Here are 5 U.S.-based Fall getaways to consider extending your Summer
This is a mountain getaway perched in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The weather is great, with temperatures above 70 degrees up till October. To get the best bang for the buck, stay at the historic High Hampton Inn (great deals before November 1). If you go in October, don't forget their Oktoberfest for great food, beer, and entertainment.
This Alabama barrier island with clear Gulf ocean water is a treat and a steal in October. Typically a beach getaway for nearby Mobile, the island offers an array of tasty seafood restaurants, fishing camps and cozy rentals. Ask about Fort Gaines, a National Historic Landmark, and make sure to visit it on the eastern tip.
This part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains will still register a balmy 76 degrees on average, but the tourist trap is sparse in October. The hiking this time of year is perfect and pristine. Make sure to stay mountainside at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows or relax lakeside at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort.
This is a Victorian-era coast seaport in the Pacific Northwest with a great harbor and foodie scene. It's also a kayaker's paradise, a great place to fish, and it also boasts nearby mountains for hiking and biking. Check out the Fins Coastal Cuisine for wild cod fish-and-chips, and bunk up at Chevy Chase Beach Cabins.
Of all your choices of beautiful beaches in the Florida panhandle, Destin stands out as an easy pick for one of the best beach vacations in October. There's beach combing galore here, and the waves are perfect for a boogie boarding experience with the kids. Also consider taking in a deep sea fishing excursions.