This fall, people are looking for a quick and easy getaway – and what better place to do it than in the US?
Bing collected exclusive data showing the most-searched-for US destinations for the months of October and November. We used it to compile a list of the coolest autumnal travel spots in the country.
So whether it’s sipping wine along the River Walk in San Antonio, Texas, riding a roller coaster at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, or checking out the Witch House in Salem, Massachusetts, here are the top 30 locations you should be booking right now.
30. Miami, Florida
One of the most populated cities in the southeastern US, Miami, Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, Cuban influences, and – most famously – its vibrant nightlife.
29. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado, sits at the eastern foot of the scenic Rocky Mountains. Popular attractions include Pikes Peak, a mountain that reaches to heights of over 14,000 feet, and Garden of the Gods Park, which features stunning red-sandstone formations.
28. Chattanooga, Tennessee
Nestled along the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is a picturesque city with new charm and old allure. Be sure to check out Point Park, a sweeping, 10-acre memorial park that overlooks Lookout Mountain and features a Civil War battle site.
27. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a rich culture that encompasses everything from Mexican-influenced cuisine all the way to its status as the hot air ballooning capital of the world. Every year, people flock to the city to for the colourful International Balloon Fiesta.
26. Denver, Colorado
The capital of Colorado, Denver dates all the way back to the Old West era, and the city features many landmark buildings from the 19th century. Titanic survivor Molly Brown notably built her mansion in Denver and lived there for the rest of her life – it’s now a museum.
25. Sedona, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona, is a desert town surrounded by gorgeous red-rock buttes, pine forests, and canyon walls. It is known for being one of the most relaxing spots in the US, and is home to a thriving artistic community, and many galleries, shops, and spas.
24. Asheville, North Carolina
Located in the western part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, boasts a thriving arts and music scene, historic architecture, and the Basilica of Saint Lawrence.
In 2016, Lonely Planet named it America’s hottest new travel destination.
23. Phoenix, Arizona
Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is known for its year-round warm temperatures. Its sprawling metropolitan area is aptly called the “Valley of the Sun.”
22. Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas, is a city with modern sensibilities – it’s the regional hub of culture and commerce, and one of its coolest attractions is the Nasher Sculpture Center, which spotlights contemporary statues and artwork.
21. Salem, Massachusetts
It’s impossible to think about Salem and not think about the 1692 Witch Trials – and this quaint, coastal town in Massachusetts is proud of that supernatural history. It offers many spooky museums, attractions, and even tours led by practicing witches.
20. Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida, is home to many of the country’s – and world’s – favourite amusement parks. If Disney isn’t your thing, be sure to check out Universal, SeaWorld, EPCOT, and the popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
19. Savannah, Georgia
If you want a taste of quintessential Southern charm, Savannah, Georgia, is the place. It’s known for its beautiful, mossy parks, antebellum architecture, and cobbled streets.
18. San Antonio, Texas
Along with the iconic Alamo, San Antonio is known for its beautiful River Walk along the San Antonio River. Visitors can enjoy restaurants, shopping, overnight stays, and booming nightlife.
17. Washington, D.C.
This fall, people are flocking to our nation’s capital. Whether it’s snapping pics at the Capitol Building or taking a tour at the Lincoln Memorial, there’s no shortage of sights to be seen.
16. Austin, Texas
15. Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is basically the entryway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A lot of the city’s staples – including the Space Needle observation tower, Sky Lift, and Ober Gatlinburg ski resort – offer gorgeous views of the mountains.
14. Charleston, South Carolina
Founded in 1670, Charleston offers a glimpse of the idyllic old South – tree-lined streets, a French Quarter, waterfront parks, and the location of the first shots of the Civil War.
13. Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles is one of America’s most beloved (and popular) cities for a reason. Walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame to see your favourite celebrity’s star, hit the beach, or check out the luxury shopping on Rodeo Drive to see how the other half lives.
12. Boston, Massachusetts
Not only is Boston the capital of Massachusetts, it’s also the state’s largest city. Tourists flock to hear those iconic Boston accents in real life – and also for the rich history (check out the Freedom Trail!), Red Sox games, and all-around New England beauty.
11. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
For a glimpse into the history of gospel music, there’s the Southern Gospel Museum, and for the outdoorsy the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just a short drive away.
10. New York, New York
From the Statue of Liberty to Central Park, the Empire State Building to Times Square, from world-class museums to Broadway, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in the Big Apple.
9. San Francisco, California
Both nature lovers and urbanites love “The City By The Bay.” From Muir Woods to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge, there’s a ton to see, though visitors should also check out Chinatown and the Financial District’s Transamerica Pyramid skyscraper.
8. Seattle, Washington
The birthplace of Starbucks coffee and grunge music has other amazing offerings: check out the iconic Seattle Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and Puget Sound, to name a few.
7. San Diego, California
You can’t get any more “chill” than San Diego, California. Known for its beaches and the famous San Diego Zoo, this waterfront city is never void of fun in the sun.
6. New Orleans, Louisiana
It’s impossible to not soak up the culture of New Orleans. Walking down Bourbon Street is an explosion of colour, music, history, and unbelievable food – don’t miss the melt-in-your-mouth beignets at Cafe Du Monde.
5. Chicago, Illinois
The New York of the Midwest, Chicago has the best of all worlds: a small-town waterfront vibe, residential pockets, and yet that unmistakable city feel. The shopping on The Magnificent Mile is a must for anyone that visits this fall.
4. Memphis, Tennessee
The birthplace of Elvis and the blues, Memphis is a city with some grit. Take a stroll down the Mississippi River, or check out Sun Studio – a famous recording studio where the likes of B.B. King and Johnny Cash recorded many of their albums. Or, there’s always Graceland.
3. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville – also known as Music City, USA – is the country music industry’s home. While you’re there, a stop at the Grand Ole Opry is necessary, as well as a trip the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
2. Las Vegas, Nevada
As the saying goes: what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Find out for yourself what that means by staying overnight at one of the many unbelievable casino-hotel-resorts.
The Strip is Las Vegas’ premier nightlife spot, boasting high-end restaurants, swanky casinos, and rowdy nightclubs.
1. Portland, Oregon
Portland is the epitome of “hip.” The quirky city is known for its parks, bike paths, and environmentally friendliness, but it’s also a beer-lovers paradise, known as “Beervana.” Home to over 60 breweries – more than any other city in the world – visitors should check out the North Coast Craft Beer Trail, which is 30 miles long and includes some of the area’s best breweries, like Rogue Ales and the Astoria Brewing Co.
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