Have you heard? Airfares are set to be the lowest they have been in a long time. Now is the time to plan and book your September getaway. Whether you are in the mood for a family getaway, a romantic trip for 2, or a me-vacation; here are my picks for 5 places to visit in September.
1) Oregon Coast
The Pacific Coast in Oregon is a beautiful drive to make in September. Last year Mom and I did this drive, starting in Astoria all the way to Coos Bay, before cutting inland to Bend and Crater Lake. In September a lot of the crowd dies down while the seasonal hotel and restaurants remain open. It is easier to fly by the seat of your pants and find hotel rooms as you go in September, after high season is over.
2) Eastern Canada
By the end of September a lot of Eastern Canada has an abundance of fall foliage- Quebec, in particular.
Cruises this time of year through Eastern Canada are popular- leaving from New York, Boston, and Baltimore. Get to Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia in one fell swoop. This was one of the most relaxing trips I’ve taken, hiking through National Parks, reminiscing about my childhood and Anne of Green Gables, and reading a lot of books on the cruise.
3) Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina is one of my top 5 favorite US cities. But it is hot, hot, hot in the summer. Wait until September to visit to find slightly cooler temperatures while still taking advantage of nearby Kiawah Island and Folly Beach. Don’t forget to get your exercise by day so you can eat copious amounts of Southern cuisine at its finest.
Having a car in Charleston isn’t really necessary but is perfect to extend the vacation into a roadtrip to Hilton Head, Tybee Island, Savannah, and more!
School starts in the fall making Orlando the an excellent spot to visit in September. While a lot of the family crowd are not traveling because of the new school year, seize the opportunity to visit the new Diagon Alley section of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. On a hot day, visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon to beat the heat.
Italy in September is a good month to visit. Many Europeans, including Italians take a lot of the month of August off work and head to the coast. Hopefully by the time you visit in September, when the airfares and hotels are cheaper but the weather is still really good, they will be back in their places of business. Southern Italy is particularly hot in the summer and late summer is a more reasonable time to visit places like Sorrento, Almafi, Positano and more.
Hiking Cinque Terre in the not so hot sun is a welcome treat. Plus red wine and pasta goes down a lot better once temperatures cool off at night. Enjoy an outdoor opera in Verona (home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet) which runs through the first week in September.
Where ever your travels lead you in September, have fun! Hopefully you saved some money this fall with lower gas prices and airfare; enough to be able to get away again the winter to somewhere warm and fabulous!