The United States is switching gears as the month of October officially ushers in the arrival of autumn. It’s time to pull out the fluffy sweaters and scarfs, welcome back the pumpkin spice latte and hit the road to discover the awe-inspiring beauty of North America. From the rocky shores in the East to the mountain ranges and forests of the western part of the US and Canada, countless adventures await. Here is our definitive list of the best places to visit this fall for a weekend getaway, a family vacay or an unforgettable road trip of a lifetime.

Monumental City Escape In Washington, D.C.

October is one of the best months to make your way to the nation’s capital for the ultimate urban getaway. Hotel prices tend to drop from their peak season room rates and it’s easy to book a centrally located hotel that puts you close to everything. The cool yet sunny days are perfect for exploring the many museums, galleries and historical buildings in the area. This is an ideal time of year to the time visit the National monuments because you don’t have to fight the summer crowds.
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Family Fun At The Orchid In Michigan

A quintessential part of fall fun in North America is apple picking from an orchard and Wiard’s Orchards Country Fair, Cider Mill & Country Store in Ypsilanti, Michigan is a picture perfect location. Just 40 miles west of Detroit and 11 miles south of Ann Arbor, it showcases a “do it yourself” apple picking orchard, has a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, a petting farm, tractor races and even has traditional hay rides for the entire family. Their homemade pies and doughnuts are legendary and in October they open their haunted house in anticipation of Halloween.
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Seeing Stars In Vancouver

One of the trendiest cities in Canada, Vancouver is an oasis for those who like a bit of mother nature with their city living. The leaves and temperature are not the only things that start to fall, as hotel rates in October are at some of the lowest of the year. The city also comes alive with the Vancouver International Film Festival and is an excellent time to plan your urban escape and do a bit of celebrity watching as Hollywood’s elite descend on this scenic city.
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Luxurious History In Asheville

Getting there is half the fun and a road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail will give you unparalleled views of fall foliage on your way to Ashville, North Carolina. Once there head to the Biltmore Estate which is an opulent European style mansion that was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II in 1895. Encompassing 8,000 acres it showcases a 5-star hotel and 75 acres of manicured gardens. It is home to the country’s most visited winery and you can have the time of your life exploring the hiking trails and enjoying the exquisite scenery of the vibrant fall foliage on the surrounding mountains.
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Marine Life & Surf At Big Sur

Big Sur is one of the most picturesque and exciting fall destinations for wildlife lovers. It’s a magical place where California’s redwoods merge with the scenic and rocky forested coastlines along the Pacific Ocean. Blue whales, humpback whales and orcas can all be spotted at this time of year off the coasts and thousands of monarch butterflies return to Andrew Molera State Park for their winter migration. Big Sur is an outdoor lover’s paradise where you can hike, bike, surf or deep-sea dive.
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Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”