The 15 Best Weekend Trips on the West Coast This Fall

Pack your bags and hit the road; see why the West Coast is one of the most diverse places in the U.S.


The West Coast boasts some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. Beaches, vineyards, mountains and parks make the region irresistible for a long weekend getaway if you living within driving distance.

It’s easy to get restless in the city. Venture to an incredible weekend destination such as a charming village at the base of a mountain that is like a small nature paradise on Earth for hikers and people who love the outdoors. Or pick a place with a lot of options for thrilling quests and a bustling nightlife scene.[slideshow:102366]

People’s wanderlust has taken them to hidden gems that are slowly growing to accommodate more travelers. As a result, they enjoy a lot more than outdoor adventures surrounded by beautiful scenery. Chic restaurants, vintage shops, art festivals and wine tastings are now open.

Don’t dismiss beach and mountain towns. They are often overlooked in the fall when in fact this is the best time to visit because there are less crowds, prices are cheaper and the weather is perfect. Hiking, biking, fishing, rafting, rock climbing—you’ll likely find it there.

Consider taking a trip to some of America’s most spectacular lakes. Witness their sheer, unspoiled beauty up close. Fall is a great time to enjoy gorgeous hikes, fall foliage and wildlife that’s getting ready for winter. They are also perfect for a hot air balloon voyage.

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