Fall is the time of year that everyone associates with the bustle of the back-to-school season. But for savvy travelers, it is the best time to find great deals and explore beautiful locations without crowds of tourists. Not only are prices cheaper during fall and the crowds less, but the cooler weather also ensures plenty of spectacular landscapes.
The cheaper airfares and hotel costs during September and following months mean that more destinations around the world are accessible without stretching your budget too far. Here are some of the best places to travel in fall for an affordable yet unforgettable experience!
San Diego, California
A trip to San Diego during September will give you a chance to enjoy the last of the summer weather while trying all the outdoor recreation on offer. There are 70 miles of pristine beaches, numerous parks and gardens as well as other popular attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, to visit. The weather also makes it a great time of the year to take on the many hiking and backpacking trails in the city. Thanks to its location, it is also the ideal place from which to take a day trip to Tijuana, which is just across the border.
There is no better way to explore Rome than on foot, which makes it a wonderful destination during the fall. Unfortunately, there will still be tourists around soaking up the sights and wonderful weather, but the crowds will at least be a lot more manageable during September. In addition to the slightly cooler weather, it also remains light outside fairly late, which makes strolling around the city in the evening more delightful. Go to Rome early in September for mid-season rates on hotels and to experience the re-awakening of the town before the high season. You’ll also be able to visit the Roman Forum and Pantheon without the usual long queues to get in, making it one of the best places to travel in fall.
One of the most compelling reasons to travel to Barcelona during September is the fact that it is the month of La Mercè. This is an official holiday that sees the city come alive with many free indoor and outdoor events. It is also the perfect time of the year to view the city from its famed rooftop terraces before they are closed, and the lower airfare to the city during September makes it an even more attractive proposition.
September is a great time to visit Paris because you can see the city come back to life after the annual holiday many French take in August. The weather is nice in Paris during this time of the year, and you will benefit from the decreased hotel fares as the peak tourist season winds down. In addition to experience the sights and sounds of the city, it is also the ideal time to indulge in opera, ballet, theater and other cultural activities in Paris.
Portland is another coastal town that is a lot more pleasant to visit during September when the summer crowds are no longer everywhere. Visit after Labor Day to take advantage of the lower hotel rates, and since the weather stays nice until at least the end of September, you can try a range of outdoor activities. These include exploring the lively harbor, checking out all the lighthouses or simply having fun on the water. If you are looking for one of the best places to travel in fall, Portland should definitely be on your list!
Experiencing the beauty of Ireland during September can save you a lot of money as the average airfares to Dublin drops quite a bit during this time of the year. Hotel prices also fall during September, leaving you with more money to enjoy the numerous art and theater festivals that begin in this month. From the Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Oktoberfest Dublin and more, there are no shortage of key events to experience.
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Mexico City, Mexico
Although Mexico City is busy right around the year, when going in September you have the benefit of perfect weather for exploring. Fall is also the time of the year when you can experience well-known Mexico City events, such as the Day of the Dead and Independence Day. Since it is considered low season, you’ll also be able to find more affordable accommodation from which to check out the sights and sounds of the city.
Istanbul has three things going for savvy travelers during the month of September: less crowds, lower rates and spectacular weather. The city tends to be almost too hot during the summer and freezing during the winter, so from September to November you’ll experience the most comfortable weather. All of this, as well as the spectacular landscape, makes Istanbul one of the best places to travel in fall.
Auckland, New Zealand
September marks the arrival of spring in New Zealand, so you can expect plenty of sunshine as well as lots of flowers in bloom. Hotel prices and airfare are also much more affordable during this time of the year, which is worth the trade-off for the occasional bit of rain. Auckland is one of the best coastal cities in the world to visit, with Piha and Waiheke being some of the best beaches to relax at. For more physical activities, you can also visit Mount Eden, which is a dormant volcano.
During September, most of the crowds have left Cappadocia but the pleasant weather still remains. This gives you a great opportunity to visit attractions such as the Goreme Open Air Museum or simply relax at the beach. September to November is autumn in Cappadocia, so you’ll be avoiding the sweltering summer heat and the snowy winter temperatures. There area has no shortage of hotels to choose from, but the opportunity to sleep in one of the cave hotels should not be missed.