Fall may be getting off to a late start this year, or so it seems in the northeastern United States, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be thinking about cool, crisp air, color-infused falling leaves, a fireplace, some hot chocolate or cider, and the weekend trips out of town that make it all possible.
No matter where you live, weekend getaways abound.
Travel & Leisure has a terrific selection of weekend trips from various metropolitan areas around the country. Here’s a sample of great getaways from all corners of the U.S.
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Getaways from New York and Boston
Antiquing, or just window shopping in the Berkshires will give you a taste of old New England. Shops featuring old timey furniture along with more knick-knacks than you’ll have room to show off dot both towns, village greens, and roadside. Break your shopping with snacks or dinner at an inn and revel in the glorious colors of a New England fall.
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Getaways from Washington, DC
Head out to the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia on this all-American country road and you’ll discover not only brilliant scenery, but enough relaxed small-town life to keep you satisfied until your next out-of-town trip.
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Getaways from Portland and Seattle
If you live in Portland or Seattle it probably goes without saying that you love or at least like the outdoors. Head over to Bend, OR where the Deschutes River and Deschutes National Forest offer an array of land and water-related activities such as fishing, whitewater rafting, and hiking. And of course no trip to Bend is complete without a few glasses of local Washington wine.
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Getaways from Chicago
The small town of Galena, in northwestern Illinois is a tourist mecca precisely because it doesn’t look like one, except for you know, all the tourists. Drawn to everyone’s fantasy of a 19th century, small-town Main Street replete with trolley cars and the requisite shops, weekenders can wander and shop to their heart’s content, take a canoe trip on the river, and discover where our 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant lived for two years.
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Getaways from San Francisco
Located in Mendocino county–Northern California’s slightly less famous wine country–is the Anderson Valley. Home to some really small towns, you can find great wine of course and some 80 varieties of apples grown directly in the region.
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Getaways from Denver
Head to the Sangre de Cristo and Taos in New Mexico, where artists have been practicing their craft for more than a century. No car needed here to go from gallery to gallery. Take in a museum, or just stroll along and admire the adobe structures. When you’re tired from all that walking and shopping, you’ll find no shortage of cafes, restaurants, and places to lay your head.
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