Fall Weekend Getaways

Fall is such a perfect time to explore a new area of the world, or part of your state, or even neighborhood! With summer long gone, tourism is way down meaning places are less crowded, lodging is cheaper and best yet, the weather is more enjoyable! We understand not everyone can jet away for the weekend, but even exploring a part of your town you’ve never seen before can be fulfilling! Regardless of where you live, we’ve come up with some fun weekend getaways – hopefully this sparks some ideas or inspires you to get out and explore some neighboring states!

  1. Alabama – Mentone. Mountain views with charming cabin bed and breakfasts with DeSoto Falls waterfall nearby.
  2. Alaska – Skagway Train Ride. This train ride on the White Pass Railroad has tons of scenic views passing through the historic town founded during the Klondike Gold Rush.
  3. Arizona – Cottonwood. Alcantara Winery has an expansive vineyard with regular events happening as well as local musicians for entertainment. Stop in Jerome on your way and explore the unique mountainside town’s history.
  4. Arkansas – Pig Trail. Hwy 23 is one of the best rides in the state cutting through the Ozark National Forest with rivers, waterfall, and beautiful trees! It’s also a historic route used during the Civil War.
  5. California – Malibu. Airstream dream located up in the mountains with stunning views of the ocean and surrounded by nature and its creatures.
  6. Colorado – Estes Park. Horseback ride through the valleys, forests, alpine lakes and Roosevelt National Forest to spot wild coyote, deer and elk.
  7. Connecticut – Old Mystic. B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill has been family owned and operated since 1881, making it the oldest steam powered cider mill in the United States.
  8. Delaware – Red Clay Valley. Step back in time with the Wilmington and Western Railroad (WWRR) train that takes you on an old locomotive with stunning views of the colorful foliage!
  9. Florida – Destin. As it’s a popular destination in the summer, but come fall the weather is more enjoyable, less crowds and cheaper as well!
  10. Georgia – Dawsonville. Fausett Sunflower Farms is a picturesque location that is sure to brighten your day! Wagon rides available and a pumpkin patch just 2 miles down the road.
  11. Hawaii – Honolulu. It’s hard to experience a true “fall” on these beautiful islands, but there are tons of fun fall activities happening at the capital! For instance, the Hale Koa Oktoberfest celebration that boasts authentic German food, drinks and a live band!
  12. Idaho – Twin Falls. Shoshone Falls are breathtaking and majestic or walk across the Perrine bridge and partake in BASE jumping! Make your way to Snake Canyon for a hike. Surrounding lakes and zip lining are all in close proximity as well!
  13. Illinois – Galena. This historic town, home to President Ulysses S. Grant and charming Blaum Bros Distilling Co. Get your taste of vodka, gin and whiskey spirits and end your stay in quaint bed and breakfasts.
  14. Indiana – Brown County. Little Smokies can be seen on bike, foot, kayak, horseback, and of course a car. With 16,000 acres, there’s something new around every corner.
  15. Iowa – Pikes Peak State Park. Enjoy fishing, kayaking, hiking and endless views of the vibrant fall colored trees.
  16. Kansas – Louisburg. Cider Mill just an hour outside of Kansas City has apple cider donuts, apple picking, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and frequent festivals!
  17. Kentucky – Stanton. Spend a night at the Red River Gorgeous treehouse for a quiet getaway that’s one with nature.
  18. Louisiana – New Orleans. Go on a cemetery tour or a spooky ghost or voodoo tour to get yourself in the halloween spirit!
  19. Maine – Acadia National Park. The second most visited national park in the US behind the Great Smoky Mountains – full of forests, beaches, mountains and rocky coastlines. Check out the kid-friendly Oceanarium during your stay!
  20. Maryland – Chestertown. Charming shops, waterfront promenade, this town will steal your heart! Stop by the Cassinelli Winery for their apple brandy and local wine. Just 15 minutes away is Chesapeake Farms full of ponds, sunflower fields, marshes and more.
  21. Massachusetts – Berkshire Mountains. Hiking, fishing, golfing, camping, biking, horseback riding, water sports, zip line in the tree tops, yoga, family activities, performances and SO. MUCH. MORE.
  22. Michigan – Mackinaw Island. Hop on a ferry over to an island where no cars are allowed, just your feet, bikes and horsehides! Experience delicious fudge and take a hike to the hidden gem of Arch Rock, Sugar Loaf and Skull Rock.
  23. Minnesota – Grand Marais. Located in the North Shore, this small town on the water offers amazing food, wine beautiful views of pine trees, bald eagles and lots of events to keep you entertained.
  24. Mississippi – Hattiesburg. Check out the Paul B Johnson State Park, make your way to the Longleaf Trace trail for a run, horseback ride, or bicycle ride while taking in the rolling hills, streams, farmland and pines.
  25. Missouri – Dogwood Canyon Nature Park. Just south of Branson in Ridgedale is a beautiful park where you can horseback ride, take a jeep tour, bike, walk, hike, fish and top it off by staying at a cabin in the park.
