Thinking about where to travel this autumn can help divert your mind from the hot summer weather. Planning also ensures you can find affordable accommodations and research things to do at these desirable fall destinations. Here are some ideas on where to travel this fall.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Maine’s Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor provides pristine views from Cadillac Mountain and driving Park Loop Road. There are several hiking and biking trails to consider as well. Consider dining at the Jordan Pond House within the park or going to a lobster pound in the surrounding area.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Whether or not you’re a University of Michigan fan or can include attending a home football game at “The Big House” as an item on your bucket list, Ann Arbor in the fall is a perfect time to visit. You can enjoy the fall colors, partake in apple festivals or canoe on the Huron River.
Charlottesville is one of the most idyllic places in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. You have easy access to Skyline Drive for scenic views. Other cultural and historical activities include visiting Monticello, walking the lawn at the University of Virginia and winery tours. Movie fans may also relish the 2022 Virginia Film Festival from November 2-6, 2022.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
For a memorable southern coastal experience, you may consider staying on Jekyll Island in Georgia. There are plenty of beach spots, biking trails and museums to explore. You may also consider taking a carriage tour to view the historical 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 plenty of opportunities to drive and hike 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 pleasant in the fall.
To avoid some of the crowds, you may consider hiking the Watchman Trail (moderate difficulty), which is easy to access from the visitor’s lot and provides excellent views.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley has one of the most tolerable autumn climates, as you don’t have to worry about frigid late-autumn temperatures and early snow. There are festivals throughout the autumn season to enjoy.
You may also be able to participate in the winery 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 go on a 36-mile roundtrip from St. Helena.
The East Coast has many iconic autumn getaways from New England to the more temperate Appalachian Mountains. Of course, going out west can also be enjoyable as the brutal summer high temperatures disappear for the year. Additionally, prices for travel start to dip as the season changes to fall.
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