Top Fall U.S. Destinations
There’s a new number one for Fall travel when it comes to U.S. vacation destinations, according to a nationwide survey of travel agents.
For the first time, the Hawaiian island of Maui claimed the top spot, jumping from third place last year. In the survey, 1,145 U.S.-based travel agents were asked, beginning in July, about the trips they’ve booked for their clients for the remainder of 2017. Orlando, New York City, Las Vegas and cruises to Alaska round out the top five. Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., ranked six through 10.
Maui is dotted with pristine beaches and spots to see breathtaking scenery, like the Hana Highway and Haleakala National Park. Two of the fall’s biggest events occur around mid October, the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival and Roy’s Annual Golf Classic. From November to May, humpback whales visit the waters off Hawaii, and Maui’s historic whaling village of Lahaina is a prime spot for tours to see these magnificent creatures.
Orlando is also a tempting destination for foodies this fall. Disney World is host to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which runs through November. It’s a chance to sample dishes from around the world, watch cooking demonstrations and meet celebrity chefs. For travelers seeking a break from cold winter weather, the Florida Citrus Parade takes place in December with its signature floats and marching bands from around the country.
Fall is always a busy time in New York City, with new Broadway shows opening and cultural stalwarts like the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Ballet beginning their new seasons. The New York Comedy Festival, in November, brings the biggest names in standup to the Big Apple. And by mid-November, the city’s holiday markets will be open and the Rockettes will be back at Radio City Music Hall with their Christmas Spectacular.
Las Vegas is home to terrific music all year long and this fall is no exception. No matter what your taste – rock, country, soul, pop or all of the above – chances are you’ll find a concert by someone you’ve always wanted to see, from Elton John to Carrie Underwood to Lionel Richie to the Rolling Stones and everyone in between. Beer lovers will want to visit towards the end of October for the Downtown Brew Festival, with more than 200 craft beers, 60 breweries, food and music.
Travelers to Los Angeles this fall will be able to get a new view of the city. OUE Skyspace LA is the tallest open-air observation deck in California, located nearly 1,000 feet above downtown. You’ll be able to spot such iconic landmarks as the Hollywood sign. Car buffs will want to take in the Los Angeles Auto Show, in November, where there’ll be dozens of vehicles and concept cars of all kinds on display at the Convention Center.