Whether you didn’t get away this summer or you’re looking to prolong the warmest season of the year, Musement takes a look at ten warm-weather cities to visit this autumn.
Didn’t have time for a vacation this summer? Or maybe you’re looking to take another one before winter settles in? Whatever the reason, there are plenty of places where you can still enjoy some sunshine before the leaves start to fall. Here are ten cities in America perfect for a warm autumn getaway:
Charleston greets you with southern hospitality and sunny skies. The peak travel season lasts through September when the temperatures reach the mid-80s. The historic city center has well-preserved examples of antebellum architecture, award-winning museums, and restaurants serving up low country signatures. Be sure to stop by the city market to watch Gullah artisans weaving sweetgrass baskets and try a traditional Benne Wafer with your morning cup of coffee.
Sultry Savannah’s fall weather makes it a great choice for sun seekers who don’t want summer to end. Hit the sandy beaches at nearby Tybee Island early for a morning of rest and relaxation. When you’re ready to escape the heat, take the shuttle back to Savannah’s historic district, where you can stroll down wide, tree-lined avenues past boutique shops, manicured gardens, and cultural landmarks.
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Fittingly nicknamed “Music City”, Nashville is a country music lover’s dream. Must-see attractions include the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the iconic Bluebird Cafe. As temperatures cool slightly from the summer highs, audiences flock to outdoor venues to watch live performances from both their favorite stars as well as up-and-coming artists from across the globe.
Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin has numerous performance venues that feature every type of music from classical to hip-hop. Every fall, the ultra-popular Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 4 -14) draws huge crowds of Texans and tourists who come to enjoy an exciting line-up of bands and solo artists. In addition to world-class music, Austin has excellent outdoor recreation facilities, a thriving theater culture, and some of the best Tex-Mex you’ll ever taste.
Albuquerque’s year-round sunny skies are an open invitation to outdoor adventurers. Located along iconic Route 66, this desert oasis has been named the “Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World.” A balloon ride is a perfect way to see Albuquerque’s colorful landscape and its golf courses, ski slopes, and mountain ranges. Hiking, biking, and rock climbing are also popular autumn activities in Albuquerque.
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6. Los Angeles
Sunny SoCal’s beaches, amusement parks, and star-studded attractions can be enjoyed all year long. Los Angeles‘ mild fall weather makes it ideal for seasonal sightseers who want to enjoy outdoor concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, retro movies at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, or at night out at Santa Monica’s weekly Twilight on the Pier event.
If you’re a fan of bourbon and baseball, you’ll love Louisville. Catch a Minor League game at Louisville Slugger Field or stop by the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and bring home a mini bat as a souvenir. Afterward, toast America’s favorite pastime with a glass of distilled whiskey at one of the establishments on Louisville’s leg of the Urban Bourbon Trail.
Enjoy the great outdoors in Birmingham this fall. The city’s many urban parks and nature preserves are crisscrossed with biking and hiking trails and have been developed to include exciting attractions such as skate parks, zip lines, and batting cages. These green spaces are also used to host open-air concerts, community events, and seasonal activities.
9. New Orleans
The forecast always calls for fun in New Orleans. Get out on the waterways to glimpse gators, dance along to Dixieland melodies in the bars on Bourbon Street, or take a tour of the city in a mule-drawn carriage. Concerts, festivals, and celebrations are a hallmark of this uniquely southern city whose nickname, The Big Easy, reflects the laidback lifestyle of its residents.
10. Las Vegas
Las Vegas is always a good bet for a post-summer getaway. The dry climate and toasty temperatures will help you forget that winter is right around the corner. Known for its world-class entertainment, luxury shopping, and five-star restaurants, Vegas is a one-of-a-kind vacation destination. Whether you win big at the tables or feel small as tour the Hoover Dam, you’ll be in awe of everything Vegas has to offer.