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26 Best Countries to Visit in September Around the World in 2024

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Here is our list of the best countries to visit in September, no matter where you are in the world!

Wondering which are the best destinations to visit in September? This will vary greatly from one person to another depending upon what one is looking for in a holiday.

Are you looking for a tropical climate, lots of things to do, off season prices with fewer crowds, unique festivals in September, nature, wildlife spotting or adventure?

As fulltime travellers, this is something we are constantly needing to research and consider when doing our travel planning. We like to slow travel and we are on a budget, so we try to choose destinations where it is the low to shoulder season. In most cases, this means less tourists, lower prices and more bang-for-our-buck when it comes to booking accommodation.

No matter what your requirements and desires, here is our round up of 26 of the best countries to visit in September in the world. With an extensive number of options, travellers are spoilt for choice and there is something there to suit every type of traveller!

Best Countries to Visit in September in Asia

Are you planning to visit Asia in September? Check out our list of the best places to travel in September in Asia and enjoy your holiday like never before.

1. South Korea in September

Contributed by Zhen at ‘A Love Letter to Asia’

a traditional wooden house in seoul, korea, one of the Best Countries to Visit in September
A traditional wooden house (hasok) in Seoul, Korea

Enjoy Korean Culture Without the Crowds

  1. Korea is a beautiful country but the weather is quite extreme. Hot and muggy in summer, freezing in winter, and lots of air pollution in spring. September offers cooler weather with better quality air, making it an ideal time to visit!
  2. It’s not peak tourist season, so you will be able to sightsee more comfortably, and not have to squeeze with the crowd! (Seoul is 1 of the most densely populated cities in the world.)
  3. Chuseok, one of the most important Korean festivals, often falls in September. It’s based on the lunar calendar so the date changes every year. e.g. 9-11 Sep in 2022 vs 28-30 Sep 2023. You’ll get to experience a traditional Korean festival if you visit then!

Located in East Asia, Korea is an ideal place to visit in fall. If you’ve been seduced by Netflix K-dramas and K-pop, this is the best time to visit! Korea is a highly modernised country, so you won’t miss out on your creature comforts there i.e. there is free Wi-Fi almost everywhere.

However, it has also preserved many of its traditions and you’ll be awed by its colourful history, which shines through in its architecture and 11 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Plus, food, taxis and skincare are relatively inexpensive here, compared to Japan.

Weather in Korea In September: 

  • It’s the start of fall: the days are still long, but the weather is the perfect temperature to see the top attractions, being neither too hot nor too cold! 
  • Temperatures range from 17°C | 63°F to 26°C | 78 °F. 
  • Days are often bright, warm and sunny, but you might need a sweater in the evening.
  • Thankfully, the air is at its clearest, with the best air quality during this time (great for photography as there’s less air dust).
  • Do note that September marks the end of Korea’s typhoon season, so do check the weather forecast before heading out.

Things to Do in Korea in September: 

  • Obviously, no visit to Korea is complete without seeing Seoul! From the food markets such as Gwangjang Market of Netflix fame, to the beautiful historic palaces, there’s something to delight everyone here.
  • Visit Korea’s second largest city, Busan, home to Korea’s most famous beach, Haeundae. For K-pop lovers, you’ll be keen to know that 2 BTS members hail from Busan!
  • Take the train from Seoul to Jeonju. Jeonju literally translates to “Perfect Region” so you can expect to be amazed here! At Jeonju Hanok village, you can see over 750 well-preserved Korean traditional houses (hanok.) And, it’s also Korea’s capital of gastronomy, being where bibimbap was invented.
  • Fly to Jeju Island. Often marketed as Korea’s answer to Hawaii, the volcanic island is very different to the rest of Korea. It is full of beautiful natural attractions, from South Korea’s tallest mountain (Hallasan) to its beautiful beaches. Plus, the food in Jeju is amazing- the best I’ve had in my 8 trips to Korea!
  • From Jeju, take a short ferry ride to an even smaller island, Udo Island (literally cow island.) This tiny place is actually a lava plateau, and you’ll have the opportunity to rent the cutest colourful scooters to explore.

Events / Festivals in Korea in September: 

  • Chuseok – Also known as the mid-autumn harvest festival, Chuseok is one of Korea’s most important holidays. It is a major Korean festival and everyone will be travelling then, resulting in full trains and traffic jams. It’s the best time to learn about Korean history, culture and eat special festival foods!
  • Gyeongbokgung Palace at night– September is one of the two times a year that the majestic Gyeongbokgung Palace is open at night. You’ll be amazed by how beautiful it looks under the stars!

2. Vietnam in September

Contributed by Karen at ‘Outdoor Adventure Sampler’

rice fields in the countryside in sapa, vietnam
Trekking in Sapa

Best Time for Trekking Adventures in Sapa

  1. The scorching heat of summer is gone by September
  2. September is the shoulder season, so crowds have thinned at tourist attractions
  3. World famous beaches beckon in September

Vietnam is located in southeast Asia, bordered by the South China Sea and Gulf of Tonkin to the east, China to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the west.

The natural landscapes and colonial history make Vietnam an ideal location to visit in September. World Heritage sites such as Ha Long Bay, the ancient streets of Hoi An, and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park are less crowded.

Vietnamese people are friendly and will lavish you with attention in the less touristy season. Prices for accommodation and excellent cuisine in Vietnam are very affordable.

Weather in Vietnam In September:

  • September marks the end of the summer with cooler temperatures particularly in the north. September can be rainy as it straddles the monsoon season.
  • Daytime temperatures range from 23 degrees to 31 degrees Celsius / 73 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the region

Things to Do in Vietnam in September:

  • Trekking adventures in Sapa are fantastic in September as you walk by rice paddies and water buffalo in the misty mountains.
  • The huge limestone mountains of the Ninh Binh area can be seen on a traditional boat rowed through caves and by temples.
  • Visit the vibrant city of Hanoi with its magnificent lakes and pagodas, outstanding cuisine, and bustling markets.
  • Take a cruise on Ha Long Bay during the latter part of the month. Admire the karst mountains and the floating villages along the way.

Events / Festivals in Vietnam in September:

  • The National Day of Vietnam occurs on September 2 to commemorate independence from Japan and France. Parades, flag waving, speeches, and fireworks mark this most important holiday in Vietnam.

3. Japan in September

Contributed by Alyse at ‘The Invisible Tourist’

a temple on a hill in japan with blue skies. Japan is a great place to Visit in September
Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto

Great Month to See Mt Fuji

  1. Start of autumn, with 20 sunny days on average.
  2. Fewer crowds at major tourist attractions.
  3. Low-season rates due to being the shoulder season.

Located in east Asia, the island nation of Japan is lovely to visit during September. Known for preserving traditions, embracing futuristic technologies and celebrating natural scenery in distinct seasons, Japan has become one of the world’s top tourist destinations in recent years.

As such, certain months can become extremely overcrowded with visitors (especially the cherry blossoms in early spring and autumn foliage of late November), leaving September as a great time to visit during the shoulder season.

Weather in Japan In September:

  • Early autumn, one of the most pleasant times to visit.
  • Temperatures range from 18 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius / 64 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit on average.
  • Days can still be quite warm, but can get cool in the evenings.
  • Chances of seeing Mt Fuji are higher in late September as the humidity and cloud cover decrease.

