Now is the time for a “summer dordle vacation” in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fall is often bright and sunny, in contrast to the cool and cloudy summer months. That’s great news for anybody planning on attending any of the city’s many festivals, such as the Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown or the enticing Ghiradelli Chocolate Festival. The only conceivable negative aspect of fall? Since this is the busiest time of year for conferences, prices (particularly at business hotels) may be higher than usual.
By the time autumn rolls around, inhabitants in this Texas city are eager to let loose in the open air. Oktoberfest at Biergarten River Walk, Day of the Dead after Halloween, and the Tasting Texas Wine & Food Festival are just a few of the upcoming celebrations. In addition to canoeing, hiking, or bicycling along the Mission Reach section of the River Walk, you may also kayak along the San Antonio River. These are all great ways to burn off some of the sausage you’ll be eating during New Braunfels’s 10-day Wurstfest in November.
It’s true that the midnight sun has set, but so have the peak rates and the bulk of the cruise shippers. Anchorage, unlike many other Alaska cities, doesn’t shut down after summer ends. Flattop Mountain still has berries to be harvested, and those interested in fall scenery may take the Alaska Railroad to Talkeetna. Moose and Dall sheep, which may have been hiding in the cover of the trees, become more visible when the leaves begin to fall. And the northern lights begin to appear at night.
Unless you’re a bird or a striped bass, this resort city is quite quiet when the rowdy Neptune Festival wraps up in late September. The Chesapeake Bay is a mecca for huge fish, and the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to view millions of migratory ducks and snow geese. In the off-season, you may enjoy beach rides on horseback with Virginia Beach Horseback.