Best Cities to Visit in the Fall
By: Good2GoPublished: October 5, 2016
Summer is great for a lot of reasons. More sunlight, beach days, and family vacations are all usually things people look forward to during the warmer months. While there are plenty of things unique to summer, traveling is something you can do year-round. Some places are actually better to visit in the fall due to cheaper hotel rates and fewer tourists. Here’s a list of places to plan a trip to this upcoming fall season.
Santa Barbara, CA
Even though it’s often perceived as a beach town, Santa Barbara gets better weather in the fall than in the summer. Lots of southern California towns fall victim to June Gloom, a weather pattern that results in lots of cloudy, overcast skies and cool temperatures. Santa Barbara is home to quite a few wineries, and specializes in old favorites like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but also offers up some wine varietals made of grapes unique to the region. Fall is a great time to visit wineries since most harvesting occurs between late August and early October.
Who can resist the beautiful fall foliage Boston has to offer? You can take a walk down the Freedom Trail through Boston Common, which holds the title as America’s oldest public park. Boston is home to several breweries including Sam Adams, which offers free public tours and hosts October Fest events all through the month. If you’re a history buff, consider visiting Salem (25 miles north of Boston), one of the most historic areas in the US where the Salem Witch Museum can provide spooky fun for the whole family.
Even though Orlando is tourist central for most of the year, the beginning of the school year is usually a little less crowded. Prices go down and chances are you won’t have to wait 2 hours just to ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. If Mickey and his pals just don’t do it for you, there are plenty of other things to do besides visiting the parks. Downtown Orlando has an expanding dining scene and an impressive nightlife. Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve is also a 440 acre nature preserve where you can see Florida’s natural scenery and hike through their trail system.
The windy city lives up to its name in the winter, so you’ll want to visit Chicago before temperatures get too cold. The fall is ideal for lower room rates, catching an indie film at Chicago’s International Film Festival, or enjoying a seasonal brew at a local taproom. The Navy Pier is also open year-round, where adults can catch a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and kids will be entertained by the giant Ferris wheel, a round of 18-hole mini golf, or a walk through the Funhouse Maze.
Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole might be one of the most unsuspecting vacation destinations, but it’s been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the best ski destination and as the fourth best adventure vacation in the U.S. While traveling to Jackson Hole in the summer and winter can be expensive, going during the offseason can save you a buck or two and be just as memorable. In the fall, temperatures range from the high 50s to the low 70s, and you’ll get to experience the vibrancy of the changing leaves as you hike through Grand Teton National Park.
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