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Best Places to Vacation in September/October

Where to Go When Autumn Falls


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Wondering when to go where for the best vacation experience in September or October? The weather is optimal in many spots. And do you know the very best thing about taking a vacation at this time of year? Kids are in school, so you're unlikely to encounter the hordes of family travelers who fill popular destinations during summer vacation time. Odds are you will find some of the best fall weather in:

As summer turns to fall, foliage emerges and trees transform hills into a patchwork of colors. Crisp fall days are perfect for leaf-peeping, the last state fairs of the season, and romance.

Yes, much of the Caribbean remains under a hurricane watch during the early autumn months (it's not lifted until November 30). Yet you can still find a place in the sun, and under the hurricane belt, in the Caribbean's A-B-C islands: EUROPE
September and October are perfect months to visit Europe. The weather has cooled down from summer and the crowds are noticeably smaller. Places that you couldn't get into just a few months ago are now likely to welcome you with open arms. SOUTH PACIFIC
Close to the equator, there's little variation in temperature. Yet couples find even this part of the world less crowded in September and October.

Sure Things

  • Year-round, the weather's just about perfect in Hawaii
  • Somewhere around the world, every month of the year, a cruise ship is sailing some place wonderful.

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Not the Best Time to Visit

  • Hurricanes may threaten Florida, the Eastern seaboard, the Western Caribbean, and Mexico’s Gulf Coast.

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