Vacation plans tend to appeal to a different demographic profile as summer transitions to fall in September. With the school year in full swing, the travel industry starts making room for a more mature crowd, including retirees, childless couples, and empty-nesters. (That doesn’t mean there’s no room at the inn for young’uns, just that they’re not the primary targets of the most popular vacation spots.) If you’re in the market for great September vacation destinations in the United States, consider the following possibilities:
- Honolulu, HI. September offers Honolulu an affordable sweet spot between the summer heat and the flock of winter snowbirds. Beach lovers will think they’re in paradise, folks who prefer land to water will find plenty of ways to fritter away their days, and even bargain-hunters will be thrilled. Once the sun goes down, the options continue to open up.
- Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, NV. It’s difficult to describe Burning Man to the uninitiated, but suffice it to say that the project, which runs from August 26 to September 2 this year, is a cultural touchstone to a wide range of people. While protective of its image, Burning Man invites everyone and anyone to shed their preconceptions and simply participate in whatever way they choose (within reason, of course). If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, Burning Man fits the bill.
Portland, ME. This cozy little city on the Atlantic offers September visitors quick relief from sweltering summer climes and a perfect launching point for leaf-peeping tours into the northern woods of Maine. For more adventurous travelers, Portland offers beach fun, mountain-biking trips, rapids kayaking, and more. Whatever you choose to do, at the end of the day, you’ll find delicious food throughout the city.
- San Diego, CA. Experienced tourists consider September “the ideal time to visit” San Diego, and for good reason: The crowds dwindle that month, but the weather is always beautiful, and the average ocean temperature peaks around then. The San Diego Zoo remains a year-round draw for young and old alike, and the city hosts San Diego Restaurant Week from September 15-20, featuring discounted meal prices from $10-40 at over 180 restaurants in San Diego County.
Savannah, GA. Named in 2010 as Travel & Leisure’s best city to visit in the fall (and one of the most affordable destinations in the country), Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city, offering vacationers a plethora of sights to see that date back to 1733. With popular B&Bs, inns, and travel experiences that rank among the best in the country, Savannah’s southern charm and cultural hot spots are sure to please even the most veteran travelers.
When you’re ready to make plans to visit these or any other top September vacation destinations, be sure to book your travel through Travel Plus, where you can earn 5% cash back on reservations and enjoy cash-back rebates on airline, hotel, rental-car, and Wi-Fi services. Bon voyage!