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5 Affordable Fall Travel Spots

As educational institutions reopen and the summer holiday period draws to a close, those with the luxury of taking a vacation during autumn are poised to enjoy less crowded venues and enticing deals designed to attract visitors. Wondering where to stretch your autumn travel budget? Here are some domestic travel ideas.

Chicago comes alive in the autumn. The climate remains pleasant, with outdoor spots such as the Lake Michigan shore and Navy Pier being particularly inviting. The city is also home to numerous museums, boasts excellent public transport, and is famous for its filling deep-dish pizza at a fair price. Though snagging budget-friendly Cubs tickets in late September might be challenging this year, attending a game could be an unforgettable experience, especially if it’s during a historic winning season.

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Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado bursts with stunning landscapes, walking trails, and opportunities for horseback riding, especially affordable in the autumn before winter snow restricts access to key paths. Drive across the Continental Divide via the picturesque Trail Ridge Road, and unwind in Estes Park or Grand Lake. With wildlife more visible during autumn, elk sightings in town are common.

Las Vegas emerges as a surprisingly economical choice, provided you skip the gambling. The period between September and October is ideal as the weather cools, tourist numbers dwindle, and the festive season has yet to begin. The city’s hotels are attractions in themselves, alongside free entertainment like the Fremont Street Experience, Circus Circus acts, and the Bellagio Fountains. Chocolate enthusiasts will enjoy M&M’s World and Hershey’s Chocolate World, home to an 800-pound chocolate Statue of Liberty.

Orlando‘s theme parks become significantly less crowded once school resumes, offering a more relaxed atmosphere. Disney and Universal roll out special deals for the quieter autumn months, including promotions related to the Harry Potter-themed Diagon Alley. Beyond the thrill rides, Orlando is rich in museums, galleries, and parks for those seeking a break from theme park excitement.

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San Francisco invites visitors to experience its iconic attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Lombard Street, and the seals at Pier 39 without spending a cent. Across the bay, Muir Woods offers a natural retreat, while the city itself is a vibrant art scene. You can also catch a Giants game for free from the waterfront promenade at AT&T Park if you arrive early.

For those living in areas with distinct seasonal changes, a scenic drive to view the autumn leaves can be especially rewarding. Numerous resources provide up-to-date details on the best viewing times, routes, and affordable accommodation options.

A bit of foresight can lead to a memorable and cost-effective autumnal adventure, no matter your destination choice.

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