With the kids back in school and summer winding down, the next vacation may seem far out of reach. But, if you time it right, you can plan your next road trip this fall and give your family something to look forward to. Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, and Thanksgiving are all upcoming holidays you can wrap into a long weekend. So, if you’re already yearning for the next break from work, consider some of these fall getaways that are perfect for some quick R&R.
Napa Valley Wine Country
The fall harvest is the best time to visit the wineries in Napa Valley. This is the season when the weather starts to cool and, with a little luck, you’ll get to see the grape harvesters in action. Witness the grapes getting crushed and learn about the wine-making process. Then treat yourself to a luxury wine tour with hundreds of wineries to choose from. Pair your libation with gourmet cheese, olives, chocolates or fruits. When you’re ready for a real meal, Napa offers a mind-boggling array of delectable eats, from the sophisticated to the casual. Of course, great wine and great food are just the beginning to this getaway in paradise. Factor in the beautiful views and luxury hotels and you’ll have a vacation that’s hard to beat.
The crowds have waned along the beaches in the fall making it a great time to visit the coast. Santa Barbara is a fabulous destination for foodies, shopaholics, and nature enthusiasts who enjoy the beach town vibe. Start your mornings with a family bike ride along Shoreline Drive. Then grab lunch in the city’s beautiful and historic downtown district. Expose your kids to a little art and culture by stopping in at one of the many galleries, theaters, and museums along State Street. For an even better view of the city, strap on some hiking boots and head to the mountains overlooking Santa Barbara and the ocean. You’ll get to enjoy some of the most scenic hiking trails in California.
Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park are just a few of the great attractions your family can enjoy during your long weekend in San Diego. Museums, amusement parks, and miles of beaches make this fall getaway a destination for the ambitious traveler. Experience a region of California where the sun shines brighter and the pace of life is a little more relaxed. San Diegans know how to chill, whether it’s on a beach towel or sipping on a glass of sangria. The parties run late in this town so you can make the most of your limited vacation hours.
Death Valley National Park
Now that the scorching heat of summer has subsided, you may consider venturing out towards the desert. Some of the most beautiful landscape in California can be found in Death Valley, a national park within the Mojave Desert. Although it’s the hottest and driest area on the continent, this desert basin is home to an amazing diversity of life. If you and your family enjoy outdoor adventures, Death Valley offers exciting opportunities for off-roading, hiking, backpacking, camping, and mountain biking.
If you like the desert but prefer a more relaxing getaway, Palm Springs may be just your pace. Dip into some natural hot springs, play a round of golf on a championship course, or lay out by the pool at a five star hotel. Palm Springs offers entertainment for visitors of all ages. This desert resort city was designed for play, and those who live and travel here are good at doing just that. So, all you need is a few days in this arid paradise and you’ll be rejuvenated through to your next vacation.