Fall’s around the corner and with its notoriously mild weather, colorful accompaniments, and festive spirits, it’s the perfect time for a weekend getaway.
Before the cold of winter comes rolling in, put aside a little time this fall to take a romantic trip with your loved ones, explore the great outdoors, or make some memories with the family. The U.S has plenty of places to visit, but here are some of our top picks for the most ideal destinations for your weekend getaway this fall.
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Perfect for: Diving into history and eating New England cuisine
Where to stay: Luxury on the water is part of the appeal at the Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor. Its stunning views and upscale dining are just an added bonus to the prime location, which is also conveniently located by Logan Airport.
If you’re looking for an even more central location, the Hyatt Regency Boston will make you neighbors to the theater district, financial district, and the Freedom Trail.
What to do:
Learn a Little History — OK, it’s more like a lot of history in Boston. Start on the Freedom Trail, which offers guided tours to some of the most significant historic sites in the city, such as Boston Commons, the State House, Granary Burying Ground, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the U.S.S. Constitution. Also check out Paul Revere’s house and Harvard University.
Shop ‘Til You Drop — Start at Newbury Street, with eight blocks of shopping, restaurants and salons. You’ll find well-known brands nestled side by side with specialty boutiques. Treat yourself, and don’t forget a few presents for folks back home!
Dive Into the Food Scene — Don’t miss New England cuisine favorites of fish and chips, clam chowder, lobster rolls, and Sam Adams beer! Give yourself a chance to try them all while exploring the trendy and gourmet food scene. Head to Neptune Oyster for seafood, Audubon Circle for a cozy atmosphere and delicious bar food, and the Sam Adams Brewery for a tour and beer sampling.
San Francisco, California
Even when the fog rolls in, there’s always a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Perfect for: Soaking up art and culture.
Where to stay: For a taste of the city’s Union Square, stunning views of the bay and a lovely display of the skyline, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco makes a fantastic spot to call home for the weekend.
If the waterfront is what you are after, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco gives you easy access to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and to the ferry that goes right to Alcatraz.
What to do:
Play the Tourist — San Francisco is an iconic city and there are a few sites that you just have to see. Check out the Golden Gate Bridge after exploring Golden Gate Park, spend some time riding the cable car system, and take in the culture of Chinatown.
Indulge in Entertainment — Start out in Fisherman’s Wharf where you can wander around Ghirardelli Square for food and shopping, or visit Aquatic Park to check out some history. Pier 39 is a great spot to get a peek at the sea lions, shop for souvenirs at Global Candle Gallery, The Crystal Shop and The Hard Rock Café Gift Shop, and get your grub on at Bubba Gump Shrimp and Fog Harbor Fish House.
Go to Prison — Take a short ferry ride over to Alcatraz and get a look at the famous federal penitentiary that was once off limits to the public. Nature enthusiasts will also enjoy the bird colonies, gorgeous views, and tide pools seen along the way.
Indulge in even more San Francisco adventures with our guide to 10 things to do in San Francisco on a budget!
Nature is never far away when you’re in Denver.
Perfect for: Rocky Mountain views and great beer.
Where to Stay: For a prime spot right by the 16th street mall, the Grand Hyatt Denver is a modernly luxurious choice. It has Rocky Mountain views, is dog friendly, and offers a rooftop fitness facility with an outdoor track. This hotel is the perfect place for feeling at home while still being close to many of Denver’s top attractions.
What to do:
Get Crafty — Eat a hearty breakfast, grab a taxi, and get started on a self-led beer tour through the city’s many craft breweries. Check out Denver Beer Company for their Graham Cracker Porter, Crooked Stave for their trendy selection and Great Divide for some of the city’s most loved beers.
Connect with Nature — Start off at the Denver Botanic Gardens to see some stunning landscaping and then head to Cherry Creek Park where you can have a picnic, hike, ride bikes, or camp out overnight. Wander around the green space of Grant-Frontier Park, or head out of Denver for the day for some more intense hiking.
Eat! — From ample food trucks to crafty kitchens, vegan fare, high-end dining, and themed restaurants, the city really has it all. Look out for Steuben’s Food Truck for all-American cuisine, wake up early and head to Denver Biscuit Company for a hearty helping that will be a challenge to finish. Make a stop at Biker Jims for a hot dog made of snake, alligator or deer or to Linger for an upscale restaurant located in a former mortuary.
Romantic fountains and Spanish moss are everywhere in Savannah.
Perfect for: Southern charm, history, and comfort food.
Where to Stay: Right next to the Savannah River, the Hyatt Regency Savannah brings guests closer to the historic center. The river front is full of intriguing restaurants, bars, and shopping, making it an ideal spot for a base when visiting the city.
What to do:
Take a Tour — Put on your walking shoes and join one of the many walking tours around this historic city. You can take a tour with Savannah Walks to Civil War sites, go on a haunted pub crawl, admire the architecture, or brave a ghost tour.
Wander Outdoors — The streets of Savannah are lined with trees drooping with Spanish moss. Spend some time in the refreshing fall air at Forsyth Park to see the fountains, have a picnic, or people watch. Then make your way to Bonaventure Cemetery for a hauntingly beautiful and historic mix of tomb stones and gardens.
Try the Cuisine — Get your fill of Southern comfort food at Paula Dean’s restaurant, Lady and Sons, Mrs. Wilkes for more of that Southern taste, and The Olde Pink House for a more fine dining experience.