Using our specialized filters, we have found the best places to travel in September for all kinds of tourists, including beach bums, shopaholics, and nature enthusiasts. Cities like New York and Washington DC, for example, are some of the best places to travel in September in the US, with endless carnivals and parades to celebrate Labor Day. French Polynesia and Southern Brazil, on the other hand, are some of the best fall beach destinations, while Lapland and Iceland boast some of the best fall foliage in the world.
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An Early Winter Wonderland: Lapland and Iceland
You won’t see snow in these Nordic destinations in September, but you’ll certainly feel the chill! With temperatures ranging from five to eleven degrees Celsius and fewer than ten days rain, Lapland (Finland) and Iceland are great for an outdoor escape without the sweat and sun stroke.
September marks the start of Lapland’s fall foliage and is the first opportunity to see the Northern Lights. While you can’t go sledding or skiing, you can enjoy fantastic hiking opportunities in Lemmenjoki National Park or Urho Kekkonen National Park, where you could spot golden eagles and willow grouses.
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As in Lapland, September marks the first opportunity to see the Northern Lights in Iceland. It’s also the last month to take boat trips on lagoons like Jökulsárlón before they freeze over for the winter. As nights get darker, you can also enjoy some of Iceland’s best festivals. The Night of Lights Festival in Reykjanes, for example, is a huge light and fireworks show over towering cliffs. The capital also hosts the annual Reykjavik International Film Festival, with around 100 films from 40 countries across eleven days.
Best for Beach Bums: Hawaii, French Polynesia, and Southern Brazil
With temperatures above 27 degrees Celsius and fewer than five days rain in September, it’s no wonder NextStop24 users have awarded these destinations five stars in the “Beach and Outdoors” category.
Hawaii’s main summer crowds start to die down in September, when hotels, restaurants, and activities are much cheaper. One of the best things about visiting Hawaii in September is that you’ll experience the warmest ocean temperatures of the year; however, the mountainous areas will be much cooler. September is therefore one of the best months for hiking in Hawaii, with far more manageable climates in areas like Kalaupapa National Park or the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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September in French Polynesia is one of the most humid months; however, it’s also one of the best for cooling off in the ocean, as the Spring equinox sunlight makes the water look brighter than ever. While the main tourism peak is over, you’ll still find plenty to do, such as the Tahiti International Tourism Day, with food tastings, water sports, and reduced shopping and museum entry.
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September marks the start of spring in southern Brazil, where you’ll be able to sunbathe comfortably on the beaches of Florianópolis. Don’t miss out on a whale watching trip around Santa Catarina, where you’re likely to spot humpback whales with their calves between July and November.
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A Must-See for Nature Lovers: Costa Rica, Albania, and Southern Kenya
NextStop24 users awarded these destinations five stars in the “Nature & Outdoors” category, and we don’t blame them! While western Costa Rica experiences downfalls during September, it’s one of the driest months in the East, making it perfect for relaxing on Montezuma Beach or spotting hatching sea turtles in Tortuguero National Park. You can also enjoy festivities around the country as Costa Rica celebrates its independence on the 15th September, with parades and performances in nearly every town.
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Visit Albania in September for the most favorable hiking climates, avoiding the humid summer and bitter winter. Check out the Valbona Valley National Park, for example, for challenging hikes to its 1,087-meter-high peak. September is also the last full month for sea swimming at Gjipe and Central Beach along the southern coast.
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Beach bums will also love Kenya’s southern beaches, with rising temperatures in destinations like Mombasa. September is also the best month for spotting humpback whales in the ocean and wildebeest in Masai Mara.
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Sightseeing and Shopping: Venice, Singapore, and the US Mid-Atlantic
These fabulous September vacation destinations have been awarded five stars in the “Sights and Shopping” category by NextStop24 users. They also have warm temperatures (20-27°C) and fewer than five days rain, meaning you can spend plenty of time enjoying the sights without worrying about downpours.
Venice’s peak tourism season starts to dwindle towards the end of September, making it perfect for gondola rides without getting caught in the canal traffic. While attractions like St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge are busy all year round, you can avoid the queues by visiting early in the day throughout September. While in Venice, don’t miss out on the Regata Storica, the city’s biggest rowing event with colorful costumes, fantastic music and lots of street food.
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Nothing stops tourists from flocking to Singapore’s iconic sights; however, September marks a notably quieter month in this Asian city-state. The monsoon starts to clear in September, making it a great time to relax on the beaches of Sentosa Island or explore the Gardens by the Bay. You can also catch the Singapore Grand Prix, but you’ll need to book far in advance to guarantee tickets.
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The US Mid-Atlantic is home to major metropolises, including New York City and Washington D.C., which host fantastic Labor Day celebrations. New York’s West Indian Day Parade brightens up the streets of Brooklyn while the stores of Manhattan are full of shoppers making the most of the Labor Day sales. Over in Washington D.C., you can enjoy the Labor Day Capitol Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol or D.C. Beer Week in venues across the city.
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