7 Fabulous Fall Travel Destinations in the U.S.
The dog days of summer are officially here, meaning we're searching for fabulous fall travel destinations to keep things interesting. If you've got unused vacation days burning a hole in your pocket, or are lucky enough to have a more flexible schedule, why don't you plan a post Labor Day getaway?
Whether you're a nature lover, someone who wants to be near the water, or are craving a truly off the grid experience, there's something for everyone on this list. Read on for our top seven fall travel destinations around the United States.
The 7 Best Fall Travel Destinations
1. Asheville, NC
Tucked away in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Asheville is no longer the hidden gem that it once was. That doesn't mean it's any less incredible, however. It's a dreamy fall travel destination full of local culture, arts, food, and landscapes. Want to take in the magic of Mother Nature? Work up an appetite hiking around Pisgah National Forest while you admire the changing foliage. Get a taste of the gilded age opulence at the stunning Biltmore Estate. It's the largest privately owned residence in the United States; don't miss it's incredible gardens, architecture, and history.
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2. St. Michaels, MD
Maryland's Eastern Shore may be best known for summer crab feasts, but the fall season is another perfect time to take in its tranquil beauty. Enjoy a less crowded scene and still-perfect weather while you dig in to the local delicacies (we're partial to lump crab cakes and crab soup) at more accessible prices. Visit local breweries and shops full of local crafts and goods, and make sure to leave plenty of time to sit by the water and just take it all in. Since you'll be a stone's throw from Baltimore and the greater DC area, get a dose of incredible art at the American Visionary Art Museum and Glenstone (in Baltimore and Potomac, MD respectively). The former highlights self-taught, intuitive artists while the latter blends contemporary art, architecture, and nature into a seamless, all-encompassing experience.
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3. Flagstaff, AZ
Who doesn't love the Grand Canyon? If you've never had the chance to visit, take advantage of the cooler fall temperatures and end of chaotic summer crowds to get your dose of jaw-dropping natural beauty. The area is a dream of any lover of the great outdoors, as the city is surrounded by national forests, parks, and monuments. Dive into Native American history, gaze in awe at the Petrified Forest National Park, and let yourself be dazzled by the colorful Painted Desert. But if you're really in town for the big kahuna, the Grand Canyon is just 90 minutes away by car, making it an ideal fall day trip.
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4. Jackson Hole, WY
Nothing beats spending a crisp fall weekend in the presence of the country's most stunning mountain range. Situated near some of the best national parks and premier ski centers in the United States, Jackson Hole has something for everyone no matter the time of year. Following the summer rush – and before the winter ski frenzy – take in the changing leaves along the mountains without the crowds or sky-high prices. Be sure to have a car at your disposal so you can drive to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; you won't believe your eyes, and your inner adrenaline junkie won't get enough of the options for amazing outdoor activities. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for impressive wildlife such as bears and moose.
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5. Nantucket, MA
Most people associate Nantucket with a summer-only destination, but it's one of our favorite fall getaways as well. Once the glitz and glam of the summer crowds fades and things quiet down, it will feel like you've got the island to yourself as you stroll or cycle your way around town. Soak up important U.S. and maritime traditions while falling in love with the charming homes and shops in the bustling historic center. Feast on delicious seafood, breathe in the fresh ocean air, and stay at beautiful inns and hotels without the high-season hefty price tags.
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6. Joshua Tree, CA
Nothing like a trip to the desert to reconnect your mind, body and spirit. Joshua Tree has become a renewed favorite – many people came here to escape the urban claustrophobia of big cities like LA and New York during the early days of the pandemic – and the autumn season is a lovely time to make another visit. Summer's searing temperatures are just a faded memory and Joshua Tree National Park is ripe for exploring. Myriad hiking trails and otherworldly landscapes will help you clear your mind and inspire you in new ways. Check out the funky local art and food scene to round out your funky fall getaway experience.
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7. Bonus Track: Bermuda
OK, hear us out – we know Bermuda isn't in the United States, but it's a stone's throw away thanks to quick flights from the East Coast. Indulge in a luxurious fall escape that helps you really into the R&R while seeking out the island's famous pink sand beaches. Cocktail hour at sunset promises plenty of Dark and Stormy goodness (or any other potent rum punch) before sitting down to a bowl of tasty fish chowder. Bermuda in the fall is a fantastic place to recharge your batteries, soak up some shoulder season sunshine, and treat yourself to much-needed self care.
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