23 Best Places To Visit In The USA In September


In most places in the world, September is a beautiful time of year. The heat of the summer has subsided but the days are still long and warm. The busy tourist season is over but everything is still running at full tilt offering you the same experiences and opportunities as those available in June, July and August. In many cases, prices have come off of their highs and are now settling into a more reasonable range. All of this is particularly true for places in the United States. Now what? Where should you go? Lots of places! According to some amazing travel bloggers, here are the best places to visit in the USA in September.

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Other Fantastic US Destinations In Other Months

Not sure when you might want to travel? Here is a list of fun, beautiful, and interesting places to visit in the USA, also recommended by travel bloggers:

For beautiful and warm beach destinations in the USA in winter, please see 50 Best US Beach Destinations For A Warm Winter Getaway.

Other Destinations To Visit In September

If you love exploring national parks, consider going to Europe to visit one of their beautiful 500 national parks. For recommendations for what to visit in September, please see 22 Best National Parks To Visit In Europe in September.

Best Places To Visit In The USA In September

Here are the 23 of the best places to visit in the USA in September. I’ve created a diversified list from cities to towns to parks, and from all over the country, including Hawaii. When relevant, I have asked the travel bloggers to mention any annual special events or festivals that make September a particularly fun or interesting time to go. Lastly, if they have any favourite accommodations, I have included those too.

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Burlington, Vermont – Photo Courtesy of Karen

Burlington, Vermont

By Karen of Outdoor Adventure Sampler

September is fall foliage season in Vermont and the vibrant city of Burlington is the perfect place to enjoy it. Accordingly, this makes Burlington one of the best places to visit in the USA in September.

The splendid colors can be seen from many vantage points. Rent a bike on the Burlington bike path to pedal along Lake Champlain with incredible views of the Adirondack mountains across the lake. Or hop on a cruise on the Spirit of Ethan Allen to see the shoreline colors from the boat. Numerous hiking trails in the city limits lead to great views of the flaming leaves. Hike up the tower at Ethan Allen Park to see a mosaic of reds, yellows and oranges in the trees below your feet.

The farm to table market in Burlington is at its peak in September. Visit the downtown Burlington Farmers Market for just picked garden treasures. Stroll over to the pedestrian mall of the Church Street Marketplace for open air dining. Many restaurants specialize into using fresh local produce. While you are exploring Church Street, enjoy the street performers and one of a kind shops.

Craft brew, ciders, and spirits are popular in Burlington. Stop by one of the many microbreweries or distilleries for a tasting. Most will feature special fall focused flavors.

Top off your day in Burlington with a visit to Waterfront Park to view the best sunset in the Northeast over Lake Champlain. The golden light that melts over the water as the sun disappears confirms that September in Burlington is indeed magical.

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Horseshoe Bend, Arizona – Photo by Bert Goers from Unsplash

Grand Canyon, Arizona

By Debbie Fettback from World Adventurists

The Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world, is a mind-blowing sight. With its incredible size, scale, and views that look more like a painting than reality, visiting the Grand Canyon is a must for any lover of National Parks.

The most popular attraction inside the Grand Canyon is to take a self-drive tour around the South Rim. There are several pull-out areas along Desert View Drive where you can admire the Canyon from different viewpoints. The route starts one mile east of Grand Canyon Village and ends at Desert View near the east entrance of the park. At a leisurely pace, the drive takes about 4 hours to do.

While you can see the Grand Canyon in a day, to enjoy more of the full experience, you should set aside 2-3 days. Several hikes will take you into the Canyon for a different perspective of its grandeur on day or multi-day trails. You can also ride a mule through the Grand Canyon or enjoy a bird’s eye view from a helicopter flight. 

While summer is the peak season for visitors, the Grand Canyon is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September. The weather is cooler and more enjoyable, and there are smaller crowds. Plus, on shorter days it is easier to see a Grand Canyon sunset.

Since the Grand Canyon is over 277 miles long, and 4 to 18 miles wide, several cities are a reasonable drive away. Two of the major cities near the Grand Canyon are Phoenix and Las Vegas. Both have international airports. 

