Top 6 Destinations Out West to Visit This Fall
While summer tends to be the peak season for travel, the fall offers a different variety of destinations with unique characteristics. The crisp air and vibrant colors makes the favorite season for a lot of people. If you thought fall destinations were limited to the Northeast part of the country, think again. There are several locations out west that are a must see this fall.
- Portland, Oregon
This is home to more than 100,000 types of trees and shrubs. There is also the Portland Japanese Garden. This where you can see Japanese maple trees turn a lovely red color. Besides your basic apple and pumpkin picking there is also the West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta. Basically people in costumes sit inside giant pumpkins and race across a lake. It’s certainly a sight like none other. There is also Portland’s Fresh Hops Fest full of live music, arts, crafts and of course, beer.
- Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
If you’re looking for scenic views and outdoor activities than Coeur d’Alene is the place for you. There are several lakes here as well as easy access to the North Idaho Centennial Trail. Here you can ride a bike or take a long stroll. This is a great trip if you’re looking for peace and tranquility this fall.
- The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley
If you can’t make it in the summer, then the Grand Canyon is a must see in the fall. At 277 river miles long and up to 18 miles wide and deep, the Grand Canyon is a sight to see.
There are plenty of accommodations available as long as you book in advance. You should also take advantage of Canyon Expedition tours. These also fill up quickly, so book early. Also be sure to take in the Colorado River. You can experience this by paddle or motorized rafts as well as dories.
- Waldport, Oregon
Waldport, Oregon is full of activities in the fall. Many times the temperature stays near 70s so you can still enjoy the miles of sandy beaches Waldport has to offer. If it gets too chilly, there’s still clamming and crabbing to do. You can also do some whale watching as well as take a hike or go kayaking. There are plenty of things to do to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall air.
- Palm Desert, California
The Palm Desert is a go to location for relaxation. The fall weather is great for hiking, biking, or horseback riding through desert trails. You can also take advantage of the music scene since the Palm Desert is in the middle of the Coachella Valley. There are affordable rentals in the fall which makes this the perfect destination.
- Napa Valley, California
If you’re a wine drinker, then you know the Napa Valley is thee place to visit. There are miles and miles of vineyards to visit and plenty of wine to taste.
You can also take advantage of the beautiful bike paths the Napa Valley has the offer. The Napa Valley is also close to Sacramento and San Francisco so you can explore there as well and see how autumn sparkles in other parts of California as well.
The next time you’re thinking about taking a fall trip, remember there’s much more out there than simply the Northeast. Set our sights out west for fantastic destinations this fall.