Summer break is over, but that doesn’t mean traveling should stop. September is one of the best times to travel since the summer crowds die down and temperatures are milder. No matter if you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime trip or simply hoping to spend a weekend away, there is a September destination on this list that is sure to please all types of travelers.
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Machu Picchu, Peru
The driest season in Peru runs from May through September, making those months the most popular months to hike to Machu Picchu. A trip to Machu Picchu, an Inca citadel, is on many world travelers’ bucket list. Therefore beat the crowds by hitting the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek, both hiking trails leading to Machu Picchu, during the month of September. You will be amazed by the incredible views of the Andes and the impressive structures found here. Hiring a guide is recommended and typically easy to find in the area.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is a great place to visit year-round, however, the humid and hot weather in the summer can be avoided by visiting during the more mild month of September. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a wild girl’s trip or a romantic trip for two, the Crescent City is a great option for travelers in September with an endless array of things to do. Don’t forget to bring your umbrella, however, since September sometimes brings rain to this Louisiana city.
Marrakesh, Morocco is a city that draws traveler bloggers, photographers and aspiring artists due to its eclectic style and beautiful history. September is a great time to visit this African city since the weather is cooler than the summer heat. You can stay in a traditional riad, shop in the marketplace and enjoy some incredible Morrocan food during your September stay in Marrakesh.
New York City, New York
The Big Apple sees travelers no matter what time of year it is, so always expect a busy and bustling city. However, September is a great time to visit since the weather is cooler and the trees start to change. From Times Square to the Statue of Liberty, there is plenty to see and do in New York City. Budget travelers, honeymooners and vacationers with kids will find that New York has plenty to offer in September.
July and August are the most popular months to visit Budapest, Hungary. Therefore the prices for hotels skyrocket during these months. For budget travelers, September isn’t only a cheaper option but also a quieter one. With September being one of the driest months in Budapest, expect to have very pleasant weather but be equipped with a light jacket during those chilly nights. Full of history, hip neighborhoods, and cozy cafes, you’ll never want to leave this European oasis.
The party doesn’t stop just because summer is over in Barcelona, it just means you can enjoy cooler temperatures as you explore the city’s top attractions. The weather is still warm enough to spend the day at the beach, so expect a lively beach scene when you arrive in September. Also, Barcelona’s biggest event occurs in September: Fiestas de la Mercè. This week-long festival infiltrates the city’s streets. Complete with parades, concerts, parties and other events, visiting Barcelona during this September festival will make for an unforgettable trip.
Unlike other destinations on this list, September is not considered off-season for travelers to this Bavarian town. Munich, Germany sees over 7 million visitors every September. Travelers flock to Munich for one thing: beer. The world’s largest beer festival occurs here during the second to last weekend in September. Octoberfest is a beer festival that is sure to be a good time for beer lovers, however, make sure to book accommodations up to a year in advance. And don’t forget your lederhosen!
September is the tail end of the tourist season in Santorini, Greece, and that isn’t a bad thing. You can still enjoy warm beach days while taking advantage of the slightly cheaper hotel prices. With cooler evenings and the summer rush gone, September in Santorini is a great time to explore the area without dealing with the summer crowds.