4 Destinations to Add to Your Fall Travel Bucket List

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4 Destinations to Add to Your Fall Travel Bucket List

It’s time to pull put on our traveling boots here at the Ferguson household. For years, our preference has been to travel when most of the country wasn’t traveling. That just works well with our childfree lifestyle which you can read about here or an empty nester lifestyle. It so much nicer to visit places when they aren’t so crowded. This year we are looking at places to add to our fall travel bucket list.

We are fortunate living so close to the North Georgia Mountains. We can take a quick day trip at the peak of fall foliage season to get our leaf peeping fix. However, some years you just want a little more than that. Am I right?

I would much rather put on an extra layer of light clothing while sightseeing than be sweating and wilting in the heat of the summer. So let’s take a look at some places that offer beautiful fall foliage and some fun experiences for fall travel fun.

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Quick Getaways for Fall Travel

Asheville, NC

Luckily, Asheville is only a 3-4 hour drive from Atlanta. If you haven’t experienced fall in this beautiful city, then it needs to go to the top of your list. So many things to do here. You can make it a long weekend and enjoy some of the sights if you have already been here. If it is a first time for you, then add a couple of days if you are traveling further to reach the destination. Some of the things that you will want to take in are

  • The Biltmore
  • Drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
  • A hike on one of the many trails
  • The Asheville Urban Trail
  • If you are a beer drinker, their local breweries

When it comes to the Biltmore there are so many options for tours. You could go for a short walk around the grounds or spend a long day there. Make sure you really plan this because it is always spectacular no matter how many times you have been there. Always check to see if there are any special events going on as well. Sometimes that can make ticket more difficult to get.

Washington DC

Ok, you may be scratching your head over this destination for fall foliage. Why go to a city? Well, it is easier to fly in and out of a city for any type of travel. So why not go to a city where the streets are lined with trees. Is there a better way to see our nation’s capital than on a crisp fall day when all of the leaves are changing colors against the national monuments.

The leaves usually change colors starting in mid October and will continue thru early November. Temperatures aren’t that cold and the crowds are much smaller than during Cherry Blossom season in March. Best places to view fall colors in DC are

  • National Mall
  • U.S. National Arboretum
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Georgetown
  • Tidal Basin
  • Washington National Cathedral

Adventurous Trips from the U.S.

Now I’m going to take the fall travel bucket list up a notch. The next two trips are ones that you will want to make sure you have several days so that you can soak up all that these areas have to offer at this beautiful time of year.

Vancouver, British Columbia

A trip to Vancouver is a great mix of urban sites to see and breathtaking natural settings. You would want to schedule this trip mid September to catch the fall foliage at its peak. The beauty of this leaf peeping setting is that you will also get to see some snow in the distance on the mountain tops.

Things that you will want to consider doing on your visit are

Berlin, Germany

Fall foliage and Oktoberfest just go together. Why not experience a little bit of the two together. Yes, Oktoberfest did start in Munich and is the largest in Germany. However, why not experience a little Oktoberfest and some very significant historical sites at the same time. Oktoberfest starts in the middle of September and usually runs for about a month. You can always go at the beginning of the festival and leave when it gets in full swing. You get the experience before it gets too crowded.

A few things that you may want to experience while there are

  • Reichstag Building
  • Memorial of Berlin Wall
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Holocaust Memorial

There are also many walking tours that you can book. Don’t forget that you will want to experience the cuisine of Germany while you are there too. Culinary walking tours are a great way to do that.


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to ready about some of my fall travel bucket list destinations. It is always fun to have some places near and far in mind for trips. You just never know when the opportunity will present itself to take advantage of experiencing fall foliage at its best in different parts of the world. Happy travels.

Remember to always have a little SASs in your day!


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  1. jodie filogomo says:

    I found the Biltmore because there is a hotel here with that name (not related) and it kept coming up when I’d search for it. But your BIltmore looks incredible. It’s definitely on our list.

    1. Jodie,
      A trip to Asheville should be on an East Coast bucket list for you guys. That town is beautiful any time of year. The Biltmore Estate is a tour not to be missed. You can stay at their hotels on the grounds or there are so many great choices. The Omni Grove Park Inn is also not to be missed on your trip there.

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