America's Best Cities for Fall Travel

Festivals, harvest-season goodies, and lower prices: in these cities, fall travel is both savvy and sublime.

San Diego

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Plenty of surfers insist that autumn is the best time to catch a wave in San Diego, when south swells mix with the season’s warm Santa Ana winds. In late October, the Del Mar Racetrack—where the turf meets the surf, as Bing Crosby used to sing—opens its annual horse-racing season with a Hollywood Fashion Contest. That same month, you can sample acclaimed local craft brews at San Diego Beer Week, which includes a beer garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

America's Best Cities for Fall Travel

San Diego

Plenty of surfers insist that autumn is the best time to catch a wave in San Diego, when south swells mix with the season’s warm Santa Ana winds. In late October, the Del Mar Racetrack—where the turf meets the surf, as Bing Crosby used to sing—opens its annual horse-racing season with a Hollywood Fashion Contest. That same month, you can sample acclaimed local craft brews at San Diego Beer Week, which includes a beer garden at The Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Tim King
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