.

Meanwhile, down in the bush of Liwonde National Park, the hotter weather soon rids the land of its wet-season greenery, making sightings of its Big Five far easier to sniff out as you drift the Shire River in search of large herds of elephant and sun-worshipping crocodiles roasting on the riverbanks.

12. Munich, Germany

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Traditional costumes at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany (Shutterstock)

Oktoberfest has October right there in the title, but Bavaria’s beer-based merriment actually begins around the third week of September. So, why not get there early, before others may be aware?

Over the two-week festival, you can expect endless opportunities for eating German pretzels, wurstl (sausage) and knodel (potato pancakes), hop from tent to tent tasting the best in German beer, dress up in traditional dirndl dresses or lederhose, enjoy a carnival ride, toast your new-found drunken friends (it’s a friendly festival) and simply dance the night away.

13. Bohinj, Slovenia

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The Cow’s Ball in Bohinj, Slovenia (Dreamstime)

A little more niche than Oktoberfest, Slovenia’s Bohinj region offers more than scenic beauty in September. It also offers the chance to witness the long-running, traditional ‘cow festival’, known as the ‘Cow Ball’.

It’s exactly as it sounds. Through a cloud of folk music, locals watch a parade of garland-wearing cows pass the gloriously blue Lake Bohinj. The event signifies the return of the cows from the hills in summer, where they’ve been munching and filling their four stomachs with green, green grass.

14. Villamartin, Andalucía, Spain

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The beautifully landscaped plaza of Villamartin (Shutterstock)

There’s always a good reason to visit Andalucía, but the annual return of the region’s oldest agricultural fair in September is as good an excuse as any to head for southern Spain. Trust us – it’s more lively than it sounds.

The Feast of St Matthew (Feria de Ganado y Fiestas de San Mateo) serves up Andalucían culture at its purest: cattle browsing before noon; horse displays, carriage races and folklore performances come nightfall. It’s a heady combination, with plenty of food and goodwill found on the streets.

The town lies on the cusp of Sierra De Grazalema, a lush natural park veined with walking trails, rugged limestone peaks and pretty mountain villages such as Benaocaz and Benamahoma. Be sure to strike out into the countryside before heading to the historic streets of nearby Cadiz and Seville for a culture fix.

Read next: Plan your perfect sustainable trip to Spain

15. diriyah & riyadh, saudi arabia.

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At-Turaif UNESCO World Heritage site illuminated at night (Shutterstock)

The end of the month (23 Sep) marks the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Celebrations gather around Riyadh’s huge Masmak Fort, where a 21-year-old Abdulaziz Ibn Saud – exiled at the age of eight – led an against-all-odds attack against Ottoman forces in 1902 to take back the fort and proclaim himself the ruler of Riyadh.

If you want to delve into the origins of the Kingdom, take a trip to the ‘original’ capital in Diriyah, on the western fringes of Riyadh, where the ancestors of today’s Saudi royal family first arrived in the 15th century – although the first inklings of the state didn’t emerge until hundreds of years later.

You can explore this history in the restored 18th-century mud-brick walls of the UNESCO-listed At-Turaif citadel and its elegant Salwa Palace, where evening light shows depict the moment in 1818 when the Ottomans rode in and put a violent end to the First Saudi State.

16. KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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A giraffe roams Hluhluwe-IMfolozi Game Reserve (Shutterstock)

September is traditionally the end of game viewing season in KwaZulu-Natal , making it the ideal month to visit if you want to avoid the mass safari crowds, but still see the Big Five and more.

Expect the opportunity to see lions, elephants, rhinos and giraffes, as well as rare bird species. Hluhluwe-IMfolozi Game Reserve is a must for any wildlife fan, said to be the oldest reserve in Africa. Elephant lovers must head to the north-east to see the creatures roaming Tembe Elephant Park, which is close by to Ndumo Game Reserve.

Birders rejoice at uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, which is protected for its significant population of endangered or rare species, including the wattled crane, vultures (bearded and cape) and the yellow breasted pipit. Over 164 birds have been spotted in the region. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it’s the home of San Rock Art, a large collection of rock paintings dating back to the 1800s.

17. Tarangire and Serengeti National Parks

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Elephants in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania (Shutterstock)

East Africa also offers ample wildlife opportunities in September. Of course, the earlier you visit in September, the better, so you’ve missed the August rush, but you’re also not risking early rains washing the animals out of the park and into the outskirts of the reserves.

Tanzania has two national parks you simply must visit, if you love animals. Tarangire National Park provides wildlife watchers with an excellent chance of enjoying an elephant sighting in the wild, as they group together around the Tarangire River. The Serengeti can still be busy in September and you won’t have much luck with the wildebeest migration (June to July) across the Grumeti River, but you will have better luck with the overall wildlife population. Leopards, lions and more of the Big Five await.

18. Atlantic provinces and British Columbia, Canada

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Puffins shotting in Newfoundland, Canada (Shutterstock)

Chances are you’ll want to take a warm jacket with you on a wildlife excursion in the eastern provinces of Canada.

Here, you’ll say goodbye to safari-style wildlife watching and instead admire whales by boat. Take your birding binoculars too as it’s prime time for puffin sightings along the coast.

You can see native black bears in Newfoundland, too. The season lasts until November, so you’ll be there at the right time. There are approximately 6,000 to 10,000 in the region – which is a pretty high concentration.

On the opposite side of the country in British Columbia, it’s prime time to see wild grizzlies in their natural habitat. September and October also offer a great chance to catch the salmon run , where millions of salmon swim and leap upstream to spawn in the places they were born. It’s arguably one of nature’s most fascinating spectacles.

Read next: 8 u nforgettable journeys through Canada

19. gorongosa national park, mozambique.

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A desert warthog in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique (Shutterstock)

For something a bit different, embrace the beautiful spring season in Mozambique’s premier national park, the so-called ‘Serengeti of the south’.

In spring (September and October), the park’s diverse array of flora and fauna blossom into a lovely shade of green. This month is also peak season for seeing the elephants, wildebeest, warthogs, hippos, lions and buffalo that call the park home – as they all flock to watering holes to quench their thirst.

Birders won’t be disappointed either, and you may spot a Nile crocodile or two around Lake Urema and its varying lagoons . Fourteen African wild dogs were also re-introduced to Gorongosa in 2018, so keep your eyes peeled. One creature you may not spot? A zebra. They’re rare – apparently, there are just a few roaming the park.

20. Falsterbo, Sweden

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500 million migratory birds pass by the Skanor-Falsterbo peninsula (Shutterstock)

Sweden’s south coast isn’t especially known for its wildlife. The exception is the Skanor-Falsterbo peninsula (aka Naset), home to a pair of small towns on the south-western tip of Skåne that are wrapped by pencil-thin shores. In September, it also becomes the perfect viewing spot to see 500 million migratory birds pass by, including a huge number of raptors.

The rooftop of the bird observatory is a great place to bag a spot. And when you’re done, a short walk away lies the Måkläppen reserve, where a year-round colony of harbor and grey seals hang out on a hook-shaped isthmus. SUP and kayak tours can take you near, but these creatures are so curious that they often swim up close to inspect paddlers.

If you have the time, combine the above with a cycling trip along the Sydkustleden (260km), which runs the flat coastal paths of Skåne and takes in standing stones, medieval cobbled villages, pirate castles, the canals of Malmo and plenty of fikas (afternoon tea).

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10 Best Places to Travel in September

Budapest, perth, and italy’s campanian archipelago all shine this month..

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Labor Day might mark the end of summer and a return to work for many—and a reminder to wash and fold every pair of white pants you own until next year—but why not eke out a little extra off-duty time by planning a vacation for this month?

The weather is more appealing in September than it is in midsummer for popular destinations like Italy, where the temperatures will be balmy but the crowds have thinned. It’s the first chance to check out autumn foliage in an unexpected locale, or head to Europe for an urban music festival with more swagger than Coachella and Lollapalooza combined.

Here are our 10 favorite spots to visit this September. Once you arrive, use our insider scoops from local experts to make the most of your trip.

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Enjoy Hungarian wine by the Danube this September.

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1. Budapest, Hungary

September is great for: sampling some unexpected vintages.

Hungary is an overlooked wine producer, but there are world-class wine regions here, including Tokaj in the country’s northeast, and the tiny, 741-acre Nagy Somló just west of Budapest, where the terroir of dormant lava confers a deep smokiness to every white made there. Sample those and more this month during Budapest’s Wine Festival , held at historic Buda Castle September 12–15. Don’t miss the chance to take a few tipples at the famous ruin bars known as romkocsma in Pest, which squat in many abandoned buildings of District VII.

Where to stay: W Budapest

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The 151-room hotel sits in the Drechsler Palace, a neo-Renaissance wedding cake of a building constructed in the 1890s opposite the State Opera House. The decor is suitably maximalist—plenty of mirrors—and the location’s unbeatable, convenient for both sides of the river.

Insider tip

W Budapest chief concierge Peter Zimmerman recommends all the spas for which Budapest is renowned, but with a twist—come ready for a game of chess: “Hungarians love chess, and we were always in the top tier of chess competitions. Locals love to play in spas whether it is a floating chess board or a built-in one.”

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The Reeperbahn Festival is an edgier answer to Coachella.

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2. Hamburg, Germany

September is great for: the coolest music festival in Europe.

Locals call the Reeperbahn Die sündigste Meile , or the Most Sinful Mile, as the barely half-mile-long strip is a den of sleazy bars and XXX-rated experiences year-round. In September, though, its appeal broadens, as the strip hosts the Reeperbahn Festival , this year running September 18–21. The event commandeers the bars and clubs along the road for a wide-ranging and eclectic program, spanning neo-classical to hip-hop. Last year’s program featured almost 500 concerts from 400 bands from more than 40 different countries. This year’s roster is equally impressive, from London-based classical multi-instrumentalist Maria Chiara Argirò to French punk-inspired duo Bracco.

Where to stay: The Reverb by Hard Rock Hotel Hamburg

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Where else but the brand-new music-inspired hotel, set to open in June, the second outpost of Hard Rock’s attempt to refresh its rather tired associations? Reverb is rockier and younger and will offer daily live entertainment on site.

One to watch during the festival? Alli Neumann, who’s playing at the Elbphilharmonie on September 20. “She doesn’t mince her words when it comes to addressing social issues, be it sexism, finding one’s identity, or personal integrity,” says the Reverb’s GM, Till Westheuser, calling her “one of the most sought-after live artists in Germany.” Pick up her debut album, Madonna Whore Komplex, to prepare for the powerhouse set.

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Don’t miss Western Australia when its flowers are in bloom.

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3. Perth, Australia

September is great for: going wild about flowers.

It’s springtime down under in September, and that’s when Western Australia bursts into bloom, with more than 12,000 species of wildflowers springing to life this month—60 percent of them are unique to the area and found nowhere else on the planet. Come to its largest city to see the riot of color that carpets urban greenspaces like Kings Park (at almost 1,000 acres, it outstrips Central Park). Now in its 60th year, the Everlasting Kings Park Festival runs September 13–29 this year, and includes guided walks, photograph displays, and workshops for families. It typically draws around a half-million attendees.

Where to stay: Como the Treasury

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Singaporean luxe hotelier Como is usually associated with sprawling resorts in far-flung locales, so this urban, 48-room property in an historic 19th-century building downtown is an outlier. Still, it doesn’t skimp on all the signature indulgences, including the Shambhala spa.

The winter markets run through the end of October at Scarborough Esplanade, every Saturday till late afternoon, packed with craft stalls and food trucks. Pick up some locally made wildflower honey, too, says Como the Treasury’s front of houser Katrina Borgogno-Salis. “It’s a warm and intimate experience, all while the sun sets over the ocean.”

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Santiago is Chile’s capital and largest city.

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4. Santiago, Chile

September is great for: experiencing an alternative Independence Day.

September 18 is a major day in the Chilean calendar— Fiestas Patrias, or Independence Day. It marks the time when the Creole leaders in Santiago formed a junta to try to overthrow the Spanish colonial powers in 1810; official independence came eight years later. Expect the usual street parties and events across the country, with the largest celebrations in the capital. Try native food and drinks, like corn-based chica or pisco, and see superb instances of cueca , a courtship-inspired handkerchief-waving performance that is officially the national dance of Chile.

Where to stay: The Singular Santiago

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This 10-year-old boutique hotel sits in the heart of the coolest current nabe in town, the tree-lined Barrio Lastarria. Make sure to have a drink or two on the rooftop terrace, with its 26-foot marble bar and killer views across the city.

The Chilean painter Carmen Aldunate is under the spotlight via a new exhibition at the Ralli Museum. It’s a career-capping retrospective that’s unmissable, per Martin Torres, concierge at the Singular. “She’s associated with the pre-Renaissance illustratism and the Latin American neo-figurative movement,” he explains, “After a 60-year career, she has decided to retire due to a sight problem that left her without vision.”

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Skip the overcrowded vineyards this harvest season.

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5. Central Valley, California

September is great for: harvest-time sightseeing in America’s winelands.

September means harvest season, so skip the traffic-clogged roads of Napa and Sonoma for a few tastings further south in the Central Valley. Its hot, dry conditions, and shelter from ocean spray, make it a powerhouse producer, with almost half the state’s grapes grown here; its profile, though, is much lower than those rivals up north.

Follow the Madera Wine Trail here for a chance to explore eight smaller, family-owned wineries like Papagani and Birdstone, or head to Vista Ranch in Merced, another boutique property that’s handily close to Yosemite if you need an outdoorsy detour.

Where to stay: El Capitan Hotel

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This historic hotel, operating for more than 150 years in Merced, was fully renovated three years ago to give it a funky, pioneer-meets-midcentury vibe—think record players in rooms, bentwood chairs, and monochrome tiled bathrooms.

Sneak in a snifter on the patio at Hi-Fi Wine in downtown Merced, says Robin Donovan, managing director at El Capital Hotel. “It hosts a ton of events, including charcuterie classes, wine education tastings, and even field trips to vineyards to meet with producers.”

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Different American Indian cultures occupied Ocmulgee Mounds for thousands of years—some of which created the series of mounds that gave the park its name.

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6. Macon, Georgia

September is great for: previewing Georgia’s would-be national park, its first.

Lawmakers have just introduced proposed legislation to create Ocmulgee Mounds Park and Preserve, a national park out of a 54-mile stretch of land and ceremonial mounds along the Ocmulgee river in Macon. This proposed park is a chance to honor the Indigenous communities, including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, who consider the land sacred and lived here for thousands of years before their forced displacement to what’s now Oklahoma. Come to celebrate that history this month over the weekend of September 14–15, during the Ocmulgee Indigenous Celebration , one of the largest Native American gatherings in the Southeast. Hundreds of craftspeople, dancers, and storytellers convene here to perform and exhibit art, drawing from nations including Cherokee and Chickasaw.

Where to stay: Hotel Forty Five

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This 94-room hotel in Macon’s central business district sits at a 45-degree angle amid the city grid—hence the name—and still retains elements of the former occupants, mostly banks and insurance companies, with intact vintage signage and historic details like terrazzo floors and copper fixtures.

Don’t leave town without grabbing breakfast at Macon Bagels, says Ashley Glassman, GM of local restaurant Quill. “Go early, because they tend to sell out. The Out of Towner is my current obsession, with cream cheese, lox, capers, and house-made pickled onions. Pick the bagel of your choice; try and grab a cheddar bagel though they’re usually the first to sell out, and for good reason.”

7. Campanian Archipelago, Italy

September is great for: eking out an extra few weeks of summertime.

Stretch out summer with a trip to Italy’s southwest coast, where the weather reliably sits in the 80s for most of the month. Skip overtouristed Capri, and opt instead for lesser known but just as gorgeous islands in the Bay of Naples like Procida and Ischia. Named the Italian Capital of Culture in 2022 , Procida is the smallest, a postcard-pretty island where everything from Il Postino to the Jude Law–starring Talented Mr. Ripley were filmed; the village of Chiaiolella has a long, lounge-worthy strip of black sand. Otherwise, try Ischia, whose volcanic nature means there are ample natural thermal springs along the coast—and wellness-focused resorts as a result.

Where to stay: San Montano Resort & Spa

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Make the most of Ischia’s thermal springs at this five-star hotel, which sits in its own 7.5-acre garden and has an on-site spa complex with panoramic tubs and pools.

Gary Portuesi of Authentic Explorations , a travel specialist with particular expertise in the area, says the best thing to do is rent a boat for the day. “Go to Sorrento Bay for the hot springs that bubble up from the sea floor, or San Montano Bay, where the sandy beaches can’t be beat.” And try some rabbit at the restaurant Il Focolare—that’s Ischia’s delicacy.

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This September, head to Bhutan for cultural festivities.

September is great for: folkloric festivals

Monsoon season comes to a close this month, easing the tropical downpours and sweltering temperatures making exploring this hilly, landlocked kingdom much more pleasant. It’s also a chance to experience one of the most exciting, and all-consuming, national festivals of this Buddhist nation, Thimphu Tshechu, held this year in the capital during September 12–14. It dates back more than 350 years and draws thousands from the countryside to attend. Expect plenty of displays of Cham dancing, the narrative folkloric tradition that tells stories through masked, elaborately costumed performances, all to the sounds of drums and horns.

Where to stay: Amankora Punakha Lodge

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Stay at this four-suite converted farmhouse in the subtropical valley where Bhutanese royals once overwintered—and hope for chilly nights this month because each of the suites has its own wood-burning stove.

Eve Shaw, Head of Operations at Timbuktu Travel, strongly urges anyone to go to the Happiness Field Village to experience local food and also try out the local natural textile dye process via a workshop there. “The place belongs to Aum Karma Yangchen, an award-winning designer and traditional Bhutanese textile dye expert who was asked to design the Royal gho for His Majesty the King of Bhutan’s Coronation in 2008,” she says, “She can give a demo about traditional dyeing in a hands-on workshop using organic plants and minerals.”

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This September, dig into London’s creative side.

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9. London, United Kingdom

September is great for inspiration from across the creative spectrum.

This month, creatives across the world descend on the British capital—not for one, but three events. It’s London Fashion Week September 13–17, when the likes of JW Anderson and Burberry will showcase collections simultaneously with the London Design Festival, which runs Sept 14–22, and includes exhibitions, installations, and special events at museums and stores around the capital. The Totally Thames event lasts the entire month, and cultural and environmental activities span its entire 42-mile stretch. All that plus the opening of A Face in the Crowd, which reworks the Hollywood classic into a stage musical with original songs by Elvis Costello.

Where to stay: The Londoner

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The three-year-old hotel sits squarely on London’s answer to New York’s Times Square, Leicester Square, and is superbly convenient to walk to most of the major central sights, from Covent Garden to Buckingham Palace.

Keep yourself powered-up by pit stopping at the Bar Termini in Soho, five minutes’ walk from the hotel, founded by cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro. “It’s a tiny hidden gem,” says Paul Gauger, a senior executive from VisitBritain. Order the Il Diciotto Spritz, he adds, made with amaro created in-house by the bar team.

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Kick off fall foliage season in an unlikely place.

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10. Branson, Missouri

September is great for: an all-American alternative to New England’s crowded leaf-peeping routes

Forget New England : What about looking at changing colors in the heart of the country? Branson is known for man-made entertainment, from concerts to amusement parks, along 76 Country Boulevard, but consider a trip here to explore the outdoors, specifically the Ozark Mountains. Head out to the Highway 165 scenic overlook, a 22-mile loop that offers superb views throughout, including across Table Rock Lake. Get out of the car and go hiking around the more than 1,500-acre Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area , or take an easy stroll for a couple of miles on the paved path around Table Rock.

Where to stay: The Ozarker

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The 102-room boutique hotel opened last summer, offering a funkier alternative to the somewhat workaday accommodations that are common here. The six-person bunk bed rooms are a fun, affordable family option.

Go big when you go out to eat here, says Ozarker general manager Chris Patrick. Try the deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza at Mr. Gilberti’s Place, he says, or the retro-accented Billy Gail’s restaurant, a diner where the killer must-order is its oversize pancakes.

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The 10 best places to travel in September

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Every travel enthusiast knows that choosing the right time to visit a destination can make all the difference.

As summer wanes and fall approaches, September is an ideal travel month for so many reasons. With mild weather, fewer crowds and a plethora of cultural, culinary and festive events on offer, cities, towns and islands — from Louisville, Kentucky to the Maldives — present their unique allure.

Here are TPG's top 10 places to visit in September.

Louisville, Kentucky

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September is a month of celebration in Louisville with the 8th annual Bourbon & Beyond festival (Sept. 14-17) and the concurrent Kentucky Bourbon Festival. It offers an extensive range of bourbon and live music from acclaimed artists, so it's a bourbon lover's paradise.

Related: Baseball, bourbon and Barbaro: Why Louisville is the perfect destination for a father/daughter trip

Music enthusiasts should not miss the Louder Than Life Festival, a four-day music event attracting over 120,000 fans yearly (Sept. 21-24).

Plus, Bourbon fanatics can also enjoy a visit to Rabbit Hole Distillery right next door to Hotel Genevieve before spending the night in Louisville's newest chic boutique hotel (and the first boutique hotel for the hip East Market district — an emerging area near downtown dotted with bourbon distilleries, craft breweries, stylish bars, elevated restaurants and vintage stores).

TPG tip : Book a stay at the Moxy Louisville Downtown from 31,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or $129 per night.

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Vienna shines in September, offering a delightful blend of summer's warmth and outdoor fun without the usual crowds.

As temperatures remain pleasant, the city becomes a haven for visitors seeking enjoyable outdoor activities. Join the Viennese locals in celebrating the start of the opera season, a grand event from September through June. Don't miss the annual WienerBierfest, a lively beer festival that adds cheer to the city.

Moreover, September marks the beginning of the harvest season for Vienna's vast urban vineyards, spanning more than 1,700 acres. With its rich cultural heritage, stunning landmarks and vibrant atmosphere, Vienna in September is a true delight for any traveler.

Related: How to spend 48 hours in Vienna

TPG tip : Stay local with the Austrian-owned Almanac Palais Vienna, which just debuted in March. It is a boutique property set inside a pair of former Palais dating to 1871 and owned by the Austrian Haselbacher family. Rates start from $268 per night. Or splurge on the exquisite Rosewood Vienna , with a fabulous location, sumptuous rooms and impressive amenities, including a spa and rooftop bar. Rates start at $800 per night.

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September in the Maldives is a surfer's dream. With consistent waves, steady trade winds and tropical water temperatures, it's the perfect time for surfing. Gili Lankanfushi offers the opportunity to ride waves where surfing in the Maldives was born. Guests can enjoy renowned surf breaks, including the legendary Jailbreak spot just a short boat ride away. Partnered with Tropicsurf, the resort provides surf instruction for all ages and levels. State-of-the-art equipment is available for rent at Gili's surf shack.

Related: Dreaming of the Maldives? These new and updated points resorts are waiting for you

TPG tip : The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is a gem and available from $690 or 120,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Napa Valley, California

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In September, Napa Valley becomes a captivating destination that showcases its picturesque charm. The pleasant weather with ideal daytime temperatures sets the stage for an unforgettable visit.

As the leaves transition into vibrant yellow, orange and burgundy hues, the entire valley transforms into a breathtaking autumnal landscape. The air is filled with delightful harvest aromas during the bustling "crush" season. September also offers a host of seasonal events, from grape smashing to wine blending, festivals and harvest dinners.

Furthermore, Napa Valley's culinary scene continues to evolve with exciting additions like Scala Osteria & Bar, offering delectable Italian cuisine, and Morimoto Asia, a pan-Asian concept by renowned chef Masaharu Morimoto.

TPG tip : At Meadowood Napa Valley, American Express Platinum Card members receive early and late checkout, daily breakfast for two, $100 toward spa services, and you can use 50,000 points (worth $500) towards your stay when booking through the American Express Travel Portal .

Trancoso, Brazil

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Trancoso's boutique UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, located on the historic main square (rates from $578), gears up for the area's annual Organic Festival, promoting sustainability and community outreach. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, this event raises awareness about organic food's positive impact on the environment and locals. After a hiatus due to Covid, the festival returns, featuring renowned Brazilian chefs who offer their culinary delights at affordable prices.

In addition, this year's focus expands to encompass the region's rich food history, tracing its origins from indigenous cultures to its hippy haven past. September provides the final chance to explore Brazil before visa requirements come back into effect for U.S. travelers starting Oct. 1.

TPG tip : You can get a roundtrip economy ticket to Porto Seguro with one stopover for as little as $761 during the month of September on LATAM , which is a Marriott Bonvoy transfer partner.

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London is a captivating destination to explore in September, and it's no surprise that it tops the travel charts for Americans.

With a vibrant array of events, the city offers something for everyone. From July 19 to Sept. 9, the renowned BBC Proms features female conductors opening and closing the event for the first time in history. Fashion Week (Sept. 15-19) showcases the latest trends, while the Victoria and Albert Museum hosts a fascinating exhibition dedicated to Coco Chanel, debuting on Sept. 16.

TPG tip : Stay at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel where the Spice Girls filmed their famous "Wannabe" music video. Rates start from 61,000 Marriott Bonvoy points or $378 per night.

Related: The top Renaissance hotels you can book and earn Marriott Bonvoy points

Cancun, Mexico

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Cancun, Mexico is a fantastic destination to visit during the "shoulder season," offering an excellent opportunity to enjoy the country's beaches, historical sites and cultural events away from the bustling crowds. It's ideal for travelers seeking immersive cultural experiences, particularly during Mexico's Independence Day celebrations on Sept. 16. The streets come alive with vibrant festivals featuring mariachis, mesmerizing garage tapatío performances (the national dance of Mexico), mouthwatering Mexican street food and much more. This is the perfect time to soak up Mexico's rich traditions and flavors while enjoying the beauty of Cancun's stunning coastline.

TPG tip : Book a room at InterContinental Presidente Cancun Resort from $200 or 32,000 IHG One Rewards per night.

Related: 14 of TPG's favorite points hotels on the beach in Mexico

Grapevine, Texas

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Grapevine, a hidden gem within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas, offers a delightful retreat for travelers seeking a quaint and charming destination.

Strolling down Main Street, visitors will discover an array of wine-tasting rooms, local artists and unique shops, set against the backdrop of a storybook-esque clock tower that graces the downtown area.

The highlight of September in Grapevine is the largest wine festival in the southwest, taking place this year from Sept. 14-17. This four-day extravaganza offers annual events, special wine tastings and family-friendly activities. With Main Street closed to traffic, visitors can sip on Champagnes and sparkling wines under the shaded oaks at Champagne Terrace, embark on a unique tasting experience at Liberty Park Plaza, and participate in entertaining events like the Champagne Cork Shoot-Off and Grape Stomp. Grapevine promises a memorable and fun-filled experience for wine enthusiasts and travelers alike.

TPG tip : For easy access to all the major attractions in the area, book a room at Hilton Garden Inn Grapevine at Silverlake Crossings from 34,000 Hilton Honors points or $109 per night.

New York City

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NYC celebrates the arrival of fall with an irresistible blend of sports and fashion. Sports enthusiasts can witness the excitement of the US Open, taking place from August 28 to Sept. 10, where the world's top tennis players compete for glory.

Simultaneously, the city transforms into a fashion hub as Fashion Week unfolds from Sept. 7-13, showcasing the latest trends and designs. Additionally, September marks the transition into the enchanting fall season, where the city's parks and streets are adorned with the vibrant colors of changing leaves. New York City in September becomes a dynamic and captivating destination that seamlessly blends sports, fashion and the magic of autumn.

TPG tip : There's no shortage of great places to stay in NYC . For easy access to September's top attractions, the Pendry Manhattan West is available from $761 or 59,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per night.

Orléans, France

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Orléans, located on the banks of the majestic Loire River, becomes an enchanting destination during the eleventh edition of the Loire Festival, Europe's largest gathering of the river navy, from Sept. 20-24, 2023.

This biennial event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors who come together to celebrate the rich historic naval traditions. With more than 200 boats, 700 sailors and 500 artists participating, the festival showcases nautical demonstrations, regattas, jousts and rowing races.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere while savoring local specialties and enjoying drinks by the water at charming taverns known as "guinguettes." As night falls, the city comes alive with breathtaking fireworks and illuminations. Orléans, one of France's oldest cities and the gateway to the historic Loire Valley region, exudes a palpable sense of history with its ties to Joan of Arc and a fascinating medieval past.

TPG tip : Mercure Orléans Centre is available from $144 or 9,646 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per night.

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September is ideal for exploring the legendary Irish countryside in all of its green, verdant, bucolic glory (on July 19, Ireland lifted its 14-day quarantine requirement for vaccinated Americans). Fly into Shannon and head first for Dromoland Castle , a 16th-century castle that sits on 450 acres and is brimming with activities for every type of traveler, from golfers to gardeners (André le Nôtre, known for designing the gardens at Versailles, also did the gardens here). After a few days of discovering County Clare's treasures, such as the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, drive up to County Mayo, home of the grand Ashford Castle , a Medieval stunner (Victorian additions were added in 1852) that once belonged to the Guinness family. The hospitality—and attention to detail—is unparalleled here, as are the list of activities, chief among them the can't-miss experience at the hotel's Falconry School of Ireland, the oldest in the country.

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Washington, D.C.

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By September, the nation's capital begins to cool down from its sweltering summer, making it much more pleasant for exploring the city's many, many landmarks. From the iconic Lincoln Memorial to the must-see Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, D.C.'s architectural feats are best explored on foot. There is also more to the city than its historical monuments, from charming and collegiate Georgetown to the food scenes of Adams Morgan and Logan Circle (don't miss Tail Up Goat and Le Diplomate ) to culturally rich institutions like Hillwood and the Phillips Collection . Stay at the stately Dupont Circle Hotel which recently underwent a full top-to-bottom renovation. Among the upgrades: a redesign of the bar and restaurant by Martin Brudnizki , who famously revamped Annabel's , the iconic private club in London.