Things to Do in Japan in September:

  • Head to Fujinomiya, one of the best places in Japan to visit , to see Mt Fuji without the crowds (and climb before the season ends if you wish!
  • Enjoy watching the Grand Sumo Tournament, only held 3 times per year in Tokyo.
  • Witness the higanbana phenomenon in Saitama, where stunning red spider lilies bloom in their millions to signify early autumn’s arrival.
  • If you’re visiting Hokkaido in the country’s north, don’t miss the first Japanese maple trees transitioning from green to red.
  • Experience a Halloween party at Universal Studios in Osaka from mid-September.

Events / Festivals in Japan in September:

  • See the incredible Seiryu-e Dragon Festival at Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. As one of the city’s oldest temples, this iconic festival held in mid-September is free and includes a procession through the surrounding streets holding a dancing dragon figure. With traditional instruments playing in the background, a priest and pole bearers dress in period costume and chant to the music. The festival honours the Blue Dragon, believed to guard Kyoto’s borders in the Buddhist religion.

4. Indonesia in September

Contributed by Campbell at ‘Stingy Nomads’

the perfect time to visit is september to see manta rays off the coast of komodo island, indonesia
Manta Rays, Komodo Island

Great Snorkelling and Scuba Diving

  1. It is the dry season with good weather
  2. Conditions for scuba diving in Indonesia are good in many locations at this time.
  3. It is outside the peak holiday season so popular locations won´t be too busy.

Indonesia is the biggest island country in the world. Located in Southeast Asia, the country is made up of more than 17,000 islands. Visiting Indonesia is a fantastic island-hopping adventure. The country has breath-taking nature and is home to spectacular coral reefs, pristine beaches, and wild jungles. 

 Weather in Indonesia In September: 

  • The weather across the different islands can vary greatly at all times. There are two seasons, the wet season and the dry season.
  • September is the dry season in Indonesia.
  • Temperatures range between 23°C (73°F) to 30°C (86°F).
  • It is a great season to visit beautiful beaches, go trekking, and go scuba diving.

Things to Do in Indonesia in September: 

  • Visit the ancient Hindu complex of Prambanan from Yogyakarta on Java island.
  • Scuba dive with mola at Nusa Penida from Padang Bai in Bali.
  • Snorkel with manta rays around Nusa Penida from Kuta in Bali.
  • See the Komodo Dragons from Labuan Bajo on Flores.
  • Stay in Medan to see the orangutans of Bukit Lawang in Sumatra.

Events / Festivals in September:

  • The Lake Toba Festival in North Sumatra featuring music, arts and crafts, and traditional sports competitions takes place in September at Lake Toba.

5. Singapore in September

Contributed by Abbie & Jack at ‘A Couples Calling’

the Supertree Grove of manmade trees at Gardens by the Bay, singapore, one of the best countries to visit in september
Gardens by the Bay – the Supertree Grove

Enjoy Amazing Cuisine

  1. The weather is extremely favourable
  2. Plenty of events taking place in the city
  3. Slightly fewer crowds 

Singapore is located off the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It’s bordered by Malaysia to the North and the Singapore Strait to the South. Famous as being one of the most futuristic cities in Southeast Asia, this country has a lot to offer. Here, you’ll find diverse cultures, delicious food, and impressive architecture, along with a whole host of things to do! 

Weather in Singapore In September: 

  • Autumn Season
  • Temperatures range from 25 degrees Celsius to 32 degrees Celsius / 77 Fahrenheit to 89 Fahrenheit 
  • Humidity can be high at this time of year, but temperatures do drop during the evening
  • The city can experience up to 18 days of rainfall during September 

Things to Do in Singapore in September: 

  • Gardens by the Bay is one of the most popular attractions in the city and requires at least a couple of hours to explore.
  • At the top of Marina Bay Sands, there are several rooftop bars where you can grab a drink and enjoy the views.
  • Universal Studios is a popular theme park that offers a variety of run rides and attractions. 
  • When it comes to relaxing experiences, Singapore Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to take a walk in nature.
  • Singapore Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals and plays an important role in conservation through its wildlife projects. 
  • Visit one of the many hawker centres in the city to try the local cuisine. 

Events / Festivals in Singapore in September: 

  • Singapore Grand Prix – The Grand Prix typically takes place in September annually. Accompanying the race is often a variety of events and musical acts so there’s something for everyone.

6. Thailand in September

Contributed by Us (Peta and Jonas) at ‘Exit45 Travels’

rock formation at the end of the beach in koh smaui, thailand. Thailand is one of the best places to visit in september
Southern End of Lamai Beach, Koh Samui

Best Area to Visit are Islands on the East Coast

  1. September is the tourist low season
  2. Enjoy lower prices and fewer crowds at popular tourist attractions
  3. September is a month filled with weird and wonderful celebrations in Thailand, such as the Shrimp Parade.

Thailand, in Southeast Asia, is a popular destination for its breathtaking beaches and pristine waters. In September, visitors have the opportunity to unwind on sandy shores or partake in exhilarating water activities like snorkelling or scuba diving. With a variety of options available, Thailand caters to all preferences during this time.

Thailand offers a range of vibrant and bustling cities, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai, that are filled with ancient temples, mouth-watering street food, and lively nightlife. Moreover, the country is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, boasting countless historical sites and landmarks for visitors to discover.

Thailand is a destination that offers a delightful combination of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and warm hospitality from friendly and welcoming Thai people. Their warm and friendly nature will ensure that your visit is truly memorable. If you are looking for a place that encompasses all these aspects, Thailand should definitely be on your travel list.

Weather in Thailand in September: 

  • September is usually the wettest month of the year, so not ideal for beach lovers.
  • Temperatures range from 23 degrees to 32 degrees Celsius / 73 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Thunderstorms are not unusual due to the high humidity.
  • Heavy rains and rough seas on the west coast of Thailand i.e. Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Phi Phi Islands.
  • The east coast i.e. Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan; are your best bet if you want islands and beaches, but expect rain towards the end of the month.
  • Rainfall starts to decline in Northern Thailand.

Things to Do in Thailand in September: 

  • Visit Bangkok without the crowds and see the Grand Palace and Temple of the Reclining Buddha, but be prepared with rain gear.
  • No visit to Chiang Mai is complete without meandering through the Night Markets or a visit to Doi Suthep temple.
  • Chiang Rai and Pai in Northern Thailand will be wet, but the scenery is beautiful in these mountain locations in October.
  • If you are looking to visit a beach, Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangnan in the east are good options. Enjoy the outdoors in the morning when the sun is shining, and if it rains in the afternoon, treat yourself to a massage or go shopping.
  • Foe those that enjoy surfing, head to the beaches of Phuket such as Kata Beach and Kamala Beach.
  • Learn how to cook one of the many traditional Thai food dishes by taking a cooking class.
  • Enjoy a massage, or even better still, treat yourself to a Day Spa Experience.

Events / Festivals in Thailand in September:

  • Salak Yorm Festival – In Lamphun province, unmarried young women will offer a Salak Yom tree as an offering to the Buddha.
  • The Shrimp Parade – This festival takes place in Kaeng Lamduan in Udon Ratchathani province. You’ll be fascinated by the sight of more than 100,000 shrimp parading upstream.

7. Cambodia in September

Contributed by Us (Peta and Jonas) at ‘Exit45 Travels’

ruins of a temple at ankor wat, siem reap, cambodia. Cambodia is the perfect destination to visit in september

Temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap

  1. Beautiful and green thanks to the rain and sunshine
  2. Low season prices and less tourists
  3. Great time for visiting temples as long as you don’t mind getting a little wet.

Visiting Cambodia in southeast Asia in September offers a unique experience for travellers seeking to explore this captivating country. Despite the possibility of occasional rain showers, the lush landscapes and vibrant cultural scene make it an enchanting time to visit.

