Sep 27, 2018
There's a chill in the air and the leaves are finally starting to change color and fall to the ground. While many are in getting into the swing of school and searching for their next Halloween costume, you may be ready for a fall getaway. If you love fall, here are some of the most unique autumn getaways you can visit this season without emptying out your bank account:
Bar Harbor is one of the best places in the U.S. to see those splendid fall colors. The array of colors in Acadia National Park will take your breath away! If you want to witness an abundance of oranges, yellows, and browns - try hiking or biking the trails on top of the summit of Cadillac Mountain. You can also take a drive up the Acadia Byway. Keep in mind that mid-October is the prime time to see all of the colors blossom, but you might have to fight crowds and rising travel prices since this is one of the busiest seasons.
Tennessee's Smoky Mountains offer wonderous foliage starting in early October. Be sure to visit Gatlinburg, not only for its beauty during this season but for its entertainment and activities. In the heart of the city, tourists can enjoy shows, shopping, and family activities that everyone can enjoy, such as go-carting, sightseeing, and more! If you want to get out of the city, hike the 11-mile trail along Cades Cove. You will see views of stunning waterfalls, creeks, and beautiful landscapes.
If you want views of 100+ waterfalls, visit Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Vibrant colors line the hills and ridges, converting tunnels and roads into marvelous wonders. AMoung all the beauty, there are plenty of activities the entire family will love! Here you will find everything from The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum to the Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park & Zipline.
Put on your scarf and boots and take a stroll around scenic downtown Bend. Let the streets enchant you as you shop the day away and meet the colorful locals. If you are in the mood for free, outdoor activities - there are countless hiking trails and activities that all nature-lovers and exercise-fanatics are sure to enjoy. If you are a beer coinsurer, hit the Bend Ale Trail for some one-of-a-kind beer tasting and unique pumpkin themed brews.
Set in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, the Litchfield Hills look like something off of a postcard. Take a relaxing drive on Route 7 to see a lush array of autumn foliage and visit Kent, which was awarded the #1 Fall Foliage Town in New England by the Yankee Magazine. If you want to get a glimpse of the state's highest waterfalls, visit Kent Falls State Park for walking trails leading up to the peak.
If you have a passion for art, Taos, New Mexico is the perfect fall getaway for you. Many artists call Taos home and offer plenty of galleries and paintings. From outdoor recreation to arts and culture, there is something for everyone in this town. Not only will the views enchant you, but the culture will leave you wanting more.
Fall is one of the most stunning times of the year, and is the perfect season for golden aspens and spending time in the outdoors. You can explore outdoor activities like mountain biking, fly fishing, hiking, shopping, and exploring, all in the heart of Breckenridge, Colorado. Set in the Rocky Mountains, Breckenridge is a great fall getaway for anyone who is looking to escape the constant hustle-and-bustle of big cities.
If you have an unwavering love for nature, take a trip to the largest natural wilderness region in the Eastern U.S.! We're talking about the one and only, Adirondack Mountains. The 170-mile Olympic Trail, which connects Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario provides an abundance of colors and wildlife. Be sure to stop by Lake George for entertainment options, shopping, and fall activities including Freedom Park.
The Black Hills are the home to the beloved National Landmark, Mount Rushmore! Enjoy family fun and scenic drives through Spearfish Canyon State & National Forest Service Scenic Byway. On this trip, you can view spruce, birch trees, aspens, and oaks embedded in the hills and cliffs of this windy road. Family activities include a trip to Four Mile Old West Town or the Zipline at Rushmore Tramway Adventures.
Leavenworth is a Bavarian-style town and one of the best destinations for fall foliage. Take a trip down Highway 2 to view all of the lush trees and colors. Or venture down Highway 97 to Blewett Pass to find some beautiful huckleberry bushes. You can also enjoy white water rafting, mountain biking, camping, or golfing well into the fall months.
Now that you're dreaming about your fall getaway, you may think these locations are out of your price range. However, with a little research, you can save big on any travel destination now and during the holidays. Here are a few quick tips for saving on your holiday vacation:
There are plenty of ways to save on travel this fall and throughout the holiday season. Do your research and find the best destination that will match your budget!