Your Top 3 Travel Destinations for Fall 2023!
The summer crowds have thinned, and the heat of summer is finally giving way. If you still have vacation days calling your name, Fall is the perfect time to travel!
But where should you go?
Here are our Top Three Travel Destinations for Fall 2023.
Seattle is great for so many things. Sweater weather, scarves, and coffee. Need we say more? If the cool weather hasn’t already sold you, consider that Seattle has great landmarks, attractions, and more than enough quirks to keep you interested and active.
Pike Place Market and the Museum of Pop Culture are excellent places to start your vacation. At these locations, you can see everything from fish throwing to a visual history of Hip-Hop. Pike Place Market is known as the “Soul of Seattle”. Starting in 1907, this nine-acre destination in downtown is one of the oldest and longest-running farmer’s markets in the United States. Not far away, you’ll find blobular architecture which is the Museum of Pop Culture. MoPOP is like no other museum on Earth. Hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and ever-changing exhibitions all add up to an experience unlike any other.
Adventurous travelers will enjoy Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. A short hike will take you into some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Washington state. To see as much of the fall foliage as possible, a driving tour of the park would be ideal.
If you like quirky and off the beaten path locations, you're in the right spot. Visit the “Troll Under the Bridge” found in the Freemont neighborhood. The hands of this giant sculpture hold a VW bug, as if it had just plucked it from the street above. If you find yourself near Pike Place Market and you enjoy the smell of mint, stop by The Gum Wall. This unexpected and colorful display will either have you giggling or standing in complete disgust. Either way, it definitely ranks high on the “quirk” factor.
We recommend planning your trip for September or early October as the weather is perfect and the rains haven’t yet started.
Visiting Munich in the fall allows you to catch the golden glow of the city, highlighted by the changing colors of the trees.
Determined to get your daily steps in? Climb St. Peter’s Bell Tower. Your 299-step climb will be rewarded with the best view of Munich’s Old Town. If you’re going on the weekend, plan to get there early as it can become crowded.
Oktoberfest! Munich is home to the largest Volksfest in the world. The beer-fueled festival is over 200 years old and features regional delicacies. There are also traditional dancing and musical performances throughout the two-week long celebration. The main areas can get a little rowdy at times. Check out the Oide Wiesn area for a more sedate and traditional experience.
Munich’s palaces invite exploration on crisp Autumn days. Visit the Nymphenburg palace which was a summer get-away residence for monarchs. Neuschwanstein Castle is another good option. You will be in awe of its splendor and will immediately understand why it was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle.
Oxford, Mississippi- The University of Mississippi
Hotty Toddy! As a graduate of Ole Miss, I may be a little biased, but you don't have to take it from me.
ESPN named Oxford, MS the best college town in the United States for good reason. Be sure to visit when the Ole Miss Rebels are playing football at home.
You’ll be engulfed in southern hospitality when you pre-game in The Grove. The Grove, complete with majestic oaks and sprawling spaces in the middle of campus, is famous for its tailgating. If you’re expecting to find hot dogs cooked by people in denim shorts, think again. Here, people pull out all the stops and their fine china and silver for the occasion. Floral arrangements are taller than the coeds in dresses and heels. As a visitor, you’ll be welcomed into tents decorated in red and blue. Keep an eye out for the Zebra tent. It may be the most extravagant of them all.
For an extra dose of laughter, go to campus the night before the game. You'll see college students standing outside The Grove. At a designated time, they will all go running into The Grove to reserve their favorite locations.
Bibliophiles will feel welcome here also. Rowan Oak served as William Faulkner’s home and much of his inspiration for 40 years. After looking through the museum, you can stop by his grave. It’s tradition to bring Four Roses, his favorite bourbon, and take a shot if you go. Then it’s off to Square Books to find limited edition and signed copies of literary works of art.
You might be surprised by the food scene in Oxford. It is now a hotbed for incredible restaurants thanks to John Currence, a James Beard award-winning chef. City Grocery, Boure, Snack Bar, and Big Bad Breakfast are all excellent choices. If you're going to BBB, get the Shrimp and Grits. Trust me on this one!
Another fantastic option can be found about 20 minutes outside of town. Don't be shocked by the look of the restaurant or by the fact that they make sure the doof stays closed by MacGyver-ing an old bourbon bottle and some eye hooks. Taylor Grocery has been serving melt-in-your-mouth catfish in this turn-of-the-century building since 1977.
If all of this has you dreaming of dusting off your traveling shoes, give us a call. We would love to help you “fall” into a great vacation.