September has rolled around far too quickly, so what better way to beat those autumn blues than choosing from our list of the best places to holiday in September? Warm days, beautiful colours and less tourists mean that September is a great time of year to travel all around the world.
We’ve put together a list of 11 destinations that are awesome to visit in September. You might want to travel far, or stay closer to home, but either we can guarantee there will be somewhere on this list you want to go!
The Very Best Places To Holiday in September
Hangzhou, China – With A Backpack
Many people have never heard of the city of Hangzhou in China, it’s certainly not as famous as its nearby neighbour city – Shanghai. However if you are planning a trip to china it should definitely not be missed!
And the best time to visit? September!
The summer months can be extremely hot and humid but once September rolls around you can feel the relief from cooler temperatures. The locals call it 天高气爽 (Tian Gao Qi Shuang which roughly translates to “high skies and refreshing air”) and they will probably unanimously agree that September is the best time to visit.
So what can you do in September?
You could take part in the Mid-Autumn festival, a lunar calendar festival that usually occurs in September. Eat moon cake and enjoy the traditional celebrations.
Another attraction in September is the Qiantang tidal bore, the river that flows through Hangzhou temporarily changes direction and the water goes up the river rather than down. It is a natural phenomenon that you should definitely witness first-hand.
If you are looking to teach in Hangzhou, then September is a great time to start. It is the start of term for most public and international schools.
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Sardinia – My Adventures Across The World
While most people travel to Sardinia in the summer, the beginning of the fall may well be the best season to visit.
It’s at the end of September and in October, when the vast majority of people get back to work, their kids back to school, that the gorgeous Sardinian beaches are beautifully empty.
Days may be shorter, but the sea is still quite warm and lovely to swim in. And it is not nearly as hot, which means that it’s the perfect time of year to go hiking in the mountains.
There’s also many beautiful villages and cities, which spring to life with the fall festivals. Check out Autunno in Barbagia, during which 29 villages host a festival for each weekend during the fall: it’s great to try some of the many local specialties.
It’s also the harvest season – that’s the best season to be in Sardinia for wine lovers, and some vineyards actually take volunteers who may want to try the (incredibly tiring) experience.
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Banff, Canada – Anna Daugherty
September: leaves are changing colors, temperatures are dropping, and students are going back to school. It’s the perfect time to head north to Banff National Park in Canada.
Between summer hiking and winter skiing, Banff stays busy throughout most of the year. But things begin to slow down a bit in late September, making it an excellent time to visit.
And if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the first snowfall of the season dusting the mountaintops.
The weather is still plenty warm in September to enjoy hiking around the famous Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. Johnston Canyon is another great hike, with beautiful waterfalls throughout.
Clear skies in the fall are perfect for the incredible views during a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. And the Banff Upper Hot Springs are a great way to relax in the cooler evenings, especially if your muscles are aching from a long day of hiking.
Keep in mind that Banff National Park is enormous, so staying in a central location like the town of Banff or near Lake Louise will be best if you plan on exploring the many beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the area.
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Chicago – The Savvy Globetrotter
Although Chicago is a great city year round if I had to pick the best month to visit Chicago it would be September – mainly because of the weather.
Chicago can be brutally cold in the winter and very hot and humid in the summer. Fall and spring is very unpredictable, the temperatures can be more moderate and pleasant or they can be a continuation of summer or winter.
September tends to have the best weather – it is one of driest months and the temperature is still almost as warm as summer.
Visitors to Chicago in September can still enjoy many of the same fun outdoor events and activities that you can enjoy in the summer (outdoor festivals, architecture river cruise, taking selfies in front of the Bean, hanging out by the beach, lakefront or riverwalk, eating or drinking at outdoor patios and rooftops) without the crowds.
Although there are still many visitors, everything is less crowded because students are back in school.
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York – Our Tiny Corner
One of best places to holiday in September is York, the beating cultural and historical heart of Yorkshire.
Children are back at school so popular attractions like The Shambles and York Dungeons will be much quieter (especially during the week).
The river Ouse is quiet, so hiring a boat and cruising up the river has never been easier. The quieter time of year means you will also get much better value in accommodation options.
Temperatures will be mild; around 64F, and rainfall should not be a major issue. The weather will be nice for walking and hiking; get out to explore Dalby Forest’s trails on foot or on bike, and finish up with a picnic (or take the easy option and go to the cafe!).
Or, get more wild and get out in the Yorkshire dales to really lap up the incredible Yorkshire countryside. September weather means you’ll be able to sit outside and enjoy your hard-earned pint of Yorkshire beer.
For foodies, September is the month of the York Food and Drink festival, where producers come from all around the region to showcase their wares. Revelry runs into the night with local beers and wines on sale and live music.
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Hanoi – Wander-Lush
Having lived in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, for the past year, I’ve had a chance to experience all four seasons in the city.
Since summer can be overbearing and winter bitterly cold, it’s a good idea to plan your visit for autumn or spring.
September is a particularly pleasant time of year in Hanoi for several reasons. The weather is mild, and with rainy season over, storms are scarce.
