Where did you summer this year? Using the seasons as a verb is one of the remnants of bygone days when wealthy families would take a month or two of vacation. As the temperatures start to drop around the country, it’s time to start asking: where will you autumn? Here are the best fall destinations in the US.
New England’s fall foliage is one of the world’s leading autumnal attractions. Take a trip to Boston, where you can see the warm-colored leaves at Boston Public Garden, Boston Common and the Arnold Arboretum, and the city’s famously preppy residents in their East Coast fall looks. The sports-crazed city’s bars fill up in the season as well, as fans root for the New England Patriots every Sunday and, with luck, the beloved Boston Red Sox in post-season playoffs.
New York, NY
Walking through NYC’s bustling neighborhood streets is infinitely more pleasant come the fall, when temperatures settle in the 60s and 70s. Visitors should head to Central Park, which glows with orange and yellow leaves. Keep an eye out for favorite fall traditions like the Village Halloween Parade and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Philadelphia is no stranger to foliage and brisk weather. Travelers vacationing in the historic city can also enjoy haunted walks through Eastern State Penitentiary and multiple Oktoberfest celebrations throughout town. There’s also no more intimate look into the heart of the City of Brotherly Love than the one you’ll get attending a home game for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Miami Beach, FL
While many fall vacationers will look to the Northeast first, there’s also no harm in heading somewhere tropical.The summer heat is gone, but it’s still beach season in this resort town. Hang on the sand, or plan out your trip around one of the city’s many fall traditions like White Party Week.
Santa Barbara, CA
Southern California actually gets hotter in September and early October, so fall is a deceivingly nice time to hit the beach in destinations like Santa Barbara. The hike-and-surf friendly town is also a great fall destination for its many seasonal, New American restaurants like The Lark, and favorite local traditions like the Santa Barbara Harbor Festival and Santa Barbara Beer Festival.