It’s about that time of year when the heat becomes a bit unbearable and we find ourselves dreaming of crisp fall days. May we suggest instead of spending your days sweltering in the heat, channel your energy into planning a fall getaway to ease the pain? These five destinations are perfect picks for autumn and will have you dreaming of sweater weather in no time.
If you’re ready for a little taste of winter, grab your favorite jacket, and look no further than Denver, Colorado. Located at the foothills of the Rockies, Denver has a plethora of options when it comes to entertainment, sightseeing, and eating. When planning your trip consider coming in a day or more before the weekend hits to enjoy Denver’s famous art walks on the first Friday of every month. After enjoying your Friday art crawl, make your way to South Broadway to enjoy one of hundreds of antique shops. Known for its beer scene, be sure to stop by one of Denver’s famous breweries for a free tour.
If you want to get out of the center of the city, the Denver Botanic Gardens are a perfect stop for beautiful scenery (make sure to pack a picnic!). After touring stop by the ever popular Acorn on Fourteenth for a bite to eat and a craft cocktail. Fancy dinners not your thing? Head down to El Taco De Mexico for one of the most delicious, no fuss tacos you’ve had in your life!
New York City, New York
New York City in the fall: There’s nothing like it. Though it’s hard to imagine a bad time to go to NYC, fall is a favorite for us. The city has an entirely different energy and comes alive with arts and cultural events during this time of the year. Film festivals, Fashion Week, and the NYC Wine and Food Festival are a few of the big ones—yet these events barely scratch the surface when it comes to fall happenings in the city.
If you’re a theater buff, autumn is a great time to visit New York City as many Broadway shows premiere during this time of the year. Other favorites like the Highline or simply roaming around the Village seem even more picturesque when orange colored trees surround you. Really, what beats seeing the leaves change color in Central Park? Absolutely nothing.
Mexico City, Mexico
Though many vacationers head straight to the beaches of Mexico, there is a lot more of the country left to explore. In particular, Mexico City contains a wealth of culture, art, and award-winning food options. Fall is a great time to visit the city as the summer vacation crowd has thinned out and hasn’t yet hit the holiday travel rush; this means more affordable prices on both lodging and airfare.
Autumn is the region’s rainy season so be sure to pack a good rain jacket! While there, don’t miss the Frida Kahlo museum to take in the works of one of the most renowned female artists of all time and the historic center to check out Aztec ruins right in the center of the city. Though sampling street food is an absolute must while here, also head to Pujol, one of the 50 best restaurants in the world.
The Hawaiian Islands
There are simply too many amazing islands and beaches in Hawaii to highlight just one, but know that a fall visit isn’t something you’ll regret. Though Hawaii doesn’t scream fall getaway (you’d be swapping changing leaves for palm trees), hear us out. This time of year is considered to be a lower season for tourism in Hawaii and since flying is notoriously expensive to this beach getaway, take advantage of any savings you can get!
Both plane tickets and hotel costs drop during the fall making Hawaii much more accessible to the average traveler. Once you’re there, we recommend an itinerary that allows you to explore multiple beaches and islands depending on your tastes and interests. Whether your interests lean towards surfing, eating, exploring the wild, or lounging on the beach, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island are all good picks.
Savannah is a little city with a lot of Southern charm, and it’s a perfect spot to spend an autumn weekend. There are a few different festivals that take place during autumn in the city, but the Savannah Jazz Festival is one of the biggest.
The city is steeped with history so certain streets and areas will completely transport you back in time. Must visits include Forsyth Park, the historic district, and perhaps most important of them all, one of the many great restaurants the city has to offer. Walk along the waterfront, admire the old, historic homes, and get to know the city.