If you live in the United States, the Southeast Region is the ideal place for a long weekend getaway during the autumn months. Here are some of the best places to consider visiting this fall.
You might associate Miami’s South Beach with the summer, but if you want to avoid the crowds and make the most of Miami’s moderate autumnal weather, you’ll love strolling along the South Beach this fall.
It’s also the best time of year to sample the best fresh seafood catches, particularly Florida stone crabs. Of course, the vibrant city of Miami has much more to offer besides the beach and fine seafood.
For instance, there’s a lively arts scene, numerous fantastic live music venues, and plenty of charming bars.
To see the area in all its fall splendour, head out of the city to the Everglades. The colours of the trees are simply stunning. Among the network of forests and wetlands, you could come across creatures like the American crocodile and Florida panther.
Whether you want to explore nearby nature or stay in the city centre, there are loads of fun things to do in Miami this fall.
You might not be able to fly all the way to Europe for a long weekend break, but you can feel as though you’re in a German wonderland by heading to the small village of Helen in Georgia.
Located in the heart of the glorious Blue Ridge Mountains, the two-square-mile Bavarian village features German architecture that really is picture-postcard perfect. You’ll come across quaint cross gables, charming pitched roofs, and colourful half-timbering.
And once you’re eating bratwurst and drinking German beer at The Troll Tavern, you might forget that you’re not actually in an old Bavarian village of continental Europe. There are many activities on offer, too.
You could hike to nearby cascading waterfalls, pan for gold at the Dukes Creek Gold and Ruby Mine or visit the numerous vineyards that surround the area.
Another place that feels like another country is the port city of Mobile in Alabama. Its architecture and local culture are a mix of Spanish, French, and American. With towering oaks lining the streets, historic mansions, and a thriving arts district, you’re sure to love exploring Mobile in the fall.
There are lots of museums, too, including the Mobile Carnival Museum. Contrary to popular belief, the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States doesn’t hail from New Orleans, but from Mobile.
If you want to get out of the city for a day, you can explore the beauty of the nearby Dauphin Island or head to any of Mobile’s many woods, wetlands, and waterways. Five rivers meet in Mobile, so there’s also plenty of places to enjoy water sports like kayaking and paddle-boarding.
Greenville, South Carolina
You can also enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains by heading to Greenville in South Carolina. The area provides the perfect balance between city life and the Great Outdoors. The colours of the trees are at their most beautiful during the fall and there are many natural wonders to enjoy.
You could hike the four-mile Raven Cliff Falls Trail in Caesars Head State Park, explore Falls Park on the Reedy from a high suspension bridge, or cycle along the twenty-two-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail.
In the evenings, you can dine at award-winning Greenville restaurants, check out a Broadway show at the Peace Center, or sample craft beers at the city’s charming bars.
You could also visit the iconic bell tower at Furman University, which is home to a gorgeous lake and idyllic rose garden. But be careful if you kiss your partner underneath the bell tower because according to legend, you will marry the person you kiss!