Where to Go in September: What’s in season  in September?

by Jessica

August 19th, 2011

Ask a random group of travel nuts their favorite month to spend in their favorite place and it’s almost a guarantee that several will say “September.” It’s a great month to travel in many destinations, for many of the same reasons – when summer ends in August, the high season prices and crowds usually go away, but the weather often stays beautiful through September. It’s the ideal mix.

The trouble is that more recently in popular destinations around the world the high season doesn’t end in August, with high season prices and crowds now spreading into September. The shoulder seasons are getting shorter, which means anyone who still wants to travel during the glorious month of September needs to work a little harder to find the best deals to the most popular places.

The list below of where to go in September includes both places that are genuinely in an “off-season” or “shoulder season” by September, and others that are at the tail end of their high season. If you have a specific destination in mind, you’ll need to adjust your budget to fit – if, on the other hand, you’ve got a budget you need to stick to, you’ll need to be more flexible on your destination.

>> And don’t forget, if you’re traveling for an event or holiday, check out these articles on finding Labor Day travel deals, Oktoberfest travel deals, and Bumbershoot festival travel deals.

Warm Weather Destinations in September

All over Europe the locals are coming back from beach holidays in August, but the bulk of the foreign visitors are gone. In the most popular spots – Italy, France, and England, especially – September crowds and prices can still be higher than in winter, but it’s often one of the months offering the best combination of good deals and great weather.

Beijing, China
While some of China is dealing with typhoons in September, Beijing and the rest of the northeast part of the country tend to be quite pleasant at this time of year. If you’re concerned about avoiding the worst of the summer heat, plan your trip for later in September.

U.S. National Parks
The summer season is by far the most popular time to visit the many National Parks in the United States, and although it’s not as if they’re completely deserted come September you’ll find the crowds are definitely smaller. All those family vacationers have gone back home by September to get the kids back in school, after all.

Lesotho & South Africa
South Africa and one of the countries that’s contained entirely within its borders, Lesotho, are both good options for a September trip to Africa. It’s dry and not too hot, and there are opportunities to see migratory whales in South Africa.

Cool Weather Destinations in September

Southern Argentina
The coldest of the winter weather may be gone by September, but since this is the first month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere you’re still bound to have decent conditions for a ski trip if you head into the mountains of Argentina.

New Zealand & Southern Australia
New Zealand is also heading into spring in September, but the mountains of the South Island can still be a good playground for snow-seekers. You can also head over into the southern parts of Australia – including the rugged island of Tasmania – for an early spring trip that can be a bit more temperate.

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