Fall Travel Spots

Jack Bonner agrees that the crisp air and vibrant fall foliage puts a spring in everyone’s step. Fall is typically the time when kids go back to school and grown-ups get back to work. This means that now is the time to find lower prices, fewer crowds and comfortable temperatures at a few popular summer destinations. And in many cities, the best local experiences are ready to shine. Jack Bonner compiled a list of ideal travel spots for fall that are perfect for enjoying foliage and autumn activities.

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Savannah, Georgia, with its Spanish moss, Southern accents and creepy graveyards is a city about 100 miles to the south that has an eccentric streak. Savannah is the model of the Southern city. The people here are well-mannered, polite and friendly. The city thrives in tradition and upholding its heritage, so you might encounter a slower pace than you are used to in big cities. Close by is Charleston in South Carolina that has centuries-old mansions, Spanish moss-draped trees, spooky cemeteries, and cobblestone walks and of course the Citadel and its long history of producing defenders of our country. History pervades almost every aspect of this city, from the majestic homes-turned-museums to the landmarks that promote the city’s role in United States history. If you’re in Charleston, you might also get a glimpse into Gullah culture. The Gullah are low country African-Americans whose ancestors were brought to Charleston in the slave trade. Their tradition has influenced a lot of Charleston culture from food to folk songs.

A jumbled collage of colorful neighborhoods and beautiful views, San Francisco draws those free-spirited types who have an eye for art, a taste for innovative cuisine, and a zeal for adventure. It’s really not surprising that songwriter Tony Bennett left his heart here. San Francisco boasts of jaw-dropping sights, world-class cuisine, cozy cafes, and plenty of nightlife venues; there’s no shortage of ways to stay busy here. Spend an hour or two sunning yourself alongside sea lions on the bay, admiring the views of the city from Twin Peaks, or strolling along the Marina. And for the classic San Franciscan experience, enjoy a ride on a cable car.

Boston is known as a hub for baseball, brownstones, and bookish collegiate types. It’s also home to America’s first large free municipal public library, the first subway system, the first public school, and the first public park. To say the city is historic would be an understatement. Boston is also a well-known sports city; it’s the home of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, and the Boston Celtics. While you’re in the city, be sure to experience the culture by catching a game or taking a tour of Fenway Park.

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For a more international flavor, Jack Bonner recommends Paris. Containing world-class museums, fashion, cuisine, and an atmosphere all its own, the City of Lights remains one of the top destinations for travel at any given season. Don’t forget that France uses the Euro as their currency, so be sure to check the current exchange rate before going on vacation.