Fall or autumn is the perfect time for a family trip. The weather is pleasantly cool before the winter freezes over. Depending on your preference, you could choose to witness the beauty of orange foliage or travel someplace warmer for some sunshine before the cold weather kicks in. If you are traveling with kids, certain children-favorite activities like adventure sports and nature parks can help you decide the destination. Of course, your fall destination should also include delicious food and places to shop. Without any further delay, here are the 10 must places to visit during the fall.
1. Jackson Hole in Wyoming
The picturesque state of Wyoming makes for an ideal vacation destination throughout the year. But to truly appreciate its natural beauty, you should visit here in the fall. The town and valley of Jackson Hole transform into a breath-taking view of mountain foliage during autumn. Also, the town is located near some of America’s best national parks, like the Grand Teton National Park and popular ski destinations.
2. Asheville in North Carolina
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Ashville is a popular fall vacation spot. It has plenty of options to choose from in terms of food, shopping and entertainment. Simply take a walk with your family in the downtown area and visit exquisite restaurants, stores, breweries and galleries. The streets of Ashville are bustling with activities, with many local performers entertaining the pedestrians. You can even go for a hike in the Pisgah National Forest.
3. Berkshires in Massachusetts
Consisting of several towns, Berkshires offers a visual treat to its visitors. Hop between Stockbridge, Pittsfield and Lenox while enjoying the beautiful scenery of low hills and surrounding foliage. You can book into the century-old resort in Lenox, called Blantyre, and experience its Tuscan-inspired luxury accommodations.
4. New York City in New York
For a more cultural experience, New York City is the place to be. The weather during fall is perfect for traveling around the financial capital of the US. A myriad of shops, eateries, galleries, and museums await your arrival to explore. Great news for the lovers of performing arts and theater – Broadway is likely to return during autumn this year. You can visit the famous Central Park with your family and enjoy the local activities and performances.
5. Burlington in Vermont
Visually, Burlington is unbeatable during the fall. The foliage in the area changes colors into multiple hues of orange, yellow and red. You can see these spectacular leaves decorate the streets of Burlington. The town has a ton of family-oriented activities. You can pick apples in one of the orchards or pick pumpkins in one of the patches.
6. Flagstaff in Arizona
If your family is outdoorsy and loves spending time in nature, then look no further. Flagstaff is a heaven for those who like the serenity and calmness of nature. The area has many parks, national forests, and monuments for your family to explore. Do visit the Wupatki National Monument to dive into Native American history. The best part about Flagstaff is that it is less crowded during the fall as compared to the summer months.
7. Sonoma in California
Not everything has to be “kid-friendly’. Sometimes, adults also need their fair share of amusement- something that the kids can also join but not partake in. Welcome to Sonoma, the wine country of California. The vineyards and orchards are decorated beautifully in hues of orange and red. Both adults and kids will enjoy it. You can also visit the Bodega Head Trail for a hike.
8. Maui in Hawaii
The foliage in Maui may not be orange, but its sunny beaches make it a good autumn getaway. Your family will enjoy basking in the sun and playing water sports before the cold winter arrives. There are also rain forests to explore and stunning resorts to relax in.
9. Telluride in Colorado
Although Telluride is a popular winter destination due to skiing, it makes for a good trip in the fall as well. Outdoor enthusiasts will love it here. There are many hike trails to explore in the mountains of Telluride. You may also go mountain biking with the family.
10. Texas Hill Country in Texas
The State of Texas is too hot in the summer. But during the fall, the Texas Hill Country is cool and inviting. Apart from its beautiful foliage, you can enjoy adventure sports here like kayaking and horseback riding. Sign up for one of their boat tours and behold Texas’ largest tree located along the Frio River.
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