Best Getaways to Take This Fall

Just because temperatures are cooling off, doesn’t mean your traveling has to! Whether you have a long weekend coming up or want to take off for the holidays, you can be sure these top fall destinations will not disappoint.

1. PORTLAND, OREGON

Portland is a gorgeous outdoor paradise in all seasons, but this river-side city is magical when the leaves change color. Its many coffee shops make Portland the perfect place to cozy up inside with coffee and a good book, but for a real treat check out all of the arts that start up in September and October; Portland Opera and the Oregon Symphonyare unique opportunities to see some musical pieces, while Portland Fashion Week is a chic event for the fashion critic in everyone.

Fall is also the best time to try out Portland’s best ciders, so branch out from your typical breweries and hit up cideries like Bushwhacker Cider and Portland Cider House while you’re in town.

Stay: Jupiter Hotel, Hotel Monaco, McMenamins Kennedy School

2. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

U.S. News deems September through November the best time to visit San Francisco, and for good reason. With festivals, street fairs, and wine country in full bloom, there’s no better time to take in one of California’s most beloved cities. With clear skies and surprisingly warm temperatures averaging around 70 degrees, autumn months make for great photo ops and the best views of the Golden Gate!

The internationally-acclaimed Mill Valley Film Festivals takes place in October, as does the Castro Street Fair and Treasure Island Music Festival. Stroll Clarion Alley for some awesome street murals, and stop by The Sycamore down the street for the comfort food, board games, and jukebox tunes.

The best way to visit Sonoma’s wineries is by being chauffeured, so purchase ticket for the Muir Woods/Wine Country Tour and get to witness the coast’s astounding redwoods before spending the day wine tasting in the valley.

3. ALBERTA, CANADA

If you’re headed to Alberta this fall, you’re most likely going for the turquoise lakes and gorgeous views. Banff National Park and Jasper National Park are two of the most stunning parks in North America, and thankfully there’s plenty of ways to explore them! Book a ticket for the Jasper Skytram for a mountaintop view of the Rockies, stargaze at the Jasper Dark Sky Festival, or take a helicopter tour over the Icefields with Rockies Heli Canada.

Best hiking? Valley of Ten Peaks and Lake Agnes Teahouse in Banff, and Bald Hills in Jasper.

Stay: Fairmont Banff Springs, Overlander Mountain Lodge, Whistlers Inn

4. SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Skip the summer crowds and visit sunny San Diego when the weather’s still warm but the masses of tourists are gone. Satisfy your beach craving at the popular Mission Beach or dog-friendly Ocean Beach, and grab dinner or drinks in the historic downtown Gaslamp District. If you’re up for a thrill, hit the Haunted Hotel; it’s rated one of the best haunted houses in the U.S., so be prepared for a good scare.

And, there are no shortage of outdoor festivals either; with Spirits of Mexico, Beer Week, and San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival all taking place in the month of November, you can be sure you won’t go thirsty!