Hotel Recommendation

Debbie says, “Bright Angel Lodge & Cabins has a charming rustic feel and is also a National Historic Landmark.”
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Adirondack Mountains, New York – Photo courtesy of Hazel Ozturk of Unsplash

Adirondack Region, New York

By Maddy Rose of Madelyne On The Move

While beautiful anytime of year, the Adirondack region in upstate NY is particularly special in September. By this time, summer tourists have cleared out and incredibly vibrant fall colors have started to make an appearance.

The Adirondack Park is both free and easily accessible by car. There is a regional airport located within the park (Adirondack Regional Airport) as well as international airports in Burlington, Vermont and Albany, New York, within 60-120 miles from the Adirondacks.

Lake Placid and Lake George are two of the most well-known cities within the park. In fact, you are likely to hit peak foliage in the Lake Placid region of the Adirondacks if you visit during late September. The town of Saranac Lake is great if you want something with an even more relaxed feel. Leaf peepers tend to flock to destinations such as the Smoky Mountains of TN/NC, White Mountains of NH, and Green Mountains of VT, which leaves this hidden gem for those seeking a more low key destination.

Nonetheless, the Adirondacks contain no shortage of beauty or activities and is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September. You can take scenic drives, hike, brewery (or winery) hope, and ride the Cloudspitter Gondola in Wilmington to get a bird’s-eye view of the park. Make sure to pack some warm clothes with your summer shorts as the weather can be unpredictable, even in September! 

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

By Daria of The Discovery Nut

The oldest national park in the United States, Yellowstone is also one of the busiest averaging a few million tourists every year. Since the majority of visitors come from June through October, your best bet is to visit Yellowstone in September. Crowds have receded and weather is still warm enough for hiking and enjoying the magnificent scenery. October brings cooler temperatures, which is why September is ideal.

Yellowstone is located in northwestern part of Wyoming and portions of it extend into Idaho and Montana. Just to give you an idea, Yellowstone covers over 3,400 square miles which is more than a combined area of Delaware and Rhode Island. 

If you decide to fly to Yellowstone, your best shot is one of the major cities a few hundred miles away from Yellowstone National Park such as Salt Lake City, Idaho Falls or Bozeman and then rent a car and drive.

Some of the top things to do in Yellowstone is watching Big Faithful, touring the Grand Prismatic Spring, and watching wildlife at Hayden Valley or Lamar Valley. You should try and allot no less than 3 days at Yellowstone as it’s huge and has a lot to offer. For its outdoor activities, it is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September.

Hotel Recommendation

Many visitors who come to Yellowstone stay either at hotels inside the park or at one of the gateway communities such as West Yellowstone in Idaho or Gardiner in Montana. If you are looking to connect to nature and a simpler time, consider Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins in Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1920, the rustic lodge and cabins blend effortlessly into the landscape and are a great launching spot for all of your Yellowstone adventures.

For stays at the Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins, or other options nearby, take a look at this interactive map and the great prices offered by

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

By Lance and Laura of The Travel Addicts

One of the best places to visit in USA in September is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The month of September is festival season in Philly and there are a ton of festivals and events that will capture people’s interests.

Every Labor Day, the city fills with visitors for the Made in America Festival. This giant, urban music festival is set against the backdrop of the famous Art Museum (think the movie Rocky) with the skyscrapers in the background. Curated by Jay-Z and having hosted artists from Cardi B and Kendrick Lamar to The Chainsmokers, this is one of the best music festivals in the country. It is also the perfect time for visitors to experience a weekend in Philadelphia and take in all that the city has offer.

The popular and sometimes downright weird Fringe Festival lasts for the entire month. Events that include film, dance, music and even things that defy description can be found all over town. September also marks the end of two wildly popular summer-long activities: SummerFest and Parks on Tap. Both locals and visitors will try to squeeze a few more days into SummerFest on the Delaware River where food, games, and a giant outdoor roller-skating rink take center stage. Parks on Tap hosts pop-up beer gardens with food trucks in parks throughout the city and benefits the horticultural society.

Meanwhile, foodies head to Kennett Square, just outside of Philly, for the annual mushroom festival. This small town is the mushroom capital of the world, producing more of the delicious fungi than any other place on the planet. At the festival, the love for these delicious morsels can be found in cooking demonstrations and from vendors.

