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Best cities for outdoor activities in the fall

Whether you enjoy apple picking or hiking, fall is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities in fantastic weather before winter sets in. Check out which cities made the list for the best places to visit for outdoor activities in the fall.

Savannah, GA in the fall

Savannah, Georgia

This city has come in No. 1 on Travel & Leisure’s list of America’s Best Cities for Fall Travel. Known as a beautiful walking city, tourists can enjoy Savannah’s warm autumn temperatures while touring historic mansions or strolling through one of its notable gardens. Visitors are also known to come to Savannah for popular walking ghost tours. Don’t forget to check out Savannah’s popular fall festivals, from Oktoberfest to the Savannah Folk Music Festival and the Savannah Film Festival.


Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is a great city for outdoor enthusiasts looking to enjoy fun autumn adventures. Rent a mountain bike, hit the road and enjoy fall foliage as you cycle to the Craggy Gardens or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Enjoy spectacular mountain views on one of the many hiking trails that Asheville has to offer. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, embark on a zip line tour, book a hot-air balloon ride or take a rock climbing trip.


Portland, Maine

Enjoy the autumn scenery and glorious changing leaves in Portland by taking a fall foliage tour. Walk through the streets of Portland and be sure to swing by the Harbor Harvest Fest, known as Maine’s premier food and wine festival. Take a scenic fall cruise and catch a view of the sunset as the ferry navigates through Casco Bay.


Phillipston, Massachusetts

Take a trip to Phillipston to visit the popular Red Apple Farm apple orchard and enjoy a fun-filled jaunt with your family outdoors. The orchard’s 1,250-foot elevation makes it the highest commercial orchard in New England, and its apple trees include the oldest commercially planted Macintosh apple tree in New England, planted in 1912. Other perks at this apple orchard include hay wagon rides and a pumpkin patch, forest and field walking trails, farm animals, weekend barbecues, a variety of delicious natural apple cider and hot cider doughnuts, and the well-known “Technicolor tree.”


San Diego, California

Not only is fall the warmest time of the year in San Diego, it’s also a great time for visitors to embark on outdoor activities, such as surfing. Other fun fall outdoor activities include visiting San Diego’s autumn festivals such as the Old Town San Diego Art Festival, Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, Gaslamp Quarter Fall Back Festival and the Spirits of Mexico Festival.


Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hikers visiting Santa Fe love to take in the breathtaking scenery along the Aspen Vista trail. Hyde Memorial Park also offers picnic areas and campsites, if you want to turn your day trip into an overnight camping experience. Some of the festivals worth checking out are the Santa Fe Fiesta, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and the Santa Fe Film Festival.


Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Spend a weekend in Lake Tahoe, where you can take a fall hike in the mountains, cycle along one of the many mountain biking trails (a tourist favorite) or go whitewater rafting. Other ways that you can enjoy fall in Lake Tahoe include visiting a pumpkin patch, touring a winery or horseback riding.

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