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United States: 3 travel ideas for the fall! Visit the USA in the autumn period

We are in the heart of summer and many, like me, can hardly travel at this time of year. I never took vacation in August and I will not do it in the future in what is the month with most departures throughout the year.

I do not travel for work reasons and also because I always prefer to avoid the moments of greater traffic.

Yesterday we received a request for advice on ” where to go in the US in the fall “, a couple of guys decided to leave early October and had no idea what to visit, which area of the boundless US. Why not write us a blog post then ?!

  • 1 Where do you travel in the USA in the fall?
    • 1.1 New England and North East
      • 1.1.1 Climate in the New Enlgand in Autumn
      • 1.1.2 Itinerary in New England in the fall
    • 1.2 California and South West
      • 1.2.1 Climate in the South West and California in October
      • 1.2.2 Itinerary in the South West and California
    • 1.3 New York and …
      • 1.3.1 Climate in New York in the fall
      • 1.3.2 Itinerary in New York

Where to travel in the USA in the fall?

The intent of this article is to provide some ideas for a possible trip to the United States in that period from the end of September to the end of October, a period that proves ideal for different areas of the country.

New England and North East

How many times do you hear about the New Englad in the fall? So many and not by chance! When summer gives way to frequent temperate days and to the phenomenon of foliage (the leaves of the trees that are tinged with intense pastel colors), the region becomes even more fascinating than usual.

Climate in the New Enlgand in Autumn

Climate in the New Enlgand in Autumn

New England is known for its wet and cool climate but it often gives temperate autumns (an eye that can get cool in the evening) and a little rainy.
Between September and October it rains on average 7 days a month (which, however, is not exaggerated) but the sky can still be covered by clouds.

When you find a day in which the sun is shining (not so rare, do not worry), the landscape will show itself in all its splendor.

Itinerary in New England in the fall

Let’s make it clear that the best way to visit the region is to rent a car and explore the great cities, towns and countryside of the North East. You can also create a circular tour and start from the city you prefer (or which proves to be cheaper when flying).

I left New York City, which I had seen many times before and I headed first to Philadelphia, then Pittsburgh through Lancaster and Harrisburg, then Buffalo and Niagara Falls.
From there we crossed the border into Canada, visiting the beautiful Toronto, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ottawa, Montréal and then returning to the USA.

north east itinerary

In fact, from Canada we went to the beautiful Vermont , then Maine with its harbor towns and lobsters at very low prices, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (with the beautiful Boston, Salem and Cape Cod), Rhode Island (pretty Providence!), Connecticut then come back to New York City again.

Yes, a great ride, even rather long I would say. However, the possibilities are endless, because for example you could also start from Boston, go around the other way and then deviate to Chicago (city that I love).

California and South West

End of September, the first half of October is another great time to visit California and the other states of South West USA like Arizona and Utah.

Climate in the South West and California in October

It is not easy to give an unambiguous definition for the climate of such a large region. Northern California is cooler (see Yosemite, Lake Tahoe), San Francisco is windy and often foggy, so be prepared that you will hardly find the heat.
The desert is still hot and in the inland areas you will find strong temperature variations: while the day you will arrive at 20 ° C, at night the mercury column can drop almost to zero. Grand Canyon, Zion, Death Valley, Bryce Canyon, Antelope and Monument are in an optimal period.

The risk of rain is low but exists.

Route in the South West and California

Here it is really difficult to define a route because there are so many things to see !

The ideal, as always, and rent a car and leave, choosing whether to take a circular tour (with arrival and departure from the same city) or a one-way (which has the advantage of not getting back again where you’ve already been but involves almost always a one-way fee on car rental, for redelivery in a different city).

Much depends on the days available and what you want to visit. Many go to the “classic” San Francisco triangle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles with trespassing in Yosemite, Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree parks.
Others prefer to plunge more into the wild , then Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, the Lake Powell area just north of Page or even Canyonlands and Arches. Insoma the list is endless. It is not easy to make a selection!

I usually when I’m very indecisive about what to do, I open Google Map and set a starting point. From there my virtual itinerary starts and I define all the stages.

New York and …

As a last idea I would like to go more on the urban and avoid car hire. It is a simpler route to organize and that allows you to deepen your knowledge of a unique city like New York .

Climate in New York in the fall

Climate in New York in the fall

New York and the cities that are not too far away enjoy an undoubtedly favorable climate in the first half of autumn. It is not infrequent to find even hot days, thanks to the phenomenon of Indian Summer .
The rain is always lurking, we had already seen this.

Itinerary in New York

This itinerary is ideal for those who want to explore New York City and maybe even dedicate themselves to visit another or two other cities in the north-east.
New York to be appreciated requires at least 6-7 days (just for a smattering, do not think you’ll get bored), then you could visit another of the big cities of the north east.
To the north you have Boston , south Philadelphia , Washington which you can match Annapolis .

For the move I would recommend the Amtrak train booked well in advance otherwise it is an exaggeration. The cheapest alternative are the Greyhound or Megabus buses.

Author Since: Dec 04, 2018