The aroma of fresh apple pie, visiting local pumpkin patches and dragging those sweaters out of the spare closet - there are many reasons why I love the fall season when the temperatures cool and the holidays are just on the horizon. It's the middle of October and fall is in full swing. Halloween is almost here and we still have other festive holidays to look forward to, all while the slight scent of mulled cider wafts through the house. Although I hate leaving home during this, my most favorite season, it is actually a fantastic time to travel. Here are just some of the many fun places perfect for an autumnal getaway.
It may seem odd at first to include a hotel on this list, but the historic Homestead property is so much more than a simple hotel. The area's famous hot springs have been known since before the arrival of settlers, the Native Americans used it for the waters' healing powers. Believe it or not, but the hotel dates back to the 18th century and has been welcoming discerning guests for centuries now. Today the resort is modern and elegant and features more activities than anyone could hope to do in the span of a short break. World famous golf, hiking, water activities and even falconry are all available for guests of this classic resort.
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Miami is a stunning city on the water and offers plenty of fun activities for tourists. The city has wonderful nightlife, beautiful sandy beaches and an energetic atmosphere. Its best-known beach is South Beach. Miami’s architecture is also exceptional. It resembles Art Deco, and many building walls are painted pink, purple, or a light yellow. These lovely hues complement the city’s vibrant, Latin-influenced atmosphere.
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If it’s autumn in the US then that means it’s spring in beautiful Cape Town where the temperatures are moderate and getting better every day. There are many fun experiences, and we recommend that you hike or take a cable car up to the top of Table Mountain - one of the New 7 Wonders of the World - for aerial views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats, Devil's Peak mountains, and beyond. To immerse yourself in local culture, booking an experience like learning the art of Malay cooking on a cooking safari, partaking in a beading workshop, or learning to bake bread in the winelands with Andulela is a must, as the company is passionate about connecting visitors with locals to see the real Cape Town. Speaking of winelands, Cape Town is about a 30-minute drive from Constantia, home to some of the country's best cool climate Sauvignon Blanc.
And for those who want a safari experience, Aquila Private Game Reserve is about 90 minutes from Cape Town and is home to the Big Five - the lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino - as well as other exotic wildlife.
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The college town of Burlington, Vermont, situated on picturesque Lake Champlain gave the world Ben & Jerry’s ice cream along with plenty of eclectic arts and crafts treasures. Bike the Burlington Bike Path along the shores of Lake Champlain or head out for a sightseeing cruise aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen III. Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace is a traffic free street lined with galleries, shops and cafes. Named as one of the Great Public Spaces in American, the marketplace’s public art works includes the mural "Everyone Loves a Parade!" by Canadian muralist Pierre Hardy. Look closely and you’ll recognize some famous Vermonters including Bernie Sanders and of course, Ben and Jerry.
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You’ve heard it before: Hershey, Pennsylvania is the sweetest place on earth. As home to Milton Hershey’s world renowned chocolate factory, Hershey is the place to go for chocolate lovers. But did you know you can celebrate chocolate without the additional calories at the Hotel Hershey’s Chocolate Spa? Indulge in a cocoa body wrap, cocoa massage, or even a cocoa facial. You’ll emerge from the peaceful serene spa facility refreshed and smelling sweet. While you’re checking out the Hotel Hershey, sign up for an off-road Segway tour. You’ll get a quick lesson in balancing the Segway which has wider tires for off-roading, then you’ll tour the property before heading out into the colorful wooded trails on the resort property. The Segway tour concludes with time to ride up and down the hills on the resort property. I’ll never forget the look on my friends' faces as they barreled down the hills on their Segways at top speed: pure joy!
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If you're looking for something on the East Coast, skip the obvious choices like New York or Florida, and consider Charleston. Think pecans roasting on an open fire instead of chestnuts, bourbon spiked eggnog, and a subdued, yet classy, celebration. Look for Dickens-themed festivities, sleigh rides, special dinners and just an overall comforting spirit of the holidays.
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Philadelphia is arguably the most important historical city in America. Inside Independence Hall is where our country was born. It is here our founding fathers wrote and signed the Declaration of Independence. Afterwards, our Constitution was also formed inside its walls. It is humbling to stand in the shadows of our nation's greatest heroes. Independence Hall is the main highlight of any historical trip to Philadelphia. However, the city has more fun and historical spots like the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross house, and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. Philadelphia is a prime spot for a historical vacation and also a great city to explore in its own right.
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If you have your heart set on a relaxing beach vacation, consider taking the leap over to Hawaii. Yes, the flight is long, especially from the East Coast, but you won't find anywhere else in the United States with such stunning beaches, tropical weather, and laid back culture. In Hawaii you can lay by the rolling ocean with a pile of shaved ice and just relax in a way you probably won't be able to for the next 18 years. Not sure which island to choose? Oahu has the bigger cities, while the Big Island and Kauai are less populated and more centered on nature. Maui is a nice mix of development and untouched beauty. All of them have fabulous beaches and resorts to relax in.
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Where are your favorite fall getaways?
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A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post, AFAR Magazine and National Geographic Intelligent Travel. His work is also syndicated on the Flipboard and Pulse apps. Follow Matt on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus.
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