With the frosts, sleet and snow of winter just around the corner, nature lovers from around the nation are preparing for their yearly hibernation. But winter isn’t here just yet; in many parts of the country, fall is about as good a time to go on an adventure as any!
Let’s have a look at 5 of the best and most affordable places you can visit this fall for a serious adventure.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach is situated on the Grand Strand, a seemingly endless stretch of sand at the top of the South Carolina coastline. Its position makes it just a road trip away for much of the East Coast.
While the peak tourist period will have been and gone by the time fall arrives, Myrtle Beach’s beautiful subtropical climate remains exceedingly pleasant, with temperatures hovering in the 70s. And if you get sick of the sand, this vibrant community has so much more to offer, with an incredible amount of entertainment on offer year-round.
The Great Smoky Mountains
Forming the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, the hardwood forests of the Great Smoky Mountains explode into color during fall, with browns, yellows, oranges and reds all competing for your attention. It’s almost an assault on the senses.
Fall is also the best time of year to visit the area because the heat of summer has passed. Take the Appalachian Trail up over Clingmans Dome, or hike the treeless mountain-tops for an uninterrupted view of the majestic surrounds. The best thing? The mountains are as cheap as you want them to be!
Mammoth Cave National Park
The world’s longest cave system, Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park has to be seen to be believed. Over 400 miles of limestone passageways have been thus far surveyed, making it more than twice as large as the world’s next biggest system.
While popular all year round, fall gives visitors almost perfect weather in which to check out the caves. You can spend as little or as much on tours as you’d like, and with a plethora of accommodation options available, there’s something to suit every budget!
Escalante is a tiny hidden treasure sitting in Southern Utah. Wedged between some of the most stunning geography in the country, you’ve got your choice of heading West to Dixie National Park, or East to the Grand Staircase and the Escalante National Monument.
The rugged terrain of the area offers a healthy challenge to hikers of all levels, and the terrain is packed with ancient wonders, including petrified forests and millennia-old rock art.
Nothing says Autumn quite like the leafy brilliance of Vermont, and the small town of Stowe epitomizes everything that is amazing about fall in this part of the world.
There are a multitude of hikes available in the area, but one of the best options is the 5.3 mile Stowe Recreation Path, which guides you around the woodlands and waterways of the area. In fall it produces an incredible color palate, with vibrant reds, yellows and oranges dominating the landscape. Be aware, Stowe can turn cold quickly, so it’s best to aim for early fall to make the most of the area’s natural beauty!