10Best: September's Best Travel Bets

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    Telluride, Colorado

    Besides enjoying ideal weather for hiking and biking in the beautiful San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado, September brings a lot of action to Telluride in the form of two popular festivals, the Telluride Film Festival and the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.

    Photo courtesy of wayneharney/iStock

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    San Francisco

    With average temperatures in the low 70s, September is actually San Francisco's warmest month, as well as one of the driest. Besides warm weather, this month brings fewer tourists and lower hotel rates, as well as a full month of festivities, including San Francisco Fringe Festival and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival.

    Photo courtesy of Maridav/iStock

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    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

    Something about the Tuesday after Labor Day causes many of the nation's beaches to empty out, and Myrtle Beach is no exception. That means cheaper hotel prices and more space to spread out in the sand. The September calendar in Myrtle Beach is also packed full off festivals like the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival, the Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art and the Music on Main Concert Series.

    Photo courtesy of Visit Myrtle Beach

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    Barcelona

    Spanish League soccer has begun, summer crowds are thinning out and Barcelona hosts La Mercé, the city's official holiday since 1871 with features human castles, fireworks, dragons and giants on parade. All in all, September is an exciting month to be in the Catalan capital.

    Photo courtesy of Erin Borrini

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    Branson, Missouri

    All the activity that makes Branson so much fun continues on through September. Visitors who come during the second half of the month are in for a treat during the annual National Harvest & Cowboy Festival at Silver Dollar City. Festival events include a Wild West Show and a craft fair featuring works by 125 visiting artisans.

    Photo courtesy of Silver Dollar City

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    Cancun

    Pining for an exotic giveaway? Not quite ready to pack up the bikinis for the season? Cancun to the rescue! This beautiful beachy destination is both easy to reach from the USA and affordable in September. Chilaquiles, anyone? It's an ideal tiem to snag last minute hotel packages, and should you get rained on, you can always make it a spa day!

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    Cincinnati

    Despite what the name would have you believe, Oktoberfest usually starts in September, and you need not fly all the way to Germany to enjoy the fun. Cincinnati's version of the beer-centric event, dubbed Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, is the largest in the USA, and it's free!

    Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

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    Singapore

    Singapore's warm equatorial climate means there really isn't a bad time to visit, but motorsports enthusiasts who come in September can cross a major event off the bucket list, the Singapore F1 Grand Prix. Even if you can't make it to the big race, September is the driest month of the year in Singapore, so there's a good chance for a sunny forecast for hitting the beach on Sentosa Island.

    Photo courtesy of leungchopan/iStock

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    Orlando

    If you've been waiting all summer to check out the newly opened Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando, September is a good month to go for it, as this park (as well as all the other fantastic theme parks in Orlando) empty out significantly after Labor Day Weekend.

    Photo courtesy of 2014 Universal Orlando Resort

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    Catskill Mountains

    Warm days, cool nights and fiery fall foliage make September the best time for a trip into the Catskill Mountains of New York. Besides leaf-peeping, visitors to the region can revisit the hippie era in the quirky town of Woodstock, dine at chic bistros in Saugerties or do some kayaking on the Hudson River.

    Photo courtesy of lightphoto/iStock


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