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15 of September's Must-See Travel Destinations

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Summertime might be coming to an end but September travels are on the horizon. This transitioning season month calls for all sorts of travel perks: perfect weather, smaller crowds and festivals galore. While the world is wrapping up their vacation, you can just get started with these 15 destinations that are September-worthy. 

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Rome

Italy
Enjoy Rome to the fullest in September; a month filled with perfect weather and fig gelato. Rome’s restaurants and sights all reopen after August’s brief hiatus meaning the sky is the limit when it comes to your itinerary.
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Hong Kong

East Asia
If you are looking to visit Hong Kong during summertime, September is the best month. With less humidity and less rain, you can comfortably enjoy Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival.
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Sicily | Stay at: Principe di Salina learn more

Warm weather, less tourists. Sounds like a Sicilian dream. Make sure to attend their annual Cous Cous Fest, a culinary event with live shows and chef challenges. Stay at: Principe di Salina
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Mexico City | Stay at: Chaya B&B Boutique Hotel learn more

While Mexico City is still rainy, they have some of their best known events surrounding the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) in September. Post up at the modern Chaya B&B Boutique and nestle in the heart of Mexico City. 
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Buenos Aires | Stay at: Home Hotel Buenos Aires learn more

Move into Home Hotel Buenos Aires for the month of September. This modern yet retro house-like hotel will be the perfect home base to enjoy the ideal weather without the tourist crowds. Inside tip: Don’t forget to check out their Wine Fair!
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Okanagan Valley

Canada
For the camping folk, September in Okanagan is your ideal location. Warm days and cooler nights make it perfect for enjoying the region’s festivals such as the Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival, Rock Creek Fall Fair and their Whiskey and Beer Festival.
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Tasmania | Stay at: Thalia Haven learn more

If you're looking for a refreshing getaway, Tasmania can give you that cooler temperature vacation. A quieter season with minimal tourists means watching the snow melt from your hotel room at Thalia Haven. This beach front property will help you witness nature’s transition from winter to spring luxuriously.
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Guayaquil

Ecuador
If you love warmer temperatures, Guayaquil is your September destination - especially if you have an adventurous spirit. Take a Cacao Farm Excursion day trip or visit the numerous landmarks of the city, such as the Parque Historico, to fully immerse yourself in Guayaquil's culture. 
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Charleston | Stay at: Zero George Street learn more

Charleston is at its peak in September with temperatures in the high 70s. Participate in their lively festival culture with the LowCountry Jazz Festival, Charleston Restaurant Week and MOJA Arts Festival. Retreat back to the historic-meets-modern Charleston hotel, Zero George Street.
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The Yellowstone Collective Retreat learn more

September is one of the best times to visit Yellowstone with relatively mild temperatures and smaller crowds. Glamp at the Yellowstone Collective Retreat to further immerse yourself in nature.
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Paris | Stay at: Ritz Paris learn more

Wake up with Paris in September as the city bids farewell to Summer. This means visiting the Musée d'Orsay without having to fight the crowds. With the peak tourist season fading, plan on scoring some deals. Stay at: Ritz Paris
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Stockton Springs | Stay at: French's Point learn more

September treats Maine well. The colorful foliage and fairs and festivals sprinkle Maine with culture. For Maine’s coastal views, make sure to visit French’s Point, a historic estate on a private peninsula.
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Melbourne

Australia
Arrive to spring in Melbourne, Australia. The weather ranges from chilly to warm in September which will allow you to enjoy their Yarra Valley wineries, Royal Botanic Gardens and a football game at Melbourne's Cricket Ground.
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West Kill | Stay at: Spruceton Inn learn more

In addition to their Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Festival in September, this upstate New York region also has their Street Festival and Schlachtfest to look forward to. Retreat to Spruceton Inn and feel the true identity of Catskills: mountain views and the tranquility of the country.
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San Diego | Stay at: The Lafayette Hotel Swim Club & Bungalows learn more

Tourism begins to taper off in San Diego during September meaning you can take full advantage of summer time sans beach crowds. Enjoy yourself at The Lafayette Hotel Swim Club, a San Diego boutique hotel with a touch of that lively New Orleans spirit.
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