Fall travel: rich colors, cheaper prices

Fall travel: rich colors, cheaper prices

Fall foliage and scenic views draw travelers out in fall months.
Autumn is the perfect time for travel!
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The rich colors of autumn, along with many other benefits like lower prices and fewer crowds, are inspiring more travelers to book fall getaways. A 2017 survey from AAA showed that many travelers enjoy these top benefits of taking a fall trip:

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

Top destinations for road trips from Western and Central New York, based on AAA TripTik and map requests, include:

  • Upper New England (Amtrak and Tauck tours are popular)
  • Gatlinburg, TN
  • Pigeon Forge in Smoky Mountains National Park (TN)
  • Adirondack region of New York
  • Finger Lakes region of New York

“Beginning in late August, we start to see an increase in requests for fall foliage tours,” said Brian Murray, director of travel at AAA Western and Central New York. “Fall is a wonderful time to take a trip and enjoy the scenery. Acadia National Park is one of my favorites while Orlando is also getting into the Halloween spirit more and more every year.”

Orlando is a top destination for those taking to the skies this fall. Disney World features “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween” while Universal Orlando Resort gets spooky with its “Halloween Horror Nights.”

Universal Orlando Resort starts decorating for Halloween in August.

For an eerie getaway closer to home, consider the Haunted History Trail of New York State - a collection of creepy, spooky and downright haunted locations across the state ranging from an overnight in a haunted inn to a true ghost hunt.

To predict the best time to view fall foliage, AAA WCNY recommends Leafpeepers or I Love New York websites.

Fall travel was the topic of a recent AAA Talking Travel program, on October 6, which airs on WECK Radio on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. or Sundays at 6:30 a.m. You can listen to the podcast here. For more information on travel opportunities for any season, simply call 1-855-862-6651 to speak with a AAA travel consultant or visit AAA.com/Travel.