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Savannah, Georgia – Photo courtesy of Elena Pappalardo

Savannah, Georgia

By Elena Pappalardo of The Carry-On Chronicles

Early fall is a wonderful time to visit Savannah, Georgia, as daily temperatures decline along with hotel rates after the summer rush. Although Savannah is filled with things to do year-round, for jazz fans, it’s arguably one of the best places to visit in the USA in September, when the city hosts its free annual jazz festival.

Jazz music is an integral part of the arts culture in Savannah, as the city was home to famous jazz artists like Johnny Mercer. Savannah Jazz is proud to host this and other live performances throughout the year to foster jazz education within the community.

In addition to this highly anticipated festival, Savannah also offers visitors access to a Farmer’s Market in September. This weekly happening is held from 9AM to 1PM in beautiful Forsyth Park. The Forsyth Farmer’s Market aims to support local farmers as well as provide fresh produce to the community.

Those looking to venture a bit beyond the city may enjoy a day trip to Tybee Island, located just a 20-minute drive away. This beautiful barrier island offers its own farmer’s market on Mondays and is a perfect scenic escape from city life. It’s also home to Georgia’s oldest lighthouse as well as family-friendly beaches.

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Seattle, Washington – Photo by Thom Milkovic of Unsplash

Seattle, Washington

By Erica of Trip Scholars

Another of the best places to visit in the USA in September is Seattle, Washington. Indeed, most locals will let their friends and family know that September is the ideal month for traveling to the Emerald City! Summer crowds are gone allowing you to visit the many museums, Pike Place Market, parks, and beaches with ample space to explore. Conveniently, room rates also drop after Labor Day.

September weather is beautiful, averaging 67’-55’ F, with temperatures cooling as the month progresses. Although Seattle leads the nation among major cities with overcast days (averaging 226 days), September is still sunny, often with less than a week of rain sprinkled throughout the whole month. 

September is also a wonderful month for both visitors and locals to enjoy festivals in Seattle. Bumbershoot is one of the nation’s best international music and arts festivals. It takes place every Labor Day weekend in Seattle Center. Another quintessential festival for this maritime city is the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. This takes place towards the end of the month and visitors are treated to free boat rides, viewing of historic boats, and all things nautical. Seattle Fremont Oktoberfest is the perfect choice to celebrate the renowned local craft breweries at the city’s largest beer festival.

During your visit be sure to explore the iconic Pike Place market and then take the stairs or elevator down to sea level and enjoy a day on the waterfront. Take a ferry ride for the most affordable way to get out into Puget Sound. Keep your eyes open for orcas! September is a lovely month to ride up the Space Needle since many of the leaves in the region are putting on a fiery show. (Note that the Skyview Observatory offers a more affordable option to get an aerial view.) Finally, a visit to one of the surrounding National Parks is a must for all nature lovers! 

Hotel Recommendation

Erica says, “Enjoy historic lodging in the heart of the city at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The hotel was built in 1924 and retains a unique old-world charm while boasting many modern amenities and easy access to the main attractions in Seattle.”

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts

By Vicky of Buddy The Travelling Monkey

One of the best places to visit in the USA in September is Martha’s Vineyard. The small island is about 7 miles south of Cape Cod and 70 miles from Boston, on the southeast tip of Massachusetts. The best way to get to Martha’s Vineyard is by ferry. You can transport your vehicle on the ferry, but it is very expensive. A better alternative is to take public transportation while on the island. A day pass with Martha’s Vineyard public transportation is only $10 a person.

September is the perfect time to visit because once Labor Day has come and gone, most of the tourists have left. This shoulder season is a great way to experience the island without the large crowds. This also means that hotel prices will be lower.

While on Martha’s Vineyard, head over to the MV Museum in the village of Vineyard Haven to learn more about the island’s diverse history. There are rare books, photographs, and exhibits about the indigenous history and nautical history of the island.

Next, visit the Gingerbread Cottages in the town of Oak Bluffs. It’s a National Historic Landmark and is spread over 34 acres. There are over 300 cottages and each is unique with different colors and themes. At the end of your evening, travel to the other side of the island to the town of Aquinnah. There you’ll find the Gay Head Lighthouse, built in 1799. Watching the sunset from the lighthouse is the perfect way to end your visit to Martha’s Vineyard.

