Why Fall Vacations Rule

Memorial Day weekend was just a precursor of what’s to come. The unlucky many who traveled this past weekend know what kind of madhouse airports have become. Popular destinations are now seeing thicker crowds.

Come one, come all, summer vacation season is here.

We can prepare you for the TSA lines, traveling with kids and what to pack, but there’s only so much we can do about a swelling vacation population. Because of this, I need no further reason to wait to take a vacation in the fall. And it’s the best. If your lifestyle allows you to vacation in the fall, here’s why you should:

Smaller Crowds

When the kids are hauling around textbooks and parents are catching up on the emails they missed over summer vacation, that’s your time to swoop in and enjoy all that fun for yourself. I’m sure I’ll be a parent one day, but for now, I’m going to enjoy shorter lines and more intimate experiences. You can’t expect places like Las Vegas and Disney World to be empty – they never are – but the population is far more tolerable.

Mild Weather

I’ve traveled in October each of the past two years, when the leaves were starting to turn and the outside temperatures were sitting in a cozy 60- to 70-degree pocket. Obviously, the weather all depends on where you go, but you’re less likely to find extreme heat or cold at that point in the year. This makes hiking and touring about all the more enjoyable.


Basic capitalism tells us that the higher the demand, the higher the price. When the demand subsides, prices are friendlier towards consumers. This is generally where you can find affordable airfare, since people aren’t traveling in droves. You might get some good deals at retail stores, too. This lull between summer and the holidays has its perks.

Underrated Scenery

Mountain view in Edwards, Colorado. Photo courtesy of The Colorado Tourism Office.

Autumn colors illuminate the countryside for a limited amount of time (link) before the leaves fall, creating more fruitful scenery for sightseers. Oceans and sunsets, as amazing as they are, come and go every day. But witnessing the reds oranges and yellows paint the landscape, a pivotal point in nature’s lifecycle, is downright magical.

Fall Festivals

From the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair in Tennessee to the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival in New Mexico, not to mention various iterations of Oktoberfests all over the map, autumn brings in some pretty cool events. Don’t sleep on them.

As much as we love summer, the stillness of fall is a better vacation option for some travelers. In a year where travel looks to be more congested than usual, check out some of our fall destinations and think ahead to your next vacation today!

Do you like to vacation in the fall? Tell us your favorite parts about autumn in the comments below!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.