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Ojai, California

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Say what you will about Ojai's New Age-y woo woo tendencies but there's no denying its pull. Located in between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara in a valley in the Topatopa Mountains, its peaceful setting is ideal for wellness pursuits and getting in touch with your spiritual side. The Ojai Valley Inn is the place to do just that. The luxury 220-acre property is surrounded by ancient oak and olive trees and lined with fragrant sage and lavender. There is an extensive list of activities that include beekeeping, vegan cooking, equine learning, candle-making, and terrarium-building. Don't fret, traditional resort activities—golf, tennis, pool—are also available.

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Vancouver, Canada

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The British Columbia city has everything you want in a dynamic metropolis—it's diverse and multiethnic, and full of arts, culture, and fantastic food. But what's also wonderful about Vancouver is that it is surrounded by mountains and sea, which means there are plenty of nature-centric, outdoorsy pursuits, too, so you get the best of both worlds. As for where to stay, how about a little trip through history, specifically the Roaring Twenties? The Rosewood Hotel Georgia was originally founded in 1927, and throughout its illustrious past it has played host to the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Katharine Hepburn. After a meticulous restoration by Rosewood in 2011, it now perfectly straddles the line between old world charm and contemporary comfort.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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Jackson Hole has long been the playground for a certain kind of crowd: one percenters who prefer a more down-to-earth and back-to-nature ruggedness over the glitz and glam of other alpine towns (like Aspen). It's also one of the most gorgeous places in the country—surrounded by the towering Grand Teton mountain range, there are breathtaking vistas from just about anywhere, not to mention all the wildlife, the wide open spaces, the magnificent homes, and the outdoor activities, from hiking to horseback riding. Plus, Grand Teton National Park isn't its only megawatt draw. There is also Yellowstone National Park, which became the country's first national park in 1872. Its famous Grand Prismatic Spring and soaring Old Faithful Geyser are just a two hour drive away. If traveling with friends or family, stay at the 8-key Caldera House , where every two- or four-bedroom suite is impeccably designed to feel like a palatial pied-a-terre . Couples should head to the Amangani , which has unbeatable views of Snake River Valley and the Tetons, and where every suite is outfitted with a fireplace and private balcony.

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Bozeman, Montana

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Yellowstone spans more than 2 million acres, making it the second largest national park in the contiguous U.S. (bigger than the Grand Canyon), meaning it's worth exploring an access point beyond Jackson Hole, too. Take Bozeman, Montana, located about two hours north of the park. It has all the fine qualities of a mountain town—it's surrounded by the Rockies with a wealth of activities like hiking, paddle boarding, biking, fishing—along with the arts, culture, and restaurant scene of a city. There are plenty of attractions outside of Yellowstone, from Fairy Lake and Hyalite Reservoir, to the hiking trail to Sacagawea Peak, where mountain goat sightings are common. Stay at the Kimpton Armory Hotel located right in downtown Bozeman or, for a more remote escape, head to Sage Lodge , which is set on the banks of the Yellowstone River and boasts stunning views of Paradise Valley.

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Hudson Valley, New York

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New York's scenic Hudson Valley makes for a perfect early autumn escape, catering to food lovers, nature lovers, wine lovers, pretty much everyone. There's the city of Hudson, teeming with Brooklyn expats and home to antique shops, galleries, farm-to-table restaurants, and B&B's. There's Hyde Park with its historic mansions, like Franklin D. Roosevelt's home and a Vanderbilt estate. There's Beacon, most famous for the cavernous Dia Beacon museum that houses monumental Richard Serra sculptures, Agnes Martin canvases, and Dan Flavin lights. Over in the tiny village of Tivoli (population: 1,118), artist Brice Marden and his wife Helen are the proprietors of the Hotel Tivoli , an 11-room boutique property that they have filled with original paintings and eclectic wares.

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Posted on Published: June 23, 2022  - Last updated: September 2, 2023

Traveling in the fall feels a little bit like magic. The summer crowds are dwindling away and prices drop to entice eager fall travelers. Amazing destinations await: these are the very best places to visit in September in the USA!

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From majestic mountain peaks to swoon-worthy beaches and some underrated destinations in between, there are some pretty spectacular September vacations in the US!

Whether you’re looking for amazing hiking spots, a weekend away in the city or destinations that shine with fall foliage, there’s something for everyone on this list! Get ready for some awesome places you’re familiar with, and even that you haven’t heard of!

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Oh, and by the way, since I haven’t been everywhere yet, I asked my fellow travel writers to help create the perfect list of best places to visit September.

Let’s dive in!

Map of the best places to visit in September

From the national parks in the west to the fall foliage in the east and some perfect spots in between, this list covers a lot of the US!

Use this map as a visual as you plan your fall getaway.

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Best places to visit in September in USA

September is a fantastic time to travel, and these are some of the best spots in the United States. Starting this list off with a bang…

1. Moab, Utah

sunrise through an arch in Canyonlands NP best place to vacation in September

Average temp: high 88, low 54

If you want one of the best places to visit in the USA in September then you can’t beat Moab, Utah.  Not only is this amazing place home to Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse State Park, but September is an ideal time to visit since the area as a whole is less crowded.

The temperatures also start to cool down at this time of year with daily highs of 88F and lows of 54F.  You’ll also love that the area is in full bloom, with fall foliage peaking around late Septmeber in the Manti-La Sal National Forest area. 

Go for a scenic, 2-hour drive on the La Sal Mountain Loop Road before visiting Delicate Arch, Devil’s Garden trail and Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park. 

Next, make your way to Canyonlands and be sure to explore both the Needles and Island in the Sky districts. 

In particular, go for a stunning, scenic drive through Island in the Sky . After all, this section of the park is home to no less than ten mesmerizing viewpoints, including the Shafer Canyon Viewpoint, the Greenriver View Point and Buck Canyon Overlook. 

Along the way, you can also stop at the awesome Mesa Arch and do a 1 mile hike here just in time for sunrise. It’s popular though so try to get here at least 1 or 2 hours before sunrise.

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2. Mackinac Island, Michigan (one of my favorite places to visit in September in USA)

view of Mackinac Island in September with boats and houses along bay with trees and church steeple

Average temp: high 66, low 50

One of the most darling spots you’ll ever visit is Mackinac Island in Michigan. Located on the Great Lakes at the edge of Lake Huron, just before it meets with Lake Michigan, this destination is fabulous for fall.

September is a great time to visit Mackinac Island. Considering it’s northern location, this island is extremely popular in summer. The droves of tourists are dissipating by September, leaving you with the island to explore in a much more relaxing pace.

Go shopping on the quaint Main Street. Enjoy a day at one of the many spas on Mackinac Island. Take a carriage tour or explore the island by foot or bike to see the sights. Enjoy a sunset cruise tour , with beautiful views of the Mackinaw City shore.

Have an adventure on the water and kayak to see awesome views of the shore while getting a bit of exercise. You’ll want to make sure to see Arch Rock, which towers 50 feet above the water and is one of the top attractions for visitors to the island. It can also be seen by land, while walking really close to it.

There are just a few hotels and vacation rentals on the island, but be sure to book early as space is limited.

It’s easy to see why Mackinac Island is one of the best places to visit in September. With so much variety, it has a bit of something for everyone!

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3. Stanley, Idaho

Best place to vacation in September alpine lake with mountains and trees in distance in Idaho

Average temp: high 69, low 27

Stanley, Idaho , the gateway to the epic Sawtooth Mountains, is an awesome outdoor playground for your next September getaway. During the day, the temperature will be in the high 60s and the skies are sunny and clear, perfect for exploring Stanley’s alpine wonderland.

September is the perfect time to explore the Sawtooth Wilderness on foot by any of Stanley’s countless amazing hikes.

For example, there’s a number of trails that will lead you past any of Stanley’s 300 glacial lakes , like the Alice Lakes trail. This bucket list-worthy trail can either be hiked as a 12.5 mile day hike or a 21.3 mile backpacking trip and will take you past a crystal clear green lake, dramatically jagged mountain peaks, and sweeping views of the Ponderosa pine tree forests below. 

If you’re looking to dip your toe into white water rafting, September is a perfect time to try out Stanley’s rapids , given that the water level is at its lowest of the year. While you may not be able to take on Class IV rapids in September, you’ll still be able to get a feel for the rushing water, while taking in Stanley’s beautiful scenery. 

After all that physical activity, what could be better than relaxing those aching muscles in any of the area’s gorgeous hot springs ? Some of the best ones to check out are Kirkham Hot Springs, which offers a thermal waterfall. Or try Pine Flat Hot Springs, where you can overlook the Payette River and the rafters floating down it, from your very own natural hot tub.

Stanley, Idaho is one of the best places to visit September for outdoor adventures!

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4. Smoky Mountains

September vacations USA smoky mountains with green trees blue mountains in distance

Average temp: high 74, low 50

If you’re looking for the best place to travel in September, then consider the Smoky Mountains. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park spans the Tennessee and North Carolina border.

September is the perfect time to visit the Smoky Mountains due to the mild weather and limited crowds. Summer vacationers have really dwindled and the leaf peeping visitors haven’t started rolling in, as October and November are the best times for fall foliage.

You’ll experience fewer crowds on the trails and roads, making your experience much more pleasant than most other times in the year.

Visit Clingman’s Dome, which provides 360-degree views of the Smoky Mountains. For the best waterfall hikes, be sure to hike the Laurel Falls Trail and Grotto Falls Smoky Mountains .

If you like camping, be sure to reserve your campsite early as the park spots fill up fast. Alternatively, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a great home base for your Smoky Mountain adventures. With plenty of hotels and vacation properties to choose from, you’ll find something to fit your needs and budget!

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5. Burlington, Vermont

best places to visit in September in USA view of small town with orange and red trees

Average temp: high 71, low 51

Burlington, Vermont is a particularly beautiful destination and one of the best places to visit in September in USA. The foliage reaches its peak late in the month and the weather is still warm and sunny in September. 

Any visit to Burlington should first start out in Waterfront Park. The views across Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains are spectacular. Stroll along the waterfront with a maple creemee, an iconic Vermont ice cream treat.

You can also take a cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen on the lake. Narration on the boat ride will give you interesting information about the natural and cultural history of the area. The scenery is superb as you’ll see the mountains around Lake Champlain in fall colors.

Rent a bike and explore the Burlington Bike Path. You’ll cruise past beaches and breath-taking views as you pedal north. Or enjoy one of the  many hiking areas  within the city limits.

For a bit less active pursuit, visit the Echo Center, a science and nature museum on the Burlington waterfront. Kids of all ages will love the interactive exhibits.

Leave time to wander along Church Street, a pedestrian mall in the heart of Burlington. Enjoy street performers, cute shops and unique dining choices. City chefs specialize in farm to table dishes. And with more breweries per capita than any state, a stop for a craft beer won’t disappoint. 

Just make sure you get back to the waterfront for one of Burlington’s amazing sunsets! Watch the reds and oranges spread across the sky for a perfect ending to the day.

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6. Glacier National Park, Montana

September vacations view in Glacier National Park with mountain peaks and lush greenery on sunny day

Average temp: high 60, low 38

It’s one of the very best places to visit in September, without a doubt. Nicknamed the ‘Crown of the Continent’ for its majestic beauty, you’ll easily see why in your first visit to Glacier National Park.

September is an especially delightful time of year to visit Glacier. The massive crowds of tourists have vanished , making the countless hiking trails, alpine lakes and stunning waterfalls more enjoyable.

While in the park, you’ll want to experience the stunning Lake McDonald, home to nature’s skittles – multicolored rocks that are vividly beautiful and unique. Also plan to hike the Avalanche Lake Trail , which takes you to the most amazing lake scene.

The shining star of the park is the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It’s 50 miles of incredibly beautiful views of the jagged mountain peaks, roadside waterfalls and plenty of overlooks to soak in the sights.

Through early September you’ll need a vehicle reservation through the National Park Service. Mid to late September the road is free reign and perfect for exploring.

By mid-September the leaves are typically starting to turn for fall, providing a stunning assortment of fall colors to enjoy. They continue through mid-October when most leaves are gone and winter really starts to set in with falling snow.

Be sure to pack layers in September. The mornings and evenings are cold in the park but the sun warms up nicely during the day, especially in the higher altitudes. Good hiking shoes with traction and trekking poles will come in handy if you plan to hike this park.

7. Siesta Key, Florida (best beach and best place to travel in September)

September vacation view of yellow lifeguard stand with teal ocean in distance in Florida

Average temp: high 89, low 74

If you’re a beach lover, then head to this gem on the Florida peninsula’s west coast. It’s one of the best places to visit in September in the USA because pricing is low, crowds are reduced the weather is still great enough to enjoy the water temperature in the Gulf.

Prices are generally lower in September than in the peak season of summer, winter break or spring break. But it’s also because hurricane season can sometimes be a nuisance. It may be a little more rainy, and be sure to use travel insurance in case you have to reschedule due to an actual hurricane.

Those are obviously not the norm on a daily basis, and it shouldn’t persuade you not to book a trip to this beautiful part of the country.

With sugar-fine white sand beaches, Siesta Key Beach has been rated one of the best beaches in the US over and over again.

You’ll love all the fun things to do in Siesta Key , too. Rent bikes, go kayaking through the nearby mangroves, find some live music, go shopping or dining until your heart is content.

If you’re up for adventure, try kiteboarding or parasailing. Take a day trip to Anna Maria Island or take a dolphin tour.

Siesta Key is truly a spectacular destination and one worth visiting in September!

8. Mendocino, California

best places to travel in the US in September Mendocino CA teal colored lake with greenery surrounding and houses in distance

Average temp: high 66, low 49

If you’re looking for the best place to visit in September, then consider Mendocino, California.

The September weather in Mendocino is pretty comparable to its “warm” summer months. This is northern, coastal California, so it’s cool year-round.

With temperatures ranging from the mid 50s to highs in the 60s, you can still kayak, canoe and hike in September and rainfall is typically minimal (averages 1 day/month) compared to the rest of fall and winter.

The advantage to September over the summer is that you’ll find less tourists, and get a better deal on a place to stay.   Lodging in Mendocino  is geared more towards charming inns and bed and breakfasts rather than big hotels. 

Downtown Mendocino is filled with quaint boutiques, galleries and restaurants housed in historic Victorian buildings. You can easily walk this pretty little village in a few hours, but you’ll want at least a couple of days to soak in the beauty of the Mendocino Coast. 

Across from the town itself are the trails of the Headlands State Park . Meander along the cliffs and discover crystal clear coves in every shade of blue.

Nearby is Van Damme State Park with an accessible beach on one side of Highway 1 and trails through the Pygmy Forest on the other. This area is teaming with trails and forests, so, if that’s your thing, you could easily spend a week in Mendocino.

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Best place to visit in September

Can you believe these destinations? With so many incredible places to see in the US in the fall, it’s going to be difficult to decide.

Let’s keep going!

9. Mt Rainier National Park, Washington

things to do in mt rainier hike up skyline trail with paved path wildflowers and mountain in distance

Average temp: high 58, low 39

If you’re looking for the best destination September, look no further than Mount Rainier National Park in Washington. The incredible Mount Rainier is one of the most prominent features in Washington and the Pacific Northwest, and for good reason.

You can see it from Seattle on a clear day, and it’s even more gorgeous up close! There are so many incredible things to do in Mt Rainier . Drive the scenic south side of the park from the Nisqually Enrance to the Stevens Canyon Entrance with roadside waterfalls and scenic overlooks.

Visit Paradise Mt Rainier , where you’ll be as close to the mountain as possible and get stunning views! There are a variety of hiking trails to explore in Paradise, including the Myrtle Falls, Bench and Snow Lake, Narada Falls and Skyline Loop Trail .

September is a great time to visit Mt Rainier because the fall colors are just starting to peek out. Mid September to Mid October the mountain really shines with yellows, reds and oranges.

You’ll also experience far less crowds than in the summertime, which is a bonus!

Be sure to pack layers for a September visit . Good hiking shoes , trekking poles and a hiking backpack will make your time on the trails much more comfortable and enjoyable, too.

10. Puerto Rico (another favorite on this list of best places to visit in September in the USA)

Flamenco Beach Puerto Rico best places to visit in September USA

Average temp: high 86, low 75

Puerto Rico has to be on this list of best vacations in September! It’s an adventure destination perfect for excellent beaches, history and plenty of nature activities.

September is one of the best times of year to visit Puerto Rico because it’s the shoulder season. Summertime crowds are gone and holiday travelers haven’t yet arrived, so the pricing is lower. You won’t have to wait as long in lines at restaurants or on tours, either.

Spend a day or two exploring all the incredible things to do in Old San Juan . Go hiking or chasing waterfalls in El Yunque, the USA’s only national rainforest.

If you have a few extra days, be sure to hop over to Culebra Puerto Rico , a tiny island off the eastern coast. It’s home to one of the best beaches in the world, the stunning Flamenco Beach .

Be sure to pack your water shoes , snorkel gear and flip flops for this vacation to Puerto Rico. You’ll love the variety this island has to offer!

11. Telluride, Colorado

town nestled in mountain valley brightly colored greenery and white mountain caps

Average temp: high 68, low 34

One of the best September vacations in the USA is Telluride, Colorado. Specifically, the late part of September is when the peak fall foliage is out on full display and it’s stunning!

Downtown Telluride is darling and is the quintessential mountain town. With plenty of shops and restaurants, you’ll love walking around here.

If you’re looking more scenic views, be sure to hike Bridal Veil Falls and Power House trail , one of the most popular in the area. Or drive the incredible San Juan Skyway Scenic Byway (including Million Dollar Highway), which is a day trip from Telluride and one of the best scenic drives in Colorado .

Back in Telluride, you can also take a Gondola ride from Ridge Trail to Mountain Villa for more stunning fall scenery. Or hit up a local brewery, one of the best things about Colorado!

12. White Mountains of New Hampshire

Places to visit in September in USA view of New Hampshire mountains with lake and road

Average temp: high 57, low 46

If you love adventure, the outdoors, and waterfalls, you’ll love the White Mountains of New Hampshire! This region in northern New Hampshire is home to spectacular natural scenery and picture-perfect small towns.

North Conway  is one of the most popular towns to use as a base. Here you can take the old-fashioned Conway Scenic Railroad through the mountains, visit Diana’s Baths, a collection of waterfall-strewn pools in the woods, or even drive to the top of Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak!

From North Conway, you can drive the Kancamagus Highway, a beautiful American scenic byway packed with natural attractions, and arrive close to Franconia Notch State Park.

This part of the White Mountains is home to the Flume Gorge, a spectacular natural wonder and one of the prettiest easy hikes around, and Lost River Gorge, filled with caves you can squeeze into along the way.

If you like visiting breweries and distilleries, you’re in luck! This region does stupendously on both counts.

Schilling Beer Company in Littleton serves up small batch European-style beers, a nice contrast to typical New England brewing, and Cathedral Ledge Distillery is the Granite State’s lone organic distillery that makes a fabulous maple liqueur.

The White Mountains are fabulous to visit year-round, but September is a special sweet spot. The White Mountains of New Hampshire make for one of the greatest September vacations in the US!

In September, the foliage is just beginning to turn , but the bright shades that draw leaf peepers don’t arrive until early October. Temperatures still feel like summer during the day, with cool crisp sweater weather after the sun goes down.

September days bring lots of clear blue skies. Kids are back in school, so it’s far less crowded. It might just be the best month to visit of all. 

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13. Alaska road trip (best place to vacation in September)

mountain scene in Alaska with purple flowers lake and mountains in distance

Average temp: high 45, low 33

If you’re looking for the best place to vacation in September, consider Alaska! Home to 5 national parks and even more preserves, this state has unparelled beauty within the USA.

Of course, weather is a big factor when considering a vacation in Alaska! The earlier in the month you’ll get more pleasant temperatures for travel and touring.

September is the shoulder season and many businesses are starting to shut down. There aren’t as many tour companies or restaurants operating in September in Alaska. So have a plan B when road tripping in Alaska!

Road tripping through Alaska can be done in a week, but you’ll see more if you can stay 10 to 14 days. There’s a lot of space between destinations, and the map can be deceiving!

Fly into Anchorage for this epic road trip. From there, you’ll want to see Denali National Park . Home to bear, moose, caribou and so many more amazing animals!

Alternatively, you could head south to see glaciers in Seward, Alaska at Kenai Fjords National Park . Feed reindeer at Eklutna Lake, see ice breaking off the Columbia Glacier or travel the Alaska Marine Highway to the Kenai Peninsula.

An Alaska road trip is an incredible adventure, and one to consider for a September vacation.

14. Gulf Shores, Alabama

Best destination September Orange Beach AL white sand blue water bright blue sky

Average temp: high 87, low 67

The Gulf Coast of Alabama is home to 32 miles of white sand beaches, and a perfect spot for a fall getaway!

Gulf Shores is one of the best places to visit in September in USA because the summer crowds are back home and prices are lower than most of the rest of the year.

There’s plenty of things to do in Gulf Shores with kids (or those young at heart), like riding go-karts, mini golf, trampoline park and taking a Ferris wheel ride at The Wharf at Orange Beach .

It’s a premier destination for couples and friends trips, too. Go hiking or biking at Gulf State Park , hunt for sand crabs at night or have a legendary milkshake at The Yard.

Gulf Shores, Alabama is a fantastic fall getaway and one you’ll fall in love with!

15. Mammoth Lakes, California (such a scenic spot on this list of best places to visit in September in USA)

Best places to visit in September in USA mountain scene with rocks lake trees and cloudy sky

Average temp: high 77, low 39

Mammoth Lakes, a charming mountain town located in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas, makes for a wonderful destination in September. The crowds that have been bustling all summer in Mammoth Lakes begin to trickle out in September just as the aspens, cottonwoods and willows start to change into their vibrant fall colors in this sub-alpine setting.

Hike through the gorgeous fall foliage on one of the awesome trails in Mammoth Lakes , such as the trail to Sherman Lakes which winds through a forest of fall colors. The hike to Heart Lake is another good option featuring the fall foliage in Mammoth Lakes Basin.

Driving along Mammoth Lakes Scenic Drive also showcases the spectacular hues of autumn and offers lots of fantastic leaf-peeping opportunities. Be sure to catch a sunset from the viewpoint at Minaret Vista, where you can watch the sky light up in crimson hues that match the changing leaves against a backdrop of the Minaret mountain peaks.

The weather in Mammoth Lakes in September is still warm enough that it’s a good time to visit nearby Mono Lake. This saltwater lake features unique tufa rock formations to marvel at, and you can even take a dip in the water that’s denser than the ocean to keep you afloat.

You definitely don’t want to miss a visit to Mammoth Lakes, one of the best destinations in September!

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16. Asheville, North Carolina

Average temp: high 75, low 58

One of the greatest September vacations in the US is visiting Asheville. This gem in North Carolina has so much to offer visitors! The fall festivities are starting but the foliage isn’t at peak yet, so you’ll experience fewer crowds, mild temperatures and a lot to see and do!

Take a road trip down the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway . With gorgeous overlooks, waterfall hikes and tunnels, it can’t be beat.

Another must-see is the Biltmore Estate. It’s 8000 acres shows off it’s impressive gardens, horse stable, not to mention it’s 175,000 square foot residence!

Asheville in the fall has a plethora of fall festivals to enjoy. Apple picking, wineries and craft brewery events are popular in September. If you want to stretch your legs, go hiking in DuPont State Forest where you’ll find the famous Bridal Veil Falls.

Whether you’re looking for a family vacation, couples getaway or solo trip in September, be sure to add Asheville to your short list!

More of the best places to visit September

Okay, we’re half way done with this epic list! One of my favorite spots is up next…I’ve been there in September twice it’s so nice! 😉

17. Maui, Hawaii

tan sand beach with teal water shore in distance with white piggy clouds in sky

Average temp: high 77, low 60

Maui is on the top of many traveler’s vacation list. But Maui is also one of the best places to visit in September in the USA.

Similar to other locations on this list, September is the shoulder season in Maui. You won’t experience long wait lines in restaurants, on tours or in the airport like you will during summer or winter break.

Whether you are a fan of beaches, hiking or epic road trips, Maui has an incredible variety of things to do, you won’t get bored! For sunshine and gentle waves, visit the famous Kaanapali Beach in west Maui. Hike the incredible Waihee Ridge Trail for epic views of the West Maui Mountains.

Go boogie boarding at DT Fleming Beach on the north shore, or watch the sunset on Haleakala for a spectacular show unlike anything you’ve ever seen! Visit a lavender farm or see the largest tree in the USA – the Lahaina Banyan Tree .

If you love scenic drives, be sure to spend a day or 2 exploring the Road to Hana. And if you’re up for more thrills, try the adrenaline-inducing Kahekili Highway .

No matter how you spend it, a Maui vacation is a destination that’s sure to please!

18. Chicago, Illinois

best places to travel in the US in September aerial view of Chicago skyline with river roads and skyscrapers

Average temp: high 74, low 62

Chicago is definitely a must on this list for the best place to travel in September. The summertime heat is gone and the windy city’s winter misery hasn’t yet set in. Fall in Chicago is perfect!

Take a stroll down the Navy Pier, enjoying carnival rides and views of Lake Michigan. Or stand high at 103 floors up on a glass ledge looking over the city at the Willis Tower Skydeck.

Chicago is an art lover’s dream destination. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago , National Museum of Mexican Art or the DuSable Museum of African American History. Catch a show at the Mount Dance Theatre of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theater or the Chicago Magic Lounge.

Get outdoors in September and walk Millennium Park and see the Bean. Visit Maggie Daley Park or the Chicago Riverwalk.

Chicago is full of endless shops and restaurants, too. Be sure to try a Chicago-style deep dish pizza before you leave the city! As someone who’s been to Chicago many times, this city never gets old!

19. Big Sur, California (another favorite on this list of best places to visit in September USA)

california coast view of teal ocean rocks waterfall in distance

Average temp: high 77, low 50

One of the most underrated spots in the country is Big Sur, California. It’s on this list of excellent places to visit in September in USA because of it’s moderate weather and reduction in visitors. Lower pricing accompanies the end of the peak season, so that’s a bonus!

Big Sur is one of the main stops on a San Francisco to San Diego road trip . Located just south of Monterey, California on US Highway 101. It’s an incredibly scenic spot where the mountain cliffs dive straight into the sea, creating a dramatic coastline.

There are so many things to do in Big Sur, you could spend a day driving through it or a week exploring each of the state parks and small towns in the area.

The iconic Bixby Creek Bridge is one of the most popular spots along the drive, and one that must be seen! You’ll love the hikes in Big Sur, including the trail to McWay Falls in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and visiting the purple sand on Pfeiffer Beach.

Don’t miss Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, where the hiking trails are endless and emerald green water meets the most naturally beautiful beaches! Take the 17 Mile Drive along the coast and do some window shopping in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

September is such a wonderful time to explore the area. You may see some marine fog in the mornings while in Big Sur, but it typically burns off by noon!

20. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

blue orange giant hot spring with green trees beyond

Average temp: high 61, low 26

Yellowstone; the first National Park and one of the best and most visited.

While you can visit the park all year round, there are definitely difficulties visiting in certain seasons. For those in the know, the best time to visit Yellowstone is September.

Early September is one of the best times to visit for weather and crowds. With most kids having returned to school, the sweet spot for visiting the two weeks after labor day. However, late September is one of the busiest times in the park.

Although, for good reason, as mid-late September is the elk rut (mating Season) and photographers and visitors descend on the park to witness the fighting between elk bulls. The end of September is also peak for those visiting for beautiful fall colors.  

Yellowstone in September is perfect weather-wise with still late days and all of the park accessible. Mornings in the park can be chilly this time of year, however, it turns the park into an ethereal wonderland as steam from the hot springs clouds features in a fog-like atmosphere. 

For the clearest photos of park landmarks such as grand prismatic pond, going late in the afternoon gives you the least steamy look at the features. 

Staying and camping in the park is possible and September you’ll have a better shot at reservations. It’s still recommended to book early as lodging, especially some of the best in-park hotels do still book up. The closest outside hotels are in Gardiner Montana outside the north entrance and there is free camping possible in national forests outside the park’s boundary. 

Don’t miss this spectacular destination. Yellowstone National Park is one of the best places to visit in September in the USA!

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21. Mustang Island, Texas (one of the most unique and best places to visit in September in USA)

layers of ocean waves hitting the beach with small pier from above

Average temp: high 87, low 75

One of the warmest destinations on this list of best places to visit September, coastal Texas might also be one of the most fun!

Mustang Island is located just minutes away from Corpus Christi, Texas. Famous for its drivable beaches, the Texas coast is vast and full of things to do.

Get a hotel or vacation rental in Corpus Christi or Port Aransas for your stay. Be sure to visit the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas. It’s a great spot to get unique views of the coast and watch the surfers as they catch waves to the beach.

Further down the coast is South Padre Island National Seashore. Not to be confused with the lively city, this national preserved land is beautiful as it is – natural! It’s a great spot for a beach day, or to adventure onto the water in kayaks or stand-up paddle boards.

In Corpus Christi, visit the Seawall, which was completed in 1941 as a way to preserve the city. Today, it is a great spot for views of the marina, restaurants and seeing the Selena statue.

Like many other spots on this list, September is the shoulder season for tourism, so the prices are lower than typical, making Mustang Island a perfect weekend getaway in the fall!

22. New Orleans, Louisiana

Best places to visit in September in USA city with blurred lights at night

Average temp: high 88, low 72

New Orleans has got to be one of the best vacations in September! The city is still very much alive from summer and it’s still hot like it, too.

Parades, outdoor concerts and other live events make September the perfect time to visit New Orleans. And if you love football, it’s the official kick-off of the Saints season.

New Orleans is such a unique destination, offering visitors a wide variety of activities. Dive into the food scene in NOLA! From Jambalaya to Gumbo, Craw Fish to Po-Boys, the food here is some of the best in the south!

You won’t want to miss the ghost tours or swamp tours . Oh, and don’t forget to walk and dine the French Quarter where you’ll get the quintessential New Orleans experience!

23. San Diego, California (one of the best ideas for September vacations yet)

rocky cliffs of San Diego in the fall with palm trees ocean and houses

Average temp: high 77, low 66

San Diego in September is an ideal time to visit. The kids have headed back to school so the summer vacation crowds have started to die out, yet the weather is still perfect. 

September weather in San Diego averages a balmy high of 77 degrees and the chance of any rain is very slim (one of the dryest months of the year). What more could you ask for in a travel destination? 

