Summer may be all about beach vacays, but autumn is best reserved for city escapes. Take a look at the top spots to travel to right now 鈥 like Denver, Boston, NOLA, and Los Angeles 鈥 and prepare for a weekend of fun with our picks for where to stay, eat, and play. Oh, and did we mention there are some pretty epic flight deals you could be taking advantage of? We also scored some聽helpful pricing intel courtesy of聽Kayak.


When to Go: According to Kayak, the third weekend in September is the cheapest for聽fall travel to Denver, with airfare hovering around $136.

Where to Stay:聽Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek

This modern luxury gem聽is the first to open in over a decade in the Cherry Creek North neighborhood, so you know it鈥檚 going to be good. In addition to a stunning lobby and Insta-worthy guest rooms, the hotel offers up聽perks like a custom vinyl program, locally developed toiletries, excursions throughout the city with their聽Gear Garage聽amenity program (think Vespas, Swiss e-bikes, and fly fishing), a day of pampering with hotel partner聽Pura Vida Fitness & Spa;聽complimentary Halcyon Range Rover use, and gourmet dining at the hotel鈥檚聽Departure Restaurant + Lounge.

Where to Eat:聽Hedge Row聽and聽El Five

Head to Hedge Row to get involved聽in the wood-fired food craze merged with Middle-eastern spices and El Five for awesome聽tapas聽from the Gibraltar region of Spain and killer views of downtown Denver from their elevated perch.

What to Do: Grab drinks at speakeasy聽Millers and Rossi;聽cheer on the Broncos; get into the Oktoberfest spirit聽at聽Farmland Beer Fest聽(a craft beer and fair-style food event with corn mazes, go carts, and pumpkin cannons); go聽brunch running;聽and get into character at the Halloween-themed聽Festival of Scarecrows.

(Photo via聽Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek)


When to Go: The third weekend of September is the cheapest of fall travel to Boston, with median airfare coming to $133.

Where to Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Boston

The iconic property, which sits on the edge of the Public Gardens, recently underwent a $15 million聽renovation, and the newly brightened-up rooms are super dreamy (as are the plush beds). Be sure to brunch at The Bristol聽for their epic spread and have cocktails in the Bristol Bar before heading out for the evening. PS: There鈥檚 an indoor pool on the roof, which also makes never leaving the hotel highly plausible.

Where to Eat: Uni聽and Committee

The聽contemporary izakaya restaurant by Beantown greats Ken Oringer and Tony Messina will be your favorite stop on your culinary tour of Boston 鈥 we promise. Order the smoked uni spoon (Osetra caviar, quail egg yolk, yuzu), Chiang Mai duck carnitas (green papaya salsa, scallion pancake, baby shrimp), and all the nigiri and sashimi you can handle, then聽wash it all down with one of their impressive sake selections.

If you want more of a dining-into-lounging scene, then聽Greek-Med hot spot Committee is perfect. There鈥檚 meze, tiki cocktails on the patio, and Boston鈥檚 鈥淗ungarian Sensation鈥 Adam Szucs, who has bartended at notable venues throughout Europe. Long after happy hour winds down, this place聽keeps going.

What to Do: Take a 鈥Duck Tour鈥 to get a history lesson on聽America鈥檚 sixth聽state; catch a game at Fenway; peruse the shops at聽Faneuil Hall, see a concert at the聽TD Garden; visit the聽Arnold Arboretum聽in Jamaica Plain for some serious聽fall foliage; and hear a book reading at the聽Brookline Booksmith聽in Coolidge Corner.

(Photo via Four Seasons Hotel Boston)

New Orleans

When to Go: Kayak says the last weekend in September is the cheapest for fall聽travel to New Orleans, with median airfare coming to $129.

Where to Stay: Ace Hotel

Located in the Warehouse District, the Ace is where you go to see and be seen. Eclectic, beautiful, buzzing with cool people鈥 it has it all, plus regular live music and a rooftop pool to boot. It鈥檚 also close to聽a聽gazillion galleries, vintage stores, restaurants, museums, and the must-visit聽French Quarter. And in true Ace Hotel chain fashion (there聽are also locations聽in Chicago and NYC), it has some stellar聽dining options onsite, like聽Seaworthy, Alto, and Josephine Estelle.

Where to Eat: Shaya, Maypop, and聽Saffron NOLA

At three聽years old, Chef Alon聽Shaya鈥檚聽James Beard-winning聽eatery is still one of the all-time best in The Big Easy. Israeli-Southern cuisine is what he does best, so be sure to order signature items like curried cauliflower with聽caramelized onions and cilantro, wood roasted cabbage with聽muhammara, tahini, hazelnuts, and the best falafel you鈥檒l ever have.

Michael Gulotta鈥檚 newest venture, Maypop, is another strong contender for your appetite, with its聽Southern-Asian fusion聽menu (charred oyster in squid ink bucatini with house bacon and spicy lime leaf crust is a highlight) and famed聽dim sum brunch.

