Top Places to Visit in the Fall

Traveling does not have to be expensive to be fun!

No matter where in the United States you live, there are plenty of nearby places offering rich culture and beautiful scenery that you can experience with a short—or long if you choose—car ride. Whether you’re on the East coast, West coast, or somewhere in between, certainly, at least one of the places on this list is within reasonable driving distance and at a cheap price.

Or maybe you are feeling adventurous and want to set off on a cross-country sight-seeing tour this fall. In that case, see if you can check them all off your list!

Salem Massachusetts

Founded in 1626, Salem is one of the oldest cities in the United States. The Massachusetts town is best known for the infamous Salem witch trials, making it a prime spot to visit during the spooky Halloween season.

If you visit Salem in the fall, there are several attractions to see surrounding the historic witch trials that took place there. There is the Salem With Museum, the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, and the Witch House. The Witch House is a fascinating stop on your tour of the old town as it is the only structure that remains that is directly tied to the witch trials.

Aside from the history of witchcraft, Salem is a beautiful town in the fall as it takes on that famous New England fall foliage that is colorful and beautiful.

Asheville, North Carolina

If your idea of a perfect fall day involves Apple Orchards, pumpkin picking, and delicious seasonal beverages, then Asheville, NC may be the ideal place to visit in October.

The oppressive North Carolina summer heat has broken by October, making for mild and comfortable temperatures. Because of the climate, the Asheville area has one of the longest fall foliage seasons you will find. The colors are bright and vibrant, and being located in the Blue Ridge Mountains means that tourists can take in breathtaking views.

If you can book it early enough, staying in the Omni Grove Park Inn is a great experience. The hotel takes luxury to another level, and the view of the surrounding areas is gorgeous in the fall.

 

Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park is a significant tourist destination in the summer months. It is located on Mount Desert Island and at the edge of the famous Bar Harbor, which means June through mid-October can be pretty crowded in this corner of Maine.

However, in the latter half of October, the crowds typically begin to disperse as the vacation season has wrapped up. Without the masses of tourists, the fall season becomes a beautiful time to visit. As with most of New England, the leaves have mainly changed to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow by the first week in October. This fall scenery is a sight to behold.

The air will be cool and crisp, so be sure to dress appropriately, but hiking the gorgeous paths and hills of Acadia National Park in the fall should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Big Sur, California

Thus far, we have focused on East coast locations, so let’s head out West for our next stop!

Big Sur is located on the coast of California from Carmel to Cambria. The combination of heat and crowds can be a bit much during the summer months, but from September-November, the temperatures cool, and the crowds subside.

Big Sur is the home to several wonderful state parks, such as Andrew Molera State Park. This park may be less developed; however, it offers beaches, great hiking opportunities, and an excellent view of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Big Sur is filled with spectacular sights to see and is a perfect West Coast stop in the fall months.

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Once again, we have a destination in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that is extremely hot in the summer months but cools to a more tolerable temperature in the fall months.

In the autumn, the trees become colorful, and there’s a cool breeze that keeps visitors comfortable. From an activity standpoint, the biggest draw of Albuquerque in the fall is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. For nine days in early October, you can witness sensational sights as hundreds of colorful and different-shaped balloons soar through the skies over Albuquerque. It is truly a sight that you won’t want to miss.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 

What list of fall travel destinations would be complete without mentioning the majestic Rocky Mountains? The mountains are magnificent any time of year, but the view becomes surreal when the lush green foliage is replaced with bursts of gold and orange colors.

Rocky Mountain National Park is the perfect fall destination, located in the Aspens of the great mountain range. In addition to the hiking trails and beautiful scenery, autumn is the time of year to witness the elk rut. Every fall, the elk descend from the high country to begin their mating season in the plains. If you visit this time of year, you have a fantastic chance of seeing elk and listening to the bugle call of the male elk.

Door County, Wisconsin 

Heading to the Midwest now, Door County, Wisconsin is another great fall travel destination. The cool northern temperatures in October bring out the vibrant colors in the scenery.

Door County has excellent locations for camping; remember to bring your jacket! Waking up to the sunrise in the crisp, cool air while surrounded by beautifully colored trees is an unforgettable experience. During the day, there are plenty of fantastic trails to hike. Following the recommended 3-day nature itinerary will ensure that your Door County experience is one always to remember.

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Touring the country isn’t just intended for the warm summer months. There are many locations to see across the United States that offer beautiful foliage, moderate temperatures, and fun activities in the fall months. If you prefer to avoid large crowds, autumn may be the best time of year to visit most of these places.

Top 10 Easy Budget-Friendly Crafts for Fall

Spend some time this Fall making fun crafts that are easy on your wallet. Decorate your home and make exciting costumes with the whole family! Simple and easy instructions make spending time crafting a breeze. From beautiful fall lanterns your kids will love to DIY gifts for your friends and family, this fall will be the craftiest of them all.