Instead, September brings nice breezes, blue skies and soft light. Rice fields on the outskirts of the city are still nice and green, slowly turning gold as the harvest approaches.
September is shoulder season, so the streets of Hanoi aren’t too busy and you won’t have to wait too long to visit popular attractions.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum, and One Pillar Pagoda is an exception. The complex is packed with crowds every year on and around September 2, Vietnam’s National Day holiday and the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s death in 1969.
It’s an auspicious time, when people from all over the country converge on Hanoi to pay their respects. It’s a wonderful time to be in the city, with thousands of red and gold Vietnamese flags and Communist Party flags out on display in the streets.
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Kyoto – Our 3 Kids v The World
Kyoto, Japan is definitely one of best places to holiday in September. We were there late September start of October and the weather was warm and the maple trees had started to change colour for the fall.
I feel this is the perfect time to travel to Kyoto as the summer months you experience extreme heat and unpredictable weather patterns, winter is to cold and Kyoto often experiences snow during winter which would make it difficult to visit all the amazing Shrines that Kyoto is so famous for.
Spring is also a good time of year but Sakura (cherry blossom season) makes it very busy and then prices are very high. I think the fall foliage on the maple trees is just as beautiful and a whole lot more comfortable without the crowds that spring and cherry blossom season brings.
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Brighton, UK – Spaghetti Traveller
The crowds flock to Brighton in the summer months, however this is part of the reason why I recommend being patient a bit longer and heading to the South coast of England in September. The streets are a little calmer, but all the street entertainers are still out.
The water has warmed up, meaning you will start to see people jumping in to the sea without suddenly jumping back uou.
The entertainment is in full blast and there are an unbelievable number of activities you can try, such as bubble football, cocktail making, chocolate tasting, Quidditch (yes, you heard me right), bottomless brunch, mud buggies or escape rooms.
There is also a number of water based activities easily available to book without any queues, such as jet skiing or kayaking.
You won’t have the hefty August queues around the stunning Pavilion, nor will the shops of the Lanes be overcrowded, meaning you can take in the best spots without any hassle.
I’d also recommend heading up the i360 for sunset to catch a great shot.
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Melbourne – Melbourne Family
Melbourne, in Australia, is a great place to visit and September is one of the best times to come!
It’s in September that Melbourne comes out of its winter lethargy. Not only is the weather starting to get warmer and the days longer but it is Australian Rules Football finals time.
The main Australian Rules league – the AFL – holds its finals series throughout September and many of the finals take place in Melbourne, including the Grand Final, one of the country’s biggest sporting events.
The excitement of the big finals matches with their big crowds spreads throughout the city, building all through the month to the Grand Final.
The week leading up to the Grand Final sees lots of events culminating in a big parade through the city the day before the match and then the match itself.
These big matches often bring people from interstate meaning lots more people out and about.
Between this and the improving weather there’s always more people out and about, more energy and more things to see and do – including non-football events as the city’s art galleries, museums and other attractions start their spring and summer exhibitions, tours and events.
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Lviv, Ukraine – My Wanderlust
Ukraine isn’t the most obvious destination for many but it’s a great country with the variety of amazing places.
One of them is Lviv – a true gem of Central Europe. The city is a perfect place to visit all year long but I definitely suggest you to travel to Lviv in September.
The weather is still good, the colors are slowly changing, there are less people around and you can enjoy the city to the fullest. And there’s plenty to do in Lviv!
The city looks like from a fairy tale, it’s so stunning you feel like walking in the old postcard. And that’s what you will most likely spend most of the time at: just wandering around, falling in love with the city.
Even if the weather isn’t on your side you won’t be bored in Lviv – the city has an incredible restaurants and cafe scene with over 1500 cafes making it the highest number per capita in the world.
If you feel like getting some culture Lviv Opera is the place to go – it’s really good and the tickets are very affordable. That’s actually one of the best things about Lviv, the city is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe and just about everything is a huge bargain! But no matter what you decide to do in Lviv you’re in for a treat!
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Alice Springs, Australia – Walk My World
If you’re looking for the perfect time to visit Alice Springs then head there in September. Whilst July and August can be pretty busy, September brings the blissful combination of perfect weather (warm, but not too hot; dry and less likely to have many flies!) and very few crowds.
This makes it possible to take advantage of everything this incredible destination has to offer. Firstly, there’s the stunning hikes and cycle paths that begin just outside the town centre, including stages of the famous multi-day Larapinta Trail.
The trails take you over mountains and through gorges, deep into the red landscape. The cooler temperatures mean you can comfortably hike or cycle, even in the middle of the day.
September is also a great time to visit the stunning waterholes in the West MacDonnell Ranges. You can cool off during the gorgeous sunny days either swimming or tubing, surrounded by towering red cliffs.
Our favourites are Ellery Creek Big Hole, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen: all are an easy driving distance from the centre of town.
If you’re looking for something a bit more sedate, then head to the Kangaroo Sanctuary where the owners save little orphaned joeys, whose mothers have died in car accidents. The chance to wander the reserve at sunset and meet the joeys is one Australian experience not to be missed.
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