You’ll get to enjoy the nice weather and fall activities that are beginning! Pumpkin patches and fall markets will start to pop up all around San Diego in September but there are also many other types of activities that can be done too!

If you’re a nature lover you’ll be in heaven! There are endless places to go hiking for all different skill sets, an abundance of water sports in San Diego to try like surfing or kayaking, and many different lakes that are great for fishing, camping or picnics.

If you’re seeking adventure ride a hot air balloon on a crisp evening for sunset, or go on one of the amazing road trips from San Diego that can easily be done in a just few hours. Those of you who enjoy city life can try out different restaurants and cute coffee shops, go shopping, or book a hotel day pass at an aesthetic boutique hotel and hang out at the pool!

As you can see the best place to travel in September is San Diego for just about anyone! 

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24. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

September vacations view of badlands with multi colored rocky spires and horizon in distance

Average temp: high 77, low 46

Badlands National Park is one of those places that gets some moody weather. During summertime it’s consistently over 100 degrees, and in the winter it’s often impassible due to snow, ice or extreme wind.

So to say September is the best time to visit Badlands National Park might just be an understatement! With pleasant weather and very little rain, you’ll feel like you’ve just won the jackpot with a visit here in the fall.

Badlands National Park is one of the most underrated in the entire park system. The unique landscape seems like you’ve stepped onto another planet!

One of the best things to do in Badlands National Park , and a great way to see the sights is to drive The Loop, which is Highway 240 south from I-90 . See Panorama Point and Pinnacles Overlook. Hike The Notch Trail, one of the most popular trails in the park with 360-degree views of the incredibly unique land formations.

You can see Badlands National Park in a day, so for the rest of your vacation I’d recommend a stop at Mount Rushmore. For more nature, drive the Needles Highway and camp or hike in Custer State Park .

Best destination September

Rounding out the last portion of this list of the best places to visit in September in USA. There are a few here you maybe haven’t considered for a fall getaway. More surprises in store – below!

25. Las Vegas, Nevada (one of the most unique recommendations for best places to visit in September in USA)

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Average temp: high 96, low 57

It’s probably not on the top of every list because of the heat, but it’s certainly worthy of the list! The best destination September is Las Vegas, Nevada.

The trick to enjoying Las Vegas in the heat is to get outside early and in the evenings, and avoid the hottest part of the day, 12-4pm. So with that said, there’s tons to do in Vegas that’s not gambling or casinos!

See a great show! Comedy, dancing or concerts, there’s something for everyone in Vegas. Oh, and the restaurant scene is absolutely incredible!

Or my favorite, visit one of the amazing natural landmarks or conservation areas nearby. With a variety of day trips from Las Vegas, visit Zion National Park, Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire State Park , or do the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive.

Vegas in September is certainly cooler than the summer, and the perfect weather for hotels with swimming pools .

26. Nederland, Colorado

mountain scene with multicolored trees

Average temp: high 65, low 34

Nederland Colorado is one of the best places to visit in September in USA for wanderlusters who thrive exploring unique places.  Its proximity to both Denver and Boulder also draws nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts to Nederland from spring through fall.   

The small mountain town of Nederland is only 32 miles from Denver but feels miles away. The town is a bit quirky and has adopted the motto “Keep Ned Weird.”  It has a hippy-like, artistic community vibe nestled into the beautiful Rocky Mountains. The quirk is endearing and worthy of the town’s protection efforts.

September is an ideal time in Colorado for mild days and cool nights.  Nederland is great for hiking, biking and exploring nature. Plus, in mid to late September, Nederland visitors enjoy photographing the iconic aspen leaves as they turn a beautiful golden. 

Nederland’s East and West Magnolia mountain biking trail system contains multiple loops which can be combined for over 44 miles of epic single-track.   

Hiking to Lost Lake on the Hessie trail is a popular activity in Nederland. The 4-mile out and back moderately rated trail is heavily trafficked in summer. However, the crystal clear waters of Lost Lake are worth joining the crowds. Weekends attract large enough crowds to warrant a free shuttle service from the local high school.

Nederland visitors love the history of the  Carousel of Happiness almost as much as listening to the Wurlitzer band organ’s rendition of popular songs while riding the one-of-a-kind carousel animals.

During the Vietnam war, an American soldier found comfort in a small music box in a faraway land. He vowed to build a carousel in the mountains if he made it through the war. 

Scott Harrison survived Vietnam and kept his promise. It took him 2 decades to procure a rare 1910 Louff carousel and hand carve each animal before opening it to the public in Nederland!

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27. Savannah, Georgia

best place to vacation in September fountain and trees with fence and benches in Savannah

Average temp: high 86, low 70

Savannah certainly makes the list for the best place to vacation in September. It’s a charming city year-round, but September is particularly delightful. With off-season prices, you’ll be able to take advantage of all that there is to do in Savannah without the higher price tag.

Wander, shop and dine through Broughton Street and visit the iconic Forsyth Park. Discover history at Old Fort Jackson or Savannah’s First African Baptist Church . Learn the spooky side of the city’s history with a haunted ghost tour .

Don’t miss the many events and festivals in Savannah in September. The highlight is the Savannah Jazz Festival . Music lovers will enjoy this week-long festival of free music throughout the city.

With warm temperatures in September, it’s still perfect for swimming. Hit the beach at Tybee Island Beach!

28. Sarasota, Florida

building in Sarasota with palm trees

One of the best places to visit in September USA for art and history is Sarasota, Florida.

Sarasota is known as the “Circus Capital of the World” thanks to circus magnate John Ringling’s building his opulent mansion on 20 acres of waterfront property in the 1920s.

Known as Ca’ d’Zan (House of John), this Venetian Gothic palace sits next to Sarasota Bay. The owners threw gala parties with guests ferried in gondolas. In 1936, Ringling bequeathed the mansion to the State of Florida.

Plan to spend at least 4 hours visiting the Ringling campus, which includes the Museum of Art as well as the circus museum, mansion, and outdoor garden.

Art lovers will also enjoy the Sarasota Art Museum. This contemporary art museum offers “art for all, every day.” Tickets are free on the second Sunday of the month. Community activities include fiber art projects, musical interludes and children’s storytelling.

Sarasota also is home to outdoor bicycle art sculptures located on the waterfront and around town. Visitors to Sarasota will find their calendar packed with opportunities to see plays. Check out the Florida Studio Theatre for plays and dates.

And while enjoying this lively beach town, be sure to check out the best Sarasota restaurants , from amazing seafood to local wineries, there’s a bit of everything!

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29. Mount Hood, Oregon (an absolute gem and one of the best vacations in September)

fall vacation destinations USA mt hood Oregon with pink and orange sunset reflecting on lake white mountain peak

Average temp: high 67, low 47

A Pacific Northwest gem, Mount Hood, Oregon is by far one of the best places to visit in September in USA!

It’s classic landscape is the perfect backdrop for renting a canoe at Trillium Lake or Lost Lake, hiking at Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain or check out the falls at Zigzag Falls.

Of course, you can’t miss the Mt Hood Scenic Loop. The 105 miles takes you through forests, winding mountain roads and alongside the Columbia River. Plan a day for this scenic route so you have plenty of time for overlooks and photos, and even a picnic lunch.

You’ll want at least a long weekend to enjoy the Mt Hood region . Although if you’re an avid hiker, perhaps a week would be more adequate to enjoy the hikes in the area!

30. Coastal Maine

September vacations USA view of coastal Maine with ship in harbor rocky shore trees in distance

Average temp: high 69, low 52

Like so many other tourist destinations, September is a great time to visit Maine (aka “Vacationland”) due to the summer crowds having died down.

Maine in September is usually sunny, yet cool especially in breezy coastal towns. It’s a great time to take a drive up the coast and hit all the great spots from Kennebunkport all the way to Bar Harbor. 

While Maine may be famous for its delicious and plentiful lobster, other seafood is delicious there too. Specifically, September brings the  Pemaquid Oyster Festival  to Damariscotta – a beautiful quaint town in midcoast Maine.

If you can’t be in town for the festival itself, try stopping by  Glidden Point Oysters  in Edgecomb. You can take a tour, learn to shuck your own oysters, and grab a beer.

And since foodie tradition states that you should only eat raw oysters in months that contain the letter “r’, September is the perfect time to visit. Though be assured that oysters are delicious any time of year. 

After you’ve satisfied your appetite, explore the outdoors! Maine is home to many beautiful hikes.

The reduced crowds in September mean less foot traffic on paths and better photo opportunities. Try  Wolfe’s Neck State Park  in Freeport or  Acadia National Park  in Bar Harbor for some of the most scenic spots.

When you’re ready to rest your head, there are a handful of really amazing places to stay in Maine. Whether you’re looking for something urban or something that will allow you to feel one with nature, Maine has it all.

In Kennebunkport, check out  Hidden Pond Resort  for a serene environment. Usually quite the splurge, September is when summer prices begin to come down and a deal can be found. If you find yourself in Portland for the night,  Blind Tiger Guest House  is brilliantly decorated and right near the heart of all the hustle and bustle. 

You’ll love visiting Coastal Maine, one of the best places to visit in September USA!

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31. Sandusky, Ohio (underrated spot on this list of best places to visit in September in USA)

Best places to visit in September in USA view of lighthouse with white and red on coast in Ohio

Average temp: high 74, low 57

Sandusky, Ohio may not come to mind when you consider the best place to visit in September. But it definitely is worthy of a spot on this list!

Sandusky is home to the Cedar Point Amusement Park , which is the 2nd oldest operating park in the country. It’s for the adrenaline lovers only, as the rides in this park are comparable to no other place. Simply thrilling!

If you prefer a water activity on Lake Erie, you’ll want to make sure to visit over the weekend. Since it’s the end of high season, many tour companies are operating on weekends only by September.

Anyway, try kayaking, parasailing or stand-up paddle boarding right on Lake Erie.

For more things to do in Sandusky , hang out in downtown Sandusky at Washington Park, soaking in the green space. Or visit the Merry-Go-Round Museum , a family-friendly destination in Sandusky. Check out the Jackson Street Pier and get fun views of the marina.

Be sure to visit one of the many wineries in the region – a delicious way to taste your way around Sandusky and Lake Erie!

September is a great time to visit Sandusky because the summertime crowds are gone and winter temperatures haven’t set in . Oh, and it’s a relatively affordable destination anyway, but prices dip even further in September. 😊

32. Big Island, Hawaii

view of big island Hawaii best places to visit in September in USA teal water with rocks palm trees in distance

Average temp: high 87, low 73

The Big Island of Hawaii, also known as Hawaii Island, is a year-round destination to visit and enjoy nature at its best.

September is a fantastic time to visit the Big Island because it’s the shoulder season and most summer vacationers have gone back home. You’ll experience the island with far less crowds!

If you love to the outdoors, you’ll love  hiking around the Big Island . There are so many amazing hiking trails within the state and national parks to visit on the Big Island.

With fabulous weather, mostly sunny days and average temperature in the mid 70s to mid 80s, it’s a perfect time to be outdoors! Plan a road trip or visit any of the major attractions around the island.

You can easily base yourself in Kona (west side) or Hilo (east side) and do day trips to visit the many places of interests, monuments parks and of course the gorgeous beaches here.

The eastern side of the island is more lush with botanical gardens, waterfalls and the national park to visit. While the west side has the gorgeous white sand beaches, cool towns, resort areas and Kona town to also explore.

In any case, the Big Island is one of the best places to visit September as you will enjoy visiting the entire island without all the massive crowds.

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Whew! What a list! There are so many incredible places for a fall getaway in the US – how will you ever choose?!

Whether you’re planning a couples’ getaway, family vacation, solo reprieve or friends’ trip, there are so many ideas here!

Let’s go through that list again, in a quick manner…

Best place to travel in September

  • Mackinac Island, Michigan
  • Stanley, Idaho
  • Smoky Mountains
  • Burlington, Vermont
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Siesta Key, Florida
  • Mendocino, California
  • Mt Rainier National Park, Washington
  • Puerto Rico
  • Telluride, Colorado
  • White Mountains of New Hampshire
  • Alaska Road Trip
  • Gulf Shores, Alabama
  • Mammoth Lakes, California
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Big Sur, California
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
  • Mustang Island, Texas
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • San Diego, California
  • Badlands National Park, South Dakota
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Nederland, Colorado
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Sarasota, Florida
  • Mount Hood, Oregon
  • Coastal Maine
  • Sandusky, Ohio
  • Big Island, Hawaii

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32 perfect September getaways pictures of sunset mountain scene beach with lifeguard stand, fall town scene

Shawn Lewis

Wednesday 2nd of August 2023

Puerto Rico should really not be on the list of places to visit in September as it is the peak of Hurricane season.

Friday 4th of August 2023

That's exactly why it's on the list :) Affordable prices! Hurricanes don't hit every area of the Caribbean every day, even during peak season. Buy travel insurance and be smart about storms and warnings.

Bea Pinnegar

Tuesday 28th of June 2022

Woah, September definitely sounds like the best month to visit the USA - whether it's the mountains, the beaches or the cities! Thanks for sharing this lovely guide - your photos are just simply stunning!

anukrati dosi

Sunday 26th of June 2022

Idaho indeed looks stunning. Loved it.

simplyjolayne

Saturday 25th of June 2022

The pictures alone are bucket list inspiring. I love the Fall colors around the world, so that is what I would be hoping to see the beginnings of in September.

15 Best Tropical Places to Visit in September

When the weather starts to get colder, it’s time for a tropical getaway.

Most people travel during spring and winter, leaving fewer crowds in September. There are quite a few places to travel in September.

Let’s start with…

Average Sept. Air Temp 80°F – 90°F

flamingos on beach in aruba

Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean Sea, north of Venezuela. Known for its beautiful blonde beaches, vibrant wreck diving, and desert landscapes. Its average temperatures in September range from 80 ° to 90 ° Fahrenheit.

There really isn’t a bad time to visit Aruba. September in particular is a great time to visit if you don’t mind higher average temps. Be aware that this is the month that most people avoid because the trade winds die, making it hotter than normal. But, it’s a great time to visit since the crowds are a lot less. This Caribbean island is easily one of the best tropical destinations in September.

2. Zanzibar

Average Sept. Air Temp : 70°F – 85°F

zanzibar beach

Zanzibar sits off the coast of Tanzania, Africa. Well-known for its stunning tropical beaches, 19th-century architecture, and diverse spices (yes, spices!)

Average temperatures in September are around 70° to 85° Fahrenheit. You’ll be able to sunbathe and explore the island comfortably.

Average Sept. Air Temp 75°F – 90°F

tropical beach in belize

Belize sits on the eastern side of Central America, bordering Guatemala and Mexico. While Belize itself is not an island, there are several off its coast. Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker , or even Cayo Espanto are beautiful ones to visit.

Belize is very popular among diving enthusiasts because of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. It’s the second-largest coral reef in the world. Belize’s average temperatures in September range from 75° to 90° Fahrenheit. Perfect temps to spend in the stunning waters and on the beach.

4. Oahu, Hawaii

Average September Temp 70°F – 85°F

Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu is one of Hawaii’s most visited islands, along with Maui and Kauai. Its capital, Honolulu, is home to one of the most famous beaches – Waikiki beach. Oahu can be the most affordable since their main airport is there.

Known for its beaches, history, nightlife, and cuisine, Oahu is a tropical vacation that has it all. Temperatures in September average around 70° to 85° Fahrenheit. If you’re looking to vacation in the United States, this is a great tropical destination.

5. Barbados

Tropical beach in Barbados

Barbados is an independent British Commonwealth nation located in the eastern Caribbean. It’s a popular tropical vacation destination, common to watch a game of cricket. Even more, it has beautiful beaches and waters, as well as a lot of history and culture.

September temperatures average from 75° to 90° Fahrenheit. While it can be rainy, the rain comes in short spurts and will make prices cheaper.

6. Seychelles

La Digue, Seychelles

Seychelles sits in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Africa. Known for its beaches, unique coral reefs, nature reserves, and various rare animals. If you’re lucky, you may spot the giant Aldabra tortoise or white fairy tern!

In September temperatures average 75° to 90° Fahrenheit, so you can get your tropical on.

Average Sept. Air Temp 70°F – 90°F

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Bali is one of Indonesia’s most well-known and highly-visited islands, year-round. Known for its special forested volcanic mountains, rice paddies, beaches, coral reefs, and Balinese culture, Bali truly is the island that has it all.

Whether you want to spend your days hiking, soaking up the sun, or embracing the food scene, Bali is never the wrong answer. Its average temperatures range from 70 ° to 90 ° Fahrenheit in September, so pack a swimsuit and a change of clothes so you’re ready to take on whatever activities the day brings you.

Average Sept. Air Temp 70°F – 80°F

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Located in the South Pacific Ocean is Fiji, a country to the northeast of Australia. Fiji is an archipelago comprised of over 333 picture-perfect islands. While each island has so much to offer, our favorites are Mamanuca Islands, Qalito Islands, and Mana Island.

Known for its coral reefs, clear lagoons, and rugged palm-lined landscapes, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Fiji. Average temperatures in September range from 70 ° to 80 ° Fahrenheit, so you’ll be more than comfortable spending all day outside.

Average Sept. Air Temp 65°F – 80°F

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Located in between Australia and South America is Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia. Tahiti is divided into two islands: Tahiti Nui (western side) and Tahiti Iti (eastern side). As Tahiti Nui is larger, it tends to attract more tourists year-round. Tahiti has unique black-sand beaches, lagoons, waterfalls, and not one, but two extinct volcanoes.

It is the perfect tropical destination for adventurers who also like to relax in the sun. September is a perfect time to visit, as temperatures range from 65 ° to 80 ° Fahrenheit, so you can spend time exploring the landscape and swimming on the beach.

10. Gran Canaria, Spain

Average Sept. Air Temp 60°F – 70°F

top travel destinations september

One of Spain’s beautiful Canary Islands is Gran Canaria, an island located to the northwest of Africa. Gran Canaria is a unique island, and it is well-known for its black lava and white-sand beaches.

It is a popular tourist destination for Europeans in the summer, so if you’re looking to get away from the crowds, check it out in September. The average temperatures range from 60 ° to 70 ° Fahrenheit, so expect to spend some time doing activities on this tropical island.

11. Sardinia, Italy

top travel destinations september

Just west of Italy’s mainland is Sardinia, an Italian island located in the Mediterranean Sea. This large, stunning island has a beautiful coast, with turquoise waters and sandy beaches.

If you wander inwards, you’ll find mountainous landscapes perfect for hiking. Sardinia is filled with both culture and beauty, making it the perfect place for a September tropical vacation. Even more, September temperatures are usually around 70 ° to 80 ° Fahrenheit!

12. Bora Bora

top travel destinations september

If French Polynesia is calling your name, consider heading to Bora Bora, a unique island north of Tahiti. If you want to scuba dive in stunning turquoise lagoons protected by a coral reef, book your trip immediately.

Bora Bora is a great option for those of you who want to get a little fancy at a luxury resort. You can definitely spend your time at the beach (or by the pool!), as September temperatures range from 70 ° to 80 ° Fahrenheit.

13. Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Average Sept. Air Temp 70°F – 75°F

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The Cook Islands are a group of 15 islands located in the South Pacific Ocean. Consider heading to the largest one, Rarotonga, for your September tropical vacation.

Popular for scuba diving and snorkeling in its lagoons and coral reefs, Rarotonga is also home to volcanoes and rainforests for those of you who want to hike. The island that has it all? Yep, Rarotonga. Even better, September temperatures average at 70 ° to 75 ° Fahrenheit, so you can be fairly confident that you’ll get the sun you need.

14. Perhentian Islands

top travel destinations september

Located off the eastern coast of Malaysia are the Perhentian Islands, with two main islands (Perhentian Besar and Perhentian Kecil). We’d recommend checking one of those two out if you’ve never been, as they are great starting points to experiencing the islands!

These islands are known for snorkeling and diving, as they are home to amazing marine life such as the clownfish, giant sea turtles, and more. September can get hot in the Perhentian Islands, with temperatures ranging from 75 ° to 90 ° Fahrenheit.

15. Whitsunday Islands

top travel destinations september

Last but not least are Australia’s beautiful Whitsunday Islands, a group of 74 islands located between northeast Australia (Queensland) and the Great Barrier Reef.

Access to the Great Barrier Reef gives the Whitsunday Islands amazing marine wildlife and stunning views. And, between the 74 islands, you can surely find a spot that fits the vacation you’re looking for! September is Australia’s springtime, so temperatures range from 65 ° to 80 ° Fahrenheit.

Bottom Line

As you can see, there is no shortage of tropical vacation options for your September getaway.

Whether you venture to the South Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, or the Mediterranean, you really can’t go wrong. There is no bad time to take a tropical vacation.

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The Best Places to Travel in September

Thinking about a September vacation but don’t know where to go? From hiking in the Andes Mountains and sunning it up in Big Sur in California to seeing baby gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and celebrating Oktoberfest in Munich , there’s absolutely loads to do at this time of year!

September is typically a shoulder season in many destinations, making it a fantastic time to travel. At this time of year, the weather is still warm, but all the summer crowds have vanished in most places. New Zealand is shaking off its winter coat, the Albanian Riviera is blissfully peaceful, and the harvest is just beginning in California’s Wine Country. September really is an amazing time to travel!

With so many incredible places to visit in September, it can be difficult to pick just one. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together a list of the 14 best places to travel in September. Each of these locations has wonderful weather, none of the crowds, and fantastic things going on at this time of year, giving you the chance for an awesome getaway!

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The 14 Best Places To Visit In September

1. patagonia, argentina & chile.

What Places to Visit in September: Patagonia, Argentina & Chile

September is a fantastic time to visit Patagonia if you want the place to yourself. Although this month technically marks the beginning of spring, Patagonia is slow to get the memo and takes its time warming up.

Temperatures are cool to mild at this time of year, and as the hotels are just opening up after the winter season, the place is peaceful and free of crowds. You can also snag some great deals on accommodation and tours due to the lack of visitors.

Best Cities to Visit in September: Patagonia, Argentina & Chile

Patagonia is one of the most spectacular places in the world for hiking. Here you can trek through the Andes Mountains, past towering glaciers, and marvel at unbelievably beautiful panoramas. Because the place is so quiet at this time of year, you’ll be able to take loads of great pictures that aren’t full of tourists!

Springtime in Patagonia is stunning. Expect to see lush green grass, thick bushes of violet lupin flowers, and gorgeously blue skies. September is also when the first penguins flock to the region to mate, giving you a great chance to spot some!

2. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Must Visit Places in September: Grand Canyon, Arizona

If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon before, this is one of the best places to visit in September in the USA. While the place is always crowded, this month attracts fewer tourists than the peak season. 

The iconic landmark is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. It’s impossible to get your head around the vast size until you’re standing directly in front of it. 

Where to Vacation in September: Grand Canyon, Arizona

The natural wonder in Arizona has been expanding for 6 million years, thanks to the help of the Colorado River. And for centuries, visitors from all over the world have been coming to the massive chasm to stare in awe at its orange and red grandeur.

The Grand Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is managed by the National Park Service, which does a great job of protecting it. Around 6 million people visit each year, but you’ve got a decent chance of avoiding major crowds when you go in September.

While the South Rim, where you’ll find the Bright Angel Trail and the Grand Canyon Village, is one of the best places for hiking and sightseeing, it’s also one of the busiest spots. Take a break from the crowds by spending more time at the North Rim. This is where you’ll find challenging hiking routes and incredible camping spots.

3. Trans Bhutan Trail, Bhutan

If you want to push yourself to the absolute limit, Bhutan is easily one of the best places to travel in September. In 2022, the legendary 250-mile-long Trans Bhutan Trail opened for hiking and mountain biking for the very first time in 60 years!

The life-changing hiking route starts in Haa, Bhutan’s westernmost district, and stretches all the way east to Trashigang. It gives you a remarkable chance to travel through Bhutan’s fascinating history, as the trail encompasses 400 points of interest.

One of the most incredible is the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. This landmark dates back to 1692 and is made up of a small number of buildings that appear to precariously teeter on the edge of a cliff that plunges 10,000 feet into the sea.

If you’re going to be in Bhutan on September 7, you’ll get to witness (or take part in, if you’re up for it!) the Tour of the Dragon. This 160-mile-long cycle race is an extreme endurance test and takes place in a single day. It kicks off in Bumthang and moves through four different mountain passes before ending in the town square in Thimphu.

4. Big Sur, California

Best Cities to Visit in September: Big Sur, California

Big Sur isn’t just a vacation destination – it’s a way of life. The laid-back culture has attracted people from all over the globe seeking transformation, refuge, or inspiration. It appeals to all creative types, from photographers and writers to musicians and artists, all eager to add a little extra oomph to their work. 

The coastal hotspot stretches 90 miles on the west coast of central California between Monterey Bay and San Simeon. By September, most of the summertime crowds have gone, leaving you with wide-open spaces, blissful tranquility, and incomparable beauty. 

Best Places to Visit in September: Big Sur, California

The Pacific Coast Highway is the main road that runs through Big Sur and has become the most scenic drive in the region. Perched high above the surf, the highway follows the edge of the cliffs, rewarding drivers and passengers with unbeatable views as it follows the seemingly endless coastline.

It’s not just dramatic panoramas you’ll find along the Pacific Coast Highway. This stretch of road is also dotted with pampering wellness retreats, independent art galleries, and creative international restaurants. 

One of the best things to do on the road is to find Big Sur’s hidden gems. To make sure natural attractions don’t get overwhelmed, some of them are intentionally unmarked. This guarantees they remain secluded, peaceful, and pristine. If you’re wondering where to go in September and you’re California-bound, don’t miss out on Big Sur!

5. Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Must Visit Places in September: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

The Volcanoes National Park is an exceptional place to see gorillas in Rwanda . But visit in September, and not only will you almost certainly see the phenomenal creatures, but you’ll also have a high chance of spotting baby gorillas, too!

September marks the end of the dry season in Rwanda. This is when the paths are less slippery and the foliage is less dense, making it easier to get around and spot gorillas. The government has been doing a lot of work to boost high-end tourism and has spent a lot of money on sustainable, ethical attractions, like the Volcanoes National Park.

Where to Vacation in September: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

The best part about being in Rwanda in September is that you’ll be there for Kwita Izina. This celebration is made up of a week of gorilla-themed events, which end with a wonderful naming ceremony for the newborn gorillas. Attend the festivities, and you’ll get to see around 12 infant gorillas named, followed by a huge party!

September 24, World Gorilla Day, is sometimes the day of the naming ceremony. But it can take place on any day throughout the month.

6. Munich, Germany

Best Cities to Visit in September: Munich, Germany

You may guess from the name that Oktoberfest takes place in October, but it actually begins in the second half of September and merges into October. While it’s celebrated throughout the Western world, the very best place for Oktoberfest is Munich in Germany !

Beer is the focal point of the festival, with hundreds of different types of brews from all across Germany available to try. Here you’ll find everything from well-known German brands down to beers from tiny family-run microbreweries.

Best Places to Visit in September: Munich, Germany

Even if you’re not into beer, you’ll still have an amazing time at Oktoberfest. There are absolutely loads of typical German foods to dig into, from pretzels and sausages to pork knuckles and potato pancakes. The main goal of the festival is for everyone to have a great time, and it’s impossible not to get swept up in the atmosphere. 

You’ll find people celebrating Oktoberfest throughout the city’s streets, but the official celebrations take place in the Theresienwiese – the largest fairground in Munich. In addition to the many beer halls and food stalls, you’ll also come across fairground rides and shows. 

If you’re looking to have a good time on your trip, Munich is easily one of the best cities to visit in September!

7. Wine Country, California

Must Visit Places in September: Wine Country, California

In California’s Wine Country, grape harvesting season usually kicks off in September. The weather can vary between Mendocino, Napa , and Sonoma counties, meaning some places may start earlier or later than others. If you’ve got your heart set on a particular winery, it’s a good idea to confirm their opening date before you make any plans. 

There are more than 139 viticultural areas scattered throughout Wine Country, from major vineyards that produce the bottles you see in grocery stores to tiny wineries run by families that put their hearts and souls into their businesses.

Where to Vacation in September: Wine Country, California

September is typically warm and balmy, making it ideal for days touring picturesque vineyards and evenings enjoying al fresco dinners with great company. There are absolutely loads of events going on at this time of year, too.

From outdoor music concerts, celebrity chef-hosted dinners, and wine pairing seminars to local art exhibitions, wine auctions, and guided walks, you’re guaranteed to find something you want to do in wine country in September. Some vineyards even give you the chance to get involved in the winemaking process by stomping grapes!

8. Honolulu, Oahu

Best Cities to Visit in September: Honolulu, Oahu

Honolulu is one of the best places to visit in September in the USA. Although summer is slowly drifting away, the temperatures are still great, whatever you’re thinking of doing.

If you’re planning on spending your time exploring volcanoes and mountains, you’ll be glad to know that September is a little cooler (and a lot quieter!) than the peak summer period. Daytime temperatures are in the mid to high 80s, but the higher up you travel, the cooler it gets.

Best Places to Visit in September: Honolulu, Oahu

This time of year is perfect for hitting the beach. You’ll get to enjoy the warmest ocean temperatures of the year in September. And as evening temperatures stay in the comfortable 70s range, you can while away long, relaxing nights by the sea.

Honolulu gives you the best of both worlds. There are cultural gems and historic sites, such as the Pearl Harbor National Memorial and Iolani Palace, as well as rural treasures, like brilliant blue waters and secret hiking trails along the North Shore .

Although fall marks the beginning of the rainy season in Oahu, September is still one of the driest months. You could easily spend a 14-night vacation in the capital without ever seeing a single drop!

9. Glacier National Park, Montana

Where to Vacation in September: Glacier National Park, Montana

Glacier National Park is the best place to go in September if you want to feel closer to nature. During this month, you’ll bump into hardly any other visitors, so you’ll almost have the entire place to yourself.

In September, the forests are thick with leaves in every shade of red, yellow, orange, and gold you can imagine. As there are few people around and the winter season is on its way, you’re also much more likely to see local wildlife preparing for the drop in temperature and hibernation.

