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8 Great Travel Destinations For September

By Rachel George

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With school back in session and new quarterly projects at work, September is probably the most underrated month to travel. However, September also means cheaper travel fares, fewer crowds, and attending some of the best festivals of the year.

Haven’t taken a trip this summer yet? Don’t worry you still have some time. Here are 8 of the best places to travel in September.

Greenville, South Carolina

On  September 19-22, Greenville hosts Euphoria, the largest food festival in the city. There will be 100 beverage professionals, cooking tutorials, live performances, and chefs like Chef “T” Torrence Gregoire from hit television show Hell’s Kitchen, who spent her early years cooking in her grandmother’s kitchen in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Atlanta, Georgia

Any time of the year is a good time to visit Atlanta. It’s one of those places where there’s something going on for everyone. Some of the biggest festivals in September are Music Midtown, FroRibbean Fest, the Atlanta Rose Festival and OneMusic Fest, headlined by Ari Lennox and Nigeria’s Wizkid.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Spend 4 days and 3 nights hiking 25 miles on the Inca Trail to the lost city of Machu Picchu. It’s pretty dry during September so the rain won’t hinder you from making it to the top. However, tours will also be in high demand so book yours ASAP.

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Puerto Rico

September is a beautiful time to visit Puerto Rico. The island is full of love and unity after protesting their former governor and overcoming Hurricane Maria. Flights and hotels are fairly cheap at the moment, and you can use this as an opportunity to volunteer and give back to the community.

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Bardstown, Kentucky

Enjoy a week-long celebration dedicated to all things Bourbon, with tastings, art displays, car shows, food, and fun. Enjoy the museums and art showcases during the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival from Sept. 18-22. Listen to the acoustic sounds of Leon Bridges and Amythyst Kiah at Louisville’s Bourbon & Beyond event, Sept. 20-22. Plenty more bourbon, music, food and fun for all ages.

Mexico City, Mexico

Immerse yourself in Mexican culture as the country celebrates its Independence Day on September 16th. Enjoy all-night parties, live entertainment, fireworks and more. Catch some panda activity at the Chapulepec Zoo or take a sunrise bike tour. It’s 26 miles so brace yourself.

Xin Xin (Hope), one of the two giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) born in captivity in Mexico is seen at the Chapultepec zoo in Mexico City, on July 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PEDRO PARDO (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Galapagos Islands

The hardest decision to make is whether to see The Galapagos Islands on a cruise or staying on one of the islands. It’s mating season and the weather stays around 70 degrees, which is great to explore their dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and other swim-friendly creatures. Ecoventura’s luxury MV Origin ship holds 20 guests and comes equipped with a 14-person crew, marble tabletops, a library, and a variety of daily itineraries including kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving and more.

Hawaii

Celebrate Hawaiian culture all September long through events and cultural festivals intended to preserve the Hawaiian culture, cuisine, music, history, and dances. The best place to experience Hawaii like a local is during Aloha Festival, the largest block party in Hawaii, celebrated on all islands and in the continental U.S. Hawaii Food & Wine Festival and Kauaʻi Mokihana Festival are two other popular festivals that last all the way into October.

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