It’s easy to fall for these 5 autumn destinations

Published Date: September 11, 2023

There’s something magical about autumn: hillsides awash in color, a welcome chill in the air, the lure of a cozy fireplace. After the busy summer season, fall is the perfect time to enjoy a slower pace of life in a second home. Find your year-round getaway in one of these idyllic destinations. 


The chic mountain town of Aspen, Colorado, is best known as a can’t-miss winter getaway for skiers and snowboarders. Aspen may be a bit overlooked as a fall destination, but that’s a good thing. Fall in Aspen is delightfully low-key, with fewer crowds than in the peak winter season, yet plenty to do. Peep the fall colors throughout the White River National Forest, become a regular at  local restaurants or enjoy hiking before the snow starts falling. 


Another charming Colorado retreat, Vail is less than 100 miles from downtown Denver, making it the perfect place for a fall weekend getaway — of course, you’re welcome to stay longer!  Autumn outdoor activities abound in this town of just over 5,500. Spend crisp fall days fishing, hiking, cycling, golfing or horseback riding, all against the backdrop of golden aspen trees. 


Fall is harvest season in California Wine Country, making it the perfect time for wine lovers to visit. Toast the change of season at wineries throughout Napa Valley and Sonoma County, many of which host special tastings, harvest parties and farm-to-table dinners. With daily highs lingering in the mid 60s into November, Napa is the perfect place to enjoy all of the charms of fall.


Do you love all things spooky? Fall is the perfect time to plan a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, said to be one of the most haunted places in the country. At the very least, you’ll find inspiration for your Halloween costume, as you’re regaled with local lore about pirates, shipwrecks, thieves and ghosts at historical sites all over town. 

Palm Springs 

For those who lament the end of summer every year, Palm Springs is the perfect place to make summer last a while longer. As the hotter-than-hot summer temperatures subside, Palm Springs comes alive. Enjoy temperatures in the 70s and 80s, perfect for poolside lounging, Sunday brunching and exploring the unique beauty of nearby Joshua Tree National Park. 

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