14 Best Fall Getaways

#1 | San Francisco

Why go: With the tourists long gone, the off-peak season allows for easier navigating down crooked Lombard Street and across the Golden Gate Bridge. If you're with kids, take a cable car over the city's steep hills to Ghirardelli Square for some chocolate.

#2 | Chicago

Why go: A trip to Chicago during the fall can be done on the cheap, with inexpensive flights and affordable rooms in abundant supply. If you're looking to test your stamina, the Chicago Marathon is held every October (just make sure to register early).

#3 | Paris

Why go: As the weather cools and the crowds thin, Paris makes for an even more tempting getaway. You'll feel as though you have the city to yourself: no long lines at the top attractions, no inflated hotel prices and no fighting for that perfect cafe table.

#4 | Savannah

Why go: Beautiful architecture, amazing comfort food and a distinct sense of Southern hospitality are Savannah's major draws. Visit during fall to enjoy the season's jazz and film festivals. This is also a great time to hunker down in a historic B&B.

#5 | Vancouver

Why go: The leaves and temps aren't the only thing falling; Vancouver's hotel rates also take a dive this season. In autumn, locals flock to the International Film Festival and Writer's Fest. When you're not getting your dose of culture, stroll through Stanley Park to spot the changing leaves.

#6 | New York City

Why go: Really, when can't you go to New York? It's the city of all seasons. But if you plan your trip for autumn, you can catch the true splendor of Central Park's trees and get a head start on your holiday shopping in trendy SoHo.

#7 | Yellowstone

Why go: Now void of camera-toting tourists, Yellowstone is ready for you to watch its beautiful transition from summer to fall without interruption (except by maybe a buffalo or two). However, be aware that fewer crowds can mean fewer available park amenities.

#8 | Boston

Why go: A stroll down the Freedom Trail and through Boston Common feels oh so nice with a little chill in the air. Fall weekends are perfect for leaf-peeping, so rent a car and head west along Route 2 toward Concord and Fitchburg for some colorful foliage.

#9 | Jackson Hole

Why go: The cool fall weather in Jackson Hole is sublime, with temperatures hovering in the 60s. Autumn also ushers in a few festivals, plus you'll find plenty of opportunities to hike in Grand Teton National Park or to the Granite Hot Springs.

#10 | Acadia National Park

Why go: Sprawling across the eastern coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is full of outdoor opportunities to enjoy in the fall. Hike, bike or take a leisurely stroll on Cadillac Mountain, Precipice Trail or along the Carriage Roads to admire the kaleidoscopic foliage.

#11 | Buenos Aires

Why go: The Rose Garden Walk (Paseo del Rosedal) bursts with more than 1,000 different rose species in full bloom. Now, Buenos Aires is just showing off. In this city's spring season (which coincides with autumn in the U.S.), you won't contend with crowds.

#12 | Munich

Why go: One word: Oktoberfest. Sixteen days full of Bavarian food, carnival rides, and beer, of course. And while you should've secured flights and accommodations months before, it's still worth a try (that is, if your liver can stand it).

#13 | Las Vegas

Why go: Las Vegas is America's playground every day of the year, but it is especially appealing in the fall. Temperatures are comfortable, airfare is affordable and rooms are downright cheap. You'll often be able to save even more with package deals.

#14 | Melbourne

Why go: Fall in the USA means springtime in Australia, and Melbourne will be blooming with flowers. Temps hover in the 60s and 70s, which gives you the perfect excuse to snap photos at the Royal Botanic Gardens or see the penguin parade at Phillip Island Nature Park.