With so many people vaccinated, travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have been reduced or removed and a lot of people are ready to spend the fall season somewhere beautiful. Whether you live in a region that stays hot, gets too cold, or just doesn’t have the lush tree color changes that mark the season in that classic way, here are 5 amazing places you should consider as travel destinations this fall.
North Adams, Massachusetts
Massachusetts is known for its vibrant Autumn changes – for the classic American fall, there’s nowhere better than this New England state, preferably around North Adams. The Mohawk Trail winds through vivid country before reaching the higher elevations of Massachusetts, where the colors are even prettier.
North Adams is tiny, the smallest city in the state, but contains tons of sleepy inns, bookstores, coffee shops, and art galleries (such as the prestigious Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).
Asheville, North Carolina
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The downtowns of North Carolina in cities near the Blue Ridge Mountains like the bustling Asheville are perfect fall getaways. From street performers to breweries to the waterfalls of the Pisgah National Forest, Asheville has so much to see.
Visit the famous Biltmore Estate, the largest mansion in the country, and then for yourself seek out one of Asheville’s terrific cabins, tree houses, or Airbnbs.
Nestled between the frigid winters and sweaty summers, the fall season in Chicago brings the best out of the state (as well as the fewest visitors). Chicago perfectly balances the nightlife with nature, offering the phenomenal Art Institute of Chicago and Lincoln Park for city folks as well as Millennium Park and the Chicago Botanical Gardens for nature lovers.
Whether you’re looking for nightclubs or pumpkin patches (check out Maple Park’s adorable Kuipers Family Farm), Chicago has something to spice up your fall.
For a more exotic Autumn trip, Lugano in Switzerland is one of the most coveted fall vacation destinations on earth. The Lugano Autumn Festival brings the classic folklore of the city’s local traditions to life. From the folk music and crafts to the Ticino wines and sparkling architecture, this is the luxury fall destination you’ve been dreaming of.
San Diego, California
Lastly, here’s a fall vacation spot for people who live in frigidly cold places and want to escape to a beautiful beach somewhere. San Diego’s sweltering summer heat will have worn off by the time you get down there for the fall. Since it’s the region’s off-season in terms of tourists, your flight and hotel will be cheaper, the beaches will be less crowded, and the warm-but-not-hot climate will definitely hit the spot.
With fewer travel restrictions, the epicenters of Autumntime festivities should be reopening for the fall vacation you’ve always dreamed about. From sleepy towns in the United States to folkloric mountain villages in Switzerland, use this list as a starting point to begin planning your next getaway tradition.
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