September feels a bit like a fresh start. Kids are back in school (hopefully). Lucky ducks with seasonal vacation homes have returned. And those of you with flexible schedules can have all the best travel spots to yourselves. That is music to my ears, especially right now.
You’ll find fewer crowds at places that have been relatively busy all summer—think national parks, beach towns and popular vacation areas. For much of the country, it’ll be paired with spectacular weather. If you’re able to travel in September, do it. It's one of the best months to explore.
Of course, it's more important than ever to do your homework before traveling. Make sure you have all your accommodations booked before going, and look up local health & safety mandates. Bring your mask, pack extra hand sanitizer, and don't skip a bathroom opportunity when one presents itself.
That said, if you want to enjoy one of the least busy travel months, here are a few trips to consider.
With Covid-19 on everyone’s mind, outdoor vacations have never been more appealing. That’s why a trip to one of the country’s 62 national parks topped travel excursions between Memorial Day and Labor Day. If you crave a little more solitude, take your trip in September. You’ll slip in after kids go back to school, but before the fall colors tourists hit. In many parks, weather tends to still be warm, but not oppressively so, and everything from rental cars to accommodations tend to put less pressure on the pocketbook.
A few parks to consider:
Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Great Smokey Mountains, Glacier, Zion, Acadia
With the arrival of autumn, the crowds are gone, prices are low, and cooler temps mean you probably won't end up looking like a lobster at the day's end. In fall, I love a long stroll on the shore, or planting a chair in the sand and losing myself in a great book. Paired with lower hotel rates and generally less busy restaurants, I say there's a great argument for saving your beach vacation until fall.
A few of our favorite fall beach destinations:
Marco Island, Destin, Riviera Maya, Maui
September is one of our favorite times to visit the Disney parks thanks to low crowds. In addition to the low crowds, you have the delicious Epcot International Food & Wine Festival happening and the new Boo Bash after hours event at Magic Kingdom Park. Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is in full swing with their new Oogie Boogie Bash event happening on select nights through October.
Fireworks are also back at the Disney parks so now is a fantastic time to celebrate with family and loved ones.
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