The shoulder seasons are pleasant times to explore the world. And the brisk weather, brightly colored foliage, and uncrowded destinations make fall the perfect time to travel. Here are seven vacation ideas for the coming weeks, from the mountains of Montana and Nepal to the Galapagos Islands.
Sherpa trip: New from Adventure Life this fall is the Everest Trekking Tour with the Legendary Sherpas in Nepal. Climb and descend high-altitude trails, cross suspension bridges over turbulent rivers, pass through rhododendron and pine forests, watch wildlife such as rare musk deer and colorful pheasants, take in views of peaks such as Everest and Loche and meet the Sherpa people and stay in their villages along the way.
Fall under the big sky: A visit to Big Sky, Montana and a stay at The Wilson Hotel offers the opportunity for fall adventures in Yellowstone country, as elk and pockets of aspens turn gold against the lush forest backdrop. Hiking and mountain biking, on the trails that surround the city. fish in the Gallatin River; or take one last tour of the natural wonders and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park before the roads close for the season.
National Parks RV Trip: National parks saw record crowds this summer, but now that fall is here, it’s the perfect time for fewer crowds, less traffic, and pleasant temperatures. Blacksford hire fully equipped Mercedes-Benz Sprinter adventure vehicles. Winnebago has an all-inclusive pricing model that includes unlimited miles, no generator fees, linens, kitchen and bath amenities, free Wi-Fi, a free annual national park pass, and 24-hour roadside assistance.
Camp & Mountain Bike Canyonlands: Utah’s 100-mile White Rim Trail weaves in and out of a colorful series of spiers, arches, buttresses and mesas carved by the Green and Colorado Rivers. Travelers spend most of this four-day mountain biking and camping tour riding the famous off-road course while detouring to admire secret passages, hidden canyons, natural rock arches and ancient Puebloan ruins.
Jackson Hole Glamping: Wyoming’s Fireside Resort offers 25 luxury furnished tiny house rental units designed by Wheelhaus. The resort is close to Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole ski slopes, making it the perfect place for a fall getaway or winter ski trip.
Galapagos Autumn Adventure: Fall is one of the best times of the year to visit Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands in terms of wildlife and weather. Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel has joined forces with Scalesia Galapagos Lodge to offer a new weekly program that includes day trips on the Yacht Sea Lion, lampposts in luxurious tents on Isabela Island and visits to remote and mysterious places that depict the incredible diversity of the archipelago.
Biking on the Pacific Coast: The Pacific Coast Trail is one of America’s premier bike routes, and fall is the perfect time to avoid heavy tourist traffic. Cycle south through the lush forests of western Washington before following the Columbia River to the Oregon coast. Then enter California and encounter massive redwoods, coastal headlands and sandy beaches with bike paths. Ride the route yourself, with maps from the Adventure Cycling Association, or join others on a tour.
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