Best Places to Visit in September
With fall just settling in and the hassles associated with summer travel dwindling, September is the perfect time for a getaway. By this time, most tourists will have made their way out of popular destinations, and airfare and hotel rates will start to slide, making room for bargains left and right. U.S. News took into account these factors and more, including expert analysis and traveler sentiment, to come up with the Best Places to Visit in September. Whether you're an adventure traveler looking for that next great trail, an urbanite looking for a new city to buzz about, or someone seeking that small-town feeling, we've got a destination for you. Got a favorite? Vote below to have a say in next year's list.
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Visiting Prague is like stepping into a fairytale, no matter what time of year you visit. While snow-capped Prague is magical and summer is perfectly pleasant temperature-wise, September is the sweet travel spot. Not only will you beat freezing winter weather but there are also fewer tourists to deal with at normally very crowded attractions, such as the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge.
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Oahu is Hawaii's most-visited island and Waikiki is one of the most popular beaches in the USA, so if you want ample room to spread out on its famous shores, visiting during the fall shoulder season is your best bet. The discounted rates in September will make your vacation that much more relaxing and you'll be able to experience one of the island's biggest cultural events, Aloha Week.
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Visiting the Grand Canyon during its peak travel season can be dangerous (high daytime desert temperatures and steep hikes don't mix well). September not only offers a cooler climate but fewer crowds to contend with now that the kids will be back in school. What's more, the highly underrated North Rim is still open throughout the month.
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Vancouver's abundance of outdoors attractions makes September the best time to admire its Pacific Northwestern topography. A walk through the leafy 1,000-acre Stanley Park or across the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge will no doubt yield awe over Canada's natural beauty. Not only that, but temperatures will be perfect for hiking through Vancouver's surrounding mountains, including the popular Grouse Mountain.
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When small-town charm comes in contact with the seasonal splendor of autumn, magic happens. You can experience that in Greenville, where you'll find soothing green spaces and a hefty helping of Southern hospitality. While foliage doesn't reach its peak till October, travelers will be treated to sunny days without oppressive summer humidity, perfect for outdoor hiking and biking adventures.
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