Want to Travel Before the Holidays? These Domestic Destinations Feature Fantastic Fall Foliage

The days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping, but that’s no reason you need to stay put for the winter. In fact, domestic travel in the U.S. increased by almost 2% in 2017, totaling 2.25 billion personal trips. Additionally, more than 78% of domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes. And with the picturesque fall foliage nearing its peak, there are abundant opportunities to get outdoors and experience all the adventures that the crisp autumn season has to provide.

About 14% of Americans have changed jobs for fear of a long commute, but commuting to a fabulous fall vacation destination is another story entirely. In this case, a long drive through some gorgeous scenery could actually help reduce your stress. Whether you’re just getting away with the family or you want to actually improve your professional mindset, a vacation is a great way to clear your mind. Up to 51% of employees say they’re less productive at work because of stress. Professional services firm Ernst & Young conducted an internal study of its employees and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation time employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved by as much as 8%.

Over 87 million U.S. adults participate in recreational boating, using a boat for (sports) activities such as fishing and water skiing and/or to travel. If you’re ready to hit the open roads and get a break from stress-filled work commutes, make sure to check out these fantastic cities for fall foliage along the way:

San Francisco

If ever heard a reference to LA’s more refined cousin, San Francisco is it. It’s filled with spectacular views, the bulk of which can be seen during an exhilarating ride on its famous cable cars. San Francisco is an arts district with limitless opportunities for edgy museums, productions, and food options. One word of caution: San Francisco has quite a bit of traffic. Americans say they spend an average of 87 minutes a day in their cars, but you’ll likely spend more time getting from place to place if you’re not familiar with the area. It may be a better idea to take public transportation or grab an Uber ride when possible.


Rated number one on the U.S. News ‘Best Summer Vacations in the U.S.’ list, Boston sights, sounds, and smells are definitely worth traveling for. But it’s not just summer — Boston is particularly fun to visit during the fall. Not only is the Public Garden gorgeous if you’re downtown, but there are also spookier attractions that boast just as much history and beauty. We’re talking about the Salem Witch Trials attractions, which are just a short drive away from the bustle of Boston proper. If you’re interested in witches, ghost, goblins, and all things spooky, visiting one of the many haunted tours in Salem should definitely be first on your to-do list.

And of course, Boston has plenty of fall foliage for visitors to feast their eyes.

“October is usually one of the best months to look at the fall foliage in Boston. The brilliant reds, golds, yellows can be found throughout the parks just outside the city. While you’re out looking at the leaves, be sure to pick (with permission) some of the apples from the orchards, as well,” says FreeToursByFoot.


Another city with a rich and fascinating history, Charleston made the top spot on the U.S. News list for best fall getaways in the country. And it’s easy to see why — as a southern city, it features all of the best elements of both the summer and fall seasons. Between the gorgeous views and the countless attractions, you’ll have no trouble filling every bit of your time with new experiences. Fall visitors will also have the luxury of being able to attend the several food-related festivals and events occurring in October and November. Ultimately, the city has a lot to offer at this time of year. Just make sure to bring your sunglasses to protect your eyes from the UVA and UVB raysthat come with these sunny Charleston weather conditions.

“Charleston’s peak tourist season goes well into November … Aside from the mild weather, Charleston’s autumn is also marked by several popular foodie events, such as Charleston Restaurant Week and the Taste of Charleston,” says U.S. News.

While there are countless cities around the U.S. that offer great opportunities for viewing fall foliage, these cities are said to be some of the best. What’s your favorite city to visit during the fall?

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