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7 Best Fall Vacation Ideas

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As any seasoned traveler will tell you, every season has its perks, but autumn has a certain vibe that will make any trip memorable. Fall is a popular time to travel because of its pleasant weather, scenic foliage, and laid-back vibe. From September through November, beach towns and mountain villages see decreased visitor traffic. It’s cheaper to fly and stay in hotels in the autumn, plus fewer people travel then.

Whether you’re hoping to avoid the crowds at your typical vacation spot or view your go-to locale in a new light this autumn, here are some of the most stunning locations in the world that are at their best in the shoulder season.

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley explodes with activity when the temperatures cool and the tourists arrive for the harvest festivals. Popular spots for seeing the fall colors in Napa Valley include the vineyards along Silverado Trail and Highway 29, the towns of Yountville and Rutherford on the valley level, and hikes in the Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Oat Hill Mine Trail hills to the east and west of the valley, respectively.

Wine tastings and other harvest celebrations are just a few fun things to do in the area. Visitors may book a trip on a hot air balloon or the Napa Valley Wine Train to get a bird’s eye perspective of the region.

Big Bear, California

Big Bear Lake is a sea of gold, red, amber, and yellow from the middle of October to the beginning of November. Magical aspens, maples, and oaks line the hiking trails, and the Village looks like something out of a postcard with its fall foliage, wooden animal sculptures, and twinkling lights. There are even trips designed specifically at this peak viewing time.

Three people walking through Big Bear national park in the fall

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Located on the southwestern point of the Baja California Peninsula, Cabo San Lucas is a popular tourist destination by the sea. The cliffs, crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches, and warm welcome of the residents make this Mexican destination a popular tourist spot. The fall season is the best time to visit Cabo San Lucas due to the pleasant weather, empty beaches, surfing waves, and many restaurants serving delicious local food.

The spectacular Bisbee Black and Blue Tournament, with thousands of dollars in cash prizes for the winner, is held in Cabo in October. This Mexican resort is fantastic to visit in November when the Day of the Dead celebration occurs.


The Eastern Caribbean island of Anguilla is beautiful, fascinating, and unlike any other. The island of Anguilla is especially appealing during the fall months. November is a great time to travel because of the reduced fall airfare, hotel rates, and absence of crowds.

Outdoor activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and indoor activities like seeing Anguilla’s major historical sites, like the Wallblake House and the Heritage Collection Museum, are available in the fall. Anguilla in the fall may be perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to relax and unwind.

Port Aransas, Texas

Autumn is the best season to visit Port Aransas. You’ll find that September through December is your new favorite time of year because of the low humidity and consistently pleasant temps (perfect for a beach vacation).

Port Aransas sand dunes covered in grass

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An early fall beach trip is excellent for splashing about in the waves, honing your boogie-boarding skills, taking in some rays, reading a good book, and generally indulging in all the things that make a day at the beach so enjoyable. You could also take a day excursion to St. Joe’s Island and come home with many gorgeous shells.

Telluride, Colorado

Telluride, Colorado, is a picture-perfect mountain town with everything you might want for a spectacular autumn getaway. When the colors change, and the air is crisp, hiking in the mountains in the fall is a beautiful way to enjoy the season. You may stroll among the changing leaves, ride your bike along picturesque routes, and fish in one of the area’s many streams and rivers when the weather cools down.

The town’s festivals and other cultural events begin the fun you may have in this mountain community. There is something for everyone in Telluride. Film buffs will enjoy the annual film festival, and art lovers will feel at home in the city’s numerous galleries and studios showcasing the work of exceptional artists worldwide.

Anna Maria Island, Florida

Anna Maria Island is a great place to take advantage of the mild weather and gorgeous fall season weather while relaxing on the beach. The absence of summer and winter vacation crowds is a major perk of traveling in the autumn, which is technically the “off” season.

A flock of seagulls on Cortez Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida.

Image Source: Cortez Beach, Anna Maria Island by Fred Hsu on Wikimedia

The water may still be swimmable despite the drop in temperature, and you may bask in the glory of a beach day without the crowd. There are additional choices if you wish to avoid the bustle of Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach, which are located near entertainment options, including restaurants, beach cafes, and shops.

Wrapping Up

We hope you’ve found some fall travel inspiration with our top picks, and we hope you realise that you don’t have to travel In the summer months.

If you travel at off-peak times of the year, like the fall season, then you can pick up some great deals on price and also have less traffic and tourists to deal with.

Do you have any recommendations of where we should look to travel over the fall season? Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear from you!

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