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It’s under a four-hour drive from Kansas City and Indianapolis, and there’s so much more to do than just going to the top of Gateway Arch — think fall festivals like the St. Louis Art Fair, Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Budweiser Taste of St.
Louis; outdoor areas like the Citygarden, Botanical Garden, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Onondaga Cave State Park; shows at The Pageant; shopping and eating at Delmar Loop; and golfing at Forest Park.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
It’s not just the cool weather and shoulder-season discounts that make fall such a good time of the year to travel — Columbus Day and Veterans Day let you stretch a few of your weekends into mini-vacations, too.
S. that you can do on a modest budget.
While many New Englanders will be traveling to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine for leaf peeping come fall, you’ll feel like you have Newport all to yourself on your weekend getaway — this cliff-side Rhode Island town is most popular in summer and less crowded once the leaves change.
The water will be too cold for swimming in October and November, but Newport’s fine dining scene, Cliff Walk, mansion tours, Coastal Wine Trail and shops make for a fun alternative to sun and sand.
The International Boat Show and Newport Restaurant Week are both celebrated in fall as well.
Where to stay:The Attwater.
The area has a robust farm-to-table restaurant scene alongside a handful of craft breweries, distilleries and wineries.
Buttermilk Falls and Hunter Mountain Fire Tower attract hikers, while the drive along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway appeals to leaf peepers.
Other fall activities include golfing, fly fishing and seasonal festivals like Taste of the Catskills and the Woodstock Film Festival.
Where to stay:The Arnold House.
Door County, Wis.
Door County is situated on 300 miles of shoreline from Lake Michigan to Green Bay, with many small artistic communities in between.
Outdoor fall activities like hiking, leaf peeping and biking are complemented by culinary happenings like fish boils, apple picking and tastings at local wineries.
Rates generally drop starting Nov. 1.
Louis is the perfect weekend destination for those in the Midwest’s West North Central region. It’s under a four-hour drive from Kansas City and Indianapolis, and there’s so much more to do than just going to the top of Gateway Arch — think fall festivals like the St.
Louis Art Fair, Great Forest Park Balloon Race and Budweiser Taste of St. Louis; outdoor areas like the Citygarden, Botanical Garden, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Onondaga Cave State Park; shows at The Pageant; shopping and eating at Delmar Loop; and golfing at Forest Park.
Where to stay:St. Louis Union Station, Curio Collection by Hilton.
Stay at historic Union Station for a weekend getaway near Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village. The architecture and 3D lightshow in the Grand Hall lobby lounge bar is reason enough to stay here, and the property even has an outdoor pool.
With apologies to Charleston, Greenville is the next South Atlantic hotspot. About two hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, Greenville is easily accessible for many along the Southern coast.
Greenville also has an up-and-coming culinary scene — check out newly opened Ink n Ivy and its rooftop bar; or Biscuit Head, where (you guessed it) your meal is a massive biscuit with toppings.
There are also more than a half-dozen breweries within easy driving distance of Greenville. For fall events, look for Edwin McCain’s Euphoria festival, as well as Fall for Greenville and Oktoberfest.
Where to stay: Aloft Greenville Downtown. This pet-friendly downtown property boasts a modern design featuring local art.
It’s within walking distance to more than 100 bars, restaurants and shops — so it’s perfect for a short stay.
Chattanooga is an easy weekend getaway destination for anyone in the East South Central region. Just two hours from Nashville and less than five from Louisville, Chattanooga is particularly welcoming in the fall: Seasonal fall events include RiverRocks Chattanooga outdoor and music festival and the Chattanooga Market.
It’s centrally located, with easy access to popular tourist spots like the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain and Battle of Chickamauga. Special packages with Lookout Mountain discounts are available.
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Wander around Jackson Square, Bourbon Street and St. Louis Cathedral in the cooler weather, or check out Royal Street for art galleries, boutiques and antique shops.
Seasonal fall festivals include the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival and Voodoo Music Festival. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, National World War II Museum, City Park and the New Orleans Botanical Gardens are enjoyable year round.
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Located on the Pacific Coast, Mendocino is just 150 miles from San Francisco along Highway 1, and half the fun is getting there. This sleepy coastal town offers unique shops and fine dining, as well as the nearby Anderson Valley wine region — which is far less crowded than Napa.
Explore the outdoors at Mendocino Headlands Park and the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, take a sea cave nature tour in Van Damme Cove, and visit Point Cabrillo Lighthouse. Also check out seasonal events like the Mendocino County Fair and the Mushroom, Wine, and Beer Festival.
You can walk to the cliffs, shops, restaurants, spa services, rotating afternoon wine hour and outdoor activities from any of the properties.
While many people are now flocking to Aspen and Vail in the off-season, Frisco is a great weekend alternative for anyone living in the Mountain region. It’s just over an hour’s drive from Denver and has the same fall foliage and mountain charm of neighboring Keystone and Breckenridge.
Frisco sits on Dillon Reservoir and is surrounded by Arapahoe National Forest; both are perfect backdrops for hiking, observing fall foliage and scenic drives. Also called “The Main Street of the Rockies,” Frisco’s downtown area has more than 50 locally owned restaurants, shops, bars and breweries, and there are annual fall events like Fall Fest and Frisco’s Haunted House.
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