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AAA: Americans Are Falling for Autumn Travel

September 19th, 2017 by AAA

Fewer crowds, mild weather and budget-friendly options attract fall travelers

ORLANDO, Fla. (September 19, 2017) – Summer’s over and kids are back in school, but many people are making plans for at least one more getaway this fall, before the arrival of another busy holiday season. According to a new survey from AAA, more than one in four Americans (28 percent) expects to take a vacation this year between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

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“We have seen strong demand for travel throughout the course of the year, and Americans are discovering that traveling during the fall season is a best kept secret,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president, Travel and Publishing. “Travelers increasingly prioritize immersive travel experiences and autumn offers more opportunities for them to explore a destination’s local culture, thanks to fewer crowds and mild weather.”

In fact, Americans say the top benefits of taking a fall trip include:

  • Fewer crowds and children (68 percent);
  • Weather that is more favorable (63 percent); and,
  • The opportunity to find better value for the cost of their trip (55 percent).


“Savvy travelers can often find lower prices on everything from airfare and hotels to cruises and vacation packages, as travel companies offer incentives to fill their vacancies during the fall,” continued Sutherland.

Road trips are the preferred activity for fall travelers, with 62 percent of those planning a vacation intending to pack up their cars and hit the road. Thanks to milder weather, outdoor events such as fall festivals and visits to national and state parks are particularly popular with travelers this time of year. Twenty-six percent of those who are planning a fall vacation will take a trip to view fall foliage, a favorite pastime from the northeast and New England, to the mountains of North Carolina and Colorado.

The majority of fall travelers will stay within the United States, with Orlando, southern California, Hawaii and New York the most popular domestic travel destinations, based on AAA Travel bookings. Approximately one-third of fall travelers are planning an international vacation, with European destinations including Rome and London especially popular this time of year. This year’s top fall destinations based on AAA Travel bookings include:


  1. Orlando, Florida
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. Anaheim, California
  4. Honolulu, Hawaii
  5. New York City
  6. Las Vegas, Nevada
  7. London, England
  8. Dublin, Ireland
  9. Boston, Massachusetts
  10. Cancun, Mexico


Before setting out on a fall getaway, travelers should contact their local AAA office for the expert advice of a trusted travel advisor who can provide personalized service and in-depth destination knowledge to create a memorable vacation experience. For more information about fall travel or to begin planning a trip, visit

AAA’s report presents the findings of a telephone survey (landline and cell phone) consisting of 1,011 adults living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this survey was conducted August 3-6, 2017. This study has an average statistical error of ±3.1 percent at the 95 percent confidence level for all U.S. adults.

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ORLANDO, Fla., September 9, 2011

For leaf peepers planning to explore this year’s foliage, AAA experts suggest hotels that enhance the experience. 

Heather HunterFrom September to October each year, trees across many areas of the U.S. and Canada put on a brilliant show of color, from dazzling reds to brilliant oranges and vibrant yellows. To help travelers plan where to stay, AAA polled its professional inspectors for ideas on notable hotels that enhance the experience. Read the highlights of their 10 top picks across the continent, coast to coast, beginning in the West.

Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Ore., AAA Four Diamond Resort Hotel

Early October is an excellent time to visit as the nights are cold and crisp but you awake most mornings to brilliant sunshine and days that can still get into the ‘70s. Go for an early morning bike ride on the miles of paved paths. Keep your eyes peeled for the deer that are silently eating, and watch as their exhaled breath makes a cold misty cloud that disappears almost instantly. To see Sunriver’s best fall colors up close, go for a canoe ride on the Deschutes River where the groves of golden leaved aspen wave from the shores.

Penticton Lakeside Resort, Convention Centre & Casino, Penticon, British Columbia, AAA/CAA Three Diamond Casino Hotel

The highlight of the rooms are their spacious balconies, each with comfortable chairs and a small table, made for stepping outside to enjoy the view. The property is located on the shoreline of huge Okanagan Lake. To one side, where local wineries dot the hills, see row upon row of neatly manicured grapevines changing color. In the other direction, enjoy the contrasting view of wild, untamed rocky hillsides featuring stubby trees, dry grasses and steep cliffs. Walk along the paved path that follows the lakeshore, or head straight out the front doors to the downtown area for shopping and wine tasting.

