Summer may be coming to an end, but there’s no reason to go into hibernation mode just yet. The fall can be one of the best times to take a vacation with friends or family due to thinning crowds, favorable pricing, and weather that’s ideal for enjoying the great outdoors.
If you’re trying to figure out where to go on your next fall vacation, check out these four fall trips based on your travel personality:
For the leaf peepers: Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
There is something almost magical about the fleeting time when the leaves turn bright orange and gold, the natural beauty is one of the best reasons to visit the Smoky Mountains. Plan a stay in a luxurious cabin rental, and take in the views from your balcony as you watch the sun set over the mountains. Plan activities like hiking and biking, which are perfect this time of year with daytime temperatures staying in the high 60s and 70s well into November.
For the mountain sport enthusiasts: Park City, Utah
The best reasons to visit Park City are for fall activities like hikes and mountain biking. With over 400 miles of trails found throughout the Park City and Deer Valley ski resorts and surrounding areas, you’ll find an array of trails that suit your skill level. If you book your trip for mid-September, you can also catch the impressive Autumn Aloft Festival, when colorful hot air balloons fill the Park City skyline. The weather in the fall is pleasantly crisp, with daytime temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, though you should pack warm clothes for when temperatures drop below freezing at night.
For the sun chasers: Gulf Coast of Florida
If your travel personality type has you latching onto the sunshine, then a trip south to Florida could be just the ticket to get you through the upcoming winter. That’s enough of a reason to visit Destin, Florida — it has daytime temperatures still in the 80s through October, and hovering in the mid-70s through November. The Gulf Coast area is famous for its soft, sugar-white sand and clear, emerald-green water, so your time is best spent relaxing on the beach. Or, this could be a great time to visit Orlando, since the summer crowds will have dissipated and the weather is great for spending long days meandering around the theme parks.
For the history buffs and foodies: Charleston, South Carolina
Rated the number one city in the world by Travel + Leisure, Charleston is a great choice for a trip any time of the year. If you prefer to explore on vacation, the fall weather is ideal for exploring the city’s historical sights and dining al fresco, with daytime temperatures in the low 80s and morning temperatures in the 60s. The humidity that is ever-present in the summer has left, and the air will be crisper. Reasons to visit Charleston are endless, with landmarks of American history, a flourishing food scene, and water sports like paddleboarding amid the islands off of Charleston.