Fall is the perfect time to travel. Whether a family with children looking for interesting fall getaways for the weekend, or an empty nester looking for a longer vacation, there is no denying that the cooler air, bright fall colors, and low crowds make some popular vacation destinations amazing places to visit. It’s still warm enough in some places to enjoy the beach, but if you’re not a beach lover, it‘s just the right time to enjoy comfortable hikes and gorgeous scenery.
Here are 7 amazing fall trips for all kinds of travelers.
Sedona is a magical destination any time of the year, but the summer heat is not for everyone. However, in the fall, daytime temperatures fall to a comfortable 80 in October and down to a lovely 68 in November. Between September and mid-October, you can see the colors change in the sycamore, oak, and maple trees in the always stunning Oak Creek Canyon. From October to early November, you’ll not want to miss the city’s Day of the Dead celebration at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
If you’re looking for relaxation, there is no shortage of spas in the area, from Enchantment Resort to Mii Amo Spa. But the more adventurous traveler will not want to miss the more than 100 hiking trails or taking a guided Jeep tour. Of course, a trip to the Grand Canyon is an absolute must either as a destination on its own or as a day trip with the Grand Canyon Railway.
in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, Asheville has everything for a weekend fall getaway. It’s hard to pin a label on the city because there is so much to see and do. Beer lovers can delight in the more than 20 breweries (consider signing up for a brewery tour), while wine aficionados can visit the most visited winery in the US at the Biltmore Estate. The art scene is vibrant and alive in the River Arts District which is home to more than 200 artists showcasing works in mediums such as textiles, ceramics, and paintings. Of course, location in the Blue Ridge and proximity to the Appalachian Trail means the views of the foliage are unparalleled. Take a hike or go whitewater rafting in Pisgah National Forest. Whatever your interest, Asheville has it.
There is one major reason to visit Leavenworth – Oktoberfest. Leavenworth, WA is home to one of the biggest Oktoberfest celebrations in the United States. Taking place over 3 weekends in October, this festival celebrates Bavarian heritage, food and, culture (so don’t expect the low crowds then). But, if you can’t make it to Oktoberfest, it’s ok. The Bavarian architecture nestled at the foot of the Cascade Mountains alone is worth a look any time of the year. In September, perhaps you can catch the Wine Walk, or maybe the city’s longest-running event, the Autumn Leaf Festival.
No piece about a fall getaway would be complete without mentioning New England. If you want stunning fall foliage, head to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.Set between New York and Boston, you can create a longer trip with the two cities as major stops, or just focus on the charming towns that the Berkshires are known for. Make it a goal to drive from town to town, taking in the world-class cultural, dining, and art scenes. Great Barrington, the first town in the US to have electric lights, is a historical and cultural hub of the region. Or drive to Lenox, Stockbridge, and Pittsfield taking in the magnificent fall colors. If you’re looking for a little luxury, consider staying in Blantyre, a Relais and Chateaux resort in Lenox.
Summer is a popular time to visit Hawaii because schools are out and it’s an amazing family vacation spot. But once the crowds clear out, consider a trip to The Garden Isle – Kauai. This lush haven will find quiet and tranquility here in places like the Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. You’ll recognize the breathtaking scenery from movies such as Jurassic Park and Pirates of the Caribbean. The weather is warm year-round, so you’ll be able to relax on the beach in peace. But make sure you take your trip in September or October because November begins the rainy season.
If you’re looking to leave the US, head to Montreal. This diverse city is a blend of old and new worlds, of Europe and Canada. The fall brings on comfortable temperatures and a wealth of festivals and things to do. Because it’s the off-season, as opposed to summer, hotel rates are lower so you’ll get more bang for your buck. The best way to see the fall colors is by visiting Mount Royal Park on the highest point of the city. The trees, elms, ashes, and maples, reach their peak in late September and early October.
Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole is simply wonderful in the fall after the summer Yellowstone crowds have cleared out. If you’re an animal lover, make sure you visit the National Elk Refuge to listen to the bugling calls of male elk looking for mates in September and October. Music lovers will be happy to catch the Grand Teton Music Festival and filmgoers can always check out Frank’s Fall Film Festival. Take advantage of few people and combine the trip with visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park where hiking, biking, fishing, and ranger-led tours are still popular through the end of October. Just be aware that some roads start closing for winter in mid-October,
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