Exploring Cambodia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Angkor Wat, in September can be especially rewarding. The temples are surrounded by lush greenery, providing a stunning backdrop for photography enthusiasts.

-Plus, with fewer tourists compared to peak season months, you can fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of these ancient structures.

While road conditions may occasionally be affected by rain during this time, it is still possible to navigate around Cambodia with proper planning. Flying within the country or opting for organized tours can help minimize any potential disruptions.

Overall, September presents a wonderful opportunity to discover Cambodia’s rich history, vibrant traditions, and breath-taking landscapes. Whether you’re exploring ancient temples or savouring delicious Khmer cuisine, your visit to Cambodia in September is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.

Weather in Cambodia in October: 

  • The weather during this time is hot, rainy and high humidity levels.
  • Expect rain, especially in coastal regions, however showers normally last only a short while.
  • The average temperatures are between 25°C to 31°C / 77°F to 89°F.

Things to Do in Cambodia in October: 

  • Great time to explore the stunning temples of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap with fewer tourists.
  • Visit the historical sights of the Royal Palace and the National Museum in the capital city of Phnom Penh.
  • Learn about the not-too-distant history of the Khmer Rouge regime by visiting Prison 21 / Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, and the Killing Fields.
  • Great time to visit Tonle Sap when the water of the Mekong River becomes so powerful, the lake’s size increases to about 15,000 km squared with a depth of 8 metres.

Best Places to Visit in September in The Caribbean

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8. Aruba in September

Contributed by Alexa at ’52 Perfect Days’

natural pools amongst the cliff face in aruba, one of the Best Countries to Visit in September
Aruba Natural Pool

Best Time to Visit With a Budget

  1. Pleasant Weather: Aruba is warm and sunny in September, making it an ideal time to enjoy the beautiful beaches and outdoor activities without extreme heat.
  2. Fewer Crowds: September falls within Aruba’s low tourist season, meaning fewer crowds and a more relaxed atmosphere.
  3. Budget-Friendly: With lower hotel rates and deals on tours and activities, September offers a budget-friendly opportunity to experience the island of Aruba.

Located in the Caribbean, Aruba is a picturesque island renowned for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture. The island’s unique blend of Dutch and Caribbean influences can be seen in its architecture, cuisine, and local traditions.

In September, Aruba experiences warm and sunny days, perfect for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts.

Things to Do in Aruba in September:

  • Relax on the beaches of Eagle Beach and Palm Beach, known for their soft white sands and turquoise waters.
  • Explore Arikok National Park to witness Aruba’s rugged desert landscapes, ancient Arawak petroglyphs, and diverse wildlife.
  • Discover the colourful capital city, Oranjestad, where you can shop for unique souvenirs, try local cuisine, and admire Dutch-inspired architecture.
  • Snorkel or scuba dive in the clear waters to discover coral reefs and marine life, including the famous Antilla shipwreck.
  • Enjoy water activities like paddle-boarding, kayaking, and sailing, taking advantage of the calm seas during this time of the year.

Events/Festivals in Aruba in September:

  • Bon Bini Festival: Held every Tuesday evening in September (and throughout the year), the Bon Bini Festival welcomes visitors to experience Aruba’s rich culture and heritage. The festival showcases traditional music, dance, arts, crafts, and local cuisine, offering a delightful immersion into the island’s authentic traditions.

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9. Peru in September

Contributed by Sharon at ‘I Travel Peru’

ruins of machu picchu in cusco, peru, one of the Best Countries to Visit in September
Ruins in Machi Picchu in Cusco

Great Time to Visit Machu Picchu

  1. It’s the dry season, so it’s a great time to visit Machu Picchu
  2. It’s part of the shoulder season, so there are less tourists
  3. Rates are lower than in the high season

Located in South America, Peru is an ideal destination to visit in this season, as you can get to visit Machu Picchu, and other areas of the Andes, and the jungle with very little to no rain.

Peru has something for everyone: it has an incredibly rich cultural heritage, amazing nature, and one of the best cuisines in the world. Whether you visit the coast, the highlands or the jungle, you will have an unforgettable time in Peru.

Weather in Peru In September: 

  • Officially, it is Winter. Dry season in the highlands and jungle.
  • The average temperature is 18 degrees Celsius (64F). Minimum and maximum temperatures vary greatly in different parts of the country though. On the coast it doesn’t change much throughout the day, while temperatures in the Andes do. As an example, Cusco can get down to 4 degrees Celsius at night (39F).
  • It’s the dry season in the Andes and in the jungle
  • Days are often warm and sunny in the Andes, such as in Cusco, but it gets chilly in the evening
  • Lima has higher temperatures than the Andes, but it feels colder

Things to Do in Peru in September:

  • Visit Machu Picchu, in Cusco, and enjoy the Inca citadel without rain.
  • Enjoy the many things to do in Arequipa, like visiting the Colca Canyon and spotting Condors.
  • Explore Puno and visit the islands at Lake Titicaca.
  • Visit the Iquitos and explore the Amazon.
  • Go sandboarding in the sand dunes of Huacachina desert.

Events / Festivals in Peru in September: 

  • Spring Festival – This festival takes place in Trujillo (which is actually nicknamed “the city of the everlasting spring” because of its good year-round weather) between the last days of September and the first days of October. The main attraction of the festival is a parade, which involves a competition for the best spring-themed decoration. Other important events are the contest of the Peruvian Paso horses and the coronation of the Spring Beauty Queen.

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10. Italy in September

Contributed by Louisa at ‘Eating Around Italy’

green fields with spring flowers in front of dolomites mountain range in italy
Dolomites Mountain Range

Enjoy One of the Many Festivals on Offer

  1. Great summer food with fall produce coming into season
  2. Italians are super helpful and friendly because they are just back from a month of vacation
  3. Beautiful light and clear days with little rain

Located in Southern Europe, Italy is the best place to travel in September because of the amazing variety of summer produce still in season with fall favourites trickling in and the beautiful, tail-end summer weather.

September is the beginning of harvest season for many Italian crops which open up several opportunities for food festivals, tastings and experiences. No matter where you choose on the Italian peninsula, September is a month where you can always find something to do in ideal weather conditions.

Beaches are still open, mountains aren’t cold yet, cities have cooled off and the countryside is starting to rejuvenate as August heat fades and the days become shorter. 

