8 Of The Best Destinations For A Fall Getaway
Fall is one of the most beautiful times to travel or plan a small weekend getaway and we’ve put together 8 of the best destinations for a Fall Getaway. One of the best perks to traveling in the fall is that you can save hundreds of dollars on hotels and airfare because it’s not part of the “peak travel times”. Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean all the events are over, there are plenty of fun and exciting events that are held during the fall.
Sedona is regularly described as one of America’s most beautiful places. Nowhere else will you find a landscape as dramatically colorful.
The towering red rocks and jagged sandstone buttes matched against an almost always blue sky have beckoned to professional and budding artists for years. And filmmakers have chosen these fiery rock formations in north-central Arizona as the backdrop for such box-office hits as “3:10 to Yuma,” “Broken Arrow” and “Midnight Run.”
Wine Country-Sonoma, Napa & Mendocino County, California
It’s no secret that one of the top wine-growing regions in the U.S. is just north of San Francisco: the North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA), which includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties. Autumn, the annual harvest season, is arguably the best time to visit this area, which is home to more than 800 wineries. The scent of freshly crushed fruit permeates the air, and travelers can watch workers picking flawlessly ripe grapes straight from the vines in the wee morning hours. It’s a time of celebration.
As queen of the AVA, the Napa Valley is home to dozens of wineries hosting harvest celebrations. Bring the whole family to Napa’s St. Helena Harvest Festival, which, along with ample wine pouring stations, includes a pet parade through the city’s picturesque downtown. Nearby Sonoma County has its own Harvest Fair, a multi-day event with a tasting pavilion, a wine country marketplace and a grape-stomping competition during which teams of two vie for the title of World’s Greatest Stomp Team.
One of the best ways to experience Wine Country any time of year is aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Sit down to a multi-course gourmet meal with wine pairings in the comfort of restored classic Pullman cars, taking in views of rolling vineyards and historic wineries as you go. The three-hour journey travels from downtown Napa to St. Helena and back.
Space Coast, Florida
Florida’s Space Coast is just 45-minutes east of Orlando and includes cities located on the Space Coast (Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Melbourne, Viera and Palm Bay). Not only can you enjoy the daily activities and sights on the Space Coast all season long, they have various fall events that are worth checking out. Just a few events include the Sunset Kayak Tours at the Sebastian Inlet State Park, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station tours, opportunities to meet astronauts, Broadway musical shows and so much more.
The Cocoa Beach Main Street Festival held on the third Friday of every month includes live music, food and lots of family fun. The Art Fest is held in October each year and includes live art and must performances, a food court, kids entertainment, and art shows.
Newport, Rhode Island
The month of October brings lots of festivals and events for you to enjoy in Newport, Rhode Island. Some of the most popular events include the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week for automobile enthusiasts around the world. The Rogue Island Comedy Festival is for comedy lovers who love to see live comedians and enjoy a good laugh.
September brings the Newport Oktoberfest which is promised to be the most authentic Oktoberfest in the area. The event includes food, beer, music, and other live German entertainment.
Summit County, Colorado
Summit County Colorado brings fall music, art, and other events to experience during your getaway. The Fall Fest Art Festival during Labor Day weekend is a three-day festival show that includes a variety of different art styles. Fiber art, oils, watercolor, photography, and jewelry are just a few. Other art festivals include the Lake Dillon Arts Festival, Keystone River Run Village Art Festival and the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts.
The Bacon & Bourbon Festival is a full weekend taste of bourbon and bacon-featured cuisine and drinks. The event features both tasting, mixology, and infusion demonstrations, and if you’d like you can check out the preparation and processing of bacon.
Gulf Shores, Alabama
Gulf Shores has a few major festivals during the fall season, one of the most popular festivals is the Annual National Shrimp Festival. This is a four-day event that hosts hours of musical entertainment and an opportunity to sample different shrimp and recipes. Families can take part in the different activities at the Children’s Activity Village which includes karaoke, face-painting and more.
Other activities include the Little Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, a sand sculpture contest, running/walking races and art shows.
Park City, Utah
Park City isn’t just for skiing anymore. Picture mountain views blazing with all the colors of fall. And a charming town bursting with unique events and amazing dining. You could head out and enjoy those views up close on the hundreds of miles of mountain trails that are perfect for hiking or biking. Then you could check out an art event, museum or mixer. Maybe you’re also interested in a food festival, wine tasting or culinary class. From enjoying the local history and culture to exploring boutique establishments and mountain trails, there’s always something exciting to discover. When it comes to a Park City Fall, adventure isn’t complete without beautiful scenery, one-of-a-kind activities and world-class food
Albuquerque, New Mexico