Fall is just around the corner, and is generally a perfect time to plan a getaway. By now, most travelers would have gone to their favorite destinations, and airfare and hotel rates are a bit cheaper now.

U.S. News looked at these factors and a few more to come up with a list of the best places to visit in September. You could be adventurous and looking for the next great place to hike or if you’re all about the city, you might want to check out a new urban area. Or perhaps you just want that small-town feel, there is a destination for you.

Check out these spots. Some may even surprise you.  (Note: Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC and the U.S. Department of State before traveling.)

  • Greenville, SC


    It may be a small town, but it’s rolling in culture and Southern hospitality. From the cozy, quaint restaurants and shops in the downtown area to 22-mile-long trails at the state park, Greenville is a hot spot in the south to check out in the fall.

  • Grand Canyon


    Nothing like an escape to Arizona to check out this popular family destination. If you’ve never been to the Grand Canyon, beware of the peak season when daytime temperatures can reach the triple digits. But the fall brings a perfect blend of cool. And in September, you won’t have to deal with the crowds as much either as kids will be back in school.

  • Honolulu, Oahu

    Oahu is Hawaii’s most-visited island, so if you want to take advantage of all that it has to offer, visiting during the fall season is your best bet. In September,  fewer tourists are on the island. And there are discounted rates. You’ll be able to experience one of the island’s biggest events, the Aloha Festivals.

  • Vancouver

    If you’re into outdoor attractions, Vancouver is for you. September makes the best time to admire this Pacific Northwestern area. You can walk through leafy Stanley Park. It has 1,000 acres and more than 16 miles of forest trails. U.S. News says it has the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world.

  • Big Sur

    If you’ve never heard of Big Sur, know that is about  90 miles from the California coast. If beaches are your thing, you will be drawn to its dramatic cliffs and picturesque beaches. In September, the weather is warm and dry. Must-do activities include hiking through state parks and surfing at Sand Dollar Beach.


  • Santiago, Chile

    If you’re thinking Chile might be a bit too hot for you, take note Santiago, Chile actually transitions from winter to spring in September. The weather starts warming up between the 60s and 70s. And the dampness and smog of winter ease up, making September the perfect time for checking out some of its top attractions or going hiking. Plus  September is when Chile’s largest celebration – Fiestas Patrias – takes place.

  • San Francisco

    September is one of San Francisco’s warmest, driest months. During this month, visitors and locals can take advantage of this Bay Area city’s sunny, fog-free skies and warmer temperatures at stretches of sand like Baker Beach and Ocean Beach. September is also a terrific time to go whale watching. And we can’t forget about  a traveler’s favorite, the San Francisco Fringe Festival.


  • Kruger National Park

    If your travel is more on the exotic side, then South Africa’s Kruger National Park may suit you well. Here you will find nearly 150 kinds of mammals, ranging from lions to hippos to giraffes. It makes the perfect place to go on a safari. And visiting in September increases your chance to actually see the animals. They become more visible after the dry season ends.


  • Antigua

    September may be Antigua’s hurricane season, but with some luck and proper planning, you can still visit the Caribbean island this time of year. You’ll have plenty of beaches to choose from. Antigua’s 365 of them. There’s Dickenson Bay that offers a number of amenities while Half Moon Bay has a more secluded atmosphere for relaxin a more relaxing vibe.

  • The Berkshires

    If a view of the mountains helps you relax, then look no further than The Berkshires. It’s a mountainous area in western Massachusetts. September brings a mix of outdoor activities and cultural attractions. The weather is crisp, clear, and pleasant. While you’re there, you’ll need to check out a tour of the region’s museums and historical sites. 

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