Weather in Italy In September: 

  • Fall / Autumn
  • Temperatures range from 20-30 degrees Celsius (70-86 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day, and 15-20 degrees Celsius (60-70 degrees Fahrenheit) at night, depending on where you are in Italy (warmer on islands and in Southern regions)
  • Very little rain and sunny days
  • Days start to shorten, making it easier for good photography times and outdoor dining

Things to Do in Italy in September:

  • Spend time on Italy’s islands of Sardinia and Sicily or Amalfi Coast, indulging in empty beaches after August crowds have cleared out. Almost the entire country of Italy shuts down in August and goes to the seaside, making it hard to enjoy as a tourist. Hit the beaches in September when the Italians have gone back to their routine and enjoy warm waters, sunny days and seafront meals in peace and tranquillity. 
  • Take a literal dip in the Tuscany countryside, reaping the health benefits of thermal waters at the Bagni di San Filippo (free), Bagno Vignoni (free and paid) or the Terme di Saturnia (free and paid) without the summer heat upon you. In September, you can actually enjoy the warmth of the thermal baths, and not feel bogged down by them. 
  • Eat al fresco or outdoors in some of the most historically important cities in terms of art and architecture. Rome, Florence and Venice are home to some of Europe’s most beautiful outdoor squares and neighbourhoods, all of which can be difficult to enjoy under the summer sun. Take advantage of shorter days when the evenings cool down and eat outdoors, taking in the incredible views and grand architecture. 
  • Hike a wide range of trails in Italy’s most beautiful mountain range, the Dolomites, as colours become more vibrant. In particular, the Alpe di Siusi is Europe’s largest high alpine plateau, 52 square kilometres, with tons of well-marked hiking and biking trails with great public transportation, and with vast-sweeping views, ideal for photographers. 
  • Eat at a sagra or attend a local food festival, celebrating regional specialties including porcini mushrooms in Umbria, truffles in Piedmont and Tuscany, chestnuts, new olive oil and wine, just to name a few. Look for brightly coloured posters dotted throughout cities and countryside bulletin boards or look online in the region you are visiting for specific dates. 
  • Eat mountains of gelato without it melting in ten seconds in major cities like Milan and Naples. Italian gelato is served at a slightly warmer temperature, making it hard to eat in the summer without it getting all over you. In September, it’s still warm enough to crave a cool treat and some of the best summer gelato flavors are still in season such as plum and peach. Fall flavours start to trickle in as well like pear, apple and chestnut.  
  • Go wine tasting and/or take place in the annual vendemmia or grape harvest in Piedmont. The Northwest region of Piedmont is home to some of the best wine country and most beautiful countryside in Italy, best enjoyed in September when new wines are being made like Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco. If everyone doesn’t like wine, pair it with truffle hunting for the world famous White Alba truffle that comes into season in the forests of Piedmont in September. 
  • Cool off from city sightseeing on one of Italy’s beautiful lakes, specifically Lake Garda and Lake Como in Northern Italy. You can dine overlooking the lakes, book a lake-front stay or rent a boat for either a day or extended period. 

Events / Festivals in Italy in September: 

  • The Venice Biennale: An international contemporary art exhibit running for about half the year through September.
  • Milan Fashion Week: Either take part in the paid sfilate (fashion shows) or enjoy some of the city’s outdoor fashion shows through the streets with an aperitivo in hand. 
  • Verona Opera Festival: Purchase tickets to an opera in Verona’s famous Roman amphitheater. 
  • The Chianti Classic Expo: Take part in tastings, demonstrations, pairings and more from various producers of the famous Chianti Classico wine in Tuscany.
  • Regatta Storica di Venezia: Watch as four categories race down the Grand Canal in Venice followed by a grand parade (first Sunday in September)
  • MITO International Music Festival: Held in both Milan and Torino, this international festival is when classical music from around the world comes to life.

11. Austria in September

Contributed by Angie at ‘We’re Not in Kansas Anymore’

mountain scenery with a lank in front
Hallstatt, Austria

Witness the Almabtrieb Festival

  1. Summer crowds have dissipated
  2. The weather is nearly perfect
  3. Off-season prices on hotels and airfare

Austria is a Central European country that is in the mountainous Alps Region of Europe. Lovely Austria, one of the most under-rated countries on the continent, is often overlooked in favour of other neighbouring countries like Germany and Switzerland.

Weather in Austria in September: 

  • September is early Autumn in Austria; Say goodbye to summer heat!
  • Temperatures: Daily high average:  64°F (18°C), Daily low average 49°F (10°C)
  • Weather in Austria is nearly perfect in September with plenty of sunny days and fewer rainy days

Things to Do in Austria in September: 

  • Visitors to Salzburg in September may be interested in the St. Rupert’s Day Fair. This celebration includes rides, vendors a beer tent and more!
  • Hallstatt Austria is a storybook village that sits on a glistening lake with a mountain backdrop! It is divine but is also one of Austria’s most popular tourist attractions. There are a few tricks to beating the crowds in Hallstatt, like visiting in September when there are fewer crowds.
  • Vienna hosts the Vienna Wine Hiking Days in the month of September. Area vineyards open to the public for hiking and sampling.
  • Reutte is the home of the imposing Ehrenberg Castle Ruins and the Highline 179 suspension bridge. September is still all a green in Austria. The views from these neighbouring attractions, high above the valley below, provide stunning views of the surrounding mountains. 

Events / Festivals in Austria in September: 

  • Almabtrieb: Visitors to the Austrian region of Tyrol are in for a treat. This is the time of year for Almabtrieb, the annual cattle driving event. Cattle adorned in colourful flowers are paraded down from the mountain through the streets of town to their winter lodgings.

12. Iceland in September

Contributed by Danni at ‘The Solo Plan’

Skogafoss Waterfall in Iceland from above
Skogafoss Waterfall

Start of the Northern Lights Season

  1. Weather is mild and there are fewer crowds.
  2. Start of the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) season.
  3. Last month of the summer campgrounds being open, making it a great time for a campervan trip around Iceland.

Iceland is a Nordic island country located in the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately midway between North America and mainland Europe. Its strategic position grants it a stunning landscape with dramatic contrasts.

Iceland is commonly referred to as the Land of Fire and Ice due to its rugged glaciers, bubbling hot springs and majestic volcanoes. The landscapes are extremely diverse and offer a variety of activities including sightseeing, hiking, adventure tours and natural spas.

Weather in Iceland In September:

  • September marks the transition from summer to autumn in Iceland
  • The temperatures range from 8 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius (47 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit), making it a relatively comfortable time to explore the country.
  • The weather in Iceland is generally unpredictable and it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a single day.
  • While the temperatures may be mild, it’s essential to be prepared for sudden changes in conditions. 

Things to Do in Iceland in September:

  • Visit the capital city of Reykjavik and explore the colourful buildings and painted streets.
  • Spend hours relaxing at the stunning Sky Lagoon or Blue Lagoon (or both!).
  • Visit the magical waterfalls on the southern coast of Iceland, including Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
  • Take a hiking / climbing tour of one of the spectacular glaciers, a very unique adventure.
  • Visit Seydisfjordur, an adorable little town located in the eastern fjords.
  • Spend an evening scouting for dark locations to view the Northern Lights, or book a tour through one of the many knowledgeable companies.

Events / Festivals in Iceland in September:

  • Night of Lights: The Night of Lights festival takes place on the first weekend of September, where locals and visitors come together to revel in a magical display of light and art. Illuminating the streets and landmarks of Reykjavik, this vibrant festival showcases the creativity of artists and the warmth of the community. 
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF): A cinematic extravaganza commencing at the end of September in Iceland’s vibrant capital city of Reykjavik. Drawing filmmakers and artists from around the world, RIFF offers an immersive and diverse film experience. 

13. Cyprus in September

Contributed by Lavina at ‘Continent Hop’

white washed town in cyprus on the water

Best Time to Sample the Island’s Wines

  1. Pleasant weather and warm temperatures
  2. Less crowded
  3. The beginning of the grape harvest season in September provides an opportunity to sample the island’s excellent wines and indulge in delectable local produce.

Cyprus, located in the eastern Mediterranean, is a beautiful island that entices visitors with its rich history, captivating landscapes, and warm hospitalityCyprus in September has a delightful late summer ambience, making it the ideal time to visit and soak up the rays.

Weather in Cyprus in September:

  • Summer season, with warm and pleasant weather.
  • Temperatures typically range from 24°C to 29°C (75°F to 84°F), making it ideal for beach activities and outdoor exploration.
  • September offers pleasant sightseeing and evening walks due to fewer rainy days and mild evenings.

