Fall is finally here, and if the stresses of work, school and daily life are taking their toll, it might be time for a relaxing getaway. Here’s a look at five top spots in the U.S. to relax this fall.
The Big Island, Hawaii
It’s hard to argue there’s ever a bad time to visit Hawaii, but fall is certainly one of the more relaxing times. Come fall, the crowds of summer leave the Big Island blissfully quiet. Soak up the soft sand beaches and lava rocks before heading up to Mauna Kea, where you can get away from it all at the top of this island summit. Come nightfall, you can enjoy the serenity of the stars at the Mauna Kea Observatories.
Just because fall is here doesn’t mean beach season is over – or if it does, Naples certainly hasn’t gotten the memo. Beyond the beach, you can unwind in Naples with an indulgent spa treatment or 18 holes of golf at one of the dozens of nearby courses. And it’s hard to stay stressed over a dinner of fresh crab or shrimp – after all, seafood is a local specialty.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Wyoming’s Jackson Hole always offers outdoor adventure, but as the crisp and cool temperatures set in, the area erupts with brilliant foliage displays that are sure to help you unwind. If spending quiet time in the tranquility of nature is your idea of relaxation, pack your hiking gear and head to Jackson Hole to hit the uncrowded trails and enjoy nature’s beauty.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Between comfortable temperatures and a season filled with festivals, it’s easy to see why fall is one of the best times to visit Santa Fe. Temperatures range from the 50s to 70s and the summer crowds have left, so you won’t feel claustrophobic while trying to unwind in Santa Fe. Come fall, you can celebrate with festivals like the Harvest Festival, Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival and the nearby Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
The spiritual site of Sedona is relaxing all year round, but come fall, the desert is swept up in 70- and 80-degree weather and crisp evenings ripe for relaxation. While fall is Sedona’s peak season, the ample outdoor space offers plenty of room to relax without the stressful bustle of crowds. Book a spa treatment or visit one of the area’s acclaimed energy vortexes to rejuvenate.
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