Editor's note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.
We’re well into autumn, and if you’re wondering what happened to spring and summer, you’re not alone. Our unusual season of staying at home, dining outdoors, camping, road trips
, and remote work and school is moving towards winter. Fall weather and changing colors on trees
are reminders that natural events continue, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the scenery. We offer a few destinations that may be within driving distance, along with some further away for those of us anxious for a real change.
: More fall vacation ideas
Fall weather is ideal for exploring the outdoors in Sedona with its spectacular red rocks and perhaps even a vortex experience for extra energy. The rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky and its wooded areas provide a colorful backdrop for horse farm visits. For history and late season autumn color, you can head south to Williamsburg, Virginia or to New Orleans for great dining in addition to comfortable weather.
Ski season arrives late in November, and we know there are those who can’t wait for snow. They just might find some in Mammoth Lakes, California or Stowe, Vermont, but if not, they can await snowfall in the beautiful mountain surroundings. Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah also offers fresh air and gorgeous scenery without crowds in November. On the other hand, there are sun seekers who don’t want summer to end, and they can find the perfect beach in Grand Cayman, expected to be open for visitors in November.
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In Mexico, San Miguel de Allende will observe Dia de los Muertos traditions with adjustments for COVID-19 safety; visitors can still participate with health guidelines in mind. Wherever you go, be sure to follow local health and safety guidelines, and check the dates and hours of operation for the places you plan to visit as many attractions have reduced hours due to the pandemic.