Our travel picks: The best places to visit in September

“Places to visit it September?” you may be saying. It’s only July. The height of summer. Are they really talking about fall travel already? You bet we are. After all, the best deals are typically found when you plan ahead. Maybe that summer vacation never quite fell into place, or perhaps you want to keep the party going into fall. We support it. And we’re here to help. Because savvy travelers know the benefits of September getaways — think kids back in school, tourist season in many destinations wrapping up, weather cooling slightly to take the edge off that August humidity, prices falling in destinations where summer is peak.

If you want to take advantage of this travel sweet spot, we have some September travel inspiration to get you started. Cheapflights.com has crunched the numbers and done our research – looking at average flight costs, popularity and even weather forecasts – to bring you the best options for travelers looking to save money, take advantage of fantastic fall weather or explore a destination they haven’t previously considered. So, read on and start planning that autumn getaway. And then go back to enjoying your summer, knowing you have something to look forward to even when it ends.

For budget travelers: Port of Spain, Trinidad

King’s Wharf in Port of Spain at Trinidad

Looking to keep the summer going a little bit longer? Consider Port of Spain, Trinidad, to extend your summer and save. Prices to this cultural Caribbean hot spot are down 24 percent in September compared to the average airfare. Head to Maracas Bay for a beach day amid palm trees and mountain views. You can access it easily and cheaply via local bus. When you’ve had enough relaxation, there’s plenty more to see and do. Check out the city’s botanical gardens and peep the architecture of the “Magnificent Seven” — a cluster of restored mansions dating back to the colonial era.

For weather watchers: Budapest, Hungary

Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary at sunrise

Fall is a great time to explore Budapest with warm, sunny days just a bit cooler than the peak summer season. September also offers the lowest chance of rainfall throughout the year. The pleasant weather makes it a perfect time for exploring on foot — visit castles, take in the view from Fishermen’s Bastion, shop at the Central Market Hall and hike up Gellért Hill. Then give your feet a break with a Danube River Cruise (go at night, the city lights are magical). There are also a number of festivals to check out in September, including the Budapest International Wine Festival and the Chocolate and Sweets Festival.

For the best of both: Louisville, Kentucky

If you’ve ever considered a trip to this southern city, September presents the perfect opportunity to visit Louisville. Not only are flights are down 14 percent compared to the average price, but the weather is some of the best of the year. With highs in the eighties, lows in the sixties and the lowest average rainfall, the weather is a home run. And, while we’re on the subject of baseball, be sure to check out the Louisville Slugger Museum while you’re in town. You can’t miss the world’s largest bat propped up against the building 120 feet high — it’s actually an exact replica of Babe Ruth’s Louisville Slugger. Not a baseball fan? Not to worry. Explore museums and historical landmarks, from Muhammad Ali’s Childhood Home Museum to the 21c Contemporary Art Museum. Cap of your trip with a drink on the Urban Bourbon Trail.

For trendsetters: Kathmandu, Nepal

Boudhanath stupa Kathmandu ,Nepal

With monsoon season coming to a close, the fall welcomes sunny skies and clear days to Nepal. Trendsetters are embracing Kathmandu this year, with flight searches up 54 percent for September. Jump on a rickshaw and explore its numerous temples, vibrant alleys and lively squares. Climb the 300-plus steps to Swayambhu, a breathtaking stupa that provides panoramic views of the city. Head to Thamel to shop for souvenirs and meet other travelers, but when you’re looking to escape the bustle of the city, the country isn’t far. Book an organized trek or plan your own to make the most of your time in Nepal.

For advanced planners: San Juan, Puerto Rico 

If the end of summer has you down, not to worry. There is no better cure than booking a vacay to look forward to. If you’re looking to plan your next adventure when September rolls around, consider San Juan, Puerto Rico. You won’t even have to wait too long to take your trip. Look for a deal in the last week of September to find some of the lowest airfares of the year to the sunny Puerto Rico capital for travel at the end of October. Walk the streets of Old San Juan to experience it’s Spanish-influenced architecture, lively energy and vibrant colors. When your feet need a break, hit the beach — there are plenty of gorgeous options to choose from.

Just so you know, this data is based on averages from departure points across the U.S. and is intended as a guideline only. Check the latest up-to-date prices and search for flights at Cheapflights.com.

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