Thinking about where to travel this fall can help take your mind off the hot summer. Planning also ensures you can find affordable lodging and research things to do in these desirable fall destinations. Here are some ideas for where to travel this fall.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Maine’s Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor offers unbeatable views from Cadillac Mountain and driving on Park Loop Road. There are also several hiking and biking trails to consider. Consider dining at the Jordan Pond House inside the park or going lobstering nearby.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Whether you’re a University of Michigan fan or can’t put attending a home football game at “The Big House” on your bucket list, Ann Arbor in the fall is a perfect time to visit . You can enjoy the fall colors, participate in apple festivals or go canoeing on the Huron River.
Charlottesville is one of the most idyllic places in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. You have easy access to Skyline Drive to enjoy panoramic views. Other cultural and historical activities include visiting Monticello, walking the lawn at the University of Virginia, and visiting wineries. Film fans can also enjoy the 2022 Virginia Film Festival from November 2-6, 2022.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
For a memorable southern coastal experience, we recommend staying at Jekyll Island in Georgia. There are plenty of beach spots, bike trails and museums to explore. You might also consider taking a horse-drawn carriage tour to see the historic homes of some of America’s elite from a bygone era.
Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville can be a quintessential trip to the Appalachian Mountains, and specifically the Blue Ridge Mountains. Luxury travelers may consider staying at the Omni Grove Park Inn, which overlooks the city. They can also visit the Biltmore estate.
There are many opportunities for driving and hiking in the area. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the best way to access the area, but there are also state recreation areas with competitive scenery and waterfalls.
Zion National Park, Utah
While Zion National Park isn’t exactly an underrated national park, it’s easy to overlook compared to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Grand Teton, and Acadia, which can also be nice in the fall.
To avoid some of the crowds, consider hiking the Watchman Trail (moderate difficulty), which is easily accessible from the visitor lot and offers excellent views.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley has one of the most tolerable fall climates as you don’t have to worry about cold late fall temperatures and early snow. There are festivals throughout the fall season to enjoy.
You can also participate in the winery’s harvesting process. Of course, visiting this region allows you to enjoy wine tastings at the various wineries. The Napa Valley Wine Train can be a unique experience as you make the 36-mile round trip from St. Helena.
The East Coast has many iconic fall getaways from New England to the more temperate Appalachian mountains. Of course, going out west can be nice too, as the brutally high summer temperatures disappear for the year. Also, travel prices start to drop as the season changes.