This Fall Make Sure these Top 12 Destinations are on Your To Do List
If you haven’t taken that long awaited vacation, now is the best time to plan to see these top 12 cities. We’ve got you covered with where to see everything from the best fall foliage to the coziest places to dine by the fire this fall.
1. New York
New York City is always buzzing with activity, but the summer heat can take its toll. A visit to New York in the fall proves to be much more relaxing, and you can’t beat the colorful foliage in Central Park. Whether you stroll through the rainbow-colored leaves or take a carriage ride in the cool evening breeze, romance is in the air in New York in the fall. Fall means harvest time for farms all over the world, and in New York, it’s no different. Visit Brooklyn Grange farms, the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. Take a guided tour of the urban rooftop farms or have dinner there. Brooklyn Grange also put on workshops where you can make your own skin care with infused oils and balms.
2. Las Vegas
As the mercury starts to dip below 100 degrees in Las Vegas, the fall months usually usher in cheaper rates on popular attractions and hotels. Take in more than just the bright lights during October when Hallowe’en brings revelers in crazy costumes. The party never stops really in Las Vegas, and Hallowe’en is no exception. With tons of costume parties, and adult tricks and treats to enjoy, Hallowe’en in Las Vegas proves that this fun holiday is not just for kids. Don’t miss the Motley Brews Downtown Brewfest to sample some great beer paired with food prepared by local chefs.
Disneyworld kicks into high gear in the fall with favorite events including Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Hallowe’en party. The whole family will enjoy getting dressed up and filling their treat bags while checking out the themed attractions like the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular. Epcot caters to foodies and wine lovers with the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. The festival features a global expo of international delicacies and specially curated demonstrations from culinary superstars. At the end of your evening don’t miss the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show. The sky lights up in true Disney splendor, and you can sing along with your favorite Disney villains; it’s simply spooktacular!
The windy city rivals New York with some of the best fall foliage to fill your Insta account. Take some time to explore Millenium Park to view the myriad of leafy, colorful trees. When the chill starts to set in, head over to The Dawson to warm your bones with some soul-inspired food. The Dawson is the epitome of rustic elegance, with a menu that is chic and intelligently designed. If you’re looking to linger over a candlelit table with warm fall delights, The Dawson delights discerning diners looking for more than just your average dining experience. Their love for their craft, in food and hospitality, make this the perfect gathering spot on a chilly autumn evening. The Dawson is located at 730 West Grand Avenue, Chicago.
5. New Orleans
Nevermind if you’ve missed the Mardi Gras celebrations in NOLA this year, the party continues to fire up in the fall. New Orleans is the place to indulge in everything from food to fun. With festivals like the Fried Chicken Festival in September and The Beignet Festival on in October, that’s enough to whet any appetite! For some family-friendly entertainment, Pontchartrain Park Playground comes alive from Friday, October 12th till Sunday, October 14th with Gentilly Fest. Featuring some of the best live music, food, fine arts, and crafts, it’s a weekend of fall fun! By the way, these festivals are FREE!
6. Myrtle Beach
As the kids go back to school and the weather starts to cool down, Myrtle Beach becomes a relaxing place to while away either a weekend or a week. The temperatures during the fall in Myrtle Beach are still up in the 80s during September, so the warm waters are perfect for swimming. While the nights cool down slightly, you can cozy up and enjoy a fondue treat at The Melting Pot fondue restaurant. This little treat of a place is the perfect romantic spot to swoon over their Dark and Dulce dessert fondue, which incidentally, is a local favorite.
7. San Diego
The milder weather in San Diego makes taking a trolley ride through the beautiful streets of San Diego, that much more refreshing. Unlike most areas in the fall, San Diego has clearer, blue skies in the fall. The water is still warm enough to swim, and the hotels tend to be cheaper. San Diego is the perfect weekend getaway spot if you can’t stand the summer crowds. Consider booking a trip in early November to check out the San Diego Beer Week & Guild Fest. Features the areas’ top breweries and innovation, it’s an indie brew lover’s treat.
New England rivals New York for its blazing fall foliage that comes alive as the crisp cool air swirls around the city of Boston. Pack your warm woolies as you head to B-Town to stroll the many historical sites and alleys on a romantic getaway. This beautiful city seems to warm the history lover’s heart, particularly in the fall. Follow the Freedom Trail which comes alive with color and history during the fall. At the end of your sojourn duck into Harvest in Harvard Square to warm yourself from top to toe. Harvest features New England–inspired cuisine including mouthwatering seafood dishes and savory charcuterie platters. Enjoy award-winning desserts to share by the glow of their elegant fire.
9. San Francisco
San Francisco boasts a glorious Indian Summer, and the cool breezes on the bay make this city a refreshing place to plan your getaway. If you think the summer festivities have finished, think again! During the first weekend in October, the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival brings free music and fun to Golden Gate Park. Previous year’s artists include Lee Ann Womack, Boz Scaggs, and Joe Jackson. This festival is free, and you can even bring your picnic basket and your cooler to enjoy as you treat your ears to the smooth sounds of San Francisco fall charm.
Head to music city this fall for pumpkins, bacon, and beer festivities! Nashville turns on your taste buds with the annual Nashville Bacon and Beer Classic. This all-time favorite festival features more than fifty craft breweries and bacon-lover delicacies to sample all weekend long. If you can handle it, you can compete in the bacon eating contest! If you’re looking for more of a family-oriented day, head over to Franklin which is a short drive outside of Nashville city center for Pumpkinfest. This family day of fun has been going for 35 years! The kids can dress up and participate in costume contests, as well as check out the extreme pumpkin carving demonstrations. Pumpkinfest is Nashville’s premier ‘welcome fall’ festival that is a community favorite.
11. San Antonio
Visit The Missions of San Antonio this fall for some colorful, cultural celebrations. San Antonio’s three-hundred-year heritage comes to life with festivals including the San Antonio World Heritage Festival and Dia de Los Muertos. Both of these festivals have a special meaning for the residents of San Antonio. Dia de Los Muertos is the sacred festival to honor loved ones who have passed on. This beautiful celebration of family and connection celebrates family and the importance of keeping a loved one’s memory alive through lively processions, music, and of course, stunning artwork. Both of these festivals happen in the fall, bringing San Antonio alive with color and history.
12. Los Angeles
The City of Angels has less than forty days of rain a year and is usually much warmer than you’d think in the fall. If you’re still clinging to summer as the chill of autumn creeps in where you are, head to Los Angeles for temperatures ranging from the high 70s to low 80s. While you might not catch any fiery fall foliage in downtown L.A, the fall festivals pack in entertainment. The city of endless summer puts on pie-eating contests, pumpkin carving, and costume parties that even adults can enjoy. Once the Santa Ana’s have breathed their last of summer’s warmth, fend off the chilly evenings by a roaring fire. For a romantic evening of sipping and swooning over a crackling fire, head to Mar’sel at Terranea LA’s Oceanfront Resort. Terranea Resort is an upscale restaurant famous for their top-notch food and stunning views of the ocean.
Autumn typically means better deals on flights and hotels, making it the perfect time to get away. Plan your next vacation to one of these destinations to enjoy everything from the foliage to the festivals.