7 Trips That Are Better (and Cheaper) In the Fall
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7 Trips That Are Better (and Cheaper) In the Fall

7 Trips That Are Better (and Cheaper) In the Fall



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Where to stay and what to do at each of them.

This story originally appeared on Money.com.

In economics, you learn that the more people want something, the more expensive that thing becomes. Unfortunately for travelers, the law of supply and demand applies to vacations, too.

That means traveling to a popular tourist destination like New York makes an expensive cosmopolitan citymore expensive. The same goes for international destinations like Paris, where the City of Love shows little affection for your budget.

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If you wait until the crowds thin out, you’ll return home with a fatter wallet. Of course, that means knowing where to go—and where to avoid. Consider this a tour guide to great destinations with fantastic prices.

Instead of New York, Try London

Where to stay

At the family-owned London Elizabeth Hotel, on the edge of Hyde Park, rooms range from $186 to $257, with 10% off bookings of more than three nights. The modern Bermondsey Square Hotel, near London Bridge, has rooms from $136 to $209.

What to do

Admission is free to many London museums, unlike New York’s. The British Museum’s main galleries are home to the Rosetta Stone, mummies, and Parthenon marbles from the Acropolis of Athens. The Tate Modern houses one of the world’s great collections of 20th- and 21st-century art, and it just opened an extension focusing on film, live performance, and large-scale installations. For more contemporary art, don’t miss White Cube gallery.

When you get hungry, you’ll find decent fare at almost any pub, from fish-and-chips to steak-and-kidney pie, for about $15 a person. For something more cosmopolitan, join the post-work crowds at José on Bermondsey Street, an intimate corner tapas restaurant where you can enjoy dinner and a nice glass of Rioja for about $20.

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Instead of Austin, Try San Antonio

Where to stay

If you’re in town to see the Alamo, you can’t get much closer than the Gothic Revival Emily Morgan, which overlooks the 19th-century battlefields (rooms are $149 in September and October). The hip Hotel Havana is located on a quiet section of the River Walk and features minimalist rooms with wistful Cuban touches. Prices in the fall are $107 to $124.

What to do

San Antonio’s collection of five 18th-century Spanish Colonial missions was recently named a Unesco World Heritage site, one of only 23 in the U.S. (free admission). The city also features 30 museums with four-star-plus ratings on TripAdvisor.

With the heat breaking, you’ll want to spend some time along the River Walk, the café- and art-lined canal and pedestrian path that meanders for 15 miles through downtown. Jump off the waterfront path at the Pearl, a historic brewery complex turned urban neighborhood known for its restaurants and locally owned shops, says Jordan Breal, travel editor at Texas Monthly. At Botika, the menu features Peruvian-meets-Asian dishes such as fried ceviche (dinner, $25). Worth a splurge: drinks at the dazzling new Hotel Emma, with its glassed-in library and the elegant, wood-paneled Sternewirth Bar and Clubroom, where the former brew tanks have been left in place to create semiprivate seating nooks. Cocktails are $10 to $15.

Instead of Burlington, Vt., Try Portland, Maine

Where to stay

History buffs should opt for the Inn at St. John, located in a three-story Victorian guesthouse that opened in 1897. King-size rooms with private baths run from $99 to $215.

What to do

Head to Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park ($6 admission) in Freeport, 30 minutes from downtown Portland, for the impressive foliage and a free ranger-led tour to visit resident ospreys along Casco Bay, suggests Bob Witkowski, author of 100 Things to Do in Portland, Maine Before You Die. For a different perspective, take a half-day guided kayak tour with Portland Paddle ($65).

After working up an appetite, head out “on the P” (the peninsula), as locals call it, to dine at one of the city’s 300 restaurants—not bad for a metropolis with a population of 65,000. Pamela Laskey, owner of Maine Foodie Tours (from $49), suggests Boda for its Thai tapas, such as quail eggs seasoned with soy sauce and scallions ($3 to $10). And don’t leave this storied maritime state without visiting a lighthouse. Sept. 10 is Maine Open Lighthouse Day, which means you can take free tours of dozens of lighthouses along the Maine coast that are rarely open to the public. In Portland, don’t miss a trip to the stunning Portland Head Light, where the first oil-lamp sentry was lit in 1791.

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Instead of Paris, Try Montreal

Where to stay

The strong U.S. dollar means that you can splurge for less at places such as the design-forward Le Petit Hotel, in the historic district. Rates average $220 in September and October. For an Old World feel, try one of the 30 rooms in the Manoir Sherbrooke, housed in a century-old mansion in downtown Montreal. Rooms go for $90 to $128 a night in September and October.

What to do

Get your bearings at the new observation deck on the 46th floor of Au Sommet Place Ville Marie (tickets, $15). You’ll overlook some of Montreal’s iconic sites, such as the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica ($4 admission), which was founded in 1683, and the nine-mile Lachine Canal, flanked by a walking and biking path. For lunch, try Montreal’s signature sandwich, featuring a pastrami-like smoked meat, at the legendary Schwartz’s Deli ($7). Danny Pavlopoulos, co-founder of Spade & Palacio Non-Touristy Tours, recommends dinner at the Restaurant Le Diplomate.

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