Fall is the best season to travel for a number of reasons. Firstly, top destination spots aren’t as busy. Secondly, temperatures are cooler, and lastly, traveling eases the summer blues just in time for the holiday season. Convinced to book a trip ASAP? Same.
Choosing a destination, however, is the hardest part. Check out these fall-favorite spots whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation or a combination of the two. (Truth be told, you’ll have an amazing time no matter where you go.)
For your fixin’ of Southern charm, head to this picturesque coastal town in northern Georgia. Cooler weather and calmer streets make October and November the best months for travel. Plus, November is the driest month all year. That means you can pack your week with outdoor activities, including strolling under the famous Southern Live Oak trees and even catching a free concert in Forsyth Park. Beyond its beauty, this town has a lot of history, which comes to life during the ghost tours in October. Further proof that not everything is exactly how it appears.
Rochester, New York
Escape the hustle and bustle for a trip up north. Make a whole (long) weekend out of your annual pumpkin patch or apple orchard trek, and relish in the natural beauty of upstate New York. Hit up Stokoe Farms or Wickham Farms for the quintessential fall experience, complete with hay rides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. And if that’s not enough nature for ya, then take a drive — or reserve a trolley ride — and get a look at the state’s gorgeous foliage.
Step away from the cold — and pumpkin spice lattes — and into the dry Arizona heat. Tucson is seriously hot year-round but come October and November, the southern Arizona city cools down to a comfortable 80°. So, if you’ve ever wanted to visit Saguaro National Park without burning up, then now’s the time. But after you hike a few trails, you have to (we mean it) grub on burritos, guac and margaritas. The area reportedly has the “best 23 miles of Mexican food” in the United States. If that doesn’t convince you, then what will?!
Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons
Nobody wants to hike on top of one another. Or wait 20 minutes to get a photo. Or ya know, be surrounded by people 24/7. If you visit the National Parks during off-season months like October and November, then you’ll have more space — and breathing room — while you hike. Sure, temperatures will be cooler (pack layers!) but accommodations and lodging will be significantly cheaper. Keep in mind that some facilities throughout the park will close mid-November, so start planning your trip stat.