The season can dramatically change the scenery of a city or a landscape, and places which may not seem appealing in winter or summer may become inviting destinations as the leaves turn in autumn! Some of America’s most treasured tourist cities and resorts take on their most flattering appearance in fall. Here’s a look at some such cities:

Chicago, Illinois. America’s third-largest city is prone to extreme temperatures during the sweltering summer and the freezing winter, but it hits a happy medium in the fall months! Aside from the foliage and mild weather, September boasts the World Music Festival, and October brings in Chicago’s newest fall attraction, the Great Chicago Fire Festival. This festival salutes Chicago’s re-emergence after the major 1871 fire, and features flaming sculptures, acrobatics, and music.

Portland, Oregon. This Northwest city of course boasts numerous outdoor attractions in fall—Multnomah Falls, Mount Hood, and dozens upon dozens of hiking and biking trails offer plenty for the adventurous types to do. Fall is also when freshly harvested hops come in, meaning that the city’s famed microbreweries produce some of their best beer in this season! Of course, be sure to grab some fresh salmon while you’re there.


Hawthorne Bridge, one of Portland, Oregon’s many noted bridges.

San Francisco, California. Though Mark Twain famously said that the coldest winter he had ever spent was a summer in San Francisco, the city’s temperate weather takes on newfound appeal in the fall. Fall in San Francisco is often warmer and sunnier than the region’s summers, and it’s also the time ot see the San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival, the Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival, and much more!

Savannah, Georgia. This gem of a Southern city is known for its gorgeous architecture, excellent comfort and soul food, and jazz and film festivals. Haunted pub crawls and culinary festivals are standard fall fare in Savannah, including such eccentricities as September’s Savannah Bacon Festival and October’s Southern-Jewish Shalom Y’all festival. Something for everyone, truly!


A scenic view of a fountain in Savannah, Georgia.

Santa Fe, New Mexico. Autumn means harvest season in many parts of the world, and in Santa Fe, the crop of choice is chiles! The inescapable scent of roasted peppers emanates from roadside stands everywhere this time of year in New Mexico’s scenic capital city. Hiking the foliage-rich Aspen Vista trail is a must on any fall trip to Santa Fe, and the trail is only 14 miles from downtown! Nearby Albuquerque hosts the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta this time of year, as a bonus.

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