No one ever closes out summer feeling like you did everything you wanted, all the stuff you dreamed up back in May. And yet, you’ve probably been doing a lot. Maybe took some weekend trips. Maybe hit some music festivals. Summer, even as an adult, is still the season that feels most like it operates outside the patterns of your actual life. Once autumn hits, it’s time to enjoy all the things close to home, to find the best of what’s in your own backyard: hiking trails, food festivals, state fairs.
September, if you aren’t tied down by the dawning of a new academic calendar, is a phenomenal month to sneak in that one final trip you never got around to this summer. September ushers in that all-too-brief summer vacay sweet spot -- surge pricing has ended, but sunshine and warm nights remain. Music festival season gives way to harvest festival season. September vacations mean cheaper prices, better weather, and smaller crowds. Here are the best of ’em, for your consideration: