Fall Travel

6 Affordable Fall Destinations to Book Now

If you're looking for an affordable yet unforgettable fall vacation, consider the six destinations below. At these spots, shoulder season means discounted rooms, near-empty beaches, and fewer crowds everywhere.

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While the wet season in Tulum technically lasts until November, the heaviest rains are usually gone by the end of August making fall the perfect time to book a trip here before the winter crowds show up searching for sun. Travelers will find discounted room rates at hotels ranging from boutique beach stays to luxury resorts.  You'll also find it easier to snag hard-to-book tables at popular restaurants like Hartwood and tickets to top attractions including the Coba Ruins and the Gran Cenote.

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While Iceland has grown in popularity, flights in the fall can drop to as little as $100 from U.S. cities like Boston, Cleveland, Cincinnati. Go in September to catch autumn colors at outdoor attractions like Skaftafell and to spot orcas, humpback, and blue whales just off the coast. The annual sheep roundup of Réttir also takes place in September (tourists are welcome to join in) and Ring Road, which takes drivers past fjords, glaciers, and villages, is much less crowded. September and October are also prime months for spotting the northern lights—just be sure to pack warm layers as temperatures dip down into the 30s and 40s.

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Fall might just be the best time to visit Savannah, when the steamy southern summer has given way to temperatures in the 70s. Guest room prices take a dip, too, making the charming boutique hotels and inns that dot the Historic District’s cobblestone streets more accessible for travelers on every budget. It’s easy to eat well yet inexpensively here, from fresh baked goods at Forsyth Park’s Farmers’ Market to fried chicken and collard greens at local favorite Mrs. Wilkes. Halloween is a particularly fun time to plan a trip, with tours through the Bonaventure Cemetery and guided walks through the city’s reportedly haunted sites setting a spooky mood.   

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Buenos Aires

Autumn in the U.S. is springtime in Argentina’s capital city, when visitors can view purple petaled jacaranda trees blooming throughout town. Temperate weather also makes exploring Buenos Aires on foot a pleasure and there’s plenty to see and do, from taking in the Beaux Arts palaces and tango dancing in Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo, to coffee and pastries at historic cafés like La Biela in Recoleta, also home to Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, which offers free admission year-round. Fall is also the perfect time of year to stroll the lush grounds of Jardin Japones, the largest Japanese-style garden outside of Japan.

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The best time to visit Nantucket (IOHO) is fall: the summer crowds are gone (as are the expensive hotel rates) and the weather is still warm enough to explore the island by bike. There are great festivals during this time, too, including September's Restaurant Week, and October’s Cranberry Festival, when travelers can visit the bogs during the harvest. Other event highlights: November’s Festival of Wreaths and Christmas Stroll, where you'll find plenty of New England small town charm.   

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With flights from major U.S. cities in September and October as little as $300 on carriers like Norwegian, fall is an ideal time to head to Milan. There’s plenty for price conscious travelers to experience in Italy’s fashion capital, from taking in contemporary art at Fondazione Prada to exploring galleries in the trendy Navigli neighborhood, to window shopping at the soaring Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II. Rest up at one of Milan’s fashion-forward boutique hotels that are both stylish and easy on the wallet.

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