What’s so great about fall getaways? Aside from the incredible fall foliage in some regions, you miss peak seasons, which has it advantages. Just think of fewer crowds, bargain prices and a welcome retreat from hot summer days. Consider planning your getaway in the fall, and better yet, charter a bus and go with a bunch of friends or family.
US News lists a number of locations as prime fall getaway spots. The following are their top spots in order.
Savannah memorializes the antebellum period of the south with its elegant architecture and Southern gentility. You can stay at a bed and breakfast and take in the charm of the city’s Historic District.
The city is full of places to visit and a historical tour of homes takes you to the city’s beginnings in 1733 when General James Oglethorpe first dropped anchor in the Savannah River.
If ghost stories peak your curiosity, there’s a tour through the cemetery where Spanish moss drapes over the trees and your guide recounts tales about haunted sites. If you’re really daring, you can even take a tour after dark.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the fall has refreshing temperate weather that ranges in the 60’s. You can enjoy the rugged mountain trails and open spaces that are reminiscent of the pioneer days in the old West. While the city now draws interest through art venues and skiing, what was once a logging and ranching community has opened up to tourists and offers its share of luxury as well.
You’ll find it located near Grand Teton National Park and surrounded by forests. It’s a relaxing change of scenery from heavily trafficked tourist spots.
Another area full of Southern hospitality, Charleston takes you back to the South’s pre-civil war era. You can enjoy the cobblestone streets, gas lit lamps, horse-drawn carriages and relive the 1800’s, even if only for a moment. Peruse the numerous homes that have become landmark museums. Visit nearby Fort Sumter where the first shot rang out, igniting the Civil War. You can go on walking tours and learn about the city’s history and also listen to ghost tales.
Visit the Battery, a section along the southern tip of Charleston with mansions that overlook Charleston Harbor and tour these neighborhoods, which were once the center of Charleston’s maritime industry.
Acadia National Park, Maine
For a trip into the greater outdoors, you can’t beat Acadia National Park. You have plenty of outdoor activities to choose from, including rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding and biking. Also, the fall foliage is stunningly beautiful. This getaway is perfect for those who love rugged trails and rustic scenes with old carriage roads winding through the trees and ponds.
The park spans over 47,000 acres and if you’re up for the beach, you visit Bar Harbor, which is located on Mount Desert Island along the coast.
Streetcars climbing steep hills and cobblestone streets are just a few things that come to mind when you think of San Francisco. Of course, the Golden Gate Bridge is as iconic as ever, stretching across the scenic bay. Not to mention quaint cafes, art galleries and world-class cuisine also have their draw.
Fall is a perfect time to visit San Francisco, when it’s less crowded and summer tourists have headed home. Make sure to visit the diverse and colorful neighborhoods. Take in the Haight, the Mission district and The Castro for variety. Or take a tour of Alcatraz and see where Al Capone and other infamous criminals did their time.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park abounds in natural beauty and wonders with its hot springs, streams, geysers and emerald green forests. The park’s 2.2 million acres are mostly located in Wyoming but also straddle parts of Montana and Idaho. Old Faithful is a famous geyser that no tourist wants to miss seeing, but for the most part, and especially in the fall, you won’t be encountering lots of tourist traffic. The expanse of the park can assure you of that.
With its many trails, Yellowstone is a fantastic spot for wildlife watching and you can observe buffalo, elk and sometimes, grizzly bears.
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