Top 5 Fall Vacations

fall vacationsIn the United States, fall vacations can be a popular choice for those who want to escape the summer crowds and higher prices of the peak travel season. From September through early November, you'll find cooler weather, festivals, and fall foliage in destinations from coast to coast. Whether you want to escape to the country setting in Vermont, or you prefer the city life, you'll find an area worth visiting during autumn. We've selected 5 great fall vacation spots for you to consider.

Great Smoky Mountains

As one of the most visited national parks in the United States, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, located between North Carolina and Tennessee, is one place you'll want to consider for fall vacations. With the cooler temperatures of autumn, averaging daytime highs in the 70s and 80s with evening lows dropping to the 50s, you can enjoy the break in the humidity that plagues the area during the hot summer months. The park is also one of the best locations for fall foliage, offering 500,000 acres of forest colored with shades of orange, purple, and red at elevations from 800 to over 6,000 feet.

Napa Valley

In Napa Valley, autumn heralds in the harvest season for over 250 wineries calling the 35-mile-long valley home. On your fall vacation to the area, you'll find a variety of activities to enjoy. From wine tastings to the Annual Old Time Bluegrass Festival, Napa Valley understands how to entertain guests. Kids can roll up their pants and take part in stomping the grapes at vineyards, or they might enjoy seeing the dungeon during a tour of Castello di Amoroas, a winery serving fresh grape juice for kids under the age of 18. The Napa Valley Wine Train allows you to take in the views of the area while you enjoy dinner.

Colorado

If you're looking for budget-friendly vacation destinations, consider a trip to Colorado. Fall is the off-season for ski resorts like Vail and Aspen, which means you can find great deals on everything from vacation rentals to restaurants to ski equipment. During the month of September, aspen trees cover the Rocky Mountains in a golden blanket, providing breath-taking views, especially along Cottonwood Pass nestled between two 14,000 foot peaks. Unlike other fall vacation spots, Colorado temperatures can drop below freezing at night at the higher elevations.

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Vermont

During fall vacations, Vermont hosts a number of events from apple festivals to corn mazes. With the apple harvest beginning in autumn, you can enjoy the crisp taste of over 25 varieties of apples, including Cortland, Honeycrisp, Macintosh, Empire, Gingergold, and Gala apples. Apple festivals feature fresh-pressed cider and other products made with the fruit, especially apple pies. In addition to harvest celebrations, fall colors dot the Green Mountains and the Adirondack Mountains and surround lakes and rivers. In some of Vermont's valleys, the color stays longer than other fall vacation destinations. The red-background of the leaves provide a beautiful background for Vermont's covered bridges.

San Francisco

Celebrate Indian Summer for your fall vacation. Locals in San Francisco know that one of the best times to see the city is during fall vacation when the city welcomes warmer weather, a phenomena they call Indian summer. Beginning in September, the area experiences sunny skies during the day and mild temperatures at night. The warmer weather also lifts the fog from the bay, providing a clear view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Without the summer crowds, you can enjoy popular destinations like North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, and Pier 39.