Summer 2008 has ended - lets welcome the Fall! Not sure about you, but traveling is one of my greatest enjoyments. I love to see the color changes in landscape during a road trip.
So, if you have not used all of your vacation days during the summer, here are some travel getaway ideas for Autumnfest!
New England and New YorkHave money to splurge?
Several destinations get you close to the best foliage in the northeast. From either New York or Albany, head for the Adirondacks. Or from New York City, take a foliage cruise up the Hudson. From Boston, go north to the White Mountains of New Hampshire or the Green Mountains of Vermont, or go west to the Berkshires. Check local Web sites for back roads; they have less traffic and more interesting views. After “leaf-peeping,” you can enjoy gourmet restaurants, galleries, concerts and shopping in the area’s many resort towns.
The Southern Appalachians
For a slightly later fall, both Atlanta and Charlotte are just a few hours away from the magnificent foliage displays in the southern Appalachian Mountains, or fly even closer, to Asheville or Knoxville. Hike a part of the Appalachian Trail, or ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Then take in a Blue Grass or folk music concert, shop for local crafts, and enjoy southern cooking and southern hospitality.
The Great Lakes
The Great Lakes region — on both the Canadian and U.S. sides — rivals New England for beautiful fall color. Fly to Minneapolis, rent a car, and spend a fall weekend exploring Prairie Home Companion country. Or fly to Ottawa or Quebec, and view the magnificent scenery in the luxury of a St. Lawrence River cruise.
Return to Summer
Would you rather go somewhere warm? In the fall, you can avoid the peak-season crowds and prices in Florida and the Caribbean, Charleston and Savannah, Mexico, Santa Fe, Las Vegas or California. Or enjoy the mild temperatures of Portland, Seattle or Vancouver.
Kouyou in JapanCheapflights .
The season of Kouyou — fall foliage — is a favorite time for the Japanese to travel to the countryside or the mountains. Consider joining them for a fall foliage vacation you’ll never forget. This getaway lets you combine the urban sophistication of Tokyo and the beauty of the Japanese landscape.
Happy Fall Everyone!