Sanibel Island, Florida

By Lori of Travlin Mad

There are several US destinations that are the best places to visit in the USA in September, and one of those is Sanibel Island in southwest Florida. It is an ideal location for a family vacay or romantic getaway.

If you’re looking for the quietest time of year without crowds and the absolute best prices in a destination that can get pricey, September is the best month to visit. Hotels offer excellent deals which often include a rental car, and there are no lines or reservations needed for local restaurants.

September weather is warm to hot, with some humidity, and a nice breeze at the shoreline. Typically there’s late afternoon thunderstorms – a perfect time for an afternoon nap – followed by a little cooling down and more fun to follow.

Your first stop should be to the beach to swim in the calm warm waters and scour the beach for sand dollars and seashells. Sanibel has the best shelling in the US, each one that washes ashore more perfect than the last. Take a boat tour to some of the surrounding Florida Gulf Coast Islands like North Captiva and Cabbage Key for lunch and an afternoon of exploring.

For spectacular wildlife viewing, rent a kayak and go paddling in the JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Or opt for a golf cart rental and discover the winding paths from one end of the island to the other.

Getting to Sanibel is easy as well — fly into the Southwest Florida International airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, a 30 minute drive away. The city of Fort Myers is just across the causeway from Sanibel and makes an excellent day trip to visit historic sites and Fort Myers Beach.

Hotel Recommendation

Lori says, “We love the Sanibel Inn, a mid-size family resort located right on the beach and centrally located on the island so everything including beaches, restaurants and the JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge is just a bike ride away. The hotel is a nice blend between larger beach resort and charming cottage.”

For more selection, stay in Fort Myers and explore your accommodation options on the interactive map below.
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San Fransisco, California – Photo courtesy of Sydney

San Fransisco, California

By Sydney of A World In Reach

San Francisco is on the bucket lists of many travellers for a good reason. There is so much to see and do in the City by the Bay, making it a perfect destination for a weekend trip in the United States.

One of the top things to do in San Francisco is to see the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. Get a great view of the bridge from Baker Beach or the Marin Headlands before walking or biking across the bridge. 

Another must-do activity in San Francisco is to take a trip to Alcatraz Island. Tours must be reserved in advance and sell out rather quickly – you can book a ticket online through the National Park Service. Once you arrive on “The Rock,” pick up the guided audio tour and explore the prison, seeing the cellblocks, guard residences, and more.

Other popular activities include seeing the famous Painted Ladies at Alamo Square, hanging out with sea lions at Pier 39, and walking down Lombard Street, the “crookedest street in the world.”

San Fransisco is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September. The weather is dry and warm, but not too hot, with highs in the low 70s. Mornings and evenings can get a bit chilly, so bring a light jacket. There are also lots of events and festivals in San Francisco including the Fringe Festival and the Folsom Street Fair, an 18+ adults-only experience that is not for the faint of heart!

Grand Rapids, Michigan

By Constance of The Adventures of Panda Bear

Located along the Grand River for which the city is named, Grand Rapids, MI, is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September. The temperate to warm weather of early autumn makes it perfect for both outdoor and indoor activities. 

Downtown Grand Rapids is perfect for a stroll when the weather is nice. Explore the Riveredge Trail along the banks of the Grand River and cross the picturesque Blue Bridge, one of the most recognizable landmarks in downtown. Be sure to check out Rosa Parks Circle, located in the center of town, there’s always something happening here.

Beginning in mid-September, Art Prize, an art competition and festival take over the city, with over 160 venues including museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, and more. The city plays host to the event biennially celebrating international and domestic artists working in all types of mediums. The festival is 18 days long and you’ll be able to find artwork throughout the city from the typical museum to vacant storefronts, and even bridges. You’ll be inspired anywhere you look!

There’s nothing that screams fall quite like apple picking. There are quite a few apple orchards surrounding the city, but Schwallier’s Country Basket in nearby Sparta, is one of the best! Throughout the month of September their trees produce a wide variety of apples from the rare Zestar and Cortland to the more popular grocery store varieties such as Gala and Red Delicious, there are multiple types of apples to choose from depending on when you visit. The farm also has a quaint store where you can purchase apple cider and apple cider donuts. 

