Fall brings cooler weather and splendid hues in the surrounding trees, serving as great incentives to take a couple’s vacation and rekindle the romance. Want some Southern charm, or maybe time in the mountains? On the other hand, perhaps a waterfront vacation or Southwest vibes sound more enticing? Whichever vacation style you prefer, we have recommendations for the best fall vacations for couples. Read below to help you decide where you’ll be going this fall season.
1) Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, TN
Because of their Southern hospitality, laidback nature, and gorgeous fall foliage, spending time in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg makes for some of the best fall vacations for couples. Located less than twenty minutes from one another, these Tennessee cities enable visitors to see gorgeous changing of the leaves. We suggest you visit around mid to late October to capture the best sights, especially in nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Further, this prime couples’ destination is known for its outdoor activities, so if you’re interested in hiking, horse back riding, and zip lining, there are plenty of opportunities to seek thrills. Would you rather catch a show or visit museums? Both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg host numerous well-rated theater performances and museums like the Titanic Museum for maximum entertainment.
2) San Antonio
Although Texas cities don’t boast fall foliage, San Antonio still delivers cooler weather so you can bundle up with your love. Offering rich history, culture, green spaces, and fantastic restaurants, San Antonio delivers on its promise of a good time. Couples can stroll down the River Walk in the heart of the city, listening to mariachi bands and stopping for delicious Mexican food and margaritas. Or stroll through the Japanese Tea Garden in Brackenridge Park to see beautiful gardens, ponds, and a cascading waterfall. Further, Market Square, or El Mercado, serves as a feast for the senses. We recommend splitting pastries from Mi Tierra (their tres leches cake is phenomenal). Moreover, fall welcomes events like Día de los Muertos San Antoni, San Antonio’s World Heritage Festival, and Howl-O-Scream & Spooktacular, just to name a few.
3) Nashville, TN
Autumn in Music City brings crisp weather, the changing of the leaves, and festival upon festival. In general, Nashville presents couples with ample entertainment from music on every corner to comedy clubs, Southern eats, top performing arts theaters, and more. But in the fall, guests can also enjoy prime music festivals such as the Full Moon Pickin’ Party, the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, and Jazzmania. Foodies and fans of spirits? Nashville hosts festivals like the Nashville Whiskey Festival, the Music City Wine & Food Festival, and the Fall Tenessee Craft Fair. Truly, whether you’re attending a festival, sharing a plate of hot chicken at Hattie B’s, or strolling hand in hand through Centennial park, Nashville is for lovers.
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4) Asheville, NC
Sitting in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville entices couples each year with quintessential fall colors. This mountain town presents fantastic live music, breweries, theaters, dining, and beyond. Asheville showcases a lively downtown with independent breweries like Wicked Weed Brewing Company, art galleries, theaters, and more. If you’re a huge concert goer, see live music at renowned venues such as The Orange Peel and the Grey Eagle. Also, this charming mountain town on the outskirts of the Blue Ridge Mountains presents farmer’s markets, independent bookstores such as Malaprop’s, and upscale dining. Further, history buffs can tour the Biltmore Estate, George W. Vanderbilt’s winter mansion residence, as well as explore the surrounding Biltmore Village to shop and dine.
5) St. Petersburg, FL
Due to almost year-round perfect beach weather, scenic state parks, and a lively downtown, visiting St. Petersburg is one of the top fall vacations for couples. Take the Howard Frankland Bridge from Tampa to St. Pete for a somewhat quieter vacation (depending on where you venture to).
For the perfect itinerary, first head to downtown St. Petersburg to shop and dine at local establishments. I recommend The Hyppo for sampling delicious, eccentric popsicle flavors like Horchata, or Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant or The Mill for romantic meals. After perusing through local establishments, I then suggest driving to Fort De Soto Park for a stroll along the beach and a visit to the historic fort. The warm, clear waters of the Gulf contrast to the soft, white sand. While it’s perfect at any hour, I recommend bringing a light jacket and heading there before sunset. Also, make sure to bring toll money unless you have the Florida SunPass.
