Top Travel Destinations for Fall!

We all know the sights, sounds, and smells of fall. The air starts getting crisper, the leaves start turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red, and the scent of pumpkin spice and apple cider fills the air. Yes, fall will be here before you know it, and we’re getting in the spirit by sharing some top travel destinations that are perfect for your autumn adventures! Whether you’re looking for beautiful fall foliage to explore, pumpkin patches to visit, or haunted houses to brave, we’ve got you covered! Check out our top travel destinations for fall that are sure to inspire!

Burlington, VT

Burlington is Vermont’s largest city and a major tourist destination for the Northeast in the fall. Surrounded by deciduous forests, the scenery around Burlington is gorgeous as the leaves begin to change color, and there are several parks and trails that are perfect for viewing the fall colors. The Burlington Greenway is an eight-mile multi-use trail that runs along the Lake Champlain waterfront. The Greenway also intersects with Waterfront Park, which is another top attraction located in downtown Burlington. The park offers stunning views of the lake, and also has a community boathouse where you can rent kayaks and paddleboards through October 15th! For dining and shopping, head to Church Street Marketplace, with hundreds of local shops and restaurants to choose from. Or, check out Burlington’s extensive craft brewery scene at places like Foam Brewers!

Charleston, SC

Charleston is South Carolina’s largest city, and the city is teeming with historical architecture and attractions. There are several plantations you can tour including Middleton Place, home to South Carolina’s oldest landscaped gardens, and Drayton Hall named one of South Carolina’s best attractions by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Furthermore, you can tour the site of the first battle of the Civil War at Fort Sumter National Historical Park. Ranger-guided interpretive tours give you a detailed history of the fort and the battles that took place there. Plus, it’s cool to walk around and look at all the old cannons that line the fort. Temperatures in the fall average in the 70s and 80s, so you can still enjoy outdoor activities once summer ends! Check out stunning views of Charleston Harbor in Joe Riley Waterfront Park or browse the open-air stalls at the Charleston City Market!

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Boston, MA

Boston is the state capital of Massachusetts and the city has deep ties to the American Revolution. Several key events took place within the city limits including The Boston Massacre, The Battle of Bunker Hill, and of course, the Boston Tea Party. You can visit these historic sites along the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile interpretive path that connects some of Boston’s most famous landmarks. Other notable sites on the trail include the Old North Church where Paul Revere started his famous ride, and Boston Common, America’s oldest public park. Furthermore, there are numerous non-historical attractions to keep you entertained! Catch a baseball game at the iconic Fenway Park, or visit The Museum of Fine Arts, with almost 500,000 unique works of art! Of course, you can’t visit Boston without trying some clam chowder or a lobster roll and you can get both at the Atlantic Fish Company!

Portsmouth, NH

Just one hour north of Boston, Portsmouth is one of New Hampshire’s most charming coastal towns. The city is full of museums, historic homes, and picturesque scenery. One of Portsmouth’s top attractions is The Strawberry Banke Museum, a 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of local history to life. You can tour historic homes on their original foundations, explore historical gardens and orchards, and interact with costumed roleplayers who show you how locals lived in the past. Another must-see attraction is the USS Albacore, a former naval submarine that set a record as the fastest submarine in the world in 1966. The vessel was basically a floating laboratory that the U.S. Navy used to test control and propulsion systems, sonar equipment, and other submarine capabilities. Also, check out New Hampshire’s original craft brewery: Portsmouth Brewery!

Medford, OR

Located in southern Oregon, Medford is a major hub for outdoor recreation. The city lies in a rain shadow, which means the climate is sunnier and warmer than other parts of western Oregon. There are tons of hiking trails close to the city, and September-October is the peak season for outdoor activities. The Table Rocks are one of Medford’s most popular spots and have two distinct trails that ascend the plateaus. Both trails are rated easy to moderate and offer stunning views of the Rogue Valley and prominent landmarks like Mount McLoughlin. Moreover, Crater Lake National Park is less than 2 hours away and is a world-class destination for hiking and camping. The southern Oregon Coast is also just a short drive away and beach towns like Bandon, Gold Beach, and Brookings are definitely worth a visit! Fall is also a great time of year to visit Medford’s many wineries!

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