Hotel Recommendation

Constance says, “CityFlatsHotel is an updated boutique hotel located smack dab in the middle of downtown Grand Rapids, right in the middle of some of the best places to see and eat.”
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Bar Harbor, Maine – Photo courtesy of Miro Vrlik of Unsplash

Bar Harbour, Maine

By James Ian of Parks Collecting

Bar Harbor in Maine is most well-known as the gateway to nearby Acadia National Park, but it is also a wonderful destination in and of itself. Of course, Acadia National Park has amazing hiking and one of the most famous scenic drives in the country. Hike or drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain to see the first sunrise in the United States.

However, there is much more to do. The entire area is a major lobster fishery in the US, and there are plenty of lobster shacks where you can eat incredibly fresh, reasonably priced lobster right by the water. You should also take a local ferry to the nearby Cranberry Islands to explore a tiny New England fishing village and the pebbly beaches along the shoreline.

Bar Harbor is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September because this is when the entire area turns ablaze with the famous New England fall foliage. The trees turn fiery reds, oranges and yellows and it is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see. 

Bar Harbor also hosts the annual Acadia Night Sky Festival at the end of September. There are workshops, speakers, fun experiences, and, of course, star gazing!

If you are visiting earlier in the month, the first half of September is also the blueberry harvest season and there are several blueberry farms nearby where you can pick your own blueberries. Hog Bay Blueberries, just 45 minutes from Bar Harbor, is a good option.

The small regional Bar Harbor Airport (BHB) is 10 miles/20 minutes from Bar Harbor. The nearest major airport (still small) is Bangor International Airport (BGR), which is 50 miles/1.25 hours from Bar Harbor.

Hotel Recommendation

James says, “I love the Acadia Hotel. It’s a former ship captain’s house dating from 1880 that is now a classic boutique hotel right in the heart of Bar Harbor.”
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Gulf Shores, Alabama – Photo courtesy of Lori

Gulf Shores, Alabama

By Lori of Fitz 5 On The Go

Beautiful Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are wonderful beach towns on the Gulf of Mexico with miles of sugary sand beaches. Both cities generally have a laid back, low stress atmosphere. The most popular time to visit these coastal beauties is in the summer but it is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September, just after summer.

Gulf Shores in the summer is hot, very hot. It’s also crowded. Wait times for restaurants can be 1-2 hours and traffic can be miserable. In September, the weather is still warm enough to swim but also pleasant enough to hike and do other activities that are just too hot to be fun in the summer. In September most of the tourists are gone and you can feel like you have miles of white, sandy beaches all to yourself.  You can also go to most restaurants with minimal waits. It’s much more enjoyable.

The one problem with visiting in September is the possibility of hurricanes. August and September seem to be the worst months for a big storm, but that doesn’t mean they happen every year. If a hurricane is heading your way, pay attention to local warnings and have a back-up plan for a different vacation spot.

There are so many fun things to do in Gulf Shores. The most popular activity is going to the beach. Getting a boat rental is a super cool experience. In September you can have Robinson Island all to yourself. The city has many fabulous hiking and walking trails in the Gulf State Park. Shopping, eating and exploring an alligator farm are all fun experiences too.

Hotel Recommendation

Lori says, “Popular places to stay in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach include any of the Pheonix Condos with Pheonix West having the most amenities. Pheonix on Bay has a wonderful lazy river. The Caribe is also a popular choice with lazy river, restaurant and access to one of the more popular beaches.”
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Colorado Springs – Photo Courtesy of Trijit Mallick

Colorado Springs

By Trijit Mallick of Budget Travel Buff

Located in the Pikes Peak area in El Paso County, Colorado Springs is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September. It is not only a popular vacation spot, but because of its affordable median home cost, low cost of living, and quick economical growth, COS has become one of the cheapest places to live in Colorado. The city is just 70 miles away from the nearby popular city of Denver. If you drive through I-25, it will take around 1.5 hours to reach Colorado Springs from Denver. 

