As the weather starts to get cooler and everyone heads back to school, it’s the perfect time for a getaway before the craziness of the holiday season. Whether you’re in search of a great deal, beautiful foliage (track the changing leaves here!), or just having one last weekend of warmth before winter, we’ve rounded up our eight must-book trips for fall for you to add to your list.
1. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
Located just an hour and a half drive outside of Montreal is the village of Mont-Tremblant. The year-round ski resort town is picturesque no matter the season, but the foliage of fall makes it look as though it came straight out of a fairytale. Check into the Fairmont Hotel and take the short walk into Tremblant village to shop local, or get a bit more adventurous with zip-lining or a dune buggy ride.
2. Yellowstone National Park
After a summer filled with family vacations, bachelorette parties, and weddings, get back outdoors with a quiet, rejuvenating trip to Yellowstone National Park. The crowds in the park are minimal in the fall, so your views of the landscape and the wildlife will be unobstructed. Spend the days outdoors exploring, then retreat back to Lake Yellowstone Hotel for a cozy night around one of their many fireplaces.
3. Paris, France
Although spring in Paris if often touted as the best season to visit, you’re more likely to nab a great deal on a flight and avoid large crowds of tourists this time of year. The cooler temperatures bring with them beautiful foliage lining the city’s cobblestone streets. Meander through gardens surrounding the Louvre and over to the Palais-Royal for the classic Paris walking tour. And if you’re lucky enough to visit at the end of October, don’t miss the city’s chocolate festival!
4. Boston, MA
If you’re nostalgic for the back-to-school season, Boston is a must-visit in the fall. With dozens of colleges in just a few square miles, the city is at its most magical in the fall. Spend a day strolling through Beacon Hill’s famous cobblestone streets lined with colorful leaves and pumpkin-lined stoops, or catch one of the last Red Sox home games at Fenway Park. Visit in October to attend the Head of the Charles Regatta to rub elbows with the Ivy League’s preppiest.
5. Napa Valley, CA
In Napa Valley, fall signals the end of the seasonal harvest, and every winery is bustling with barrels of grapes ready to be turned to wine. Bike along the Napa Valley Vine Trail through 12 miles of vineyards and fields lined with pretty foliage. In November, the Napa Valley Film Festival takes over the area for five days of film screenings, food, and the area’s best wines. Whether it’s a girl’s trip or a couple’s getaway for the year, Napa is the perfect place for a weekend retreat before the holidays.
6. Cork, Ireland
Like Paris, you’re more likely to get a great deal on a flight to Ireland in early fall. October and November are rainier months in Dublin, but the landscape is at its most green and flush. As long as you’re prepared with a pair of waterproof boots, the views of the countryside are unparalleled (Blackrock Castle is one of our favorites). Stay downtown to escape the fog at a local bar and enjoy local music and beer. Time your visit with the end of October to attend four days of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in town.
7. Woodstock, Vermont
Woodstock is a quintessential New England town in the heart of Vermont. Each autumn, the landscape comes alive as the leaves start to change color. Woodstock’s small downtown its right on the Ottauquechee River and the streets are lined with beautiful colonial buildings. The town’s adorable boutique hotels provide guests with easy access to downtown and perfect amenities for cooler fall nights; after a day outdoors, cozy up next to a private fireplace at the Woodstock Inn or take a dip in the hot tub at The Shire.
8. Denver, CO
Denver has quickly become a hipster favorite for their dog-friendly microbreweries, ski resorts, and live music scene. Come fall, the mountains begin to open to welcome skiers and snowboarders, but in town temperatures are still in the 50s. The weather is the best of both worlds to spend one day on the slopes and another in town. Visit the revamped early 1900s Union Station, which is home to a dozen new restaurants and bars.