Our pick of the top destinations month by month
The kids are back at school but you’re not quite ready to give up your summer holidays, so why not jet off somewhere to relax and recharge before winter sets in? Autumn is a lovely time to discover many parts of the world as temperatures remain warm, but many areas have quietened down, giving you more freedom to explore!
Best for foodies
New England in September is perfect for those looking to relax and indulge in the finer things in life. Spanning the north-eastern region of America, cities in New England include Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut to name just a few, and temperatures remain warm during September.
New England is very much a place for foodies. As they enter their harvest period, it’s also apple season which means you can pick your own apples from one of the many Orchards while taking in the turning colours of the autumn leaves.
Being on the Atlantic coast, seafood lovers will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to top quality restaurants, and in the first week of September, both New Hampshire and Connecticut have Seafood festivals taking place, so this is your chance to indulge.
Alternatively, you can eat and drink your way around Block Island (just south of the mainland Rhode-Island), with wine and beer tastings, and once again, a plethora of fresh seafood restaurants. Newport also hosts their Wine and Food Festival which takes place towards the end of September.
If you find yourself well and truly stuffed, why not get lost in the natural wonders of New England. Maine is home to the gorgeous Arcadia National Park, with 47,000 acres of vast woodlands, serene lakes, and the East Coast’s highest peak, Cadillac Mountain.
Or escape the larger islands and head to Martha’s Vineyard, an island of Massachusetts. This little harbour town offers sandy beaches, quaint cottages, lighthouses and America’s oldest platform carousel. However, despite the island’s name, it does not have any actual vineyards to explore.
Best for city and culture
China can be unbearably hot in the summer months, but September sees temperatures start to dip. The north will be cool, while southern areas remain warm and humid, but overall, it’s a good time of year to explore all that China has to offer.
The Forbidden City in Beijing is probably the most iconic ancient building preserve in China, and Summer Palace is a beautiful imperial garden that really takes you back in time and away from the busy city life outside its walls.
From bustling Beijing to sophisticated Shanghai, China is now a modern metropolis intertwined with culture and history. The Shanghai skyline is one of the most impressive in the world, and you can head up the top of the 632- metre Shanghai tower for the best views of the city from the world’s tallest observation deck of 562 meters!
However, if you don’t fancy navigating your way through these complex metropolises, then just outside of Shanghai is Huangshan – The Yellow Mountains.
If you’re a keen hiker but don’t fancy the large crowds that flock to the Great Wall of China, then the Yellow Mountains offer something ‘off the beaten track’. They take their name not from their colour, but from the legendary Yellow Emperor Huang Di.
The mountains boast unique rock formations and natural hot springs. It won’t be too busy during September, and autumn is great for climbers as it’s dry. Foliage during this time is also changing, so photographers will be able to capture that beauty of China in autumn.
Best for outdoor adventures
Alaska is one of the most picturesque states in the U.S, known for its rocky mountain terrain, glaciers, wildlife and stunning scenery. September sees moderate temperatures, which allow you to really make the most of outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking.
Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America, and if you’re feeling brave, you can attempt to hike to the 20,310-foot summit. Those who think that might be a bit ambitious can still enjoy the many hiking trails around the peak or opt for a different National Park. Glacier Bay offers a slightly less demanding trail, not to mention stunning scenery and wildlife along the way.
If you fancy trying something a little different, then why not give salmon-fishing a go. It’s still in peak season for King Salmon in September, and you can fish for Silver Salmon right through until November.
Another big attraction of Alaska in autumn is your chances of spotting the Aurora Borealis are much higher. The equinox months affect the Earth’s tilt which in turn increase the intensity of this phenomenon. You’ll also find it much less tourist-y than Europe’s popular Northern Lights destinations such as Iceland, Finland or Sweden.
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