Although you can have an enjoyable visit to Colorado Springs throughout the year, September is the month when you will find the perfect temperature (hovers around the 50s and 60s) for outdoor activities, such as exploring hiking trails. In addition, you will get to see the fall foliage in the surrounding mountains. Most importantly, in September, the city is less crowded and you can find some amazing hotel deals.

Needless to say, there are plenty of things to see and do in Colorado Springs all year round. Start your day by exploring downtown. It’s a family-friendly place filled with plenty of local attractions, parks, and museums.

You should also visit “The Garden of The Gods”. People from throughout the country come to visit its stunning rock formations, scenic hiking trails, and the majestic views of Pikes Peak.

After that, you should visit Pikes Peak, 12 miles from the downtown. You can hike the Barr Trail or drive through the Pikes Peak highway to reach the top. I recommend hiking if you visit in September when the trails are filled with wildflowers. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, and rock formations from the top.

Hotel Recommendation

Trijit says, “If you are planning for an overnight stay, Quality Inn South Colorado Springs can be a great choice. It is not that expensive and features spacious clean rooms, free WiFi with all the basic amenities.”

Other great options are also available for different price points. You can use the interactive map below from to find the best accommodation for competitive prices.
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New York City, New York “The Vessel” – Photo courtesy of Nicole Hunter

New York City, New York

By Anisa Alhilali of Two Traveling Texans

There are countless things to do in New York City that are as good to do in September as they are in January. For some fantastic choices, take a look at two articles 10 Unbeatable New York City Attractions and An Action Packed New York City two day Itinerary With Teens. However, New York City is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September in order to participate in a few special events.

For tennis fans, go to the US Open and see some of the best players in the world. There is also the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy where you can get lots of Italian food and free entertainment. You may even be able to get some tickets to a fashion show or two during Fashion Week.

On a more somber note, you can pay your respects and watch the Tribute in Light which is the light display that marks the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. It is beautiful and moving.

Overall, it’s the best time of year to enjoy some of the city’s outdoor attractions like Central Park or the High Line, a park on an old elevated railroad track. Another option is to get out on the water and take a boat tour around the city. If you are looking for something romantic to do in New York City, splurge on a dinner cruise.

For amazing tips for your trip to New York City to keep you safe and help you save money, please see 50 Best New York City Tips For First Time Visitors.

Hotel Recommendation

In my opinion, one of the best areas to find accommodation in New York City is around Times Square. It is such a vibrant fantastic area, walking distance to Broadway Shoes, and many other amazing New York attractions. One of the best places at which I have stayed is the Knickerbocker Hotel, a very posh modern hotel that is also reasonably priced. Check out the prices below or look around Times Square for something better suited to your needs.

Charleston, South Carolina

By Soumya of Stories by Soumya

Charleston is one of the best places to visit in the Southern USA in September. With a rich history, fine antebellum homes, a gorgeous waterfront, and delectable Lowcountry cuisine, Charleston makes for a great vacation destination.

There are tons of interesting things to do in Charleston especially in the month of September. With milder temperatures, lower humidity levels, and lots of exciting festivals, this is the time to visit.

Dig into local food and international delicacies at Charleston Restaurant Week held during the first two weeks of September. Whether you are craving Southern comfort food, some Pad Thai, or Spaghetti a la Carbonara, you will find everything here. 

Attend MOJA Arts Festival, a week-long celebration of African-American and Caribbean Culture. They have an interesting line up of events – classical music, dance, ethnic food, traditional art, gospels, jazz, and so much more.

Take a pleasant walk down the Battery, Charleston’s riverside promenade that was once a defensive bulwark. Right across is Fort Sumter where the Civil War began. Then, explore Charleston’s historic downtown dotted with historic homes, art galleries, and engaging museums. Be sure to take some pictures at the Rainbow Row and pick a sweetgrass basket at the Charleston City Market. 

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Maui, Hawaii – Photo courtesy of Nayeb Faheem

Maui, Hawaii

By Jess of I’m Jess Traveling

If you are looking for a tropical fall getaway, hop on a plane and head to the middle of the Pacific Ocean to the island of Maui. One of the best times to visit Maui is September during its shoulder season because there are less crowds and cheaper accommodations. You don’t sacrifice on weather. Since the Hawaiian Islands sit on the edge of the tropic zone, the temperature is warm all year round with an average temperature of 80°F. 

