Originally appeared in August 2015 issue of Virtuoso Traveler.
For many, autumn is just a return to the grind after lazier summer days – which is why Spokane, Washington-based Virtuoso travel advisor Maggie Condon Campos recommends planning that fall getaway now. “Half of the travel experience is about the anticipation,” she says. Having a trip to look forward to makes “an awesome counter to any seasonal malaise – and if you book earlier, your advisor has more time to make sure the entire experience is maximized.” Here, a few of our favorite fall breaks to daydream about.
New England Neon
Historic villages, the Berkshire Mountains, and other bucolic settings, set aglow with blazing red, orange, gold, and sienna leaves.
A lobster bake in Bar Harbor, a carriage ride through Acadia National Park, visits to the Norman Rockwell Museum and Vanderbilt mansion, and locally made ice cream at Vermont’s Billings Farm.
nine-day Classic Fall Foliage tour, round-trip from Boston. Departures: Multiple dates September 23 through October 8, 2015; from $2,399.
Canada’s Peak Colors
Canadian Rocky Mountain majesty, the legendary Spiral Tunnels, and Banff National Park via a historic rail journey.
Gourmet meals, a transverse of the Continental Divide, and views from the train’s large picture windows or glass-domed coach.
“A ride on the Rocky Mountaineer is a must for any photographer and train buff, as well as a great pre- or post-experience for an Alaska cruise.” – Virtuoso travel advisor Rita Bennett, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Rocky Mountaineer’s four-day Classic First Passage to the West route from Vancouver to Banff (including three nights’ hotel accommodation). Departures: Multiple dates September 3 to October 1, 2015; from $1,611.
Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, timed to capture prime wildlife images.
Tutelage from wildlife photographer Dan Hartman, a float down the Snake River, an ascent of the Scenic Byway to the summit of Beartooth Plateau, views of Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon, and prized photos of elk in Jackson Hole.
Details: Natural Habitat Adventures’
eight-day Hidden Yellowstone Photo Safari. Departures: September 19 and 26, 2015; from $5,295.
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