What Places Have Shoulder Season in September: Glacier National Park, Montana

If you really want to get back to nature, you should definitely consider camping. Because the campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, bookings are notoriously difficult to get in summer. But by September, the campsites are rarely full, and getting a last-minute booking is a piece of cake.

To make things even better, the lack of crowds means there’s hardly any road congestion. So even if you’re just planning on driving through the park on the way to your next destination, you’ll still get to appreciate your surroundings in peace and quiet.

10. Kruger National Park, South Africa

Best Places to Visit in September: Kruger National Park, South Africa

For the trip of a lifetime, consider making plans to go to Kruger National Park for your September vacation. This month marks the end of the dry season and is when vegetation is at its sparsest. Despite how it sounds, Kruger National Park is one of the best places to go in September because you’re almost certain to spot animals at the permanent watering holes.

Most people visit Kruger National Park for the chance to see the Big Five – rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo. Stick to the central and southern areas of the park to boost your likelihood of a sighting. These locations are where the animals usually hang out at this time of year.

What Places to Visit in September: Kruger National Park, South Africa

As well as the Big Five, Kruger is also home to hippos, Nile crocodiles, and rare bird species, including lappet-faced vultures and ground-hornbills. Not only is the wildlife spectacular here, but the environment is remarkable, too. 

The park’s savanna is dotted with Giant baobab, marula, and fever trees that are so tall they’ll make your neck ache. The Nxanatseni and Marula regions of the park are even home to Masorini and Albasini ruins, where members of the indigenous Ba-Phalaborwa ethnic group and Portuguese colonists traded goods centuries ago.

11. Loire Valley, France

What Places Have Shoulder Season in September: Loire Valley, France

If you’re wondering where to go in September, France ’s Loire Valley comes to life at this time of year with every type of festival you can imagine. For foodies, there’s the Festival of Tomatoes and Flavors, which is celebrated at the Chateau de la Bourdaisière. This gourmand event includes tastings of local products and well as fascinating culinary workshops.

For a more family-friendly alternative, plan to check out Tours-sur-Loire, which starts in May and runs through the end of September. This lively and diverse festival includes open-air dining experiences, an outdoor movie theater, giant board games, and drawing lessons for budding artists of all ages.

Where to Vacation in September: Loire Valley, France

Explore the countryside, and you’ll come across an endless number of vineyards offering tastings of their crisp, sparkling wines. Most will offer you the chance to tour the vineyard to find out how wine is made, too. If you’d rather keep a clear head, September provides the perfect weather for exploring everything the valley has to offer.

From aristocratic castles and 500-mile-long cycling routes to incredibly gorgeous towns and stunning gardens that have been beautifully maintained for centuries, every inch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site will charm you!

12. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Best Places to Visit in September: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

If you’re looking for somewhere cool to spend your September vacation, consider the Fiordland National Park. Located in South Island, New Zealand , this park enjoys springtime temperatures in the 50s. Although that may seem a little chilly, it provides the ideal conditions for local marine life to come out and play!

September is an excellent time to see fur seals, crested penguins, and dolphins. They’re at their most active at this time of year, so you should definitely take a cruise across Milford Sound and see if you can spot any. For the chance to get up-close-and-personal, consider renting a kayak and searching for them in the lake yourself.

What Places to Visit in September: Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Even if you don’t see as much wildlife as you were hoping, the Fiordland National Park is still a staggeringly beautiful place. From lakes that give mirror-perfect reflections and snowcapped jagged mountains to thundering icy waterfalls and one of the clearest night skies you’ll see in your life, this gorgeous piece of nature is full of endless examples of dramatic scenery.

13. Albanian Riviera, Albania

Must Visit Places in September: Albanian Riviera, Albania

To catch the last of the winter sunshine, head to the Albanian Riviera. Home to powder-soft golden sands, mesmerizing cobalt waters, historical Greek ruins, and charming rustic villages, this laid-back region of Albania can be whatever you want it to be.

Whether you want to spend your days lounging on the beach, island hopping on a yacht, or exploring ancient Greek sites, or whether you want to spend your evenings partying at beach clubs, mixing with locals in tavernas, or enjoying the peaceful life in a seaside village, the Albanian Riviera is the place to do it.

Where to Vacation in September: Albanian Riviera, Albania

You’ll find some of Europe’s most glittering and hidden treasures here. National parks brimming with unbeatable panoramas, cascading waterfalls that look like they’ve been Photoshopped, and natural hot springs that are better than any spa all await you.

A great option if you’ve got a small budget to work with, the Albanian Riviera is one of the cheapest places in Europe to visit in September. But despite the low prices, many of the summer tourists have vanished by this month, and the weather is still gloriously warm and sunny. If you’re wondering where to go in September to soak up the sun, the Albanian Riviera is always a good idea!

14. The Berkshires, Massachusetts & Connecticut

Best Places to Visit in September: The Berkshires, Massachusetts & Connecticut

Spread out over the western parts of Massachusetts and northwest Connecticut , the Berkshires is the place to go in September if you’re looking for natural beauty and adventure sports. As you drive along the winding roads, you’ll be blown away by the imposing mountains covered in red, gold, and orange trees.

Offering the ideal mix of pure relaxation and limitless fun, this rural region is hugely popular with city slickers in need of a break from their hectic daily schedules. If you’re aching to get outdoors, you’ll be spoiled for choice with hiking routes, mountain climbing, and ziplining. Head for one of the many glistening lakes, and you can also discover kayaking , fishing, and paddleboarding opportunities.

What Places to Visit in September: The Berkshires, Massachusetts & Connecticut

For something that requires a little less energy, explore one of the Berkshires’ quaint, charming towns. In September, these sleepy places are mostly free of tourists. This means you won’t waste time waiting in lines in independent cafes or family-run restaurants. Thanks to the lack of crowds, you’ll also be able to snap up excellent seats for theater shows at the last minute.

There you have it! The 14 best places to visit in September. What’s your favorite place to travel in September?

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Nicola is a freelance writer with an insatiable hunger for travel. She swapped her home in the UK for the sunny Canary Islands when she was just 11 and she has been based there ever since. From crawling on her hands and knees inside pyramids in Egypt to swimming with baby sharks in Bali and searching (fruitlessly!) for the Northern Lights in Iceland, Nicola takes every chance she gets to explore new places. The incredible experiences she has around the world fuels her writing and inspires her to plan even more adventures for the future.

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15 best places to visit in September 2024

Best places to visit in September

With the summer crowds gone and the temperatures pleasantly mild in many locations, September is an excellent time to visit a number of destinations all around the world. From beaches to mountains, we look at what suits our entire travel community.

With the ‘new normal’ in place, avoiding the crowds might be the best reason to travel. We have selected some of the best places to travel in September for you to choose from.

Here are the best places to visit in September 2024

Best places to visit in september in asia, beijing, china – the best place for culture, seoul, south korea – experience the land of kimchi and k-pop, tioman island, malaysia – surf and dive in peace.

  • North West Sri Lanka – Immerse yourself in the past
  • Male, Maldives – Quintessential indulgence

Best places to visit in September in Europe

  • Sicily, Italy – The best place for food and wine
  • Pula, Croatia – Immerse in fun music festivals
  • Pompeii, Italy – Go back in time to an ancient city

Best places to visit in September in Africa

  • Hermanus, South Africa – ideal for wildlife and whale watching
  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Visit one of the most majestic waterfalls

Best places to visit in September in the Americas

  • Ontario, Canada – Behold beautiful seasonal colours
  • Patagonia, Argentina & Chile – Great for adventure seekers
  • Montreal, Canada – For a city break
  • Grand Canyon, Arizona – Check off your bucket list

Best places to visit in September in Oceania

  • Bora Bora, French Polynesia – Ideal for a quiet, crowd-free holiday

Best places to visit in September 2024 in Asia

Best places to visit in September, Beijing, China

If you are looking for history and culture, we think Beijing should be top of the list of where to go in September. The weather is pleasant (with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 26°C) and should offer clear, unclouded views of the Great Wall of China.

In Beijing itself there are plenty of fascinating areas to explore, from the imposing Forbidden City palace ( dating from 1420 ) and Tiananmen Square (the largest city square in the world) to the quaint old streets of the Gulou East Street hutongs.

Beijing Capital International Airport is a hub for international travel and can be reached from many worldwide destinations. Beijing also offers the opportunity to venture further afield in China with plenty of rail connections and domestic flights. Stay in the hutongs areas of the city for a taste of old China.

READ MORE: The Great Wall of China is one of the seven wonders of the world , do you know what are the other ones?

Best places to travel in September, Seoul, South Korea

The rainy season is ending in September, and the temperatures are quite pleasant. The capital of Korea offers many hidden delights to travellers, not least being the ever-popular Korean cuisine as well as the birthplace of the cultural phenomenon – K-pop or Korean pop music.

By visiting Seoul in September, you will get the chance to avoid the crowds, while still having enough sunshine to experience the sights and sounds of this bustling city. There are many direct flights to the capital city from all around the world.

READ MORE: Seoul is also home to one of the world’s best amusement parks

Where is hot in September, Tioman Island, Malaysia

Though technically still the high season, there are slightly fewer crowds in September in Tioman Island. Therefore, if you prefer a less-crowded beach vacation, September is one of the best months to visit the island and still avoid most of the rain.

The surfing season is starting at that time and it is still possible to get a few fruitful dives, so it is definitely worth the trip. Historically, there is less demand, so the hotels are cheaper as well, which makes this one of the most affordable times to visit Tioman Island as well.

So for a quiet beach vacation filled with activities and duty-free shopping , make sure to add Tioman Island to your list of places to go in September.

READ MORE: Tioman Island made to our list of the world’s best places to travel alone

North West Sri Lanka

Immerse yourself in the past.

Where to go in September, Sri Lanka

Take a road trip through the North West of Sri Lanka, specifically a road trip between Jaffna and Trincomalee. For those who love road trips, nature and amazing scenery, this is one of the best places to visit in September.

Visit Fort Frederick, which is a Portuguese fortress built in the year 1624 or the Thirukkoneswaram Kovil (Hindu temple) near the sea when you reach Trincomalee.

This amazing coastal city is known for amazing beaches, historical sites and friendly people, and can make a great starting point for your road trip. Going there just to experience the sunset over the Trincomalee Bay might be worth the trip alone.

Once you want to move on to the unique Jaffna, you can decide between a four-hour car ride or even a train ride to explore the country. Jaffna is a city steeped in history and was most recently the last fighting ground during Sri Lanka’s civil war. This has led to poor infrastructure, so don’t expect a metropolitan city. However, the charm and historical significance of the city makes up for it.

Make sure to visit the Jaffna library, which is one of the biggest libraries in the entire Asia, the Jaffna Fort and even the Jaffna Market – which gives you an authentic insight into Sri Lanka and the daily lives of the people who live there.

READ MORE: Sri Lanka is also one of the best destinations for an unforgettable honeymoon

Male, Maldives

The best place for self-indulgence.

Best places to travel in September, Male, Maldives

The Maldives sets the benchmark for luxurious beach getaways – and there is a hefty price tag that comes along with that reputation. This month is the perfect time to visit as the rainy season from July to August comes to an end.

You can still expect patchy showers and wet weather, but the payoff is that you can get a resort villa stay for way lower prices.

READ MORE: The Maldives is also famous for having some of the most amazing overwater bungalows in the world

Best places to visit in September 2024 in Europe

Sicily, italy, the best place for food and wine.

Best places to visit in September, Sicily, Italy

Sicily is a popular summer destination, but this Italian island is actually one of the best places to visit in September. The crowds have returned home, the weather is warm, but not so hot so as to discourage activities.

The average high temperature is 24.4°C so relaxing on the beach is definitely a possibility, as is exploring ancient cultural sites (such the Valle Dei Templi or the Ancient Greek theatre of Taormina ). The real draw, however, is the food and drink festivals which include, but are not limited to, those celebrating sausage (Sagra della Salsiccia) couscous (CousCous Fest), fish and seafood (Sagra del pesce), ice cream (Sherbeth Festival) and beer (Birocco).

Sicily has four international and two domestic airports so it is highly accessible by plane. Trains also service the island including those that run from Naples or Rome.

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Pula, Croatia

The best place for music festivals.

Where to go in September, Pula, Croatia

The milder weather and smaller crowds make Croatia a highlight on the list of where to go in September. Pula’s highlight is the city’s Outlook Festival which is held in an abandoned fort (with the opening concert in a 2,000-year-old amphitheatre). The festival features the music of various genres including dub, techno, hip-hop, and reggae.

Pula is serviced by an international airport with flights from plenty of European cities including Dublin, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, London, Vienna, and Zurich. It can also be reached by direct buses from many cities including Split, Trieste, Belgrade, and Venice.

READ MORE: Check out our list of the best music festival destinations from around the world

Pompeii, Italy

The best place to explore an ancient city.

Where is hot in September, Pompeii, Italy

September is the perfect month to walk along the cobblestone-paved streets of Pompeii. With lower crowds this season, this ancient city will feel like it’s open just for you.

A good place to start would be Naples, which is less than an hour away from Pompeii. Take a trip to the past to see how the Romans lived in this well-preserved part of Italy.

READ MORE: Be prepared for your trip with our Ultimate Holiday Packing List

Best places to visit in September 2024 in Africa

Hermanus, south africa, the best place for wildlife and whale watching.

Best places to visit in September, Hermanus, South Africa

The days may be getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, but September means spring is arriving in the South. This is when southern right whales can be found in the coastal waters off the town of Hermanus in South Africa.

There is even a Hermanus Whale Festival held to celebrate their presence. Visitors will not need to leave the shore to see the whales up close, making it one of the best places to visit in September.

The dry season in South Africa is from May to September, so you can follow up your whale watching with a safari trip in excellent conditions. There will be no summer holiday crowds, the risk of contracting malaria is low and the dry weather means that animals gather around watering holes, making them easy to spot.

To reach Hermanus, fly into Cape Town and take the 76-mile drive to Hermanus.

READ MORE: Can you guess what are the most dangerous animals in the world ?

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Trek in lush rainforests to see awe-inspiring sights.

Best places to travel in September, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The world-famous natural landscape of Victoria Falls is highly affected by seasonal changes. July to September brings about one of the better weather conditions to visit the area.

During this time, the water flow transitions from high to low tide, which allows for some spectacular views with low mist. Lower water flow also means that you can take part in activities such as water rafting.

Take note that this is also peak season in Victoria Falls due to its favourable weather, so plan ahead to secure your ideal trip.

READ MORE: Explore the tallest, highest and largest waterfalls in the world

Best places to visit in September 2024 in the Americas

Ontario, canada, the best place for beautiful seasonal colours.

Best places to visit in September, Ontario, Canada

As summer draws to an end, Ontario, Canada is one of the best places to visit in September to immerse yourself in nature. Algonquin Provincial Park is a great place to enjoy the weather that is still mild enough for camping, whilst experiencing the leaves turning to their beautiful russet autumn colours.

The camp spot is located on the southeastern tip of Grand Lake with other smaller lakes close enough to hike to. The Achray Campground has flushing toilets, picnic facilities, boat launching ramps and a yurt that you can rent out.

Fly into Ottawa and rent a car to get the most out of your Ontarian experience.

READ MORE: Everything you need to know to avoid surprises when renting a car

Patagonia, Argentina and Chile

The best place for adventure.

Where is hot in September, Patagonia, Argentina, Chile

Spring falls here from September to November. The region re-awakens after having shut down for winter making it one of the best places to visit in September. There are fewer international tourists than during the peak season and the Lake District trails will be clear for hiking, biking and kayaking.

Skiing is available at mountain resorts and whales can be spotted around Península Valdés. Choose Northern Patagonia for a chance to see the first signs of wildflowers.

The Argentinian Lake District can be reached from San Carlos de Bariloche, a two-hour flight from Buenos Aires.

READ MORE: Find out why Patagonia and Argentina are also some of the best and safest places for female solo travel

Montreal, Canada

The best place for off-peak prices.

Where to go in September, Montreal, Canada

Montreal can be a wonderful city break in September. As families start to get back home for work and school, the streets are emptier, giving you an opportune few days to explore the city.

The city has a lively food, arts and culture scene for every kind of traveller to enjoy. Check out the numerous bars, restaurants, museums and landmarks in Montreal for a curated experience. Montreal is bustling with activity in every neighbourhood, from street fairs to the Cabaret Mado to clubs in Downtown.

READ MORE: We selected Montreal as one of the top 10 best cities in the world to visit

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The best place for sightseeing in cooler weather.

Where is hot in September, Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

The thought of crossing the Grand Canyon off your bucket list can sometimes be put off by sweltering heat and large crowds. The weather gets a lot cooler in September and trails are still open towards the end of summer.

Furthermore, as vacation crowds start to clear, lodging becomes more available and affordable. Visiting Arizona at the end of summer will give you the ultimate vacation experience.

READ MORE: The Grand Canyon is one the 10 places to visit before you die

Best places to visit in September 2024 in Oceania

Bora bora, french polynesia, a crowd-free paradise.

Best places to travel in September, Bora Bora, French Polynesia

If you are wondering where is hot in September, Bora Bora is one of the most stunning destinations in the world.

In September there is plenty of sunshine and fewer tourists so you can enjoy your private overwater bungalow in perfect tranquility. Temperatures range between 21-26°C and you can take advantage of the pleasant temperatures to snorkel, fish and explore the island and surrounding Motus.

To reach this tropical paradise, fly to French Polynesia’s Faa’a International Airport in Papeete, Tahiti where you can catch a connecting flight to Motu Mote in the Bora Bora island group.

READ MORE: Discover our list of the most beautiful beaches in the world

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23 Best Places To Visit In Europe In September (2024 Review)

Last Updated on March 13, 2024 by Nicole

September in Europe is a fantastic time of year to visit. The weather has cooled from the stifling summer heat found in many locations. In addition, there are fewer crowds leaving more choice in hotels, restaurants, and tours. Cities, towns, villages, beaches and national parks are less busy and more inviting. In late September in northern Europe, leafs might already start changing into fall colors while the stunning beaches on the Mediterranean in southern Europe still beckon promising long warm and sunny days. So where should you go? Where are the best places to visit in Europe in September?

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Best Places To Visit In Europe In September

I have asked some of the best travel bloggers and industry experts where are the best places to travel in September in Europe. They have provided cities, towns, beaches and national parks all over Europe. In addition, they have recommended the best things to do at that time of year and their favorite accommodation.

Lastly, the expected weather and average high temperatures are highlighted as well as the nearest international airports and travel times from there. After you have finished reviewing this article, you will have a list of amazing European destinations in September with beautiful places and popular attractions to explore.

September is best time to visit Barcelona in Europe

Barcelona, Spain

By Claire from Why Visit Barcelona

September is a great time of year to visit Barcelona, a city in northern Spain on the Mediterranean Sea. It is still warm and sunny, but the crowds of tourists that surge into the city during the summer holidays start to subside. Barcelona is a city that has something for everyone, from sandy beaches to architecture, delicious food to nightlife and so much more. It is one of the best cities to visit in Europe in September.

The architectural designs of Gaudí are a huge draw, and you can’t come to Barcelona without touring at least one of his fantastical works , such as La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell or Casa Batlló, to mention a few.

Don’t miss exploring the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona, with a maze of narrow streets, pretty squares, hidden churches, and local shops and bars. 

La Rambla is one of the most popular destinations in Barcelona where you can wonder, shop, eat and soak up the energy of the city. Along the way, visit the Boqueria Market, a great place to grab a delicious snack or picnic to fuel your day. If you are curious about the local cuisine, take a walking tour with local tapas and wine guided by a local .

If you  visit Barcelona in September , you’ll also get to enjoy some fabulous local festivals. The 11 th  of September is the National Day of Catalonia ( La Diada Nacional de Catalunya ) and is marked with marches, flags and demonstrations for Catalan independence. 

On September 24, La Mercé Festival is held. For several days, there is live music, traditional Sardana dancing, and human towers all celebrating the Roman Catholic feast day of Our Lady of Mercy. Other smaller neighbourhood festivals, also happen in September, so there is always a lot going on!

The average high in September in Barcelona is 78 degree Fahrenheit with several days in the mid 80s. In early September, it can be humid so if that bothers you, consider visiting after mid September.

How Best To Reach The Destination

Barcelona El Prat is the closest international airport to the city, around 30 minutes drive, or easily accessible by train or bus to and from the city centre.

Hotel Recommendation

Claire says, “There is a wide range of accommodation in Barcelona to suit every budget. Try the Chic & Basic Lemon Boutique Hotel for a budget option, or Hotel Serras Barcelona for a more luxury stay.”

best places to visit in Europe in September

Brno, Czech Republic

By Joanna from The World In My Pocket

Brno is the largest city in the Czech Republic in Eastern Europe. It is one of the best places to spend time in September in Europe. If you are looking to get away from the busy streets of Prague , Brno can give you a similar experience but without the crowds.

There are plenty of things to do in Brno, starting with exploring the Old Town, which has many hidden corners. Consider a visit to the Old Town Hall. First built in 1240, with buildings later added in the 15th, 16th and 18th century, it is the oldest surviving secular building in the city. It is home to several stunning points of interest, starting with the “Brno dragon” which hangs on its ceiling, the wheel which sits on the wall, and the crooked spires on the façade. In addition, you can climb up the 200 ft (63-metre) tower to enjoy an impressive view of Brno.

Next to the Town Hall, you will find the cabbage market, where local producers gather every day to sell the freshest fruits and vegetables, flowers, and artisan products.

If you are taking a  day trip to Brno , do not miss visiting Villa Tugendhat , viewed as a pioneering prototype of modern architecture in Europe. It was built in 1928 by German architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich. Make sure you book your tickets in advance, as this is one of the more popular attractions, especially for architecture and history lovers. Make sure you leave time to visit the gardens as well.

Another great place to explore is Špilberk Castle which overlooks the city. Recently, a new exhibition opened which takes you inside the former water tanks of the castle.

The weather in Brno is quite mild, with plenty of sunny days and almost no rain, making September the best time to visit. The average high temperature in Brno is 67 degree Fahrenheit with lots of days in the mid to high 70s.

Located just two hours south of Prague, you can either fly to Brno, or take a bus or a train from the capital.

Joanna says, “A great hotel to stay when you visit Brno is the Best Western, which faces the Old Town on one side and the castle on the other.”

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Annecy, France

By Kat from France Voyager

Annecy in France is definitely one of the best destinations in Europe for a September vacation. This alpine town located in the southeastern part of France near the Swiss border is still warm, making it perfect for exploring. Moreover, the crowds start to thin out later in the month. 

Annecy is known as the “Venice of France”. Take a walking tour and see one of the more beautiful places in Europe with its flower-lined canals that lead into the most stunning lake with mountains on the other side. 

One of the best things to do in Annecy is rent a paddle boat and explore Lake Annecy. Enjoy the crystal clear waters as you tour, admiring the mountain views and perhaps sipping some Savoie wine from the region. 

Another must-do is to visit the Old Town Market from 7 am-1 pm on Tuesday, Friday, and Sundays throughout the year. The market sprawls all over the charming Medieval old town and sells anything from fresh produce to delectable alpine cheeses and tasty nougat. It is well worth picking up plenty of tasty treats and enjoying them at a picnic at the scenic lake at the Jardin de l’Europe. 

While exploring the old part of Annecy, be sure to also visit the Palais de l’Ile. Located in the middle of the Thiou Canal, this former administrative center and prison is now a little museum. 

The weather in Annecy in September is quite pleasant with few rainy days compared to the rest of the year. The average high temperature is 69ºF with plenty of days in the mid to high 70s. You can expect around 8 days with some rain.

The best way to reach Annecy is to fly into Geneva and take the 1-hour train ride to town. Alternatively, you could fly into Paris and take a 4-hour train ride. 

Kat says, “For a lovely place to stay between the train station and the old city, opt for Atipik Hotel Alexandra.”

best European city to visit in September

Porto, Portugal

By Marco from Travel-Boo

Porto, set in the northern region of Portugal ,is often overlooked by many first-time travelers to the country in favor of Lisbon, the capital, and the southern sandy beaches and towns of the Algarve. However, if you’re planning a September holiday in Europe, you may want to consider adding the gorgeous city of Porto to your travel itinerary.

Not only is Porto one of the most beautiful places in Europe featuring stunning old-world architecture, delicious Portuguese cuisine, and plenty of exciting attractions, it is also the gateway to the famous Douro Valley  wine region of Portugal , found 1.5 hours drive from the city.

The Douro Valley region is in full harvest from around mid-September. This is the best time to visit this part of the country with the changing colors of the vineyard leaves creating a colorful autumn tapestry across the rolling hills of the Douro. Book a tour and relax on a day trip into the region. If you can, try and visit towns such as Lamego and Pinhão.

Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about ever getting bored in Porto as there is a ton of exciting things to see and do.

Famed for its Port wine production, you can stroll across the city’s iconic Dom Luís I Bridge that connects Porto’s Ribeira riverfront to the Vila Nova da Gaia riverfront. Here you’ll stumble across a fine selection of the best Port Houses in the city for some Port wine tasting. These include Graham’s, Sandeman, Taylor’s, Kopke, and Porto Cruz to name a few. Alternatively, book a tasting tour .

Other key attractions in the city include the Livraria Lello bookstore where JK Rowling used to write when she lived in Porto. Many claim it inspired the well-known spiral staircase featured in many of her books.

Nearby you’ll find the Torre dos Clerigos church and tower. If you aren’t afraid of heights, consider climbing to the top of it for exceptional views of the city. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly planted on the ground, then be sure to visit at 12:00 noon daily for a free organ concert.

A few other architectural gems that are also well worth a visit include the Palacio da Bolsa palace with an exquisite Arab-inspired room, as well as the entrance to the São Bento Station that features beautiful traditional blue and white tiled murals (called Azulejos).

Porto boasts a much milder temperature in September, around 75.4°F on average, compared to the southern parts of the country where temperatures can rise to blistering and sometimes unbearable levels.

Visitors can arrive by air to Porto’s International Airport which is connected by metro to the city center. If you are planning a visit to the capital, then a 3 hours train ride will connect you from Lisbon to Porto in comfort.

Marco says, “If planning an extended visit, plan a road trip, explore the Douro region and book yourself an overnight stay in a gigantic wine barrel room set in the vineyards of The Quinta da Pacheca estate.

If you want to travel in September and are looking for more ideas, please see:

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  • 20 Best Places To Visit In The UK In September ;
  • 23 Best Places To Visit In The USA In September ; and
  • 20 Best Places To Visit In Asia In September .

best places to visit in September in Europe

Munich, Germany

By Jori from The Tejana Abroad

September is the best time to visit Munich for a late summer getaway. With cold weather on the horizon, but mild summer temperatures still lingering, there are plenty of opportunities to explore. In addition, the world renowned Oktoberfest Festival begins.

Take a walk around the city center, grab a pretzel, and see Marienplatz, the town hall that has been the center of the city since 1158. If you time your visit right, you can catch the show at the Glockenspiel, where little characters ring the bells at 11 AM, 12 PM, and 5 PM every day.

On the western side of the city, you can visit Nymphenburg Palace, one of many beautiful royal palaces in Germany. You can spend the afternoon exploring the gardens filled with art that has been modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France.

Alternatively, consider day trips and visit the famous Neuschwanstein castle , which some call the Snow White Castle. It’s a beautiful building with a postcard worthy view that is a must-see if you’re in the Bavaria region. The region is also great for hiking and September being the perfect time for it.

Finally, the absolute best reasons to visit Munich in September is Oktoberfest. Contrary to its name, the festival actually begins in September, with usually only one weekend in October. However, in October the cold becomes a bit unbearable to fully enjoy the festival, especially when you’re dressed in dirndls and lederhosen!

Tourists and locals alike dress in traditional Bavarian clothing and spend the day and night drinking beer in beer mugs the size of your face in Oktoberfest tents ! Most activities are held in makeshift tents and feature a band playing traditional German music. There is lots of Bavarian food too. For kids, there are many carnival rides and activities to enjoy.

In September, the average high temperature is around 66 degrees with several days in the low to mid 70s. You can expect around 10 days with some rain.

Getting to Munich is easy, as there’s an international airport. Otherwise, the city is well connected by train and by bus to other nearby cities such as Stuttgart and Salzburg, Austria.

Jori says, “When visiting Munich, try to stay in the Old Town or near the Munich Central Station, as most sights are within walking distance from there.

best cities to visit in September in Europe

Valletta, Malta

By Moumita & Sankha from Chasing The Long Road

The fortified city of Valletta is one of the main  tourist destinations in Malta  – an island country in the Mediterranean Sea. Due to the Mediterranean climate, the weather in Valletta remains quite warm and dry in September. That makes Valletta one of the best European destinations for a September trip.

Valletta is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful places in Europe. It is also the capital with a rich history. Accordingly, there are plenty of cultural and historical things to do in Valletta.

Take a tour of the streets of Valletta to marvel at the gorgeous architecture of this historic city. A visit to St John’s Co-Cathedral is an absolute must. Founded in the 16th century, the incredibly ornate interior is one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. Also, you will see some priceless masterpieces of art including two paintings by Caravaggio, including his largest and only signed masterpiece.

From the Upper Barrakka Gardens, admire the breathtaking panoramic view of the Grand Harbour and the “Three Cities of Malta”, three fortified cities hundreds of years old. Visitors gather here to watch the ceremonial gunfire that takes place daily at noon and 4 pm.

Take day trips from Valletta to visit the stunning Blue Lagoon – a tropical beach paradise on the island of Comino. Spend the day sunbathing, swimming, cliff jumping or kayaking on the clear turquoise water.

In September, the island comes alive with live music from the Maltese Folklore Musical Festival and Qala International Folk Festival. For airplane enthusiasts, make sure you arrive in time to enjoy the Malta Airshow. 

Average high temperature is 82°F, with several days in the high 80s. You can expect around 4 days with some rain and lots of humidity. Plan lots of time at the beach.

To best way to reach Valletta is to fly to Malta International Airport – the only airport on the island. From there, you can easily reach Valletta by public transport or pick up a rental car to be able to explore other parts of the island. It takes around 15 minutes to drive from the airport.