There are several awesome and epic adventures to have all over the island. A few of the best things to do on Maui are:

  • Drive the road to Hana – 52 miles of one lane bridges and hairpin turns that wind through a lush rainforest dotted with ocean views and road side waterfalls. There are plenty of opportunities to pull over, hike and discover hidden gems.
  • Explore one of Maui’s world class beaches – with over 52 miles of coastline it’s hard not to find the perfect beach. Snorkel and watch from afar as giant turtles swim or boogey board on some crazy fun waves.
  • Sunrise atop Haleakala Crater – a once and a lifetime experience watching the sunrise above the clouds atop a volcano summit at 10,000 feet. Make sure you dress warmly for this early morning experience.

Hotel Recommendations

If you want the best of both worlds – gorgeous beaches and access to some fantastic restaurants in Lahaina – then stay in Kaanapali. There are some beautiful international hotels, and condo rentals there. Check out the interactive map below to find the right accommodation for you.
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Moab, Utah – Photo courtesy of Megan Johnson

Moab, Utah

By Megan Johnson of Red Around the World

Moab, Utah is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September for many good reasons. It’s a mecca for outdoor adventure with some of the best views in Utah a short drive from town. It’s still hot, but not summer hot, the crowds are less than summer crowds, and everything is still open. 

The main things to do in Moab are visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, hike to Corona Arch, and visit Deadhorse Point State Park. But, that is only the tip of the iceberg. If you like seeing rock art (petroglyphs – ancient form of art by carving or chipping at rock surfaces), you can visit Sego Canyon, Bartlett Pictographs, or Intestine Man. You can see dinosaur tracks near Potash Road,

Other fun activities include a drive down Potash Road to see petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks, Highway 128 to see the Colorado River or Fisher Towers, or out to Newspaper Rock.

Hotel Recommendation

Depending on your budget, there are plenty of great places to stay in Moab. For those with a higher budget, take a look at the Wingate by Wyndham Moab. There are also more budget friendly options, such as The Lazy Lizard Hostel and Moab Under Canvas. For both luxury or budget friendly choices, check out the interactive map below from

Boise, Idaho

By Christina of Live A Wilder Life

Boise, Idaho, has been slowly rising in the ranks to become one of the coolest cities in the US. No longer an obscure city associated with potatoes, Boise, Idaho, is a hip, thriving city that’s perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors and discovering new up-and-coming cities.

Boise is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September since the 100 degree summers will have cooled down, but not so cold that you can’t tube or swim in the Boise River. It’s also when the large indie music festival Treefort takes over downtown Boise. Different “forts” pop up, and you can visit Foodfort, Alefort, Comedyfort, Kidfort, Yogafort, Storyfort, and more.

When visiting Boise, you’ll want to check out the Boise River Greenbelt, a 25-mile paved path that takes you along the Boise River with stop-off points at popular museums, parks, and hip neighborhoods. Rent a bike downtown or walk down the beautiful, tree-lined path. Boise has an emerging food and craft beer scene, so head out to The Wylder for the best pizza in Boise and Payette Brewing for the best brewery in Boise. Before you leave, make time to check out the walkable downtown area, including Freak Alley, the largest outdoor mural gallery in the Northwest. 

Hotel Recommendation

Christina says, “A great hotel in Boise is the  Grove Hotel located in Downtown Boise. It offers free bikes, has a delicious restaurant, a pool, and a free airport shuttle. It’s perfect for anyone who wants excellent walkability.”
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Chicago, Illnois – Photo courtesy of Sawyer Bengtson

Chicago, Illnois

By Patti of The Savvy Globetrotter

Chicago is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September because it has the perfect mix of good weather and fun outdoor events, including several large music festivals.

The weather in Chicago can be very cold and snowy in the winter, hot and humid in the summer and unpredictable in the fall and spring. September is the month that tends to have the best weather. It is one of driest months and the temperature is usually hot enough to enjoy warm weather activities (such as dining outside and hanging out at the many beaches, parks and green spaces) with fewer crowds.

One of the best things to do in Chicago in September is taking an architecture river cruise. You can enjoy the beautiful skyline and learn about the history of the city. Afterwards, the Chicago Riverwalk, a 1.25-mile long path along the Chicago River in the middle of the city, is a great for a walk and watch all the river activity.

