We consider it a travel truth that any time of year is great for experiencing a new city or destination, but there’s something pretty magical about autumn. In addition to the natural splendor and color-changes taking place across the country, getting out of town has a number of other perks during the fall months. So, just in case you need a little convincing…
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. It’s pretty hard to beat fall foliage at its peak no matter where you are. Hit up the West Coast and soak up all the pine-scented fresh air Portland has to offer, or head east to New York or Boston, rent a car, and take a road trip along the coast. Few things are better that time of year than cruising with the windows cracked, fresh air flowing, and endless views of nature’s sweeping yellow-orange masterpieces.
In most places around the U.S., autumn weather is fairly mild, meaning you have less of a chance of getting caught in unexpected rain, snow, or heat. Temperatures are likely to be not too hot, and not too cold yet either, making it easy to explore in a comfortable climate. Cross an outdoor music festival in Austin off your list without breaking a sweat, or enjoy warm sunny days and cool nights on the patio in Phoenix. Just remember to pack a few reliable layers or sweaters and you’re good to go.
School is back in session, and many families take a break from travel before gearing up for the holidays, so it’s a great time to take yours and explore a new city (with fewer crowds). You’re likely to find shorter lines, more availability at restaurants and hotels, and a chance to experience the destination more authentically when it comes to interacting with locals. You’ll also be rewarded with more elbow room for photos and sightseeing at places popular with tourists and can take everything at your own pace – a particularly nice seasonal benefit for families with small children.
For travelers on a budget, off-peak travel always brings savings – whether that’s more affordable prices on hotels, or discounted admissions to attractions. Simply put, lower demand for goods and services mean lower prices, which is one of fall’s biggest vacation wins.
Summers are usually crammed full of activities, and between Thanksgiving and New Year’s social schedules usually fill up fast. Take the time in between for a little refresh. Autumn is a great time to plan a trip (even if it’s just a long weekend) to get away and relax in between the hustle and bustle of seasons. Take a girl’s trip to Sonoma and enjoy wine with a view, or head to Savannah and soak up some Southern charm before things start to get busy again.
Taylor is part of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. What she loves most? Sun Country’s love of all things Minnesota and the airline’s focus on making everyone – from crew to passengers – feel right at home. If she were hopping on a flight tomorrow, she’d be headed west to Portland or south to Puerto Vallarta.