Moumita & Sankha say, “There are plenty of luxury and budget hotels dotted around Valletta. We would recommend staying at La Falconeria Hotel, which lies very close to the city centre.”

September is best time to visit Turin in Europe

Turin, Italy

By Natalie from The Best Of Turin

Turin is one of the best places to vacation among European countries at any time of year, but it’s pretty special spot in Europe for September vacations. Turin is located in Northern Italy and it’s the capital of the Piedmont region. What many people don’t know is that it was the first capital of Italy. Needless to say, it breathes a rich history, has incredible buildings and delicious food.

Turin and its surroundings have over 10 royal palaces and residences open for visitors, most of them are UNESCO World Heritage sites. In addition to exploring the royal palaces, make sure that you leave time to walk in the royal gardens.

The city sits at the foot of the Italian Alps, making it a great place for nature lovers. Once you are done with the city’s historical and cultural parts, you can venture into beautiful and steep Superga Hill. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the city or even hike in the Alps. In September, the foliage starts to change, making the city turn into a carpet of orange, red, and copper leaves. It’s magical. 

Food is also another attraction in Turin. The region is known for the slow food movement and some traditional ingredients and dishes. Barolo wine, truffles, and chocolates are the most famous.

But Turin is also known as being the home of the Vermouth (Martini Vermouth only factory is located nearby the city). In addition, it has one of the biggest fresh markets in Europe. Make your way to Porta Palazzo for fruits and veggies, spices, nuts, and all the delicious things you can try in Italy. 

In addition, ask the concierge at your hotel for the best local restaurant to try other Italian specialties. Alternatively, book a food tour and have someone guide you to all the best foods in the city.

September is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoor terraces while tasting the traditional aperitivo , drinks with finger food served in almost every bar and café. You will find some of the best aperitivos in Turin at San Salvario neighborhood, by the Pó River, and near the Turin Royal Palace. 

The weather is fresh and warm with daytime temperatures around 75ºF and evenings dropping to 55ºF.

Turin-Caselle Airport receives flights from many European countries and internationally. The airport is connected to the city center by public transportation, making it easy to get in and out of the city. 

Natalie says, “There are plenty of accommodation options. The list of the best hotels in Turin has suggestions for all types of travelers – from classy and royal experiences to modern and vibrant stays. The Royal Palace Hotel & Spa and Hotel DoubleTree by Hilton Turin Lingotto are among my favorite ones .

You can pick yours and enjoy a relaxing holiday or create days packed with things to do. That’s the beauty of Turin. The city has so much to see and do, but it also is an excellent place to wind down and have a nice break.” 

Greek Islands are best places to spend time in Europe in September

Cyclades Islands, Greece

By Nicole from Go Far Grow Close

The Cyclades Islands in Greece are not only the most stunning Greek islands, but are arguably the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean. Created by volcanic eruptions, they are sprinkled around the blue turquoise waters of the Aegean sea. The island landscapes are often rocky cliffs and dramatic vistas, and the towns are charming usually with white-washed houses, brightly painted doors and gorgeous Bougainvillea flowers everywhere you look. 

They are spectacular to visit at any time of the year because they are so naturally beautiful – but these Greek Islands are one of the best beach destinations in Europe in September because there are fewer crowds. 

Crazy number of tourists are a serious problem during peak summer season in Santorini and Mykonos, the two most popular Greek islands in the Cyclades chain. But if you visit afterwards, you will avoid the worst of it and may also benefit from finding some lower prices. 

When you are not swimming in the sea or sitting by the pool, you should focus on nature and enjoy the picturesque villages, and unique and interesting museums. Consider going to Santorini to see the epic volcanic caldera , Paros to enjoy the cute towns scattered about, or Delos to wander the ancient ruins.

Average highs in the Greek Islands will be 80 o  degrees Fahrenheit in September with many reaching the mid 80s. There is practically no rain in September. Avoid early September if you wish to avoid most humidity. 

There are international airports on Santorini and Mykonos. There are also ferries between the Greek Islands.

If visiting Santorini, stay in Imerovigli which has gorgeous sunset views and is central for easy touring around the island. The Regina Mare adults only hotel has beautiful contemporary rooms, a fantastic pool, and great staff.

best European destinations to travel to in Europe in September

Maastricht, Netherlands

By Zoe from Together In Transit

For one of the best holidays in September in Europe, consider visiting the beautiful, cobblestoned city of Maastricht. Located in the most southern tip of the Netherlands in the province called Limburg, Maastricht is the province’s capital and home to around 122,000 residents.

It’s a unique destination in the Netherlands. There are some hills (the Netherlands is notoriously flat) as well as influence from Belgium and Germany making it feel like you are in three countries at once!

Maastricht has a rich history, being the home to medieval-era architecture and lots of Gothic-style buildings. Highlights include the historical Fort Sint Pieter and the surrounding underground tunnels, where you can tour and learn about life during WWII.

Other  things to do in Maastricht  include exploring the main local book store, which has been beautifully converted from a church.

The city is also perfect for shopping. There are car-free streets in the city centre with local boutiques to top brands. Before shopping, try a free walking tour to learn about the city and uncover all the local hidden gems.

September is the best time to visit Maastricht with lovely temperatures for picnics and events like wine tasting and outside cinema activities.

Average high temperature is 66 degrees Fahrenheit with several days in the mid 70s. Expect some rain on around 8 days.

The best way to reaching Maastricht is with public transport from many locations such as Eindhoven Airport in the Netherlands or Charleroi Airport in Belgium. Both only take around 1.5 hours by local train or car travel.

Zoe says, “”For a place to stay, book a room at Derlon Hotel Maastricht. They offer a relaxing stay, fantastic fresh breakfast choices and high standard of service. It’s also right in the city centre for the perfect location.”

best vacation spots in Europe in September

Lugano, Switzerland

By Casandra from Karpiak Caravan

The city of Lugano is the perfect place for a quiet and peaceful vacation for nature lovers and September is one of the best months to go.

Enjoy amazing views of Lake Lugano at one of the most popular viewpoints in Switzerland – San Salvatore. Another option is take a trip up to Monte Bre and watch the sunset over Lugano.

Finally, spend the day strolling through the old town of Lugano and enjoy the local shops, cafes, and its outdoor market. Luckily, all popular attractions are within walking distance.

In September, there are a lot of unique festivals in Lugano. They are a great opportunity to experience Swiss culture up close. One of the most popular is called the Blues to Bop Festival, complete with live concerts, food, and dancing. It happens at the beginning of September every year.

In September, the average high temperature in Lugano is 70°F with several days in the mid 70s. You can expect around 8 days with some rain.

The closest international airport to Lugano is Malpensa International Airport, pick up your rental car and drive one-hour.

Casandra says, “Lugano has various accommodation options to choose from, depending on your budget and preferences. For those who want to be close to downtown, try the Hotel Walter au Lac, which is a short walk from the Piazza della Riforma. Alternatively, if you prefer to be by Lake Lugano, take a look at Hotel Splendide Royal.”

best vacation destinations to travel to in Europe in September

Paphos, Cyprus

By Paulina from UK Everyday

Cyprus is a Mediterranean island mainly known for its crystal clear waters, great weather and incredible sea caves. It is also a famous destination in Europe for romantic getaways with lots of attractions that relate to love.

Cyprus is the home of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty. If you would like to see where she was born, visit Petra tou Romiou (Aphrodite’s Rock), one of the most beautiful beaches in Cyprus. It is just a stone’s throw away from the popular tourist town Paphos. The spectacular rocks on the beach create stunning scenery.

Other amazing things to do in Cyprus include touring Cape Greco Nature Reserve and Love Bridge . Both of them are within a short distance of the town of Ayia Napa, which is on the south-east coast of the island. This part of Cyprus offers plenty of swimming spots, sea caves and incredible views.

During your visit to Cape Greco Nature Reserve, look out for Kamara Tou Koraka Bridge and Ayioi Anargiroi Church. In addition, there is a secret cave next to the sea that is not as crowded as Ayia Napa Sea Caves.

Visiting Cyprus in September is a better time for European getaways than the very hot summer months. It is still lovely and warm – average temperatures in Ayia Napa reach 87.8°F and 84.2°F in Paphos. You can also swim in pleasant water temperature of 78.8°F. There is very little chance of rain and to avoid humidity, arrive later in the month.

It takes almost 2 hours to drive from Paphos International Airport to Ayia Napa. Consider staying in Paphos upon your arrival, then visit Ayia Napa.

Paulina says, “You can find some amazing accommodation in Cyprus such as Blue Harbour Boutique. This hotel is very close to the famous Nissi beach, but also to the amazing Ayia Napa Harbour. “

best places to vacation in Europe in September

Krakow, Poland

By Ania from The Travelling Twins

Krakow is the perfect city for late summer European trips. The weather is still warm and sunny, there are plenty of festivals and events happening throughout the city, and the locals are incredibly welcoming and hospitable. In addition, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in Krakow, making it one of the best vacation spots in Europe in September.

Some of the top things to do includes visiting Wawel Royal Castle . Originally built in the 13th and 14th centuries and rebuilt in several different architectural styles over the centuries, this is an iconic landmark in Poland  and best known Polish Royal Castle.

In addition, consider exploring the Old Town district. This charming area is home to narrow streets, Medieval architecture, and plenty of restaurants and cafes. The Main Square, which is the historical and cultural center of Krakow, is the largest Medieval plaza in Europe. It is astounding.

If you are a keen student of WWII, tour Schindler’s Factory Museum. This interactive museum tells the amazing and awe-inspiring story of Oskar Schindler, who saved over one thousand Jews during World War II.

Make sure you book a day trip to visit Wieliczka Salt Mine . This unique former salt mine is mesmerizing and home to beautiful ornate chapels and delicate carvings all in rock salt.

And of course, it being fall, the best place to see beautiful foliage around Krakow is to visit Ojcow National Park. You will see many Polish castles located on limestone rocks among golden and red colour trees.

In September, the weather in Krakow is generally warm and sunny, with average temperatures ranging from 18-25 degrees Celsius (65 – 77 Fahrenheit).

Krakow Airport is well connected to the city, with buses and trains frequently running to downtown Krakow.

Ania says, “The best place to stay is in the Old Town district, where you will find many high-end hotels, Beds and Breakfasts and hostels. We stayed in Aparthotel Stare Miasto, which has an excellent location and rooms.

best vacation spots for nature lovers in Europe in September

Soca Valley, Slovenia

By Lisi from Escaping Worlds

Kobarid is a small town in the Soca Valley in Slovenia . September is the best time of year to visit to enjoy beautiful autumn colors, fewer crowds, and lovely weather.

Kobarid is a small historical village and fantastic home base for day trips for many outdoor activities. The Kobarid Historical trail is a four mile long loop trail. It is an easy hike with some steep parts that lead across forest landscapes around the Soca River and WWI landmarks, such as the Italian Charnel House.

For anyone who is looking for more adventure, whitewater rafting is one of the most popular attractions in the Soca Valley.

Another popular activity that Kobarid offers is cycling. You can rent a bicycle from one of the sport shops in the town square. There are various medium to long distance self guided tours that let you discover more small villages in the region. You can find bicycle maps either online or at the tourist office in town.

The Tolmin Gorge is one of the many gorges in the Soca Valley. Crystal clear water streams through the canyon, definitely a site you won’t want miss.

The temperature in September reaches a maximum of 75°F with cooler nights. It can be rainy (so bring a packable rain jacket), but if you are lucky you can enjoy the Soca Valley in the best late summer sunshine.

You can reach Kobarid from various directions. You can come from the north from the Austrian cities of Villach or Klagenfurt​ via the gorgeous Vrsic Pass. Alternatively, you can come from the Italian mediterranean town Trieste or from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana .

Unfortunately public transportation is not as well established. So, the best option is to rent a car and drive around 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Lisi says, “To rest from a full day of activities, the Campsite Koren is the place to go. From simple tent pitches to caravan park, chalets and glamping facilities, this campsite has something for every traveller”

best places to vacation in September in Europe

San Sebastian, Spain

By Alya from Stingy Nomads

San Sebastian or Donostia is a city in the Basque country of Northern Spain. The city is situated on the coast of the Bay of Biscay.

San Sebastian is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Europe in September with white sandy beaches, lush green hills, picturesque bays, and the turquoise waters of the Biscay Sea. The architecture is quite impressive as well including Gothic churches, Baroque palaces and avant-garde buildings.

Travelers coming to San Sebastian can combine a beach holiday, with cultural and gastronomy tourism. The city offers a great variety of activities from outdoor adventures to food and wine tasting.

Outdoor activities include hiking, surfing, mountain biking, kayaking, and sailing. To get the best views of the city, take one of the hiking routes. There are several trails in and around the city including part of the famous Camino del Norte route .

Zurriola Beach is the main surf spot in San Sebastian. There are several surf shops and schools in the city where you can rent a board or learn to surf .

The world-renowned Basque country cuisine is well-represented in San Sebastian. This includes elaborate pinchos (a small snack) in local bars to sophisticated dishes in Michelin-star restaurants. Book a food tour and discover all the best food that San Sebastian has to offer.

Several events and festivals take place in September including the Classical Music Fortnight Festival and the famous International San Sebastian Film Festival.

The weather in San Sebastian in September is very pleasant. It’s warm, sunny, with little rain. Average daily temperatures are 72°F with many days closer to 80°F. Expect around 7 days with some rain.

The nearest international airport is in Bilbao, 117 km away. There are many daily direct buses from Bilbao Airport to San Sebastian. The journey takes 1h20min. There is a domestic airport 18 km east of San Sebastian on the border with France with direct flights from Madrid , Barcelona, Mallorca, and Menorca.

Alya says, “There are many fantastic places to stay in San Sebastian. Consider Hotel Arbaso for a luxury stay in the city center close to the beach. Pension Sarriegi is a middle-price option in the center.”

best time to visit Berlin in Europe is September

Berlin, Germany

By Sydney from A World In Reach

Berlin is one of the best cities in Europe to visit. With incredible history, culture, great weather, and fantastic events, September is the best time to visit this exciting city.

Berlin has a tumultuous history and there are several landmarks and museums in which you can learn more about its past.

Berlin was famously divided from 1969 to 1989 by the Berlin Wall. The purpose was to keep the residents on the eastern side under the control of theCommunist government. Today, you can take a bike tour and see the remains of the Wall, see the most famous crossing point at Checkpoint Charlie, and learn more about the city’s division at the Berlin Wall Museum.

The East Side Gallery should also be included in your Berlin itinerary . A 1.3-kilometer section of the wall is now covered with more than 100 paintings from artists around the world.

Berlin’s Museum Island is another centerpoint of culture in the city. The island is home to five of the city’s best art museums in addition to the gorgeous Berlin Cathedral. Visit one (or all) of the museums to get your art fix and don’t miss climbing the Cathedral’s Dome for breathtaking views of the city.

You can also find some of Europe’s most famous landmarks in Berlin including Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

There are several different events that happen in September. Berlin’s Oktoberfest typically runs from mid-September to early-October. Other September events include the Berlin Marathon and Berlin Art Week.

In September, Berlin’s weather is ideal with average high temperatures of 66 degrees Fahrenheit with several days in the mid 70s. Expect a few rainy days on your trip.

The best way to reach Berlin is to fly into the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER). The airport is located about 17 miles south of the city center and about 30-45 minutes away by car (depending on traffic). It is well connected by public transportation.

Sydney says, “To make the most out of your visit to Berlin, stay near the city center. The Hilton Berlin is a great choice that’s close to many popular destinations.”

De Hoge Veluwe National Park, Netherlands

By Cosette from KarsTravels

In the middle of the Netherlands lies beautiful  National Park De Hoge Veluwe . It covers part of the Veluwe, an area with forests, sand drifts, grass plains and heathlands. The Park uniquely combines art and nature with art sculptures placed throughout the park. It is one of the most beautiful places to go in Europe.

The park has 3 entrances and at every entrance, you can find white bikes. They are free to use, and there are 1800 of them in adult and kids sizes. There are many biking lanes in the National Park, so it’s a perfect way to explore it.

Stop at the Kröller-Müller museum which holds the second largest Van Gogh collection in the world, as well as many other beautiful art pieces.

Another fun thing to do is to go on a guided safari on foot with a ranger to spot the big four: mouflon, red deer, wild boar and deer.

September is the best time to visit, since you get to see the heathland bloom into a beautiful purple color. In addition, it is the mating season for the red deer.

The average high temperature in September is 65°F with temperatures reaching low 70s. The weather can be really beautiful with nice sunny days. However, expect around 10 days with some rain.

You can fly into Eindhoven Airport which is 47 miles away or Amsterdam Schiphol Airport which is 48 miles away. You will need to rent a car .

Cosette says, “Fletcher Hotel-Restaurant Klein Zwitserland in Heelsum is a perfect place to stay. If you prefer camping, than De Pampel in Hoenderloo is excellent. Lastly, if you love staying at cabins/holiday rentals then Hogenboom Vakantiepark De Berkenhorst is wonderful.”

best places to visit in Europe in September

Lagos, Portugal

By Erin from Pina Travels

Lagos is a small city in the Algarve, Portugal . It’s known for its historic center with cobblestone streets and plazas, as well as its restaurants, churches, and proximity to beaches. While there’s plenty to do in and around Lagos, it’s also a convenient destination from which to explore many of the Algarve’s iconic landmarks.

It is also one of the most beautiful beach vacation destinations in September. September marks the end of peak season in the Algarve. Accordingly, there are fewer crowds which can make for a more relaxed experience.

While in Lagos, be sure to spend time exploring the city’s historic center. You’ll find Igreja de Santo António, a church which was originally built in 1707. It’s a Portuguese National Monument, known for its baroque gilded woodwork decoration.

Other notable spots to see within the city include the old fort, called Forte Ponta da Bandeira, and the Former Slave Market and Museum (Mercado de Escravos – Núcleo Museológico Rota da Escravatura), which is dedicated to sharing the history of Portugal’s role in the slave trade. 

One of Lagos’s main attractions is its beautiful beaches. From the city center, you can walk to several different beaches. Praia de Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, and Praia do Pinhão are all within a 30 minute walk. These peaceful beaches are perfect for swimming as they are surrounded by limestone cliffs which keep the wind away.  

Just outside of Lagos is Ponta da Piedade, a cluster of rock formations that rise up to 20 meters above the ocean. The rock formations create natural arches, caves, and towers that make for beautiful coastal views of the Algarve coast.

You can climb down 200 steps to water level or take a boat cruise for a different perspective of the rock formations. This famous spot is a 35 minute walk (or 10 minute drive) from Lagos.

The Algarve gets sun all year round. In September, the intense heat of midsummer has passed and average high temperatures are around 76°F with several days in the low 80s. There is almost no rain. To avoid humidity, plan your trip from mid September.

To reach Lagos, fly into the international airport in Faro, and pick up a rental car and drive one hour.

Erin says, “Lagos Avenida Hotel is well located in the city center, and has modern amenities, including a roof-terrace with an infinity pool.”

September is best to visit Paris in Europe

Paris, France

By Mayuri from To Some Place New

Paris is always an amazing European destination any time of year. But Paris in the fall, particularly September, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. 

The weather is still nice and warm, but there are fewer tourists than during the summer months. You’ll find that many attractions have reduced prices or offer free entry on certain days of the month. 

You won’t want to miss out on seeing the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum (the most visited art museum in the world) or exploring the Medieval Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral (one of France’s most famous landmarks). Of course, you will have to try some delicious French cuisine like escargot and crème brûlée. 

Other than these popular places, consider visiting Le Jardin des Plantes. This beautiful botanical garden has hundreds of plants and flower species from around the world. 

Or if museums are more your thing, check out Musée de l’Ordre de la Libération, a museum celebrating combatants who have worked for the liberation of France. You will find many interesting exhibits on WWII among other things. Alternatively, consider visiting the Petit Palais, a beautiful building housing French art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Do go on a Seine river cruise in the evening ! Who could resist seeing Paris under glittering lights?

In September, make time to attend an outdoor live music festival such as The Dream Nation and the Peacock Society Festivals, both of which hosts the best electronic musicians in the world. In addition, look out for Paris Plages (The Paris Beach) when parts of Paris become fun beach settings.

As far as temperatures go, Paris experiences an average high of 71° F with several days in the high 70s. It rains for 5 days of the month. Pack a light cardigan for evenings, riverside walks and sightseeing cruises.

Mayuri says, “For accommodation, consider staying in the 1st, 7th or 8th arrondisement. My favorite is the Hotel Balzac, a hotel in Paris with Eiffel Tower view .”

best places to visit in Europe in September

Salzburg Lake District, Austria

By Krik from Travel Hacker Girl

The Salzburg Lake District is just 20 km north of Salzburg and the perfect place for any outdoor lover. It is famous for its scenic lakes and cute villages.

The area consists of four lakes: Grabensee, Mattsee, Obertrumer See and Wallersee. The best way to explore them is by bike as the area is reasonably flat, compared to some other parts of Austria. The local tourist office will be able to give you a free bike map that shows you the routes.

When you get tired of cycling, you can visit one of the many bike-friendly restaurants or cafes. The Schloss Mattsee is home to a lovely cafe and local restaurant, which has a fantastic view from its terrace.

Of course, you shouldn’t miss sailing on one of the lakes. There are several companies that offer guided tours. This gives you a chance to see the area from a completely different angle.

September is a great time to visit one of the prettiest places to in Europe, as it is not as hot or rainy as the summer months. It is also less busy and prices are cheaper.

The average daily highs in September is 67 Fahrenheit with several days in the mid 70s. You can expect around 11 days with some rain.

You can fly into Salzburg Airport and then drive to the Lake District in under 30 minutes.

Krik says, “You could stay at a hotel in Salzburg and take a tour . However, the area has so much to offer, that you can easily spend a whole week around the lake. Get close to nature and stay at Campingparadies Mattsee. It is right by the lakeside and has caravans and cottages to rent. If you want to save money, you can bring your  camping equipment  and pitch your own tent.”

best vacation destinations to visit in Europe in September

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

By Milijana from World Travel Connector

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in the far northeastern part of Spain (just above Portugal) is a top destination for history enthusiasts, architecture lovers, spiritual seekers, and food aficionados.

The magnificent Old City of Santiago is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning medieval town is the burial place of St James The Great, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus and the saint patron of Spain. His remains are kept in the holy crypt in the incredible Cathedral of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

The tomb officially marks the end of the Camino de Santiago (St James Way), one of the most famous pilgrimage routes in the world. Religious, spiritual or not, visiting the Old City of Santiago and hiking Camino de Santiago are must-have experiences in Spain. 

The Old City of Santiago de Compostela has some of the most beautiful Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neoclassicist-style buildings in Spain. Strolling ancient cobbled streets of the 700-year-old Santiago de Compostela means stepping back to the incredible history of Spain.

The entire old city (Casco Historic) was built around St James Cathedral, and the outstanding Praza do Obradoiro square in front of the Cathedral. The architecture of the Old City will make your jaw drop. Join a walking tour in Santiago and enjoy the history and architecture. 

One of the most beautiful places in Santiago is the 500-year old Alameda park with remarkable alleys, fountains, and sculptures. The park offers some of the best panoramic views of Santiago as it sits on the top of a hill. Go to Alameda Park and enjoy the spectacular views of the city from there.

Besides outstanding architecture, Santiago and Galicia are famous for mouthwatering Galician food, among which probably best known are pulpo alla Gallega (the Galician style octopus), zamburiñas (the Galician-style scallops), Tarta de Santiago (Cake of St James with almonds), and pimientos de Padron (fried and blistered small green peppers).

Book a food tour and crawl tapas bars in Santiago and sample tasty Galician food. Like in any country, city, and village, visiting local food markets always offers a unique perspective on local cultures. Head to Mercado de Abastos in Santiago, buy fresh local food, and observe local people and the customs.  

The peak season for hiking the Camino is in July and August which means it is usually overcrowded. But the month of September is the best time to pack for and go to Camino de Santiago as it offers pleasant hiking and temperatures, and fewer crowds.

Daily average high temperatures are around 72ºF with several days reaching the low 80s. Expect around 6 days with some rain.

Santiago–Rosalía de Castro International Airport serves the city. The airport is only 12 km away from the city center. A bus leaves from the airport every 30 min. In addition, Santiago is well-connected by bus and train with Madrid (Spain), Lisbon and Porto (Portugal), only being 2 1/2 hours away. 

Milijana says “Book a room at the 5-star luxury Hostel dos Reis Catholics for a memorable stay in Santiago. Catholic Monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabell stayed at this fabulous historic hotel on their pilgrimage to Santiago.”

best destinations to travel to in Europe in September

York, England

By Cristina from My Little World Of Traveling

York, located in the north of England, is an exciting European city to travel in September. It has a rich medieval history, impressive Gothic architecture, beautiful green spaces, interactive museums and many incredible free activities.

When you visit York, you must visit York Minster, a 7th-century cathedral with detailed architecture and an outstanding stained glass masterpiece. It was the center of Christianity in northern England and its stained glass window is the largest in the country.

You should also wander in the Shambles, York’s oldest street with half-timbered buildings and a cobblestone path. Here you can buy unique and quirky things such as ghost miniatures and Harry Potter inspired gifts. 

During September and the rest of the autumn months, it’s worth visiting Museum Gardens as you can watch the foliage turn into bright hues and then to brown, leaves fall and friendly squirrels run around the park. 

The weather in York is a bit unpredictable like the rest of England, however, you can enjoy dry and sunny days in September. The temperature is pleasant at this time of the year with an average high of 63.3°F with several days in the high 60s.

If you are planning to visit York from abroad, the closest airport is Leeds-Bradford Airport which is 30 miles away. If you rely on public transport, take a bus from the airport to Leeds, and then a train to York. The journey usually takes 40 minutes.

Cristina says, “If you are up for a treat, The Principal York is the best place to stay in York. The hotel is a minute walk from the train station and very close to York main attractions. Not only does the hotel look beautiful, but the service is incredible too. In addition, you can get a room with views of York Minster.”

best cities to visit in Europe in September

Rome, Italy

By Krisztina from She Wanders Abroad

If you’re looking for one of the best European cities for a September trip, then Rome should be at the top of your list. With its warm weather and stunning architecture, Rome is a perfect place for tourists of all ages.

The Colosseum is definitely a bucket list attraction that you won’t want to miss while in Rome. This ancient amphitheater is one of the most famous buildings in all of Europe, dating back to 80 AD. You can now book a tour and visit it at night, or go underneath it.

Other popular tourist attractions in Rome include the famous and beautiful Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps both built around 1732.

In addition, make sure you visit the Pantheon, the most preserved building of ancient Rome. It is a temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome and was built around 120 AD.

Be sure to also visit Vatican City. This tiny country is home to some of the most famous religious sites in the world, including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to catch a glimpse of the Pope during his weekly address or one of his public appearances.

Last but not least, no trip to Rome is complete without sampling the delicious Italian cuisine! The food scene in Rome is one of the best in the world – whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a romantic dinner, you’ll find something to satisfy your appetite. The city is home to some of the most famous Italian dishes, including pasta, pizza, and gelato and there are lots of amazing food tours to help you discover it all.

September is a great time to visit Rome because the weather is usually quite warm and pleasant (in the high 70s) with several days in the low 80s, and there are fewer tourists than during the peak summer months. However, be prepared for some occasional rain showers, especially in the second part of the month.

Rome has two international airports – Ciampino and Fiumicino – and it’s also served by numerous train and bus lines, so it’s really easy to reach from all over the world.

Krisztina says, “If you want to make your Rome trip even more memorable, you can stay in Hotel Palazzo Manfredi, which is one of the best hotels in Rome with Colosseum views . Alternatively, you will find many cheaper B&Bs and smaller hotels in Rome as well.”

best places to visit in September in Europe

Saint-Tropez, France

By Eloise from My Favourite Escapes

The French Riviera is a great holiday spot in Europe in September as the crowds have left, but the temperatures are still lovely. Saint Tropez is particularly nice if you want a vacation that combines two experiences – spending time in a charming village in Provence and beach time on the Mediterranean. 

The small town is very busy with tourists and celebrities in summer. It’s the fanciest beach destination in France, reputed for wild parties and big yachts in the harbour. The main road to Saint Tropez is often packed during peak season, making it frustrating to explore the nearby region with  beautiful villages  and lovely wineries. 

But it really calms down in September, and the atmosphere changes to let visitors enjoy the beautiful town by the sea and the surrounding areas. Don’t miss the splendid views from the Citadel and try local products in the shops around the old town.

Restaurants, shops and museums are still open in September, and the weather is perfect for the beach. During the last week of September and the first week of October, the port of Saint Tropez fills with sailing boats and yachts for the festival “Les voiles de Saint-Tropez”, an exciting sailing regatta with lots of events and parties at sea as well as on land. 

It’s still warm outside, with average high temperature of 77° Fahrenheit with several warmer days as well. The water temperature is, on average, around 71.6° Fahrenheit. The risk of rain is low at the start of the month but overall expect around 5 days with some rain.

Toulon/Hyeres Airport is the closest international airport (45 km away). However, more flights go to Nice (62.7 km) and Marseille (116.3 km).

Eloise says, “You need to book accommodation well in advance to stay in Saint Tropez, even in September. You may find an opportunity to treat yourself to superb villas and luxurious hotels inaccessible during the peak season.

For a memorable stay, have a look at The Cheval Blanc and Château de la Messardière. In addition, a room with sea views at La Bastide Du Port is one of the best values in Saint Tropez. If you’re looking for budget accommodation, you’ll have to stay in nearby villages as Saint Tropez is pretty pricey.”

Europe is packed with wonderful destinations in September. Wherever you go, you will find fantastic weather and fewer crowds compared to the summer months. In northern Europe, you will see leaves starting to change into fall colors and in the south, you will enjoy warm sunny days beckoning you to the gorgeous beaches. Whether you wish to discover ancient or Medieval ruins, hike through mountains, or dip your toes in the Mediterranean Sea, Europe offers some of the best destinations to visit in September in the world.

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20 Amazing Places to Visit in September in the USA

With cooler weather, fewer crowds and some leaves beginning to change early in the month, I personally think September is one of the easier and most beautiful times to travel around the country.

