Leavenworth, WA — A charming and folksy Bavarian village in the middle of Washington's apple orchards, only two hours east of Seattle. Fall is the perfect time to come for all the fresh-off-the-tree Fujis, Honeycrisps and Granny Smiths you can stand. October weekends bring Oktoberfest, which means music, German food and, of course, plenty of steins of beer. Check out the keg-tapping ceremony every Saturday at 1 pm.
NYC — The humidity has finally subsided, and the crisp fall days make strolling in Central Park feel like you're starring in a Woody Allen movie. For a weekend trip, try to narrow your scope so you're not overwhelmed by the city's nearly unlimited offerings. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather and do some touristy adventures, like climbing the Empire State building or taking the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Or check out some new fall theater on Broadway and reserve a few spots at your favorite restaurants featuring fresh fall produce.
Dana Point, CA — If you're already missing summer, head to Southern California, where the nice weather lasts until nearly Thanksgiving. Dana Point is a gorgeous beach town halfway between LA and San Diego. It's known for its rocky cliffs and great surf breaks, but for nature lovers, the real draw is the whale watching. Fall is the time to see the largest mammal on earth, the great blue whale, make its yearly migration from Alaska to Mexico. Getting up close and personal with a whale is a thrilling experience you must do at least once.
Savannah, GA — This quintessential Southern city is just the right size for a weekend visit. It's not overwhelmingly large, but there are so many great spots to see. In fall, it's perfect for Halloween lovers because its rich history creates so many creepy-cool sights. See ancient graves at Bonaventure Cemetery or stay the night at a B&B in a supposedly haunted Antebellum mansion. The Savannah Hauntings Tour will include them all.