The end of summer is always bittersweet. As the days get shorter and nights get cooler, it comes time to trade in the swimsuit for a scarf, the lawnmower for a rake, and the lemonade for cider. And although summer may be coming to a close, vacation season is still going strong. Fall is on the horizon, and with it brings endless travel opportunities. Discover our top fall travel destinations to find the autumn escape that’s right for you.
Nestled between the shores of Georgian Bay and the heights of the Niagara Escarpment, Blue Mountain is a breathtaking getaway for nature lovers. Enjoy an unmatched view of the changing leaves from Ontario’s only open-air gondola, or bite into a little slice of heaven on the Apple Pie Trail, Ontario’s largest apple-growing region. Come October, Blue Mountain undergoes a spooky transformation into the Haunted Hill, where thrill-seeking guests can brave the unknown during hikes through the haunted forest. Additionally, Blue Mountain features a year-round waterpark, as well as both indoor and outdoor spas.
Fall into college football when you visit North Carolina’s famous “Triangle.” Made up of Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, the Triangle houses three of the ACC’s biggest rivals: the UNC Tarheels, the Duke Blue Devils, and the NC State Wolfpack. Cheer on your favorite team and explore the many fall festivities around the Triangle. From the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh to the Durham World Beer Festival, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy before or after game day.
Fulfill your fall fantasy with a trip to historic New England. If the breathtaking foliage isn’t reason enough, New England boasts classic fall activities such as pumpkin and apple picking, corn mazes, hayrides and more. New England also offers some of the best fall festivals in the U.S. From mouthwatering food and beverage festivals in Portsmouth, NH to artistic showcases like the Vermont International Fall Festival in Burlington, New England has one of the most diverse fall calendars you can find.
Unwind in Wine Country this fall. Autumn is crush season in Napa, meaning there is no better time to visit and experience the harvest for yourself. Tour as many of Napa’s world-renowned wineries as your heart desires to enjoy gorgeous vineyard tours, exquisite wine tastings, and at some locations, the opportunity to stomp freshly harvested grapes with your own two feet. Napa is also home to various outdoor adventures both on the ground and in the air. Immerse yourself in the California fall with excursions like top-notch hiking, fly fishing, and even hot air balloon tours.
Colorado Mountain Region
Few regions are as breathtaking year-round as the Colorado Mountains. Home to numerous resorts and lodges, the mountains are an ideal vacation spot for those seeking crisp fall weather, picturesque foliage, and fresh mountain air. While the mountains are most often regarded as winter ski destinations, there is more than enough to keep you entertained during the fall. Outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and fly fishing will give you a one-of-a-kind look at some of the country’s most incredible landscapes, as well as a variety of music, art, and food festivals in popular mountain towns such as Aspen, Vail, or Avon.
Admire the fall foliage as you visit some of the nation’s most historic landmarks like the White House, the Washington Monument, and the U.S Capitol Building. And if history isn’t your cup of tea, you can enjoy one of countless fall activities such as the Taste of D.C., or a visit to one of the many Loudon County wineries. Plus, you are just a short drive from other Northeast fall hotspots like Alexandria or Mt. Vernon, VA.
If there is one place that comes to life when the leaves start to fall, it’s the Badger State. A football state through and through, Wisconsinites live for the fall and the start of football season. Whether you’re watching the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, the oldest continually operating NFL stadium; or the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium, one of the most energetic college football environments in the country, a fall football game in Wisconsin is an experience like no other. Not to mention that Wisconsin is widely considered the beer capital of the U.S, and the arrival of fall means the arrival of seasonal brews. Be sure to visit one of the many Oktoberfest celebrations around the state for the most authentic beer drinking experience you’ll find this side of Germany.
Known as the City of Brotherly Love, you’ll find more than one way to fall in love with this cultural mecca. As the primary city where the United States of America was formed, Philadelphia is full of rich historical sites such as Independence Hall, where both the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were adopted, and the Liberty Bell. More modern activities are also available for fall travelers, such as the Harry Potter Festival on Chestnut Hill, Bloktoberfest – Philly’s take on Oktoberfest spanning 4 blocks – and the Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival, a celebration of the city’s most famous sandwich.
Do you love the fall colors, but aren’t quite ready to kiss warm weather goodbye? Venture south and enjoy the best of both seasons in Atlanta. Nicknamed “Hotlanta,” temperatures here stay warmer longer, but not hot enough to prevent the leaves from changing. A popular sports city, fall in Atlanta means the start of both NFL and SEC football, as well as Hawks basketball. Atlanta also hosts some of its most popular music and arts festivals in the fall, including Music Midtown and Yellow Daisy Festival.