September often marks the end of the peak travel season to popular destinations around the world, but for anyone who’s able to dodge the back-to-school reality, this is a prime travel month. Traveling in September, you’ll experience energetic festivals, shorter entrance lines, cooler temperatures, and the sweet smells of autumn.
Pack your suitcase and get ready to experience the beautiful fall colors, pleasant weather, and electric festivals with these September vacations.
Weather: 80 ℉ – 48 ℉
Sit down and savor your croissant and espresso while you enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower. France is always a popular vacation choice, but September can be a special time of the year. The leaves are changing colors and you’ll appreciate taking your sightseeing tours without all the humidity and heat. As the summer crowds begin to thin out, you can go at your own pace taking in the museums and other attractions that are still operating with summer hours; giving you extra time to wonder the Louvre.
Weather: 79 ℉ – 65 ℉
Grab your wine glass and head to Spain in September to experience all the harvest celebrations. It’s the perfect time to catch a game of fútbol at Camp Nou in Barcelona or Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid. No matter which stadium you visit, you’ll get a true sense of the culture. Spaniards love football, and going to a game in country will be an experience you’ll never forget.
Weather: 68 ℉ – 59 ℉
Put on your hiking shoes and pull out your camera! You won’t want to miss these shots of Machu Picchu. September in Peru means blue skies, sunny days, warmer weather, and plenty of activities to choose from. You can experience the snow as you ski the Andes, sandboard in the desert in Huacachina Oasis, watch the penguins at Ballestas Islands, hike to the bottom of the deepest canyons in the world, Cañón del Colca and Cañón del Cotahuasi, or taste test all the local cuisine all while the chill of winter is wearing off.
South Africa –
Weather: 91 ℉ – 66 ℉
Get those binoculars ready, because you won’t want to miss anything on this trip to South Africa. September welcomes a sweet relief to the summer heat, animals will be grazing, locals will be out enjoying the town, and you’ll get to experience it all. Head to the coast where you can soak up the sun or wade in the ocean, jump on a safari tour to see the lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, leopards, and rhinos, or party with the locals in the stunningly beautiful Cape Town. Whichever you choose, you won’t regret this September vacation.