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Best Fall Getaways

Fall is typically the time when kids go back to school and the grown-ups get back to work, meaning that now is actually the time to visit a few popular summer destinations, since their prices, crowds and temperatures have dropped. With the help of travel experts and reader votes, U.S. News pulled together a list of ideal travel spots for fall that are perfect for enjoying foliage, autumn activities and affordable hotel rates. Please vote for your favorite places below to help us determine next year's best spots to visit.

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Why go: Beautiful architecture, amazing comfort food and a distinct sense of Southern hospitality are Savannah's major draws. Visit during fall to enjoy the season's music and film festivals. It's also a great time to hunker down in a historic B&B. Read More»

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Why go: With the tourists long gone, the off-peak season allows for easier navigating down crooked Lombard Street and across the Golden Gate Bridge. If you're with kids, take a cable car over the city's steep hills to Ghirardelli Square for some chocolate. Read More»

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Why go: Really, when can't you go to New York? It's the city of all seasons. But if you plan your trip for autumn, you can catch the true splendor of Central Park's trees and get a head start on your holiday shopping in trendy SoHo. Read More»

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Why go: The cool fall weather in Jackson Hole is sublime, with temperatures hovering in the 60s. Autumn also ushers in a few festivals, plus you'll find plenty of opportunities to hike in Grand Teton National Park or to the Granite Hot Springs. Read More»

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Why go: The leaves and temps aren't the only thing falling: Vancouver's hotel rates also take a dive in fall. In autumn, locals flock to the International Film Festival and Writer's Fest. When you're not getting your dose of culture, stroll through Stanley Park to spot the changing leaves. Read More»

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Why go: A trip to Chicago during the fall can be done on the cheap, with inexpensive flights and affordable rooms in abundant supply. If you're looking to test your stamina, the Chicago Marathon is held every October (just make sure to register early). Read More»

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Why go: A stroll down the Freedom Trail and through Boston Common feels oh so nice with a little chill in the air. Fall weekends are perfect for leaf-peeping, so rent a car and head west along Route 2 toward Concord and Fitchburg for some colorful foliage. Read More»

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Why go: Now void of camera-toting tourists, Yellowstone is ready for you to watch its beautiful transition from summer to fall without interruption (except by maybe a buffalo or two). However, be aware that fewer crowds can mean fewer available park amenities. Read More»

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Why go: Sprawling across the eastern coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is full of outdoor opportunities to enjoy in the fall. Hike, bike or take a leisurely stroll on Cadillac Mountain, Precipice Trail or along the Carriage Roads to admire the kaleidoscopic foliage. Read More»

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Why go: Now that the humidity has dropped, strolling through the historic cobblestone streets of the Battery or sticking your toes in the sand at Folly Beach is even more enjoyable. After working up an appetite, enjoy Charleston's specialty: Lowcountry cuisine.  Read More»

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Why go: As the weather cools and the crowds thin, Paris makes for an even more tempting getaway. You'll feel as though you have the city to yourself: no long lines at the top attractions, no inflated hotel prices and no fighting for that perfect cafe table. Read More»

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Why go: One word: Oktoberfest. Sixteen days full of Bavarian food, carnival rides and beer, of course. And while you should've secured flights and accommodations months before, it's still worth a try (that is, if your liver can stand it). Read More»

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Why go: Fall in the USA means springtime in Australia, and Melbourne will be blooming with flowers. Temps hover in the 60s and 70s, which gives you the perfect excuse to snap photos at the Royal Botanic Gardens or see the penguin parade at Phillip Island Nature Park. Read More»

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Why go: Warm weather seekers should put Santiago on their list. While the U.S. is cooling down for fall, this Chilean city is blossoming into spring. Take a stroll around to see the distinct architecture that displays the city's Spanish and European influences. Read More»

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