September is the first month off peak travel season. That means flights are cheaper and the crowds have left, but the weather is usually still warm and lovely. Overall, it’s one of the most underrated times for traveling.
If you’re not yet planning on going anywhere this September, it’s not too late to book a trip! Here are some ofmy all-time favorite places to be during the first month of fall:
If you like the outdoors and haven’t been to Moab yet, it should be on your list. Moab is the town between two of the best National Parks I’ve visited, Canyonlands and Arches. There’s world-class hiking, mountain biking, unreal stargazing, serious potential for adventure, and some of the most surreal, breathtaking scenery that you will ever see.
Visiting in September means you’ll avoid the most brutal heat of the summer. (Temperature highs in August average around 100 degrees, while September temps hang in the 80s). And, with the notable exception of Labor Day Weekend, you’ll likely be able to do even the most popular hikes (like Delicate Arch) without fighting huge crowds.
Acadia National Park, Maine
With beautiful scenery, the famous earliest sunrise in the United States, and the adorable town of Bar Harbor right next door, Acadia National Park is more than worth the visit. Check it out in September for less-crowded hikes, changing leaves, and the annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. And remember, you can skip the park entrance fees just by taking the free Island Explorer buses.
Over 2 million tourists visited Iceland in 2017, which is about 6 times the entire population of the country. Since it’s such a popular destination, it becomes even more crucial to avoid peak travel season.
Visiting sometime after August is your best bet for lower prices on rental cars and accommodation. And since Iceland is an expensive place to visit, getting lower prices on the essentials can make planning a trip there much more reasonable.
The temperatures are only about 5 degrees lower in September than August, so you should still be able to do your Iceland hikes and sightseeing, just with fewer crowds at the most popular destinations.
September is also one of the best times of the year to see the Northern lights.
The Red Sox are still playing, the line at Mike’s Pastry’s has receded to a reasonable length, and the muggy, humid weather has subsided into pleasant low-70s with a nice ocean breeze. The students at Boston’s 35 colleges have returned for the school year, so the nightlife picks up again. (Karaoke, anyone?)
Plus, since the weather is still so nice, all the ocean fun that Boston is famous for is still going. Take a sailing lesson, go whale watching, or go on a sunset yacht cruise. (Make sure you enjoy time on the water somehow, just don’t go on a duck boat!)
Convinced on planning a trip this September? Let us know what you end up booking! And stay tuned to find out where we’ve decided to go this month—we’re experimenting with a new September destination too.