As much of the world is wrapped up with back-to-school season, travelers should take advantage of crisp fall weather and great deals around the world. And if the kids are in school, what better time for a romantic trip? Our list of the best places to go this month include stateside favorites like Portland, Maine, and Charleston, South Carolina—where you’re less likely to find tourists this time of year, and can enjoy the cities as most locals do.
Fall foliage is another major attraction this time of year, and we recommend leaf-peeping in the Catskills and Yellowstone National Park. Both locations provide plenty of entertainment beyond hiking, and activities that will please the entire family.
European cities tend to get a bit chillier this time of year, but we love the way Paris comes back to life when all the locals get back to work—go now, when all the shops are filled with the newest seasonal wares, and check out some of the city’s great new openings, such as the iconic Ritz.
If you’re still seeking warm weather, head south to Mexico City and Guayaquil, which are hot destinations that still don’t feel like they’re completely overrun by tourists. You’ll get plenty of sunshine, along with historical sites and surprising art scenes.
Finally, wine lovers should pay attention to two locations this year: the Okanagan Valley, which can no longer be considered a young Napa, as its wines are now celebrated on international lists; and Georgia, which has a budding wine scene in Kakheti (just an hour from the capital of Tblisi).
There are plenty of fall deals to be found if you plan ahead—why wait for the holidays? If you need more inspiration for your next vacation, take a look at our best cities for fall travel.