Top Ten Best Autumn Travel Spots in the US
Keywords: hospitality, hostel, bed and breakfast, vacation home, cabin
Most people don’t think of fall as the best time to travel, saving their hotel points and miles for the summer or dead of winter. However, if you’re a fan of fall colors and milder weather, the autumn is the best time to travel, especially if you are the kind of traveler that doesn’t love being thronged by crowds of tourists. Whether you are looking for a picturesque cabin up in the woods or a lavish vacation home on the beach, fall is the best time to take advantage of good weather and prices. Here are ten of our favorite fall travel spots right here in the U.S. of A.
- Denver – If you’re looking for great autumnal color (and especially for a remote cabin, up in the mountains), Denver is the place to start. The cottonwoods start turning in early September and stay a beautiful range of yellow, orange, and red, until well after Halloween. Denver has a quickly growing hospitality trade, with five start hotels for those looking for elegant accommodations or a hostel for those looking for something less expensive.
- Nashville – Nashville’s festival season is just swinging into full gear in when autumn rolls around, with bluegrass, food, wine, and even book festivals. Besides the activities, you’re going to see plenty of fall colors on the trees that line almost every street in downtown. If you want to get away from the city, there’s nothing more classic than a down-home-country bed and breakfast.
- New York City – In the summer, this city is hopping with tourists and experiences high temperatures. If you’re not into sweating through your t-shirt while standing in a massive line to see the Statue of Liberty, fall is a much better time to visit than summer. Plus, you get to see Central Park ablaze with red leaves. If you’re not thrilled about staying in the city, check out the surrounding areas for bed and breakfasts—or skip the city altogether and just tour upstate New York. There’s nothing like New England in the fall.
- Salt Lake City – If you want to stay in a vacation home or cabin and enjoy the wonder of nature, without being too far from modern conveniences, SLC is the place to be. Not only are the mountains covered in a patchwork of changing leaves, there are plenty of outdoor activities to engage in. If you’re lucky, you can even get a jump on winter with some skiing.
- Massachusetts – Harvard and MIT are just getting back in session and the leaves are changing. Massachusetts offers some of the best rural vacation spots, with hostels, picturesque hotels, and cabins dotting the rich countryside.
- Orlando – The summer crowds have cleared out of Disney World and off the beaches. It’s “too cold” for Florida natives to take advantage of the waves, but still plenty warm for those of us from milder climates. Don’t forget to visit the German section of Epcot and revel in a little of the Oktoberfest celebrations.
- Santa Fe – Visiting in the fall is the best way to beat the heat. Plus, the city puts on a range of a harvest festivals and fairs during autumn. Every parking lot features a green chile roasting outpost, that makes the city smell spicy and delicious. Once you’re done perusing the Indian market, take a jaunt up to Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta.
- San Antonio – While Texas may be famous for its mild winter weather, it does feature some great fall foliage spots. San Antonio is the closest city to Lost Maples State Natural Area, which has a wide variety of tree species, creating a blanket of yellow, orange, and red. It won’t be too cold to take a blanket out and have a picnic among the trees.
- Yosemite – If there was ever a “best time” to visit this national park, fall is it. Not only are hospitality services less expensive during this season, you get the best views of the widest range of fall foliage. Maples, oaks, and dogwoods color the mountainsides and make for a beautiful drive. You can even camp or stay in a cabin inside the park.
- Yellowstone – Though you might not see as much wildlife during autumn as during the spring or summer, you will be treated to some of the most beautiful natural falls colors in the country. Like Yosemite, Yellowstone has plenty of hiking, camping, and other hospitality services, so you can make the most of the fleeting fall foliage and wildlife sightings.