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Best Fall Travel Destinations To Avoid Post-Pandemic Crowds
It’s safe to say, we are all looking forward to the day we can travel again. Skift conducted a recent survey that showed one-third of Americans indicated they would start to travel within three months after travel restrictions are lifted. These numbers also suggest that many of your favorite destinations could see a lot of visitors once things start to return to normal. Here are a few destinations to consider that shouldn’t be overcrowded with post-pandemic tourists and also offer some spectacular Fall views.
“Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen, and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America,” says exploreasheville.com. While many cities underwent major overhauls in past decades, Asheville’s historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved.
This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene, and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.
The Berkshires, MA
Fall in New England is a great time to get outside and enjoy the stunning natural landscapes. The Berkshires, located in Western Massachusetts, boasts over 100 cultural attractions, many of which are world-renowned. The region is surrounded by picturesque mountains in a lush green valley, where you’ll find numerous, unique recreational activities and festivals that run throughout the year.
Ozark Mountains, AK
An outdoor enthusiast’s dream, this mostly rural, timeless landscape invites you to explore the dense forests, big rivers, and deep, clear lakes of the Ozark Mountains. During your visit, you’ll find historic sites and caves, challenging hiking trails and wildlife, as well as towns offering amenities like dining and lodging, from the rustic to the luxurious. The Ozark region is an area of porous limestone, which means lots of groundwater bubbling up as springs all around the region. Enjoy the Fall views while basking in the healing natural springs throughout the area.
Shenandoah Valley, VA
According to visitshenandoah.org, few destinations anywhere offer the diversity of attractions found in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and West Virginia. The Shenandoah Valley combines scenic beauty, natural caverns, historic sites, and thriving cities with music, arts, festivals, superb dining, and shopping. The Valley is flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the Allegheny Mountains to the west, and divided by the Shenandoah River, offering ample outdoor activities and picturesque Fall foliage.
Maroon Bells, CO
The Maroon Bells, surrounded by pristine National Forest lands, are the most photographed peaks in all of North America. Here you can explore the glacial valley while surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks. Maroon Lake, is surrounded by fields of wildflowers that mirror images of the Maroon Bells in its waters providing visitors with breathtaking views and unforgettable memories.