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34 Fall Weekend Trips You Should Plan Now

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26. New Orleans, Louisiana

Cooler weather and food festivals brings visitors to New Orleans in the fall. Great cuisine is a reason to visit the city anytime of year, but in autumn there are special events for food lovers, including Beignet Fest, Fried Chicken Fest, and the city’s cheese festival — Fête des Fromages. Enjoy both eats and music at the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. Boudin, Bourbon & Beer also features live musical performances, along with handcrafted food and drinks and a cigar lounge.

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27. Jackson Hole, Wyoming

With better weather and fewer people than summer, autumn in Jackson Hole offers visitors great fishing, an arts festival, and more. During the day, take in the beautiful fall foliage before experiencing breathtaking sunsets. The season also promises the perfect conditions for fishing on the Snake River. Art lovers will enjoy September’s Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, featuring nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, as well as great music and food.

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28. Rocky Mountain Park, Colorado

For must-see scenery in the great outdoors, try Rocky Mountain Park this fall. Autumn is considered the best time to take in the area’s natural beauty and is ideal for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. To experience the best views of the changing leaves, Rocky Mountain National Park suggests checking out Hidden Valley, the Twin Sisters Trailhead, Bear Lake Road, or Glacier Gorge Trail. Visitors can also celebrate the fall foliage at the Autumn Gold Festival in late September, featuring bands, brats, and beer.

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29. Park City, Utah

Park City, Utah, may be known for its skiing, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit the area during the fall. This includes Utah Olympic Park, with its ziplining, and sports history. There are several options for spending time outdoors from hiking, biking, and horseback riding to golfing, fishing, and taking a hot air balloon ride. Visitors can also relax at a spa or with a whiskey tasting at High West Distillery.

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30. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fall in Albuquerque features good weather and scenery, seasonal local markets, and the largest hot air balloon festival in the world. Referred to as its “magical season,” autumn brings foliage best experienced with the cottonwood and willow trees along the Rio Grande, and in the nearby mountains. Take in the leaves with a 2.7-mile ascent on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway through the mountains. Also enjoy the views from above at the “Hot Air Ballooning Capital of the World.” Take part in this activity any time of year or experience it during October’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.