  26. Montana – Gallatin Gateway. Stay at Rainbow Ranch Lodge in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and enjoy horseback rides, hiking and fly-fishing. Kayaking, white-water rafting, golf and mountain biking is available for the adventurous. Wind-down with a massage or yoga
  27. Nebraska – Valentine. Enjoy the rolling sandhills of the National Wildlife Refuge, numerous surrounding lakes. A peaceful area that great for bird watching and on the other hand there’s opportunity for hunting and fishing.
  28. Nevada – Lake Tahoe. One of the most gorgeous lakes in the nation, get your kayak out there and start taking in the stunning beauty of its nature. Or stay on land and enjoy hiking or mountain biking through the forest.
  29. New Hampshire – Salem. Get in the spooky spirit by checking out the old witch town by tour or museum. For some fun head to Canobie Lake Park to indulge in rollercoaster rides and haunted houses.
  30. New Jersey -Sussex County. Take a ride through the fall foliage with stops in Newton (Revolutionary War history), Stokes State Forest with the Appalachian Trail running along the ridge and plenty of other scenic viewing opportunities along the way.
  31. New Mexico – Taos. These gorgeous mountains are incredible for hiking, biking, rock climbing, white water rafting,. A hot air balloon festival, scenic train rides and car rides. Be sure to check out the Native American towns nearby!
  32. New York – Hudson Valley. Try out “glamping” at Collective Treats on Liberty Farms in Ghent. On-site horseback riding, apple picking, paddle boarding, fly fishing and sailing!
  33. North Carolina – Currituck. Nestled in the Outer Banks, this beach is home to wild horses, warm water in the fall and nearby wineries. Almost sounds like a dream!
  34. North Dakota – Devil’s Lake. The largest natural lake in the state, makes for a great getaway with many camping sites nearby. Bird watching, biking and year-long fishing is a must.
  35. Ohio – Hocking Hills. Rent a cozy cabin in the mountains and make your way to the natural caves and waterfalls. Indulge in canoeing, ziplines and planned activities throughout the fall season.
  36. Oklahoma – Turner Falls/Lake Murray. A huge waterfall makes for great swimming after a hike through the wilderness park. There’s no shortage of cabins, camping, golf, marina and so much more.
  37. Oregon – Mt. Hood. Paddle on the lake, ride the Magic Mile Sky Ride, try mushroom hunting, fly fishing and maybe even stay in a tiny home!
  38. Pennsylvania – Kutztown. Explore the natural wonders of the Crystal Cave Park. If you’re in the area around Halloween, catch a spooky lantern tour. Don’t miss the wineries and breweries nearby as well!
  39. Rhode Island – Newport. Set sail on the coastline or opt for paddle boarding or kayaking. Relax on the white sand beaches or expand your mind embarking on historical tours learning about this “Sailing Capital of the World”.
  40. South Carolina – Lexington. Make sure you do the Dreher Shoals Dam walk at sunset with views of Lake Murray. Take a hike through the Virginia Hylton Park and treat yourself to the Mercer House Estate Winery.
  41. South Dakota – Black Hills. You can’t visit the Black Hills and Badlands without stopping at Mt. Rushmore…but also take advantage of the natural caves, gold mining tours, fossils and prehistoric wonders, wagon rides and so much more!
  42. Tennessee – Townsend. Stroll through the Smokies, ride a bike and pack a picnic to enjoy the beautiful valley – Cades Cove.
  43. Texas – Fredricksburg. You can’t miss the bigtooth maples, sycamores, cottonwoods and the beautiful Lost Maples State Park! Just west of this German-settled town (they have incredible food!!) is the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area that is a cool area for hiking, camping and climbing.
  44. Utah – Bear Lake. Beaches, fishing, golfing, hunting, horseback riding, atv’s, skiing, this lake has it ALL. If that wasn’t enough, it’s a truly stunning piece of creation to be surrounded by. There’s tons of lodging options from cabins, camping, rentals and RV’s.
  45. Vermont – Lake Whitingham in Wilmington. Small town in the mountains with ample hiking, sailing, swimmers and if snow has fallen early, skiing!
  46. Virginia – Shenandoah Valley. Specifically Blue Ridge Mountain! Campout and spend an evening stargazing, explore mountain winery, bike, hike, climb, birdwatch, fish, horseback ride, canoe, kayak, white water raft, basically there’s something for everyone!
  47. Washington – Wenatchee. The “Apple Capital of the World” has thousands of apple trees in the rolling hills in which visitors may freshly pick their own!
  48. West Virginia – Harper’s Ferry. This historic town was prevalent during the Civil war and offers plenty of ghost tours to get you in the spooky mood! Nestled nearby the Potomac River and Shenandoah Mountains gives you tons of options to embark on adventures.
  49. Wisconsin – Pittsville. Take a cranberry marsh tour and learn about the farming and harvesting that goes behind those tasty little guys!
  50. Wyoming – Yellowstone. If you haven’t been to this National Park yet, now’s your chance! Experience the geyser’s erupt, hike, raft, paddle, camp, hear they coyotes howl…a beautiful time of year to take in the natural beauty!

Where will you be heading to next!? Let us know below! Stay tuned for our upcoming packing and traveling blog posts to come 😉


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