Best Places To Visit In The US In September

From the rugged East Coast to the scenic West, the length and breadth of America is waiting to be discovered in the autumn bearing month of September
Best Places To Visit In The US In September
September is arguably the best time to visit the countryShutterStock

The American dream has lulled everyone into a frantic craze to see the United States at least once in their lifetimes, and this belief in the idea of America has attracted visitors from all across the world. September is arguably the best time to visit the country, with chilling winters yet to set in and autumn colours emerging everywhere. Here is a guide to visiting the remarkable destinations in the United States that have their moment in the sun during the month of September.

Enjoy the Windy City of Chicago during mild weather

Chicago is famous for being host to extremes of temperature, with heat and humidity in the summer and icy cold winds in the winter. The transition from summer to fall is the best time to explore all that the city has to offer. Explore the city’s architectural marvels, museums and the lakefront façade it affords. The Chicago Jazz Festival happens in September, with both emerging artists and renowned legends performing during this time in the city.

For the art afficionado within you, visit the Chicago Art Institute, which is home to some of the most renowned masterpieces in the world. The lake shoreline’s proximity to the city allows for scenic views as you go for biking, and you can even take a guided river cruise. Learn about the architectural legacy with a guided tour to Willis Tower, Tribune Tower or Millennium Park’s Cloud Gate. Chicago truly has something for everyone.

The Ferris Wheel in Chicago/Google Images

Take a trip to Taos, New Mexico

Taos is nestled in the high deserts of northern New Mexico and is known for its blend of Native American, Spanish and Anglo cultures. Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest inhabited community in the world. A notable event to occur here in September is the Taos Fall Arts festivals, which showcases the work of indigenous, regional and local artists. Live music performances, art exhibits and studio tours make up the crux of the festival.

The mountainous scenery offers some of the best views in the world for hiking and mountain biking, and you can also take a chairlift ride to get stunning views of the peaks and valleys.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taos/iStock

Santa Barbara, California

Ditch the popular and peak season to visit this gem of the West Coast during September; the locals swear by it. Visit the historic Santa Barbara Mission and El Presidio. In recent years, California has seen a burgeoning development of art districts as well as cultural hotspots in the town, with a number of breweries, art galleries and wineries.

The coastal paradise is in full glory during September, so take a scenic long drive on the Pacific Highway or bask in the warm glow of a sunset at the beach. The annual grape harvest festival begins in September, so indulge in a wine tasting at the nearby Santa Ynez Valley.

The town of Santa BarbaraiStock

Fulfill your adventure fantasies with a trip to Moab, Utah

The United States is somewhat of a haven for nature enthusiasts, with its slew of national parks. Travellers have heard enough about the Yellowstone National Park, it is time for the outdoor junkie in you to drop in for a visit to Moab, Utah. Offering pleasant weather for outdoor activities, the red rocks of Moab situated along the Colorado River are a sight to behold.

You can visit the Arches National Park, known for the famous freestanding Delicate Arch and sandstone formations. Canyonlands National Park is also nearby, offering breathtaking views of canyons, mesas and the confluence of the Green and Colorado River. Go white water rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and off-roading in this small but picture-perfect town.

The rock formations of Moab Utah/ iStock

New Orleans, Louisiana

In the mood to experience the hospitality of the South but wish to avoid the crowds? The town of New Orleans is the perfect place for you to enjoy soaking in the sun for a few extra days. The city is home to a confluence of cultures, with French, Caribbean, Spanish and African traditions defining the city.

Indulge in hearty Creole cuisine from jambalaya to gumba and then head to Jackson Square to sample the historic architecture. Explore the French Quarter, which is the pulse of Louisiana, and enjoy heady jazz evenings. From blues to funk band, live music can be found everywhere in the city. Take a scenic steamboat cruise on the Mississippi or a swamp tour to spot alligators and other wildlife. Have a spectacular summer in the Big Easy.

Jazz musicians performing in the French Quarter of New Orleans
Jazz musicians performing in the French Quarter of New Orleans

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