3 Of The Best Budget-Friendly Fall Vacation Destinations

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Since I’ve been talking so much about vacations lately, I figured it might be good to touch on some budget-friendly Fall vacation destinations.

Fall Flexibility

If you have the flexibility to travel during the Fall, this is an awesome time to get out during the offseason.

It’s no surprise that many people prefer summer vacations over any other season — the days are long, the nights are warm, the beaches are pristine, but most hotel rates are at their highest of the year. Instead of shelling out unnecessary funds on lodging and airfare, it’s important to have enough left over for food, drinks, and activities. That’s why fall is one of the best seasons to travel, according to Travel and Leisure writer Stacey Leasca.

“According to travel search engine Kayak.com‘s data — based on median round-trip ticket prices when factoring in domestic departure points from coast to coast — travelers can still score tickets to warm weather spots like Orlando, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, and New Orleans for less than $300 between September 15 and November 11,” Leasca writes.

Not only are flights cheaper, but many hotels have already started lowering their summer rates for fall. Here are just a few budget-friendly destinations to consider visiting this fall.


About 37% of families say that vacations make them happy, making it the activity that makes families most happy. What better way to prep your children for another school year filled with books and studying than by taking them on a Disney World getaway? Round-trip airfare to Orlando currently has a median price of about $218, making it the perfect budget-friendly fall family vacation. Orlando is also a gateway to sandy beaches just an hour away, and considering the fact that 53% of beachgoers prefer to sunbathe, taking a trip to Orlando is the perfect getaway for children and adults alike.


For those who are looking to travel internationally, Simon Ball, owner of Tuscany Now and More, says Florence makes a perfect fall or winter vacation destination.

“In winter, Florence is still vibrant but much quieter, allowing easier access to the cultural gems of the city in a more pleasant environment,” Ball tells CNN. “It’s colder, of course. But it’s still significantly warmer than many other parts of Europe.”

Not only does this mean that lodging rates are significantly reduced, but many of even Florence’s most popular attractions will be much quieter and less crowded. An international study showed that 59% of people prefer a relaxing vacation to a more active one, so for those who don’t like big crowds, a fall-time visit to Florence may be ideal.


While Denver’s falls aren’t exactly tropical, sacrificing temperature is entirely worth it to see some of the most spectacular fall colors anywhere.

“Seeing the changing fall colors in a stunning place like Denver will leave you breathless, we guarantee it,” writes Leasca.

Denver is full of free hiking and camping grounds, and with a median round-trip airfare rate of $186, visitors should have plenty left over to spend at some fantastic shopping and dining spots.

Ultimately, these three cities are far from the only options for affordable fall vacations, but they are certainly some of the best.

Jodi O’Connell writes on GoBankingRates, “Even if you already went on a summer vacation, out-of-this-world deals at the season’s end can open up some bonus time to wiggle your toes in the sand, hike forest trails or wake up to panoramic views that go on for miles.”

Final Thoughts

Needless to say, I’m only scratching the surface here.  There are hundreds of other travel locations both domestically and internationally that you could find discounted Fall rates for.

Just remember to stay a touch flexible and you can nail some incredible deals during this time.

Perhaps I’ll even try sneaking in a fishing trip in the Fall someday!

Until then, we’ll likely keep our annual Fall road trip up to the Bay area going to visit our friends and family.

Readers, when is your favorite time of the year to travel?  Have you benefited or considered traveling in the Fall?



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7 Comments on “3 Of The Best Budget-Friendly Fall Vacation Destinations”

  1. Thanks for compiling these! We were just trying to plan an affordable winter vacation for the two of us. I’m leaning towards New Orleans or Vegas, but I know how pricey Vegas can get. Hmmm.

    1. Yes, Vegas can be a bit pricey depending on what you want to do there. However, you could actually do a very cost effective vacation there if you stay off the Las Vegas Strip. If you like outdoorsy things, there’s some fantastic hiking in the Red Rock Canyon. Delicious food is always plentiful in Vegas and can be found much cheaper than other cities. Have fun wherever you land! 🙂

  2. Wait…what? Orlando has beaches? You must mean over on the coast. I don’t recall ever seeing a beach in Orlando (other than the artificial kind)

    Part of the reason why prices for flights are lower in the fall is because of lower demand. Kids go back to school and families really can’t go on vacation. As a result, airlines lower prices to fill those seats.

    We’re doing the exact opposite of “budget” for our fall vacation by going to one of the most expensive places in the world. We’re spending the entire month of October in Japan. Should be a good time, but it’ll be expensive.

    1. Hah, you’re right. Orlando doesn’t have any direct beaches, but access to them is a quick hour drive away (eg. Cocoa Beach). The theme parks do offer some pretty nice “fake ones” though. 😉

      Yeah, I love that my family is on a year-round school schedule.

      Wow, have fun in Japan! I haven’t been yet, but it’s certainly on the list. I also hear its super expensive, but I’m sure you’ll navigate it to get the best bang for your buck. I’m jealous of all the awesome sushi and street food you’ll find!

  3. Just booked tickets to Puerto Vallarta yesterday for January. Used my air miles and have family to stay with so should be a cheap holiday. January is usually a wet cold month on the west coast so I will be ready for a holiday by then. The Bay area is always nice this time of year. Have fun

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