As leaves fall, interest in autumn travel on the rise

A young couple hiking in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada

Traditionally, early autumn has been a calm period for travel, tucked between summer vacations and Thanksgiving family reunions. 

According to a AAA survey, though, fall's off-season peace and quiet has an appeal of its own: more than 1 in 4 Americans planned to take a vacation between Labor Day and Thanksgiving in 2017. We look at what autumn travelers like most about the season, and where they're heading.

What attracts travelers to autumn vacations?


Fewer crowds & kids

68% of respondents


Better weather

63% of respondents


Better value for the money

55% of respondents

Car driving through autumn leaves

In fall, the road beckons

Road trips are the preferred activity for fall travelers, with 62% of those surveyed saying they planned to hit the road. Cooler autumn weather also draws visitors to the outdoors, whether it's at a state or national park (46%) or a fall festival (37%). One particularly popular attraction is traveling to see fall foliage, which 26% of those surveyed said they planned to do.  

Popular fall destinations in 2018, according to AAA travel professionals

It's not too late for a fall getaway

Get in touch with a AAA Travel Advisor today to plan your vacation to one of our most popular fall destination spots, or pick your own.

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Insure your autumn adventure

Vacation is a time to relax, but travel comes with plenty to worry about. Travel insurance can give you peace of mind, so you can spend more time relaxing.

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