At the end of a day out in the sun, consider staying at The Don CeSar for the ultimate splurge or, for the best budget-friendly option, check out Days Inn by Wyndham. If you prefer to stay in Tampa, Tripster’s deals on local premium hotels will make you both swoon.
6) Williamsburg, VA
Take a trip to Greater Williamsburg in the fall to experience milder temperatures, rich fall foliage, and romance in the great outdoors. Williamsburg has it all from top-rate shopping to upscale dining, historic settlements, championship golf courses, and art-themed events. For a scenic afternoon, couples can pack a picnic and head to Yorktown Beach or bike down the Greensprings Greenway Interpretative Trail.
Autumn also introduces the Yorktown Market Days as well as the Fall Festival Celebration in October. Couples can purchase fresh produce, meat and seafood, flowers, artwork, and baked goods while listening to free entertainment at Riverwalk Landing. Moreover, couples can gain an adrenaline rush during haunted ghost tours or head to Busch Gardens for the annual Howl-O-Scream festivities.
7) Savannah, GA
Travel back in time with your partner while exploring Savannah’s historic districts and forts. Couples can relish in the cooler, more windy weather as they bundle up and prepare for pumpkins galore, fall foliage, and spooky ghost tours. Considered one of the most haunted cities in the United States, Savannah hosts numerous ghost tours and allow guests ample opportunities to stay in a haunted house or hotel like Marshall House. You can even try a haunted pub crawl to mix spirits (get it?)!
Of course, for those looking for less scares, Savannah’s districts offer glimpses into centuries past and make for lovely afternoon walkabouts. Roam the Historic District and Victorian District to view historic mansions and monuments to feel like a southern belle or gentleman. Or pack a picnic and reside under the Spanish moss and oak trees in Forsyth Park. Also, Starland District hosts fantastic art galleries, coffee shops, record stores, and quality eateries.
8) Sante Fe, NM
Known for its diverse culture and art scene, the mountain town of Santa Fe gives gorgeous views as the aspen trees’ leaves become emblazoned with fiery red, yellow, and orange hues. Further, visitors can take the Ski Santa Fe scenic chair lift up to the top of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to capture intense, sweeping views of the valley and downtown below. Even better, the Santa Fe Ski Basin hosts fall music and arts activities for perfect outdoor afternoons. Heading back down into the city, couples can sip margaritas on the Santa Fe Margarita Trail or participate in festivals such as the Sante Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta in September and the Santa Fe Film Festival in October.
9) San Francisco, CA
Boasting excellent weather, green spaces, historic neighborhoods, and fantastic food, San Francisco stands as one of the best fall vacations for couples. Journey to Golden Gate Park’s Japanese Tea Garden to explore the gardens and grounds, or head to Muir Woods to admire the impressive, grounding California Redwoods. On the other hand, foodies can spend their vacation sampling through the neighborhoods, as the city showcases acclaimed restaurants such as Nari, Zuni Cafe, and Foreign Cinema. Moreover, museum lovers can patron top museums such as SFMoMA, the Asian Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. Regardless of which activities you choose, the weather averages from the fifties to the seventies during the fall months.
10) Washington, DC
Take in the fiery fall splendor at our nation’s capital as you tour history, walk along the waterfront, and attend seasonal festivals. Couples can view some of the best fall foliage at the National Mall as well as Rock Creek Park. Also, the fall season brings discounts and free museum and park days, so be sure to mosey over to the sites such as the National Arboretum, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.
Further, because of less crowds, you’ll be able to see the top DC historic spots with less hassle. In addition, the city hosts numerous fall festivities such as the H Street Festival, a massive block party celebrating local culture and the arts, and Oktoberfest at local breweries and beer gardens.
Take a Romantic Getaway with Your Sweetheart
No matter where you go, what’s important is that you spend time with your significant other. With these top fall vacations for couples, you can’t go wrong. Where do you plan on heading to?