After summer ends, the kids head back to school and life gets back to its everyday hustle and bustle. It’s busy, it’s exhausting, and it leaves you wanting your summer vacation back. This feeling usually begins to multiply as you head into the holidays.
Thankfully, there are some destinations that can provide you and your family a cozy vacation – even if only for a few days.
Here are some cozy fall vacation ideas for the whole family. Take a look and let us know which one you think your family would enjoy most.
1. The Poconos, Pennsylvania
The Pocono Mountains, also known as The Poconos, is in the eastern part of the state of Pennsylvania. While many families find this as the perfect summer getaway, it actually has much to offer those who visit in the fall.
For example, every year they provide a Fall Foliage Forecast* letting you know when you can see some beautiful landscape with the changing of over 100 trees and such. In addition, you can take hayrides, hike trails, spend time on the golf course, and attend the many fall festivals in the area.
2. Banff, Canada
Banff National Park offers some of the most fascinating views in the fall. Your family will love seeing the changing colors of the trees in the mountains and the baby blue milky water of Peyto Lake*. This is the perfect place for your family to bundle up and head out on a trail. Spending time with nature in this serene setting is sure to bring you closer together.
3. Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida is home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld (among others). These theme parks are every little kids’ dream. And, visiting in the fall is perfect. They tend to be less busy since school has returned to session and they transform their look to get you in the Fall spirit – despite the warm Florida temperatures. With Fall fun and Halloween frights, Orlando is sure to send your family on lots of adventures! And, be sure to check out Diamond Resorts, as they have a lot of deals that will definitely fit your family’s budget!
4. Black Hills, South Dakota
The Black Hills is home to many national parks, including Mount Rushmore*. And, because of the tremendous amount of preserved areas, Black Hills has many must-see scenic drives, such as Vanocker Canyon and Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway – especially beautiful in the Fall. In addition, there are Fall festivities and buffalo roundups to keep your family interested. Spend time with your family in the outdoors, on trails with ATVs, checking out local historical sites, indulging in South Dakota’s cuisine, or in the cultural arts regions.
5. Sonoma, California
Fall is harvest season in Sonoma*. It is here that you will find farmers harvesting grapes, apples, pumpkins, squash, and more. While it is known as wine country and there are many vineyards, there is something to do for the entire family. Hikes, visits to pumpkin patches, and soaking up the Fall vineyard foliage are just a few of the things you can find yourself doing here.
Check out Sonoma for family fun on the farm, a visit to Old Faithful Geyser, and various unique museums. Much to learn as a family!
6. Blue Ridge, Georgia
Blue Ridge, Georgia is a quaint downtown with neat places to visit and discover. In addition, the Blue Ridge Mountains provide great Fall scenery for your family to enjoy. This region offers gem mining, Fall festivals, log cabins, zip lining, and a lot of quiet times. In addition, your family can take a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway* or a tractor ride through the orchards.
7. The Bahamas
If fall foliage doesn’t really make your family interested, perhaps a vacation to The Bahamas will. This set of islands is busiest during the winter months. Therefore, visiting during the fall means that you can enjoy a more laid-back, less crowded vacation. Because the days are still warm, your family can still enjoy the pools and beach – and all the water activities that come with them! Hit the spa, work on your golf game, or just explore what these islands have to offer.
8. Stowe, Vermont
Everyone who has been to Vermont knows that this state is the go-to state for a Fall experience with the family. And, this is especially true in Stowe. This storybook-town has a lot to offer but keeps provides tourists with a close-knit feel. Fall brings crisp, cool days that are perfect for outdoor adventures. Take your family for a scenic drive or go on a hike amongst all the brightly-colored trees. Whatever you choose to do in Stowe*, your family will love it.
9. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston generally has so much to do with kids, such as the Pirate Museum or the Salem Witch Museum*, as well as the various historical buildings, trampoline parks, dinosaur tracks, college campuses, and sports complexes. However, during the Fall, Boston becomes home to many festivals and fairs. In addition, this area in New England offers beautiful fall foliage views and nearby scenic drives. This is the busiest city that will surely have something to do for everyone in your family.
10. The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon* can be visited from the either the South or the North Rim (or both). And the Fall is the perfect time to visit. The weather may be a bit chilled – but the days should be just right. You can take hikes into the canyon, go Colorado River Rafting, have a Cowboy Cookout, or just enjoy the view. Spend time making memories with your family while taking in all the beauty this desert area provides.
11. Santorini, Greece
While you may think of bright orange, golden, and red tones when you think of fall, in Santorini, Greece, imagine bright blue waters and white stone buildings. Plus, this moon-shaped island offers the most talked-about colorful sunsets. If getting away means traveling overseas, then Santorini may be the perfect getaway for your family’s fall vacation. Check out the caldera, take a boat tour of the volcano, or wander the streets of the city. There is so much history in Santorini* that not only will your family enjoy the time away together, but they can learn all about the land they are visiting.
Don’t you think it is time to sneak your family away for some fall fun?
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