Planning a fall getaway? While New England states such as Maine and Vermont may come to mind first, thanks to their stunning foliage, apple orchards and pumpkin patches, there are plenty of places that make for a stellar visit in the fall months. Whether you're looking for fall foliage, Oktoberfest celebrations or simply an affordable trip, we've got you covered with eight underrated fall destinations below.
1. Santa Fe, N.M.
Although the peak travel months for Santa Fe are in the summer - particularly July and August - this charming city is best explored in the fall, when festivals occur, the weather is cool, and the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains are filled with yellow, orange and green leaves. Founded in 1610 as a Spanish colony, Santa Fe is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture, Native American presence and art scene that spans galleries, jewelry stores selling turquoise baubles and outdoor markets. Top attractions in the city include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, historic Loretto Chapel and Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and central Santa Fe Plaza. Don't skip the New Mexican cuisine, hiking trails and array of fall festivals.
Our pick for luxury hotel in Santa Fe: Inn and Spa at Loretto
2. Amalfi Coast, Italy
The Amalfi Coast has earned a spot on many bucket lists, thanks to its beautiful rocky coastline, delicious Italian cuisine, and adorable seaside towns with colorful buildings, pleasant beaches, and jaw-dropping views. However, the cities dotting the coast become packed with tourists and cars during the summer months, making traffic a nightmare, hotel rates sky-high, and beaches crowded. Fortunately, many hotels are still open through October, when the weather is comfortable, crowds are thinner, and accommodation prices are reasonable. Plus, ivy-covered walls are in full fall foliage display. Be sure to book a boat tour, sample the region's famous limoncello, and purchase handmade leather goods or ceramic pottery.
Our pick for a sea-view hotel on the Amalfi Coast: Il San Pietro di Positano
3. Edinburgh, Scotland
The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a hilly, historic town with tons to see throughout the year. Most travelers go to Edinburgh in the summer, when the weather is warmer and the daylight hours are longer, but that also means long lines for attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, higher hotel rates and crowded streets - especially during the Fringe Festival in August. Fall, meanwhile, is a fabulous time in Edinburgh, offering colorful foliage, more atmospheric ghost tours, and warming Scottish whiskey tastings at plenty of pubs. Buy a tartan scarf to keep warm while touring the Old Town and New Town, as well as hiking up to the scenic Calton Hill.
Our pick for an upscale hotel in Edinburgh: Apex Grassmarket Hotel