Nothing can stop summer from ending, but a trip to one of these affordable fall destinations can help ease the pain. From a South American hotspot with savings galore to a Caribbean island in its shoulder season, these are the kinds of places (and deals) that will have you packing your bags the minute the leaves start changing.
The other New England states may be more popular with leaf peepers, but Maine is no slouch when it comes to fall scenery, either. Temperatures can dip into the 40s at night, but usually stay in the 60s and even 70s during the day.
Flights: The average cost of a round-trip flight between New York and Portland is $241 in September, $212 in October, and just $169 in November, according to data provided by SkyScanner. You can also find flights from the West Coast for under $400 in the fall, according to CheapTickets.com.
Accommodations: The Westin Portland Harborview and the Portland Regency Hotel and Spa, both four-star properties, offer rooms for under $150 per night.
Beyond Portland, Cliff House Maine in Cape Neddick has fall rates starting at $229, which is a steal for this newly "reinvented" property. Stay in a treehouse at Timberstone Adventures in Stoneham for under $30 per person, or bring a pet for free at Admiral Peary Inn in Freyburg, where the "Bark and Breakfast" special starts at $139 per night.
Sunday River Resort, a ski mountain in Newry, is offering a fall special with rates starting at $145 per night at the Snow Cap Inn (only open for Fall Festival Weekend) and the Grand Resort Hotels for the mountain's Fall Festival Weekend (October 7 to 9). The Kennebunkport Resort Collection is also offering a fall special—get the third night free when you stay two nights—at four of its properties, with rates starting at $99 per night.
Things to Do in Maine This Fall: Activities are endless in Maine come fall as you can still explore the coastline's lighthouses or opt for scenic leaf-peeping drives inland. There's also Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, and the bustling city of Portland with shops, exhibits, restaurants, and bars.