How to Keep Summer Going Into September
While many people in the United States say goodbye to summer after Labor Day, don't panic. If you feel like the season has passed you by in a blur of subway delays and almost-going-to-the-beach days that turned into actually-just-watching-Netflix days, it's not too late.
September is the perfect time to live out the rest of your summer fantasies, as many of the school vacation crowds have disappeared, and both hotels as well as airlines are more likely to be offering deals.
It's also a great opportunity to start planning travel for shoulder season (the few months between peak seasons in any given destination when prices go down and travelers can score big). So why not head to Cape Cod for the fall solstice, or book a trip to Vermont before all of the foliage-lovers take over most of New England?
Because summer definitely isn't over just yet.
Take a Spa Day
Indulging in spa services can make any day feel like vacation. Some of the best destination spas are located in the U.S., and readers this year chose Westglow Resort & Spa in North Carolina as the best domestic spa. (It's hard to argue with those relaxing Blue Ridge Mountain views.)
Watch a Baseball Game
Nothing says summer like America's favorite pastime. And whether it's a major league game or a local one, it's a great excuse to sit outside drinking a beer and rooting for the home team.
Explore a National Park
National Parks are some of this country's greatest treasures, offering travelers the chance to reconnect to nature in a protected ecosystem. With many of the summer crowds gone and the temperature dropping, taking a hike is more enjoyable than ever.
Try a New Activity
Trying something out of your comfort zone can help shake off the end of summer blues. Why not try surfing, the most summer-y hobby around?
Plan a Staycation
Taking in the sights of your local city (or just your neighborhood) can be the perfect way to recharge before autumn kicks off. To really feel like a tourist in your own home, spend the night at a hotel you've been admiring or a quirky B&B (though it helps if you don't do dishes).
Read a Book
Take Advantage of Late Summer Flight Deals
Airlines such as Southwest and Delta have been offering end of summer flight deals with one-way tickets lower than $40. Even Qantas has gotten into the late summer spirit by selling round-trip tickets to Australia for less than $840.
Visit a Local Beach
Some of the best beach towns are located right here in the U.S., and with temperatures in much of the country remaining warm throughout September, it's not too late to get sand on everything you own.
Start Planning Your Holiday Travel
Nothing beats the disappointment of one vacation ending like planning the next one. Thanksgiving is only a few months away, and October is the best time to book travel for turkey day, so September is the perfect moment to hash out your family plans.
Plan a Shoulder Season Trip
Sip a Cocktail at a Rooftop Bar
Savor the warm (but no longer humid and sweaty) days at one of the best rooftop bars in the country.
Get Your Thrills at a New Attraction
Take a Scenic Drive Through New England
In September, the hordes of leaf-peepers have not yet arrived to Vermont, but the breweries are still pouring out great craft beer and the trails are open for hiking. Now's the perfect opportunity to take a traffic-free drive through New England.