Crisp air, changing leafs, fresh scents, and football. Fall is here. While you might be thinking that it’s time to buckle down and get back to work after a long summer, think again. What better time to take a quick escape or a long weekend than right now? Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure or a relaxing getaway, here are five of our favorite fall destinations.
1. Be adventurous in Moab, Utah
As the cold weather inevitably rolls in, mountain men in the west flock to Moab like bees to honey to soak up the last of the desert sun. This famed outdoorsman’s mecca offers world-class mountain biking, the famed Canyonlands National Parks, and some of the best skydiving in the country.
2. Splurge in Scottsdale, Ariz.
It’s no surprise that Scottsdale is a popular destination for golfers and spa-lovers alike. So why not take advantage of both? My favorite resort in the area is, undoubtedly, the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North. With understated architecture that subtly blends into the gorgeous, natural surroundings, you’ll still experience the world-class service and luxury accommodations for which the hotel brand is known.
3. Be creative in Charleston, S.C.
Charleston is hardly a destination that needs much selling. With its rich history and old-school charm, the city attracts visitors with upscale shopping, boutique accommodations, and of course, bow-tie clad bartenders around every corner. What better way to experience all the city has to offer than by combining fabulous lodging with the chance to create your very own wine. The luxe Grand Bohemian Hotel invites guests to be a winemaker for a day. Certified specialists and Master Sommeliers guide visitors through an interactive 90-minute class, and each guest will artfully create a custom bottle of wine. Now that’s what we call a class worth taking.
4. Get your whitewater thrills in West Virginia
It’s hard to think about fall foliage magic without thinking about West Virginia. Known for its incredible fall vibrancy, the Mountain State offers several autumn activities and creature comforts for anyone looking to throw on a sweatshirt and grab some cider. In particular, the Greenbrier Valley is the place to be for adventure and whitewater excitement. Each fall, a scheduled dam release dumps water into the Gauley River, making for rafting thrills and unrivaled fun. The Greenbrier River is a little more mellow, perfect for canoeing and tubing. Still looking for more? Camping, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, hiking, ATV trails, and zip lines should keep you plenty busy.
5. Relive your glory days at a Notre Dame football game
South Bend, Ind. is hardly a place known for gorgeous weather year round. But we do know one thing’s for sure: When it’s college football season, there’s nothing like seeing the Fighting Irish and Touchdown Jesus at the world-famous stadium. Tailgates and home team colors abound in the stands that have made history time and time again, and if you’re lucky enough, there’s a seat waiting for you at Notre Dame Stadium.