If you’re looking for the best fall vacations in the U.S., here are the top recommendations from experienced travel writers.

With their help, I’ve put together this list of the best fall destinations in the United States.

Autumn in the U.S. is the perfect time to travel because the weather is cooler and there are fewer tourists.  It’s ideal whether you want to head for the hills to enjoy spectacular fall foliage or hit the beaches in the south.

Best Fall Vacations in the U.S. – Table of Contents

Northeastern fall vacations
Midwest fall destinations
Fall Getaways in the northwest
Fall destinations in the southwest
Southeastern fall vacations

Mississippi Gulf Coast

Coastal Mississippi is one of the best places to visit in October in the USA.  The summer humidity has broken and the hurricane potential has ended.  The fabulous weather invites visitors to savour the magnificent beaches and participate in countless outdoor adventures.

Try kayaking to Deer Island from Biloxi, down Wolf River in Pass Christian, or along the Ocean Springs shoreline and bayous, along with fishing, golfing, or splashing in the comfortable Gulf water off some of USA’s prettiest beaches.

Early October in Coastal Mississippi means the region’s largest annual event—Cruisin’ the Coast, also called America’s Largest Block Party. A 30-mile stretch of the scenic coastal highway is jam-packed with thousands of hot rods and antique or classic vehicles for an entire week. Cruisin’ the Coast. celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021.

Many of our favorite Coastal Mississippi hidden gems include secret spots to watch the soul-filling sunsets.

Make sure you savor creative Gulf coastal cuisine from James Beard award-winning chefs at Vestige (Ocean Springs) and White Pillars (Biloxi).  But you also can’t go wrong with local fresh shrimp dishes anywhere or a po’ boy from Le Bakery Cafe (Biloxi) or Bozo’s Grocery (Pascagoula).

Tip:  October temperatures in Coastal Mississippi are ideal for kayaking the plentiful waterways and bayous.

Where to stay: The Roost in Ocean Springs

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