From cozy mountain retreats to visiting breweries and farmers’ markets in a trendy city, here are my favorite spots to discover and explore…

1. North Cascades National Park, Washington

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is a vast wilderness area in northwestern Washington, and when I visited, I was in awe of this stunning beauty spot!

The park region, sometimes known as the North American Alps, is filled with scenic mountains, snowfields, glaciers, alpine meadows, cascading waterfalls, and other unique natural features in the North Cascade Range.

It’s home to diverse wildlife, and although I didn’t see all of them, I suggest trying to spot mule deer, black-tailed deer, black bars, marmots, pikas, and several species of bats, elk, and mountain goats (safely, of course!).

With rain from the Pacific in spring and fall, in my opinion, mid-June to mid-September are great times to visit. There are fewer crowds after the peak of summer as well.

  • Visitor Center Address: 7280 Ranger Station Rd, Marblemount, WA 98267
  • Average temperature – 8 degrees

My favorite highlights…

  • Visiting the breathtaking Diablo Lake View Point and admiring the stunning landscape! 
  • Renting a boat and enjoying some time spent on the lake’s vibrant blue waters.
  • Hiking the Cascade Pass Trail (rated moderate) and seeing incredible scenery!

2. Kenai Fjords, Alaska

Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park is truly stunning! It’s home to over 40 outflowing glaciers, coastal fjords, and beautiful unspoilt islands.

The temperatures are not yet too cold this month, and the days are still long. Amidst the crisp air, the icy waters and lush forests, the park’s diverse wildlife thrives! 

My favourite activity was spotting seals and puffins; they’re adorable and fun to watch. I also highly recommend whale-watching, hiking Harding Icefield, kayaking, and trying one of the many boat tours and cruises.

  • Visitor Center Address: 1212 4th Avenue Seward, AK 99664
  • Average temperature – 5 degrees
  • Going on an incredible whale-watching tour!
  • Visiting Exit Glacier and hiking the very scenic Glacier Overlook Trail.

3. Seattle, Washington

Seattle in September

The hip seaport city of Seattle is known for its unpredictable weather and incredible food. In my opinion, the best way to enjoy it is by visiting this month or October . Summer does offer warmer temperatures, but it comes with higher prices and limited accommodation availability.

I loved visiting Pioneer Square (its oldest neighborhood), the iconic Space Needle, Pike Place Market (its most visited landmark), the Museum of Art and Pop Music , Seattle Great Wheel and Seward Park. 

I would also suggest coffee classes at the fun Barista Academy, catching a show at the entertaining part-cabaret, Teatro ZinZanni, trying fusion food at the popular Marination Ma Kai food truck, taking the intriguing beneath-the-streets tour or if you’re a sports fan going to a professional baseball game! 

Additionally, I loved seeing the city’s natural beauty in the Japanese Garden; it had an exquisite fall color display at the Washington Park Arboretum! 

  • Visitors Center Address – 701 Pike Street; Suite 800. Seattle, Washington 98101
  • Average temperature – 20 degrees
  • Going to Craven Farm and getting lost in their corn maze.
  • Taste fall-seasoned beer on the Yakima Brewery Tour.
  • Watching a baseball game, the atmosphere was incredible!

4. Lake Placid and the Adirondack Mountains 

Lake Placid Lodge NY State

I completely fell in love with this hugely underrated area! It offers a spectacular natural backdrop, perfect for any occasion — from family vacations to romantic getaways and outdoor excursions – throughout all seasons! 

However, I personally think this month is ideal for those who want to avoid the dreaded black fly season and the crowds and for those who wish to see early colorful foliage.

As autumn begins, I love how the rolling hills and high peaks look like a painting in a warm orange and brown palette. My experience of seeing Lake Placid surrounded by beautiful autumn foliage was mesmerizing.

It’s also known as a Winter Olympics venue and a snow sports hub. While this month is too early for snow, other adventures include hiking, boating, and dining out in the town’s restaurants.

  •   Address of Visitors Center – I-87 N (Between Exits 17 &, 18, Queensbury, NY 12804
  • Riding the Cloudsplitter Gondola on Whiteface Mountain and witnessing spectacular views and fall foliage.
  • Dining at Lake Placid Lodge while viewing the gorgeous views over the lake.
  • Exploring the High Falls Gorge, filled with scenic nature walks, footbridges and waterfalls.

5. Cape May, New Jersey

Vacation in Cape May, New Jersey

Once a town based on whaling and fishing, it’s now a pretty destination that is a magnet for all types of vacationers. I’m a massive fan of the charming old architecture, the picturesque harbor, the fantastic range of places to stay, the fine collection of restaurants, and the fabulous beach! 

I loved trying the food on offer here, and I suggest heading to the restaurants on Schellenger’s Landing at the base of the canal bridge and some others along the beachfront and West Cape May.

This month’s temperatures are warm and pleasant, and the summer crowds have disappeared, too! 

  • Address: New Jersey 08204
  • Average temperature – 25 degrees

My highlights…

  • Relaxing on Poverty Beach, which was my favorite beach.
  • Exploring Washington Street Mall which was home to fabulous shops and restaurants.
  • Going on the Salt Marsh Safari , which was a fun way to explore the town! 

6. Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs - great places to visit in September

Based at the eastern foot of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs and its nearby glacier-carved Pikes Peak are just magical in the fall. I love that the temperatures are pleasant this month, there are fewer crowds, and accommodation rates are cheaper.

Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region are covered in beautiful autumn-colored leaves this time of year.

I suggest heading to the Pikes Peak region for scenic hiking trails and the cog railway, which took me through the national forest to its 14,000 ft-summit.

The Garden of the Gods Park houses iconic red-sandstone formations and mountain views. In addition to trails and railways, I highly recommend going on a fun Segway, bike ride, or jeep tour.

  • Visitors Center Address: 515 S Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
  • Average temperature – 24 degrees
  • Hiking to Garden of the Gods, a national landmark created by unusual natural rock formations.
  • Cycling along a biking trail to get a good view of the Red Rock Canyon, located near downtown along the highway.
  • Visiting the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and learning about the area’s history.

7. Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park Utah

Located in southern Utah, in my opinion, Zion National Park offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Known for its natural beauty and contrasting colors, it’s also most scenic during the fall! 

Vividly colored leaves surround Zion’s red sandstone cliffs, and the foliage’s brilliant reds, bright yellows, and blazing oranges offer truly stunning views!

I also think the sunny days, comfortable but warm temperatures, and fewer crowds are huge bonuses. The scenery is also less saturated by sunlight, and the contrast between the leaves and cliffs is gorgeous.

I loved hiking and recommend Angels Landing, Observation Point, and Emerald Pools. The park also offers numerous outdoor activities, such as biking, climbing, and bird-watching.

  • Visitors Center Address: Zion National Park, 1 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale, UT 84767
  • Average temperatures – 25 degrees
  • Hiking the very scenic Zion Canyon Overlook Trail.
  • Discovering Canyon Overlook and admiring the incredible views overlooking the red sandstone park.
  • Experiencing the Highway Scenic Drive – the scenery was stunning!

8. Beaufort, South Carolina

Beaufort, South Carolina Fall vacation

In my opinion, this small, salt-air city on Port Royal Island is a must-do for your autumn vacation! The temperatures are hot this month, and I loved just taking a stroll around and viewing the historic mansions which existed even before the American Civil War! 

The city is filled with Victorian and Antebellum architecture, and I opted to take tours to explore some of them. Some have even been used in classic Hollywood movies. 

I thought the Beaufort National Cemetery was interesting, and I loved joining the locals on the Intracoastal Waterway at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park. I ended my day with delicious cuisine (I’d highly recommend the peach vinaigrette salad!) and water views at Plums Restaurant ! 

  • Visitors Center Address: 713 Craven St, Beaufort, SC 29902
  • Average temperatures  – 29 degrees
  • Taking a walk down Front Street, which was home to great shops, resturants and water views.
  • Visiting Beaufort Historic Site, which featured nine interesting buildings (and the Old Burying Ground was nearby).
  • Indulging in delicious Southern food at Saltus River Grill (which also had incredible views, and I recommend the truffle fries)!

9. Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville during the fall

I loved my fall trip to Asheville as it was still warm, and I loved seeing the leaves change towards the end of this month.

It’s home to several scenic fall drives, and my favorite was the Blue Ridge Parkway. This drive winds around some of the highest peaks in this region and passes through patches of goldenrod, witch hazel, aster, and mountain ash wildflowers.

The Blue Ridge Mountains offer one of the longest and most vibrant leaf seasons.

I also suggest visiting Hendersonville, known as “Apple Alley,” where I saw seasonal apple orchards, steaming donuts, bamboo forests, corn mazes, spiced cider, and cute pumpkin patches. The city is worth exploring, and I found an excellent collection of restaurants, bars, music, art, and plenty of culture! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 36 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Embracing the city’s spookier side by going on a scary ghost tour!
  • Admiring the gorgeous fall colors and panoramic views at the Swinging Bridge located on Grandfather Mountain.
  • Sipping on a pumpkin-spiced latte and enjoying a freshly baked muffin at the super-cute Pollen Coffee (also part of a cute flower shop)!

10. New England

New England during the Fall USA

New England in the northeastern U.S., comprising the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. I love this area this time of year for its fascinating Colonial past, Atlantic coastline, forested mountains, and world-famous autumn foliage! 

This month marks the start of the leaf-changing season, and the region will showcase peak autumn colors by the end of the month.

I love photographing the region’s forests and mountains, which display a riot of colours, and the cozy and charming towns. I also recommend visiting its scenic trails for hiking and biking and the cute lodges for overnight accommodation.

The seasonal farms and farmers’ markets were super cute and filled with apple orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and freshly made cider and donuts! 

  • Location: northeastern region of the United States
  • Average temperatures – 22 degrees
  • Taking a hot air balloon ride and seeing Connecticut’s incredible fall foliage.
  • Enjoying a ride on the Lake Winnipesaukee Foliage Train, which took me from New Hampshire to Plymouth with a buffet lunch.
  • Tasting the delicious flavors of a homemade breakfast at Polly’s Pancake Parlor.

11. Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston South Carolina

Charleston always charms me when I visit, and I personally think the fall season offers extra exciting activities and events as well as hot temperatures and lower hotel rates.

The sandy beaches are still warm enough for relaxing, scenic strolls or splashing in the waves. I also loved its Insta-worthy Avenue of Oaks, the seasonal farmers’ markets, the corn mazes and the hot air balloon festivals.

The Gibbes Museum of Arts , Netherworld First Theatre, and Freshfields Village Cars & Coffee were some of my favorite attractions.

  • Address of visitors center: 375 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
  • Average temperatures  – 28 degrees

My personal highlights…

  • Paddleboarding on Shem Creek.
  • Cruising around in a fun PediCab bike taxi.
  • Walking over the Ravenel Bridge (located over the Cooper River) and seeing the incredible views of Charleston Harbor.

12. Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park - Awesome Fall places

I’m always in awe of the Maine coast’s picturesque landscapes and diverse wildlife. The 47,000-acre Acadia National Park is an all-year-round destination, but it’s beautiful this month.

The weather is also ideal, and it’s relatively less busy just after Labor Day and before the leaf-peeping crowds arrive! 

I recommend visiting Hulls Cove Visitor Center or its less-crowded Welcome Center at Rockefeller Hall. The park stretches across Mount Desert Island, home to the first rays of daylight that touch the United States for half the year, and I loved photographing the scenic sunrises here! 

I suggest getting involved in the hiking, biking, animal and bird spotting, guided tours and camping, all offered here!

  • Visitors Center Address: 25 Visitor Center Rd, Acadia National Park, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609
  • Average temperatures – 20 degrees
  • Hiking along the coast via the Great Head Trail by Sound Beach.
  • Stopping off at Jordan Pond to see the Bubble Rocks and then checking out the super-cute tea house.
  • Cycling down the Carriage Road – this route led me around the entire park! 

13. Dauphin Island, Alabama

Dauphin Island, Alabama

With a temperature that peaks around 30 degrees this month, I personally think this is an excellent choice for a family, couples or even for a solo travel destination.

I love that it’s home to various sea animals and avian species, including gorgeous, playful dolphins.

Some of my favorite attractions here Historic Fort Gaines and the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. I found the Historic Fort an interesting spot, and I explored original cannons, a blacksmith shop, historic kitchens, a museum, a gift shop, and tunnels.

Several boating charters also offer scenic trips in and around the Gulf and Mobile Bay! 

  • Visitors Center Address. 109 Bienville Boulevard Mobile County 36528 Dauphin Island
  • Average temperatures – 30 degrees
  • Heading down to the public (and dog-friendly) beach. 
  • Going on a leisurely boat tour and exploring the offshore waters.
  • Visiting the historic Sand Island Lighthouse which was built over 150 years ago.

14. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe - best places to visit in September

This month and November are great for visiting this city as temperatures are still very pleasant at 25 degrees.

While summer is the busiest and spring offers similar weather conditions, I think the unique fall-time festivals make it a great city to visit in autumn.

My favorite festivals include the Fiestas de Santa, Wine and Chile Fiesta, the eye-catching Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and the El Rancho De Las Golondrinas harvest festival.

The historic harvest festival features a cute pumpkin patch, a chance to make cider, music, and entertainment.

  • Address for Santa Fe Visitors Center: 491 Old Santa Fe Trail Santa Fe, NM 87501
  • Witnessing the gorgeous color change of the leaves in the picturesque Santa Fe Mountains.
  • Discovering a variety of local produce and handmade crafts at the year-round farmers market.
  • Exploring the art galleries, shopping boutiques and historic homes along the cultural Canyon Road.

15. Carmel-by-the-Sea, North California 

Carmel California Fall

I always love visiting this postcard-like town filled with tree-lined streets, charming buildings, boutique stores, gourmet restaurants, and a beautiful beach.

Calm and picturesque, I loved the incredible sunsets overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the rolling dunes that lead to the ocean, and the huge Monterey Pine and cypress trees! 

Fall is surprisingly the sunniest time of the year, bringing warm, clear days and cool, breezy nights still ideal for hiking and relaxing on the soft sandy beach.

I loved the gorgeous boutique stores, the world-class dining, exquisite wine-tasting rooms, art galleries, quaint inns, and the Carmel Mission Basilica. I also suggest exploring the 18-mile bike path that eventually reaches Carmel Point after passing breathtaking views.

  • Visitors Center Address: Ocean Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93921
  • Average temperatures  – 22 degrees
  • Exploring Point Lobos.
  • Dining at the fabulous Mission Ranch Restaurant (owned by Clint Eastwood)!
  • Staying at the super-cute Tickled Pink Inn and whale-watching from our room with cute binoculars.

16. Na Pali Coast, Hawaii

Na Pali Coast, Hawaii

I personally think the ruggedly scenic coastline of Na Pali has one of the most beautiful views in all of Hawaii. The coast has dramatic cliffs, pristine, unspoilt beaches, rocky hiking trails and extensive archaeological sites.

Exploring the undisturbed terrain of Na Pali was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I opted to take a boat around the coast, but you can also fly over or hike it (but be warned, it’s a challenging route)!

It’s difficult to reach, but if you can, the Hanakapiai Falls are truly mesmerizing. Numerous hiking paths, including the “Hanakapiai Trail,” lead to this famous waterfall. 

The best time to visit Hawaii is between March and this month when there is the least rain and the highest temperatures. Perfect for discovering the clear sea waters and soft sandy beaches! 

  • Location: the area is a 16-mile coastal stretch from the remote and wild Polihale Beach on the west to Kee Beach on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
  • Average temperatures  – 27 degrees
  • Hopping on a sunset boat tour and exploring the Insta-worthy coast! 
  • Going on an exciting helicopter tour, the views were incredible!
  • Relaxing on the stunning Kee Beach.

17. Ozarks, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma 

Lake Ozark

Yes, this area is usually known for its summer fun, but I personally think this month is also a magical time to visit. As summer ends and temperatures cool, I love the clear skies, rainless days, and the unique attractions and fun activities offered this time of year.

If you have a family, I’d recommend visiting the fun Cave Pumpkin Patch, which offers wagon rides, children’s play areas, corn cribs, miniature pumpkin painting and water balloon shooting! 

Alternatively, I’d suggest visiting the stunning Ha Ha Tonka State Park. I climbed down the 300-step wooden stairway from its castle, which led me to the alluring blue springs. The park also offers several hiking trails across its varying terrain.

My other favorite activity was discovering the numerous wineries, which look even more stunning in vivid autumn colours. The striking scene of the foliage surrounding the lake is also a very photogenic sight! 

  • Location: the region stretches across Missouri, Arkansas , Oklahoma and the extreme southeastern corner of Kansas .
  • Average temperature  – 23 degrees
  • Sampling wine and eating wood-fired pizza at the Shawnee Bluff Winery.
  • Visiting the Cave Pumpkin Patch for some Autumn fun. It’s filled with pumpkin patches, pumpkin painting and wagon rides.
  • Descending the 300 steps from Ha Ha Tonka State Park Castle to reach the magical blue springs.

18. Bend, Oregon

Bend Oregon Autumn

Located on the Deschutes River, the small city of Bend is a real gem. It’s not just the funky city, though. Staggering scenery, lakes, and peaks of the Cascade Mountains surround it. One of my favorite spots is a trail from the town that leads up to Pilot Butte, an extinct volcano.

I loved hiking to Tumalo Falls, visiting the Fall Festival, trying locally grown seasonal dishes, stargazing on a canoe trip by night, and witnessing the lovely fall colours at Drake Park!

Also, don’t miss the town’s High Desert Museum , which exhibits local history, the environment, and wildlife.

Fall is a magical time of year here as prices are lower, and temperatures are still warm but comfortable for long hikes.

  • Visitors Center Address: 750 NW Lava Rd #160, Bend, OR 97703
  • Average temperatures – 23 degrees
  • Tasting craft beers at several award-winning breweries on the famous Bend Ale Trail.
  • Browsing the cool little independent shops located downtown.
  • Biking along the paved Pine Nursery Park Trail.

19. Saugatuck – Douglas, Michigan

Saugatuck Michigan

This is a small city of about 850 people, and I had a very low-key, relaxed vacation here. During this month, temperatures averaged around 23 degrees, and I think it has a cozy, romantic vibe.

My favourite spots in the area include Oval Beach, Water Street Gallery and Douglas Beach Park.

With art galleries, al fresco dining, sunny days, and cozy nights, I thought this place was a gem!

  • Visitors Center Address: 95 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas, MI 49406
  • Average temperatures – 24 degrees
  • Watching live music at Coral Gables .
  • Picking apples, drinking cider and getting lost in a 20-acre corn maze at the fun Crane Orchards.
  • Going on the fun Star of Saugtuck boat cruise which had incredible views along the Kalamazoo River.

20. Wallace, Idaho

Wallace Idaho Fall

This place always wows me! The former Wild West mining town in the legendary Silver Valley of North Idaho is surrounded by spectacular mountain views, natural unspoilt beauty, and a beautifully preserved downtown complete with Queen Anne buildings. 

I was in awe of the towering mountains, thick pines, and huckleberry bushes, and it made this a great base camp from which to explore the beautiful Silver Valley and Bitterroot Mountains.

In these uniquely scenic spots, I experienced gorgeous views, various one-of-a-kind trails, and a great range of outdoor activities like hiking and cycling. There is limited rainfall and warm temperatures from July to September, so this is a great time to visit.

  • Visitor Center Address: River St Wallace Visitor Center, Wallace, ID 83873-2142
  • Average temperature – 29 degrees
  • Cycling the 15-mile paved Hiawatha Trail, which took me through dark train tunnels.
  • Joining the Sierra Silver Mine Tour and learning about the town’s history whilst riding a retro trolley.
  • Flying through the sky on the Silver Streak Zipline !

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15 Unforgettable Destinations Around the World to Visit in September

From Atlanta to Rome, these are the best places to travel to in the early fall.

Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City is a dream destination for art and design lovers, and September is the ideal time to explore all that the city has to offer. With average temps in the high 60s and low 70s, you'll feel comfortable walking from museums and gardens to restaurants and shops.

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Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Utah's rugged red rock-filled deserts and sleep under the stars in one of Under Canvas's well-appointed glamping tents. Home to iconic Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, there's certainly no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy in Moab.

Where to Stay: Under Canvas ULUM

Greek Islands

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Whether you're into partying all night, relaxing by the beach, or drinking wine from a local vineyard, there's a Greek island for every type of traveler. In September, you'll still get to enjoy warm weather and temperate water—making it the perfect time to enjoy beach-going, hiking, and boating—but without the crazy summer crowds.

Where to Stay: Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort, Mykonos

New York City

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The Big Apple is always a good idea, but it really comes to life in the early fall. Whether you're hoping to catch a runway show at New York Fashion Week or just enjoy the incredible restaurants, Broadway shows, and shopping the city has to offer, you really can't go wrong.

Where to Stay: The Fifth Avenue Hotel

Casablanca, Morocco

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Casablanca has mild year-round temperatures, but September is an especially beautiful time to explore this dynamic city's beautiful beaches, dazzling architecture, palatial mosques, and vibrant arts scene.

Where to Stay: Royal Mansour Casablanca

Munich, Germany

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Oktoberfest , anyone? Head to Munich, the birthplace of Oktoberfest, from September 21 to October 6 for traditional German food, music, carnival rides, parades, and, of course, lots of beer. It's a one-of-a-kind celebration you simply must attend at least once in your life.

Where to Stay: Hotel Muenchen Palace

Barcelona, Spain

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The colorful city of Barcelona is an absolute dream for art and design lovers with its beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. You could spend weeks marveling at Sagrada Família , Museu Picasso , Fundació Joan Miró , MUHBA , and all the incredible landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí. And don't even get us started on the patatas bravas and sangria.

Where to Stay: Hotel El Palace Barcelona

Big Sur, California

pacific ocean at big sur

Big Sur is a sight to see in the early fall with its favorable weather, smaller crowds, and beautiful natural landscape. Whether you choose to hike in one of the many nearby state parks, head to the beach for the day, or indulge in a luxe spa treatment at your hotel, you surely won't be disappointed.

September is also a truly special time to visit Big Sur, as thousands of monarch butterflies flock to the area during their annual migration. It's also peak time to spot humpback, blue and killer whales, so make sure to book a boat tour.

Where to Stay: Ventana Big Sur, An Alila Resort

Atlanta, Georgia

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Early fall is the ideal time to visit Atlanta, since the weather is still quite warm (perfect for strolling along the Beltline !). This month, you can also taste your way through the city’s best restaurants and sample fare from local chefs during the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival .

If you’re a sports fan, make sure to catch an Atlanta Falcons game, Braves double header, or Atlanta United match while you’re in town. And don’t miss The High Museum of Art , which boasts an incredible collection of African, American, folk and contemporary art.

Where to Stay: St. Regis Atlanta

Rome, Italy

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There’s never a bad time to visit Rome, but September offers cooler weather and fewer crowds than summer. Plus, this September, Rome will host the Ryder Cup , one of the most coveted sporting events of the year.

For some of the best rooftop views of the city, stay at the historic Hotel Eden. There, you’ll also enjoy beautiful architecture, a lush spa and the surrounding Villa Borghese gardens.

Where to Stay: Hotel Eden

Livingston, Montana

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Channel your inner Dutton and head to the Montana mountains for some seriously chic Yellowstone glamping. Under Canvas in North Yellowstone is just 45 minutes from Bozeman, but feels like another world with its breathtaking views of the Yellowstone River, snow-capped mountains, and verdant landscapes.

Whether you partake in world-class fly fishing, go for a leisurely river float, try white water rafting, ride horses, or hike through Yellowstone National Park, there’s truly something for everyone. September offers cool but temperate weather, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s.

Where to Stay: Under Canvas North Yellowstone

St Andrews, Scotland

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Scotland is a must-visit destination for avid golfers, and September is an excellent time to visit since you’ll enjoy more accessible tee times and less congestion on the course. Take in the beautiful seaside, sip some local scotch, and enjoy legendary courses like St Andrews, North Berwick, Royal Troon, Royal Dornoch (all of which are driving distance apart).

Where to Stay: Rusacks St Andrews

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

wood end lighthouse

September and October are referred to as the “second summer” on the Cape because the weather is still ideal for beach strolls, clambakes and whale watching—but you can enjoy the perk of shoulder season rates.

Chatham Bars Inn is known for their popular farm dinners , which take place at its eight-acre farm through the month of September. Book this extraordinary dining experience ASAP, as it tends to sell out quickly.

Where to Stay: Chatham Bars Inn

Vienna, Austria

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Get ready for a culture-filled trip, as September marks the start of opera season in Vienna. Additionally, September kicks off harvest season for over 1,700 nearby vineyards, so you're likely to try some delicious wine while you're there!

Stay at Almanac Palais Vienna , which overlooks Stadtpark, the city’s first public green space. The hotel is also walking distance from local landmarks such as the Vienna State Opera House and the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) .

Where to Stay: Almanac Palais Vienna

Willamette Valley, Oregon

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This burgeoning wine destination is home to incredible vineyards (and some of the best pinot noir in the world!). Whether you’re looking for delicious farm-to-table food, natural hot springs, biking, paddling, or vineyard-hopping, you’re bound to have a great time in Willamette Valley.

Stay in nearby McMinnville—the historic downtown is chock full of charming boutiques, restaurants and breweries (and is under an hour’s drive to most Willamette Valley vineyards).

Where to Stay: Tributary Hotel

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15 Best Places to Visit in September in USA

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To help you plan your next local adventure, we’ve put together a list of the 15 best places to visit in September in the USA.

September is one of our favorite months to travel. Why? The weather starts to cool, the summer crowds thin out since schools are back in attendance, and you can also catch early fall foliage. Since it’s shoulder season in a lot of places, you’ll get better travel rates, too.

15 Best Places to Visit in September in USA

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1. San Francisco CA →

749 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Golden Gate Bridge, Painted Ladies, Lombard Street What to Eat:  Brenda’s French Soul Food,   Tartine Bakery ,  Lazy Bear Where to Stay:  Search for San Francisco Hotel Deals Weather Avg:  71° / 56° F

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve visited San Francisco but have had the worst luck seeing the Golden Gate bridge. Funny enough, Karl the fog always liked to meet me on days I went out to shoot.

Did you know that September is one of the driest and warmest months in SF? If you’ve had bad luck like me, it might be a great chance to see the city with fog-free skies. We have an upcoming visit so we’ll see if I finally get to experience the city with clear skies.

On top of that, it’s  whale-watching season , and there’s a chance to see blue whales and humpback whales in the surrounding waters.

September Events:  Fringe Festival, Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival, Dodger’s Games, 49ers Games.

See More: 101 Things to Do in San Francisco Bay Area

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2. Yellowstone National Park WY →

View Avenue, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Boiling River, Artist’s Point, Grand Prismatic What to Eat:  Old Faithful Inn Dining Room ,  Mammoth Hot Springs Dining Room ,  Lake House Restaurant Where to Stay:  Yellowstone Hotel Deals Weather Avg:  62° / 31° F

September is an optimal month to visit Yellowstone National Park. You still have access to the roads, and hiking trails are still open (facilities start to close mid-October for the winter), but the majority of the summer crowds are gone.

We’re always looking to find that perfect balance during the shoulder season. During the shoulder season, prices are typically lower too.

If you like fishing, it’s also a great time to catch brown trout, and for wildlife lovers, bears are typically still active as they prepare for hibernation.

September Events:  Bridger Raptor Festival

See More: Your Ultimate Guide to Yellowstone National Park

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3. Chicago IL

301 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616,  map

g Things You Can’t Miss:  Millennium Park, Willis Tower, Navy Pier What to Eat:  Au Cheval ,  Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings ,  Smoque BBQ Where to Stay:  Chicago Hotel Deals Weather Avg:  74° / 62° F

If you love festivals, September is a great time to visit Chicago. Most of the summer crowds are gone and you’ll get warm, fall days to see the city, although a light jacket or layer is always good to have on hand when you travel.

September Events:  Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago Gourmet, Chicago Jazz Festival, the start of Oktoberfest.

See More: 15 Spectacular Day Trips from Chicago

Chicago Illinois + 101 USA Places to Visit

4. Big Sur CA →

47555 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Hwy 1 Drive ,  McWay Falls ,  Purple Sand Beach What to Eat:  Nepenthe Restaurant ,  Big Sur Bakery ,  Sierra Mar Where to Stay:  Search for Big Sur Hotel Deals Weather Avg:  77° / 50° F

Although September is still considered peak season in the Big Sur area, it’s on the tail-end, so you’ll have fewer people than in June to August. You still get the warm, dry weather, and it’s also a great time for whale watching. Have you seen any orcas, humpbacks, or blue whales in Big Sur?

See More: 11 Things You Can’t Miss in Big Sur

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1139 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos, NM 87571,  map

Don’t Miss:  High Road to Taos, Taos Pueblo,  Rio Grande del Norte What to Eat:  La Cueva Cafe ,  The Love Apple ,  Michael’s Kitchen  Where to Stay:  Find Hotel Deals in Taos Weather Avg:  77° / 43° F

In September, Taos NM is warm during the day, and cool enough to enjoy sitting by the fire at night. You can ride a hot air balloon to get views of the desert and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, explore the nearby hikes, or walk through the many museums and galleries.

Events:   Big Barn Dance  (9/5-7),  Taos Fall Arts Festival  (9/4-15)

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6. Flagstaff AZ

1 E Rte 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001,  map

Don’t Miss:  Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, Grand Falls What to Eat: Fat Olives , Madrezcafe Flagstaff , Pizzicletta Where to Stay:  Flagstaff Hotel Deals Weather Avg:  74° / 42° F

We loved visiting Flagstaff last spring, but we can’t wait to make it back to see the aspen leaves change color near the end of September.

The weather will be perfect to go enjoy the outdoors during the day while bundling up to stargaze at night. If you climb, there’s some  fun bouldering at Priest Draw , or the Draw as locals call it.

Events:   Shakespeare Festival , FLAVOR, Cornucopia Fall Festival

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7. Lake Tahoe NV

169 US-50, Stateline, NV 89449,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Emerald Bay State Park, Squaw Valley, Donner Memorial State Park What to Eat:  Himmel House ,  Base Camp Pizza ,  MacDuff’s Pub Where to Stay:  Lake Tahoe Hotel Deals Weather Avg:  74° / 46° F

September’s temperatures start to get too chilly for swimming in the lake, but it’s perfect to spend time on the water via boat, kayak, or SUP. It’s also great hiking weather, and you can find better deals on hotels to save some money.