September is also a great time to eat and drink at outdoor patios and rooftops before the temperature gets too cold. More fun things to do include shopping at farmers markets, going to baseball games (Chicago has two Major league teams – Cubs and Chicago White Socks), and checking out street art. As always, consider exploring popular outdoor attractions such as Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Lakefront.

Hotel Recommendation

Two of my favourite hotels in Chicago are the all-suites Omni Chicago Hotel and the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, both of which are on or beside the Magnificent Mile. This is one of the best areas to stay for fantastic restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions. For current prices and other great accommodation options nearby, take a look the map below.
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Glacial National Park – Photo courtesy of Alex

Glacier National Park, Montana

By Alex of Alex On The Map

As someone who grew up right in the area, I highly recommend planning your Glacier National Park itinerary for September. You’ll want to fly into Glacier International Airport (FCA) located between the towns of Kalispell and Whitefish, and you’ll be more likely to find a rental car than during the busier summer months. The next closest international airport is Sea-Tac in Seattle.

I recommend checking out the Highline Trail for some spectacular views of Logan Pass. You’ll start to see some of the foliage change at that point, and it’s a bit cooler during the day. A dip in Lake McDonald is surprisingly warm since it’s been baking under the summer sun for a season. Finally, I recommend taking advantage of emptier camping sites and enjoying a night under the stars.

Every year, Glacier gets busier and busier with tourists packing the park during the summer months. It is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September for a more peaceful experience. You are able to enjoy the park with quieter trails and Montana’s lovely fall weather.

Hotel Recommendation

Alex says, “I recommend staying at Glacier Under Canvas for its proximity to the park. The beds are also heavenly and it almost feels like you’re not camping!”

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By Martin Soto of Travel Explorator

Milwaukee is Wisconsin’s largest city and home to about 590,000+ people. It has a mix of various restaurants, nightlife options, and fun festivals that occur throughout the year. It is one of the best places to visit in the USA in September as there are a few notable annual festivals that happen. In addition, it’s the perfect opportunity for tourists to visit and experience Milwaukee’s unique culture.

If you’re a huge fan of art, then you’ll love Milwaukee’s downtown Third Ward Art festival that occurs on Labor Day Weekend. You’ll get a great experience seeing works of art from Milwaukee artists that involve painting, digital media, ceramics, and much more. During this month, you also have the Mexican Independence festival that occurs on the South Side of Milwaukee. In addition, the Indian Summer festival is held and consists of Native American foods, music, and dances. 

Although Milwaukee has more than enough festivals to keep you busy in September, you can also visit interesting museums like the Harley Davidson Museum or Discovery World, an interactive Science and Technology Center designed to inspire.

Also, even though Wisconsin is very cold in the winter, things are still warm in Milwaukee during September with an average high temperature of 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hotel Recommendation

Martin says, “For a hotel, I would recommend The Pfister Hotel. It’s one of Milwaukee’s most famous hotels and it’s also in the heart of downtown. There are also all sorts of restaurants and bars near the area, so it’s great with so many things close by.”

Nashville, Tennessee

By Dymabroad

One of the best places to visit in the USA in September is the city of Nashville. During the second week of September, the Tennessee State Fair is held. There are many attractions and exhibits here, which makes it very fun! In addition, the Courtyard Concert Series is held at the Public Library where you can enjoy free live music at lunch. Besides that, there are many other events and festivals this month, including many ones related to country music, such as Opry Country Classics. During it, you can listen to good country music at Ryman Auditorium. Ryman Auditorium is very famous, which makes the event more special.

No matter which month you visit, one of the best things to do in Nashville is visit the Grand Ole Opry House. This is a very famous venue for performances and it played a large role in making country music popular. You should also explore Centennial Park, a beautiful park located in downtown Nashville. Here, you will find the Parthenon, a replica of the Parthenon in the city of Athens, Greece, which is pretty cool to see. Don’t forget your camera. There are many instagrammable places in Nashville.

Hotel Recommendation

Dymabroad recommends “Bobby Hotel Nashville, a beautiful hotel with great views”.
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