Ditch the DIY crafts with long lists of expensive items to buy. These top 8 crafts for fall have 5 components or less each and are inexpensive to purchase. With these ideas, cheap doesn’t mean tacky or clunky. Each one of these fall crafts is fun, fabulous, and easy to make. Try making them with your friends, family, or co-workers!

1.   Fall Leaf Lanterns

Nothing says fall like leaves and warm light. This project is simple, easy, and ecological. All you need are a couple of cheap items from your local dollar store and some fall leaves. It’s impossible to mess up and a great activity to do with kids! Try this idea out for a centerpiece on your table or on top of the fireplace.

For this craft you’ll need:

  • A mason jar or vase
  • Modge Podge
  • Leaves from outside
  • A paintbrush
  • Tealights

2.   DIY Fox Ears Headband

Looking for an easy DIY costume? You can easily make this no-sew costume with a few simple items. This versatile craft can be used to make all different types of animal ears for endless possibilities. This costume project can be made with low-cost materials like felt, plastic headbands, and hot glue. Easy enough to make with children and fun!

For this craft you’ll need:

  • Felt
  • Hot glue
  • Thin plastic headband
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie

3.   Crayon Drip Pumpkins

If you have kiddos in the house then no doubt you have crayons. Possibly even hundreds of broken crayons, which is perfect because they’re exactly what they need for this project! This beautiful way to recycle crayons and decorate for fall is cheap and simple, perfect for everyone. Make rainbows, stick to your favorite shades, or go monochromatic. Try it out this week!

For this craft you’ll need:

  • Pumpkins
  • Crayons
  • A hairdryer

4.   Mummy Candles

Super cute candle holders are just a few steps away! These spooky little mummies are simple and fun to make. An excellent choice for little ones and great for brightening up the house for movie night, these mummies will light up the night. Get ready to spend an afternoon of fun making these little guys and prepare to bask in the glow!

For this craft you’ll need:

  • Mason jars
  • Large googly eyes
  • First aid gauze
  • Tealights
  • Hot glue

5.   Fairy House Jack-O-Lantern

Creating a fun fairy house out of your jack-o-lanterns is a great way to use biodegradable ingredients. For this simple project, all you need is a pumpkin, a carving knife, a tealight, and a good imagination. You can add your own personal style to this craft with paint, flowers, and maybe some glitter too. Create a whole fairy garden with your family this fall!

For this craft you’ll need:

  • Pumpkins
  • A carving knife
  • Tealights
  • Decorations

6.   DIY Coffee Cup Candles

This craft makes for a great gift for the holidays or a decoration. Transform your old mugs into wonderful candles with your choice of essential oil. You’ll be surprised at how easy candle-making can be with a few cheap ingredients from your local craft store and a whole lot of fun. Customize your signature scent and light up your home with candles that will impress your friends!

For this craft you’ll need:

  • Candle wax flakes
  • Scented oil
  • Candle wicks
  • Mugs
  • A pot

7.   Easy DIY Bat Costume

If you or your kiddo need a costume in a hurry, this easy DIY bat costume is the perfect project for you. You can easily put together this costume with simple sewing or alternatively hot glue. Making this costume for the whole family will undoubtedly win any costume contest. Get ready for tons of batty fun and adorable memories!

For this craft you’ll need:

  • 1.5 yards of black fabric of your choice
  • 6 inches of elastic
  • Thick black fabric (or felt)
  • Hot glue or a needle and thread

8.   $4 Dollar Tree DIY Halloween Wreath

Decorate your door with a festive Halloween wreath! You can make it spooky, leafy, or even witchy. It’s all up to you and your local dollar store. You’ll be amazed at how festive and fun these cost-effective decorations can be. All you have to do is piece them together and you’ve got a brand new wreath you can use year after year. With easy wreaths like this, everyone can decorate their own!

For this craft you’ll need:

  • A wreath form
  • A Halloween door sign (or fall-themed)
  • Garlands
  • Hot glue

9.   Happy Fall Wooden Entry Sign

Make your entryway as cute as can be with this adorable wooden entry sign. This craft is cheap to make and can be tailored to your liking as you see fit. Go crazy with paint, ribbon, fabric, and more! This project is great for the whole family. You can each make your own or collaborate on one big sign altogether. Your creation awaits!

For this craft you’ll need:

  • Wood background for the sign
  • Paint
  • Hot glue
  • Lettering template
  • The decor of your choosing

10.   Book Page Leaf Garland

Enjoy this classy-looking garland that is great for the entire fall season. Great for kids that are able to cut with scissors, this garland will liven up any room. For next to nothing, your entryway, mantle, bookcase, or door frame will look beautiful when you add this finishing touch. Take it a step further and stamp the leaves with fall colors or throw in a bit of synthetic greenery.

For this craft you’ll need:

  • Old books
  • Cardstock
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Hot glue
  • Floral wire

Spending time making crafts this fall is a wonderful way to bond as a family and enjoy decorating together. There’s something about making things yourself that provides a sense of accomplishment. Making these crafts will be fun, exciting, and won’t break the bank. It’s a win-win-win all around. Try your hand at any of these simple and easy projects and you’ll have a fall to remember!