The Fall Trips You Should be Planning Now
Fall sounds really good right about now. The 90-degree, humid days of late August in Pennsylvania start to take their toll, and we start craving weather that’s a little cooler, crisper and less sticky. For most Pittsburghers, however, that fall excitement is short-lived, especially when we think of what’s coming next — snow, ice and hibernating inside with Netflix and wine for the next few months.
If you’re already starting to have summer withdrawals, don’t fret; our favorite way to move seamlessly from one season into the next is by planning a little trip. Pack a bag, head for a scenic locale, and when you get back, hopefully it will be with a newfound appreciation for Pittsburgh and its ever-unpredictable weather.
Here are a few destinations that we’re hoping to visit this fall.
Ohiopyle State Park.
Didn’t get to cross camping off your summer bucket list? You’re lucky, because fall camping is really where it’s at. Plan a weekend away at Ohiopyle State Park (just about 1.5 hours outside the city) to enjoy the changing leaves while you hike the miles of trails, cozy up with a craft beer at one of the local pubs and tuck yourself in under the stars (or inside a cool yurt).
Is there anything more quintessentially “fall” than New England? Portland is at the top of our fall travel list, and we’re almost as excited about the actual travel as we are about the destination. Picture this: you load up the car with snacks, cozy blankets and podcasts to prepare for the 11-hour fall road trip through beautiful Pennsylvania countryside and up the East Coast, perhaps with a stop in New York City along the way. Or, if you’re on a time crunch, you hop a flight to Boston and hoof it a couple hours north. Once there, you’ll get to explore the hip, charming New England city’s coastal peninsula scenery, incredible restaurants and vintage shopping galore.
Want to forget fall altogether and live in a state of perpetual summer? Miami is where it’s at — and with flights to nearby Ft. Lauderdale starting at just around $60 each way, it’s also a pretty cheap getaway. Pull your skimpiest bathing suit out for one last hurrah, because in sun-soaked, anything-goes Miami, it’s really all you’ll need.
Have you heard about the summer’s biggest travel news? Pittsburgh International Airport is now offering direct flights to London for the first time in almost 20 years! While this one isn’t exactly a fall trip (British Airways won’t begin offering flights until April 2, 2019), tickets are already available for purchase, which means you can spend your fall planning where you should eat, stay and shop on your hop across the pond.
Lots of Pittsburghers consider NYC a go-to weekend destination, but if you haven’t spent much time exploring Brooklyn, fall is the perfect time to do so. With a slower pace than Manhattan but some of the best restaurants and shopping in the country, Brooklyn is an incredible weekend road trip. Stay at the design-forward McCarren Hotel & Pool or the hip Urban Cowboy B&B, hit the boutiques in Williamsburg and plan a meal to remember at Maison Premiere, Roberta’s or Five Leaves.