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 To find the best places to visit in September 2018, Business Insider looked at climate data, cultural calendars, and peak travel times.
September is shoulder season for many top tourism destinations, and savvy travelers are already planning their trips.
The best places to visit in September include American natural wonders like the Grand Canyon and New Hampshire’s White Mountains, as well as the romantic Indian city of Udaipur and metropolises like London and Melbourne.

The summer is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your travel dreams on hold.

September is shoulder season in much of the world, and savvy travelers know that’s often the best time to visit must-see locations.

We looked at airfare trends, climate data, and cultural calendars to select 13 vacation spots that are some of the best places to visit in September. They range from American natural wonders to a romantic Indian getaway to bustling metropolises waiting to be explored.

Whether you’re an adventure-seeker, a beach-lover, or a nature buff, there’s something in these destinations for everyone. Take a look at the best places to visit for a September trip, and plan away.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

September is the perfect month to visit the Grand Canyon, one of the America’s most famous natural wonders. With summer vacationers and road-trippers out of the picture, you’ll be competing with far fewer people for the best vantage points.

On top of that, temperatures are much more comfortable this time of year. While summer temperatures at the bottom of the Grand Canyon often reach triple digits, in September they fall to the 80s and 90s, and even as cool as the high-60s at the top of the canyon. Meanwhile, if you visit the national park after autumn, many areas will be shut down until the weather heats up again.

Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas is always busy, but the end of summer does see a slight reduction in tourist traffic. The big draw for Vegas in September is the temperature, which drops to around 70 degrees at night. Wait one more month, and you’ll need a warm jacket. Wait one more, and you start to compete with holiday visitors.

Outer Banks, North Carolina
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

North Carolina’s famed Outer Banks have a more laid-back and local feel once the annual wave of summer tourists starts to dissipate.

The 200-mile stretch of islands entices visitors from all over with its vast beachfronts, historic lighthouses, and wild horses that roam the landscape. History buffs will also appreciate the Wright Brothers National Memorial near Kitty Hawk and various dedications to Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the modern-day United States.

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