Best fall vacation ideas

Autumn is one of the best seasons for travel value. The weather is typically good and the crowds disperse, especially after Labor Day. Find deals on lodging and activities as well as some of the prettiest scenery this fall. As the days get shorter, you may be itching for one last getaway before the warm weather is gone. Now is the perfect time to find fall foliage, go golfing, relax at the lake, or head to the mountains.

Leaf peeping

You haven’t experienced a true season change until you’ve seen the vibrant shades of gold, yellow, and crimson that brighten New England during the fall. But plan ahead—these colors only last a few precious weeks. Peak viewing is in mid-September and early October. By Halloween, the leaves will be gone.

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Golf getaways

As summer cools off, the first signs of fall can be seen in many parts of the country: school buses, football practices, and piles of crunchy leaves that let you know winter is around the corner. The weather is perfect for golfing. From coast to coast, you’ll find well-manicured, challenging golf courses to help put the zing back in your swing. With a vacation rental on the course, you’ll be able to practice to your heart’s content.

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Lake escapes

It’s still warm, so take advantage of the last few days of sunshine and escape to the lake for some end-of-season swimming, fishing, and paddling. Few things are more relaxing than lounging away those last few rays of sun after Labor Day, and now that kids are back in school, you’ll have a lot of lake to yourself.

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Mountain retreats

Get up to the high country to mountain bike or hike and experience the changing seasons. Plan a long weekend in a mountain cottage or cabin, and view the bright yellow aspens of Colorado or the crimson maples of New York State. Several vacation rentals have outdoor hot tubs and other amenities to make your stay feel luxurious. Who says you have to rough-it in order to enjoy the great outdoors?

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