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Fall is my absolute favorite season! The weather cools, the air seems filled with deliciously scented things, and the whole landscape turns into beautiful golden shades of copper with the fall leaves changing — plus orange also happens to be my favorite color! It’s a known travel hack that shoulder seasons (fall and spring) are the best times to travel as there are typically less crowds, lots of fun events, and plenty of travel deals too. We’ve hand selected some of our favorite fall destinations below that include fun things like harvest festivals, haunted places, and outdoor autumn adventures perfect for viewing fall leaves. Make the most of your trip by using Chase Ultimate Rewards to save on hotel stays, redeem points for flights, and travel with peace of mind throughout the season knowing you’ll also be covered for emergency assistance services should you need them. More details on that below, but in the meantime, here are our fall travel picks!
Door County, Wisconsin
Door County is just a short scenic drive from Green Bay and celebrates the autumn season like no other destination. There are apple harvests where you can pick your own apples, haunted lighthouses, and weekly festivals full of delicious foods like apple cider donuts. Plus, they’ve consistently been named as one of the top 10 places in the US for fall foliage viewing.
Asheville, North Carolina
Another great contender for peeping at fall leaves is Asheville, North Carolina. Located near Great Smokey Mountains National Park, you can take a scenic drive through winding mountain roads to look at colorful fall leaves, then settle back in town for the night to indulge in a delicious dinner and live music in this well-known culinary destination.
Nova Scotia, Canada
Driving around the Cabot Trail along the coast of Cape Breton Island was one of our most memorable scenic road trips. The epic rocky coastlines are a beautiful contrast to the changing fall leaves in Cape Breton National Park. And as far as food is concerned, you’ll get your fill of great seafood, Nova Scotia oat cakes, and sweet delicious things made with maple syrup.
St. Augustine, Florida
Florida might not typically be thought of as a fall destination due to their year-round tropical weather, but the temperatures are pretty mild and marvelous this time of year. And since St. Augustine is the oldest city in the nation (founded in 1565), there are plenty of ghost stories and tours to get you into the Halloween spirit. As for food, since Florida tends to be warm, taste something different like Hyppo’s gourmet artisan ice pops in flavors like Granny’s Apple Pie and Mexican Hot Chocolate.
Harvest season is an exciting time to visit California’s wine country! Named for the first pioneer to plant vineyards in Napa Valley, Yountville is now named one of the top food towns to visit by numerous culinary magazines. From picturesque landscapes of rolling vineyards, to one of the top restaurants in the world, Thomas Keller’s French Laundry, it’s the perfect quaint little town to visit during the autumn season. Spending a weekend cycling through the vineyard’s and toasting to the fall season with luscious red wines!
Colorado is known for it’s craft beer scene, and there’s no better time to visit Colorado’s Front Range than during the autumn season. From horseback riding in Loveland, to hiking the Rocky Mountains, and visiting countless craft breweries throughout the Front Range, fall is a perfect time of year to visit. There’s even a luxury hotel in Estes Park that inspired Stephen King’s, The Shining, if you dare to stay there for Halloween.
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What fall trip do you #LookForward to? Share with me in the comments.