Posted: October 6, 2019 at 7:07 pm
We’ve probably established by now that we’re pretty big fans of fall. We love it so much that we like to see what it looks like not only here but all over the place. This has made it one of our favorite times of the year to travel. Leaf peeping is what people usually think about when they think about autumn travel priorities, but fall is a great time to visit a lot of places. These are the five that are especially on our minds right now.
An international destination not too terribly far away, Alberta boasts not only mountains and gorgeous forests that exhibit the full spectrum of autumn hues, it’s got fun cities and towns from which you can build a vacation that everyone will enjoy. Fall is a great time to visit places like Banff or Calgary, before the winter snows really set it, and if you like amazing places to hike, climb or mountain bike, this Canadian province has all of the above. That Canadian hospitality is an added bonus.
October is usually harvest time in wine country, making it an action-packed time to visit. There are fun festivals to enjoy, great dining and of course, wine to be enjoyed, and yep, the leaves are changing here too. A long, leisurely weekend of tasting wine and casually wandering in and out of a beautiful boutique hotel or B&B can make for the ideal getaway. A bonus for fans for the Peanuts comic strip–the Charles M. Schulz Museum is here too, so when you need a break from the wineries, you have a fun alternative.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon should be on every traveler’s bucket list, and fall is a really great time to plan a visit. It’s just as stunning in the fall, but the temperatures are moderate, the crowds have dissipated, and the rates for hotels are lower. It’s a win all around. The hiking is fantastic there this time of the year, though pay attention to the routes. A few aren’t available later in the season. The Grand Canyon can be a fun trip to combine with a day or two in Las Vegas.
Asheville, North Carolina
Heading east, we can’t say enough great things about Asheville. We’ve been there several times, for a variety of reasons. From the fantastic craft breweries, delicious restaurants and shops in a charming downtown, great hotels and B&Bs, and of course, the hiking and amazing leaf peeping season, everyone will find something to enjoy in Asheville in the fall. You also can’t miss a tour of the Biltmore Estate–it’s worth the trip all on its own. Which naturally brings us to the one downside–it can be crowded this time of year. We still recommend it wholeheartedly though.
Newport, Rhode Island
Falls offer the opportunity to really experience Newport like a local. Yes, the water may be too cold for swimming, but it’s still a great time for sailing, and enjoying the seaside town’s great dining and culture scene. You can take a day trip, via ferry, to Block Island, or stay overnight in the beautiful Spring House Hotel. Newport is just a really lovely place to enjoy a glass of wine on the water while watching the boats go by, even if this time of year you may need to bring a jacket.
Where do you like to travel in the fall? Share your favorites with us in the comments.