Things to Do in Cyprus in September:

  • Explore Paphos: Visit the ancient city’s historical sites like Tombs of the Kings and Paphos Archaeological Park.
  • Visit Larnaca: Relax on Finikoudes Beach and explore Hala Sultan Tekke Mosque and St. Lazarus Church.
  • Hike in Troodos Mountains: Discover nature trails, quaint villages like Omodos, and ancient monasteries.
  • Discover Nicosia: Experience the capital’s mix of modern and traditional attractions, including the historic Old City and vibrant markets.

Events / Festivals in Cyprus in September: 

  • Limassol Wine Festival– The festival, held in Limassol from late August to early September, provides a delightful experience for both wine enthusiasts and visitors. Attendees can sample local wines while listening to traditional music and dancing performances. The festival features the best wines from Cyprus, and attendees can learn about the island’s winemaking traditions and history. It takes place at the Municipal Gardens of Limassol.

14. France in September

Contributed by Latifah at ‘Gimme Confetti’

Le Vieux Port (Old Port) of Marseille at dusk with a ship in forefront
Le Vieux Port (Old Port) of Marseille

Celebrity Spotting at Paris Fashion Week

  1. Less crowds: locals back to work and children back to school + less tourists overalls
  2. Weather is more bearable and cooler than the summer
  3. Great events to see

Located in Europe, France is a MUST visit, whether you want to see the capital or head off and venture to the South of France. There are so many incredible museums and rich history and architecture for you to see.

It’s also a shopping haven not only for big brands but also vintage and thrift stores. There is something for everybody. Psst… word has it French cuisine is one of the best in the world- it’s up to you to see for yourself.

Weather in France In September: 

  • In September, the fall season takes over France. You can enjoy the beautiful leaves falling in the streets and foliage.
  • On average, the temperature ranges from 12 to 21 degrees Celsius (54 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit) in September.
  • This makes it great to explore; grab a light parka (as the temperature does drop and get chillier at night.

Things to Do in France in September:

  • Head to Paris the capital and enjoy its iconic museums while taking in its scenic architecture. If you’re tired of the Louvre and are indifferent to the charm of the Mona Lisa (sorry Mona), then head to the Musée d’Orsay or Orangerie and enjoy some of the beautiful impressionist art from Monet there.
  • Get lost in paved streets of the Écusson old town neighbourhood in Montpellier then hit the beaches just 30 minutes away. There are so many other great things to do in Montpellier in the South of France like thrift shopping and exploring secret spots local don’t want you to know about.
  • Sample test France’s yummy cuisine in Lyon– the gastronomic capital of France then head to the top of the Fourvievre for stunning views of the city.
  • Explore the historic Vieux-Port (Old Port) in Marseille and grabs some iconic savon de Marseille.
  • Go hiking at the Massif de Chartreuse near Grenoble for some breathtaking scenic views.

Events / Festivals in France in September: 

  • Journées du Patrimoine– If you are in France in September- do not miss Journées du Patrimoine or Heritage Days. Not many people know this, but this is when exceptionally you can explore historical monuments, government buildings, and cultural sites that are usually closed to the public. For example, you can see L’Élysée Palace which is official residence of the President of France in Paris. And take a cheeky peek at his desk in his office. You will need to book in advance so make sure you do that.
  • Paris Fashion Week: If you love seeing A-list celebrities and influencers then don’t miss Paris Fashion week which takes place in September and October. The shows take place in iconic venues throughout Paris, like the Grand Palais, Palais de Tokyo, and Louvre Museum courtyard. You may just be able to spot your favourite celebrity. If you are lucky and dressed to impress (it helps), some emerging designers will let you in their show without an invitation.

15. Germany in September

Contributed by Ali at ‘Berlin Travel Tips’

Reichstag Building in Berlin with steps leading up to entrance
Reichstag Building in Berlin


  1. Mild weather, not too hot, not cold
  2. Crowds are fewer at the major tourist attractions
  3. Interesting events like Oktoberfest, wine festivals, and Berlin Marathon

Located in central Europe, Germany experiences all four seasons, and September is usually the end of the hot summer, but it hasn’t yet gotten cold. It’s also the start of shoulder season, which means the big crowds begin to thin out.

Visiting as summer turns into autumn is ideal because you can enjoy sightseeing with milder temperatures and fewer tourists.

Weather in Germany in September:

  • End of summer / beginning of fall – mild temperatures
  • Temperatures range from 14 to 19 degrees Celsius / high 50s to mid-60s degrees Fahrenheit
  • There is more variation in weather at this time of year, so there could be warmer or cooler days
  • September usually has a bit more rain than summer, but still not too much.

Things to Do in Germany in September:

  • Visit Berlin for many reasons, including to learn about its interesting WWII and Cold War history, see a different side of Germany, and eat some delicious international cuisine.
  • Explore the Rhine Valley region and enjoy the many castles and delicious wines.
  • Get out into nature in the Black Forest region and go hiking.
  • Visit Munich and admire the stunning architecture, learn the history, and enjoy the food.
  • Go to Hamburg and enjoy Miniatur Wunderland, the fantastic miniature railway museum.
  • Explore the many villages in Bavaria for a glimpse at small town living in Germany.

Events / Festivals in Germany in September:

  • Oktoberfest – The most famous beer festival in the world takes place in Munich every year. Despite the name, it starts in mid-September and goes a few days into October. Plan ahead, things book up early.
  • Berlin Marathon – Visit Berlin for the Marathon in September, either as a runner or a spectator. Known as one of the fastest marathon courses in the world, there’s a good chance you could witness a world record being broken here.

16. Greece in September

Contributed by Lindsey at ‘Queer Adventures

columns of statues of women dressed in greek robes
Caryatids on the Temple of Athena Parthenos, Parthenon in Athens

Explore Greece Without the Tourists

  1. Avoid summer heat and wildfires
  2. Crowds are fewer at the major tourist attractions
  3. Low-season rates 

Located in southern Europe, Greece has historically been considered an ideal summer travel destination. Summer brings not only peak crowds but peak prices for accommodations. Greece is an ideal place to visit for its history and culture, not to mention the food.

The Mediterranean diet which you can enjoy in Greece is world famous for a reason! There are so many fabulous itineraries in Greece but in my opinion every trip should include at least 3 days in Athens to experience all of the history that you learned about in school!

Weather in Greece In September: 

  • Late summer – sunny and warm with some chance of humid days
  • Temperatures range from 19 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius / 67 to 83 degrees Fahrenheit
  • With a historical average of three rainy days, you will enjoy plenty of sun
  • Ocean temperatures are still warm enough for swimming.

Things to Do in Greece in September: 

  • Explore Athens through its history – the Parthenon is a must; go early in the morning to avoid crowds.
  • Take a day trip to Delphi, home of the famous Oracle of Delphi, and touch base with your inner mystic. 
  • Wander the narrow streets of the famous Greek island of Mykonos, taking street photography of the beautiful blue and white buildings without having tourists lots of tourists in your shots.
  • Rent a car (you will need an international driver’s permit) and visit the impressive Byzantine ruins of Mystras.
  • Take a Greek cooking class, food tour, or ouzo tasting to learn more about Greek cuisine – the Greeks take their food seriously with multi-course meals lasting long into the night.

