Fall is an absolutely wonderful time to travel the United States. In fact, for many travelers, it is the best time—as hotel rates and the large summer crowds have dissipated and diminished. In addition, cities often—in an attempt to encourage tourism during the fall—host many happening events. There is also much scenery to enjoy as our nation's trees and foliage turn in color. And for you trick-or-treaters, of course, they're a great many Halloween celebrations and parties. So, with that, here is our list of the best fall travel destinations in the United States.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Let's start off our list right, with the best Halloween party in the nation. As one of the most culturally rich and diverse cities in the nation, New Orleans is a great place to visit regardless of the time of year. But, for Halloween, there is probably no better party than the one that the Big Easy provides.
New Orleans is known as the "most haunted city in America" and they sure know how to celebrate it. With festivities that only Mardi Gras out-matches, the main party can be found downtown in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood—a short walk from the French quarter. Of course, this party should only be attended by adults of legal drinking age—as New Orleans' open container law can make for a rough and rowdy time.
From the raucous nightlife of New Orleans, let's move on to one of the best "foliage-trip" destinations in America. The trees located in Aspen are so awe inspiring that the place was named after them. The Aspen tree turns a wonderful and rich yellow hue in the fall, and nowhere is that better showcased than in this ski resort town. But there are other trees here that are wonderful to look at as well, including the almighty evergreen—which adds to the aspen forest an amazingly scenic site of shimmering autumn colors mixed with the Gold tones of the Aspen.
The best time to visit Aspen, Colorado—for some breathtaking fall scenery—is mid-September, though the first week of October will usually offer some decent sites as well.
New York City
New York has to be on our list because—simply put—it is the most tourist-friendly city in the nation (if not the world)—and the best time to visit the Big Apple is the fall. With a little bit for everyone, New York City mixes small-town charm with cosmopolitan excitement. There really is no better city if your traveling aspirations include hitting up some of the nation's premiere food, arts, or fashion hot spots.
And, of course, it goes without saying that everybody should visit Central Park, the Museum of Natural History, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty, the Museum of Modern Art, and Times Square at least once in a lifetime. Also, other premiere New York travel hotspots include the city's world famous bakeries, restaurants, coffee shops, and indie boutiques.
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
This is the nation's most popular national park and features some of the most beautiful trails, streams, and forests in the country. If you're an outdoorsman, there may be no better spot for a fall vacation than that the Great Smoky Mountain National Park—as the park features something best hiking, fishing, and scenic drives around.
In addition, the park is a great destination for any that are seeking to travel on a budget. Unlike, New York or New Orleans—where you can spend a fortune on all the sights—the park offers a great many attractions at a low price including Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, the Dixie Stampede, Wonderworks theme park, and the Zorbs theme park.
Another great city to visit in the fall—because the summer tourist crowd has by then seriously died down—is San Francisco. The smaller crowds allow for a more pleasurable experience visiting some of the historic sights including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Golden Gate Park, and Lombard Street.
Otherwise, when you visit this culturally rich city, make sure that your ride one of their world famous cable cars, check out the Ferry Building Marketplace and the Palace Of Fine Arts, and take some time to visit the historic penitentiary, Alcatraz. Also, you can spend an afternoon enjoying one of the best views of the city hiking some of the scenic trails and grassy mounds of Twin Peaks Boulevard.