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The Ultimate Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your September Trip to New York

August 07 2023

For many, September is one of the best times to visit New York City. The kids are back at school, the summer heat has cooled, the international crowds have dispersed, and the city is just starting to transform with the colors of fall.

If you’re visiting New York this September, you really have picked the best time – but how do you get the most out of the trip to the Big Apple this September?

Fall Foliage  

Being one of the world’s busiest cities, New York’s green spaces are often overlooked – but they shouldn’t be. New York City is home to almost 30,000 acres of green spaces, including iconic Central Park, and all of them are perfect for spotting the city’s incredible fall transformation. If you’re hoping to enjoy the fall colors this September, our fall color blog is a great guide!

NYC skyline at sunset


Love a festival? Then September is a great month to be in the city. From film festivals to art fairs, September offers a spectacular cultural calendar where you can really immerse yourself in what the city has to offer. The biggest of the festivals on the calendar is the New York Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals in the country and the world – and unmissable for any film buff visiting the city at the end of September or the beginning of October.

September Sunsets

Everyone knows September sunsets are the best sunsets – and New York is no different. From rooftop bars to iconic bridges and skyscraper viewing platforms to endless boat rides, the sunset viewing options in New York are endless. Wherever you head, the view promises to be one of the best in the world – don’t forget your camera and battery pack!

Alfresco Dining

As the weather takes a turn, September is your last chance of the year to enjoy alfresco dining in the city (depending on how brave you are, of course). Whether it’s coffee in a sidewalk café, a beer in your favorite beer garden, or one last picnic in the park – the weather is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors, so make the most of it while it lasts.

Friends share pizza outdoors

Plan in Advance

Being such a big city with so many diverse things to do, see, and enjoy – planning is a key aspect of enjoying your trip. Create a list of what you want to see before you come, and check Groupon and museum websites for discounts and free events. Book tickets for festivals in advance, and ensure you have tickets for all the attractions you can’t miss – before you head to the airport.

Are you in New York this September? The Hotel Beacon is located in the heart of the Upper West Side, walking distance from the city’s best attractions, including Central Park, Broadway, and the Lincoln Center.