Summer vacation has come and gone, but for some, traveling in the hottest season is not ideal, and so we’ve compiled for you a list of the top 10 fall getaway spots! Consider these destinations for your autumn away time, and envision yourself enjoying the escape when the thermometer dips out of the red and begins to read more temperate temperatures.

Nearby Chicago lands on many lists, and it lands again on our list as a great option for late-summer and autumn travelers, while the peak-season crowds are busy planning for winter weekends. The food scene and shopping in this town are second to none, and you can fully enjoy the museums, aquarium and other attractions now that all the kiddies are back in school. Come in early October if you want to be in time to catch the Chicago Marathon.

Vancouver Skyline

Vancouver is another autumn oasis, with its affordable accommodations and ample artsy activities. Get here in the pre-freeze months and you’ll be in time for the International Film Festivals and Writer’s Fest, with time in between outings to stroll through the city and take in the beautiful fall foliage.

Visit Yellowstone National Park this fall to beat the heat of summer as you explore all that Mother Nature has to offer here. With the kids back in school, this can be a quiet and peaceful retreat filled with animal encounters and the seasonal color changes.

Another great option in the Southwest is Las Vegas, a great getaway for the post-heat planner, with its year-round playground for entertainment addicts of all ages. There is always a show, concert or social event to attend here – outside of the obvious draw of the casinos’ cash-out callings.

Melbourne may be a long way from the USA, but while it is turning to fall here, springtime showers are bringing forth the first blooms of the year in the land down under. Moderate temperatures and ample attractions make autumn the perfect time to hop a flight like a kangaroo and get to Australia!

Don’t forget about Munich, Germany in the autumn, because this town is all about one grand spectacle: Oktoberfest. A beer-drinker’s destination vacation, this annual observance of Bavarian bounty demands extra planning, so book your flights and accommodations before the local hotels are all sold out and say “auf wiedersehen” to the states for a great getaway!

Back in the Western Hemisphere, Buenos Aires, Argentina comes alive in what is known as the largest rose-related event in the world. Occurring every spring – the season that correlates with fall moving in here in the Northern Hemisphere – more than 1,000 species of roses bloom all around the city. Visitors can take in the many sights and smells during the spring season in Argentina, and enjoy the city’s romantic and rosy disposition – sure to make a great getaway!

If you’d rather stay closer to the U.S. this fall, you could hit the Islands of the Bahamas on a cruise ship, keeping things nice and simple! No driving, no hustle and bustle, and no need to plan for where you’ll have your daily meals on board the ship – the ultimate show-up-and-relax vacations come from cruising in the Caribbean. Not feeling the Bahamas, or looking for something a bit less crowded? Don’t forget that Blue Horizon offers private yacht charter opportunities for guests to take in the Virgin Islands – a personalized and private Caribbean getaway at any time of year.

West of the Caribbean’s islands across the Gulf, travelers are always excited to visit Mexico during its famous “Dia de los Muertos,” or Day of the Dead, celebration. Taking place Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, this special religious occasion produces a huge interest from the outside world. Visitors flock from all around to see the elaborate displays of Mexican traditions and culture during this exciting season.

Finally, to take you a little further from home, there are few events are more enticing in the fall season than the Lake of Stars Music Festival in Malawi. One of the largest musical events of the year, this African nation is now gearing up for the 12th edition of this annual festival. Dance music is at the heart of this festival, which draws inspiration from such large events as Glastonbury Music Festival in Britain and WOMAD events held around the world. Those looking to go should hurry, though – the event takes place Sept. 25-27.

Let Blue Horizon help you plan your getaway to these or any other great destination this fall. Contact us today and discuss your dream destination, your budget and your plans, and leave the details to our professionals.