5 Best September Vacation Spots for the Last Days of Summer

While it often gets a bad reputation as the end to summer, September is a great time to get away. Crowds are fewer, the weather is mild, and deals are easy to come by. Whether you’re looking for a quiet spot for a romantic getaway since the kids are back in school, a gorgeous backdrop for fall foliage or a bucket list trip to Europe, here are our favorite September destinations:

Best September Vacation Spots

Charleston’s Islands, South Carolina

The beaches of Charleston’s Islands are still the perfect temperature for a September retreat. The warm weather and quiet coast are worth the trip alone, but you’ll also have easy access to Charleston’s attractions and popular foodie festivals like Charleston Restaurant Week and the Taste of Charleston. If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, you’ll have the best of city and sand without the crowds. Get a deal on a vacation rental to call home for the week.

Summer in Smoky Mountains

Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains

Visit this popular mountain town in September, before the peak of the fall tourist season starts in October. Depending on the season, you might get a glimpse of the fall color change at higher altitudes toward the end of the month. Regardless, fewer crowds make hiking the country’s most popular national park more enjoyable. You can also check out festivals like Oktoberfest at Ober and Gatlinburg’s annual Taste of Autumn event. Stay in a private rental cabin to relax over stunning views.

Travel to Orlando in the Fall

Orlando, Florida

Looking for Orlando vacation ideas? With most kids back to school, September’s an ideal time for hitting the theme parks. Whether you’re gathering up a group of friends for some magic or treating your little ones to a fairytale, you’ll enjoy cooler temperatures and shorter lines – both of which can make a world of difference when you’re visiting the parks. Even better, September vacation season marks the start of two can’t miss events: the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Save money by staying near the parks in a rental villa.

Best Time to Travel to Colorado

Telluride, Colorado

With colorful foliage and fun festivals, Telluride is more than just a famed ski destination. In September, you’ll find gorgeous hiking and biking trails to explore while enjoying the crisp mountain air. Thanks to fewer crowds, it’s also a great time to spot wildlife like elk, moose and mountain lions. September also plays host to the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and the star-studded Telluride Film Festival, must-dos if you’re in town. Browse rental homes nestled in the box canyon.

September Vacation Ideas

Dubrovnik, Croatia

If you’re itching to cross an international spot off your bucket list, Croatia is an affordable place to visit, especially in the fall. The September weather is still warm but summer crowds have gone, so you’ll be able to enjoy the beaches and attractions at your leisure. With Game of Thrones now in its seventh season, you’ll also want to make sure you visit some of the filming locations in Dubrovnik, which helped bring Kings Landing to life. Get an authentic taste for the area by staying in a rental home.

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