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  • Writer's pictureLacy Bursick

8 Fall Weekend Getaway Ideas

Fall is not considered a busy travel season because school is back in session and the weather is getting cooler and unpredictable. Autumn is an ideal time for less crowds and snagging that bargain pricing. As the days get shorter and cooler, take this to your advantage with your travel plans. Enjoy the scenic foliage changes and celebrate the harvest season. 

  1. Sip wine in Sonoma, California

Autumn is a beautiful time to visit California’s wine country because of all the changing foliage colors. The weather is cooler, making it more enjoyable to sit outside and enjoy the views, walk the vineyards, or even bike the vineyards. There are also train tours that can be reserved for groups to vineyard hop and enjoy the scenery.

  1. Go Off-Roading in the desert in Moab, Utah

In the summer, Moab temperatures frequently exceed 100 degrees, but in the fall, the temperatures are in the 70s and perfect for outdoor activities. Moab is a small desert town with two nearby national parks: Arches and Canyonlands. There are tons of tour options for groups of all sizes for things like white water rafting through the canyons or off-roading the famous Hells Revenge trail.

  1. Peep yellow leaves in the Colorado mountains

Colorado is a great place to visit in the fall because of its abundance of aspen trees, which change from green to yellow, then orange and red. There are many options for towns to visit and group activities to match. From quaint mountain towns to old ghost towns, groups can find cabins to stay in together, get rustic by glamping, or even stay in luxury ski resorts during their less busy season. There are bike rentals, scenic drives, hiking trips, hot springs, and so many sites to visit. Choosing where in Colorado can be hard to choose, but we recommend finding a site you’d like to visit, such as the iconic Maroon Bells, and then choosing your lodging from there.

  1. Site see in cooler temps in NYC

In the summer, New York is hot and humid, but the temps are perfect for strolling the city in the fall. A visit to Central Park is a must because of all the

  1. Get the western experience at a ranch in western Wyoming

Western Wyoming is a rustic getaway where you can experience a stay on a ranch or even downtown Jackson has unique lodging options. While there, your group can shop, dine and enjoy the outdoors. There are two must-see parks: Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, nearby, with tour options for all group sizes. The fall is a great time to visit because of fewer crowds.

  1. Attend one of the many fall festivals around the country

In Oregon, there is the Pumpkin Regatta. In New Mexico, there is a Wine & Chile Festival. In Pennsylvania, there is the National Apple Harvest Festival. In every region, you can find unique fall festivals celebrating the harvest season and enjoying local flavors.

  1. Take a ghost tour at a haunted place such as Savannah, GA

Fall marks the start of the Halloween season. Embrace the spooky and visit a ghost town such as Savannah, Georgia which is known for frequent paranormal activity. The town of Salem, Massachusetts, is known for witchcraft and for being haunted thanks to its history from the early settler times where women were accused as witches and often burned. New Orleans, Louisiana, is known for voodoo and is an excellent place for tarot readings. Take your group on a haunted experience and celebrate the spooky.

  1. Beach bathe without the crowds in Miami, FL

Miami, Florida, averages a daytime temperature of 80 degrees in September and October, making it a perfect beach getaway. The great thing about visiting in the fall is that you can actually walk into restaurants without reservations and deal with less crowded beaches. Miami has a great art scene, nightlife, and shopping. Groups can enjoy activities like deep-sea fishing and boat tours.

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