17. The Netherlands in September

Contributed by Min at ‘Amsterdam Travel Blog’

street in amsterdam with a red sign

Witness Fall Foliage Along the Picturesque Canals

  1. Nice weather to visit this country at a more affordable price
  2. Less crowded at the major tourist attractions, get much better quality when traveling
  3. Can enjoy the beauty of fall foliage in the world-famous canal area

Located in Europe, The Netherlands is a perfect autumn destination and one of this area’s most vibrant and diverse countries. Besides, it’s famous for its rich history, artistic heritage, and picturesque canals.

You can immerse yourself fully into the Dutch culture by cycling in the Amsterdam canal belt area, visiting the windmills in the countryside, and navigating your boat in the Venice of the Netherlands. Worried about safety? Traveling alone in Amsterdam and other cities in the Netherlands is safe.

Weather in The Netherlands In September:

  • Summer – mild, but sometimes warmer than usual for a few days.
  • Autumn (the last week of September) – a bit cool, and it starts to rain a bit more
  • Temperatures in this month range from around 14°C (57°F) to 19°C (66°F).
  • It gets cooler in the evening as it transitions from summer to Autumn.
  • Download Buienradar App to get the most updated and accurate weather forecast.

Things to Do in The Netherlands in September:

  • Take an Amsterdam canal cruise or get on a bike to see the Amsterdam house and enjoy the local vibe.
  • Hop on Europe’s highest swing at A’DAM Lookout to get an excellent Amsterdam city view.
  • Visit Kinderdijk or Zaanse Schans for the best landscape view over the Dutch windmills.
  • Ride a boat in the renowned Dutch village, Geithoorn, to experience the Dutch nature and countryside.
  • Savour authentic Dutch food, stroopwafels, and herring at the local markets in the Netherlands.

Events / Festivals in The Netherlands in September:

  • Open Monument Day (Open Monumentendag) – Every second weekend of September, many historic buildings and monuments are open and free to enter. Seize the chance when you are in The Netherlands.
  • Prince’s Day (Prinsjesdag) – On the third Tuesday of September, the King rides in his Golden Carriage from the Noordeinde Palace to the Ridderzaal to give a speech about what the government plans to do for the following year. You can visit The Hague for this event.

18. Georgia in September

Contributed by Ellis at ‘Backpack Adventures’

view to the Caucasus Mountains in Mestia Svaneti georgia
Caucasus Mountains in Mestia Svaneti

Sample Georgian Wine at the Grape Harvest Festival

  1. Great for trekking in the mountains
  2. Stunning Autumn colours in the trees
  3. Grape Harvest in Kakheti

Located in the Southern Caucasus, Georgia is one of the best places to visit in September. It is still warm enough to go trekking in the spectacular Caucasus mountains where the autumn colours in the trees only make the landscapes more beautiful.

It is the perfect time to explore everything the country has to offer. From ancient monasteries to Soviet architecture and delicious food and Georgian wine. In Kakheti the grape harvest is in full swing. 

Weather in Georgia In September: 

  • Days are often warm and sunny as Georgia transitions from summer to autumn
  • Georgia usually sees less rainfall compared to the preceding months, making it a relatively dry period.  
  • Temperatures range from 20 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius (68°F to 82°F) in Tbilisi and from 12°C to 18°C (54°F to 64°F) in the higher altitude areas of the Caucasus mountains. 

Things to Do in Georgia in September: 

  • Hike from Mestia to Ushguli in the mountainous province of Svaneti
  • Visit ancient cave monasteries in Vardzia or David Gareja.
  • Enjoy the Grape Harvest in Kakheti and taste Georgian wine.
  • Indulge in delicious Georgian food in the capital of Tbilisi.
  • Go on a spectacular road trip along the Georgian Military Highway.

Events / Festivals in Georgia in September:

  • Rtveli – Rtveli is Georgia’s traditional grape harvest festival, celebrated across different wine-producing regions. It’s a joyous occasion where locals gather to pick grapes, stomp them with their feet, and celebrate with feasts, singing, and dancing.
  • Alaverdoba – Alaverdoba is a religious festival celebrated at the Alaverdi Monastery in the wine region of Kakheti. It involves religious ceremonies, processions, and traditional folk performances.

19. Spain in September

Contributed by Linn at ‘Amused by Andalucia’

view to an old city on top of a mountain
Alhambra Palace and Fortress, Grenada

Warmest Place to Visit in September in this Region

  1. Great for hiking
  2. Still beach weather but without the crowds
  3. Low-season rates

Spain is one of the European countries that sees the most summer tourism and in September, you still have beach temperatures (especially in the south,) while it is getting cool enough for hiking. It is located in the far south-west of Europe bordering Portugal and France, while it is only an hour’s ferry ride from Morocco.

The country has a great heritage from different cultures that have invaded the country through history, like the Romans and the Moors making Spain a cultural melting pot when it comes to food, architecture, history, and customs.

Weather in Spain In September: 

  • September is the last summer month in Spain, yet the official summer season has ended.
  • Temperatures range from 25 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius / 77 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Days are often warm and sunny, but can get cooler in the evening
  • You might experience some rain at the end of September

Things to Do in Spain in September:

  • Visit the city of Granada and the majestic Alhambra palace and fortress, this is also one of the most unique places to stay in Granada.
  • Hike the highest peak in mainland Spain, the Mulhacen (3479 masl) in Sierra Nevada National Park before the snow comes.
  • Uncover all the Gaudí masterpieces in Barcelona with slightly fewer crowds.
  • Go on a tapas tour in Madrid, the temperatures are perfect for visiting the capital city as they are cooler yet warm enough to enjoy sitting outside.
  • Enjoy the beaches in Costa del Sol without the crowds while the beach bars are still open.
  • Enjoy the city of Toledo with fewer crowds and nice temperatures for sightseeing.

Events / Festivals in Spain in September:

  • La Rioja Grape Harvest Festival: a fun festival taking place at the end of September in Logroño celebrating the grape harvesting.
  • Fiesta Major de La Ribera: a festival in Barcelona where you can see human towers and fireworks among other festivities.

20. Bulgaria in September

Contributed by Linn at ‘Brainy Backpackers’

view from Kamen Del Vitosha Mountains with Bulgarian flag at forefront
Kamen Del Vitosha Mountains

Wonderful Beach Weather

  1. Wonderful beach weather
  2. Fewer crowds
  3. Great for hiking

Located in the Balkans, Bulgaria is an affordable and underrated country to visit. September is a great time of the year, because while there are not as many tourists in Bulgaria as in other European countries, September is a calmer month with fewer tourists and a more chilled out vibe. Temperatures are still warm and you can easily both go to the beach and go hiking in September.

Weather in Bulgaria In September: 

  • September is the month after summer and before fall, making it an extended summer month with cooler temperatures.
  • Temperatures range from 16 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius / 70 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Days are often warm and sunny, but usually get cooler in the evening

Things to Do in Bulgaria in September:

  • Explore the Roman remains in Plovdiv without the crowds.
  • Go hiking in the Vitosha mountainshiking Kamen Del is an easy day hike from Sofia with epic views at perfect temperatures.
  • Go swimming in the Black Sea before the fall temperatures take over.
  • Explore the museum village of Koprivshtitsa where you can stay in a traditional house.
  • Hike the Seven Rila Lakes with splendid weather for sunny pictures.
  • Visit the Rila Monastery with fewer crowds to get better pictures.

Events / Festivals in Bulgaria in September:

  • Plovdiv Beer Fest – taking place in Plovdiv in the beginning of the month, you are guaranteed a fun local experience trying different craft beers, traditional food, and dancing to live music.

