America's Best Cities for Fall Travel

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

Santa Fe

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You know it's chile harvest season in this southwestern city by the smell of roasted peppers emanating from roadside stands. A few great places to try them, in a non-taco format: gastropub Fire & Hops, which tops its poutine with cheese curds, bacon, and green chile gravy; and Kitchen Window Café, where the Red Chile Brownie is accented with peppers and candied pecans. In early October, it’s a quick drive to hike the foliage-lined Aspen Vista trail, about 14 miles from downtown, or take in the “hot air” at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

America's Best Cities for Fall Travel

Santa Fe

You know it's chile harvest season in this southwestern city by the smell of roasted peppers emanating from roadside stands. A few great places to try them, in a non-taco format: gastropub Fire & Hops, which tops its poutine with cheese curds, bacon, and green chile gravy; and Kitchen Window Café, where the Red Chile Brownie is accented with peppers and candied pecans. In early October, it’s a quick drive to hike the foliage-lined Aspen Vista trail, about 14 miles from downtown, or take in the “hot air” at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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