The lazy, dog days of summer may mute the ticking countdown to back-to-school-and-work. But we all know what’s coming. Take heart, these seven, fabulous fall vacation ideas and destination options will help cure your wanderlust for continuing travel adventures in the off-peak autumn season.
Seven Fall Vacation Ideas + Destinations
Vancouver is well known for natural beauty, but the city’s cultural scene really shines in the fall. The International Film Festival and Vancouver Writers Fest are just two excellent reasons to plan an autumn visit.
The September to November period is one of the best times to visit Vancouver, because of the great weather and low hotel rates. The hiking and mountain biking remains accessible and snow-free, the culinary scene is quieter but no less tasty, and the main attractions like Stanley Park are much less crowded and more enjoyable.
Munich is one of the few places that actually fills up during the fall instead of emptying out, and that’s because of Oktoberfest. It’s a 16-day event in the streets of Munich that includes carnival rides, tons of food and all the beer you can imagine, much less drink.
This destination is a bit of a black sheep on this list. Because of the popularity of Oktoberfest, you will see higher hotel prices and an influx of tourists. But this kind of festival a one-of-a-kind experience for beer lovers, so Munich in October is the place to be.
Music City is especially beautiful and just as lively during autumn as the busy summer months. Anywhere you turn in Nashville in the fall, you’ll see a festival. There are all kinds of festivals, from music to craft to food festivals and the cool weather makes it perfect for strolling around the streets.
With constant free, live music playing down the streets of Nashville, football season getting started, great hiking trails to experience the great outdoors and endless fun and food, the entire family will have a blast on this trip.
Chicago is a favorite destination among fall travelers. The cooler weather makes it comfortable to walk around this urban gem, the third largest city in America. Some must-see destinations include Wrigley Field, Millennium Park and the Shedd Aquarium.
There are also myriad food, art and cultural festivals in the windy city in the fall months, including the fantastic Chicago Museum Week. Enjoy discounted visits to more than ten of Chicago’s best art and historical museums.
San Francisco, California
The weather in San Francisco is amazing during the fall. The summer is often foggy and cool, while autumn is warm and sunny, making it perfect exploration weather. Go for the true San Francisco experience by taking a ride on a cable car, wandering Fisherman’s Wharf, and don’t forget to check out the Golden Gate Bridge.
If that’s not enough to convince you, the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival is in September. Are you really going to pass up an opportunity to celebrate chocolate?
Only in Ontario will you find Algonquin Park, a beautiful 7,725 square kilometer park complete with forests, rivers and lakes, and yes, bears. Walking or canoeing in and around this picturesque park during the changing colours of the fall landscape will be an experience to remember.
For those outdoorsy types, you can camp in the park (or stay in a yurt) among the incredible fall foliage and scenery. Northern Ontario is a great escape for those who love nature and want to enjoy a quieter vacation of reconnecting with the earth.
In Luray, Virginia you’ll find Jellystone Park Camp & Resort, a great fall getaway destination near the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can camp, or try something new and stay in a rented log cabin to enjoy the fall colour show. For the kids, there is a water park, mini-golf, an outdoor movie theater, and laser tag. For mom and dad, enjoy a week of relaxation and sitting around a campfire for the perfect unwinding vacation.
Autumn is the most beautiful time of year, so get out and explore somewhere new while enjoying nature’s greatest annual show. Any one of these great fall vacation ideas and destinations will be sure to give you and your family a great adventure.
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