Contrary to popular belief, fall is not just about football. For Midwest travelers, traditional getaway dates span from late December through the end of March (think anywhere warm) or from June through August (school’s out—let’s go). However, one of the best times to travel is the often overlooked fall season. For most destinations, fall is known as value season, i.e., lower prices, special offers and fewer people. In addition, the time period just after Thanksgiving through the third week of December usually offers the year’s lowest prices and fewest crowds almost anywhere, including Disney, the Caribbean, Mexican seaside resorts, etc. Of course, for destinations catering specifically to leaf-peepers (Vermont, New Hampshire, upstate New York, Maine and more) or for destinations with specific fall events, this IS their peak season, so if they’re on your bucket list, you will find more people and higher accommodations costs.
Many destinations that cater primarily to winter and/or summer travelers offer fall incentives to fill rooms that might normally go empty—think back to your Economics 101 class and supply versus demand! Oftentimes, as an additional incentive to lure tourists, areas will promote fall as a time of special events or festivals.
Here are just a few fall travel ideas, both close to home and off-the-beaten-track:
- Jackson Hole, Wyoming—Fall Arts Festival, Sept. 8-18, plus amazing scenery in September and October, fishing, leaf-peeping and just a short ride to Yellowstone!
- Savannah, Georgia—Jazz Festival, Sept. 18-24; Film Festival, Oct. 22-29; Food & Wine Festival, Nov. 7-13.
- Austin (Texas) City Limits Music Fest—Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9, featuring eight stages and more than 130 bands, food, an art market and more.
- Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i—IRONMAN World Championship, Oct. 8. See super athletes from around the world compete.
- Taste of DC—Oct. 8-9. This event, held on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capital, is all about food (the best eateries on wheels), specialty wine, craft beers, plus live music and cooking demonstrations.
- Vancouver, B.C.—This is an area graced with one of the most beautiful settings in North America. When the summer Alaska cruise season has ended, Vancouver’s hotel prices “fall” with the fall season. Events galore are available within a 75-mile radius.
- Christmas markets—From late November until just before Christmas, hundreds of villages and towns in Europe (especially Germany, Austria and Hungary) turn into veritable Christmas markets, featuring food, crafts, live music, performances and more.
- Southern Italy, specifically Sicily—Family-run vineyards near Mount Etna produce distinctive red wine varieties, thanks to the mineral-enriched volcanic soil. Pair that with your favorite Sicilian appetizers and entrees—need we say more?
- Andaman Islands, India … known as the “Maldives of India,” with stunningly beautiful beaches and one of the few places in the world where you can watch the elephants swim! You might want to try late November to early December—after monsoon season and before December’s peak season.
- Anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere … you’ll enjoy the beauty of their spring season.
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