The weather has cooled in New York, the leaves are falling, and summer tourists have headed home. Even though it's back-to-school time, fall is truly one of the best times to embark on a casual road trip, plan a weekend getaway, or take a family vacation. Here are some of the best places to see stunning fall foliage, take advantage of off-season deals, and find the best autumn adventures.
Vermont: Fall is one of the best times to visit the great state of Vermont, and not just because of its extraordinary autumn scenery. Go apple picking, find a gorgeous hike, visit the Trapp Family Lodge (started by the family fictionalized in "The Sound of Music") and don't forget to enjoy some maple syrup.
New York City: Manhattan is a magical place in the fall. The heat and the crowds have dispersed, Central Park is exploding with color, and there's an endless array of interesting things to do, eat, hear and see. One of the coolest is Open House New York (Oct. 12-14), which allows participants access to over 250 incredible buildings, private homes, and design projects throughout the city and boroughs.
Yellowstone National Park: Fall in Yellowstone is prime season for fishing, hiking and catching a glimpse of some majestic wildlife. Before you go, be sure to check the calendar for annual campground, cabin and road closures. And don't forget to bring a jacket temperatures can begin to dip pretty low in the Park this time of year.
Chicago: If you're a lover of the arts, theatre, and other cultural attractions, Chicago is the place to visit. In the fall, Chicago's event calendar heats up as admission fees go down at many of its most popular venues. When you're finished perusing the Art Institute of Chicago and the Adler Planetarium, there are plenty of lowbrow things to do to, too, like check out the annual Bacon & Beer Classic at Soldier Field.
Austin: After a summer of three digit temperatures, Austin residents and tourists alike will appreciate the mild and lovely autumn weather in America's most hipster city. Beautiful outdoor attractions, unbelievable food, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival are all things to look forward to in Austin this autumn.
Appalachia & the Blue Ridge Mountains: Forget New England if you're looking for spectacular fall scenery, the Appalachian Region is the place to visit.
Pacific Grove, California: If you're looking for a relaxing, small-town getaway, visit the heart of Steinbeck country. Enjoy some incredible seafood, check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and go see butterflies (October is when you find the most) at the Monarch Sanctuary.
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