September is a great month to travel and almost every part of the world has something nice to offer. In the southern continents, winter is on its way out while in the northern countries, you can still take in the last of warm summer days. So if you are planning to get away this September, here are ten amazing places to choose from.
- Perth, Australia
With spring in the air, Perth in Australia takes on a whole new and fresh feel in September. The city is well known for an array of attractions ranging from natural splendors and wildlife to Aboriginal culture and aquatic sports. But in September, one of the most-anticipated events in Perth is the Wildflower Festival held at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens. This nature reserve is spread over a vast expanse of 400 hectares, covering beautiful parklands and exquisite gardens. The park is set high on Mount Eliza and overlooks the Swan River besides offering breathtaking views of the city. The Kings Park is also popular with visitors for offering a wide range of recreational activities. The Park has huge expanses of open parkland where are ideal for family outings, picnics and there are also trails for cycling, walking and look-out points for sight-seeing. While in the city you can also look up other attractions like the Perth Zoo, Burswood Casino, Perth Mint, Pioneer Village as well as the city's many Museums and shopping districts
- Merzouga, Morocco
For an out-of-the-way travel experience, how about visiting an oasis town of Morocco? Some of the most amazing spots of natural beauty in the Sahara desert belong to oasis settlements. These are areas in the desert fed by underground springs or nearby rivers and are usually characterized by swaying palm trees, picturesque settlements and date plantations. Merzouga is one such oasis town where tourists come to experience life in a typical desert setting. Here visitors can find themselves invited to a traditional Berber home and watch the family perhaps prepare a local meal of cous-cous, home-made bread and tagine dishes. Along with displaying the natural splendors of an oasis, Merzouga is also a popular base for camel trips into the Sahara desert. In fact the nearby El Chebbi dunes are among the highest and largest in Morocco and Merzouga is the right place from where to explore the natural wonders of the desert.
- Skopje, Macedonia
Central Europe is a good time to visit in September since the long chilly winters are yet to set in. Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia and its largest city. The land-locked country of Macedonia lies in the center of the Balkan Peninsula and has a long history of empires including the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Skopje thus mirrors the history of its country in its rich heritage of monuments and architectural treasures. One such example is the Byzantine Church of St. Panteleimon which is famous for its frescoes which blend spirituality with personal devotion. Other churches worth seeing are the 16th century Church of St. Spas, the Church of St. Demetrius and the newly restored Church of the Holy Mother of God. Perhaps the most important historical monument of Skopje is the Old Stone Bridge which was first built under Sultan Mehmed II. Today the bridge is seen as the emblem of the city and an important link to its past. Other places of historical interest in Skopje are the Macedonia Square, the Old Bazaar, the Millennium Cross and the Kale Fortress.
- Orlando, Florida
If you are looking for a quick family vacation that would not take you away from the continent, how about visiting Orlando in the state where the sun always shines. One of the best-loved of Orlando’s attractions is the SeaWorld Orlando. If you have kids, they are sure to be thrilled with a whole range of fun-filled activities like meeting animals face-to-face, going topsy-turvy on thrilling rides as well as witnessing amazing sea-animal antics. One of the biggest highlights of the SeaWorld Orlando is the Manta ride which is the only flying roller coaster of its kind. At the same time, you can also explore other kid-friendly attractions of Orlando like the Disney World, Universal Orlando, Discovery Cove, Cirque du Soleil shows, Citywalk and a host of other theme parks.
- Palenque, Mexico
History buffs can choose to holiday at one of the most important ancient Mayan settlements at Palenque in Mexico. Palenque was the capital of a city state known as b’aakal or b’aak of the Classic Maya civilization which thrived during the seventh century CE. Today the ruins of Palenque are chiefly famous for the archeological treasures which include sculptures, tombs, remains of palaces and inscriptions. The palace at Palenque is actually a complex of interconnected buildings and courtyards which were built on an artificial terrace. Another highlight of the ruins at Palenque is the Temple of the Inscriptions which has the second-longest glyphic text from the Mayan times. The inscriptions are a record of around 180 years of the city’s history starting from the 4th through the 12th k’atun. Other remarkable structures belong to the Temple of the Cross group which are built on top of step pyramids.
- Shaolin Temple, China
This September set about witnessing the mystical splendors of the Orient, of which one of the most popular is the Shaolin Temple in China. Famous all over the world as the cradle of Chinese Zen Buddhism, the Shaolin Temple is Located in the Song Mountain region and near Dengfeng City. It is a huge complex comprising of temples, ceremonial or prayer halls, monasteries and caves. Among the most important structures in Shaolin Temple are the Hall of Heavenly Kings, Mahavira Hall, the Pagoda Forest as well as the Dharma Cave. Other than being a significant site of Chinese Zen Buddhism, the Shaolin Temple is also well known as an important training center of Chinese martial arts especially the Shaolin Cudgel. While Shaolin Kung Fu originated under the initiative of Dharma as a way of self defense by the monks, today it is mostly practiced to develop flexibility and health.
- Bourgogne, France
For those of you who are proud of their cellars, a tour through a wine country can make one of the most memorable of holidays. September is especially a good time to visit the vineyards of France since this is the beginning of the harvest season. The vineyards of Bourgogne are the main production regions of Burgundy, one of the most famous of all French wines. The five major areas of production here are Chablis/Auxerrois in Yonne, Cote Chalonnais and Maconnais in Salone et Loire as well as Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune in Cote d’Or. Visitors are welcome to many of these vineyards where they can watch certain stages of the wine-making process and even get invited to distinguished cellars. Moreover these vineyards along with local tourism office often organize wine-tasting festivals, tours of vineyards and courses in wine-appreciation. However if you coming from another country, it is best to contact beforehand the French government tourism office in Paris where they offer details of wine-tourism.
- Nile Cruise, Egypt
September is also a good time to visit Egypt since it falls between the excessively hot summers as well as chilly winters. And what better way to explore the ancient wonders of Egypt than to take a cruise on the Nile? Some of the famous sites that pass in the way are the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Colossi of Memnon, temples of Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan. Visitors may also sail on a traditional Egyptian sailing boat known as the felucca to get a complete experience of the Nile. There are several tour operators in Egypt which offer cruise vacations on the Nile. The best among these have a wide range of cruise packages ranging from boats which offer the best value for money to Deluxe vessels which come with 5-star luxuries and leisure facilities. The most frequented route of Nile Cruises falls between Aswan and Luxor.
- Bath, England
Before the cold season sets in, why not experience the luxurious hot springs of Bath in England? The British city of Bath in Somerset is the only region in England where naturally occurring hot springs abound. The thermal springs of Bath led to the Romans establishing several grand bath-houses and temples in the region . In the Georgian era especially, Bath emerged as a fashionable resort town whose spas, boarding houses and baths were frequented by the rich and famous. The social snobbery attached to a holiday in Bath has been well-described in the novels of Jane Austen as all students of English Literature will remember. Besides its thermal springs, Bath has many other places of cultural interest like museums, universities and theatres.
- Yellowstone National Park, United States
The Yellowstone National Park of United States is one of the most visited public parks of the continent and it could make a great September holiday idea to witness the early colors of the fall. Spanning across 3468 square miles, the park is primarily located in the state of Wyoming even though it extends into Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone is famous for its picturesque lakes, canyons, rivers and geological features, of which perhaps the most popular is the Old Faithful Geyser. The Old Faithful falls in Wyoming area of the Yellowstone National Park and if you have come here particularly for the geyser, you can stay at the nearby Old Faithful Inn.