Fall is around the corner. And while the back-to-school blues may not be far behind, the season can be the best for travel.
Long known to be the shoulder season for travel hackers, the fall is the best time to check out a top notch destination with half the crowds. Airfare hikes to ridiculous prices during the summer. And while spending a weekend in February in the Caribbean sounds divine, there’s thousands of others who thought the same exact thing.
Taking into consideration climate, as well as routes that are experiencing cheaper-than-average prices for fall flights, here are the three top destinations this fall for Americans, according to airfare guru Scott Keyes of Scott’s Cheap Flights. The fare hacker website scours the web for discount airfare and mistaken airline prices daily.
Tokyo, Japan – $588 roundtrip flights
Thanks to cheap airfare and great fall temperatures, Tokyo is a perfect destination this September. Photo credit: Getty.
With almost perfect weather, as well as tons of natural attractions, Fall in Japan is “near-perfect” says Scott Keyes. “Leaf-peepers still have plenty of options, either in Hokkaido’s Daisetsuzan National Park or the red spider lily fields that bloom in September an hour north of Tokyo.”
Other events include the Sumo Grand Tournament in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium from September 9 to 23, and the Kishiwada Danjiri Festival. Although flights to Japan are usually some of the most expensive in Asia, recently there has been a spate of $588 roundtrip flights to Tokyo recently from across the western United States.
Barcelona, Spain – around $400 roundtrip flights
You can still enjoy the beaches, and Barcelona’s amazing architecture, in September. Photo credit: Getty.
The Spanish summer heat wave breaks in September, making Barcelona a perfect fall destination. Also, as kids head back to school and adults go back to the daily grind, you’ll be able to explore the city’s amazing architecture in peace.
“The peak tourist crowds have dispersed just in time for one of the country’s most unique festivals: La Mercè. From September 21 to 24, La Mercè is the largest street party of the year with concerts and parades throughout the city,” says Keyes. During the festival, brave locals known as “castellers” climb on top one another’s shoulders and form tall, elaborate human castles. Not to be missed.”
Flights to Barcelona have been around $400 from all over the United States, including smaller cities, so there’s really no reason not to go.
Denver, Colorado – around $111 to $176 roundtrip flights
From a popping downtown to loads of great outdoor activities, Denver has a lot to offer a fall traveler. Photo credit: Getty.
Check out the Centennial State in autumn to avoid the winter ski season crowds. Fall weather makes it the perfect time to catch a show at one of the best concert venues in the world, Red Rocks.
“Beginning in mid-September, thousands of aspen trees begin turning a vibrant gold, giving a spectacular sheen whether you’re hiking around Rocky Mountain National Park or biking around Breckenridge,” says Keyes. He also recommends going to the Great American Beer Festival, the nation’s preeminent celebration of beer, which is held from September 20 to 22.
Tickets to Denver are less than $200 from most domestic cities.