September Events:  Sample the Sierra, Genoa Candy Dance, Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival.

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8. Grand Canyon National Park AZ →

S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Mather Point, Bright Angel Point, Grandview Point What to Eat:  El Tavor Lodge Dining Room ,  Yavapai Cafe , Roughrider Saloon Where to Stay:  Grand Canyon Hotel Deals Weather Avg:  96° / 68° F

In September, it’s still hot during the day, but much more bearable than in the dead of summer (where it’s over 100°F / 37°C). Early mornings and late afternoons are great times to hike.

Since school is back in session, you’ll have fewer visitors than in the summer. The Grand Canyon is the second most visited National Park in the US, so I’ll take any month with fewer crowds but if I had a choice, I’d prefer waiting for the weather to cool a bit more.

See More: 17 Breathtaking Things to Do at the Grand Canyon National Park

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9. Honolulu, Oahu HI

2270 Kalakaua Ave #801, Honolulu, HI 96815,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbor National Memorial What to Eat:  Marugame Udon ,  Ono Seafood ,  Helena’s Hawaiian Food Where to Stay:  Hotel Deals in Honolulu Hawaii Weather Avg:  88° / 73° F

September and April are the two best months to visit Honolulu. Since the temperatures don’t change much year-round, you’re mainly worried about rain showers and the crowds.

September is a great balance between getting dry weather, but since it’s shoulder season, you’ll also have fewer people and better rates on hotel and flights. That means more money for Hawaiian food in our bellies.

Honolulu Oahu HI + 15 Best Places to Visit in September in USA

10. Yosemite National Park, CA →

9035 Village Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Glacier Point, Tunnel View,  Half Dome What to Eat:   Village Grill ,  The Ahwahnee Dining Room ,  Mountain Room Where to Stay:  Best Places to Stay in Yosemite Weather Avg:  84° / 50° F

We’ve visited Yosemite 3 seasons out of the year, but we hope to visit in September. Our friends who went last year told us it was amazing to experience the park so empty.

September (and May) is the best time to visit the park since it’s shoulder season and temperatures are ideal for hiking and exploring. The park is still accessible, but you won’t deal with the summer crowds. After September, the hiking trails and roads start shutting down due to snow. So when you’re planning, keep in mind that some campsites close in late September, and many are closed by mid-October.

If you’re there for waterfalls, many of them slow to a trickle or are gone in the fall, so May might be the better choice.

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11. Breckenridge CO

203 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Main Street, Boreas Pass Road, McCullough Gulch What to Eat:  The Canteen Taphouse and Tavern ,  Hearthstone Restaurant ,  Piante Pizzeria Where to Stay:  Book a Hotel in Breckenridge Weather Avg:  63° / 48° F

I’m dying to see the golden aspen trees in Breckenridge CO. The town is best known as a winter destination, but since we only casually ski and snowboard, I’d rather go for the leaves. The weather is just right for a brisk walk through the golden trees.

September Events:  Breckenridge Oktoberfest, Breckenridge Wine Classic

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12. Cincinnati OH

5 Fountain Square Plaza, Cincinnati, OH 45202,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  The Great American Ball Park, Smale Riverfront Park, Cincinnati Art Museum What to Eat:  Mazunte Taqueria ,  The Canteen Taphouse and Tavern ,  Downstairs at Eric’s Where to Stay:  Hotel Deals in Cincinnati Weather Avg:  78° / 58° F

September and May are the two best months to visit Cincinnati. The weather is perfect for being outside. Plus, there are plenty of fun festivals and events happening in September as seen below.

September Events:  P&G Riverfest, Rubber Duck Regatta, Zinzinnati Oktoberfest, Chicken Dance, Running of the Wieners, Midpoint Music Festival

Cincinnati View + 15 Best Places to Visit in September in USA

13. THe Berkshires MA

42.1667981,-73.1671525,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Norman Rockwell Museum, Mass MoCA, Ashuwillticook Rail Trail What to Eat:  Brava ,  Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar , 51 Park Restaurant & Tavern Where to Stay:  Hotel Deals in The Berkshires Weather Avg:  68° / 45° F

Out of all the US September destinations on this list, The Berkshires is the best for the quintessential fall trip. It’s a great time to go hiking, and September marks the start of the fall foliage season just before the masses of leaf-peepers show.

Berkshires Fall Foliage + 15 Best Places to Visit in September in USA

14. Mount Rushmore SD

13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  Presidential Trail, Rushmore Tramway Adventures, Horse Thief Lake What to Eat:  Powder House Restaurant ,  Cruizzers ,  Jane’s Boardwalk Pizza Where to Stay:  Hotel Deals in Mount Rushmore Weather Avg:  69° / 48° F

If Mount Rushmore is on your bucket list, visit during September. You’ll avoid the huge crowds and long lines in the summer, but you’re still able to take advantage of the dry weather. Plus, it’s easier to get hotel deals now that it’s shoulder season.

Mount Rushmore Vacation + 15 Best Places to Visit in USA in September

15. Glen Falls NY

9 Broad St #3, Glens Falls, NY 12801,  map

Things You Can’t Miss:  The Hyde Collection Art Museum, The Shirt Factory, Feeder Canal Trail What to Eat:  Morgan & Company ,  Cooper’s Cave Ale Company ,  Thai Sushi Aroy Dee Where to Stay:  Glen Falls Hotel Deals Weather Avg:  73° / 48° F

Glen Falls feels like a small town but has an up and coming food, art, and shopping scene. We mainly want to visit Glen Falls for the Adirondack Balloon Festival.

Otherwise, it’s a great place to explore the town or a great base to chase down the amazing waterfalls in upstate NY. Check out our guide linked below to some of our fave Upstate NY spots.

September Events:  Adirondack Balloon Festival, Taste of North Country

See More: 21 Best Places to Visit in Upstate NY

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More September Destinations in the US

Here are some more amazing places to visit in September in the US according to other travel experts.

  • AZ   – Sedona – ideal weather
  • CA  –  Los Angeles ,  San Diego  Restaurant Week plus good weather year-round and slightly fewer visitors.
  • DC  –  Washington  – Adams MorganDay street festival, Fiesta DC, DC State Fair
  • KY  – Louisville – Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Louisville’s Bourbon & Beyond
  • LA  –  New Orleans  – Louisiana Seafood Festival, New Orleans Restaurant Week, Fried Chicken Festival, Martini Madness
  • MA  – Lexington
  • MD  – Chesapeake Bay
  • ME  –  Acadia  –  Night Sky Festival
  • MI  – Sleeping Bear Dunes – shoulder season, less people
  • NY  – Hudson Valley for an early fall escape,  New York City  – Tribute in Light on 9/11 and New York Fashion Week
  • OR  –  Portland  – Feast Portland
  • RI  – Narragansett
  • SC  –  Greenville  – Euphoria, Oktoberfest
  • TN  –  Nashville  – Tennessee State Fair, Americanafest
  • TX  –  Austin  – Waterloo Music Festival, Music in the Park concert series, Pecan Street Festival, Austin Museum Day, Texas Craft Brewers Festival
  • WA  – Port Townsend,  Seattle , Leavenworth – Washington State Fair, Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, Skagit River Salmon Festival, Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth
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Best Places to Travel in September

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September is an ideal time to visit some of the world's most captivating travel destinations . As summer crowds dwindle and the weather becomes more pleasant, it's an ideal time to discover new cultures, ancient ruins, and stunning landscapes. Check out our recommendations on the best holiday destinations to go in September.

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If you're looking for an Italy holiday then Rome is one of the best places to travel in September as you can visit the iconic sights with less crowds and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere. Discover the ancient grandeur of the Colosseum, the historic ruins of the Roman Forum, and the art treasures of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. Admire the Pantheon's architectural brilliance, the Baroque splendour of the Trevi Fountain, and the lively ambiance of the Spanish Steps. One of the best places to stay for easy access to Italy's capital is Frascati; a charming town nestled in the Alban Hills and our base on our new tour Highlights of Rome and Frascati . The town is famous for its wine and beautiful villas, from here you can also enjoy excursions to Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Pope. 

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A gem in the heart of the Middle East, a holiday in Jordan offers history, culture, and natural beauty. September is one of the best times to visit, with cooler temperatures making it pleasant to explore its many wonders. Petra, the ancient city carved into rose-red cliffs, mesmerizes with its intricate facades and tombs. Experience a jeep tour through the surreal desert landscape of Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, explore the the vibrant capital city of Amman featuring sites like the Roman Theatre and the Citadel or float effortlessly in its therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. 

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Athens, the capital of Greece, is a city where ancient history and modern life seamlessly blend, and September’s mild weather provides the perfect opportunity to explore its historical sites and vibrant culture. On our holidays to Greece , we'll visit the Acropolis, the ancient citadel overlooking the city, with the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to Athena, as a must-see. Wander through Plaka, the oldest district in Athens, with its narrow streets, charming houses, and array of tavernas offering a glimpse into traditional Greek life. Dive deeper into Greece’s rich history with a visit to Delphi, once considered the centre of the world in ancient Greek mythology and home to the Temple of Apollo. 

Visit Dubrovnik in Sptember.webp

A holiday in Dubrovnik is a fantastic introduction to any first time visitor to Croatia. Located on the stunning Dalmatian coast, this city is full of spectacular beauty and historical significance, with September's pleasant climate making it ideal for exploring this UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk the ancient city walls that encircle Dubrovnik for breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea and the city’s terracotta rooftops. Stroll through the marble-paved streets of the Old Town, visit the Stradun, the main thoroughfare, and explore landmarks like the Sponza Palace and the Rector's Palace. For a serene escape, take a short boat ride to Lokrum Island, featuring botanical gardens, peacocks, and the ruins of a Benedictine monastery.

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Vietnam, a country of diverse landscapes and rich heritage, offers an array of experiences from bustling cities to tranquil countryside. One of the best times to take a Vietnam holiday is around September, the end of the monsoon season. In Hanoi, the capital city, explore the Old Quarter, visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and take a leisurely stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake. Cruise through the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site dotted with limestone karsts and islets. Discover the charm of Hoi An, a well-preserved ancient town known for its lantern-lit streets, tailor shops, and delectable cuisine, with a vibrant night market not to be missed. In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s bustling metropolis, you can visit the War Remnants Museum, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels, and indulge in the city’s dynamic street food scene.

Whether you're drawn to the ancient ruins of Jordan or Greece, the medieval charm of Dubrovnik, or the vibrant culture of Vietnam, September is an ideal time to travel. These travel destinations offers a unique tapestry of experiences that will enrich your understanding of history, culture, and the natural world. Pack your bags and embark on an adventure that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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Where to go in Europe in September

Jul 4, 2024 • 6 min read

A stone bridge over Bybrook River in Castle Combe.

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September starts the shoulder season in Europe, where the heaving crowds of summer ease off and the temperatures start to cool a bit. That makes it the perfect time to explore everything the continent has to offer, from cozy English villages to sparkling Turkish coastlines. 

We’re sharing some recommendations from our book Where to Go When Europe that are sure to make for an epic early autumn holiday. Here are six of the best places to go in Europe in September. 

Cotswolds, UK 

Why now? Explore idyllic English villages in early autumn sunshine. 

In the golden light of September, the Cotswolds seem to ooze honey. This land of rolling hills ("wolds"), hiding historic towns and stone hamlets in their clefts and valleys, has long attracted urbanites seeking an English idyll. Visit in September not just to miss the heaviest onslaughts of coach tours, but to enjoy the countryside at its finest   and to admire the leaves beginning to spark into their fiery autumn finery in the wonderful arboretums at Westonbirt and Batsford. True, this region is hardly an undiscovered gem: chocolate-box favorites such as Castle Combe and Bourton on the Water can get thronged with tourists in summer. But it’s not hard to find peace, especially if you’re prepared to stretch your legs: a comprehensive network of footpaths laces the region, while the 164km (102 miles) Cotswold Way traces the escarpment, linking charming towns and villages strung along the route between Chipping Campden and Bath .

Cyclists on trails at Cape Kamenjak, which follows the rocky coastline.

Istria, Croatia

Why now? Pedal a culinary and cultural cycling odyssey. 

Overflowing with asparagus, olives and oysters, there are few tastier destinations than Istria , the triangular peninsula nudging into the Adriatic in far northwest Croatia . And there are few tastier times to explore Istria than September, when grapes are harvested and truffles ripen beneath the forest floor. Bank calorie credits by cycling between feasts: there’s relatively easy pedaling along the coast, where tourist numbers are thinning in September, and where you can roam the lovely Venetian port of Rovinj and admire Pula’s impressive Roman amphitheater . But for the real gastro treats, crank up the calf muscles and explore the truffle-centric hilltop settlements of medieval Motovun, Buzet and tiny Hum in the north, and the wine regions around Buje and Momjan to the northwest – white Malvasia and red Teran are top local tipples. Easing you into your edible odyssey is the Parenzana Trail cycle route, following 123km (77 miles) of disused railway line between Trieste in Italy and Poreč on the Istrian coast, with a short stretch in Slovenia.

People swim in a sea pool on a black volanic beach in La Palma.

La Palma, Spain 

Why now? Enjoy stellar hiking through verdant valleys and volcanic calderas. 

The northwesterly outpost of the Canaries is reputedly the steepest island in the world. Unsurprisingly, it offers some of the most dramatic hiking in this volcanic archipelago – and with around 1000km (621 miles) of footpaths, there’s a diverse array of options. September promises reliable sunshine but thankfully cooling temperatures, as well as improved availability of accommodation after the main summer peak. In the south, trails cross crispy black lava flows to the lighthouse and saltpans at Fuencaliente. Running north along the island’s spine is the Ruta de los Volcanes (Route of the Volcanoes), with dramatic views to coasts on the east and west. The highlight is the full-day trek down through the vast Caldera de Taburiente crater, through rocky ravines and Canarian pine forests. The streets of the capital Santa Cruz de La Palma are also made for walking, lined with enticing Renaissance churches, vintage pharmacies and 18th-century mansions. Beaches – mostly black volcanic sand – provide post-hike relaxation.

Bologna’s famous bolognese pasta sauce is always served locally with taglietelle.

Bologna, Italy 

Why now? Indulge yourself in one of Italy’s tastiest cities. 

This isn’t the time or place for dieting. Bologna’s nickname, La Grassa ("the fat one"), gives you an idea of what to expect ; home of ragù (aka bolognese), this is Italy’s bulging belly, where life seems to revolve around food. September – when the weather is still warm enough for outdoor eating – means the start of autumn produce: mushrooms, pumpkins, game and chestnuts. These flavors join other delicious ingredients gracing the menus of the city’s lauded restaurants and down-to-earth trattorias, as well as the market stalls and delis of the Quadrilatero (Bologna’s historic gourmet food district). Another Bologna nickname is La Dotta ("the learned one"), a nod to what’s reputedly Europe’s oldest university. Thanks partly to its large student population, the city is awash with lively bars, too. Work off some calories strolling the historic center via the Piazza Maggiore, Neptune Fountain and the Archaeological Museum, and by climbing the 498 steps of the Torre degli Asinelli or, just southwest of Bologna, ambling through 666 portici (arches) to reach the hilltop sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.

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Turquoise Coast, Türkiye  

Why now? Sail the Aegean or Med aboard a traditional gület. 

If diving off the wooden deck of a twin-masted sailing boat into the impossible blue of the Mediterranean is your idea of heaven on a hot day, you’re not alone. Back in the 1920s, renowned Turkish writer Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı took to hiring local sponge divers boats to cruise along the so-called Turquoise Coast from Bodrum on what he called "Blue Voyages". Over the following decades, increasing numbers of Turkish and foreign tourists recognized the appeal, and today a wide range of vessels – some more traditional, some built specifically for the cruises – ply the waters along Türkiye 's  Aegean and Mediterranean coasts from Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye, stopping to visit ancient sites such as Letoön and Patara, and to swim, lounge on a beach, eat and drink. It’s a perfect holiday for families, too. By September, temperatures (and tourist numbers) are happily subsiding, but the water’s still bathwater-warm and the sites as alluring as ever.

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Transylvania, Romania

Why now? Explore Transylvanian castles via the ‘world’s best road’. 

The Transfăgărăşan Hwy has been described as “‘world’s best road", and it’s certainly in the running. This lofty route, 90km (56 miles) of jinking bends and high passes, was constructed over four years on the orders of dictatorial former ruler Nicolae Ceauşescu to provide a cross-mountain military route between the Romanian regions of Transylvania and Wallachia. September’s the time to traverse its hairpins: the weather’s temperate (snow closes the road between October and June) and autumn colors set hillsides ablaze. Driving north to south, you’ll pass the cascades of Bâlea waterfall and climb to mirror-like Lake Bâlea, continuing to the crag-top ruins of Poenari Castle, a key lair of Vlad Țepeș (aka ‘the Impaler’, inspiration for Stoker’s Dracula), and descending to visit the royal tombs in 16th-century Curtea de Argeş Monastery.

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25 of the Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

08/03/2023 by Kristin Addis 2 Comments

By September, schools are usually in session and peak tourism around the country has died down. That means many spots are still enjoying warm temperatures and long days, without nearly as many people. For that reason, September is an excellent time for a vacation in the US. If you’re wondering where to go this September, here are 25 awesome destinations that are extra special during this time of year:

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1. Oahu, Hawai’i

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

September is the beginning of low season in Hawai’i, making it ideal for budget travelers looking for a sweet deal on flights and accommodation. The summer heat is starting to simmer down during this time as well, but days are still warm, with tolerable humidity. There’s a moderate chance of rain in September, as it is technically the rainy season.

Although July and August have the best visibility for diving in Hawai’i, September is a close second. During this time, you’ll have a good chance of high visibility, enabling you to see lots of marine life and coral reefs. Oahu is one of the best places in Hawai’i to  go shark diving , too, in case you’re up for the thrill. 

Find out what else there is  to do on Oahu here .

2. Seward, Alaska

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Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, one of the state’s most popular outdoor attractions. The park, and subsequently the town, is at its busiest during the summer months, with crowds tapering off in September. Although temperatures drop during this time, it’s still warm enough to get out and enjoy a  hike to the top of Mount Marathon  or any Kenai Fjords activities.

The mountains surrounding Seward begin to get their first dusting of snow in September, making the views even more dramatic. Plus, you can catch the end of whale-watching season at Kenai Fjords by  taking a wildlife cruise  through the national park.

3. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

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Once the Labor Day crowds disappear, September is the ultimate time to have the gorgeous Mount Rainier National Park mostly to yourself. The weather in September is still warm enough to access all of the park’s trails, with Mount Rainier still dry from the summer snow melt. That means the glaciers are maximally exposed, making for incredible views. It still gets quite cold in this part of Washington at night during the summer and fall months, so bring lots of layers. 

If you’re heading to Mount Rainier National Park this September for a quick trip,  check out how to spend 48 hours there . Coming from Seattle? You can do a  full-day tour of Mount Rainier , which will show you the best spots.

4. North Umpqua, Oregon

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

Just about an hour and a half northwest of Crater Lake, you’ll find the North Umpqua region of Oregon. The area runs along the river of the same name, which is full of waterfalls and other natural attractions. Watson Falls and Toketee Falls are especially impressive and worth visiting.

Since September is past peak season in this part of the state, it’s possible that you’ll get these gorgeous sites all to yourself. Plus, the crisp September temperatures are perfect for taking a dip in the  Umpqua Hot Springs . While the North Umpqua region is great on its own, consider making the most of this beautiful season with a  road trip through Oregon  to see more of the state.

5. Mendocino, California

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Mendocino is definitely fit for an outdoorsy yet luxe trip. The town is full of boutique hotels , many of them with seaside views and on-site restaurants.  It makes for an excellent girls trip , although it could be a great romantic getaway as well.

This cozy cliffside spot has been the muse of many an artist and poet. Surrounded by quaint state parks, towering redwood trees, and locally owned wineries, Mendocino has everything you need for a perfect NorCal getaway. September is an especially great time to visit because of the gentle chill in the air and foggy mornings that make for a mystical time.

6. Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

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Imagine a place where towering rock formations literally look like they’re on fire and rugged landscapes that feel like you’re on Mars. It exists: it’s in Nevada, just an hour away from Las Vegas!  Valley of Fire State Park  is one of the most unique destinations in the United States, with vistas in which you can see sandstone and limestone rock in orange, white, red, and even purple hues.

As you can guess, the summertime heat in Valley of Fire is unbearable, if not dangerous. Temperatures are much more mild in September but still can peak as high as 90 degrees. The park is at its busiest in the late fall and early winter, so visiting in September means you’ll miss most of the crowds without it being too hot.

7. Massacre Rim, Nevada

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If you’re wanting to stargaze, look no further than Massacre Rim . Located on BLM land, far away from any major city, Massacre Rim is one of only 17 dark sky sanctuaries in the world. There are no trees or obstructions to the view, as the site is set on a plateau with wide valleys on either side. Massacre Lake only makes it more gorgeous when the stars reflect on its surface.

While Massacre Rim is best viewed during the summer, you’ll still have an incredible experience in September, and likely with fewer people around. Make sure you plan your trip around a new moon and clear skies.

8. Page, Arizona

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Page is home to some of  Arizona’s most noteworthy attractions , like Horseshoe Bend and  Antelope Canyon . It’s a popular launching point for Grand Canyon National Park too, so you can imagine how busy it gets during peak season. The most popular time to visit the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon is from May to September, with September being far less crowded as the month goes on.

Early fall temperatures hover around the 70s and 80s during the day, with a higher chance of rain in September onward. This means it’ll still be warm enough to take a dip at  Havasu Falls  or Lake Powell, but you should definitely prepare for rain. Here’s our Arizona itinerary .

9. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

Santa Fe has long been an artists haven and home to some of the country’s quirkiest minds. This New Mexico gem has an interesting mix of new and old, with posh Canyon Road cafés and galleries and centuries-old chapels all in the same city.

The weather in Santa Fe is beautiful throughout September, with sunny days and temperatures in the mid-70s. It’s also an awesome time for events and festivals, as the historic  Burning of Zozobra  and tasty  Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta  both happen this month. 

For more ideas,  check out this guide to Santa Fe .

10. Zion National Park, Utah

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Most Zion enthusiasts agree that September is one of the best, if not  the  best, month to visit this ultra-popular national park. Why? The weather is great and crowds are much smaller than at their peak in the summer. Although the threat of monsoons technically extends to mid-September, it’s still relatively dry compared to the rest of the season, while rivers and lakes are already full from the summer rains.

If you’re down for a challenge when visiting Zion National Park , consider hiking to  Observation Point and Angels Landing  for some spectacular views. The area will still likely be very green, with speckles of fall foliage in the distance. It’s worth  checking out the famous slot canyons , too.

11. Stanley, Idaho

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Stanley is one of the  best places in Idaho for taking a dip in hot springs . Some of them around Stanley, such as  Kirkham Hot Springs , are super popular in the summer months and can get crowded. That’s why September is an awesome time to go. There are still whispers of the summer heat, but it’s cool enough to enjoy a dip in the steamy springs, especially at night. 

Stanley makes a great addition to any  Idaho road trip , on which you’ll be able to see the beginning of fall foliage if you embark in September. Idaho is a pretty underrated state, especially with its incredible hot springs and the boundless nature all around.

12. Glacier National Park, Montana

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While summertime may be the best time for taking a dip in Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park in September has a special charm. As the trees begin their golden transformation, the park takes on an entirely different vibe. It’s a more laid-back time to visit, too, as there are fewer visitors than the summer months, so you might get some incredible scenery all to yourself. September can be chilly at night, so bring plenty of layers if you’ll be camping or doing any nighttime activities!

From hiking the famous Highline Trail to  whitewater rafting  to stargazing at Hidden Lake, there’s plenty  to do at Glacier National Park  for any length of trip. 

13. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

The Aspen trees surrounding the towering mountains of sand at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve begin to turn golden yellow beginning in September, creating a beautiful range of colors. The namesake dunes are still quite hot to the touch in the afternoons but cool enough to explore in the morning. Warm, sunny days with the occasional thunderstorm characterize September weather here, which is about as good as it gets.

Where summertime can be quite mosquito-y and sometimes too hot for exploring the dunes, early fall is mild and perfect for a visit. The park does get more crowded during this time, but as it’s not as popular as others, so the crowds are still manageable and won’t likely take away from the experience.

Add Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve to your  Colorado road trip  this September!

14. Big Bend National Park, Texas

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

Many people don’t think of Texas as having mountainous scenery, but Big Bend National Park is here to prove us all wrong. The park itself is massive, covering over 150 square miles of West Texas. You could visit any time of year and expect relatively small crowds, which makes taking in the gorgeous scenery all the better. From hiking through the Santa Elena Canyon to  stargazing at night , there’s plenty  to do in Big Bend National Park .

September, and fall in general, yields more rain than the rest of the year. If you don’t mind the possibility of some precipitation, you’ll enjoy the lowest visitor numbers and mild temperatures. 

15. Chicago, Illinois

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

As the temperature starts to steadily drop during early fall, Chicago transforms into an idyllic swirl of autumn hues and brisk gusts of wind. Don’t get me wrong, I love summertime Chi. But there’s truly nothing like early fall in the Windy City. It’s still warm enough to enjoy strolling through Lincoln Park Zoo or Millennium Park, but chilly enough at nighttime to truly savor a warm cup of tea on your balcony or in a café.

Bring layers if you’re visiting Chicago in September, as the city has a reputation for shifting dramatically between extreme weather conditions with just a moment’s notice. Trust me, you’ll want to make sure you have a scarf and  a rain jacket  at the ready while you’re on your  architecture boat tour .

Traveling on a budget? Find out  what to do in Chicago for free here !

16. Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin

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Beat the fall crowds at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore by visiting in September, right before most people come to see the autumn foliage. The Apostle Islands are an archipelago in Lake Superior where you’ll find mystical sea caves, gorgeous lakeside views, and the largest concentration of lighthouses in North America. Although  sailing through the Apostle Island sea caves  is more popular in the summertime,  tours still run through September , and the water just might be warm enough to take a dip or even kayak.

The weather in this part of Wisconsin is especially sunny, with highs during the day reaching the mid-70s. Nights are chilly, so bring layers! 

17. The North Shore, Minnesota

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

Because of its geography, the North Shore in Minnesota starts to get its fall colors a bit earlier than places further south. That means your September visit very well could be a whirlwind of golden orange and red hues. Maple trees and other species have their peak colors beginning the second week of September.

As you can guess, this is a popular time to visit the North Shore. Even so, this isn’t a hugely well-known area nationally, and you’ll find mostly in-state tourists here. Consider  road-tripping along the North Shore  to see some of the best slices of nature Minnesota has to offer.

18. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

Sleeping Bear Dunes is one of the Midwest’s best kept secrets — if you’re not from the area, you might not have even heard of it. Characterized by gigantic sand dunes that seem to spill into Lake Michigan,  Sleeping Bear is a popular weekend getaway  from  Traverse City . It’s busiest in the summer months when the weather is warm enough to enjoy a swim in the lake, but early fall is just as desirable.

Visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes in September means you can get a fabulous taste of fall foliage without the late-fall photography crowds. Climb sand dunes to get sweeping views of both Lake Michigan and Glen Lake, or spend the day  hiking one of the many trails  in the park.

19. Adirondack Mountains, New York

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

This is another road trip rather than a one-stop destination. The Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York are absolutely breathtaking during fall, starting in September. There’s very little rainfall in September, and sunny days peak in temperature around 60 degrees. 

There are far fewer people around in September compared to the summer months, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy the warm-hued peaks in solitude. The main attraction here is Lake Placid , which is serene this time of year. You can also make your way to Lake George , which is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. You really can’t go wrong with a September road trip around the Adirondacks.

20. Cape May, New Jersey

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

This kitschy beach town is booming in the summertime, yielding crowded shores and unbearable traffic. That’s why visiting Cape May is ideal in September. Sure, it may be a bit too cold to swim in the sea, but you’ll still be able to enjoy everything else that makes this place special.

As it’s the oldest seaside resort town in the country, Cape May has an antique charm that sets it apart from other  beach destinations in the USA . Breezy, sunny September days make it all the more idyllic. Plus, the great weather is the perfect setting for the annual  Cape May Food & Wine Celebration  at the end of the month.

21. Greenville, South Carolina

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

While the summer months bring high temps and humidity, early fall is a bit cooler and breezier in Greenville. Some even say that September has the best weather of the year here, so take advantage of it by heading out for a hike at Paris Mountain State Reserve or checking out the waterfall at Falls Park on the Reedy. With the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding the city, this is the place to bask in nature’s beauty.

Greenville is an artsy and outdoorsy city, often compared to  Asheville  in North Carolina. Asheville is more well-known, but Greenville is more low key and ideal for travelers who want to experience South Carolina’s Southern charm without as much tourism. 

You can also add Greenville to your  Blue Ridge Parkway  road trip if you want to visit more places in the area.

22. Tybee Island, Georgia

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

This sleepy beach town is ideal for travelers who are chasing eternal summer and want a taste of Southern hospitality. After Labor Day following the summer tourism boom, the town quiets down. You’ll still be able to enjoy the soft sand and crashing waves, though, with plenty of sunshine to soak up in September.

Water sports and  dolphin watching  are popular activities on Tybee Island, as are  paddleboarding  and kayaking. This is a great option if you want a slow-paced vacation where your agenda includes long days relaxing at the beach.

23. Miami, Florida

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

Let’s face it, the weather in Miami is gorgeous all year long. September does have a chance of hurricanes, though, which is why it’s one of the slowest months for tourism. If you don’t mind the occasional afternoon rainstorm, this is the time to enjoy the beach without it being unbearably crowded, even if it’s a bit of a gamble.

Luckily, there’s still  plenty to do in Miami  indoors, like the Pérez Art Museum and the Frost Science Aquarium & Planetarium. 

Keep an open mind, and leave some wiggle room in your itinerary so you can enjoy the best of Miami even if it rains.

