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Best Fall Getaways

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Fall is typically the time when kids go back to school and grown-ups get back to work, meaning that now is the time to find lower prices, fewer crowds and comfortable temperatures at a few popular summer destinations. 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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Savannah

#1 in Best Fall Getaways

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 stay in a historic B&B. Read More

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Jackson Hole

#2 in Best Fall Getaways

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

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Charleston

#3 in Best Fall Getaways

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: low country cuisine.  Read More

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Acadia National Park

#4 in Best Fall Getaways

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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San Francisco

#5 in Best Fall Getaways

Why go: With the tourists long gone, San Francisco's 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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Yellowstone

#6 in Best Fall Getaways

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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New York City

#7 in Best Fall Getaways

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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Boston

#8 in Best Fall Getaways

Why go: A stroll down the Freedom Trail and through Boston Common feels oh so nice with a little chill in the air. By November, 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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Vancouver

#9 in Best Fall Getaways

Why go: The leaves and temps aren't the only things falling this time of year: Vancouver's hotel rates also take a dive in autumn. In September and October, locals flock to various festivals. When you're not getting your dose of culture, stroll through Stanley Park to spot the changing leaves. Read More

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Chicago

#10 in Best Fall Getaways

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 annual Chicago Marathon is held in October (just make sure to register early). Read More

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Melbourne

#11 in Best Fall Getaways

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 Twelve Apostles at Port Campbell National Park. Read More

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Paris

#12 in Best Fall Getaways

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 attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, no inflated hotel prices and no fighting for that perfect cafe table. Read More

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Munich

#13 in Best Fall Getaways

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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Santiago

#14 in Best Fall Getaways

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 Santiago's distinct European architecture or ride the funicular up St. Christopher Hill for stunning views of the city. Read More

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