21. Albania in September

Contributed by Kitti and Jon at ‘Kitti Around the World’

view of a city on the side of a mountain
Berat in Albania

Hike the Albanian Alps

  • September is a great month to go hiking in the Albanian Alps, when it’s a little bit quieter and before the trails close for the winter season.
  • The Albanian Riviera will be less crowded, and the temperatures will be more bearable than during the height of the summer months.
  • Prices are generally lower for activities, food and accommodation.

Located in South-eastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, Albania is a perfect country to explore in the month of September. From majestic mountains that could easily compete with the well-known Alps to white, sandy beaches like in Greece or Croatia, Albania should be on everyone’s bucket list.

As well as its natural beauty, the country also has a very rich history and culture that you can learn about in its cities and picture-perfect historical towns. There’s so much to do in Albania that you won’t have any problem planning a one or two-week itinerary.

Weather in Albania in September:

  • It’s the first month of autumn in Albania.
  • The average temperatures are around 21 degrees Celsius / 70 degrees Fahrenheit with the mornings and evenings slightly cooler, but the middle of the day still feeling pleasantly hot.
  • Temperatures in the mountains are slightly cooler in September, but still ideal for hiking.
  • Sea temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius / 77 degrees Fahrenheit which is still perfect for swimming and doing other water activities.
  • There’s still plenty of daylight, so you can fit in a lot of activities and the slightly lower temperatures will make sightseeing a much more pleasant experience.

Things to Do in Albania in September:

  • Explore Tirana, the capital city of Albania, to gain a deeper understanding of the country’s history by visiting some important museums such as Bunk’Art 1 and 2 and the House of Leaves Museum.
  • Complete the Valbona Pass hike from Valbona to Theth in the Albanian Alps in the north of the country.
  • If you love the outdoors, then you can stay in the Albanian Alps for a bit longer and complete other hikes such as ones to the Blue Eye and Grunas Waterfall.
  • Visit Berat, ‘the City of a Thousand Windows’, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city also has some of the best examples of Ottoman architecture in the country.
  • Gjirokaster, Albania’s ‘Stone City’, is another must-visit place in Albania. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has some picturesque streets and an amazing outdoor market.
  • Relax on some of the finest beaches along the Albanian Riviera. Places like Himare, Sarande or Ksamil are some of the best places for beach-lovers.

Events / Festivals in Albania in September:

  • Jazz Festival – This weekend festival celebrates European jazz with a focus on Balkan jazz in three different cities across the country. It features musicians from all over Europe.
  • Ion Festival – A unique music celebration in Albania that aims to introduce visitors to Albanian music and culture.

22. England in September

Contributed by Claire at ‘Go South West England’

The Camel Estuary in North Cornwall with sandy beach at forefront
The Camel Estuary in North Cornwall

London Sightseeing Without the Crowds

  1. Mild weather
  2. The summer rush has died down
  3. Autumnal colours later in the month

England is located in Northern Europe, part of the United Kingdom and the British Isles. A cultural haven, England’s known for its castles, large stately homes and iconic attractions like Stonehenge and the Tower of London. 

Weather in England In September:

  • September is early Autumn / Fall in England
  • The average high is around 19°C (66°F) and average low around 9°C (48.2°F)
  • Generally, the weather is mild, and it’s possible to still have some lovely sunny days
  • It can start to get cooler later in the month

Things to do in England in September:

  • See all of London’s best attractions, including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Oxford Street. It’s much quieter than the summer months!
  • Visit Bristol, the largest city in the South West and discover its nautical history (the SS Great Britain museum ship is a must-see), quirky street art and incredible food scene. 
  • Check out the epic beaches of Cornwall which has a rugged Atlantic coastline (ideal for hiking). 
  • Journey to the beautiful northern city of York and learn about Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Museum or walk on its city walls. 
  • Road trip around the Lake District, one of the most beautiful national parks in the country. 

Events / Festivals in England in September:

  • There are usually a few events and festivals in England in September, although more take place in the peak summer months of July and August. Events like the Newquay Fish Festival and Boogietown in Walton on Thames are always popular favourites. 

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23. Oman in September

Contributed by Catrina at ’24 Hours Layover’

a wadi in oman with a dirt road leading through
Wadi Shab in Oman

Witness the Beauty of the Khareef Season

  1. Cooler temperatures so ideal to explore
  2. Fewer crowds as it is outside the peak tourist season
  3. Khareef phenomenon occurs in Salalah

Oman is located in the south-eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It is a great country to visit as it has some really diverse and breathtaking landscapes, from dramatic deserts to mountains, beaches, and lush green wadis (valleys).

Explore ancient forts, traditional markets (souks), vibrant cities, and immerse yourself in the country’s unique traditions and warm hospitality – there are honestly so many things to do in Oman!

Weather in Oman in September:

  • September falls within the summer season so it is still pretty hot at this time of year.
  • Temperatures range from approximately 25°C to 40°C (77°F to 104°F) during the day.
  • Days are hot and sunny, but it does get cooler in the evenings. It’s also important to note that inland desert areas of Oman get much hotter during the day and much cooler at night.
  • Salalah experiences the Khareef season in September, which brings more moderate temperatures due to monsoon rains, creating a cooler climate compared to other parts of the country.

Things to do in Oman in September:

  • Visit Muscat and explore the capital city’s historic landmarks such as the impressive Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
  • Head to Salalah to witness the magical khareef season and enjoy the lush greenery.
  • Take a desert adventure to Wahiba Sands and experience dune bashing, camel rides, and stargazing.
  • Visit the historic town of Nizwa and explore the ancient Nizwa Fort.
  • Head to Bimmah Sinkhole to enjoy its turquoise waters, as well as swim in Wadi Shab and witness its stunning natural formations without the crowds!

Events / Festivals in Oman in September:

  • One of the most notable events in Oman is the Khareef Festival, which takes place annually in Salalah. The Khareef Festival coincides with the monsoon season, bringing refreshing rains to the area. Khareef season lasts from the beginning of July until mid-September, in which time Salalah transforms into a lush green paradise with a vibrant atmosphere. The festival celebrates the natural beauty of the region and features traditional music, dance performances, and local cultural displays, giving visitors an insight into Oman’s rich heritage.

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24. Canada in September

Contributed by Stephanie at ‘The World As I See It’

View of Toronto with Fall Foliage
View of Toronto with Fall Foliage

Lots of Festivals to Enjoy

  1. Perfect for seeing the fall colours
  2. Crowds are fewer at the major tourist attractions
  3. Plenty of fun fall activities and events

Located just north of the United States, Canada is an amazing place to visit in September to enjoy its stunning natural beauty, from oceans to mountains. Across the country visitors will find a long list of fun fall activities, like harvest festivals.

September means the temperatures are more comfortable, making it an ideal time to enjoy outdoor adventures like hiking in Algonquin Park. Plus, you’ll find fewer crowds in the main cities. But the best thing to do in Canada in September is to take in the brilliant fall colours.

Weather in Canada in September:

  • Fall season
  • Temperatures range from 6 degrees to 22 degrees Celsius / 42 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Days are often warm and sunny, but can get chilly in the evening

Things to Do in Canada in September:

  • Visit the city of Toronto and attend the Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Go to Sault Ste. Marie and hop aboard the Agawa Canyon Train Tour.
  • Enjoy a whale watching tour in Vancouver.
  • Plan a getaway to Montreal for all of the amazing music festivals in September.
  • Feed your appetite at the International Shellfish Festival on Prince Edward Island.
  • Tackle epic hikes near Calgary, like Fairview Mountain and Upper Kananaskis Lake.
  • Take a scenic road trip around Cape Breton Island, stop to take in the views and hike the trails.

