Fall Travel Trends
As leaves fall, AAA sees autumn travel rise
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: 28% of Americans plan to take a vacation between Labor Day and Thanksgiving this year. We look at what autumn travelers like most about the season, and where they're heading.

What attracts travelers to autumn vacations?

  • Fewer crowds

    Fewer crowds and kids

    68% of respondents
  • Sun

    Better weather

    63% of respondents
  • Better value for the money

    55% of respondents

In fall, the road beckons

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

Top fall destinations, according to AAA bookings

  • Orlando

    1. Orlando, Florida

  • Rome

    2. Rome, Italy

  • Anaheim

    3. Anaheim, California

  • Honolulu

    4. Honolulu, Hawai'i

  • New York City

    5. New York City, New York

  • Las Vegas

    6. Las Vegas, Nevada

  • London

    7. London, England

  • Dublin

    8. Dublin, Ireland

  • Boston

    9. Boston, Massachusetts

  • Cancun

    10. Cancun, Mexico

Insure your autumn adventure

Vacation is a time to relax, but travel comes with plenty to worry about: flight delays, lost bags, injuries, and more. Travel insurance can give you peace of mind by covering the costs of these and other issues, so you can spend less time worrying and more time relaxing.