Summer may be the go-to getaway season, but have you considered the benefits of an autumn vacation? From milder temperatures to lower costs to smaller crowds, fall trips offer the most bang for your buck. If you’re still itching for some rest and relaxation long after the sun sets on summer, here are some great trips to take this autumn!
Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
When the summer sun beats down on asphalt and mouse-eared tourists, it can be hard to be happy—even in “The Happiest Place on Earth.” So, while summer is the perfect time to gather the kiddos for a long vacation, it’s not always the perfect time to visit Walt Disney World. In fact, June through early August is considered one of the worst times to visit the 30,000 Acre Wood due to heat, humidity, and crowds. But, once late August hits and summer turns to fall, there’s no better time to visit Mickey Mouse. While the heat beats on, particularly at the start of the season, and hurricane season can result in not-so-sunny weather, offers of free dining packages and great off-site hotel deals make this prime time to visit. To make the most of these benefits, look into early October.
Charleston, South Carolina
Rated the number one fall travel destination by U.S. News, Charleston is the perfect vacation destination for anyone who loves history and culture. Rich with Revolutionary War-era architecture and decor, Charleston offers a unique blend of past and present. From the Taste of Charleston food festival in October to countless fall tours by the city’s Preservation Society, the Holy City treats your five senses like royalty. Plus, Charleston’s famous magnolia trees display beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows in autumn, providing warmth and a splash of color on blustery days.
Acadia National Park – Maine
Boasting the highest point on the United States’ East Coast and featuring everything from sand to snow, Acadia is truly a place of wonder. Autumn in Acadia means light crowds, just-right temperatures, and bright foliage. The perfect time to visit is mid-October, when fall foliage is at its most beautiful. The colorful trees are so famous, Maine’s website has a section dedicated to the various shades and hues. If October’s weather is too cold for you, try visiting in mid- to late-September, when the weather is at its mildest.
Newport, Rhode Island
As Newport becomes an increasingly popular travel destination, its summer crowds grow worse each year. In autumn, however, the crowds are still light and the weather still warm enough for a day at the beach. Plus, reduced crowds means more parking space, less wait time, and more opportunities for relaxation. If the beach isn’t for you, try some of Newport’s fall festivals, including pumpkin celebrations and corn mazes. If you visit in October, check out Newport’s infamous Ghost Tours for something extra spooky.