Gunflint Lodge, Grand Marais, Minn., AAA Three Diamond Vacation Rental House

Fall in the North Woods provides a full palate of foliage colors from a blend of maple, birch, aspen and evergreen trees, among others. Immerse yourself in the colors by hiking on one of the numerous trails at the lodge or nearby. The property’s fall color tour package includes naturalist escorted hikes. You can also view the foliage by horseback on a trail ride from the lodge’s own stables or by canoe.All of the cabins have fireplaces to take away the chill in the air, and severalhave private outdoor hot tubs.

The Leavenworth Inn, Leavenworth, Ind., AAA Three Diamond Historic Bed & Breakfast

This charming converted 1890s farmhouse offers views of the Ohio River and rolling river valley. Take in the picture-perfect view of fall foliage while rocking away your cares on the front porch. The smell of fresh-baked cookies entices guests to venture inside where you’ll find a variety of rooms, all with scenic views. This off-the-beaten-path bed & breakfast offers a peaceful getaway in Southern Indiana.

Hôtel Quintessence, Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, AAA/CAA Four Diamond Boutique Hotel

The entire ski area offers stunning scenery during the peak fall foliage weeks (usually from mid- to late-September through the first week in October, depending on the temperature. On some nights the hotel lights a lakeside fire so guests can roast marshmallows or just sit around and enjoy the setting. A variety of trees, including maple and birch, provide a steady flush of color. In the center of the quaint resort village, an exterior cable lift takes visitors on a scenic trip to the top of the village in an open-air gondola.  

Kineo View Motor Lodge, Greenville, Maine, AAA Two Diamond Motel

This family-run two-story motel, which offers exterior entrances and continental breakfast, is for the more budget-minded traveler. Located in a secluded area on vast acreage, guests will enjoy the spectacular hillside and distant lake view. Each room has a private deck with the top floor units offering not only a greater view but a quieter room as well.

Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, Whitefield, N.H., AAA Four Diamond Classic Historic Hotel

This historic resort sits on a hill in the center of the White Mountains, providing panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and foliage. The expanded verandah is a very popular spot to relax and take in the amazing view. One of the main attractions is the spa that features a private tower with an infinity soaking tub offering 360-degree views of the mountains. This is a huge WOW factor that would be amazing during the fall.

Antietam Overlook Farm and B&B, Keedysville, Md., AAA Three Diamond Bed & Breakfast

Views from the property, set on a mountain ridge overlooking 95 acres, seem to go on forever. See the rolling hills of four states: Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, and the historic Antietam Battlefield in the valley below. Each of the five rooms are individually decorated with a country air. Some rooms have a screened-in balcony or porch or a large soaking tub, and all have gas fireplaces. Feeders scattered around the around the grounds attract a wide variety of birds.


The Homestead, Hot Springs, Va., AAA Four Diamond Resort Hotel

Nestled in the mountains, The Homestead offers views of fall foliage in all directions. Enjoy the scenery while relaxing in a rocking chair on the veranda or while partaking in one of the resort’s many recreational opportunities. Breathtaking beauty is the only way to describe what you’ll experience. Additional pluses include the incredible history of the property, which dates back to 1766 and has hosted many Presidents, and the outstanding fall backdrop along the wonderful country mountain drive from Bath County.

The Red Horse Inn, Landrum, S.C., AAA Four Diamond Bed & Breakfast

Location and quality of accommodations are the rule here, not to mention the top-notch innkeepers. In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the nearly 200 acre mountaintop property offers breathtaking views of the natural surroundings, rock formations and foliage. Miles of paths surrounding the property provide ample opportunities for leisurely strolls or vigorous exercise.

Read the complete list of inspector picks on AAA’s travel blog at Find detailed listings for AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels in the AAA TourBook® guides, online at and from smartphones using the free AAA TripTik® Mobile app or AAA Mobile Web. In addition, AAA members can download free digital eTourBookSM guides at

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2011 marks AAA’s 75th year of conducting in-person property evaluations and publishing the results. AAA’s professional inspectors use published guidelines to evaluate, Approve and rate more properties than any other rating entity. AAA’s is the only rating system that covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean and is one of only two that conduct physical, on-site evaluations. AAA Approved hotels and restaurants are assigned a rating of one to five AAA Diamonds.

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