We understand the impulse to hunker down in the fall—crisper temperatures and sweaters just pulled out of storage beg for weekends spent cozying up inside. But fall is a great time to plan a getaway, whether that looks like a long weekend at a cabin or a road trip designed to burn up the vacation days you didn’t use this summer. The weather’s ideal from the Northeast to Texas; seasonal produce is rejuvenating outdoor dining menus; and the changing of leaves is enough to make the cynics among us want to hit the roads and ogle. The summer crowds have also thinned, meaning you can more comfortably visit well-loved spots without the stress of unexpected mass gatherings.
With a little research (namely, into local travel restrictions and CDC recommendations), an assessment of your personal comfort zone, and a bit of travel inspo (see below), there’s a trip for everyone this season. And hey, we all deserve a change of scenery now more than ever. Read on for 14 of the best fall vacations to take this year, in every bit of the U.S.—and just beyond.
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