24. Anna Maria Island, Florida

Best Places to Visit in September in the USA

In September, the Florida heat is still intact on Anna Maria Island , but with cooler mornings and evenings compared to the summer months. The island also much less crowded, so you can enjoy the beauty of this pristine island without so much hustle and bustle.

Anna Maria Island is only seven miles long, with gorgeous white-sand beaches and calm waters perfect for swimming. Visitors love snorkeling, paddleboarding, and even parasailing here. Add the Anna Maria Island Historical Society Museum or the Florida Maritime Museum to your rainy-day itinerary — since, like Miami, there’s a chance that you could encounter an afternoon rainstorm or two during your trip — and learn about this unique little island.

25. Florida Keys Road Trip

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A Florida Keys road trip could easily be one of the best in the entire USA for a solo traveler because of the simple yet scenic drive and list of fun things to do. You’ll start in Key Largo , then head to Islamorada , then Marathon , then Big Pine , and then Key West . Along the way you can relax on beaches , go snorkeling , and watch the sunset from a sailboat . It can be a little expensive, but that’s why September could be one of the best times to visit.

September is known as peak hurricane season for the Florida Keys and short thunderstorms can roll through, but this means crowds will be so much smaller and the prices will be at their absolute lowest. Fortunately, hurricanes are predictable, so just make sure you have travel insurance in case you need to change dates.

Now you have plenty of travel inspo for your September adventure in the USA! 

Which place on this list sounds the best to you?

About Kristin Addis

Kristin Addis is the founder and CEO of Be My Travel Muse, a resource for female travelers all around the world since 2012. She's traveled solo to over 65 countries and has brought over 150 women on her all-female adventure tours from Botswana to the Alaskan tundra.

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07/24/2022 at 4:56 am

What are the top 5 places in the U.S. that are good for a September trip?

08/03/2022 at 8:30 pm

Hi Emily: I agree. I think September and October are lovely times of the year to visit the US, especially late September on. At that point, leaves start to turn beautiful colors, most of country especially by early October have sunny, warm (but not too warm) days and comfortably cool nights. You do have to watch for hurricane season, but that is the exception. Funny thing, the reason for hurricanes is you have milder weather but still nice, warm water to swim in, especially in the southeast and Mid-Atlantic. I remember enjoying a swim in the ocean in October in Myrtle Beach and it felt wonderful. It was only 70 degrees F air temperature, but it was warm in the water! After Labor Day weekend things really chill out in terms of crowds and it is before the craziness of the Thanksgiving-Christmas shopping rush. If you like golfing it is a great time of year to play and they have nice courses in any city you visit. Tybee Island is great place to go and grab an inland trip to Savannah. The whole beach experience from northeast FL through GA, SC, up to Cape Hatteras in NC you can’t lose! I have always wanted to take a two week excursion along I-95 and visiting all the beaches along the way, each one for one day/one night. Okay, Charleston requires at least two days. They all are so different in character although you are guaranteed an awesome beach. Like different frames of the same picture. Actually, you start with the beach to your east and end with the beach to your south (especially around Wilmington) so like different frames and angles of the same ocean scene. Thanks for your great posts and great choices for locations! Nice pics too. The one with Kristin in Stanley, Idaho is one of the best I have ever seen of her and the stars in that photo, wow! I pray for all the places out West to get out of the terrible drought/heat wave (monsoon season can only do a little to help). They are startling beautiful. I look forward to future posts including your further expert thoughts on Mexico! I have only had one leg in Mexico so far (that’s another story for another time) in my life, but you are motivating me to go all in!

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25+ Best Places to Visit in August and September in the USA (2024)

A s an avid traveler, I can’t help but get excited about exploring new destinations. Here’s the scoop on the best places to visit in August and Septemeber in the USA.

These months offer a fantastic opportunity to experience the diverse landscapes and vibrant cultures of the United States.

From the sun-soaked beaches to the stunning national parks of the Southwest, there’s so many incredible places to visit during this time of year.

This list of the best places to visit during August and September promises unforgettable adventures and memories that will last a lifetime!

Glacier National Park

Exploring the beauty of Glacier National Park in August and September offers a truly unforgettable experience.

During these summer months, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities in the park’s natural beauty.

Plus the warm temperatures make it the prime time for hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

With fewer crowds around during these months, you’ll have the chance to truly soak in the peaceful atmosphere of this incredible park.

You can even enjoy a drive through its variety of landscapes and you might even see some wildlife as you go.

As summer turns into fall, the changing colors of the leaves add an extra layer of beauty to the National Park. Creating a truly unforgettable experience.

San Francisco

Visiting San Francisco offers a blend of culture, innovation, and natural beauty in the months of August and September.

You can enjoy sunny days and mild temperatures that are perfect for exploring iconic sites like the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park.

The city also offers a variety of outdoor adventures from hiking in the park to biking around the city.

Plus you can learn more about the city’s rich history by visiting historical sites or joining in on the diverse cultural events and live music.

Whether you’re seeking exploration or nature retreats, San Francisco has something for everyone during these months.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the charm of this park city at its finest in late September!

Yellowstone National Park

In the heart of the Rocky Mountains you can find Yellowstone National Park with its beautiful nature and wildlife.

As one of the most renowned national parks, Yellowstone offers a perfect destination as one of the top places to visit in the USA.

Especially during the high season of August and September.

During its peak season, which aligns with the warm weather , I find the park perfect for exploring its trails, spotting wildlife, or enjoying activities like horseback riding.

It even offers hot springs, each with its own unique colors and formations.

With the perfect daytime temperatures for outdoor adventures, Yellowstone offers a variety of fun activities. Promising an unforgettable late summer escape with the beauty of nature.

On the sunny shores of Southern California, San Diego sits with its vibrant culture and endless attractions.

San Diego has beautiful beaches perfect for soaking up the sun or even trying out various water sports .

One of the must-visit places is Balboa Park. It offers lush gardens, museums, and live performances.

Plus with the warm days in San Diego it makes it an ideal destination for outdoor adventures and exploring the charming small towns nearby.

Whether you’re looking to relax on sandy beaches or simply have a great time under the sun, San Diego is the perfect place to visit in late summer!

As you visit Santa Fe during the late summer months of August and September, you’ll be greeted by a city with rich cultural heritage and art.

There’s something exciting about exploring its unique blend of history and creativity, set against the high desert of New Mexico.

And as you walk through the streets of Santa Fe, you’ll be charmed by the architecture that gives the city its unique character.

You won’t want to miss a visit to the Santa Fe Opera House or the chance to join in on exciting outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

Lake Michigan

Discover the beauty and endless recreational opportunities of Lake Michigan during the late summer months of August and September.

The cooler temperatures make it ideal for outdoor activities along the shores of this magnificent lake.

Here are some highlights to enjoy during your visit:

  • Breathtaking Scenery : Take in the stunning views of Lake Michigan with its crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches .
  • Water Sports : Engage in water activities like swimming, kayaking, or paddleboarding in the lake waters.
  • Lakeside Dining : Enjoy delicious local cuisine at waterfront restaurants while enjoying the sunset views.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Lake Michigan before the vibrant fall colors take over, turning it into an ideal late summer getaway spot.

You can even visit during Labor Day weekend to enjoy fun activities outside.

Visiting Lake Tahoe offers an unforgettable experience surrounded by stunning landscapes and a variety of activities.

The crystal-clear waters of the lake are perfect for kayaking or paddleboarding. While the nearby trails provide opportunities for peaceful nature walks.

Plus, the charming towns around the lake offer delightful dining options, shopping, and cultural attractions to enhance your visit.

September is the best time to visit Lake Tahoe when the summer crowds have disappeared and the fall leaves begin to fall with vibrant colors.

North Carolina

North Carolina beckons has a rich history with diverse landscapes and vibrant culture.

When exploring North Carolina in August and September, make sure to visit these best spots:

  • Blue Ridge Mountains : Explore the stunning beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, perfect for hiking and enjoying panoramic views .
  • Outer Banks : Relax on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks, known for their pristine shores and charming coastal towns.
  • State Parks : Discover the natural beauty of North Carolina by visiting its numerous state parks, offering great opportunities for outdoor activities.

During this time, North Carolina’s festival season is also in full swing. Making it an ideal time to experience the state’s vibrant culture.

It’s a great place to enjoy the best things the state has to offer!

Rhode Island

Rhode Island apart of the New England region is the smallest state in the US, its filled with a rich history and beautiful coastal towns waiting for you to enjoy!

During the months of August and September, the weather in Rhode Island is ideal, with little rain and average temperatures making it the perfect time to visit.

Whether you’re exploring historic sites, relaxing on the sandy shores, or enjoying delicious seafood, this big Island offers something for everyone!

It’s no wonder that this time of year is considered the best time to experience this hidden gem in the northeastern parts of the country.

Lake Placid

Tucked away in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Lake Placid offers a serene beauty and an array of outdoor activities for you to enjoy.

This village is famous for hosting the Winter Olympics not just once but twice, making it a hub for winter sports enthusiasts.

And as summer unfolds, Mirror Lake offers a great atmosphere for kayaking or paddleboarding.

Plus the hiking trails around Whiteface Mountain present stunning views and adventures for everyone.

In the heart of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, lies Park City, a premier destination for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Park City is best known for its world-class ski resorts, offering thrilling slopes in the winter and mountain biking or hiking during the summer months.

The town isn’t only for outdoor activities but also offers charming art galleries, historical sites, and summer concerts.

Whether you’re exploring the beauty of the mountains or enjoying the cultural aspects of the town, Park City offers a perfect blend of excitement and relaxation for your getaway.

Mackinac Island

If you’re looking for one of the best vacation spots, Mackinac Island is the perfect destination.

Towards the end of the month for August, you can enjoy lower prices and fewer people, making it an amazing place to unwind.

Visitors can enjoy fudge from one of the island’s famous shops, rent bikes to explore the scenic trails, or simply relax on the beaches.

This island offers a delightful escape where you can enjoy yourself!

This popular destination in Massachusetts is a great starting point for trips to nearby islands like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

As summer transitions into early fall, the weather remains pleasant, perfect for exploring the Cape’s beaches, bike trails, and even lighthouses.

From enjoying the fresh seafood to embarking on boat tours, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had.

Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or exciting adventures, Cape Cod has something for everyone.

South Carolina

Explore the southern charm and rich history of South Carolina, a state known for its beautiful beaches, historic landmarks, and vibrant culture.

When visiting in August or September, some of the best places to check out include:

  • Myrtle Beach : Enjoy the sun, sand, and entertainment at one of the top beach destinations in the United States .
  • Charleston : Discover the cobblestone streets, colorful houses , and delicious Southern cuisine in this historic city.
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride : Experience South Carolina from a different perspective by taking a hot air balloon ride over the picturesque landscapes.

These destinations offer a perfect blend of relaxation, history, and adventure during this time of year.

Pike Place Market

Located in the heart of Seattle, Pike Place Market is an iconic destination for locals and tourists.

The market offers a vibrant atmosphere where you can explore fresh produce, unique crafts, and delicious local treats.

And you can’t forget the entertaining fishmongers tossing fish or the famous original Starbucks coffee shop.

Pike Place Market isn’t just a place to shop; it’s an experience that immerses you in the culture of the Pacific Northwest.

Whether you’re looking for fresh flowers , handmade souvenirs, or a quick snack, Pike Place Market is a must-visit spot during your time in Seattle.

Grand Canyon National Park

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park in August or September promises an unforgettable adventure and experience.

As the temperatures begin to cool slightly, it’s the perfect time to enjoy hikes along the park’s numerous trails.

Here are three must-do popular activities during your visit:

  • Hike along the rim trails to witness stunning panoramic views of the canyon.
  • Descend into the canyon on a guided mule ride for a unique perspective of its vastness.
  • Watch the sunrise or sunset over the canyon, painting the sky with a myriad of colors and casting a magical glow over the ancient rock formations.

Zion National Park

Visiting Zion National Park in August and September offers a remarkable opportunity to explore the stunning landscapes of Utah’s most iconic national park.

As the temperatures begin to gradually cool off from the peak of summer , Zion’s red rock formations and sandstone cliffs provide a breathtaking backdrop for outdoor adventures.

And don’t miss the chance to witness the stunning sunrise casting a golden glow over the canyon walls or the vibrant fall foliage painting the landscape in rich hues.

Zion National Park is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Pacific Northwest

Getting to visit the Pacific Northwest in August and September offers the perfect opportunity to experience the region’s stunning landscapes and vibrant culture.

From the forests of Oregon to the coastlines of Washington, this time of year showcases the area’s natural beauty at its finest.

In August, the weather is generally warm and dry, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking , camping, and exploring.

September brings cooler temperatures and the beginning of fall foliage, adding an extra layer of beauty to the landscape.

Here are three must-visit destinations in the Pacific Northwest:

  • Olympic National Park : Explore temperate rainforests, wild coastline, and glacier-capped peaks all within one park.
  • Mount Rainier National Park : Encounter the iconic Mount Rainier, an active volcano surrounded by meadows of vibrant wildflowers.
  • Columbia River Gorge : Witness breathtaking waterfalls, scenic drives, and numerous hiking trails along the Columbia River.

North Cascades National Park

As summer transitions into early fall, the North Cascades National offers weather ideal for outdoor adventures.

Hike through over 300 glaciers and countless waterfalls, or set sail on a scenic drive along winding mountain roads offering breathtaking views.

The park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for camping, fishing, boating, and wildlife spotting.

You can even see the ecosystems that range from old-growth forests to alpine meadows.

Don’t miss the chance to witness the stunning fall foliage in vibrant hues of red , orange, and yellow during September.

Blue Ridge Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a breathtaking stretch of road winding through the Appalachian Mountains.

As you drive along this iconic route, you’ll encounter stunning views, charming mountain towns, and even outdoor activities.

  • Enjoy panoramic views of rolling mountains and lush forests .
  • Stop by overlooks for perfect photo opportunities.
  • Hike trails that lead to hidden waterfalls and peaceful meadows.

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage, making it an ideal destination for a road trip or a nature-filled adventure .

Don’t miss the chance to explore this picturesque drive during your late summer or early fall travels .

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of America’s most iconic natural landscapes.

As summer transitions to early fall, the park comes alive with vibrant colors, cooler temperatures, and a sense of tranquility.

As you hike through the ancient mountains, you’ll encounter over 1,500 species of flowering plants , including vibrant wildflowers like trilliums and violets.

Keep an eye out for the park’s famous black bears , white-tailed deer, and salamanders.

Whether you’re into trekking, wildlife spotting, or simply enjoying nature’s beauty, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has something for everyone.

Las Vegas has dazzling lights and vibrant entertainment, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a thrilling escape.

  • Experience the iconic Las Vegas Strip with its world-renowned casinos, hotels, and extravagant shows.
  • Indulge in gourmet dining at celebrity chef restaurants or savor a buffet feast offering a wide array of cuisines.
  • Explore beyond the strip and discover the natural beauty of Red Rock Canyon, just a short drive away, offering hiking trails and stunning desert landscapes.

It truly has something for everyone, whether you’re into gambling, live entertainment, fine dining, or outdoor adventures.

It’s a city that’s filled with energy and excitement, promising an unforgettable experience with plenty of fun things to do.

Priest Lake

Priest Lake offers a serene escape surrounded by pine trees and crystal-clear waters.

Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, this hidden gem has something for everyone.

You can explore the 23-mile-long lake by kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply taking a swim.

And if you’re into fishing, Priest Lake is a haven for anglers with its abundance of trout and kokanee salmon.

Make the most of your late summer days at Priest Lake, where nature’s beauty awaits.

Myrtle Beach

With its sun-kissed shores and vibrant boardwalk, Myrtle Beach is a place for travelers to escape and relax .

The good reason to visit this city is that it offers an array of activities and attractions for you to enjoy:

  • Sandy Beaches: Miles of pristine sandy beaches invite you to relax under the warm sun or take a leisurely stroll along the shore.
  • Boardwalk: Explore the bustling boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants, and live entertainment, creating a vibrant atmosphere day and night .
  • Golf Courses: Myrtle Beach is renowned for its world-class golf courses, attracting golf enthusiasts to tee off against stunning coastal backdrops.

Experience the charm and excitement of Myrtle Beach for an unforgettable vacation by the sea.

Denali National Park

Getting to visit Denali National Park in August or September offers a unique opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Alaska’s wilderness as summer transitions into fall.

August is an ideal time for wildlife viewing, with opportunities to spot grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and Dall sheep roaming freely throughout the park.

While September brings cooler temperatures and the possibility of witnessing the northern lights dancing across the night sky .

Whether you’re exploring the park’s vast wilderness or on a drive along the Denali Park Road promises unforgettable experiences and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City in August and September offers a delightful blend of outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and natural beauty.

As summer transitions into early fall, the city’s pleasant weather makes it an ideal time to explore its numerous attractions.

If you enjoy the outdoors you can visit the nearby Wasatch Mountains for a hike or enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the Jordan River Parkway Trail.

Whether you’re taking in the breathtaking views from Ensign Peak or strolling through the charming streets of downtown Salt Lake City, there’s no shortage of activities to enjoy!

Lake Powell

Seeing Lake Powell in August and September offers an exciting retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and water lovers.

Water sports such as kayaking , paddleboarding, and jet skiing provide endless opportunities for adventure and excitement.

Plus anglers can try their luck at fishing for bass, catfish, and trout in the abundant waters of Lake Powell.

As the sun sets over the horizon, visitors can unwind and enjoy a peaceful evening under the starlit sky, creating unforgettable memories of Lake Powell.

Visiting Place in The USA

August and September are great months to explore some of the best destinations in the USA.

Whether you’re into outdoor adventures like hiking in Glacier National Park or enjoying the vibrant city life in San Francisco, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss out on the stunning natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park or the excitement of Las Vegas.

With so many amazing places to choose from, you’re sure to have a memorable end-of-summer getaway.

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Late summer is generally marked by hot days and the desire to squeeze in one more vacation. That's why U.S. News evaluated attractions, events and weather (among other factors) to bring you this list of the best places to visit in August. From mountain reprieves to lake getaways , there's a destination on this ranking for every traveler to enjoy. Vote below to help determine next year's list.

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Fiji is an excellent place to visit in August. Although this month falls within Fiji's cooler, drier season, daytime temperatures commonly sit in the low 80s, so you can spend the bulk of your vacation sunbathing on its white sand beaches and swimming in its vibrant blue water. Plus, several of the country's 333 islands – including Taveuni, the Mamanucas and the Yasawas – offer ample opportunities for water sports like surfing and scuba diving. The rich Fiji culture also features all kinds of unique traditions, such as kava and firewalking ceremonies.

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When it comes to summer vacations, why settle for one lake when you can visit two? Interlaken – a scenic Swiss town whose name means between lakes – is set in an idyllic spot between the dazzling lakes Thun and Brienz and surrounded by mountains. August temperatures in the mid-70s will allow you to take in the area's natural beauty while hiking, boating or paragliding, though you'll want to pack some rain gear for occasional wet weather. What's more, if you plan your visit around Aug. 1, you'll be able to participate in the area's Swiss National Day celebration, which includes bonfires, a folk festival and a parade.

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While a case can be made for a quieter shoulder-season trip, Lake Como is in its prime at the height of summer. Visiting during the high season may mean more tourists and higher room rates, but you'll be able to take in the lakeside towns, villas and beaches at their most lustrous. Take a boat cruise across the lake to stroll through the blooming gardens of iconic villas like Villa Balbianello. Sample peak produce at open-air markets or freshly caught fish in the many dining venues with a view. Or simply see and be seen on one of the area's beaches or lakeside pools.

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A trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in August will ensure almost all trails will be accessible and the weather will be pleasant, so you'll have every opportunity to take in the park's mountainous beauty. Wildflowers dot the meadows and bighorn sheep are commonly seen this time of year, too. Popular hikes and vistas become busy this time of year, and you'll need to reserve a timed entry permit available on July 1, but you can easily find quieter options among the park's 355 miles of trails. Combat the crowds by arriving early in the day and taking the park's shuttles instead of driving.

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Vancouver, the most populous city in British Columbia, is a vibrant destination that offers something for all visitors. As one of the driest, warmest months (think: temperatures in the low 70s), August is a superb time to take it all in. Thrill-seekers can cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge or hike the grueling Grouse Grind (both just north of the city), while those who prefer a more leisurely outdoor experience can take a Vancouver Harbour cruise or relax on some of the city's beaches. Vancouver Pride Festival also takes place early in the month and features a parade and performances to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

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The Mediterranean island of Cyprus has a lot to offer beyond its beaches, including a myth-laden history, but a visit during one of the hottest months of the year will make its sandy stretches look pretty enticing. Sun seekers can bask under cloudless skies, and when the temperatures get too warm (think: 90 degree averages), visitors can cool off by Jet Skiing, swimming and paddleboarding. Later, beach bums and water lovers alike will want to treat themselves to some fresh Cypriot cuisine paired with local wine (including some of the oldest named wine in the world).

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August brings some of the warmest temperatures of the year to Montenegro, as well as throngs of travelers looking to bask on this Balkan country's beaches. Montengro's coastline on the Adriatic Sea and its inlets boasts scenic towns like Budva and Kotor, where you'll find charming old towns and blissful stretches of sand. To cool off and escape the crowds, retreat to the country's mountainous interior to hike in destinations like Durmitor National Park and Biogradska Gora National Park.

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Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve is one of Africa's most frequented safari destinations , especially in August when wildlife viewing opportunities are superb. August is usually a great time to catch the Great Migration, an annual journey by more than 2 million wildebeest, zebras and other animals from Tanzania's Serengeti National Park into Masai Mara. What's more, the reserve is a year-round haven for additional animal species, including the big five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes), earning it a reputation as one of Africa's most diverse areas.

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Head to Kluane National Park and Reserve in Canada's Yukon region if you want to enjoy an unconventional summer vacation. At this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll discover the world's largest nonpolar icefield and Canada's highest mountain, Mount Logan. Sign up for a flightseeing tour to view Kluane's glaciers from the air or take advantage of the mild, incredibly long summer days by exploring the park on foot. A boat ride around Kathleen Lake or a rafting excursion down the Alsek River are also fun ways to admire your surroundings.

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America's Finest City is warm and dry in August, giving you ample opportunities to soak up some sun. If you're eager to spend time at the beach, you'll find 70 miles of coastline  ideal for everything from surfing to swimming to paddleboarding. Away from the shore, there's Balboa Park, where you can admire beautiful architecture, check out various museums and explore the world-renowned San Diego Zoo . Plus, San Diego is home to an exceptional dining scene and a plethora of live music venues to round out your trip.

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Summer is peak season in this Croatian town, so you'll likely rub elbows with other travelers during an August visit. However, Rovinj's beauty will more than make up for the influx of tourists. In August, you can comfortably walk along the car-free cobblestone streets of Rovinj's Old Town thanks to daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s. This month is also a great time to explore Grisia Street, which hosts an open-air art exhibition in August. If you need a break from the town's throngs of people, take a day trip to one of 14 nearby islands.

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Plan an Outer Banks vacation in August to enjoy toasty beach weather (think: average highs in the mid-80s) and fun festivals like the Outer Banks Watermelon Festival and the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. These North Carolina barrier islands are ideal for all kinds of beach activities, including sailing, surfing and sunbathing. Plus, some of them are rich in history. Head to Kill Devil Hills to visit Wright Brothers National Memorial (where the famous pilots took their first flight), or venture to Roanoke Island to check out Roanoke Island Festival Park's exhibits about what life was like in the 16th century.

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Trade your ski poles for a hiking stick and visit New Hampshire's White Mountains in summertime, when the area's gorges, bike trails and more than 100 waterfalls are at their most lush. Action-seekers can climb Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, where they'll be rewarded with views of five states. Meanwhile, those looking for a more easygoing summer afternoon can go for a scenic drive or take in the views with a cocktail in hand on the terrace of Omni Mount Washington Resort . With August averages in the 60s and 70s, the weather will be ripe for any outdoor adventure.

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Curacao is the perfect destination for those seeking a late summer Caribbean getaway thanks to its location outside the hurricane belt. Sustained daytime temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s mean you'll likely spend most of your vacation lounging on the beach or swimming past marine life, coral reefs and shipwrecks while scuba diving. But the charming, colorful Dutch colonial architecture found in the UNESCO-certified capital – Willemstad – is worth exploring, too. Plus, with fewer mega resorts and more boutique resorts and bed-and-breakfast establishments, Curacao has a more relaxed feel than other Caribbean destinations and is a great place to reset.

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With festivals, prime weather and outdoor activities galore, Coeur d'Alene is the perfect destination for a summer send-off. This northern Idaho city boasts easily accessible golf courses (including one with a unique floating green), bike paths and parks, while its eponymous 26-mile lake is ideal for boating and fishing come August. The city ushers in the month with popular events like the Coeur d'Alene Street Fair and Taste of Coeur d'Alene, which showcase local shops, breweries and crafts. Coeur d'Alene also caters to a variety of budgets, with accommodation options ranging from campsites to cabins to amenity-filled resorts.

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    Galway, Ireland. Temperature in September: 17°C high; 10°C low. Season: autumn. Travel time from UK: 1 hour 25 minutes. Time difference: BST+0. Ireland's most scenic city is a blast any time of year, but the Galway International Oyster Festival is an excellent reason for going in September.

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    Lagoon-side Ölüdeniz is the top choice for paragliding. At Patara, combine endless-seeming swathes of golden sand with a hint of Christmas: this was the birthplace of St Nicholas (aka Santa). Or head for sleepy Çıralı, a protected area where sea turtles nest - from mid-September you might see the hatchlings emerge.

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    2. Iceland. Nicknamed the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland doesn't do natural beauty by halves. From geysers to glaciers, black sand beaches to volcanoes, it's one of the most unique places on the planet. September marks the start of autumn, and while the weather is more unpredictable, we think it adds to the magic.

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    13. Bohinj, Slovenia. The Cow's Ball in Bohinj, Slovenia (Dreamstime) A little more niche than Oktoberfest, Slovenia's Bohinj region offers more than scenic beauty in September. It also offers the chance to witness the long-running, traditional 'cow festival', known as the 'Cow Ball'. It's exactly as it sounds.

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    Mexico City, Mexico. While popular beach destinations like Cabo and Cancun aren't the best to visit in September with extreme heat, humidity, and a risk of tropical storms or hurricanes, Mexico City is ideal for a September visit. It's the last month of the rainy season, though showers are typically short-lived and arrive in the afternoon.

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    6. Macon, Georgia. September is great for: previewing Georgia's would-be national park, its first. Lawmakers have just introduced proposed legislation to create Ocmulgee Mounds Park and Preserve, a national park out of a 54-mile stretch of land and ceremonial mounds along the Ocmulgee river in Macon.

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    As summer wanes and fall approaches, September is an ideal travel month for so many reasons. With mild weather, fewer crowds and a plethora of cultural, culinary and festive events on offer, cities, towns and islands — from Louisville, Kentucky to the Maldives — present their unique allure. Here are TPG's top 10 places to visit in September.

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    One of the best places to vacation in September: Coastal Maine. Average temp: high 69, low 52. Like so many other tourist destinations, September is a great time to visit Maine (aka "Vacationland") due to the summer crowds having died down. Maine in September is usually sunny, yet cool especially in breezy coastal towns.

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    It is the perfect tropical destination for adventurers who also like to relax in the sun. September is a perfect time to visit, as temperatures range from 65 ° to 80 ° Fahrenheit, so you can spend time exploring the landscape and swimming on the beach. 10. Gran Canaria, Spain. Average Sept. Air Temp.

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    3. Trans Bhutan Trail, Bhutan. If you want to push yourself to the absolute limit, Bhutan is easily one of the best places to travel in September. In 2022, the legendary 250-mile-long Trans Bhutan Trail opened for hiking and mountain biking for the very first time in 60 years! The life-changing hiking route starts in Haa, Bhutan's westernmost ...

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    Best places to visit in September in Asia. Beijing, China - The best place for culture. Seoul, South Korea - Experience the land of kimchi and K-pop. Tioman Island, Malaysia - Surf and dive in peace. North West Sri Lanka - Immerse yourself in the past.

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    Annecy in France is definitely one of the best destinations in Europe for a September vacation. This alpine town located in the southeastern part of France near the Swiss border is still warm, making it perfect for exploring. Moreover, the crowds start to thin out later in the month. Annecy is known as the "Venice of France".

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    3. Seattle, Washington. The hip seaport city of Seattle is known for its unpredictable weather and incredible food. In my opinion, the best way to enjoy it is by visiting this month or October. Summer does offer warmer temperatures, but it comes with higher prices and limited accommodation availability.

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    Here are some more amazing places to visit in September in the US according to other travel experts. AZ - Sedona - ideal weather. CA - Los Angeles , San Diego Restaurant Week plus good weather year-round and slightly fewer visitors. DC - Washington - Adams MorganDay street festival, Fiesta DC, DC State Fair.

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    3. Gulf Shores, Alabama. Situated along the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Shores region is mostly known for its white, sandy US beaches but in September, it's known for its warm weather and fewer crowds which makes exploring the area more enjoyable. Visit Gulf State Park, where you can go hiking, golfing, and ziplining.

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    September is an ideal time to visit some of the world's most captivating travel destinations. As summer crowds dwindle and the weather becomes more pleasant, it's an ideal time to discover new cultures, ancient ruins, and stunning landscapes. Check out our recommendations on the best holiday destinations to go in September. Rome

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    Overflowing with asparagus, olives and oysters, there are few tastier destinations than Istria, the triangular peninsula nudging into the Adriatic in far northwest Croatia.And there are few tastier times to explore Istria than September, when grapes are harvested and truffles ripen beneath the forest floor. Bank calorie credits by cycling between feasts: there's relatively easy pedaling ...

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    2. Seward, Alaska. Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, one of the state's most popular outdoor attractions. The park, and subsequently the town, is at its busiest during the summer months, with crowds tapering off in September.

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    The transition from summer to fall is the best time to explore all that the city has to offer. Explore the city's architectural marvels, museums and the lakefront façade it affords. The Chicago Jazz Festival happens in September, with both emerging artists and renowned legends performing during this time in the city.