High-end decor meets authentic Indian food at聽Saffron NOLA, with bold flavors and an even bolder design aesthetic. This Magazine Street聽newbie is already gaining mega acclaim聽for its locally sourced ingredients and insanely good dishes made for sharing, but you鈥檒l be equally as pleased by its聽over-the-top copper color scheme.

What to Do: Ghost tours, bar crawls, and football reign supreme this time of year, but there are also many festivals worth taking note of: Crescent City Blues & BBQ,聽Voodoo Music + Arts Experience,聽Boudin, Bourbon & Beer,聽New Orleans Film Festival,聽Krewe of Boo, and聽Oak Street Po-Boy Festival, to name a few.聽Fall also happens to be the season when the weather is the best in New Orleans聽(read: not hot and sticky AF), so make al fresco聽imbibing a priority at places such as聽Hot Tin,Monkey Board, and聽Above the Grid.

(Photo via Ace Hotel, New Orleans)

New York

When to Go:聽The third weekend of September (again!) is the cheapest weekend of fall to travel to NYC, with median airfare coming to $131.

Where to Stay: The William Vale

While Manhattan proper might get all the love, trendy downtown Brooklyn is just as fun for fall (and usually cheaper). Hop across the bridge to the uber-cute and very boutique-y William Vale, where you鈥檒l be greeted by mod interiors (and a balcony in聽every room) and聽Chef Andrew Carmellini鈥檚 addictive聽eats聽via in-room dining, or at one of his three culinary concepts: Leuca聽(for house-made pastas and wood-fired pizzas); Westlight (22nd-floor rooftop bar with craft cocktails and small plates); and Mister Dips (burgers, fries, and 鈥 you guessed it 鈥 dips served up from the window of a retrofitted 1974 Airstream in Vale Park). There鈥檚 also a neverending聽calendar of health, music, and cultural聽events聽and聽adult- and child-friendly programs, so nobody gets left out.

Where to Eat: Olmsted,聽Carthage Must Be Destroyed,聽Birds of a Feather

Farm-to-table is literally the theme at Olmsted; their farmed ingredients come straight from their backyard garden, which BTW you can actually eat in comfortably, considering there are heaters and blankets in the chillier months.

If your jam is communal tables and artsy vibes, then聽Carthage Must Be Destroyed will be right up your alley. This hyped-up 鈥渁ll-pink鈥 restaurant in Williamsburg is known for its no-Instagram policy, but you won鈥檛 even care because its organic fare is damn delish.

Birds of a Feather flock together 鈥 to eat聽spicy Sichuan noodles at their namesake. Come hungry and prepare to leave full, after working your way through their large (shareable) plates of whole fish in chili sauce, tea-smoked duck, and three-pepper chicken.

What to Do: Plan a concert or sporting event night at Barclays Center聽(also home to the Ringling Bros Circus), or pop over to聽Brooklyn聽Academy of Music (BAM) for one-of-a-kind dance, theater, music, and opera performances. You can also picnic in Prospect Park, make the trek to Red Hook for wine tasting at Red Hook Winery,聽or聽get to know the local artists on a聽Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour. Plus, in October, Brit + Co is hosting our very own pop-up experience in the heart of SoHo, #CreateGood, where you鈥檒l find tons of inspiring speakers, live performances, and creative activities.

(Photo via The William Vale)

Los Angeles

When to Go: Once more, the third weekend in September is the cheapest weekend of fall to travel to LA, with median airfare coming to $122.

Where to Stay: The London West Hollywood

Full disclaimer: You could basically live in the glam bathrooms in this hotel 鈥 they鈥檙e that big and gorge. Aside from the major celeb spotting opportunities at The London, there are also several other factors worth checking in for: all-day rooftop dining and cocktail service, personal concierge offering access to LA鈥檚 most exclusive聽venues, a聽speciality menu for your pooch to order from,聽and puppy mascots Winston and Churchill available for petting. I mean, c鈥檓on.

Where to Eat:聽The Bazaar by Jos茅 Andr茅s聽and聽Rosalin茅

The Bazaar is a gastronome鈥檚 delight, thanks to libations that聽smoke, inventive tapas by the revered chef, and a magical setting with way too many things to look at (and photograph). Do not leave without sampling the 鈥渓iquid聽olives.鈥

Head to Rosalin茅 for bomb-dot-com Peruvian staples in a cozy Cali setting. Try the causa jar (eggplant terrine, potato mousse, avocado, botija olive aioli), chicharron de paiche (popped kiwicha, fried Amazonian paiche, yuzu aioli sauce), and alllll the ceviche.

What to Do:聽Walk the Venice canals, hike聽the trails in聽Eaton Canyon Falls or Palos Verdes, then sit on the beach, get lost in a haunted corn maze, or spend a day at Tanaka Farms to see the pumpkin patch, get to know a new band at聽Music Tastes Good, attend the聽Dragon Boat Festival, and play dress-up for the聽Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic,聽where you can sip Champagne and rub shoulders with Hollywood鈥檚 A-listers, natch.

(Photo via聽The London West Hollywood)

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