Events / Festivals in Canada in September:

  • Toronto International Film Festival – One of the top festivals in Canada in September is the Toronto International Film Festival. Also known as TIFF, the annual festival is over 50 years old and runs during the second week of September. Along with celebrities and filmmakers, visitors can enjoy new film screenings across the city. The festival also boasts a variety of events that include panel discussions, live music, and more.

25. Mexico in September

Contributed by Ashlea at ‘She Roams About’

view of Puerto Escondido beach and headland from above
Puerto Escondido, Mexico

Visit the Sights Without the Crowds

  1. Enjoy Independence Day festivities
  2. Off peak travel means fewer tourists
  3. Prices are lower in shoulder season

Sandwiched between the US and Central America, Mexico is a gorgeous, vast country that is bursting with culture. Contrary to popular belief, Mexico is more than tacos, tequila, and beaches. Explore mountains, deserts, and jungles.

Discover the cities of ancient civilizations, cultural magic towns and modern-day metropolises. Mexico is a destination for foodies, culture vultures, and adventurers. Visiting Mexico in September is a great for unique experiences and all it has to offer without the crowds.

Weather in Mexico In September:

  • Autumn – Rainy season in the tropical areas
  • Hotter parts of the country like Yucatan see average daily temperatures of 30C / 90F while mountain towns are cooler around 20C / 70F
  • Away from the coast temperatures tend to be warm during the day but chilly in the mornings and evenings.
  • Although this is rainy season, the rain is most common in the mornings and rarely lasts more than an hour or two.

Things to Do in Mexico in September:

  • Visit Mexico City to celebrate Mexican Independence Day in a big way.
  • Queretaro played an important role in Mexican Independence and is part of the Independence Route, perfect to visit in September.
  • September is the best time to see bioluminescence in Puerto Escondido and it’s also the best time for surfing in the area.
  • Explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Teothuican.
  • September is the best time to spot grey whales in Holbox, Isla Mujeres, Cancun and Cozumel.
  • Merida Restaurant Week falls at the end of September making this a fantastic time to explore Yucateca and international cuisine by top tier chefs at reduced prices.

Events / Festivals in Mexico in September:

  • Mexican Independence Day falls on September 16th and is celebrated across the country. From large cities to small towns, the people of Mexico come together to remember the legend of the Cry of Hidalgo and the dramatic events that lead to the revolution. Celebrations include music, performances, and fireworks, but the most memorable event is El Grito, the nationwide call of “Viva Mexico!”

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26. Australia in September

Contributed by Us (Peta and Jonas) at ‘Exit45 Travels’

long stretch of beach with bush to the edge
Noosa Beach Area in Queensland

Natural Beauty Along the East Coast

1. Beginning of Spring Season
2. Pleasant, mild weather so ideal for outdoor activities
3. Reduced crowds and shoulder-season rates

Located in the southern hemisphere, Australia offers a plethora of exciting experiences and natural wonders to explore. As the country transitions from winter to spring, the weather becomes milder and more pleasant, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities.

With its stunning landscapes, unique wildlife encounters, delicious cuisine, and vibrant cultural scene, visiting Australia in September promises an unforgettable adventure for travellers seeking diverse experiences.

Weather in Australia in September:

  • September marks the beginning of the spring season, making it a perfect time to explore the country’s natural wonders.
  • Temperature in Sydney and Perth experience average highs of 20 degrees Celsius / 68 degrees Fahrenheit, while Melbourne and Adelaide are cooler at 17 degrees Celsius / 63 degrees Fahrenheit. Southern cities such as Hobart and Canberra have highs of 15 degrees Celsius / 59 degrees Fahrenheit
  • September is part of the dry season in tropical regions like Queensland and the Northern Territory.
  • Stingers, such as box jellyfish and Irukandji are less common, making it safer to swim.

Things to Do in Australia in September:

  • Go snorkelling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to a diverse range of marine life and vibrant coral reefs.
  • Marks the beginning of the humpback whale watching season along Australia’s east coast. The best places to witness these magnificent creatures are places like Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Bundaberg and Sydney.
  • Visit iconic Uluru in the Red Centre which is best explored before summer wet season.
  • Explore famous Australian landmarks such as Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach with less crowds.
  • Winery tours and cellar door experiences in the Australian wine regions while vineyards are in full bloom.
  • Experience native animal encounters! Australia’s 650+ National Parks await, offering incredible wildlife watching during breeding season.
  • Exploring national parks such as Kakadu in Northern Territory or Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair in Tasmania is highly recommended. The landscapes come alive with colourful wildflowers and cascading waterfalls, providing ample opportunities for hiking, camping, and wildlife spotting.
  • September marks the start of spring harvests, and farmers’ markets across the country showcase an abundance of fresh produce. From enjoying seafood delights in Sydney’s famous fish markets to sampling gourmet cheeses in Adelaide Hills, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

Events / Festivals in Australia in September:

  • The Melbourne Fringe Festival – Celebrated in the last 2 weeks of September, this festival showcases visual arts, dance, concerts and performances.
  • Mudgee Food and Wine Festival – This annual festival, started over 40 years ago, runs throughout the month of September and includes tastings, trivia, dinners and more.
  • Brisbane Festival – This celebration in Brisbane showcases art, music, theatre performances, and vibrant street parades.

FAQ’s: The Best Countries To Visit In September

Below we have answered some of the top questions travellers have about places to visit in September.

Which country is the best to visit in September?

The best country to visit in September depends on personal preferences. Some popular options include Italy, Greece, and Spain for their pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

Which country is best to visit in August?

Some popular options include Italy for its beautiful weather and cultural attractions, Greece for its stunning islands, and Japan for its vibrant autumn foliage.

Where in Asia has good weather in September?

Some places in Asia with good weather in September include Bali, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Why September is the best month to travel?

September is the best month to travel due to fewer crowds, pleasant weather, and lower prices.

Is September a good time to travel to Europe?

Yes, September is a great time to travel to Europe. The weather is usually mild, the crowds are smaller, and you can often find good deals on flights and accommodations.

What are the best places to travel in September USA?

In September, some of the best places to travel to in the US are New England for fall foliage, the Grand Canyon for cooler weather, and Hawaii for beach vacations.

What are cheap places to go in September USA?

Some cheap places to travel in September 2023 in the US include national parks like Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Acadia, as well as cities like Las Vegas and New Orleans.

What are some hot places to visit in September?

Some hot places to visit in September include Santorini, Greece; Bali, Indonesia; and Cape Town, South Africa. These September best holiday destinations offer beautiful weather and a variety of attractions to explore.

What is the best time to visit Thailand?

The best time to visit Thailand is during the dry season, which is from November to February. The weather is cooler and there is less rainfall, making it ideal for exploring attractions and enjoying outdoor activities.

What is the best time to visit Greece?

The best time to visit Greece is during the shoulder seasons of spring (April to June) and autumn (September to October) when the weather is pleasant, crowds are smaller, and prices are lower

In Summary – Best Countries to Visit in September

There are many beautiful countries to visit in September, but it depends on what you want from your destination. Whether you are looking to embrace the cold, relax on a beach, or do some sightseeing in the low-season when prices are cheaper, there are plenty of places to explore around the globe in the month of September.

There are many additional holiday destinations for September that we could have listed, but we feel that this list covered a variety of warm and cold weather destinations, activities, festivals and events.

Are you planning a holiday in September? Have you visited any of the recommended places to visit in September listed above, or have we missed a country we should add to this list? Post your tips and questions below.

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