America's Best Cities for Fall Travel

courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara / Jay Sinclair

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

Santa Barbara, CA

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It’s long been called the American Riviera, and, like its French cousin, this SoCal city enjoys a tony summer season. But come fall, hotel prices plummet—weekend rates at the legendary Four Seasons Biltmore, for instance, drop by nearly 50 percent from August to September. And you often get better weather in fall than summer anyway (which can be prey to foggy June Gloom). Given its proximity to the Santa Ynez Valley wineries, Santa Barbara also has an increasing number of grape-harvest-friendly tasting rooms. Check out Deep Sea Wines, which sits on Stearns Wharf, right over the water.

America's Best Cities for Fall Travel

Santa Barbara, CA

It’s long been called the American Riviera, and, like its French cousin, this SoCal city enjoys a tony summer season. But come fall, hotel prices plummet—weekend rates at the legendary Four Seasons Biltmore, for instance, drop by nearly 50 percent from August to September. And you often get better weather in fall than summer anyway (which can be prey to foggy June Gloom). Given its proximity to the Santa Ynez Valley wineries, Santa Barbara also has an increasing number of grape-harvest-friendly tasting rooms. Check out Deep Sea Wines, which sits on Stearns Wharf, right over the water.

courtesy of Visit Santa Barbara / Jay Sinclair
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