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Best Travel Destinations for Fall

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Earlier in the year, I proposed the idea that every city has its glory season, the time of year when a city shows its best self and its residents are most proud to welcome visitors. At that time, I wrote about the Best Destinations for Spring Travel.

In my hometown of Atlanta, I think that autumn is the season in which visitors can truly experience the best the city has to offer: its temperate weather, Southern hospitality and myriad of festivals and events. If you’re looking for the best fall travel destinations, here are two suggestions from our resident experts.

East Coast Fall Travel Destination: Atlanta, Georgia

Autumn is a great time to visit Atlanta. It’s the time of year when the temperatures and humidity drop and the trees begin showing their fall colors. With all the festivals and events happening in the fall, there are plenty of opportunities for appreciating the outdoors. Whatever your passion, Atlanta has a festival for it.

In September, visitors travel here annually to attend Dragon Con, a huge multi-media and pop culture convention that occurs on Labor Day weekend every year. For any kid who is a fan of super heroes, science fiction, or gaming, the Dragon Con parade that occurs on Saturday morning is a must-see, family-friendly event. Our family attends every year.

Best fall travel destinations - Dragon Con parade in Atlanta

The Dragon Con Parade is an annual fall event full of every science fiction, super hero and gaming character imaginable.

Also in September is the Yellow Daisy Festival, one of the most popular arts and crafts festivals in the nation, and is located just 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Music lovers can enjoy a weekend’s worth of music during Music Midtown which also occurs in September.

In October, Atlanta Pride, the largest pride festival in the Southeast, and the Atlanta Arts Festival both happen in Piedmont Park (Atlanta’s Central Park) on separate weekends. With the exception of the Yellow Daisy Festival, all of these festivals are located in midtown Atlanta, which is just a short drive or cab ride to Hilton Atlanta.

And keep in mind that those are just the major festivals! Many of Atlanta’s neighborhoods host their own smaller festivals during the the fall months, so festival-hopping is possible!

Atlanta Fall Packing Tip

Fall in Atlanta is usually sunny and warm, but bring a sweater as the temperatures can drop significantly once the sun sets.

West Coast Fall Travel Destination: San Francisco, California

From Kristine D

San Francisco is famous for many things, but one weather-related condition in particular is a real doozy: the thick, cold fog. This is California, after all and fog doesn’t compute in the minds of many visitors. The most fog-free time to visit, believe it or not, is in the fall. The weather around San Francisco is warmer, there are fewer tourists, and the skies are clearer during this time.

Book your travel for the September-November time frame and you’re more likely to enjoy kite flying in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, take a brisk walk up and down the city’s famous hills while wearing short sleeves or enjoy the sights of Golden Gate Park as the leaves turn to brilliant fall shades.

Best fall travel destinations - San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge

Walk through the hills of San Francisco and enjoy the Golden Gate Bridge in short sleeves if you visit in the fall.

Some of the city’s most unique events and festivals also take place during this time. The SFJAZZ Center season and the Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival are city classics celebrating a well-known musical and sweet scene. The Fringe Festival provides a great introduction to many of the area’s theatrical acts, and the Mission District hosts a colorful event to mark Dia de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday honoring both death and the cycle of life.

Two Hilton hotels convenient to all of the action in San Francisco this fall include Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Hilton San Francisco Financial District.

San Francisco Fall Packing Tip

If you decide to visit San Francisco in the fall, be sure to still pack a few layers though, that famous fog can be sneaky and has been known to occasionally roll back into town.

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Golden Gate Park photo by Nicolas Raymond / CC BY 3.0

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